Brayden Schenn scored twice and added an assist while Wayne Simmonds had a goal and two helpers as the Philadelphia Flyers thumped the Detroit Red Wings 7-2 on Saturday afternoon.
The seven goals tied a season-high for the Flyers.
With the loss, Detroit has just one win in its last five and the Boston Bruins now trail them by just three points for third spot in the Atlantic Division.
Philly snaps a four-game losing skid with the win and trails Washington by 10 points for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Zac Rinaldo had a goal and an assist while Nicklas Grossmann, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Matt Read had the goals for Philly.
Claude Giroux had two assists in the win. Steve Mason improved to 14-15-10 with a 31 save performance.
Justin Abdelkader and Erik Cole had the Wings goals while Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots in the loss.
It’s too early for any one game to mathematically eliminate the Philadelphia Flyers from the playoff race, but from a practical standpoint they’re holding on by a thread. With the trade deadline just around the corner, the Flyers earned a desperately needed 4-2 victory against the New York Rangers.
Philadelphia’s Matt Read struck first by playing hard at both ends of the ice, but the Flyers’ lead only lasted 24 seconds before J.T. Miller even the contest. The squads traded goals again in a relatively short amount of time in the second period before Michael Del Zotto turned the tide permanently early in the third frame.
In his first start since returning from knee surgery, Flyers goaltender Steve Mason stopped 34 of 36 shots. With the Flyers up by one, Mason stood tall against a Rangers’ onslaught to preserve the lead.
The Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers each won today, which put pressure on the Flyers to do the same just to keep pace with the two squads ahead of them in the playoff race. Philadelphia is still six points shy of a postseason spot though and have just 19 games left to close that gap.
Tonight’s game between the Flyers and New York Rangers is important for both teams, but it’s vital for Philadelphia. The squad is eight points back in the Wild Card race and needs two points out of this contest to at least keep pace with the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers, which both won earlier today.
Under those circumstances, Matt Read made a great defensive play that led to a hard-fought scoring chance at the other end of the ice he was able to capitalize on. That provided Philadelphia with a 1-0 lead just 9:42 minutes into the contest.
Philadelphia didn’t get any momentum from that play though as J.T. Miller evened the contest just 24 seconds later.
That was Miller’s sixth goal in 37 games this season and his first in 2015.
The game remained tied going into the first intermission.