Video: Flyers dominate Red Wings in opening period, grab lead in pivotal game

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In a pivotal Eastern Conference game, it was the Philadelphia Flyers that jumped out to the first-period lead after dominating the opening 20 minutes against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds scored 1:14 apart to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead early in the period.

Here is the Raffl goal — his 11th of the season:

Here is the Simmonds goal — his 25th of the season:

The Flyers outshot the Red Wings 23-3 and held a 38-10 edge in shot attempts after that first period, too, as per hockeystats.ca.

 

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The Red Wings responded in the second period with two goals of their own, but the Flyers were able to maintain that two-goal lead heading into the final period.

A regulation win for Philadelphia would be huge. The Flyers would move to within a single point of the Red Wings for the final Wild Card spot in the East.