Second Period Helps Philadelphia Flyers Snap 16-Game Losing Streak at the Joe

January 2nd, 2011 by Tom Dougherty Leave a reply »
Coming into Sunday evening’s affair with the Red Wings, the Philadelphia Flyers hadn’t won a game in Detroit since 1988—two years before I was born. A 16-game losing (0-14-2) streak at the Joe Louis Arena was intact.

That changed.

Second-period goals by James van Riemsdyk, Dan Carcillo and Scott Hartnell propelled the Flyers to a 3-2 victory to jump atop the Eastern Conference standings with 53 points.

Philly is tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Red Wings for the most points in the league; however, since the Flyers have played one fewer game than the Pens, they’re above them in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings.

Brian Boucher got the start in net for the orange and black, trying to get the team back to their winning ways after dropping two of their first three games on a five-game road trip. Boucher earned the game’s first star with a 25-save performance, getting his eighth win of the season.

The game was scoreless in the second period until the red-hot van Riemsdyk put the Flyers up 1-0 just 51 seconds into the period. Shooting at a bad angle, JVR fired ...

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