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Flyers, Sam Ersson shut down Red Wings; Win 1-0



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Cam York took full advantage of his big opportunity with Travis Sanheim out for the Philadelphia Flyers. (Photo: AP)

The Philadelphia Flyers held on after a late surge to defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 1-0 at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.

Flyers Recap

Cam York opened the scoring for the Flyers six minutes into the contest. York gained the zone along the left wall and threw a cross-crease pass towards the net intended for Sean Couturier, but J.T. Compher ended up knocking the puck into his own net for a 1-0 Flyers lead. Travis Sanheim was a surprise scratch with an illness, which left York with added offensive responsibility on the top pair. He was joined there by Rasmus Ristolainen, with Egor Zamula and Marc Staal making up the bottom pairing.

Both teams flexed their rush offense in the game, though both Sam Ersson and Alex Lyon played strong games. Lyon, who once played for the Flyers, suffered an awkward injury whilst twisting to make a save on a crafty Owen Tippett move. He was replaced by Ville Husso with 13:10 remaining in the second period. Husso stopped all seven shots he faced in the period.

Patrick Kane also had a few vintage moments, particularly when he was able to blow past Egor Zamula with a spin move to draw a tripping penalty. The Red Wings, however, still weren’t at the peak of their powers, with captain Dylan Larkin out for this one.

After a high-octane start, the game slowed down quite a bit. The Flyers still had their chances, with Tyson Foerster’s one-timer missing just high and Husso stopping Morgan Frost 1-on-1 with the glove. After Sean Walker’s tripping penalty, Travis Konecny had two chances in tight to double the Flyers’ lead, but Husso snapped those up too.

On the same penalty kill, Ristolainen hammered Robby Fabbri behind the Flyers’ net, and the 27-year-old was slow to get up after a considerable amount of bleeding. It appeared as though Ristolainen’s stick caused Fabbri’s cut, though it was unclear from the camera angle on the video replay. Either way, Fabbri made it off the ice under his own power and probably needed to have some repairs done.

After Ristolainen’s hit, things picked up – at least physically. Moritz Seider and Nick Seeler had some words, and then it was Seider and Farabee shortly thereafter. Up to that point, Ersson had stopped all 28 shots the Red Wings threw his way.

With three minutes remaining, the Red Wings pulled Husso down 1-0. With 18 seconds left, Shayne Gostisbehere tripped Ryan Poehling, effectively ending the game.

The Flyers held on and won, 1-0.

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