By Dave Hart
Red Wings 3, Flyers 2 (SO) – Andreas Athanasiou’s shootout goal propelled the Red Wings to their first win on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers since the January of 1997.
Athanasiou’s goal was the only shootout goal in the contest.
The Red Wings, who are now 7-6-1 on the season, are currently tied for second place in the Atlantic Division.
The Flyers opened the scoring with a goal from Claude Giroux at the 6:28 mark of the first period.
Detroit tied the game 1-1 with a Tomas Tatar goal 8:42 into the first period.
Philadelphia regained its lead at 2-1 at the 6:51 mark of the third period on a goal from Sean Couturier.
The Red Wings retied the game 2-2 on an Athanasiou goal with just under nine minutes left in regulation.
Both teams failed to score during the five minute overtime period to force a three-round shootout.
Detroit Athanasiou scored the lone shootout goal during the third and final round.
Jimmy Howard picked up the win in net for Detroit, stopping 23 of 25 Philadelphia shots.
The Red Wings will return home to face a struggling Vancouver Canucks team on Thursday night.
Record: 7-6-1 15 pts
Tied for 2nd Place in Atlantic Division (8 points behind Montreal)
Tied for 5th Place in Eastern Conference (8 points behind Montreal)
1 points ahead of Boston and Philadelphia for the final playoff spot
Magic # of pts to clinch a playoff berth: 138 pts
Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Atlantic Division title: 147 pts
Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Eastern Conference title: 147 pts
Next Game: 11/10/2016 vs. Vancouver Canucks 7:30 p.m. @ Joe Louis Arena
Stats: Goals- Tomas Tatar (2), Andreas Athanasiou (4). Assists- Henrik Zetterberg (6), Danny DeKeyser (2), Mike Green (7). SHOOTOUT- DET 1 (Athanasiou) PHI 0. Goalie- Jimmy Howard W (3-2-0) 23 saves on 25 shots.