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Red Wings 6, Flyers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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DETROIT (AP) - Steve Yzerman reached a milestone, and had an opportunity to share the moment with the Hall of Famer he passed.

Yzerman had an assist and moved past Gordie Howe for seventh place on the NHL's all-time list after Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk scored twice Thursday night to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

After Yzerman's 1,050th assist, Howe was in the dressing room to congratulate him.

"One of the advantages, one of the special things, about playing in Detroit or Montreal is guys like Gordie Howe walk in the room," Yzerman said. "I didn't know he was here tonight, it was kind of a coincidence to get that assist on a night that he's here."

Yzerman surpassed Howe, another Red Wings legend, with a play that showed he can still contribute in his 23rd season.

He carried the puck up the ice, and made such a good crossing pass to Lang that he was able to score easily at 14:10 of the third. The crowd gave Yzerman a standing ovation when the milestone was announced, and chanted "Stev-ie! Stev-ie!"

In the only scheduled meeting between two of the NHL's top teams, the game was scoreless until midway through the second period. After the third began 1-all, the Red Wings had five goals and the Flyers scored twice.

"It's the best team we've faced," said Philadelphia's Simon Gagne, who scored his 30th and 31st goals.

If Philadelphia ran out of energy, it had a legitimate excuse as it finished the longest road trip in franchise history with its 11th straight game away from home. It ended the road trip 8-2-1.

"Philadelphia is a great team, but I think we caught them a little tired," said Brendan Shanahan, whose line with Zetterberg and Datsyuk was dominant.

Dennis Seidenberg had a goal for the Flyers, who have not won in Detroit since Nov. 4, 1988.

Detroit's Manny Legace faced just 20 shots while Philadelphia's Antero Niittymaki was peppered with 41 shots.

Chris Chelios and Datsyuk scored in the opening minute of the third period and after the teams alternated goals, Zetterberg and Robert Lang sealed the victory with scores.

"It's a lesson," Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said. "When you play against a team like this and make errors in your own zone, you're going to get schooled and we did. We made far too many mistakes with the puck on our side.

"You make mistakes like this against a team like Chicago, you don't get buried."

Notes: Philadelphia's Derian Hatcher played in his 41st game after having an injury-shortened season in Detroit during the NHL's last season. ... The Red Wings played their third consecutive game against another division leader, and avoided their first three-game losing streak since Oct. 25-30, 2003. ... Yzerman is 29 assists away from Adam Oates on the NHL's all-time list.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
13:20
DET
PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (17) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (25), Brendan Shanahan (19)
1 - 0 DET
16:45
PHI
PPG - Simon Gagne (30) ASST: Peter Forsberg (43), Mike Knuble (15)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
00:15
DET
SHG - Chris Chelios (2) ASST: Kris Draper (8), Kirk Maltby (4)
2 - 1 DET
00:46
DET
Pavel Datsyuk (18) ASST: Brendan Shanahan (20), Henrik Zetterberg (26)
3 - 1 DET
04:06
PHI
Dennis Seidenberg (2) ASST: Simon Gagne (21)
3 - 2 DET
08:37
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (21) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (33), Brendan Shanahan (21)
4 - 2 DET
10:33
PHI
Simon Gagne (31) ASST: Peter Forsberg (44), Mike Knuble (16)
4 - 3 DET
11:09
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (22) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (34), Brendan Shanahan (22)
5 - 3 DET
14:10
DET
Robert Lang (10) ASST: Steve Yzerman (7), Mikael Samuelsson (13)
6 - 3 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
02:22
DET
Jason Woolley  Hooking against  Mike Richards
07:30
DET
Brett Lebda  Hi-sticking against  Mike Richards
09:05
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Interference against  Kirk Maltby
11:35
DET
Daniel Cleary  Roughing against  Peter Forsberg
13:55
DET
Daniel Cleary  Boarding against  Kim Johnsson
18:39
PHI
Jeff Carter  Hooking against  Robert Lang
2nd Period
05:34
PHI
Brian Savage  Interference against  Mathieu Schneider
11:51
PHI
R.J. Umberger  Interference against  Jason Williams
15:32
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Holding against  Simon Gagne
18:25
DET
Robert Lang  Tripping against  Brian Savage
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 41TOI: 59:56
Saves: 35EV: 24 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .854SH: 2 - 3
Manny Legace
SA: 20TOI: 60:00
Saves: 17EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .850SH: 0 - 0

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