Flyers still reeling from Pominville's game-winner

Flyers still reeling from Pominville's game-winner
December 4, 2013, 11:30 am
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Jason Pominville's goal in the third period Monday night propelled the Wild past the Flyers. (AP)

DETROIT -- Some goals a team gives up have a tendency to linger.
They bother a goalie. Or a coach. Or perhaps a defenseman who was right there in the play and couldn’t prevent it.
As the Flyers prepare to face the Red Wings on Wednesday night, one goal that is still hurting them on this road trip is Jason Pominville's marker that became Monday's game-winner in Minnesota.
It was a momentum-shifting goal that catapulted the Wild to score twice in 57 seconds early in the third period to break a scoreless tie.
Mikko Koivu threw a fancy blind pass into the slot for Pominville to finish.
Flyers goalie Ray Emery thought it was “a designed play,” but after talking to Koivu found out the puck actually hit the base of the netting, going directly to Pominville.
Except Koivu told reporters something else. He said, “I tried to get it on tape and I did.”
Flyers coach Craig Berube would disagree.
“It went off the net and popped out to Pominville,” Berube said. “It wasn’t a tape to tape.”
What made things worse was that the Flyers got caught in a defensive switch with Kimmo Timonen coming onto the ice to join Braydon Coburn.
“Kimmo was just getting onto the ice,” Berube said. “The puck came out in the neutral zone and Kimmo tried to bang it off the wall. Their guy [Koivu] got it in the zone and it was kind of a funny goal.”
That made it 1-0 at 3:52. Charlie Coyle scored an insurance goal less than a minute later to ice the win for the Wild.
Tonight, the Flyers meet the Red Wings in a nationally broadcast game on NBC.
Both Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) and Henrik Zetterberg (herniated disk) will miss the game. The last time Datsyuk and Zetterberg missed the same game together was April 4, 2006, when Detroit lost in Nashville, 6-3.
When the Flyers played here in October, both those players combined for three goals and six points during a 5-2 Wings victory.