Make it 2 wins in 25 years for Flyers in Detroit

Make it 2 wins in 25 years for Flyers in Detroit

Couturier on his 4-point night against the Red Wings

December 5, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Including Wednesday's 6-3 win, the Flyers have earned just two victories at Joe Louis Arena since Nov. 4, 1988. (AP)

DETROIT -- Since Nov. 4, 1988 when Paul Holmgren was coaching the Flyers, the club had won just once at Joe Louis Arena.

That was Jan. 2, 2011 under Peter Laviolette.

And now they have won twice -- with a win under Craig Berube after Wednesday’s 6-3 comeback (see story).

“I wasn’t even born back then,” Sean Couturier quipped.

Goalie Steve Mason seemed incredulous when told. His eyes popped open.

“Since 1988?” he asked. “I don’t know if that is embarrassing but this is definitely a tough place to play. You’d think you would have found a way to win a couple times in that time frame. I mean, that’s 25 years.”

The Flyers would not have won the game were it not for Mason’s 32 saves and the superb job of the Flyers' penalty kill units, which killed off six of seven penalties.

“It’s a big game when you are down 3-2 going into the third in Detroit,” Mason said. “It was also the first game we won coming back [in the third period].”

Indeed, the Flyers were 0-9 when trailing after two periods this season.

“Two years ago, that was one of our main attributes, one of our qualities, in coming back to win games in the third period,” Matt Read said. “Good teams find ways to win big games.”

One more thing: Berube said he played against Detroit here when the Flyers used to win games. That would be 1987-88.

“I was playing the last time before we won,” he said. “I think I had three points.”

Actually, on Feb. 23, 1988, Berube scored a goal and added an assist against Detroit in an 11-6 Flyers win.

He didn’t play the following November against them.