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Detroit at Philadelphia

Forsberg scores go-ahead goal in third, sparks rout of Red Wings

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Keith Primeau moved his former teammates and the fans with an emotional pregame speech. Then Peter Forsberg showed why he's so coveted around the league.

And with the sellout crowd rocking for the Flyers and screaming derogatory chants at the Detroit Red Wings, and goals scored at a rapid rate, it all felt like old times in Philadelphia.

Forsberg scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and sparked the last-place Flyers to a 6-1 win Monday night.

"We know where we are in the standings, we're not feeling good about the season, but lately we've been playing better and with more confidence," Forsberg said. "It feels great winning games."

The Flyers scored two short-handed goals and one on the power play to win their second straight at home after losing a team-record 13 straight here.

This time they had some inspiration from their retired captain, Primeau. He was honored in a teary pregame ceremony, showing a different kind of sentiment from the days of his rah-rah pep talks. He saved his remarks for the ice instead of the locker room.

"And we won anyway," Forsberg said, laughing.

The Flyers could stand to laugh and joke a bit after this one.

Michael Leighton stopped 31 shots in his second straight start for the Flyers. Before Saturday's win against St. Louis, Leighton hadn't made an NHL start since March 23, 2004, when he was with Chicago.

R.J. Umberger scored twice, and Mike Richards, Simon Gagne and Todd Fedoruk also scored for the Flyers.

"This is kind of what we've been pushing for," coach John Stevens said. "It's something we're trying to get in place here."

Tomas Holmstrom scored the only goal for Detroit. The Red Wings haven't won in Philadelphia since Jan. 25, 1997, losing five straight over 10 years. They blew a chance to tie Buffalo for the league points lead.

"It wasn't that we didn't play the whole game. We were right in the game," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "The wheels came off badly."

Forsberg snapped a tie early in the third period with his 11th goal before the Flyers turned this one into a rout. Umberger scored twice, and Gagne and Fedoruk added goals after that to give the sellout crowd something to cheer for one of the few times this season.

"There is something to play for. There's pride," Umberger said.

Those fans hope they get to cheer Forsberg for at least the rest of the year. Forsberg, a free agent at the end of the season, met with team chairman Ed Snider on Sunday to discuss the former MVP's future. Both sides declined to discuss the specifics of the meeting.

All Forsberg has to do is tell the Flyers that he wants to re-sign with them or ask to be dealt to a contender before the Feb. 27 trade deadline. So far, at least publicly, Forsberg has kept that decision to himself.

But eight teams sent scouts, all but one of them from teams heavily rumored to be interested in Forsberg.

The Flyers appeared to score a power-play late in the third, but it was called off when officials ruled the whistle had already blown. That hardly mattered about a minute later once Forsberg won the battle in a scrum for the puck in front of the net and scored for a 2-1 lead.

The only goals until the third came late in the first period. With Forsberg in the penalty box for hooking, Holmstrom scored his 20th goal of the season on the power-play for a 1-0 lead.

The Flyers tied it on a short-handed goal, thanks to some nifty stick work from Richards. First he swiped the puck, then shuffled it to Sami Kapanen near the net. Kapanen had a strong look, but his shot bounced off Joey MacDonald's pads and a hard-charging Richards knocked in the rebound for his fourth goal.

Then the Flyers got going in the third. Umberger slid one in for his 10th goal, and Gagne made it 4-1 with his 29th goal. Umberger scored his second of the game, then Fedoruk added one on a breakaway.

"They're an aggressive team and they were showing it," MacDonald said. "They had a lot of body checks and I think it wore on us in the third period."

Notes

  • Primeau, forced to retire before the season because of the lingering effects from concussions, was drafted by Detroit in 1990 and received a watch from the Red Wings and assorted gifts from the Flyers. Primeau choked on his words on his first sentence and needed to stop and compose himself several times during his speech. Primeau's eyes filled with tears when he talked about the fans.
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Flyers goalie Michael Leighton stuffs the Red Wings with 31 saves in just his second start for Philly.  (AP)
Flyers goalie Michael Leighton stuffs the Red Wings with 31 saves in just his second start for Philly. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Detroit (36-16-6)1001
Philadelphia  (15-33-8) «1056
Three Stars
P. Forsberg
PHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
R. Umberger
PHI


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Richards
PHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
11:53Power Play - Tomas Holmstrom (20), Wrist Shot - Assists: Henrik Zetterberg, Mathieu Schneider
16:52Short - Mike Richards (4), Snap Shot - Assist: Sami Kapanen
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
04:20Power Play - Peter Forsberg (11), Backhand Shot - Assists: Mike Knuble, Simon Gagne
07:08Short - R.J. Umberger (10), Snap Shot - Assists: Jeff Carter, Joni Pitkanen
10:58Simon Gagne (29), Backhand Shot - Assists: Peter Forsberg, Mike Knuble
12:33R.J. Umberger (11), Snap Shot - Assists: Kyle Calder, Dmitry Afanasenkov
15:05Todd Fedoruk (3), Backhand Shot - Assist: Jeff Carter
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:20Eager: Cross Check - 2 min.
03:00Kronwall: Hooking - 2 min.
10:46Forsberg: Hooking - 2 min.
12:42Hudler: Closing Hand on Puck - 2 min.
14:08Schneider: Tripping - 2 min.
16:11Gauthier: Roughing - 4 min.
2ND PERIOD
01:46Lidstrom: Hooking - 2 min.
07:30Cleary: Roughing - 2 min.
07:30Eager: Roughing - 2 min.
14:12Knuble: Interference - 2 min.
16:52Gauthier: Hooking - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
00:46Schneider: High sticking - 4 min.
02:23Kronwall: Hooking - 2 min.
06:04Knuble: Hooking - 2 min.
12:57Fedoruk: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123T
Detroit8121232
Philadelphia6111633
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Joey MacDonald60:00276
Michael Leighton59:56311
Game Information
Attendance - 19575
Referees - Paul Devorski, Dave Jackson
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Pierre Champoux