Evaporating Detroit Red Wings’ offense shut out for 2nd straight time in 3-0 loss to Philadelphia Flyers
By PAUL HARRIS
DETROIT — Brian Elliott made 16 saves for his 40th career shutout in the Philadelphia Flyers’ 3-0 win over the sinking Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
It was the Red Wings’ ninth consecutive loss (0-8-1), and the second straight time they’ve been shut out. This is their third losing streak of at least eight games in 2019-20.
“We’ve just got to play the right way,” Justin Abdelkader said. “It’s got to be a game — I don’t want to say a perfect game, because there’s never any perfect games — but we’ve got to make sure we’re not giving teams easy chances.”
Scott Laughton, Kevin Hayes and defenseman Matt Niskanen scored for Philadelphia, which has won 4 of 5 (4-0-1). It was Elliott’s second shutout of the season.
“He obviously had some big saves to make and he made them,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. “The guys in front of him played hard.”
The goals by Hayes and Niskanen were short-handed.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 28 shots for Detroit, which was blanked for the sixth time this season. It was the second time the Red Wings have been shut out in consecutive games.
“I thought we were not very good at all. I thought Bernie kept us in the game,” coach Jeff Blashill said.
Laughton gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 9:31 into the second period. He beat Bernier on the short side from the inside edge of the right circle with a shot along the ice. It was Laughton’s ninth goal.
“I’m just trying to find areas where I can get a chance. Obviously, the team is playing really well and I thought we were good tonight,” Laughton said. “We possessed the puck and created a lot of stuff in the offensive zone.”