For the most part, the Flyers have scuffled trying to replace the offense lost when Jeff Carter was sidelined with a broken foot.
But don’t blame Arron Asham.
Asham has done his part. The veteran right winger scored his third goal in the last five games Sunday as the Flyers outlasted Detroit, 4-3, and handed the visiting Red Wings their first regulation loss in the last 13 games.
The win was just the Flyers’ second in the six games that Carter has missed.
Asham, one of the Flyers’ most physical players, has 10 goals, including Sunday's game-winner. A potential free agent, he is making a case for the Flyers to resign him after the season.
In a Sunday story, the New York Post's Larry Brooks quotes two unnamed general managers as saying Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was "a problem" in the Flyers' dressing room.
If being accountable is a "problem," well, then it's true.
Pronger is blunt, honest and accessible. He is also the team's MVP.
The Flyers would be fortunate to have 23 such "problems" in their locker room.
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After allowing 17 shots in a 2-2 first period, the Flyers tightened their defense and surrendered 17 shots and one goal the rest of the way.
“One thing we talked about after the first period was just maybe (we were giving Detroit) a little bit too much respect,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Our forecheck wasn’t as strong as it needed to be. It seemed we only had one man in there and they were able to make plays because they’ve got a skilled group.”
The win over sizzling Detroit won’t mean much if the Flyers can’t beat the lowly Maple Leafs Tuesday in Toronto. The Flyers have had a habit of playing up or down to their competition.
The Flyers haven’t won two straight since March 7-9 _ 15 games ago.
KimmoTimonen (goal, assist) had one of his best games in several weeks. Ditto Claude Giroux, who scored his first goal in 14 games.
Stats of interest: Darroll Powe and Ian Laperriere each had five hits, and Pronger played a team high 25:43 and blocked six shots. Timonen and Braydon Coburn were each plus-2.