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Jakub Vrana scores twice as Red Wings top Flyers

Mar 22, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Red Wings left wing Jakub Vrana (15) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jakub Vrana scored two goals to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-3 home win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

Joe Veleno, Lucas Raymond, Oskar Sundqvist and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit.

Joel Farabee, Oskar Lindblom and James van Riemsdyk scored for Philadelphia.

Detroit opened the scoring with 14:43 remaining in the first period on a goal by Veleno, who circled the back of the net and fired a shot into the goal as Philadelphia defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen collided with goalie Carter Hart in the crease, preventing Hart from stopping Veleno’s shot.

The Red Wings made it 2-0 with 10:45 left in the first when Vrana swatted at a bouncing puck in the left face-off circle and saw it go over Hart’s glove and into the net.

Just 1:07 into the second period, Detroit took a 3-0 lead when Raymond took a pass from Dylan Larkin and one-timed a shot from the left face-off circle past Hart.

Philadelphia responded just 25 seconds later, cutting Detroit’s lead to 3-1 when Farabee took a pass from Kevin Hayes on a three-on-none breakaway following a Detroit turnover in its zone and tapped the puck into an open goal.

Philadelphia then cut Detroit’s lead to 3-2 with 12:04 remaining in the second period on a goal by Lindblom, who took a pass from Travis Konecny, skated into the Detroit zone all alone and beat Detroit goalie Alex Nedeljkovic to the glove side.

Detroit regained a two-goal lead at 4-2 with 1:09 left in the second on another goal by Vrana, who blasted a shot from the right face-off circle underneath the crossbar.

The score remained that way until 8:37 left in the game, when van Riemsdyk scored from the left face-off circle to make it 4-3 Detroit.

After Philadelphia pulled Hart for an extra attacker, Detroit took a 5-3 lead with 2:51 remaining on an empty-net goal by Sundqvist.

Bertuzzi added another empty-net goal with 1:11 left.

–Field Level Media