Claude Giroux pulled the Flyers even early in the second. From there, the wheels fell off. Tomas Jurco put the Red Wings ahead, Pavel Datsyuk put the game away and the Flyers fell to the Red Wings 5-2 at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night.
The Flyers will look to get back in the win column tonight as they head to Detroit for a showdown with the Red Wings. The Flyers (8-9-3) are coming off a 1-0 shootout loss in Long Island on Monday. Detroit (11-5-5) is coming off a 4-3 win at home against the Ottawa Senators. Game time is 7:30.
Welcome to the first installment of "Where are they now?" It's not very often that a professional athlete can spend his entire career with one team. In today's column we will look a player who spent his entire ten year playing career with our beloved Flyers. We are talking about the one and only Jimmy Watson.
Watson was the 39th overall pick in the 1972 NHL draft. He would play in four games in the 1972-1973 season recording one assist. The following season saw him make the roster and the rest, as they say, is history.
During his playing career he scored 38 regular season goals and 186 points in 613 games. The most impressive stat however is his career +295 rating. He would add an additional 11 playoff goals and 37 playoff points. At the end of the 1981-1982 season, Watson would hang up his skates for good in the NHL.
Since retiring, he has stayed local to the Philadelphia area. He currently is the Director of Ice Works Youth Hockey program located at Ice Works Ice Arena in Aston, Pa. He coaches the Delco Phantoms Midget 18-U AA team. He also runs the Jimmy Watson Hockey Academy and Jimmy Watson Hockey Camps, both located at Ice Works.
Two time Barry Ashbee trophy winner (1975-1976 and 1977-1978)
Five Time NHL All Star - (1975-78, 1980)
Two time Stanley Cup winner - (1974-1975)
613 career games - (15th in Flyers history)
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Bill Minchin is a contributing writer for Flyerdelphia.com. Follow Bill @Wtfd103074.
ScottLaughton remains with the big club. He was elected to shoot first in the shootout loss against the Islanders last night. He has been getting minutes on the 2nd line with VincentLecavalier and RJUmberger as well as some quality penalty killing time.
After a thrilling shutout victory on Friday night, the Phantoms were right back on the ice at the PPL Center Saturday night against the St. John’s Ice Caps. This was another low scoring affair, with the Phantoms dropping the decision in overtime. PetrStraka scored the lone goal for LehighValley, with ZackStortini and BrandonManning picking up the helpers.
RobZepp stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced in over 63 minutes of ice time in the loss.
The Phantoms will play tomorrow night on Thanksgiving Eve to conclude their home stand against the Springfield Falcons.
The ReadingRoyals dropped their game Friday night, but picked up a sweep of the two-game set vs. Indianapolis. Winning two close games by scores of 4-3 and 2-1. They trailed 3-0 in Saturday’s game before sparking a huge comeback victory with 4 goals in the 3rd period.
The 8-5-1 Royals will face the Elmira Jackals on Wednesday night before hosting Greenville for 2 games this weekend.
Ryan Gilbert is a contributing writer for Flyerdelphia and can be found on Twitter @RiskyBryzness.