Elliott Gets 40th Shutout in Flyers’ 3-0 Win Over Red Wings

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.

Scott Laughton, Kevin Hayes and defenceman Matt Niskanen scored for Philadelphia, which has won four of five (4-0-1). It was Elliott’s second shutout of the season.

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.

Jonathan Bernier Detroit Red Wings
Jonathan Bernier, Detroit Red Wings (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

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.

Hayes’ goal 2:47 into the third made it 2-0. He picked up a loose puck after Red Wings defenceman Dennis Cholowski misplayed it just inside the Philadelphia blue line and had a breakaway. Hayes beat Bernier with a forehand shot for his 17th goal and fourth short-handed of the season.

Niskanen added an empty-net goal with 2:17 left. It was his second goal.

Matt Niskanen Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Niskanen, Philadelphia Flyers (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Philadelphia’s James van Riemsdyk hit the post with a few seconds left in the first period.

Elliott stopped Tyler Bertuzzi from right in front with 6:54 remaining in the first.


The 16 shots were a season low for the Red Wings. … Detroit forward Andreas Athanasiou returned after missing 16 games with a lower-body injury. He replaced rookie RW Filip Zadina in the lineup. Zadina, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NHL draft, will be out two to three weeks with a lower-body injury. … Philadelphia D Shayne Gostisbehere missed his ninth game with a knee injury but is expected to return Thursday against New Jersey.


Flyers: Host the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

Red Wings: At the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.


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Paul Harris, The Associated Press