Red Wings 3, Flyers 3
Dec. 12, 1987
DETROIT (AP) _ Bob Probert scored with 6:10 remaining in the third period Friday night to give the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-3 NHL tie with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The tie extended the Flyers' unbeaten streak to seven games, 5-0-2, and moved their overall record to 11-13-5.
With Philadelphia nursing a 3-2 lead, Steve Yzerman intercepted a clearing pass by defenseman Kjell Samuelsson in the faceoff circle and slid the puck to Probert, cutting in front of Mark LaForest. The goaltender got a piece of Probert's shot, but the puck dribbled through his pads for Probert's 12th goal of the season.
The Red Wings preserved the tie by killing off a delay of game penalty to goaltender Glen Hanlon at 18:27 of the third period. Each team had three shots in the overtime.
Detroit opened the scoring at 12:50 of the opening period on John Chabot's fifth goal of the season and fourth in five games. But Samuelsson evened the score on a power play at 17:48.
Brian Propp converted Pelle Eklund's pass for his 10th goal of the season at 2:02 of the second period to put the Flyers ahead for the first time, and Dave Brown made it 3-1 when his 45-foot shot eluded Hanlon 3:25 later.
Detroit pulled within a goal 1:22 later when Jeff Sharples used Samuelsson as a screen and beat LaForest from the faceoff circle.
The Red Wings, 0-1-2 after a five-game winning streak, are now 13-10-4 and lead the Norris Division.
Probert's goal spoiled a homecoming of sorts for LaForest, who played 33 games in parts of two seasons with the Red Wings and broke into the NHL with a 4-1 victory over the Flyers on Dec. 3, 1985.
He turned aside 24 shots, but couldn't handle Probert's close-in drive.
''No,'' Laforest responded when asked if he was satisfied with the tie. ''We want to win on the road.
''(Probert's shot) hit the heel of my stick and just kept going. If it would have hit the center, it probably would have stopped. But he had a lot of meat on it.''
Had Yzerman not set up the play with his interception, the Flyers would have come out on top, Detroit Coach Jacques Demers said.
''We were waiting for a break,'' said Demers. ''It took a mistake and a sharp play by Yzerman, because they weren't giving us anything.''