1/23/97 -- 3:53 AM

Flyers-Red Wings


DETROIT (AP) - Brendan Shanahan wasn't around to see the end of Detroit's game with the Philadelphia Flyers.

He saw enough to believe the Red Wings are finally shaking the funk they've been in all January.

Shanahan was given a misconduct after arguing a late charging call in the third period of Detroit's 2-2 tie with Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

``I don't think anybody really gave us a chance tonight,'' Shanahan said after Philadelphia's John LeClair scored midway through the third period to salvage the Flyers' second tie in as many nights.

``I was happy with the way as a group and as a team we responded tonight,'' Shanahan said. ``I felt everybody contributed tonight. Everybody played hard offensively, defensively and physically.''

That was particularly true of Detroit defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov, who scored a goal in the second period and did an outstanding job of shadowing Flyers center Eric Lindros all night.

``I have to play a physical game against him because he's a very strong forward,'' Konstantinov said. ``You can't let him get over the red line and start shooting.''

Lindros' only shot came on a break, but he was stopped by Red Wings goalie Mike Vernon. Otherwise, Konstantinov had him bottled up.

``Vlade always plays like that,'' Detroit forward Martin Lapointe said. ``He's one guy who works hard every night.''

Trent Klatt scored for the Flyers in the first period. Nicklas Lidstrom and Konstantinov scored 53 seconds apart early in the second period to give Detroit a 2-1 lead.

LeClair tied it when he beat Vernon cleanly on a break with Dale Hawerchuk at 10:30 of the third.

``When you come from behind and tie, yeah, you'll take it,'' said Flyers coach Terry Murray, whose team played to a 3-3 tie with Dallas on Tuesday.

Detroit coach Scotty Bowman, meanwhile, was happy his team played with some effort and emotion, especially after a 4-1 loss Monday at Montreal in which both quantities were lacking.

``Some games you're satisfied with the effort,'' Bowman said. ``In Montreal, we got beat on second effort.''

Philadelphia is 15-1-6 in its past 22 games, but just 1-1-3 in its past five.

Detroit is 1-5-3 in its past eight games and 0-3-2 in its past five home outings. The Red Wings haven't won in Joe Louis Arena since Sergei Fedorov's five-goal night Dec. 26 against Washington.

Fedorov missed his fourth straight game Wednesday night with a groin injury. Detroit also played without goalie Chris Osgood, who is nursing a pulled hamstring.

Vernon, making his second straight start in goal for Detroit, made 18 saves. Ron Hextall stopped 32 shots for Philadelphia.

Wednesday marked only the eighth time all season the Flyers have given up 30 or more shots.

``That's not normal for us,'' Hextall said. ``We're normally a defense-oriented team, and the last couple of nights we've strayed away from that a little bit.''

Hextall made three big saves in the final minute to send the game into overtime. He got a glove on a shot by Lidstrom, stick-saved Steve Yzerman's try just after the subsequent faceoff and later stopped Lidstrom again.

``He can really take over,'' Murray said of Hextall. ``He really gets his emotions and adrenaline going in a game like that.''

The Flyers are 0-6-2 in their past eight visits to Detroit and haven't won in Joe Louis Arena since Nov. 4, 1988.

When told of that, Lindros looked around and noticed that parts of the visiting dressing room in Detroit are painted orange.

``I don't know why we can't win here,'' Lindros said. ``I mean, they painted the dressing room for us.''

Wednesday's game was the first of back-to-back meetings between the Flyers and Red Wings, who play again Saturday in Philadelphia.

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