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Despite being outshot by a ridiculously wide margin, the Flyers did what they always seem to do when they face the Detroit Red Wings at the Wells Fargo Center: find a way to win.

Brayden Schenn's third-period power-play goal and Ray Emery's brilliant goaltending lifted the Flyers to an improbable, 4-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday night, extending their home winning streak against the Red Wings to nine games since 1997.

Schenn redirected Jake Voracek's shot past goalie Jonas Gustavsson, giving the Flyers a 3-2 lead with 8 minutes, 55 seconds remaining. Before Schenn's goal, Detroit had been successful on all 25 penalty kills, its longest streak to start a season in 59 years.

Emery, in his second straight start, made 35 saves and improved to 3-0-1. He has registered seven of the Flyers' eight points.

"Ray held the fort for us until we got going," said defenseman Nick Grossmann, who scored a goal and contributed five hits and six blocked shots.

The Flyers, who iced the win on Michael Raffl's empty-net goal, were outshot, 37-17. They improved to 3-3-2 with their first home win in four tries.

"It was a little bit painful at times, the way we were playing, but Razor kept us in it," Schenn said, referring to Emery by his nickname.

With 13:59 left in the third period, Raffl, sent in alone on a nice feed by Voracek, gave the Flyers a brief 2-1 lead. But just 42 seconds later, Pavel Datsyuk got behind defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere (who lost his stick) and Mark Streit and beat Emery with a backhander, tying it at 2.

Earlier in the day, Gostisbehere, who made his NHL debut, talked about how much he admired Datsyuk, Detroit's longtime star.

"I'm pretty sure we've all YouTubed Datsyuk's amazing goals on the computer," Gostisbehere said. "It's going to be an eye-opener facing him out there."

Gostisbehere was "fine" in 12:27 of action, coach Craig Berube said.

Thoroughly outplayed for most of the first two periods, the Flyers came to life on a goal by stay-at-home defenseman Grossmann, of all people.

Chris VandeVelde, operating behind the goal line near the side boards, threw a slick pass out front, and Grossmann, pinching in, converted it for just his sixth goal over nine NHL seasons. That tied the score at 1 with 1:39 left in a Detroit-dominated second period, one in which it outshot the Flyers, 13-3.

The Red Wings held a 24-8 shots advantage in the first two periods, but Emery kept the Flyers in the game.

Detroit, which used a late comeback to score a 4-3 overtime win over the Penguins on Thursday, took advantage of Claude Giroux's defensive lapse to take a 1-0 lead.

Giroux came over to help Grossmann guard Andrej Nestrasil on the right side, but that left Riley Sheahan all alone in front. Nestrasil slid a backhand pass to Sheahan, who easily beat Emery with 4:27 left in the opening period.

That marked the seventh time in the first eight games that the Flyers had surrendered the first goal.

Detroit got the first seven shots in the first period and the first 12 in the second. The Red Wings continually won board battles and beat the Flyers to loose pucks.

But the Flyers - who, according to Hockey Night in Canada, have offered veteran defenseman Ryan Whitney a two-way contract - played their best period in the last stanza.

"We didn't play a very good game, but two points is two points," said Berube, whose team blocked 31 shots.