Matt Carle, Johan Franzen
Detroit Red Wings' Johan Franzen (93), of Sweden, looks to create some offense while being chased by Philadelphia Flyers' Matt Carle during the first period of their NHL hockey game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza) Jerry S. Mendoza

The Philadelphia Flyers won 922 regular-season and playoff games between Nov. 5, 1988 and Saturday.

Not one of those wins came in Detroit.

The Flyers' 3-2 win over the Red Wings on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena was their first in more than 22 years in the Motor City. Their Nov. 4, 1988 win in Detroit was five months before the birth of James van Riemsdyk, who scored the Flyers' first goal Sunday.

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It's easy to look up the average prices of milk ($2.30 per gallon) and gas ($1.08 per gallon) in 1988, or to point out that Ronald Reagan was still president then.

But here's a more hockey-centric perspective of how long it has been.

The last time the Flyers won in Detroit, their captain was Dave Poulin. Terry Carkner, Murray Craven, Scott Mellanby and Brian Propp scored in that 4-3 win over the Red Wings. The late Peter Zezel had two assists. Goalie Mark LaForest made 31 saves. A 23-year-old Steve Yzerman had a hat trick for Detroit.

The Flyers' coach in that game was Paul Holmgren, who was fired three years later but now is the club's general manager. In the meantime, he worked briefly as a Flyers scout, coached the Hartford Whalers and held several posts in the Flyers' front office.

After Holmgren, nine coaches came and left Philadelphia without ever winning in Detroit: Bill Dineen, Terry Simpson, Terry Murray, Wayne Cashman, Roger Neilson, Craig Ramsay, Bill Barber, Ken Hitchcock and John Stevens.

Ron Sutter, Rick Tocchet, Kevin Dineen, Eric Lindros, Eric Desjardins, Keith Primeau, Derian Hatcher, Peter Forsberg and Jason Smith have all worn the captain's "C" on their orange and black sweaters since 1988 without winning in Detroit.

The Flyers have won 18 playoff series in those 22 years, but they haven't won in Detroit. They even got a shot at doing in the Stanley Cup finals in 1997, but the Red Wings won both of their home games en route to a four-game sweep in that series.

In 1988, there were no Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers or Atlanta Thrashers.

The Dallas Stars were still the Minnesota North Stars, the Phoenix Coyotes were the Winnipeg Jets, the Colorado Avalanche were the Quebec Nordiques and the Carolina Hurricanes were the Hartford Whalers.

In those 22 years, the Ducks, Lightning, Stars, Avalanche and Hurricanes have all hoisted the Stanley Cup.

One team that hasn't won the Cup in that time: The Flyers. As nice as it was for Flyers fans to finally see a win in Detroit, they undoubtedly would love for this drought to be only the second-biggest one their team snaps this season.

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