Luke Glendening was in grade school the first time he set foot in Joe Louis Arena sitting in the stands idolizing Steve Yzerman.

Glendening was there as a player Saturday looking especially good on a third-period penalty kill that helped the Wings past the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2.

Glendening and Drew Miller twice skated the puck into Philly’s zone during that power play eating valuable seconds off the clock in what was at the time a one-goal game. Glendening disrupted a play between Kimmo Timonen and Claude Giroux.

“Glennie he made a great read on that play” coach Mike Babcock said.

Glendening joked he and Miller “were pretty tired out there we got caught out there too long but it was nice to get our number called in that situation.”

Goaltender Jimmy Howard said the kill was huge “especially late in the game. Glens made a great play to pick off that two-on-one play. It’s great to see by a young guy late in a game step up like that.”

The Wings liked what Glendening 24 showed during training camp enough that his ability at center played into the decision to waive Cory Emmerton who was sent to the minors Friday.