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POSTGAME 5: Star Struck

Flyers snake-bitten in 4-1 loss to Dallas

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers dropped their fourth straight game and the Dallas Stars snapped a five-game losing skid with a 4-1 win over the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.

Sean Couturier tallied to give the Flyers an early lead they couldn't hold. Roope Hintz, Esa Lindell and veteran winger Corey Perry scored for the Stars, while defenseman Miro Heiskanen added an empty-netter.

Carter Hart went extraordinarily long stretches without seeing any shots. He finished with 10 saves on 13 shots. Dallas had only two shots on Hart -- one goal -- plus an empty netter in the third period. Ben Bishop was much busier, stopping 35 of 36.

Three Stars:
1st: Corey Perry (1g-2a)
2nd: Roope Hintz (1g, +2)
3rd: Ben Bishop (38 saves on 39 shots)

TURNING POINT
The Flyers had the early pressure in the first period, and a 1-0 lead, but then Perry and Benn won a puck battle, Benn passed to Hintz and the red-hot Finn took it from there. He powered past Matt Niskanen, taking the puck to the net and scoring on his own followup.

MELTZER'S TAKE
* After three quick icings -- one by Dallas, two by Philly -- the Flyers connected on a beautiful tic (Giroux) - tac (Konecny) - toe (goal scorer Couturier) sequence as the Stars got caught puck-watching on a 3-on-3 rush. After the Flyers generated strong pressure on their first power play, Dallas won a battle in the Flyers zone, Hintz took the puck to the net and followed up his own rebound to tie the game at 1-1. Lindell's power play deflection in front gave Hart no chance. The Flyers had the better of territorial play for the first half of the period. The latter part belonged to Dallas.Video: DAL@PHI: Couturier finishes sweet tic-tac-toe play

* Shots were few and far between for both teams -- four for the Flyers and one for Dallas -- for the first 12+ minutes of the second period. Both teams survived a close call apiece: chances for Jakub Voracek and Oskar Lindblom in succession on the doorstep and one for Jamie Benn that barely missed as it went off both posts and stayed out. 

* The Flyers did very little with their third power play opportunity of the game. Dallas' second power play was short-circuited by Alexander Radulov taking a needless tripping penalty. Shot attempts in the 2nd period were 17 for the Flyers (9 on net, 6 blocked, 2 missed), 10 for Dallas (1 on net, 2 blocked, 7 missed).

* On the Stars second shot since the first period, Corey Perry had a lane to go over the middle off the boards and scored on a simple backhander. Dallas remained frozen on 13 shots for the game through most of the final period until they tacked on a Miro Heiskanen empty netter with 1:55 left.

* Bishop stepped up in the third period for Dallas, but he also left out a couple rebounds the Flyers didn't get to and saw most of the shots clearly.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers had 39 shots on goal and had 16 of 18 skaters register at least one shot on goal... They now have a total of 91 shots on goal in the last two games. 

* James van Riemsdyk led the Flyers with nine shots on goal. It was his second consecutive nine-shot game... Prior to tonight's game, van Riemsdyk led all NHL players with shots per-game at 4.6.

* Travis Konecny added an assist on Couturier's goal, he leads the team with eight points (3g-5a) and has recorded a point in five of six games so far this season.

* Sean Couturier has points in three straight games (1g-2a)... Claude Giroux went 82.4 percent on faceoffs (14-for-17)... Ivan Provorov led the team in ice-time (24:07).

* The Flyers return to action on Monday when they face the Vegas Golden Knights at the Wells Fargo Center (7pm, NBCSP & 97.5 The Fanatic).

THEY SAID IT
Video: Hear from van Riemsdyk, Stewart and Hart after lossVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following loss to DAL

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