POSTGAME 5: Stars hold off Flyers third period rally
/ Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers ended their three-game homestand with a 2-1 loss at the hands of the visiting Dallas Stars… Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn each recorded a goal and an assist, while off-season acquisition Antti Niemi made 34 saves in the victory… The win gives the Stars their fourth straight victory, while the Flyers snapped a two-game win streak and dropped their first home game of the year… Sean Couturier scored just past the midway point of the third period to bring the Flyers within one goal as Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read picked up the assists… Steve Mason returned to action for the first time since missing the last two games for personal reasons and stopped 30 of 32 shots… All three goals in the contest were scored at even strength.
Less than a minute worth of time spanned between two periods. The Flyers gave up the game’s first goal with 52 seconds remaining in the first period and then surrendered another goal to give the Stars a 2-0 lead 11 seconds into the second period on a broken play from the center face off circle. Antti Niemi kept the Stars in it with some key saves at key moments and the Stars forwards kept the puck away from the Flyers for most of the game to keep the Flyers to just one goal despite being outshot 15 to 6 in the final period.
First: Antti Niemi - Stopped nearly every shot he faced, making 34 saves on 35 shots to earn his second win of the season… Despite allowing a goal, he stopped 14 of 15 shots in the third period from the Flyers.
Second: Jamie Benn - Posted an assist on the first Stars goal and then recorded the game-winner early in the second period to give him six goals and 10 points on the season.
Third: Sean Couturier - Scored the lone Flyers goal, his first of the season, in the third period to give the Flyers a chance at the equalizer. He appeared in 17:53 of ice time, over five of which came on special teams (PP-3:09, SH-2:29).
Until Tyler Seguin’s first period goal, Flyers’ team shutout streak was at 151 minutes, 13 seconds - it dated back to the third period of their game at Florida on Oct. 10… The Flyers killed off both Dallas power plays - they have now killed off 14 consecutive shorthanded situations, including 13 in the last three games… The line of Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek and Michael Raffl accounted for 17 of the Flyers’ 35 shots (Giroux 8, Voracek 6, Raffl 3)… Michael Del Zotto led all players on both teams in ice-time with 23:46 on 29 shifts… Radko Gudas led the Flyers with seven hits - he now has 16 hits in three games as a Flyer… Sean Couturier scored his first goal of the season, giving the Flyers six different goal scorers on their eight goals scored so far this season.
“You don’t always get the bounces. All you can really do is look to the positives in this game and build on it from there. We have another one tomorrow night. That’s the best part about the NHL. We have another opportunity for redemption. It may not be against the stars but we’re going to come out hard against Boston tomorrow.” (Wayne Simmonds)
“I think the third was our best period. I agree. We were down two goals, we want to get a good push, come out hard and get one. We came close, we had our chances. We just have to think about tomorrow." (Sean Couturier)
“I always go back to what type of opportunities are we producing? I thought the second power play for sure the first period produced. I think we have to stay mentally positive with it. Maybe sometimes, just have to get a little simpler and just find a way to get one to go and that will open it up.” (Dave Hakstol)