Philadelphia Flyers vs Dallas Stars
Wells Fargo Center, Game 69, Home Game 34
FINAL SCORE: Flyers 4 | Stars 2
SHOTS: Flyers 29 | Stars 35
Buzz On Broad’s Standout Stars
1) Steve Mason (33 saves)
2) Wayne Simmonds (2 goals)
3) Jamie Benn (2 goals)
The starting lineup for Philadelphia:
LW- Scott Hartnell | C- Claude Giroux | RW- Jake Voracek
D- Mark Streit | D- Nicklas Grossmann
G- Steve Mason
Notable scratches in Tuesday night’s lineup: (Erik Gustaffson, Jay Rosehill, Hal Gil)
The starting lineup for Dallas:
LW- Erik Cole | C- Colton Sceviour | RW- Cody Eakin
D- Brenden Dillon | D- Jordie Benn
G- Tim Thomas
Notable scratches in Thursdaynight’s lineup: (Shawn Horcoff, Rich Peverley, Kevin Connauton)
1st Period Quick-Hits
Score: Flyers 2 | Stars 0
Shots: Flyers 12 | Stars 12
10:23 Mark Streit (9) Assists: Giroux
13:21 PPG Wayne Simmonds (22) Assists: Hartnell, Voracek
Flyers started game chasing a bit and got stuck in their own end on several possessions but were bailed out by Steve Mason. But as Philadelphia got into its physical groove the ice began to tilt in the other direction. Midway through the period Claude Giroux won a face off back to Mark Streit who deposited a bullet behind Dallas netminder Tim Thomas to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.
Minutes later the Flyers’ red hot power play went to work after an elbow by Ryan Garbutt on Wayne Simmonds. A scrum in front lead to a Simmonds slam dunk at 13:21, giving his team the 2-0 advantage. The goal was Simmonds’ 22nd of the season and 13th power play tally.
The period ended with a second Philadelphia power play as the Flyers kept up the pressure, earning several scoring chances in the waning moments of the period, taking advantage of the Jordie Benn hooking call, but Philly couldn’t get anything to go. The Flyers will start the second period with a brief man advantage carry over.
2nd Period Quick-Hits
Score: Flyers 0 (2) | Stars 1 (1)
Shots: Flyers 13 (25) | Stars 17 (29)
12:48 PPG Jamie Benn (28) Assists: Seguin, Goligoski
The Stars owned the period, outshooting the Flyers 17-13, possessing the puck and forcing the Flyers back into their old bad habits, chasing in the defensive zone and taking penalties. Steve Mason has 28 saves through two periods and his highlight reel second stanza is the sole reason Philadelphia takes a one goal lead into the third.
Philadelphia’s streak of consecutive penalties killed reached 20 when they successfully defended Zac Rinaldo’s offensive zone hook midway through the second but the streak came to an end moments later when Dallas converted the second half of a 5-on-3 into Jamie Benn’s 28th goal of the year.
Simmonds was called for holding near the end of the period and nearly scored out of the box as time expired after a successful kill but was hauled down beside the net after forcing a neutral zone turnover and rushing at Tim Thomas.
3rd Period/OT Quick-Hits
Score: Flyers 2 (4) | Stars 1 (2)
Shots: Flyers 29 | Stars 35
12:21 Wayne Simmonds (23) Assists: Lecavalier, B. Schenn
16:48 Michael Raffl (9) Assists: Couturier, Timonen
12:51 Jamie Benn (29) Assists: Seguin
The Stars came out pressuring in the third, attempting to snap their three-game losing streak. The Flyers did a better job of limiting Dallas’ shots but still got stuck in their own end for prolonged periods of time throughout the final frame.
An insurance goal off a Wayne Simmonds wrist shot made the score 3-1 with seven minutes remaining but 30 seconds later Jamie Benn scored his second of the game on a puck that took a weird carom off the boards behind Mason and sat next to the crease to be tapped home. Dallas continued the pressure but Sean Couturier hit a streaking Michael Raffl with a pass that split the Stars’ defense and Raffl baffled Thomas with a forehand-backhand deke and buried the knockout goal to make the score 4-2 with under four minutes remaining.
Dallas pulled their goalie but to no evail as the man-down units of Philadelphia continued their stellar work, putting the game away and extending the Flyers’ win streak to four.