The Philadelphia Flyers lost an ugly game 5-1 against the Dallas Stars on Saturday afternoon. They allowed a hat trick by Tyler Seguin and were shown up by back up netminder Dan Ellis.
The first period started with a bang. Only 75 seconds into regulation Zac Rinaldo challenged Antoine Roussel to a fight. Roussel did not drop his gloves and Rinaldo was slammed with 27 minutes of penalties and a game misconduct. The Flyers spent the next seven minutes on the penalty kill. They successfully killed the penalties off, however, players like Simmonds, B Schenn, and Downie barely touched the ice through the first half of the period. The Flyers finally settled in and got a power play chance of their own later in the first. They did not capitalize and they gave the Stars a two minute power play late in the period. They killed that penalty off as well. With 1:09 left in the period, Wayne Simmonds made a brilliant play to get the puck to the front of the net and Andrej Meszaros put it home to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. After spending 45% of the period on the PK (9 of 20 mins), the Flyers were only down in shots 13-11 and winning the game.
The second period was a disaster for Philadelphia. They allowed a goal by Seguin only 39 seconds into the period. However, after that the two teams played a relatively even period. With 2:57 to go in the second Seguin scored his second goal of the period. In the next 1:02 Seguin and Nichushkin both scored to make it 4-1. The Flyers finished the period down 4-1 and also down in shots 26-17.
The third period was relatively boring. Ray Emery replaced Steve Mason in goal even though Mason actually looked good over the first two periods. There were very few shots or chances by either team. The Flyers allowed a shorthanded goal about 15 minutes into the period off of a lazy turnover. Towards the end of the game, Couturier got into a scrum with Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon and they both left the game. The third period had very little action whatsoever. The Flyers tallied 11 shots to the Stars 8.
-This game is the first time since becoming a Flyer that Steve Mason allowed four goals in a game. Congrats to Mason on that streak. Mason played well and being pulled was not a punishment for his play but a wake up call to the team.
-Zac Rinaldo seems to have thoroughly regressed from last year. He is back in his rookie, undisciplined form.
-The Stars top line accounted for four goals while the Flyers top unit was invisible for most of the game. That is unacceptable.
-The Flyers defense is really slow. Nicklas Grossmann led all Flyers defensemen with 22:40 of ice time . Grossmann is a good 2nd-3rd pairing stay-at-home defenseman, but should not be relied upon for the most ice time on the teams defense corps.
-Speaking of defensemen, Kimmo Timonen did not play in the third period. It is unknown as of this writing why he was held out of the game.
-For the third time this season, the Flyers missed an opportunity to go above .500.
-This game makes me even more nervous to play Chicago and Montreal next week.