An offensive outpouring by Dallas in the third period saw the Flyers drop their third straight game.
Back at it after a few days off, Carter Hart manned the net yet again for the Flyers. And despite making 60 saves, it wasn’t enough to grab the victory.
There wasn’t much going on early between the two teams. Five minutes in, there were only five shots taken. The Stars has the early edge of 3-2 in that department. So things were pretty even to start.
The Flyers went to their first power play halfway through the first. They fired off four shots on the man advantage and looked dangerous. But Ben Bishop shut them down.
It looked like we were going to go into the first intermission without a score. But Dallas changed that on a late power-play chance. Scott Laughton was sent to the box for slashing with less than two minutes to go. Corey Perry only needed four seconds as he cashed in on a rebound chance.
Voracek would redeem himself, tying the game early into the second period. After Travis Konecny carried the puck in, he sent a pass to Sean Couturier in the middle of the zone. Couturier’s pass was knocked away briefly by Jamie Oleksiak. Voracek grabbed the puck and quickly fired it from in tight and past the outstretched leg of Bishop.
Derek Grant grabbed the go-ahead goal a few minutes later. The Flyers had Dallas hemmed in their own zone. Travis Sanheim sent a pass to Nicolas Aube-Kubel at the side of the net. He protected the puck long enough for Grant to become open in the slot. Grant found space just between the arm and leg of Bishop to put the Flyers up 2-1.
Couturier increased the lead to 3-1 later on in the period. Konecny won a board battle behind the net and got the pass to Couturier who was waiting at the faceoff dot. The Stars’ defense was caught on the wrong side, allowing Couturier to get the open shot and beat Bishop through the five-hole.
The Stars climbed back in with a goal midway through the second. Tyler Seguin came speeding into the zone and took the pass from John Klingberg. Ivan Provorov couldn’t make contact in time as Seguin shot’s beat Hart cleanly. Provorov may have ended up screening his own goaltender in the process.
Denis Gurianov scored the equalizer for Dallas with under four minutes left in the period. After the original shot was missed, Joe Pavelski would grab the puck against the boards and spin around Travis Sanheim. The puck made its way back to Gurianov. Robert Hagg just missed deflecting the puck as Gurianov elevated the shot, grabbing his own rebound and tucking it behind Hart.
With how the second period went, it was gonna be a close final frame. Dallas grabbed the lead back on a goal by Mattias Janmark. Kevin Hayes picked off a Stars pass, but couldn’t keep control. Klingberg grabbed it back and got it to Janmark at the side of the net. Hart was too far over and couldn’t make it back to the post in time.
Things got sloppy quickly for the Flyers as they gave up numerous odd-man chances and Hart could only stop so much while being left to dry. Seguin scored his second of the night after the Flyers turned it over in their offensive end. Jamie Benn sent a cross-ice pass to Seguin who fired the one-timer past Hart.
The flood gates continued to open for Dallas as Radek Faksa made it 6-3 with just under 11 minutes to go. Janmark’s shot was stopped but the rebound went right to Faksa who had plenty of open net to shoot at.
Roope Hintz added a late goal for Dallas as they steamrolled over the Flyers for the 7-3 victory.
There won’t be much time to think this one over. The Flyers will be back in action tomorrow night against the Nashville Predators.