By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers head to Dallas to take on the Stars in what amounts to another important matchup. The Stars are 2-6-2 in their last ten games which hopefully means the Flyers have a good chance to earn two points and continue to push for the playoffs.
First period: The game opened the way most Flyers games open lately, with the opposition hemming them in their zone. The Stars had a flurry of chances early and while they didn’t capitalize, they drew a penalty on Provorov. The Flyers killed the penalty but their play was still lagging. Dallas’ threat came to a head as Faksa hammered one home after Manning lost his man and Mrazek was out of position.
Konecny had one heck of a period. A shift which included a crushing hit on Hamhuis, then dangled on Lehtonen who he had beat, but couldn’t get it past him. A few minutes later Konecny had another solid shift which resulted in a goal to tie the game at one.
Second period: Provorov scored just 2:03 into the second period to give the Flyers their first lead of the game. Ritchie answered back at the mid-point of the second period as he tipped in a Radulov shot. It was the Konecny and Simmonds show so far tonight as both have had the best scoring chances and been the more physical players for the Flyers.
Third period: A pretty bland period as both teams were playing for overtime.
Overtime: The overtime lasted just 40 seconds, but it was an insane 40 seconds. Radulov ends it after a great pass from Seguin, who showed incredible talent staying onsides during the zone entry.
Takeaways: Well, here we are again. The Flyers are a team that needs just enough points to not lose any ground. While playing for overtime isn’t ideal, getting one point is better than getting no points. However with the playoffs on the horizon, one has to worry if they can turn it on when it matters the most.
Three stars of the game:
3) Wayne Simmonds
2) Travis Konecny
1) Alex Radulov
DAL: Faksa (Roussel, Hamhuis)
PHI: Konecny (Gostisbehere, Giroux)
PHI: Provorov (Gostisbehere, Simmonds)
DAL: Ritchie (Radulov, Seguin)
DAL: Radulov (Seguin, Klingberg)