The Philadelphia Flyers hosted the Dallas Stars on Saturday, October 19 for a regular season game. This was the first of two meetings for these clubs in the regular season. Both teams were looking to end a losing streak and get back on the winning side of the standings. After an abysmal performance in Western Canada, The Flyers had the chance to regroup and refocus in front of a home crowd. They instead played arguably their worst game of the season so far.
The Flyers hit the ground running very early in the game by scoring a goal 43 seconds into the 1st period. The top line of Giroux, Couturier, and Konecny were able to play through the Dallas zone and force Ben Bishop out of position for a “tic-tac-goal” style of play. Giroux to Konecny, Konecny to Couturier, Couturier to the back of the net. 1-0, Philadelphia. The Flyers had the perfect chance to put pressure on The Stars soon after the first goal due to an early power play opportunity. Dallas, however, managed to kill the penalty and then tie the game to one goal a piece thanks to Roope Hintz slamming his own rebound to get one past Carter Hart.
Esa Lindell gave Dallas the lead later in the 1st period while on the power play. The 2nd period didn’t see any goal scoring from either team. Ben Bishop of the Dallas Stars seemed zoned in after the 1st period, answering all shots sent his way by the Flyers for the remainder of the game. Former Anaheim Duck, Corey Perry beat Carter Hart on the backhand giving Dallas a comfortable 3-1 lead in the 3rd period. In an attempt to generate offense and boost morale on the ice, Alain Vigneault pulled Carter Hart for an extra skater. The tactic was short lived, however, due to Miro Heiskanen scoring an empty net goal. 4-1, Dallas.
The Flyers will remain home for their next game which is against The Vegas Golden Knights on Monday at 7pm EST. They will look to end their current 4 game losing streak and gain some momentum before heading off to Chicago to face the Blackhawks on Thursday.
-Jamie Martinez (@jmart9400)
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