Instant Replay: Stars 5, Flyers 1

Instant Replay: Stars 5, Flyers 1

Highlights: Flyers can't match Stars' momentum

December 7, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Tyler Seguin had a hat trick in the Stars' 5-1 win over the Flyers on Saturday. (AP)


DALLAS -- After the ice storm that paralyzed this city for more than a day, the Flyers were literally seeing Stars on Saturday afternoon at American Airlines Center.

Too many Stars, up close and personal, as they hammered goalie Steve Mason with a 5-1 rout.

The Flyers were sloppy, didn’t skate and continually were beaten up ice by a quicker team.

This was a game the Flyers should have won, all things considered. You beat Detroit, you should be able to handle the Stars, ranked just 10th in the Western Conference.

It was the first time as a Flyer that Mason gave up four goals in a game.

The Stars had nine minutes in power-play time in the opening period and did very little with the puck even though Mason had some fine saves. They had a seven minutes of power play to open the game, too.

Imagine how embarrassing it was for the Stars that the Flyers scored shortly after the Stars’ last power play of the period on Andrej Meszaros’ rebound of a Wayne Simmonds shot on goalie Dan Ellis to take a 1-0 lead into intermission.

No matter, Dallas blew the Flyers out of the arena with its skating and board play in the second period as Tyler Seguin recorded a natural hat trick.

Three goals in 1:02 at period’s end saw the game go from 1-1 to 4-1 as the Flyers' defense in front of Mason was brutal everywhere.

Ray Emery started the third period and finished the game.

Road trip
The Flyers are now 2-2 on this six-game, 12-day road trip. Next up is Ottawa on Monday night.

Kimmo Timonen was injured in the final three minutes of the second period and did not return. The Stars’ Vernon Fiddler suffered an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return.

Dallas’ second and third goals of the game saw heavy traffic in front of Mason, including his own players blocking his view. Alas, the Flyers failed to have that same kind of traffic in front of Ellis at the other end.

He’s a natural
That would be Seguin with his hat trick. Two of those goals came in the second period. Weird thing, the celebration of throwing hats, however, came after Valeri Nichushkin scored at 18:05 when it was announced the third Dallas goal had been changed from Jamie Benn to Seguin. Then the hats, which conveniently the Stars were giving out pregame to fans, came fluttering out of the stands.

Seguin and Nichushkin each had four points going into the third period.

Less than Magnificent Seven
Seven Flyers were minus-2 after two periods. Late in the game, each member of Claude Giroux's entire line was minus-3.

What a dumb one by Zac Rinaldo to open the game, exchanging words with Antoine Roussel, chasing him down the ice, then jumping him 1:15 into it.

Rinaldo got two minutes for instigation, five for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct giving the Stars a seven-minute power play. Officially, Rinaldo had four seconds time on ice and 27 minutes of penalties.

Special teams
The Flyers' PK units killed off the entire seven-minute power play at game’s start while Mason made five saves over that span. Really, it could have been 3-0 with some better power-play units over that much time.

Should point out that Dallas is ranked 29th worst on the power play (12 percent) and was 1 for 37 on the man advantage at home coming into the game. So the Flyers got a huge break there, too.

Save of game
Hard to say. Pick one. Mason during the last Stars power play of the first period when he robbed Ray Whitney in the right circle; Mason’s sliding save on Cody Eakin in the second; Mason’s save on Roussel soon after the Eakin save. Of course, those saves went to naught later.

Odd-man rushes
Through two periods, the Flyers, who had been pretty good at clogging up the middle of the ice lately, yielded three 2-on-1s. Two of them saw Mark Streit and Nick Grossmann on the ice.

Rinaldo gets a win over Roussel, who didn’t put up a fight at all.

Center Vinny Lecavalier (back spasms). Defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Hal Gill were healthy scratches.

Loose pucks
Besides the many hundreds of flights canceled in Dallas because of Thursday and Friday’s ice storm, the impact was felt at American Airlines Center, as well. Only 8,567 in attendance. ... The Flyers left for Ottawa after the game on their charter.