|Flyers mob Giroux after he scores the GWG|
"We're happy to win the game, Claude Giroux told CSNPhilly after the contest. "It's an ugly win but we'll take it."
The 'ugly' win Giroux was referring to was allowing 5 in the game, including 2 goals late in the 2nd period and another late in the 3rd, forcing the Flyers to make multiple comebacks tonight, before finally giving themselves a chance to win it.
The Flyers played a pretty solid opening period despite allowing the first goal against. Stars defenseman Trevor Daley scored the opening goal after a great passing play on the PowerPlay. But the Flyers responded scoring twice before the period was out. Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn scored goals just 1:53 minutes apart. Couturier found a loose puck in front after RJ Umberger deflected Andy MacDonald's point shot, while Schenn deposited brother Luke's rebound.
The 2nd period was a sloppier one that saw Dallas out score Philadelphia 3-0. Erik Cole scored the tying goal on a 2 on 1 after Luke Schenn was caught in the neutral zone. Later in the period, the Flyers were called on a phantom 'Too Many Men' penalty and Dallas cashed in again. Daley scored on a passing play very similar to his first PowerPlay tally. Just 56 seconds later, Streit, Giroux and Nick Schultz were all caught behind the net leaving Jamie Benn wide open in front to give the Stars a 2 goal lead with only 31 seconds remaining in the middle stanza.
In the 3rd period, the Flyers came back to life. Andy MacDonald fueled the comeback with a blast from the point on the PowerPlay for his first of the season. Then Jake Voracek tied it up with just under 6 minutes to play, depositing Schultz's rebound.
However, the Stars grabbed their lead back almost immediately. Only 40 seconds later, Jason Spezza jabbed at Ray Emery, who replaced Steve Mason at the start of the 3rd period, and the puck came loose of Emery's glove and into the net, forcing the Flyers to comeback once again.
For the third time in this hockey game, the Flyers equalized. Michael Raffl got a fortuitous bounce when he centered the puck to Giroux. The puck never made it to Claude as it deflected off a Stars defenseman's skate and into the back of the net.
Giroux scores the winner
"Good character win," said coach Craig Berube summing up the game. "A team has to learn to quit chasing games so much. Going down 1 goal is not a huge deal, but going down 2 goals it makes it a lot tougher. That's the kind of stuff that we have to clean up."
The huge victory gives the Flyers points now in 3 straight games leaving them with a 1-2-2 record on the season
- Philadelphia scored a PowerPlay goal for the 4th consecutive game.
- The Flyers went 2-5 tonight on the PowerPlay.
- Philadelphia's 3 game streak of not allowing a PowerPlay goal against ended tonight as they gave up 2 versus Dallas (1 for 3).
- RJ Umberger picked up his first point (assist) since returning to the Flyers.
- Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen falls to 0-10-3 against the Flyers in his career.
- Jake Voracek has scored points in all 5 games this season.
- Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds are both on a 4 game point streak.
- Mark Streit picked up 2 assists, took 5 shots and led the Flyers in ice time with 26:26 minutes.
- Giroux led the Flyers with 6 shots tonight. Claude has taken 24 shots in his last 4 games.
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers will look to put together their first winning streak of the season when they head to Chicago to face the Blackhawks.