Flyers 2, Stars 1 post-game: Seeing Ghosts

Updated: December 17, 2017 at 3:40 pm by Brady Trettenero

Six straight wins.

Shayne Gostisbehere scored twice, including in overtime, to lead the Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday evening.

Brian Elliott made 26 saves and Jakub Voracek had two assists to help Philadelphia extend the winning streak.

Highlights

First Period

Gemel Smith opened the scoring 7:13 into the first period. It was a perfect pass from Remi Elie.

Second Period

Shayne Gostisbehere scored his first of two goals on the night midway through the second period. Jakub Voracek’s shot came off the boards and Gostisbehere was able to follow up and score a beautiful diving goal.

Overtime

With Alexander Radulov in the penalty box, Gostisbehere scored in overtime to give the Flyers the victory. The Stars were upset over possible goaltender interference, but the goal was deemed legal. Jakub Voracek made a great play to keep the puck onside and Gostisbehere beat Bishop with a clean shot after receiving the pass from Jake.

Statistics

Notes/ Takeaways

Shayne Gostisbehere is starting to look like the sensational blueliner we saw throughout his rookie campaign. He scored four overtime winners during the 2015-16 season and he delivered in the clutch Saturday against Dallas. He’s a plus-5 during this recent winning streak and logged 23:14 of ice time in the latest victory. Both goals were scored on the man advantage, as Ghost is looking lethal as ever quarterbacking the first power-play unit.

For all the neverending chatter of goaltending controversy in Philadelphia, Brian Elliott is doing a really good job at keeping people quiet. In both games against Buffalo and Dallas, Elliott gave up the game’s opening goal, before rebounding and shutting the door the rest of the way. He’s been in net for all six of the team’s victories on the winning streak and has boosted his save percentage to .915 on the season. The Flyers need a goaltender they can count on every night, and it’s easy to feel confident in Elliott heading into games right now.

This turnaround is pretty nuts. The Flyers are only the third team in NHL history to immediately follow a losing streak of 10 games or more with a win streak of six games or more. The Maple Leafs hold the record what what they did in 1966-67. Toronto lost 11 straight and then won seven in a row.

The Flyers return to action against the Kings tomorrow tonight at 7:00 PM.

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