Flyers fall 2-1 to Stars for first home loss of season

Updated: October 20, 2015 at 11:17 pm by Brady Trettenero

Five-day breaks aren’t ideal.

Sean Couturier scored his first goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough, as the Philadelphia Flyers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Dallas Stars Tuesday for their first home loss of the season.

Tyler Seguin opened the scoring late in the first period, while his linemate Jamie Benn scored just 11 seconds into the second period, sending the Flyers into a 2-0 deficit they couldn’t recover from.

Steve Mason returned to the Flyers crease, stopping 30 of 32 shots, while Antti Niemi was excellent for Dallas, turning away 34 of 35 shots.

Couturier defected a shot past Niemi midway through the first period to bring the Flyers within one, but a costly penalty from Matt Read late in the game thwarted any comeback possibilities.

With the loss, the Flyers fall to 2-2-1 to open the season.

Key Stats/ Takeaways

  • Claude Giroux fired eight shots on goal in the loss. He had been credited with just nine shots on goal in his previous four games
  • The Flyers were outshot 14-17 in the first period. The rust from a 5-day break definitely showed early, as they could never really recover from a very poor start
  • Brandon Manning was burned on both the Dallas goals and finished the night a minus-2. Not a good game from the 25-year-old
  • Radko Gudas continues to be a destructive force. He finished with a game-high seven hits
  • Matt Read has quietly had a productive start to the season. With a helper tonight, he now has two goals and three points in his first five games
  • Mason looked good after giving way to Michal Neuvirth in the team’s previous two games. He made 30 saves and was only beat by superstars Seguin and Benn. Lots of positives for him to take from his return to the crease

The Highlight Reel

(The best Flyers GIFS from the game)

Antti Niemi robbing the Flyers


Ryan White applauding Roussel


Couturier scores his first


(The best tweets sent out during the game)

Those French guys

Speaking for a whole lot of people right now

Wells Fargo Center buzzing

Mason returns to the crease

Let’s go

Future Scout

Stars go up 1-0, yikes…that’s some reaction

Stick Taps

Benn assists Seguin for the opening goal, scores the 2-0 one

Nothing going on out there

Never want to be down 2-0 going into the third

Intermission speech

Jackets lose 7 straight to open season


Tonight could have been better

Capture This

(The best photos from the game)

Simmonds robbed by Niemi

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Captain

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Roussel was getting on everybody’s nerves tonight

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Next Up: Flyers vs. Bruins, Tuesday October 21, 8:00, TD Garden, NBC

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