Shayne Gostisbehere netted a power-play goal and Michal Neuvirth made 41 saves, but it wasn’t enough, as the Philadelphia Flyers dropped a 3-1 decision to the Dallas Stars Friday night at the American Airlines Center.
Gostisbehere teed up a blast from Claude Giroux 9:23 into the second period to open the scoring, but three unanswered goals from Mattias Janmark, Antoine Rousell and Jamie Benn (empty net) gave the Stars the victory.
The Flyers were heavily outplayed on the night, getting outshot 44-20. Antti Niemi stopped 19 of 20 shots in goal for Dallas, who advance to 22-5-2 on the season.
With the loss, the Flyers (12-12-6) saw their four-game road winning streak snapped.
Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn had a great chance to give the Flyers the early lead as they broke in on a 2-on-1 in the first five minutes of play . Giroux feathered a pass across the ice to Schenn, who was denied by a sliding Niemi.
Neuvirth made a strong save after Tyler Seguin and Valeri Nichuskin had a a 2-on-1 in tight. Seguin got the puck over to the big Russian forward, but Neuvirth was able to slide over and make the save.
Neuvirth made a total of 18 saves in a hectic first-period that saw Wayne Simmonds take two minor penalties. A few key blocks from Nick Schultz and superb goaltending from Neuvirth helped shut down a red-hot Stars’ power play.
The Flyers were outshot 15-3 in the last 12 minutes of the opening period, as Neuvirth was the main reason the Flyers escaped with a 0-0 tie.
After a scoreless first period, the goals finally became to pile up in the second period. Shayne Gostisbehere put the Flyers up 1-0 with a power-play blast 9:23 into the frame. After Gostisbehere drew a holding the stick call against Stars’ forward Cody Eakin, the Flyers power play went to work.
Claude Giroux feathered a pass to Gostisbehere at the point, who wired one past Niemi for his fifth goal of the season, putting the Flyers up 1-0.
Unfortunately, penalty trouble and tired legs cost the Flyers in the middle frame. Mattias Janmark deflected a Jason Spezza shot past Neuvirth with just over five minutes remaining in the frame, before Rousell tucked home a loose puck in the crease just over three minutes later, putting Dallas up 2-1.
The Stars outshot the Flyers 16-6 in the period and built momentum as the Flyers were called for four minor penalties.
The Flyers had some chances in the final minutes of the third period with the goalie pulled, but after Gostisbehere’s shot was blocked at the blueline, Seguin was able to get the puck to Benn, who sealed the Flyers fate by putting a shot into the empty net.
The Flyers, who took down the Blues Thursday night, are off until Tuesday where they will play host to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Key Stats/ Takeaways
- Gostisbehere continues to be a story. The 22-year-old now leads all rookies with four power-play goals. All five of his NHL goals have been assisted by Claude Giroux. It’s like clockwork. While his failed shot attempt led to Benn’s goal, Gostisbeere dazzled all night with his skating and launched three shots on goal. He’s so much fun to watch
- Neuvirth is incredible. He was the sole reason this game wasn’t a blowout. He advanced his save percentage to an NHL-leading .939 tonight — simply mesmerizing. He’s the man in Philadelphia right now
- Claude Giroux extended his point streak to three games with an assist on Gostisbehere’s goal. He leads all NHL players in scoring since Nov.23 with 15 points in 10 games
- Jakub Voracek was moved up to Giroux’s line later in the game. He picked up an assist on the Gostisbehere power-play goal, but still hasn’t scored a goal in 13 games
- The Flyers managed to kill off all six of the Stars’ power-play tonight. Most credit goes to Neuvirth, but Schultz also had four blocks, while Gudas had five. It ain’t an easy task shutting down Benn, Seguin and Jason Spezza on the power play
The Highlight Reel
(The best Flyers GIFS from the game)
Warmups are lit
Watching Shayne Gostisbehere skate is so much fun
2-on-1 ain’t a problem for Neuvirth
When you’re used to scoring goals, but it’s Michal Neuvirth
Shayne Gostisbehere power-play rocket
Tyler Seguin, meet Michal Neuvirth
Wayne Train has no friends in Dallas
This rush from Giroux…wow. Love the apology after he shoots puck after the whistle
This Shayne Gostisbehere spin-o-rama breakout is a thing of beauty
Claude Giroux is mad
Let’s end this on a happier note…
(The best tweets sent out during the game)
Putting the bromance aside tonight. pic.twitter.com/5SB4L36EDC
— #LetsGoFlyers (@LetsGoFlyera) December 12, 2015
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 12, 2015
In Enemy Territory
We made it. Go Flyers! pic.twitter.com/wDY3ETiZGt
— #AstrosIn7 (@outonthepatio) December 12, 2015
Shayne Gostisbehere opens the scoring!
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 12, 2015
— Evening The Score (@ETSPhilly) December 12, 2015
Shayne Gostisbehere's one-timer was so heavy it sped up the rotation of earth and sent us into the future.
— Ryan Bright (@philabright) December 12, 2015
Stars have had a great game and they are now down1-0 to Philly in 2nd period. PP goal for Flyers. Stars up 21-12 SOG.
— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) December 12, 2015
And we’re losing
The game in a tweet
Flyers playing with very tired legs. Played last night and been chasing the best team in the NHL all night.
— Jason Myrtetus (@jasonmyrt) December 12, 2015
With the Flyers only scoring 1 goal tonight, prices will be TRIPLE at Papa John's tomorrow. Use promo code WELOST for the price gouge.
— Joe Quillen (@phillyguy73) December 12, 2015
(The best photos from the game)
Reason to celebrate
When you’ve given up on life
NEXT UP: Flyers vs. Hurricanes, Tuesday December 15, 7:00, Wells Fargo Center