Stars 3, Flyers 2 (OT): Playoff hopes getting dicey

Updated: March 27, 2018 at 11:46 pm by Matt Brauckmann

The Flyers once again had a lead in this game. They once again managed to walk away with less than two points in a crucial game against a team that had lost eight straight games.

FIRST PERIOD

Specials teams came to the forefront early on in this one. Just over a minute into the game, Provorov got nailed for hooking and that sent Dallas to the power play. The Stars had some chances but Mrazek stood tall and kept the Flyers from what could have been a devastating blow just a few minutes into the game.

After the Flyers killed off that penalty, they got a power play of their own as Kari Lehtonen tripped up Travis Konecny and sent the Flyers to the power play. The Flyers started the man-advantage out well but could not really get anything going and they failed to capitalize.

Just a few short minutes after the Flyers failed to capitalize, the Stars found the back of the net to open up the scoring. The shot kicked out off the end-boards, Mrazek was caught out of position, and Manning failed to tie up his man. Radek Faksa made it 1-0 Stars.

That seemed to have injected some life into the Flyers. Immediately after the Stars took the lead, Travis Konecny came out and laid a bone-crushing hit on Dan Hamhuis in the corner, that led to a turnover, which in turn led to a scoring chance all-alone for Travis Konecny in front. Kari Lehtonen stood tall on that one, but not for long.

On his next shift, Konecny was once again all over the ice. After skating all over the offensive zone, he fired a wrist shot that beat Lehtonen and tied the game up at 1.

That goal was Konecny’s 23rd of the year.

The Flyers outshot the Stars, 11-10 in the first period.

SECOND PERIOD

The Flyers came out in the second period buzzing. The jump in their step would pay off as Ivan Provorov found the back of the net off of a beautiful pass from Wayne Simmonds on the rush. That goal would put the Flyers up 2-1 early on in the second period.

The Flyers would enjoy that lead for about 10 minutes before Andrew MacDonald took an ill-advised delay of game penalty by firing the puck over the glass. The Stars went on to capitalize just 20 seconds into the power play off of a shot that ricocheted around in front of the net. That left the game tied at two.

The Flyers and Stars would go on to trade scoring chances for the rest of the second period. It was a fast-paced, in-your-face period in which you could tell both teams were fighting for points. The second period ended with Janmark and Simmonds exchanging some pleasantries, but the gloves were never dropped.

The Flyers would go on to outshoot the Stars 8-5 in the second period.

THIRD PERIOD

The third period was much of the same stuff as the second. The Flyers came out and had a few solid chances to put the puck in the back of the net early on, but could not capitalize. That would once again lead to another overtime game for the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers outshot Dallas 13-6 in the third period.

OVERTIME

The overtime was a quick one tonight. The Flyers had a chance early on and then failed to cover defensively, leading to a 2 on 0 in which Tyler Seguin put the icing on the cake in this one.

QUICK HITTERS

Travis Konecny once again looked like a player that was possessed on the ice. His hard forechecking and perseverance on the puck led to several scoring chances for the Flyers in this game. Even though he only came up with the one goal, he was a force on the ice nearly every shift. If the Flyers do make it to the playoffs, their opponent will have some serious grit to contend against everytime Konecny steps onto the ice.

Petr Mrazek looked much better in this game and can hopefully build some confidence moving toward the playoffs (assuming the Flyers are to make it). Mrazek had been pulled in two of his previous five starts and had looked to lack confidence in net. He also was sporting a save-percentage that was way below .900. He looked a lot more stable in net tonight and that will be a huge lift for the team over the next few games.

With the Devils winning and Flyers losing tonight, the Flyers no longer control their own destiny. If New Jersey and Florida win out, the Flyers will be out of the playoffs, regardless of what they do. The Flyers need to keep pushing ahead and not look at what is behind them if they want to have any prayer at making the playoffs. Tomorrow night brings another tough test. The Flyers will play a Colorado team that has been very good this season and is just one point out of a playoff spot. You can bet that they will come out on home-ice firing on all cylinders. The Flyers will need to be at the top of their game.

NEXT GAME

Flyers at Colorado Avalanche, Wednesday, 10:00 PM

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