NHL Recap: Philadelphia Flyers slow down Dallas Stars, 3-2

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NHL Recap: Philadelphia Flyers slow down Dallas Stars, 3-2

Ville Leino lit the lamp in the shootout to lift Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win against Dallas Stars, at American Airlines Centre on Saturday night.

Jeff Carter and Mike Richards each also notched a goal for Philadelphia, which won its fourth contest in six. Sergei Bobrovsky turned away 27 shots in the winning effort.

Alex Goligoski and Stephane Robidas both found the back of the net for Dallas, which has lost three of four games. Kari Lehtonen was solid between the pipes but came up just short in the loss, stopping 28 shots for Stars.

Philadelphia drew the first blood for 1-0 lead nearly 81 minutes remaining in the opening stanza. The goal came when Andrej Meszaros ripped a point shot on net and Carter deflected it home with his skate.

Richards gave Flyers a two-goal edge, 2-0, just 77 seconds into middle session, as he tipped a loose puck through Lehtonen's legs from close range.

However Dallas cut the deficit in half, 2-1, with 7:16 left in the middle frame, as Goligoski fired point shot that went through traffic and past a screened goalie.

Claude Giroux got a chance to score with seven minutes to play in the final frame, when he faced a wide-open net, but he failed to control the puck and his shot hit off the left post.

Just over a minute later, Toby Petersen had a chance to score, but Bobrovsky sealed off the right post. Robidas, though, knotted the game at 2-2 with nearly 5 ½ minutes left in the third period, as he skated up centre ice in Philadelphia zone and blasted a shot from the slot.

"Robie didn't get much of a chance but the seas parted and he had a chance to unleash his shot, and it was a great shot. He found a hole," Stars coach Marc Crawford said.

Philadelphia’s Kimmo Timonen chipped the puck into the stands in an attempt to clear the pass with nearly 1 1/2 minutes left in the third period. It created 4-on-3 advantage for Dallas, which was unable to take advantage on the power play that extended into extra session.

Goligoski had a chance to score the game-winner with one minute left in overtime, but Bobrovsky stopped Goligoski’s rolling blast shot to keep the overtime goalless.

Leino finally sealed the win at 3-2 in the sixth round of the shootout.

"It's kind of nice ... not to be desperate and win every game," said Leino. "I think it's going to be good to get rest."


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