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Glen Stricker The Hockey Writers

Published on Saturday, December 10, 2016





Recap: Flyers Stay Red-Hot with 8th in a Row

In a Saturday matinee in which the Flyers would look to make it eight straight wins, they would certainly wait to save the best for last. In a game that was tight throughout, things opened up in dramatic fashion in the last ten minutes of the third period in which would then turn into the Brayden Schenn and Jake Voracek show. Steve Mason was solid throughout once again in what was his seventh straight start as he continues to play consistently in net and giving the Flyers a chance to win every game.

First Period

The Philadelphia Flyers started the game right where they left off Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers buzzing around the net and making things happen. After both teams exchanged punches and chances back and forth early on the Stars capitalized on a Flyers defensive breakdown that led to the game’s first goal by rookie Devin Shore. After that, the game would settle down a bit till the teams exchanged power plays back and forth. The Flyers would find themselves on their third power play late in the period and Brayden Schenn would execute a deflection off great slap-pass by Jake Voracek to tie the game up at one heading into the second.

Second Period

The second period continued much like the middle of the first period was prior to the power play bonanzas towards the end of the period. Tough defense and not much room for skaters in the neutral zone. Then roughly halfway through the stanza, Schenn didn’t like a hit that was laid on Travis Konecny by Stephen Johns and the two players dropped the gloves. From there the Flyers gained a bit of a spark and started carrying the play. The Flyers received a power play once again late in a period but couldn’t muster up much on it, however. Also, bad news for the Flyers, Shayne Gostisbehere left the bench after taking a puck off his hand and did not return for the rest of the second period.

Third Period

Again, as the pattern of the game flows, not much was happening in terms of chances to start the third period as the defenses of both team’s continued to lock down much of the other teams’ transition games. The best chance of the first ten minutes came from Ivan Provorov on a blast from the point that had the back of the net written all over it but Kari Lehtonen had other ideas.

However, the Stars would be awarded a power play midway through the period on a late call by the referee’s in which the Stars would capitalize on as the power play came to an end. Mason made the first save in what was looking to being a spectacular goal saving stop, but rookie Devin Shore would keep hacking away and eventually the puck found itself in the back of the net.

In a story of what would become the battle of trading momentum on power plays, the Flyers would be awarded one late in the third down 2-1 and Schenn would again beautifully redirect a Voracek pass to the slot to tie the game up at two with under four minutes to go in the game.

And just mere moments after Schenn tied it up, Seguin would take another costly penalty and send the red-hot Flyer power play back to work. Again, Schenn wouldn’t waste much time, as he would give the Flyers their first lead of the game only a minute and a half after he tied it up for his seventh goal of the season and his third power play goal of the day. The Stars would pull Lehtonen moments after and Jake Voracek would take care of the rest scoring an empty-netter and sealing the Flyers win, 4-2, for their eighth straight win.

Scoring Summary


DAL-Devine Shore (3) assisted by Curtis McKenzie (3) & Adam Cracknell (2)

PHI-Brayden Schenn PPG (5) assisted by Jake Voracek (19) & Shayne Gostisbehere (12)


No Scoring


DAL-Devine Shore (4) assisted by Antoine Roussel (11) & Dan Hamhuis (7)

PHI-Brayden Schenn PPG  (6) assisted by Wayne Simmonds (12) & Jake Voracek (20)

PHI-Brayden Schenn PPG (7) assisted by Jake Voracek (21) & Mark Streit (11)

PHI-Jake Voracek (11) assisted by Claude Giroux (20)

THW Three Stars

First: Brayden Schenn (3 goals)

Second: Jake Voracek (1 goal, 3 assists)

Third: Steve Mason (2 goals against, 21 saves, .913 save %)


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