By Jenny Masters
Roope Hintz scored, Anton Khudobin stopped 31 shots and the Dallas Stars got their first win in regulation this season, 5-2 over the Flyers.
The Stars were coming off a 4-2 home loss to Nashville on Wednesday night, and there was a player-only meeting after that stretch with one win in seven games.
“We have simplify a few things. We weren’t going through a good patch by any means,” Pavelski said. “And you know, this is a good way to start getting out of it a little bit.”
Khudobin withstood a barrage of 19 shots in the first period by the Flyers, who were playing their second road game in as many nights. He didn’t allow any of those past him.
The Flyers didn’t score until James Van Riemsdyk was credited with a goal while on his chest on the ice to the right of Khudobin with 3:24 left in the second period. Van Riemsdyk poked his stick at the puck that was pinballing between Stars players and it slipped into the net to get Philadelphia within 2-1.
“That first period for me, I mean, what a way to come out tonight, on back-to-back nights with the energy and the plays that we were making,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. “You know, if we capitalized, our energy level goes up, our confidence goes up. So it’s unfortunate. But that’s the way hockey is sometimes.”
Vigneault said the Flyers had “some Grade-A looks” early. Then when they did score, they turned it over on the next shift.
The Stars needed only 26 seconds to restore their two-goal lead when Seguin scored his fifth goal of the season. Jacob Peterson took the shot for the Stars, which went off a defender and then off Seguin’s blade into the net for a 3-1 lead.
Flyers goalie Martin Jones stopped 25 of 29 shots in his first loss of the season. He had been 3-0 with a 1.88 goals against average and .950 save percentage in his first three starts.
Ivan Provorov scored his first goal of the season for the Flyers, on a power play in the third period. They had failed to score on 13 consecutive chances with an extra man, with none the previous three games.