The Dallas Stars rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime, but fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Philadelphia Flyers. Alex Goligoski and Stephane Robidas scored for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 28 shots in regulation and overtime and four of six in the shootout. The Stars were down to four defensemen in the game, losing Nicklas Grossman and Karlis Skrastins.
“Anytime you get a point this time of year it’s a positive. No doubt, it was an exciting point. We came back from a two-goal deficit. Our guys have shown tremendous character all year and the ability to come back. It’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t put it away. We had a number of opportunities, their goalie made a couple of saves. They got some breaks. Sometimes it goes like that. If we keep working with that type of intensity and that type of commitment then I think the breaks will end up going our way.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford
“We were hoping to get two points this time of year, but one point is better than none. That’s a good team, one of the best in the Eastern Conference. We finished the game with four defensemen, but overall I think we played a pretty good game. We stayed in the game the whole time. We did a lot of good things, had a lot of good chances. I think we played a pretty good game.” – Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas
*Alex Goligoski played 32:07 in the game and Stephane Robidas played 31:19
*The Stars are now 9-19-4 in games when they trail after two periods.
*The Stars ended the season with an 11-5-2 record against the Eastern Conference.
*The Stars were 0-4 on the power play and are now 2-27 (7.4%) on the power play over the last eight games.
*The Stars were 1-1 on the penalty kill and are now 20-22 (90.9%) on the PK over the last eight games.
*The Stars are now 5-6 in shootouts this season.
*Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen fell to 0-10-2 lifetime against the Flyers.
*Stars forward Jamie Benn had an assist and extended his points streak to ten games (8 goals, 6 assists).
The first period was tightly played but the Flyers scored with 1:21 remaining to take a 1-0 lead. Andrej Meszaros shot from the point that deflected off traffic and by Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.
The Flyers outshot the Stars 9-4 in the period. The Flyers had the only power play of the period, but didn’t take advantage.
Brian Sutherby and Mark Fistric were healthy scratches for the Stars. Loui Eriksson (upper body) and Adam Burish (leg) were out with injuries.
The Flyers extended their lead to 2-0 just 1:17 into the second period. After a face off win in the Dallas zone, an Andrej Meszaros’ shot from point rebounded off the end boards, Mike Richards got the puck and backhanded it past Kari Lehtonen.
The Stars had two power play chances early in the period and got six shots on goal, but Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made some sharp saves to the Stars off the board.
About one minute after Lehtonen made a big save on Flyers defenseman Matt Carle to keep it a 2-0 game, the Stars headed the other way and got goal from Alex Goligoski, who scored from the point to make it a 2-1 game with 7:16 left in the period.
Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins left the game at the end of the second period and did not return.
Kari Lehtonen came up with a big save with 8:54 left in the game when he stopped Jeff Carter on an odd-man rush and then Claude Giroux’s rebound attempt hit the post.
The Stars tied the game with 5:36 left when he made a slick move to get around a Flyers defender in the neutral zone, skated into the slot and blasted the puck past Bobrovsky.
The Stars went on a power play with 1:37 left in the game and the final 23 seconds carried over into overtime.
There was no scoring in overtime so the game headed to a shootout.
Benn, Dallas: backhand shot, save Bobrovsky, 0-0
Briere, Philadelphia: Forehand shot, save Lehtonen, 0-0
Richards, Dallas: backhand shot, save Bobrovsky, 0-0
Giroux, Philadelphia: Fake, backhand shot, score, Philadelphia 1-0
Ribeiro, Dallas: Fake, forehand, score, tied 1-1
Versteeg, Philadelphia: lost puck, tied 1-1
Langenbrunner, Dallas: wrist shot, save Bobrovsky, tied 1-1
Timonen, Philadelphia: backhand shot, save Lehtonen, tied 1-1
Robidas, Dallas: shot wide, tied 1-1
Carter, Philadelphia: backhand shot wide, tied 1-1
Segal, Dallas: backhand, save Bobrovsky, tied 1-1
Leino, Philadelphia: backhand, score, Philadelphia wins shootout 2-1, game 3-2
Injured: Eriksson (upper body), Burish (lower body)
Scratches: Sutherby, Fistric
Power play units
Penalty kill units