Pavelski, Lindell help Stars defeat Flyers
PHILADELPHIA — Joe Pavelski i Esa Lindell each had a goal and two assists for the Dallas Stars in a 5-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.
Jason Robertson had a goal and an assist, and Matej Blumel scored his first NHL goal for Dallas (9-5-1), who had lost two straight. Jake Oettinger made 37 saves.
“We knew we had to win tonight,” Stars coach Pete DeBoer said. “We look around the league and you see teams on that losing streak, one in two, two in four or five. We wanted to make sure we didn’t do that. This was an important game for us, an important start for the (three-game road trip).”
Travis Konecny scored for Philadelphia (7-6-2), which has lost three straight, including 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Felix Sandstrom made 26 saves.
“I think it’s just these little breakdowns that are getting us right now,” Konecny said. “If you look at the shots we’re generating right now and the chances, it’s a lot different than when we were winning earlier in the year, and we probably shouldn’t have been. That will come. [coaching] The staff has been positive with us about the opportunities we’re getting, and it’s just a matter of not getting over ourselves.”
Blumel gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 2:36 of the first period. The forward was playing his second NHL game after being recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League on Nov. 9.
Lindell, who had the secondary assist on Blumel’s goal, made it 2-0 at 18:24 when his shot from the left tip deflected off a Flyers defenseman. Justin Brown.
“I’m happy to help score for the team,” he said. “Delighted to produce some in the [offensive] area, too.”
Lindell entered the game with four points (one goal, three assists) in 14 games.
“He’s such a big body (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), so heavy and tough to play against,” DeBoer said. “He’s got some offensive ability. We talked at the beginning of the season that we were going to ask all of our defensemen to help us out a little bit. He’s been really good on both ends.”
Konecny scored 54 seconds into the second period to make it 2-1, finishing a nice passing play with linemates. Kevin Hayes i Owen Tippett.
Pavelski put Dallas ahead 3-1 with a power-play goal at 9:06 and went for it. I look at Heiskanenshot from the point. Luke Glendening then scored a shorthanded goal 57 seconds into the third to extend the lead to 4-1.
The Flyers finished the game 0-for-6 on the power play.
“The thing that bothers me the most is the short field goal,” Philadelphia coach John Tortorella said. “What if we score on that power-play goal and it doesn’t go the other way? I think our effort is there. There’s a lot of good things going on with the team… That’s the only way we can stay in these games offensively, it’s getting some power goals.”
Robertson scored a power-play goal to make it 5-1 at 10:59. Sandstrom stopped Pavelski’s backhand from the front, but the forward slid the rebound to Robertson, who extended his point streak to eight games (eight goals, eight assists).
NOTES: Robertson has eight multi-point games, which is tied for the Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon per second in the NHL. Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid is the first with nine. … Flying forward Wade Allison did not play after leaving Saturday’s game with an undisclosed injury. Kieffer Bellows replaced him and had a shot on goal with 12:43 of ice time. … Konecny has eight points (two goals, six assists) during a six-game hitting streak. … Pavelski’s goal was his 429th in the NHL, tying him with Bill Guerin for eighth among American-born players. Against the Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane (432) is the seventh.
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