Flyers Extend Winning Streak to Four; Beat Dallas
Wayne Simmonds is making the trade from three years ago pay in full.
Simmonds scored two more goals, his second proving to be the decider in a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday. The goals were his 22nd and 23rd of the season, putting him second to Claude Giroux for the team lead in goals and points.
It was the fourth straight win for the Flyers, who are now 11-2-1 since Feb. 1.
Simmonds plays into coach Craig Berube's style of forecheck for the forwards and it has shown so far this season.
"He’s grown this year as a power forward," Berube told reporters after the game. "I think his game has improved on the rush. He’s become a very good rush player.
"You could see tonight, he takes the puck and shoots it off the rush and scores. To me that’s where his game has really improved this year.”
Mark Streit opened up scoring midway through the first period. Streit took the face off from Giroux and fired a one-timer past Tim Thomas for the 1-0 lead.
Simmonds followed just three minutes later to put the Flyers ahead 2-0 on the power play.
The Flyers played sloppy in the second period, enabling Dallas to take a lot of shots on goalie Steve Mason. Mason looked spectacular in that span, stopping 16 of the 17 shots he faced in the onslaught.
The lone goal that got through was on a rebound by Jamie Benn. After Tyler Seguin made a nice move to get to the net, Benn stuffed the rebound Seguin created to cut the lead to 2-1.
Simmonds gave the Flyers some distance with 7 minutes, 39 seconds left in the game for his 23rd of the season and second on the game. But 30 seconds later, Benn scored his second of the game to get the Stars right back in it.
Michael Raffl added a late score for his ninth of the season, giving the Flyers one last cushion.