Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Tyler Seguin ended his six-game scoring drought in style, recording a natural hat trick in the second period to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday at American Airlines Center.
Seguin’s second hat trick this season and third of his career raised his goal tally to a team-best 15 goals this year as the Stars (14-9-5) won for just the second time in their last five games.
Before Saturday, Seguin hadn’t scored in six games with his most recent goals came in a 7-3 win over the Calgary Flames Nov. 14, when he had four.
Dallas got a goal and three assists from Valeri Nichushkin, who became the first Stars rookie with four points in a game since Jere Lehtinen did it in 1996.
Defenseman Alex Goligoski had two assists, and backup goaltender Dan Ellis stopped 27 of 28 shots for his third win of the season for the Stars.
Steve Mason stopped 22 of 26 shots in just two periods of action. He was relieved by Ray Emery, who stopped seven of eight for the Flyers. The Flyers slipped to 13-14-2 after losing two of their last three games.
Philadelphia grabbed a 1-0 lead when defenseman Andrej Meszaros scored his first of the year 1:09 before the first intermission.
However, Seguin tied the game 39 seconds into the second period when he finished a rush with a snap inside the right side of the net.
After being denied by Mason on a breakaway at 9:21 of the second, Seguin connected from the slot at 17:03 after a pass from Goligoski.
Seguin’s third came 40 seconds later when his wrister was knocked in by Philadelphia’s Luke Schenn at 17:43.
Dallas scored a third goal in a span of 1:05 at 18:05 when Nichushkin beat Mason with a wrister from the left circle to make it 4-1. Cody Eakin scored with 4:33 remaining in the third period with the Stars shorthanded.
Philadelphia’s Zac Rinaldo gave the Stars a seven-minute power play 1:15 into the game. Rinaldo confronted Dallas’ Antoine Roussel and earned 17 minutes of penalties, including a game misconduct.
However, Dallas failed to capitalize during that stretch, missing all of its five attempts. The Stars are now 1-for-42 at home – worst in the NHL.
Philadelphia continues its five-game road trip Monday against the Ottawa Senators. Dallas ends a two-game homestand Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.