Seguin netted all three of his goals during a 17-minute, 4-second
span in the second period to register his third career hat trick and
second of the season. Cody Eakin added a short-handed tally and Dan
Ellis finished with 27 saves in his first start since Nov. 26 as the
Stars snapped a six-game winless streak versus Philadelphia.
Defenseman Andrej Meszaros scored a short-handed goal and Wayne
Simmonds notched his 100th career assist for the Flyers, who
suffered their first loss to Dallas since a 4-1 setback on Dec. 1,
2007. Steve Mason stopped 22 shots before being pulled to start the
third period in favor of Ray Emery, who finished with seven saves.
After converting captain Jamie Benn's saucer pass to forge a tie 39
seconds into the middle period, Seguin gave the Stars a 2-1 lead
with 2:57 remaining in the session on a turnaround shot from the
slot. The 21-year-old completed the hat trick 40 seconds later as
his shot from along the right-wing boards deflected off Philadelphia
defenseman Luke Schenn and into the net for his team-leading 15th
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Twenty-two seconds later, Dallas increased its lead to 4-1 as
the 18-year-old Nichushkin wristed a low shot from the left
faceoff circle that sailed past Mason for his fourth goal.
Members of the sparse crowd who weren't aware of Seguin's hat
trick at the time of his third tally began to throw hats on the
ice with 33.4 seconds remaining in the period.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Seguin, who scored four goals in Dallas' 7-3
victory over Calgary on Nov. 14, recorded his first career hat
trick while playing for Boston on Nov. 5, 2011 against Toronto.
... Nichushkin's four-point performance was the first by a Stars
rookie since Jere Lehtinen accomplished the feat versus Edmonton
in 1996. ... Dallas C Vernon Fiddler suffered an upper-body
injury during the first period and Philadelphia D Kimmo Timonen
endured an undisclosed ailment in the second. Neither returned
to the contest.
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