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Seguin's Nat-Trick Downs Flyers

Tyler Seguin had been under a large microscope after the Bruins traded him to Dallas in the off season.

With that trade looking good for Dallas so far in the 2013-14 season, Seguin added to it. He erupted for a three-goal effort against the Flyers, capping five unanswered to beat Philadelphia, 5-1.

The Flyers were absent the entire game and it showed in the loss. From the opening two minutes they were short a forward, and the five power plays given to Dallas didn't help either.

Less than two minutes in, Zac Rinaldo attacked and fought Stars forward Antoine Roussel. Rinaldo got two minutes for instigator, five for fighting, and a 10-minute game misconduct that ended his night. The Flyers were forced to kill off a seven-minute powerplay, which they did successfully.

Philadelphia jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period when Andrej Meszaros banged home a loose puck.

Brayden Schenn set up Wayne Simmonds with a great outlet pass that set up an odd-man rush. Simmonds was patient with the puck, skating around a sprawling Jamie Oleksiak and pushing the puck in front of the net.

Meszaros, who was charging in on the play, got the loose puck and tucked it into the net. That was the only offense the Flyers mustered.

Just 39 seconds into the second Seguin began his scoring clinic on the Flyers.

Nicklas Grossmann was left alone to face a 2-on-1 against Seguin and Jamie Benn. Benn got the pass over to Seguin who beat Steve Mason stick-side to tie the game up, 1-1.

The Stars kept up the pressure and Mason had to continually bail out the Flyers. But he could only keep the puck out of the net for so long until the wheels fell off late in the second.

Seguin scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season just 40 seconds apart to put the Stars up, 3-1. Valeri Nichuskin assisted on all three of Seguin's goals.

Nichuskin then scored 22 seconds after Seguin's natural hat trick to give the Stars a 4-1 lead and end Mason's night after the second period. It was Dallas' third goal in a span of 62 seconds.

Ray Emery played the final period, allowing a goal to Cody Eakin to make it 5-1.

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John Russo
Editor; Featured Writer
Twitter: @Roose_TCL@TCLFlyers
Email: russo@thecheckingline.com