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Flyers POWEr Past The Stars 3-1

The Philadelphia Flyers entered tonight's game with the Dallas Stars just four points behind the Vancouver Canucks in the race for the President's trophy.

The Flyers came out strong in the beginning of the game but struggled to finish with their shots on goal and passes. The Flyers would get the first opportunity on the power play when Dan Carcillo charged the crease and was pushed into Kari Lehtonen who punched Carcillo in the face, picking up a two minute roughing minor.

The Flyers would get some pressure on net but not enough to put the puck by Lehtonen. The Stars would get their shot on the power play when Matt Carle was called for a tripping minor at 9:24 of the first period. Boosh would make a couple of good saves and the Stars would come up empty on that power play.

The Flyers would finally get on the board at 18:40 of the first when Andrej Meszaros carried the puck in from the point holding onto the puck long enough to get around the Stars defender and wrist a shot high over the glove of Keri Lehtonen to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.

That would be how the period ended with the Flyers leading in the score 1-0 and in shots 13-9. One first period note: JVR was stoned on a breakaway .

The Flyers would get off to a good start in the second period. As they were killing off a late first period penalty to Nikolay Zherdev, Darrol Powe streaked down the right wing towards the goal, as he leaned on his stick starting a wrist shot Lehtonen dropped into the butterfly early and Powe wristed the shot over Lehtonen's shoulder giving the Flyers the 2-0 lead.

That short handed goal ended a personal 34 game goaless streak for Powe and gave the Flyers eight on the season which ties them with the Pens for second behind the Rangers who have nine.

Dallas would finally get on the board when Brenden Morrow tapped a cross crease pas into an empty side of the net, cutting the lead to 2-1. It seemed that Morrow got away from Meszaros behind the net,Morrow came from the right side of Boosh as Meszaros came from the left.

There were a couple more good chances for both teams, Brad Richards being stopped by Boosh and Giroux getting stopped by Lehtonen. The period would end with the Flyers leading 2-1, this time the Stars lead in shots 13-8.

The third period started off just as the second did but this time the Flyers struggled to find the back of the net as Lehtonen was red hot. With Boucher doing his part keeping the Flyers in tonight's game, he had a nice glove save at the seventeen minute mark to keep it a 2-1 game.

The Flyers would finally get some breathing room when Jeff Carter knocked a pass out of the air then slid a shot under Lehtonen's pads to put the Flyers up 3-1.

For all the saves Lehtonen made tonight Jeff Carter's goal would probably be one he would like to have back. The game would end 3-1 and the Flyers lead the period in shots 11-7 and 32-30 for the game.

Larry's Logic

With the win tonight the Flyers are 12-3-0 in their last fifteen games. Darrol Powe's shorthanded goal was his first of his career, the Flyers are 12-0 going back to last year when they score a shorthanded goal.

The Flyers are the only team in the league without a shutout. This is not a real big deal as the Flyers are challenging for the President's trophy. Although right now it is not too big of a deal, I do think it is a telling stat right now.

Sometimes you need your goalie to steal games and pick up wins when the rest of the team maybe be suffering mental lapses. Tonight's goal that broke the shutout can't be blamed on Boucher as it was a defensive breakdown.

Normally the Flyers goalies will play good all game until the team lapses for a couple of minutes and usually it's a weak goal that breaks the shutout. Think about how many times the Flyers carried a shutout into the third for it to be lost on a weak goal either by Bob or Boosh.

Don't know what they can do to avoid that weak goal but it has killed their shutout chances almost every time they were vying for one. The other funny part of the non shutout streak is the people who actually think they jinx the goalie of they mention "Shutout". Being a goalie myself I am very superstitious and fall into that category as well, I just don't tweet it. lol.

As the trade deadline gets closer I believe the Flyers will do something, what that is will be anyone's guess. The only area I can't see them looking into is Defense, they have enough there to win a cup.

They could use an upgrade for Nodl, Powe, Shelley for the playoffs and at times you could argue a veteran netminder. The only issue there is who ? Roloson would have been an upgrade, Ray Emery would not have.

As it satnds now the Flyers already have three question marks in goal as it is . Bob is young and hasn't played as many games as he will have to this year and is victim to at least one strange gaol a game.

Boosh is reliable at times but suffers from the weak goal to often. Leighton is even a bigger question mark as he is down in the AHL, although he did pick up a 4-0 shutout tonight. It will be interesting to see where Holmgren feels an upgrade is needed.

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