The Flyers have a slogan this season that reads "all or nothing."
The Flyers did nothing with prime opportunities in a prime chance to quell an early three-game skid.
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That losing streak ballooned to four Saturday night as the Flyers lost to the Stars, 4-1, at the Wells Fargo Center.
Following some lengthy travel over a 20-day span (the team was in four different countries), the Flyers (2-3-1) scored 43 seconds into Saturday's home game and could have taken the life out of struggling Dallas, which entered 1-7-1. Instead, the Flyers fizzled despite holding the Stars to five shots over the final two periods.
The Flyers hadn't lost four straight games in October since the 2014-15 season, when they opened the year 0-2-2 (see story).
• The Flyers' first period was really disappointing for a few reasons and it changed the entire complexion of the game.
After the team jumped out to its lead in the opening minute, the Flyers went on the power play two seconds later but didn't capitalize.
Seven seconds after the Stars tied the game at the 13-minute mark, Dallas committed a silly tripping penalty behind the Flyers' net. It gave the Flyers another chance to regain momentum but the man advantage came up empty.
The Flyers ended up trailing, 2-1, at first intermission. They have three first-period goals through six games - that won't get it done.
• Last season, Carter Hart was pulled in his fifth career start. He went 11-3-1 with an NHL-high 488 saves, a 2.46 goals-against average and .930 save percentage over his next 15 starts before he was pulled again.
Hart was yanked Wednesday in Edmonton after allowing four goals on 14 shots.
On Saturday, he could have been much better. He allowed three goals on 15 shots and failed to deliver timely stops like we've seen him do in the past.
Dallas' first goal came on a nice play by Roope Hintz, who beat Matt Niskanen and then scored on his own rebound. The second goal, Esa Lindell snuck in front of Niskanen on the Stars' power play and redirected a pass by Hart.
Niskanen, who has been pretty darn good so far, was not on his game Saturday.
Hart allowed a killer goal 1:24 into the third period.
Ben Bishop made 38 saves to beat the Flyers.
• The Flyers' power play finished 0 for 4.
Ivan Provorov replaced Shayne Gostisbehere on the first unit. Gostisbehere is scoreless through the first six games and will have to earn back his role.
Dallas, which was 1 for 25 on the man advantage coming into the game, went 1 for 2.
• Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny and Sean Couturier gave the Flyers the loud start that ultimately led to nothing.
• If you recall, Wayne Simmonds fought Jamie Oleksiak last season in Pittsburgh.
Oleksiak is a big dude, standing at 6-foot-7, 255 pounds.
Chris Stewart challenged Oleksiak during the opening period as the Flyers had lost momentum and an early 1-0 lead.
It was a heavyweight bout.
• A note on prospect Joel Farabee, who is off to a fast start yet again. How long will he be in Lehigh Valley if he keeps scoring?
Joel Farabee the last 3 seasons:
• First 3 games with Phantoms: 3 goals
• First 8 games with Boston University: 3 goals, 3 assists
• First 3 games with U.S. U-18 team in draft year: 4 goals, 2 assists
The kid knows how to make a first impression.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) October 19, 2019
• The Flyers are off from practice Sunday before welcoming the Golden Knights Monday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).
Four of their next five games then come on the road.
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