Star Struck: Flyers Romp Dallas 6-3

PHILADELPHIA- Not only did the Philadelphia Flyers win their fourth consecutive game with 6-3 win last night over the Dallas Stars at the Wachovia Center, but the fans of Philadelphia can rest easier now that one team in the city can beat Dallas.

With last night’s win the Flyers have claimed the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference with 49 points and only trail the fifth seed Boston Bruins by two points.

The Flyers got key contributions from guys who don’t normally show up on a score sheet, but their roles have been a key component of why their 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.

Both Ian Laperriere and Darroll Powe each had a goal and an assist. However, for Laperriere, the popular claimed ‘Gordie Howe hat-trick’ was accomplished. Lappy, as he’s called, also fought Mark Fistric to complete the trick.

Simon Gagne also continued his hot streak adding a two points (1G, 1A). Gagne has 10 points in his last seven games.

Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, and Kimmo Timonen also had goals, Timonen’s being shorthanded. Hartnell left the game in the third due to being sick according to club GM Paul Holmgren.

The Flyers are playing with a lot of confidence right now, something they didn’t possess three weeks ago when this season was beginning to look lost. But with the system of coach Peter Laviolette, the players are sucking it in like a sponge and its showing on the ice.

“There’s definitely some confidence, and I think winning does that,” coach Laviolette said. “You start to feel good about the way you practice, the way you work, the way you play the game. Because of that, you get results.”

The game didn’t start on a high note for the Flyers. Defensemen Danny Syvret left the game with an upper-body injury after Stars enforcer Steve Ott drilled Syvret into the side boards. After the game, Syvret was seen in a shoulder splint, but that could have been precautionary.

The Flyers struck first for the 10 straight game when Hartnell on the power-play put one by Marty Turco to go up 1-0. Dallas’ James Neal tied it up 56 seconds into the second period with a breakaway that beat Michael Leighton.

After the game-tying goal from Neal the Flyers went on a scoring rampage. Powe tapped one past Turco after James van Riemsdyk failed on a wraparound attempt at 2:32.

Timonen put Philadelphia up 3-1 with shorthanded from a Laperriere drop back pass. Giroux and Laperriere netted a goal 59 seconds apart that ultimately chased Turco to the bench for back-up Alex Auld. Giroux’s goal was on the man-advantage.

Back to Powe, the Flyers were 3-12-1 during the month he was out with a shoulder injury. His attributes fit the Laviolette system and the coach notices it.

“We talk about skating and speed, and he brings that element in a lot of different areas,” said Laviolette. “He brings it on the forecheck, on the penalty kill, defensively he’s solid. Having Darroll back as well as Blair (Betts) is helpful in a lot of different areas.”

“I just got back when the team started to get rolling,” Powe said about the teams recent streak since he’s been back. “Everyone was starting to play the system pretty well. … It’s an aggressive system, allows players to skate and that’s what I like doing — skating, getting in on the forecheck, hitting guys, that plays well into my game.”

Dallas’ Ott who hurt Syvret early in the first added two mop up goals that ended the scoring for the Stars.

With the returning Ray Emery waiting in the wings to return, he might have to wait a little while longer as Leighton put together another great start. He is now 8-0-1 with a 2.16 GAA and a .927 save percentage.

The Flyers will practice Wednesday before heading up to Toronto where they will visit the Maple Leafs tomorrow. The Flyers, a week ago today beat the Leafs 6-2 at the Wachovia Center.

“We’re a different team than we were a month ago,” Gagne said. “We’re not where we want to be, but we’re getting closer.”

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