PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Things are going so well for the Philadelphia Flyers right now that they don’t even need to be at their best to come out on top.
Despite the victory, head coach Craig Berube was concerned with the team’s “sloppy” play, particularly the second period when Philadelphia allowed 17 shots and three power plays.
“Tonight wasn’t as good, for sure,” Berube said. “We were sloppy tonight, at times. Overall our team is competing hard, working hard and playing like a team, and that’s what you have to do. They know it wasn’t good enough tonight, but we won.”
“If we play like that night after night, we’ll win,” Ruff said. “We didn’t give up a lot in the game. We gave up four goals but we didn’t give up four goals on a lot of opportunities and zone time. Our puck movement was good. The margin of victory, that game could’ve went either way real fast.”
“That’s a save I should make,” Thomas said. “The team really needed it at the time, and I really feel bad for the guys for the game they played. That’s hockey. But I can guarantee I’m going to be better for the guys from here on out.”
Just 30 seconds later, Benn scored his second of the contest by finishing a rebound from in front of the crease after Tyler Seguin’s shot followed a poor Philadelphia turnover in its own end. It was the 29th goal of the season for Benn, who has points in eight of his last nine games.
Thomas, Dallas’ backup, got the start because he entered 14-4-2 with a 2.21 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in his career against Philadelphia. The Stars‘ starting goalie, Kari Lehtonen, is 0-10-2 with a 3.50 goals-against and .891 save percentage lifetime against the Flyers.
Simmonds scored on a rebound on the power play just under three minutes later to put Philadelphia in front 2-0. Jakub Voracek’s shot from the blue line first hit the right post, then the back of Thomas‘ leg and then the left post before deflecting in front to a wide-open Simmonds, who easily finished from lose range.