The Flyers needed some extra time but kept their winning streak alive on Saturday night, thanks to Shayne Gostisbehere’s power-play goal in overtime for a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars at the Wells Fargo Center.
It was Gostisbehere’s second power-play goal of the game and came with just 1 minute, 10 seconds left in overtime. That makes the Flyers 2-7 in overtime/shootouts this season.
“The last overtime game, I think we sat down as a team and we looked at it, [said] ‘Get our skates up-ice, don’t take any chances, be honest and we’ll get our chances,’ ” Gostisbehere said. “That’s what happened. I know we had a power play there, but I think we had a pretty good overtime up to that point.”
The Flyers’ previous five wins during this streak came in regulation.
Dallas, which lost 5-2 in New Jersey on Friday, didn’t look fatigued. Stars coach Ken Hitchcock, who formerly guided the Flyers, was trying to become the third NHL coach to win 800 games. He entered the game 799-488-200. The only coaches with 800 have been Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (867).
In the first minute of overtime, Dallas center Tyler Seguin hit the post with a blast. With 1:32 left in the overtime, the Flyers went on the power play when Alexander Radulov was called for hooking Valteri Filppula.
Gostisbehere then scored the game-winner on a wrist shot.
The Flyers had their chances, but Gostisbehere tipped his cap to Stars goalie Ben Bishop.
“He was on his game for sure. I think he made some big saves and probably saved some he wasn’t supposed to save,” Gostisbehere said. “I think our goalie [Brian Elliott] did the same thing tonight. Both played pretty good. He [Bishop] made some heavy saves. One with his face.”
Early in the third period, Elliott stopped Tyler Pitlick and Seguin from close range.
With 12:39 left, Pitlick shot wide on a breakaway backhand.
Dallas took a 1-0 lead when Remi Elie, from behind the net, found an open Gemel Smith at the right circle. Smith’s one-timer beat Elliott to the far post with 12:47 left in the first period.
Dallas entered the game 15-3 when scoring the first goal.
On a second-period power play, Bishop made a sprawling save on Wayne Simmonds from in front of the net.
The Flyers kept applying pressure on that power play and tied the score on Gostisbehere’s goal with 10:50 left in the second period. Jake Voracek’s shot missed the net and bounced off the back board to the Flyers defenseman, who tapped in his fifth goal while diving on the ice, despite Bishop getting a piece of the shot.
“I think we were just feeding off each other, finding lanes,” Gostisbehere said of that power play. “We were just relentless, and I think the goal at the end showed how we weren’t giving up there.”
After the goal, the Flyers failed to cash in on two breakaway opportunities.
Voracek, who had to fend off tight backchecking, shot wide on his chance.
With just under five minutes left in the second period, Flyers right winger Travis Konecny shot wide with a backhand on a breakaway.
This winning streak has given the Flyers renewed confidence.
“Our mindset is a lot better right now — we take care of pucks, make the simple play, the right play,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. “It is kind of working for us right now, so we have to keep going.”