Giroux nets OT winner as Flyers top Stars

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Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux scored the overtime winner at 2:49 of the extra period as the Flyers edged the Stars 6-5 in a back and forth affair in Dallas.

“Mixed emotions,” Giroux told CSN Philly. “We’re happy to win the game. To battle like that at the end and come back from 4-2, then they score again, we come back. Ugly win, but we’ll take it.”

The Flyers opened up a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. After Trevor Daley opened the scoring, Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn gave Philadelphia an early edge.

However, Dallas scored three straight second period goals to to take a 4-2 after two periods. Daley had his second while Erik Cole and Jamie Benn had the others.

Andrew MacDonald pulled Philly to within one before the midway mark of the third period and Jakub Voracek tied it 4-4 with less than six minutes remaining in the third.

Dallas took its’ third lead of the night on Jason Spezza’s first of the season, but it was short lived as Michael Raffl scored less than two minutes later forcing overtime.

Voracek finished with a goal and two helpers in the win while MacDonald and Giroux each had a goal and an assist.

For Dallas, Spezza had a goal and three assists while Tyler Seguin assisted on four of the five Stars goals.

Steve Mason allowed four goals on 18 shots and was replaced by Ray Emery who made four saves for the win.

Kari Lehtonen allowed six goals on 37 shots in the loss.

“In the past, we saw couple comebacks. We put ourselves not in a good situation and then we find a way to win it,” said Giroux. “It’s good to get those kind of wins to bring the boys a little close. But let’s not have too many of those.”

The Stars received some bad news post-game as it was learned defenseman Patrik Nemeth will miss a good period of time. Nemeth was cut by the skate of Flyers’ forward R.J. Umberger early in the first period.