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Flyers end skid as Carter Hart keys 2-1 win over Stars

Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News on

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PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie goalie Carter Hart helped the Flyers' end their post-holiday misery Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

For the first time since before Christmas, they celebrated a victory.

Hart, 20, stopped 37 of 38 shots as the Flyers defeated Dallas, 2-1, and snapped an eight-game losing streak.

The Flyers, who were 0-6-2 during their skid, got goals from Travis Konecny and James van Riemsdyk as they won for the first time since a 3-2 shootout victory over the host New York Rangers on Dec. 23.

With 2:51 left in regulation, Jamie Benn cut it to 2-1 when he got space in the slot and fired a shot off Hart and into the net. Jake Voracek made it 3-1 with 1:03 remaining, but the goal was erased because of goaltender interference on Voracek.

Carter withstood a late barrage and the Flyers survived. Finally.

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Benn's goal ended Hart's shutout bid. He would have been the youngest goalie in Flyers history to collect a shutout. (Dominic Roussel was 22 years and five days when he did it in 1991.)

After a sleepy first period that included more combined blocked shots (16) than shots 13) by the teams, the Flyers struck first as Konecny redirected a slick backhand pass by van Riemsdyk past backup goalie Anton Khudobin and into the net's right corner.

"I don't know how Reemer saw me," Konecny said after his 11th goal of the season put the Flyers ahead, 1-0, with 18:37 left in the second period.

Thirty-one seconds later, Hart stopped Julius Honka's wraparound attempt. Hart was sharp once again, stopping all 20 shots he faced in the first two periods. He made his most difficult save by robbing John Klinberg from the doorstep with 6:18 to go in the second.

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