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Seguin scores natural hat trick, Stars beat Flyers

The Canadian Press

12/7/2013 5:05:46 PM

DALLAS -- Tyler Seguin scored three goals and assisted on a fourth in the second period Saturday, leading the Dallas Stars to a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The game was tied 1-all until Seguin came in on a 2-on-1 rush with Jamie Benn at :39 seconds of the second period. The Stars then scored three times in a span of 1:02 to break the game open.

Seguin took a backhand pass from Alex Goligoski to score from the slot at 17:03, and completed his natural hat trick 40 seconds later. He assisted on Valeri Nichushkin's goal at 18:05.

Seguin leads the Stars with 15 goals. The hat trick was his second this season and third in his 4-year career. He was in his second game back after missing two because of concussion-like symptoms.

Dan Ellis made 27 saves to even his record at 3-3, including two victories in a row. He had not allowed fewer than three goals in a complete game this season.

The Stars improved to 14-9-5; Philadelphia dropped to 13-14-2 and 2-2 during a six-game road trip.

The Flyers played most of the game down a skater after centre Zac Rinaldo drew a game misconduct penalty at 1:15 of the first period.

Dallas also was a skater short after centre Vernon Fiddler sustained an upper-body injury in the second period.

Rinaldo pounced on Stars left wing Antoine Roussel as he slid past the net, and received 27 minutes in penalties -- a 2-minute instigator minor, a 5-minute major for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct for being the aggressor and the 10-minute game misconduct. Roussel was not penalized.

The minor and the major gave Dallas 7 power-play minutes. The Stars had several chances against goalie Steve Mason during that time, but couldn't score.

Philadelphia broke through at 18:51 when Andrej Meszaros scored his first goal as Stars defenders scrambled to try to protect goalie Dan Ellis.

Neither the Stars (0 for 3) nor Philadelphia (0 for 1) scored on their first-period power plays. Mason dived on top of Ray Whitney's shot from the right circle with barely 2 minutes to play in the period.

Ray Emery replaced Mason in goal to begin the third period.

NOTES: The teams hadn't met in nearly two years, since Philadelphia's 4-1 victory at Dallas Dec. 21, 2011. . On their eventful trip, the Flyers endured a bumpy flight into Dallas-Fort Worth Thursday. On Friday, they didn't practice because an ice storm knocked out the power at a rink in Farmers Branch, Texas. ... Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier missed his third consecutive game because of back spasms. For Dallas, defenceman Trevor Daley missed his first game after going on injured reserve for an ankle injury sustained Thursday at Toronto. Stars left wing Ryan Garbutt returned after missing the Toronto game because of an ankle injury. . Entering the game, the Stars were 1-2-4 in their previous seven home games. They had lost their last six games against Philadelphia dating back to 2008-09. . Philly left wing Scott Hartnell played in his 900th NHL game.