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Brayden Schenn’s Hat Trick Lifts Flyers to Eighth Straight Win

Make Philadelphia Flyers hockey greight again!

Brayden Schenn recorded his second career hat trick with three power-play goals and the red-hot Flyers won their eighth straight game for the first time in nearly 15 years with a 4-2 comeback victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center.

Devin Shore, who posted both goals for the Stars, staked them to a 2-1 lead at 10:32 of the third period before the Flyers stormed back by lighting the lamp three times in the final 3:48. Schenn potted both the game-tying tally and the go-ahead one in a span of 1:33.

Some fancy stickhandling by Jakub Voracek eventually drew a cross-checking penalty and his feed from the top of the right circle was sent home by Schenn stationed in the slot at 16:12.

Voracek, who assisted on all three of Schenn’s goals, broke his stick on a one-timer from the right point. Schenn, however, pounced on the loose puck and buried it into the back of the net to put the Flyers in front for the first time.

It took mere seconds for the ice to be littered with hats from the raucous Flyers crowd.

Schenn became the fourth Flyer to post the power-play hat trick. Tim Kerr did it twice, with Brian Propp and Scott Hartnell also accomplishing the feat. Schenn was doing more than just score goals on Saturday, he was also letting the fists fly.

Philadelphia came into Saturday with the second best power-play percentage (23.6) in the NHL and now have a league-leading 28 goals on the man advantage this season. The Flyers were 3-for-5 on the power play in the game.

“Different parts of our game have pushed us over the finish line on different nights. Most of our game was pretty good all the way through and when needed, the power play was the difference,” Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said.

Voracek registered four points in all for the second straight game, putting a bow on the proceedings with an empty-net goal. It’s the first time a Flyer has put up four points in back-to-back contests since Eric Lindros on Dec. 31, 1997 and Jan. 3, 1998.

The Flyers came back for a second straight game after roaring back from a pair of two-goal deficits in Thursday’s dramatic 6-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

“We have the confidence that if you do it over and over again, you know you can do it every game,” Voracek said.

Steve Mason, making his 14th start in the last 15 games, stopped 21-of-23 shots for the Flyers, who hadn’t won eight in a row since Jan. 6-19, 2002.

The Stars struck first as Shore’s backhander from the slot got past Mason at 7:30 of the opening period.

Philadelphia received a pair of power plays late in the first and were able to capitalize on the second one to tie the score. Schenn’s deflection of Voracek’s right point wrister made it 1-1 at 17:18.

The second period went scoreless and the chances were minuscule. The best one came on the power play late in the frame when Travis Konecny blew by everybody along the right wing and provided a nice setup in front for Dale Weise, but he couldn’t finish.

Keri Lehtonen had the stop of the afternoon with this sick glove save on Ivan Provorov’s blistering one-timer from the high point.

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