The Stars were hoping to get the ship righted after a hard loss to the Devils on Friday night, but Philadelphia pushed them to the brink and dealt them only their second overtime loss of the season.
This is one of those losses that just haunts you because there were some very glaring mistakes that could have changed the outcome of the game.
The first was the fact several players had dead legs towards the end of the game, but they continued to be run out there by Hitchcock for a regular shift rather than shortening the shift or giving them one shift off to recover.
The Stars were simply gassed by the end of this game and overtime was definitely a chore for them.
With about five minutes to go in the final period, the Stars kicked it into overdrive and it was quite evident that by the end of the period, their legs were dead, specifically Radulov.
At one point, Radulov actually had a problem getting to the bench for a shift change, so it was very apparent he needed a longer blow.
I bring this up because it was Radulov who took a hooking penalty in overtime that ended up costing them the game.
As far as the overtime goal itself, I put that on the doorstep of both Ben Bishop and Greg Pateryn.
Wayne Simmonds had set up shop in front of the net and Greg Pateryn was on him, but doing little to remove him from the area.
As the play developed, Simmonds got tangled up with Bishop, forcing Bishop’s stick from his hand.
Bishop then grabbed Simmonds stick and kept trying to jerk it out of his hands rather than just let go. Mind you, Pateryn is right there the entire time and doing nothing about it.
While Bishop was jousting with Simmonds, the Flyers regained possession at the blue line and took a quick shot, which went right through the five-hole for the game winner.
Had Bishop concentrated on getting his stick, it would have more than likely been a routine save. And, because Pateryn never cleared Simmonds, he was in front of Bishop creating a screen, making the stickless save even more difficult.
I don’t know if the Stars would have won this game in a shootout had they killed that penalty off, but I do know had that series of events been handled differently, we would have at least had the chance to find out.
Gemel Smith scored his third goal of the season 7:13 into the first period.
The Stars gave the Flyer six power play opportunities and they converted on two of them, including the OT goal.
Bishop saved 28 of 30 shots.
The Stars (18-14-2), after getting two much needed nights of rest, come host the Washington Capitals (21-12-1) on Tuesday night.