In bittersweet moment, Flyers rookie Taylor Leier notches 1st NHL goal

DALLAS – Taylor Leier was pretty excited.

He got his first NHL point with an assist earlier in the week in Colorado.

On Saturday, the 23-year-old rookie winger from Saskatoon, SK, scored his first NHL goal during a 3-1 loss to the Stars, a game that ended the Flyers' 10-game winning streak.

It was bittersweet moment for him after the game.

“Yeah, it was definitely nice to get the guys out to a lead quick and it’s too bad we couldn’t win,” Leier said.

“The team’s been playing exceptional the last handful of games. It didn’t work out tonight but we’ll get right back on our feet for Monday.”

The Flyers host Nashville at Wells Fargo Center on Monday night.

Leier rebounded a shot from Nick Cousins into the net at 16:44 of the first period to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead they carried into the second period in Dallas.

With that goal, he became the fourth Flyer to record his first NHL goal this season and the 419th player in Flyers history to score a goal.

Leier also had a wraparound attempt on goalie Antti Niemi later in the third period with the Flyers trailing, 2-1. It nearly worked, too.

“I thought I had him beat, but the d-man got a stick on it,” Leier said. “I’m not sure. It happened quick. Just trying to make something happen.”

His line with Cousins and Dale Weise generated five shots on Niemi.

“We feel really confident and comfortable,” Leier said. “Weise is playing really well and so is Nick. Nick made a great play on my goal there. I just had to tap it in. I’m having a great time playing with those two.”

If he had gotten the wraparound …

“It’s too bad, I really wanted that other one so bad,” Leier said.

So did his teammates.