The Sabres got an early gift from Brian Elliott to start the game. The Flyers goaltender turned the puck over behind the net to Zemgus Girgensons. He then found Ryan O’Reilly in front with a wide open net to give the Sabres the lead just 1:29 into the game.
They continued to bring the pressure with Jack Eichel ringing a shot off the crossbar a few minutes later and then Elliott gave the puck away again. This time to Sam Reinhart, but he was unable to put it into the empty cage.
Shortly after the Reinhart missed the opportunity the Flyers capitalized on a Sabres turnover at the other end of the ice. Travis Sanheim scored his first NHL goal to tie the game at one just over four minutes into the contest.
That’s how the score in the first period would end in terms of scoring. Both clubs put seven shots on net after the first 20 minutes.
The Sabres would fall into a lull in the middle frame. It felt like the Flyers had the puck in the Buffalo end of the ice for the majority of the period. A failure to clear the zone late in the period finally cost them. A nice passing play that was finished off by Valtteri Filppula put the home team ahead 2-1 after two periods. The Flyers put 14 shots on Lehner in the period, while the Sabres only managed six.
In the final period the Sabres had a few great opportunities to tie the game. Kane was foiled by Elliott on a cross ice pass by Rodrigues. Marco Scandella had an open net on a rebound he pushed just wide.
Buffalo was unable to find the equalizer in the last 20 minutes. After the first period the offensive pressure went away and they only put 20 shots on goal. The point streak ends and the Carolina Hurricanes are on tap tomorrow back at home.
Final Score: Flyers 2, Sabres 1
Shots on Goal: Flyers 27 | Sabres 20
Flyers Goal Scorers: Sanheim (1) and Filppula (8)
Sabres Goal Scorers: O’Reilly (8)
Three Stars of the Game
1. Valtteri Filppula (1 G, GWG)
2. Travis Sanheim (1 G)
3. Ryan O’Reilly (1 G)
Comment of the Game
Imagine how good the Sabres would be if they could pass
they rarely make 3 passes in a row
Go Sabres! (and take the Bills with you)
What to Watch
1. Keep the streak going.
Streak ended. They could start a new one tomorrow against Carolina.
2. Kane heating up again.
Kane could of had two or three goals tonight. Instead he ended up with none.
3. Sticking with the same lineup.
After producing very little offense and only one goal I expect some changes tomorrow night.