A goaltending dual broke out on this Friday night in Buffalo. Robin Lehner and Brian Elliott put on a show throughout the game. Each of them took turns making highlight reel saves trying to out duel each other.
The first period was a good start for the Sabres. They put 16 pucks on Elliott, but were not able to put any past the Flyers goalie. One of the shots included a penalty shot from Evander Kane. He tried to beat Elliott between the glove and pad, but was stopped.
Lehner took his turn to make a few impressive saves in the middle frame as the Flyers started to put on some pressure. Elliott at the end continued his strong play stifling the Sabres offense. This was a pretty entertaining game for nobody being able to find the back of the net. After 40 minutes the Sabres put 28 shots on goal and the Flyers had 21.
In the first 40 minutes we got no goals. In the final 20, we got six! The Sabres started the scoring early in the period with Ryan O’Reilly channeling his inner Jochen Hecht and putting the puck by Elliott from the goal line.
Kane finally cashed in giving the Sabres a 2-0 lead. He tipped a Josh Gorges point shot by the Flyers goaltender. The Sabres looked to be headed to a win, but the Flyers made things interesting a few times.
Michael Raffl tipped a Claude Giroux shot by Lehner with just over two minutes to go in the game. After a few more Flyers chances, Jack Eichel iced the game for the first time. He put the puck into an empty net from inside his own blue line to make it 3-1.
Philadelphia wouldn’t go away. Shayne Gostisbehere ripped a one-timer by Lehner with 31 seconds remaining to make it interesting again. Then Eichel sealed the game for the second and final time. He outraced a Flyers defender to a loose puck and scored his second empty net goal of the game for a 4-2 win.
Final Score: Sabres 4, Flyers 2
Shots on Goal: Sabres 37 | Flyers 35
Sabres Goal Scorers: O’Reilly (9), Kane (15) and Eichel (12, 13)
Flyers Goal Scorers: Raffl (6) & Gostisbehere(7)
Three Stars of the Game
1. Robin Lehner (33 saves on 35 shots)
2. Evander Kane (1 G, 1 A)
3. Jack Eichel (2 G, GWG)
Comment of the Game
Who are these guys?
They’re wearing Sabres sweaters, but they are playing with such intensity and, dare I say, compete that I do not recognized them. The only one I felt pretty sure about was Lehner, after that Flyers player ended up on top him and then slid off to his right. Lehner’s head was going back and forth from right to left as though alternating between listening to the imp on his right shoulder telling him to ‘kill’ and the angel on his left encouraging him to keep his cool. He appeared to be this close to going ‘crazy eyes’ on the Flyers player.
"Then we're stupid and we'll die."