Philadelphia storms back for 6-2 win over Sabres

Jack Eichel scores twice, but the Flyers respond with six unanswered goals

Pat Malacaro
December 08, 2018 - 1:07 pm

Photo: Jeffrey T. Barnes - Associated Press


The Buffalo Sabres scored first, but six unaswered goals by the Philadelphia Flyers helped the visitors defeat Buffalo 6-2 on Saturday afternoon at KeyBank Center.

Jack Eichel's eighth goal of the season came just over four minutes into the game, giving the Sabres a 1-0 lead over Philadelphia. Sam Reinhart and Jeff Skinner assisted on the game's first goal. Eichel now has three goals in his last two home games, with two coming against Toronto on Tuesday.

Eichel was able to re-direct Lawrence Pilut's shot from the blue line into the net past Anthony Stolarz to extend the blue and gold's lead to 2-0 midway through the first. Pilut picked up his first career NHL point with the primary assist, along with Rasmus Ristolainen the secondary assist.

Philadelphia would answer back minutes later thanks to James van Riemsdyk. The forward's goal cut the Buffalo lead to 2-1 in the opening frame. Claude Giroux won the face-off in the offensive zone that started the goal, and was credited with the lone assist.

The two teams combined for a total of 32 shots on goal in the opening frame. Linus Ullmark stopped 14 of the 15 Flyers' shots on goal, with Buffalo scored twice on 17 shots.

Philadelphia was able to get the game's equalizer midway through the middle stanza. The visitors did not score on the power play, but soon after Ivan Provorov was able to travel through the slot and beat Ullmark with a low-rising wrist shot. It was Provorov's third goal of the year, evening the score at 2-2. Scott Laughton and Michael Raffl assisted on the goal.

The Sabres failed to score in the second period. They were out-shot by Philadelphia 14-9. The Flyers overall lead in shots with a 29-26 edge.

Buffalo's first power play of the game did not start off on the right foot. Giroux collected his second point of the game with a short handed goal about thirty seconds into the penalty kill. He was able to beat Ullmark with a wrist shot into the top corner of the net for a 3-2 Philly lead.

Philadelphia's lead expanded to two thanks to Wayne Simmonds' 10th goal of the season. He was able to slide the puck past Ullmark to make it 4-2 Flyers. Just over a minute later Dale Wiese added a goal to make it 5-2 Philly. 

The deficit ballooned to four goals midway through the third with Travis Konecny's ninth goal of the season. Giroux made the pass to setup the goal for his fourth point of the game. He and van Riemsdyk received the assists on the goal.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 4:04 - Jack Eichel (8) (Sam Reinhart, Jeff Skinner); 12:02 - Jack Eichel (9) (Lawrence Pilut, Rasmus Ristolainen)
PHI: 12:52 - James van Rimesdyk (2) (Claude Giroux)

Second Period:

PHI: 10:10 - Ivan Provorov (3) (Scott Laughton, Michael Raffl)

Third Period

PHI: 2:49 - Claude Giroux (11) SH (unassisted); 8:10 - Wayne Simmonds (10) (Shayne Gostisbehere, Jakub Voracek); 9:25 - Dale Wiese (3) (Michael Raffl, Claude Giroux); 11:00 - Travis Konecny (9) (Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 9:02 - Conor Sheary (Hooking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 7:49 - Rasmus Dahlin (Interference - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 19:21 - Nathan Beaulieu (Unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min); 19:21 - Nathan Beaulieu (Fighting - 5 min.)
PHI: 2:15 - Travis Sanheim (Holding the Stick - 2 min.); 19:21 - Radko Gudas (Fighting - 5 min.)

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 30 (17, 9, 4)
PHI: 41 (15, 14, 12)


BUF: Linus Ullmark - 35 saves
PHI: Anthony Stolarz - 28 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 1 (0%)
PHI: 0 for 3 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Claude Giroux - PHI
  2. James van Riemsdyk - PHI
  3. Wayne Simmonds - PHI

What's Next

The Sabres will stay home for game No. 3 of their four-game homestand. Buffalo welcomes the Los Angeles Kings for a seven o'clock puck drop on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pre-game coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog live at (716) Food and Sport.

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