Sabres fall to the Flyers, 5-2

Buffalo gets out-shot 45-36 by Philadelphia, who jumps the Sabres to 10th place in the Eastern Conference

Derek Kramer
February 26, 2019 - 7:57 pm

Photo: Eric Hartline - USA TODAY Sports


The Buffalo Sabres have dropped below another team in the playoff race after a 5-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The Sabres got off to a slow start in the first period, spotting the Flyers a 2-0 lead before the period was half over. Weak defense led to uncontested goals for Oskar Lindblom and Jakub Voracek and allow the Flyers to get off to a fast start. However, Jack Eichel scored his third goal in two games with his 22nd goal of the season on the power play to cut the Flyers' lead to 2-1 to end the opening period. 

The second period saw plenty of chances for both teams, but the Sabres wound up ending the second period still trailing by a goal. Philadelphia wound up with the eventual game-winning goal courtesy of James van Riemsdyk on a deflection past Carter Hutton, making it a 3-1 advantage for Philadelphia. Buffalo would cut the Flyers' lead back to one goal thanks to Casey Mittelstadt finishing a centering feed from Evan Rodrigues to make it 3-2 to end the second period. 

The third period saw an unfortunate moment for new Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour, who whiffed on a one-timer and the Flyers went back the other way on an odd man rush to pad their lead to 4-2. Travis Sanheim was the goal scorer who entered the play as the trailer to take advantage of the rush into the Buffalo zone. Claude Giroux would salt the game away with an empty netter to end the scoring for Philadelphia and ending the game with a 5-2 score. 

With the loss, the Sabres now sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings with 66 points, while the Flyers now have 67 points and move to within seven points of a playoff spot.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 12:08 - Jack Eichel (PPG) (Jeff Skinner, Rasmus Dahlin)
PHI: 2:48 - Oskar Lindblom (Travis Konecny, Nolan Patrick); 7:52 - Jakub Voracek (Claude Giroux, Phillipe Myers) 

Second Period: 

BUF: 17:53 - Casey Mittelstadt (Evan Rodrigues, Conor Sheary)
PHI: 15:13 - James van Riemsdyk (Robert Hagg, Radko Gudas)

Third Period: 

PHI: 0:46 - Travis Sanheim (Sean Couturier); 17:05 - Claude Giroux (ENG) (Michael Raffl) 


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 0:36 - Johan Larsson (Hooking - 2 min.); 4:27 - Zach Bogosian (Roughing - 4 min.); 19:11 - Rasmus Ristolainen (High Sticking - 2 min.) 
PHI: 4:27 - Ryan Hartman (Roughing - 2 min.); 11:39 - Scott Laughton (Hooking - 2 min.); 13:43 - Michael Raffl (Tripping - 2 min.); 19:11 - Nolan Patrick (Slashing - 2 min.) 

Second Period: 

BUF: 19:39 - Jake McCabe (Interference - 2 min.)
PHI: 1:12 - Flyers bench (Too Many Men - 2 min.); 19:39 - Ryan Hartman (Embellishment - 2 min.) 

Third Period: 


Shots on Goal:

BUF: 36 (6, 16, 14)
PHI: 45 (19, 11, 15)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 40 saves
PHI: Brian Elliott - 34 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 1 for 3 (33%) 
PHI: 0 for 2 (0%)

Three Stars: 

  1. Oskar Lindblom - PHI
  2. Brian Elliott - PHI
  3. Ryan Hartman - PHI

What's Next: 

Buffalo will look to turn their season around back at home, when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night at KeyBank Center. Faceoff on Friday night is set for 7 p.m., with the Paul William Beltz Pre-Game Show starting at 6 p.m. on WGR with Schopp and the Bulldog at (716) Food and Sport. 

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