Flyers 4, Sabres 1 post-game: Flyers enter bye week on hot streak

Updated: January 7, 2018 at 5:49 pm by Zac DeMedio

Flyers 4 (19-15-8, 46 PTS) vs Sabres 1 (10-23-9, 29 PTS)

Philadelphia heads into their bye week with a three game win streak in their pockets. A sluggish start forced the Flyers to come from behind, but they answered with four straight goals of their own to defeat Buffalo in today’s matinee matchup. Michal Neuvirth got a win in his first start since November 28th, and Sean Couturier continued his stellar start to the season by adding two more goals to his season tally.

1ST PERIOD

Today’s first period in South Philly didn’t offer much in terms of excitement, as both teams didn’t offer much outside of a few chances early in the period. Both teams traded power plays to start the game, with Philadelphia killing off both of Buffalo’s man advantages. The Flyers looked to be a step slower than their opponents, as they were outshot by a 12 to 5 margin in the opening twenty minutes. If there were any doubts about rust on Michal Neuvirth’s end, he sure saw enough rubber to but those claims to rest. The best save of the period goes to Neuvirth as he absolutely robbed Sam Reinhart with a beautiful glove save.

2ND PERIOD

It didn’t take long for this game to heat up in the middle stanza. An early penalty against the Flyers led to the first goal of the game for the road team, as Ryan O’Reilly continued to haunt the Flyers this season and in his career. O’Reilly wired a slapshot from the left face off dot which left Neuvirth helpless as it flew into the net over his shoulder.

Just a few minutes later, Philadelphia tied the game on the rush from Shayne Gostisbehere as he finished a nice passing play by beating Lehner. The play started and ended with Ghost, as he broke up the Sabres play in the neutral zone and started the rush the other way. Lehtera found the loose puck before finding Scott Laughton who slid the puck to an open Gostisbehere who then beat Robin Lehner on his short side for his 9th goal of the season.

The Flyers took the lead about halfway through the period on the power play with another goal from Sean Couturier. It’s his 22nd of the season already, and his scoring numbers don’t like like declining any time soon. Claude Giroux was stationed behind the goal line, and found an open Couturier along the dots with a beautiful saucer pass. From there Couturier finished the job with ease, beating Lehner with a one timer for another power play goal.

Philadelphia should’ve entered the final period with a two goal advantage, but Wayne Simmonds was denied a goal by a humongous sprawling save from Lehner on an odd man rush. Both teams woke up considerably this period, and they both have 23 shots on net for their work.

3RD PERIOD

The final period was a tightly contested, hard fought battle between these two teams. Both Buffalo and Philadelphia traded chances throughout the period, with Lehner and Neuvirth shutting the door for their respective teams. It certainly wasn’t the Flyers best effort of the season, but it was enough for two points this afternoon. Sean Couturier and Ivan Provorov added empty net goals to ensure the victory.

QUICK HITTERS

Philadelphia gets their league mandated bye week, as they won’t play their next game until next Saturday. After the bye they will have to play eight games in 19 days to finish the month of January.

The Flyers have clawed their way back into the playoff picture, as they are currently tied for the 2nd wild card position in the Eastern Conference.

Shayne Gostisbehere is the second leading scorer in the whole league for defenseman, with 32 points on the season (9 G, 23 A). He trails only John Klingberg who has 39.

NEXT GAME

Flyers @ Devils

1/13/2018 @ 7:00 P.M.

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