The Flyers drop the 11th straight loss to another struggling team. In what has been a dismal season the Philadelphia Flyers may have hit its low point with a 6-3 drubbing by the Buffalo Sabres in a matinee at the Key Bank Center. What can I say about this contest that hasn’t already been said about painful rectal itch?
To The Debacle
Buffalo (13-21-7) started 28-year-old rookie netminder, Michael Houser for just his second NHL game. Jeff Skinner (2g,1a) opened the scoring with help from Dylan Cozens. The first assist of the afternoon from Alex Tuch with just 1:29 elapsed. Philadelphia (13-20-8) seemed to have a spark with Rasmus Ristolainen slamming home a Travis Sandheim feed for his 2nd of the season at 11:18.
After a minute and twenty-six seconds, Claude Giroux lit the lamp for his first of two that gave the Flyers a rare lead. Cam Atkinson picked up his first of a pair of helpers with Ivan Provorov accounting for the primary. Excited? Don’t be. The Sabres scored the next three. This was started by a pair from Tage Thompson :24 apart. A bad sign for the visitors, both on the power play.
With 2:00 left in the period, Peyton Krebs notched his first NHL marker that shut the door on the 4-2 Buffalo edge. Flyers starter, Martin Jones would get yanked in place of Carter Hart. Things would calm down. Krebs connected for his second just 2:24 into the distance. Bringing the lead to 5-2.
Finish it Off Time
Skinner hit his 16th with Rasmus Dahlin (2a) and Thompson (2g, 1a) with a pretty around-the-horn goal for the third power-play goal with Skinner absolutely crushing a one-timer from the edge of the face-off circle that effectively ended this affair. Giroux got a power-play tally from Atkinson. Travis Konecny to close out the 6-3 contest and push the futility to 11 games.
Shots on Goal were 33-24 for the Sabres. Martin Jones gave up 4 goals on just 8 shots in 18 minutes with Hart faring better with 14 stops on 16 shots. The power play continues to be problematic with Philly going 1 for 5 and Buffalo with an impressive 3 of 4. Philly falls to 2-18-3 when the opponent scores the first goal. The Flyers drop the 11th straight and the free fall continues.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.