Flyers grind out in a 5-4 shoot-out win. The Philadelphia Flyers (13-7-3) fell behind early but persevered to skate away with a much-needed win. The Buffalo Sabres (6-14-4) are a desperate team and should not be taken lightly.
The Carter Hart saga continues to be problematic and Coach Alain Vigneault yanked Hart after a very uninspiring first period. Hart surrendered three goals off only eight shots as the Sabres capitalized off markers from Sam Reinhart, Riley Sheahan, and another from Reinhart that offset a James Van Riemsdyk goal at 1:56.
Brian Elliott entered and the waters calmed. Kevin Hayes made it a one-goal game at 3-2 but four minutes later, Brandon Montour got it back to a two-goal deficit. Three guys the Flyers need to step up did just that.
Ivan Provorov and Jake Voracek worked the puck to Claude Giroux who buried one from the doorstep. The only power play of the contest was a beauty with Shayne Gostisbehere blasting a shot with one knee on the ice, from the point with 5:46 left. Couturier and Joel Farabee each assisted and each had a two-point night.
Overtime proved to be fruitless and the crowd was getting nervous with the shoot-out looming. Nolan Patrick ended the festivities with a top-shelf wrister that Sabre netminder, Jonas Johansson had no chance on.
This marks the 8th consecutive loss for the Sabres. Despite the good start Ralph Krueger was very candid.
“ This is all about attitude right now,” Krueger said. “We’ve had a lot of adversity to deal with, but we’re dealing with it in the same way we have with good times, as we continue to push for growth, we continue to push for an attitude that moves us forward, and we continue to push for working on these solutions together.”
Shots on Goal shined on Philadelphia, who put up a rarity for 2021 with 30. Along with another rarity, they only allowed 20.
Elliott saw 40:00 allowing only one goal off 12 shots. The power play started to show signs of life, 1 of 4. Face-offs also went the Philly way, 30-22. Claude Giroux garnered 16 of the 30. What is ailing Hart? He has allowed 8 goals in his last two starts. Flyers Grind Out Win.