The Buffalo Sabres (29-31-8) losers of six straight came into the Wells Fargo to battle the hottest team in the National Hockey League in the Philadelphia Flyers (41-20-7).
Philly started off sluggishly but had enough to get the best of their visitors. Claude Giroux supplied two tallies and Joel Farabee chipped in with a solo. Jake Voracek stayed hot and assisted on the two Giroux goals. The assists gave the winger 10 assists in his last five games.
Giroux had a picturesque goal on his second. The Voracek pass was slightly elevated but the Captain batted it past Sabre netminder, Carter Hutton. This gave the Flyguys a 2-1 lead they would not surrender.
Philadelphia moves to an astounding 25-5-4 on their home ice. They are tied for first in the Metropolitan Division with the Washington Ovechkin’s. 21-year-old Carter Hart stole the game for Philadelphia stopping 38 of 39 Buffalo shots.
Hart improves his Wells Fargo record to an outstanding, 20-2-2. Hutton faced 24 Flyers shots, stopping 21.
Buffalo reunited the line of Jeff Skinner, Jack Eichel, and Sam Reinhart. The trio was not able to make any difference in the outcome.