One could say it was a good weekend for hockey for the boys on Broad Street. Flyers with another shut-out, 3-0 over the Buffalo Sabres. Saturday it was Brian Elliott with the whitewash, Sunday it was Carter Hart between the pipes.
Hart has what may have been his worst game in his last start, and bounced back tenfold. A streaky game saw Buffalo come out on a mission and continually peppered Hart and the maturing Flyers defense, to no avail. How intense were the Sabres? Philadelphia did not record a shot on goal for the first 7:08.
Philly was in a bit of uncharted waters facing Jonas Johansson who was making his first career start in the Sabres nets. The first stanza ended as it started, scoreless. That changed quickly as Philadelphia found its groove as Sean Couturier scores just :22 in and the visitors never looked back.
Phil Myers found Robert Hagg at the blue line and Hagg blasted a shot that Michael Raffl tipped to make it 2-0. The goal came just a minute and fifteen seconds after the Couturier tally. James Van Riemsdyk closed the period with the third and final goal.
All things were positive as Buffalo had an 0-8-1 record when trailing after 2 periods. To compound the Sabres frustration, they did not register a single shot on goal in the final 11:46.
Hart, who was spectacular when it counted, had 28 saves and seems to fix what ailed him. Johansson stopped 35 of the Flyer’s 38 shots. Despite the high shot total, Philly only had 4 third-period shots. Joel Farabee continues to improve and picked up two assists. Flyers with another shut-out. Get the full recap from the Broad Street Bully crew joined by Joey Sheeran.