The Flyers Blast Past the Sabres

The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 5-1, at KeyBank Center on Friday. The Flyers and Sabres split their home-and-home set, with the road team prevailing in both games. The Flyers received goals from five different players—contributions from Scott Laughton, Louie Belpedio, Travis Konecny, Garnet Hathaway, and Bobby Brink. 

The back-to-back goals in the opening minute-and-a-half of the game put the Flyers on the path to a dominant first period. Later in the game, the penalty kill played a significant part in stifling attempted pushes by the Sabres. Ersson was a major part of it. The Philadelphia Flyers blast past the Buffalo Sabres.

Flyers Blast Past the Sabres

The Flyers would jump right on the Sabres immediately, with Scott Laughton getting assists from Brink and Farabee at the 1:03 mark. It did not take long for their next goal. Just 28 seconds later, Louie Belpedio scores his first goal of the season. Later in the first, Travis Konecny would score an unassisted goal by lighting the lamp for the 3rd Flyers goal of the period. Philly leads the Sabres 3-0 at the first intermission.

There would be only one score in the 2nd period. Garnet Hathaway sent a wrist shot to the back of the net with assists by Poehling and Deslauriers. The Flyers would have a command 4-0 lead after two periods. The Sabres made it 4-1 at 2:23 of the third period. An unscreened shot by Jokiharju went in on the glove side. The assists went to Casey Mittelstadt and Peterka. This was Jokiharju’s 1st goal of the season. This saved the shutout for Buffalo.

Flyers were not done adding to the scoreboard. Philadelphia knocked in a counterattacking goal to make it 5-1 at 11:28 mark. After an excellent defensive play, Joel Farabee sprung Bobby Brink on a breakaway. Brink scored off the glove. Farabee got the lone assist. That would be Brinks’s third goal on the season.

Goaltending & Stats

Samuel Ersson had an encouraging performance. He earned the win with 21 saves on 22 shots. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who was spectacular in a 38-save win over the Flyers on Wednesday, got a bit roughed up in this rubber match. He finished with 14 saves on 19 shots. The Flyers went 0-for-4 on the power play. The Sabres were 0-for-3. Shots on goal were 54-52 Flyers. Scoring chances favored the Flyers 32-28. The faceoffs were Sabres 21-14).

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Hockey Gloves Drop

Dylan Cozens took exception to a hit by Hathaway and delivered a retaliatory cross-check to the back. Hathaway whirled around, and the two dropped the gloves. Hathaway got the better of the fight at 18:54.

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