The Flyers have shut out an opponent in three consecutive meetings for the first time in franchise history and became the second team in five years to achieve this.
|2||0:22||Sean Couturier (5)||Joel Farabee (8)||van Riemsdyk (15)|
|2||1:37||Michael Raffl (3)||Robert Hagg (1)||Philippe Myers (5)|
|2||15:23||van Riemsdyk (10)||Joel Farabee (9)||Ivan Provorov (7)|
Captain Jack Eichel returned to the lineup after missing two games to a lower-body injury.
Although Buffalo (6-10-3) was more engaged in the first period than past games and did not allow any shots on goal for the first seven minutes, they continued to struggle on the rebound. One of their best scoring chances throughout the game came from Curtis Lazar, who rang a shot off the crossbar with 7:20 remaining. The period ended scoreless with 11-4 scoring chances from the Flyers (11-4-3).
Sean Couturier put Philadelphia on the board first, just 22 seconds into the second period, off the rebound. Michael Raffl brought their lead to 2-0 a little over a minute later. Another close shot for the Sabres came from Kyle Okposo with a little over 7 minutes left in the second, but was stopped by Flyers goalie Carter Hart’s left pad. James van Riemsdyk scored off the deflection at 15:23, bringing the score to 3-0. The Flyers outshot the Sabres, 21 to 12 alone in the second period.
With Linus Ullmark being out for at least one month, Jonas Johansson made his first NHL start with the Sabres since March 5, 2020. He stopped a career-high 35 shots, his previous career-high saves was 28, set in his last start. Philadelphia’s Hart made 28 saves.
The Sabres will start their five-game road trip with a match against the New York Rangers Tuesday night at 7 p.m.