Philadelphia Flyers vs Buffalo Sabres Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Game 18, Away Game 8 | Sunday, February 28, 2021|
|KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY|
Flyers LineupForward lines
James van Riemsdyk – Sean Couturier – Joel Farabee
Claude Giroux – Kevin Hayes – Nolan Patrick
Oskar Lindblom – Scott Laughton – Jakub Voracek
Michael Raffl – Connor Bunnaman – Nicolas Aube-KubelDefense pairings
Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim – Justin Braun
Robert Hägg – Philippe MyersGoaltenders
Carter Hart – Brian ElliottScratches
Erik Gustafsson, Travis Konecny (COVID-19)Injuries
Morgan Frost (dislocated shoulder)
All but Travis Konecny had returned to the Philadelphia roster from the COVID-19 reserve list this weekend, and getting the top guns back in the lineup against a struggling Buffalo Sabres team was key in getting the Flyers back on track.
After a commanding shutout against the Sabres in their own barn on Saturday, the Flyers took to the ice at KeyBank Center again on Sunday looking to repeat their actions. With Carter Hart in net for the first time since the disastrous game in Lake Tahoe, it was another big test for this resurging team.
Starting the game with a blatant delay of game penalty by Justin Braun wasn’t exactly the ideal way to kick things off. But Hart performed well on the penalty kill, and the teams were soon back at even strength.
Buffalo’s defensive structure was strong in the opening frame, and the Flyers struggled to penetrate the offensive zone for any length of time. It took more than seven minutes for them to register a single shot on goal.
But once they did, it seemed as if the gates were opened and Philadelphia went charging through. They soon soared past the Sabres on the shot clock, and even though they didn’t find the back of the net, you could feel momentum on the Flyers end of the ice.
The second period proved to be the breadwinner for the Flyers. It started with Sean Couturier with a strong shot on Jonas Johansson that rebounded out to Joel Farabee. The young forward sharply shot the puck back at Johansson who allowed another rebound which Couturier scooped up and buried.
A minute and 15 seconds later, Michael Raffl deflected Robert Hagg‘s point shot to make it 2-0 for the Flyers. Buffalo was completely on its heels and chasing the puck wherever Philadelphia was controlling it.
Throughout the period, Hart continued to make some very key saves, looking calm and confident in net. It was a good performance from him, and showed that he had taken the week to overcome any negativity mindset from Nevada.
Before the second intermission, James van Riemsdyk, Farabee, and Ivan Provorov connected for the Flyers third goal of the period. It came on the tail end of a superb shift by Provorov, who showed patience with the puck, and systematic cycling by all five guys in orange on the ice. The Sabres players were exhausted and eager for a line change when Farabee put a quick shot on net that was tipped in by van Riemsdyk.
Third PeriodThe Flyers stayed the course in the third period, despite starting the period on the penalty kill thanks to a carryover penalty by Jakub Voracek, and managed to give themselves back-to-back 3-0 shutouts over the Sabres to close out the weekend.
What’s Next?Word came through during the game that Konecny’s name had come off of the COVID-19 reserve list, which means the full Flyers roster will be back together just in time to head to Pittsburgh for three (yes, three!) road games against their Pennsylvania rival.
Plus / Minus
▲ Sean Couturier, Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, Joel Farabee
▼ Kevin Hayes, Jakub Voracek
|0 for 2||Power Play||0 for 3|
Stars of the Game
|NHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
Alain Vigneault on his 700th NHL coaching win: “I’ve worked for great organizations. Look where I am now. Had some great GMs. Guys that really had my back. Those GMs gave me some real good teams and I’m very fortunate…I’m working on that one thing I don’t have yet.”
Shayne Gostisbehere: “Three games vs. Pittsburgh is a good test for us. We started this trip on a good note but we want to keep it rolling.”
Carter Hart: “The biggest thing for me was just having more fun…Just hanging with the boys and sharing laughs makes it easier coming to the rink everyday.”
Quotes courtesy of Philadelphia Flyers
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