Flyers – Sabres: Improvements Showing | GAME RECAP


Philadelphia Flyers vs Buffalo Sabres Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media

FINAL | Game 17, Away Game 7 | Saturday, February 27, 2021
KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY






Flyers Lineup

Forward 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-Kubel

Defense pairings

Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere

Travis Sanheim – Justin Braun

Robert Hägg – Erik Gustafsson


Brian Elliott – Carter Hart


Philippe Myers, Travis Konecny (COVID-19)


Morgan Frost (dislocated shoulder)

Game Report

With the slow trickle of players returning to the lineup from the COVID-19 reserve list, the Flyers showed some signs of life earlier this week with their win over the New York Rangers. Could they build on that? Jakub Voracek, Oskar Lindblom, and Scott Laughton would join the roster in today’s matinee matchup against the Buffalo Sabres, and Brian Elliott got the start between the pipes thanks to a career-long record of playing well against the Sabres.

First Period

Early indications in this game were that the officials would be calling things very tightly. The Flyers found themselves with two power play opportunities in the opening frame, but couldn’t find the back of the net on either of them. Joel Farabee looked frustrated at a relatively soft slashing call on him, but the Philadelphia penalty kill did its job effectively.

Voracek looked to be copying Claude Giroux‘s return-to-play energy from Wednesday, and the two veterans were noticeably aggressive on the puck. But it was Sean Couturier, who continues his production since his return from injury, to light the lamp first in this game. He got the puck from Travis Sanheim in the slot and let a quick shot go, which deflected off of a Buffalo defenseman’s glove and into Carter Hutton‘s net.

Second Period

Much of the middle frame was uneventful, although Giroux continued to have some good looks at the net, but then toward the end of the frame things really opened up for the Flyers.

Shayne Gostisbehere scored in his second consecutive game when James van Riemsdyk and Couturier got the puck out of the defensive zone and passed it off to Gostisbehere all alone entering the offensive zone. Ghost skated in hard and put the puck right through Hutton.

About four minutes later, Voracek and Lindblom executed a beautiful passing sequence up the ice to spring Laughton on a breakaway. He made no mistake finding the back of the net to give the Flyers a 3-0 lead.

Third Period

If there was one thing the Flyers needed to do in the third period, it was hold steady and stay the course. No last minute collapses, no penalty box rotation. And that’s just what they did. Philadelphia put up almost 40 shots on goal this afternoon, and their defense didn’t back down. Elliott shut the door and the Flyers skated out of the first half of this back-to-back with a 3-0 shutout.

What’s Next?

These two teams regroup and reset for a rematch in Buffalo tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 pm. With Gostisbehere and many of the recent returnees to the lineup playing with confidence, it’s a prime opportunity to take advantage of a fragile Sabres team and build some momentum before heading to Pittsburgh for three games against the Penguins.

Plus / Minus

▲  Sean Couturier, Oskar Lindblom, Brian Elliott, Scott Laughton

▼  Robert Hagg

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
39 Shots 23
62% Face-off % 38%
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 6
12 Hits 13
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Flyers (10-4-3) 1 2 0 3
Sabres (6-9-3) 0 0 0 0
Scorers Goalies
  • PHI: Couturier (4), Gostisbehere (2), Laughton (5)
  • BUF: No scoring
  • PHI: Elliott (W) 5-1-0
  • BUF: Hutton (L) 1-5-1

Stars of the Game​​

 NHL Official Three Stars
  1. Sean Couturier  PHI
  2. Shayne Gostisbehere  PHI
  3. Scott Laughton  PHI


 Video Highlights 

What Did They Say?

 Post-game Quotes

Alain Vigneault: “It was a team effort. It was a team game. We need to get right back at it tomorrow and keep it going.”

Scott Laughton: “Just to get back in the room and part of the routine helps your mindset. It gave me a boost of energy and it was nice to contribute and nice to get back.”

Oskar Lindblom: “It’s always tough to see the guys playing without you so it felt great to be back out there…It was a great solid game by us…It’s always good to help the team win…Now we need to get ready for tomorrow.”

Quotes courtesy of Philadelphia Flyers

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By Amy Johnson, Lead Correspondent The Flyers Report Copyright © 2021 Rocket Sports


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