Flyers fall to Sabres

The Flyers opening weekend did not go as planned. In their Sunday matinee, The Flyers lost their second game of the season as they dropped the game 2-5 to the Buffalo Sabres.

Steve Ott got the Sabres on the board halfway into the first period on the power play to gain the early lead. Despite the bad first period, the Flyers began to turn their game around in the beginning of the second.

Sean Couturier tied the game up early in the second and a few minutes later the Flyers were given a power play opportunity. Claude Giroux banked on this by scoring a PP goal to give the Flyers the upper hand. Their lead did not last for long, as Thomas Vanek tied the game for the Sabres at the end of the period with another Sabres power play goal.

Jan 20, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) is screened but watches as Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) take the puck during the third period at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Flyers 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Sabres dominated in the third period, which became the turning point in the game. Tyler Myers scored another power play goal halfway in, followed by a backhand from Cody Hodgson. The Sabres sealed their win when Bryzgalov was pulled for an extra attacker late in the game. Vanek scored on the empty netter to win the game 2-5 in favor of the Sabres.

The Flyers are not off to a good start in this shortened season. They will also be without Zac Rinaldo who suffered a lower body injury in the game. Tye McGinn will be called up from the Phantoms to fill Rinaldo’s place on the line while he heals.

The Flyers will need to get a win on Tuesday if they want to contend for this year’s cup. It’s going to be a lot harder for the Flyers, as they are a team that particularly thrives on the 82-game season.

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Zac Rinaldo

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