Despite getting outplayed a majority of the game, Flyers able to pull off ninth straight win.
It was a sloppy first period for both teams, but especially for the Flyers. They were messing up on even the simplest of plays and Carter Hart had to be sharp behind them to allow them to get into game.
Even the power play wasn’t clicking as they actually gave up two short handed chances where Hart once again stood tall. The Sabres weren’t able to make anything work on their power play either.
The Flyers only managed four shots in the first period while the Sabres had 13. But neither team got on the scoresheet.
The Flyers started the second looking just as disjointed as first, but were able to grab the game’s first goal courtesy of Claude Giroux. Travis Sanheim took the original shot from the point that was deflected by Jakub Voracek. After Carter Hutton gave up the rebound, Voracek got the pass through the skates of Brandon Montour. Giroux used his skate to slow down the puck and was able to backhand it between the arm and pad of Hutton.
The Sabres answered back about six minutes later as the Flyers were once again caught flat footed. Dominik Kahun was left all alone at the back post and fired a one-timer past Hart. After failing to clear the puck, Marcus Johansson came around the back of the net and passed it to an open Victor Olofsson. He immediately found Kahuh for the easy goal.
The sloppy play didn’t stop in the third as the Sabres were dominating the Flyers in most facets of the game. Carter Hart was the reason things didn’t get out of hand as he already had 23 saves through two periods
But Giroux gave the Flyers the lead once again with his second of the night. Voracek and Sanheim again with the assists. It was a give and go between Voracek and Giroux right around the face off dot. Voracek’s last pass back hit a stick and fluttered to Giroux. He one-timed the puck just as it hit the ice
Joel Farabee scored an all important insurance goal late in the period after a miscue from the Sabres. Rasmus Ristolainen was pressured by Farabee and sent the puck puck back to Hutton. He tried to go forehand, backhand to clear the puck but his attempt hit Farabee’s stick and then his own pad. Farabee was then able to go five-hole on Hutton. That was his first goal in nine games.
The Sabres pulled the goalie with about 2:30 to go, down by two, but couldn’t make anything happen. With the win, Hart ties the league lead with 20 wins at home. The Flyers win streak moved to nine games despite not having their best effort. The Sabres out-shot them 39-24 in the game. Hart was the winning factor as he made 38 saves and was named the first star of the game. This game could’ve been completely different if Hart wasn’t as solid as he was.
The Flyers will have a few days to rest before they go for win number 10. They’ll have a tough test when the Boston Bruins come to town on Tuesday.