January 10, 2017

Greg Boysen

If you are going to make the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring, the Buffalo Sabres are a team you have to beat along the way.  Unfortunately for the Flyers, their uninspired effort on Tuesday night led to a 4-1 defeat in upstate New York.

After a scoreless opening frame, the Sabres finally put the scoreboard operator to work with a power play goal at 5:15 of the second period.  Rasmus Ristolainen hit Sam Reinhart with a slap pass at the side of the net, where he kicked the puck to his stick and lifted a shot over Steve Mason from a tough angle for his ninth goal on the year.

A little more than three minutes later, William Carrier doubled the Buffalo lead as a rebound off a Taylor Fedun shot found his stick at the bottom of the left circle where he fired the puck home into a wide open net.

Evander Kane added a gut punch by scoring his 10th goal of the season with just 8.9 seconds remaining in the period.  Shortly after a failed clearing attempt by Wayne Simmonds, Kane kicked a blocked shot to his stick and beat Mason to the glove side with a wrist shot from the slot.

Brayden Schenn finally figured out how to beat Andres Nilsson at 17:53 of the third period to get the Flyers on the board.  With the Flyers on the power play, Schenn was able to get to a loose puck off of a Claude Giroux blocked shot and fling a wrist shot past Nilsson. Ivan Provorov had the secondary assist on Schenn’s 13th goal of the year.

Marcus Foligno scored an empty net goal in the final seconds to finish off the scoring.  Nilsson was great in net for the Sabres, making 39 saves in his second straight start.

The Flyers are off until Thursday night when they return home to host the Vancouver Canucks. 

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