Flyers Trample Sabres

Former-Flyer Ville Leino and the Buffalo Sabres visited Philadelphia tonight. He would prove to not be a factor. The Rangers also played the Blackhawks, so it was a must win for the Flyers. The orange and black came out looking very “sleepy”. They were playing without passion, not working as a team, and so the Sabres capitalized. However, two Buffalo goals in the first would not be enough as the Flyers routed them, 7-2.

The Flyers celebrate their 7-2 rout of the Sabres (ESPN).

With the win, Philadelphia (32-18-7) snaps a two-game losing streak. It is only their second win in the last seven game, and the the Flyers still sit 8 points behind the Rangers, even after New York’s loss to the Blackhawks.

Bryzgalov let up two quick goals in his first appearance in 3 games. All-Star Jason Pominville opened the scoring in the game, and 4:15 later fellow All-Star Thomas Vanek scored to put the visiting team up 2-0. The Flyers exited the ice with their heads down, well on their way to another loss.

Wayne Simmonds wears a mask after being hit; he scored two (ESPN).

Whatever Laviolette said during the intermission must have worked, because the Flyers came out strong in the second period. The Flyers scored 54 seconds into the second period when Max Talbot redirected a shot fired by Braydon Coburn.

However, the scoring would not end there. The Flyers were in a different gear. Wayne Simmonds scored two power play goals 3:17 apart, the second one giving the Flyers a 3-2. Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth was pulled after allowing three straight goals. Ryan Miller would allow one goal in the third period. The goal came when rookie Erik Gustaffson received a perfect drop pass from Jakub Voracek as he buried his first career NHL goal.

Talbot (his second of the game), Voracek, and Hartnell would score in the third to complete the rout. However, tonight’s win comes with some bad news; Danny Briere and Tom Sestito left the game early with injuries. It is unknown the severity of either player’s injury. They also played without Jagr who has the flu, and Zac Rinaldo who was suspended. The time until James van Reimsdyk returns is still unknown.

The Flyers had total domination in tonights game. 11 players had points, including Claude Giroux who had a career-high 5 assists. Thomas Vanek made the mistake of cross-checking Giroux in the 3rd, which seemed to jump-start him. Also, Wayne Simmonds was hit by a puck in pre-game warmups, but remained unfazed, scoring 2 power play goals. He received 25 stitches in his lip and will most likely see extra treatment on off days until it heals.

Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, in the midst of a major goalie controversy involving himself and Sergei Bobrovsky, put in one of his better performances of the year, stopping all 17 shots he faced in periods 2 and 3, and 27 of 29 overall.

In a post game interview head-coach Peter Laviolette said, “We’re a hard team to play against when were moving north and playing hard.” That’s exactly what the Flyers did tonight, and that is how they need to play from here on out. Max Talbot also said, “The big point about tonight is we battled back.” The Flyers meet the rival Pittsburg Penguins on Saturday.

Team 1 2 3 T SOG
Flyers 0 4 3 7 35
Sabres 2 0 0 2 29

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One Comment on “Flyers Trample Sabres”

  1. February 17, 2012 at 4:03 am #

    Great recap Cole. If Bryz can just play the way we pay him to, then the Flyers are Stanley Cup contenders. Without a serious starting goalie, though, I’m not so sure we can survive.

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