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Sabres dump Flyers 4-1

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550)  -- The Buffalo Sabres used a three-goal outburst in the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers to notch their third straight win. The blue and gold defeated Philadelphia 4-1 on Tuesday night at KeyBank Center.

First Period

15:42 - This game has craaaaaaaawled so far due to so many icing whistles. Buffalo continues to ice the puck and slow this game to a snail's pace.

14:32 - Nic Deslauriers does his best to wake up his team and the crowd with a fight against Brandon Manning. The Sabres forward landed a few good shots before they tired out and were escorted to their respective penalty boxes.

9:05 - Shots on goal are 8-4 in favor of the home team. However, you would be hard pressed to remember more than one or two of them. Neither side has really established an offensive presence, especially a sustained one, through the first ten minutes of the game. It has sort of been ho-hum to start.

2:57 - Buffalo is called for the first penalty of the night as Justin Falk heads off for holding Claude Giroux. A questionable call at best, but might have been the first time in the game that someone took the puck to the net with any authority. 
End of Period
Goal Summary

BUF: none
PHI: none

Penalty Summary

BUF: 5:28 - Nic Deslauriers (5 min., fighting). 17:03 - Justin Falk (2 min., holding)
PHI: 5:28 - Brandon Manning (5 min., fighting)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 8, PHI - 13

Second Period

16:32 - This period at least has a little more jump from both sides to start. Jack Eichel and Evander Kane do their best to get the game its first score, but it is still 0-0 this period.

14:42 - SABRES GOAL. Good things happen when the puck is on Rasmus Ristolainen's stick. He is able to move the puck to the front of the net, where Sam Reinhart is waiting to slam it into an open goal. A nice job by the Sabres to capitalize on the man advantage chance. 1-0 BUF.

11:21 - SABRES GOAL. Buffalo had come close a minute earlier, but following up on a Taylor Fedun shot proves beneficial for William Carrier. The forward is parked near the side of the net as Steve Mason kicks the rebound right to him, and the Buffalo lead doubles. 2-0 BUF.

4:47 - Eichel has been a man possessed this period. He has helped with the offense, and just now tries to drive to the net to draw a power play. A goal here could put this one on track to being a blowout win. Just what this team could use.

:8.9 - SABRES GOAL. Evander Kane gets the puck in the slot and does not miss. That is the goal that cousl put this game away for the blue and gold. 3-0 BUF.
End of Period
Goal Summary

BUF: 5:15 - Sam Reinhart (9) PPG (Rasmus Risltolainen, Ryan O'Reilly). 8:39 - William Carrier (2) (Taylor Fedun, Ryan O'Reilly). 19:51 - Evander Kane (10) (Sam Reinhart, Zach Bogosian)
PHI: none

Penalty Summary

BUF: none
PHI: 3:57 - Brayden Schenn (2 min., hooking). 15:13 - Michael Del Zotto (2 min., holding)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 13 (21), PHI - 13 (26)

Third Period

13:52 - Buffalo is doing a good job of keeping the Flyers at bay, despite the visitors coming out and making a charge to start the period. Anders Nilsson has been challenged more on the five shots this period, and has been up to the task on all five.

8:20 - The time is bleeding off of the clock, and that works in the Sabres favor. Shots are 9-3 in favor of Philly, but they "grade a" chances have been few and far between.

3:21 - Jake McCabe heads to the penalty box for hooking. We'll see if the Flyers are able to use this to rally late against the Sabres.

2:49 - This final stanza has been a lot like the first...very little action and plenty of whistles. This grind it out style works to Buffalo's advantage as they try to hold on for the win. Shots are 12-5 in favor of the Flyers.

2:07 - FLYERS GOAL. The shutout bid is over as Brayden Schenn picks the top corner to get the power play goal. This game is not over yet. 3-1 BUF.

:3.3 - SABRES GOAL. Marcus Foligno caps this one with an empty net goal. The fans will go home happy tonight. 4-1 BUF

End of Game
Buffalo 4, Philadelphia 1
Goal Summary

BUF: 19:56 - Marcus Foligno (8) ENG (Sam Reinhart, Jake McCabe)
PHI: 17:53 - Brayden Schenn (13) PPG (Claude Giroux, Ivan Provorov)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 16:32 - Jake McCabe (2 min., hooking)
PHI: none

Shots on Goal

BUF - 6 (27), PHI - 14 (40)

All photos courtesy of AP
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01/10/2017 9:02PM
3rd period think blowout!
3-0 now before 3rd...Eichel puts this one away in third with Reinhart in tow - 4-2 win.
01/10/2017 10:09PM
Another Game Starting Unprepared!
This team will never really compete until they do 2 things. One is to learn that the game begins at the start of the first period. The second is to realize that Nilsson is the better goalie!
01/11/2017 12:29AM
They're really on their way now, lol
01/11/2017 6:12AM
Only way to the Playoffs
Goaltender change dump Lehner and PK needs improved, everything else is falling into place. Trade Lehner for a PK defenseman
01/11/2017 7:48AM
3rd period
Eichel,Reinhart & Riso are the core of this team & O'Reily ain't bad either!
01/11/2017 8:46AM
You are a .500 team ....
that has underachieved all season...yes playing better recently but no cause "to be happy". Still waiting for Murray to do something to help this team...especially with the horrendous Defense. "We're happy with where we're at.We know it's a long road to get back to where we want to be. I said [Monday], we're taking it one game at a time. Tonight was another step in the right direction." - Sam Reinhart
01/11/2017 10:33AM
Sabres are not the Bills
Sometimes I think the Bills dysfunction unfairly bleeds over onto the Sabres. TM bottomed this team out and made it clear that was the intent. The losing was by design in order to get some top tier talent. Significant progress was made last year. This year we've seen Eichel, Kane, O'Reilly and others miss significant time.They weathered the storm. Injuries to star players in hockey are much more significant than in football (QB exception). This may just be turning around. TM is not DW! There is a plan, the coach reports to the GM the GM to the owners. Young players are developing. The salary cap is properly managed and we are not "reaching"for players in the draft. Our free agent signings have been mostly successful with Okposo being the latest. Bylsma was a proven coach who wanted to work in Buffalo, not some unqualified "yes man". Russ Brandon has no say in hockey matters. Notice there are never media leaks coming out of the Sabres hierarchy. There is no suggestion of "meddlesome owners" either. The Pegula's are taking a lot of heat and deservedly so; however the the Sabres are being run properly and professionally and the Bills are not. Same owners, different issues affecting the franchises. The Pegula's must look at their Teams and realize that the buffoons: Whaley and Brandon, are destroying their reputations in Buffalo and nationally. The hockey department however; is scoring major events like the draft and the world juniors. In the hockey world, the Pegula's are very highly thought of. In the NFL they are a joke. Brandon and Whaley must be fired.
01/11/2017 2:02PM
Trade Lehner for Colin White!
Too bad trades can't be rescinded (team option). Nilsson is the man. Lehner gives up huge rebounds.
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