Flyers 5, Sabres 4 (SO) - The Recap
Updated: Mar 14
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 in a shootout on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. James van Riemsdyk opened the scoring to get back on the scoresheet after going scoreless in the last 3 games. The line of JVR, Coots and Joel Farabee continues to be hot and provide a majority of offense for the team. Carter Hart was replaced by Brian Elliott at the start of the second period. Elliott was a rock, only allowing one goal that was accidentally deflected by Shayne Gostisbehere. Scott Laughton was dumped in the first period in the faceoff circle on what he called “a very dirty play.” He would leave for a short time, but returned and made a great backhanded pass to Kevin Hayes, who was able to bury it early in the second period to cut the Sabres lead to 3-2. The third goal for the Flyers came just as a power-play expired. A tenacious Claude Giroux drove the net and was able to slam it home to cut the lead to one. After a slow start to the third period, the Flyers power play finally got one as Shayne Gostisbehere rifled one past Jonas Johansson. The 3-on-3 featured a lot of the Sabres holding the puck as if they were trying just to get to the shootout. Coots and Nolan Patrick scored on their first two attempts and Brian Elliott held the Sabres scoreless. As Alain Vigneualt said, the Flyers were then able to win this one in a “scout’s competition.”
While the defense was not great and mismanaged pucks a majority of the game, the real issue in this one was the goaltending. Flyers fans should be nervous as young star Carter Hart is really struggling. In his post-game press conference, he was asked about his confidence level and his ability to stop the puck. He responded, “I don’t know. I’m just trying to stop the puck and right now I’m not. Plain and simple.” Yikes. Brian Elliott has saved Carter and the Flyers numerous times this season, but with 6 games in the next 10 days, riding Elliott the whole time is not possible. Let’s all hope Carter can find his game quickly.
The special teams! The power play was 1-4, but really it was 2-4 if you count the Giroux goal that was scored seconds after the penalty had expired. It appears Ghost is back to his old self. He added in his post-game press conference that he is extremely confident and being healthy is a large part of that. Nolan Patrick also netted the second shootout goal. Let’s hope this gives Patrick some confidence and elevates his game.
The Flyers will be right back at it on Thursday night when the Washington Capitals enter the building again. The Caps defeated the Flyers on Sunday night in what was their second loss in as many days. The Flyers will look to get revenge and take two points Thursday before Saturday’s third game this week between the two teams. The biggest questions that loom will be 1. Who will start in net? 2. Is Michael Raffl’s hand healed? 3. Will Connor Bunnaman re-enter the lineup or will the team go with 7 D? Stay tuned!