The Buffalo Sabres were shut out by the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at KeyBank Center. Brian Elliott made 23 saves to blank Buffalo for his second shut out in as many games against the team this season.
Both teams had an early power play opportunity that they could not capitalize on in the opening period. Sam Reinhart was called for holding, but Buffalo killed off the minor. However, the Sabres had just one shot on goal when they went on the man advantage just minutes later.
Philadelphia scored first in the later parts of the opening stanza, as Sean Couturier was credited with his fourth goal of the season after the puck hit Brandon Montour and changed directions on Carter Hutton. Travis Sanheim recorded the lone assist on the game's first goal.
Buffalo was able to kill off their second penalty of the game after Jacob Bryson was penalized for high sticking.
Hutton made 10 saves in the first period, including five shots for the Flyers on the power play. The Sabres recorded six shots on goal in the first period as well.
Philadelphia was successful in killing off their second penalty of the game, keeping the Sabres without a shot on goal during the man advantage. James van Riemsdyk was penalized for tripping halfway through the second period, but the Flyers were able to perserve their 1-0 lead.
The Sabres' deficit doubled to two after Shayne Gostisbehere scored his second goal of the season. van Riemsdyk and Couturier assisted on the goal that made it 2-0 in favor of Philadelphia. Then Scott Laughton's fifth goal of the season came with just over a minute remaining in the period to extend the lead to 3-0 over Buffalo.
The Sabres had one late power play chance with less than a minute remaining in regulation, and failed to score with the opportunity. Buffalo was credited with nine shots on goal in the final period, but could not beat Elliott on any of their chances.
The Flyers outshot Buffalo in all three periods, totaling a 39-23 advantage in the victory.
PHI: 14:22 - Sean Couturier (4) (Travis Sanheim)
PHI: 14:33 - Shayne Gostisbehere (2) (James van Riemsdyk, Sean Courturier); 18:54 - Scott Laughton (5) (Oscar Lindblom, Jakub Voracek)
BUF: 3:08 - Sam Reinhart (Holding - 2 min.); 15:06 - Jacob Bryson (High sticking - 2 min.)
PHI: 6:29 - Joel Farabee (Slashing - 2 min.)
PHI: 10:53 - James van Riemsdyk (Tripping - 2 min.)
BUF: 10:31 - Jeff Skinner (Hooking - 2 min.)
PHI: 19:26 - Robert Hagg (Holding - 2 min.)
Losi and Gangi Three Stars of the Game:
1.) Sean Couturier - PHI
2.) Shayne Gostisbehere - PHI
3.) Scott Laughton - PHI
These same two teams will meet at KeyBank Center on Sunday afternoon. Buffalo and the Flyers will drop the puck just after 3 p.m. EST on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550.