Late Sabres surge results in win over Flyers

Buffalo gets three goals in the final 3:03 of regulation to steal a win from Philadelphia

The Buffalo Sabres roared back to score five of the last six goals on Sunday afternoon to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3 at Wells Fargo Center.

Oskar Lindblom broke the scoreless tie a little more than halfway through the opening period. The forward's sixth goal of the season made it 1-0 Philadelphia, as Shayne Gostisbehere and Nicolas Aube-Kubel assisted on the goal.

The Flyers extended the lead to 2-0 over Buffalo thanks to a power play goal late in the first. Linus Ullmark could not freeze the puck in the crease, and Joel Farabee was able to gain position and slide the puck into an open net. Sean Couturier and Kevin Hayes were credited with the assists. The score came with Arttu Ruotsalainen in the penalty box for delay of game.

Ullmark made 14 saves in the first period, facing 16 shots overall. Carter Hart was a perfect 8-for-8 in shots faced by Buffalo in the opening period.

Buffalo was able to surprise the Flyers twice within a minute to tie the game at 2-2 nearly five minutes into the second period.

Sam Reinhart took advantage of a set play off of a faceoff win by Jeff Skinner to the right of Hart to cut the deficit to 2-1. The goal was Reinhart's 14th of the season.

Just 46 second later, Ruotsalainen scored his first career NHL goal to even the score 2-2.

Dylan Cozens made the pass that helped setup the goal and was credited with the lone assist. It comes in the first game back for the rookie after dealing with an upper-body injury.

The Flyers re-claimed the lead early in the third period thanks to the second point of the day for Gostisbehere. The veteran defenseman scored his eighth goal of the season that made it 3-2 in favor of Philadelphia. Farabee and Philippe Myers were credited with the assists on the even strength tally.

Skinner's second point of the day was also his fifth goal of the season. The forward was locked up with a Flyers player heading to the net and had the puck go off his skate before the net was dislodged. The goal tied the game at 3-3.

Just 25 seconds later, Rasmus Asplund's first goal of the day gave Buffalo a 4-3 lead with less than three minutes to go in regulation. It was the second time in the game that the Sabres scored two goals in under a minute.

Casey Mittelstadt added an empty net goal to cement the Sabres' comeback and defeat Philadelphia. The goal was Mittelstadt's sixth of the season, with Kyle Okposo and Ruley Sheahan earning the assists.



Goal Summary:

First Period:

PHI: 11:36 - Oskar Lindblom (6) (Shayne Gostisbehere, Nicolas Aube-Kubel); 14:14 - Joel Farabee (15) PPG (Nolan Patrick, Sean Couturier)

Second Period:

BUF: 3:56 - Sam Reinhart (14) (Jeff Skinner); 4:42 - Arttu Ruotsalainen (1) (Dylan Cozens)

Third Period:

BUF: 16:57 - Jeff Skinner (5) (Victor Olofsson, Jacob Bryson); 17:22 - Rasmus Asplund (5) (Jacob Bryson); 19:36 - Casey Mittelstadt (6) ENG (Kyle Okposo, Riley Sheahan)
PHI: 3:47 - Shayne Gostisbehere (8) (Joel Farabee, Philippe Myers)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 12:15 - Arttu Ruotsalainen (Delay of game - 2 min.)
PHI: 4:42 - Claude Girouz (Tripping - 2 min.); 16:58 - Philippe Myers (Holding - 2 min.)

Second Period:


Third Period

BUF: 11:40 - Colin Miller (Roughing - 2 min.)
PHI: 5:08 - Nicolas Aube-Kubel (Hooking - 2 min.); 11:40 - Robert Hagg (Roughing - 2 min.)




Losi and Gangi Three Stars of the Game:

1.) Rasmus Asplund - BUF
2.) Jeff Skinner - BUF
3.) Shayne Gostisbehere - PHI


What's Next:

The Sabres will have off for the NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Monday before facing the Bruins on Tuesday night at TD Garden in Boston. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET with the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show starting at 6 p.m. ET with Schopp and the Bulldog on the radio home of the Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.

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