The Buffalo Sabres and the Flyers met for a second-straight day on Sunday afternoon at KeyBank Center after Philadelphia shut out the Sabres, 3-0 on Saturday with Jack Eichel out of the lineup due to a lower-body injury.
Despite having Eichel back on Sunday, the result was very much of the same as it was Saturday: a 3-0 loss to the Flyers in Buffalo.
Buffalo had an early power play chance thanks to a Justin Braun minor penalty. The Flyers defenseman shot the puck over the glass and was penalized for delay of game just over a minute in. The Sabres recorded three shots on goal, but failed the score on the man advantage.
Philadelphia was unsuccessful on their first power play of the game, despite several scoring chances. Rasmus Ristolainen was called for slashing, but Buffalo killed off the penalty. The Flyers had four shots on goal, and Claude Giroux hit the goal post during the man advantage.
The Sabres enjoyed an early 5-0 shots on goal advantage to begin the game, but finished the opening period being outshot, 13-7 by Philadelphia. Buffalo's best scoring chance came when Curtis Lazar hit the cross bar midway through the frame.
Sean Couturier wasted little time in the second period to break the scoreless tie and give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead over the Sabres. His fifth goal of the season came 22 seconds into the period, finishing off a rebound opportunity. Joel Farabee and James van Rimesdyk assisted on the goal.
Just over a minute later, Michael Raffl scored off of an offensive zone faceoff to double the Flyers' lead to 2-0. Raffl was able to tip a Robert Haag shot through traffic to beat Jonas Johansson. Philippe Myers was credited with an assist, in addiiton to Haag.
The Flyers lead expanded to 3-0 later in the second thanks to a tip by van Riemsdyk. His 10th goal of the season came with less than five minutes remaining in the middle stanza. The veteran re-directed Farabee's shot from the blue line. Ivan Provorov and Farabee were given the assists on the goal.
The Sabres had two power play chances in the third period, including a carry over man advantage from the second period, but failed to score on either. Buffalo was credited with nine shots on goal in the final period.
Carter Hart stopped all 28 Sabres shots on goal in the victory. Johansson made 35 saves on 38 Philadelphia shots. The Flyers were credited with four shots on goal in the final period.
PHI: 0:22 - Sean Courturier (5) (Joel Farabee, James van Rimesdyk); 1:37 - Michael Raffl (3) (Robert Haag, Philippe Myers); 15:23 - James van Rimesdyk (10) (Joel Farabee, Ivan Provorov)
BUF: 12:59 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Slashing - 2 min.)
PHI: 1:14 - Justin Braun (Delay of game - 2 min.)
BUF: 6:51 - Rasmus Dahlin (Hooking - 2 min.)
PHI: 19:13 - Jakub Voracek (Holding - 2 min.)
PHI: 5:34 - Kevin Hayes (Tripping - 2 min.)
Losi and Gangi Three Stars of the Game:
1.) James van Riemsdyk - PHI
2.) Joel Farabee - PHI
3.) Carter Hart - PHI
The Sabres start a five-game road trip on Tuesday night with a matchup with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday with the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show starting at 6 p.m. EST with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog on the radio home of the Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.