The Philadelphia Flyers began their road trip, which will take them into the new year, with a visit to Buffalo. It was a chance to continue their stretch of seven wins in eight games. More importantly, it was a chance to get the Flyers two points against an Eastern Conference team. With their schedule slated to be very conference-heavy over the remainder of the season, the Flyers needed to come out with a jolt.
Travis Sanheim was extremely excited to get this one started.
It looked like the ref wanted to get in on the action.
After a turnover by Robert Hagg, Evander Kane went in on a breakaway. He’d get a penalty shot, but Brian Elliott said no.
Wayne Simmonds was battling in front. You don’t want to get him heated, especially around the holidays.
Hagg then took a hooking penalty.
Brian Elliott, who was playing in his 400th NHL game, made a few saves against one of the worst power play teams in the league.
He was making his presence felt early.
Hagg had another turnover that nearly led to a goal.
After one period of play, the Flyers were lucky to be tied at zero.
It was good to see Travis Konecny return to the ice after this hit in the first.
Then Elliott decided to toy with the Sabres, making spin-o-rama saves.
I mean when you’re hot, you’re hot!
Konecny watched some of his film from earlier in the period.
It was the Elliott show.
Everyone, in unison – “MOOOOOSE”
It doesn’t look like Alex Lyon is getting in anytime soon.
He used his speed to take advantage of the defense.
At the end of two periods of play, we had the same score.
Of all the goals that Elliott could’ve given up, of course in was on this shot.
It just squeaked by Elliott.
Then Kane batted a puck down out of midair and made it a 2-0 game.
Another look at the goal.
The Flyers would get multiple power plays in the period, including a 5-on-3. But with the goalie pulled and 2:10 on the clock, Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds battled in front and Raffl was able to deflect a puck through Lehner.
Jack Eichel would get the puck after the Sabres won the faceoff and fire it into the empty net to make it 3-1.
But Shayne Gostisbehere would not let the Flyers fall without a fight! A slapshot with 30 seconds left in regulation put them within a goal!
What a snipe!
But with seconds ticking off the clock, a bouncing puck got through Gostisbehere and Eichel put home another empty net goal, making the Sabres 4-2 winners on the evening.
The beginning of the road trip did not off to the start that they wanted. The Flyers are back in action on Saturday evening against the Columbus Blue Jackets before taking a break for the holiday.
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