Shootouts Are Not Bad: Flyers 4, Buffalo 3 SO

Well, Radko Gudas made his season debut, Travis Konecny created some nifty scoring chances, and Ivan Provorov broke up zone entries like a boss. These were probably the only three positive things that happened during the first two periods.

The first period was fairly even overall as the Flyers and Sabres went scoreless in the opening frame. However, the second period is when it all came apart. First, Tyler Ennis opened the scoring deflecting a Zemgus Girgensons shot passed Flyers starting goalie Michal Neuvirth. Matt Moulson would add two more goals that period, the last of which chased Neuvirth from the game as coach Dave Hakstol made the switch to Steve Mason.

The third goal and change in net featured a bit of gamesmanship from Hakstol as he challenged the goal on grounds of non-existent goalie interference. The official review lasted longer than just a timeout would have and allowed Mason some extra time to stretch.

In the third, the Flyers go on the board as Travis Konecny deflected an Ivan Provorov shot into the net to score his first career NHL goal. The Flyers controlled most of the play in the third period. With about 3:20 to go, Sabres Defender Dmitry Kulikov attempted to decapitate Jake Voracek, but was only given 2 minutes for charging. Brayden Schenn made it count, as he scored on a perfect pass from Claude Giroux to make it 3-2.

Then Sam Reinhart was off for a high stick and Mark Streit found the puck in chaos to jam it in for a potential tying goal. Buffalo challenged but Toronto upheld the call of goal and the game was tied in the final 2 minutes. Brayden Schenn, who was also in the net with the puck stated, “I didn’t see a whole lot there, to be honest” when asked about it by the media after the game.

The Flyers dominated overtime, and despite a few solid shots on goal, didn’t score. However, Giroux and Voracek would each score in the shootout, to send the Flyers back to the win column.

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