Brian Elliott stopped 23 photographs to close out the Buffalo Sabres for a 2d time this season in main the Philadelphia Flyers to a Three-Zero win on Saturday.
The Flyers had been spurred by means of a replenished lineup during which 4 avid gamers returned after spending two weeks within the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. They incorporated Scott Laughton, who scored a breakaway function to make it Three-Zero overdue in the second one duration.
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Sean Couturier had a function and lend a hand to increase his issues streak to 5 video games, during which he has 4 objectives and 5 assists, and Shayne Gostisbehere additionally scored. Philadelphia stepped forward to Three-2-2 in its previous seven, and received consecutive video games for the primary time since a five-game profitable streak to near January.
Elliott stepped forward to Five-1 this season and upped his profession document to 15-2-2 with 4 shutouts towards the Sabres, together with a 40-save trip in a Three-Zero win on Jan. 19.
The Sabres dropped to 2-6-1 of their previous 9 and performed their 2d sport with out captain Jack Eichel, indexed as day after day with a decrease physique harm.
Carter Hutton stopped 36 photographs beginning rather than Linus Ullmark, who will omit no less than a month with a lower-body harm sustained within the first duration of a Four-Three additional time loss to New Jersey on Thursday.
Jeff Skinner’s go back to the lineup following a three-game benching didn’t make a distinction. The 11th-year ahead in the second one season of an eight-year, $72 million contract has only one lend a hand in 15 video games this season, and now hasn’t scored in 19 video games relationship to final 12 months.
Couturier opened the scoring 14:22 in after teammate Travis Sanheim intercepted Henri Jokiharju’s clearing strive up the precise forums. Sanheim stepped towards the center and fed Couturier within the top slot from the place his shot glanced off the glove of defender Brandon Montour and knuckled in over Hutton’s left shoulder.
The Flyers then put the sport on ice overdue in the second one duration when Gostisbehere, on a partial get a divorce the left wing, and Laughton scored Four:21 aside.
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Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek and Oskar Lindblom every had assists of their first sport since touchdown within the COVID-19 protocol just about 3 weeks in the past. Justin Braun additionally returned to the lineup. That leaves Travis Konecny because the lone Flyer ultimate at the COVID-19 record after the workforce had as many as seven avid gamers indexed as just lately as Feb. 17.
Buffalo welcomed again defenseman Rismus Ristolainen, who overlooked seven video games after coping with a critical bout of COVID-19.
The Sabres went Zero of three with a person merit in failing to supply a power-play function for simply the 5th time this season. Buffalo entered the sport with the NHL’s best power-play unit, and had transformed 16 of its previous 38 alternatives.
KRUEGER ON SKINNER
An afternoon after bringing up responsibility and workforce tradition as a reason why for benching Skinner, Sabres trainer Ralph Krueger was hoping the participant may just develop from the revel in.
“Simply construct at the conversations we had this week, and at the arduous paintings that he installed in a troublesome place,” Krueger stated. “Confidently, this proves to be a just right little regroup to release a very good remainder of the season for Jeff.”
Skinner performed on a line along Riley Sheahan and Casey Mittelstadt.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux performed in his 904th profession sport, shifting one forward of Invoice Barber and into 2d position at the workforce record led by means of Bobby Clarke (1,144 video games). … Sabres ahead Curtis Lazar performed in his 300th profession sport.
Groups entire two-game collection in Buffalo on Sunday.