December 20, 2019 / 2:55 AM / a month ago

Flyers notch commanding 6-1 win over Sabres

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Dec 19, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Evan Rodrigues (71) and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Nicolas Aube-Kubel (62) battle for the puck during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

James van Riemsdyk scored two goals, Matt Niskanen added one goal and one assist, and the host Philadelphia Flyers routed the Buffalo Sabres 6-1 on Thursday.

Mikhail Vorobyev, Ivan Provorov and Tyler Pitlick each scored one goal while Travis Konecny recorded three assists for the Flyers, who won their second in a row.

Kevin Hayes and Sean Couturier had two assists apiece for the Flyers, who improved to 12-2-4 at home.

Flyers goaltender Carter Hart made 16 saves.

Buffalo’s Jack Eichel, who had a 17-game streak with at least one point, was a late scratch with an upper body injury. The league also ruled that because Eichel missed the game with an injury, his point scoring streak has now come to an end.

Victor Olofsson scored the lone goal for the Sabres, who dropped their third in a row (0-2-1).

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton struggled the entire game and stopped 23 shots.

The Flyers went ahead 1-0 at 13:04 of the first period when Vorobyev recorded his first goal of the season. The shot appeared to deflect off Buffalo’s Conor Sheary.

Soon after at 15:32, Hayes beat Sheary to a loose puck, spun around and sent a pass to van Riemsdyk, who scored for a 2-0 advantage.

Philadelphia continued to dominate as Niskanen connected on the power play at 17:05 for a 3-0 lead.

The Sabres’ offense was relatively stagnant as they managed only five shots on goal in the first period.

The Flyers kept up their aggressive style, drew a power play and then went ahead 4-0 when Provorov scored at 8:20 of the second. Pitlick scored just 1:02 later for a 5-0 lead.

Philadelphia scored on the power play for the third time when van Riemsdyk connected at 12:27 of the middle period for a commanding 6-0 advantage.

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The Sabres’ frustration escalated as Rasmus Dahlin became entangled with Konecny at 18:36 of the second. Dahlin was given a double minor for slashing and cross-checking and appeared visibly upset. Konency was penalized for roughing.

Olofsson got the Sabres on the board with a power-play goal at 11:35 of the third.

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