After a stressful loss to the hated rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday January 19th, the Flyers looked to redeem themselves in Buffalo, New York the very next day. Buffalo was first on the scoreboard thanks to Steve Ott. Ott scored on the power play at eleven minutes and seven seconds into the first period with assists from Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek.
During the second period, Sean Couturier struck gold as he got the Broad Street Bullies on the board, at two minutes and twenty-three seconds with assists by Kurtis Foster and Jakub Voracek. Then, two minutes and thirty four seconds later our very own captain Claude Giroux scored on the power play with assists from Kimmo Timonen and Wayne Simmonds. With four minutes and forty six seconds left of the second period, Thomas Vanek found the back of the net during a Sabres power play. With assists from Drew Stafford and Jason Pominville, the Sabres tied it up.
The Sabres and Flyers started the third period with a clean slate; the game was now up for grabs. At fourteen minutes and fifty seven seconds of the third, the First Niagara Center went nuts in response to Tyler Myers power play goal. With help from Tyler Ennis, and Thomas Vanek, the Sabres took back the lead at 3-2. Cody Hodgson extended the lead to 4-2 with assists from Thomas Vanek and Andrej Sekera at 16 minutes and 13 seconds. The last glimmer of hope in the Flyers eyes grew dim as Thomas Vanek scored an empty netter at 19 minutes and twelve seconds left of the third, making the score 5-2.
During the game the Flyers had two goals disallowed. The first goal was scored by Ruslan Fedotenko in the first period, but it was waved off after referee Steve Kozari ruled Fedotenko had bumped Miller before the puck went in. The second goal happened during the end of the third, when officials ruled the whistle had blown before the puck made its way over the goal line.
Tough break for the Bullies but with some hard work, the Flyers should be ready to take on the New Jersey Devils tonight in New Jersey.Tags: Jakub Voracek, Kimmo Timonen, Kurtis Foster, loss, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Ruslan Fedotenko, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds