PHILADELPHIA -- Get it... stab the Sabres.... okay, so that was weak, but the Flyers were the exact opposite of that tonight as they rolled over the Buffalo Sabres, 6-3. Everybody got on the board offensively, from Danny Briere who seemingly scores every game to Andreas Nodl, who scored just his second career goal on an empty net tally late in the game.
After last night's atrocious loss in Columbus, tonight was exactly what the doctor ordered for the Flyers. They didn't exactly get off to a great start, with dragging feet and an early Buffalo goal taking the wind out of the sails a bit. A Sean O`Donnell fight immediately following that Buffalo goal seemed to turn the tide a bit and wake the still-listless Flyers.
From there, five unanswered goals -- including four (!) on the power play -- would do in the Sabres. It didn't really matter that they scored two relatively quick strikes in the third period to make a four goal game a two goal game again. As Briere said afterwards, "it's human nature" to sit back a bit with that big of a lead.
It's worth mentioning that it happened, of course, and it's certainly not good that it happened, but we're not going to dwell on that. In all honesty, the entire team played a good game tonight and we'd be a bunch of cynical jerks if we sat back and complained about a somewhat poor 10 minute stretch after the way the team played the rest of the game.
There was a certain tenacity on the attack that we haven't seen yet from the Flyers this year. We've seen it in bunches from the line of Ville Leino, Briere and Scott Hartnell, but the entire team showed it tonight. The big overall question remains if they can duplicate it and find some consistency with that attack, and that question will likely be the ultimate factor in determining this team's fate this season.
For now, it was nice to see it on a Monday night in October. After the jump, some bullet points, questions with answers, some audio and video and the comment of the night.
- It looked like Andreas Nodl would have his first goal of the year a little earlier in the night when Claude Giroux won a faceoff and walked in on net. Giroux's shot wound up hitting a Sabres defenseman (Mike Grier?) instead of Nodl.
- Nodl had an excellent game, minus a third period penalty for hooking, and deserves a regular chance. Unfortunately, Peter Laviolette is making the choice between him and Dan Carcillo instead of contemplating taking Jody Shelley out of the mix.
- We totally called the Nodl goal, by the way. About 12 seconds before he scored it... "Can we put Nodl out there and get a brother an empty net goal?"
- Everything that went bad for the Flyers last night went good for them tonight. They looked solid from the net out -- every line, every D pairing, and Sergei Bobrovsky.
- Nik Zherdev had his best game as a Flyer, and it's not just because of his highlight reel goal in the second period. Maybe it was just because the whole team appeared to click offensively, but Zherdev looked on for the first time this season.
- Tonight was the 39th consecutive Flyers victory when they score more than five goals. They last lost when scoring more than five in Buffalo in December 2007. They haven't lost in regulation while scoring five or more goals since March 2006, against, ironically, Buffalo.
- Andrej Meszaros probably should've had two goals tonight, but defensively, he had a great game. Can you believe a Flyers defenseman has yet to score a goal this year?
- Darroll Powe was trending on Twitter in Philadelphia at one point tonight. He scored a goal, yeah, but he took another dumb interference penalty in the first period. For a Princeton guy, he can do a lot of weak stuff.
- Jeff Carter scored tonight, but he still couldn't hit a 747 if it flew into him.
- The second period was quite possibly the best stretch of hockey we've seen all year from this team.
- It wasn't even as if Ryan Miller played a poor game tonight. He didn't. The Flyers just beat him, fair and square.
- Four penalties is a season-low. That's kinda sad.
Questions with Answers
- What exactly is going to happen in this Barry Ashbee ceremony? I mean, his number's already been retired, so what's going on here? They gave the Ashbee banner that hung at the Spectrum to his widow, Donna. It was nice.
- The Flyers were bad in every aspect of the game last night. Bounce back? The complete opposite. They were good in every aspect of the game tonight.
Jody Shelley had a season-high in ice time last night. Was that only because Lavi gave him a chance to shine in his old home? He played 6:06 tonight. It's a little easier, perhaps, to swallow his role when he's playing a regular shift only because it allows his mates on the fourth line to play more regular shifts. Not like 6:06 is a ton of ice time, but you see the point.
Ville Leino may have been the only good-looking Flyer last night. Does that continue? He was one of many good-looking men in orange tonight. Yes, I wrote that sentence like that on purpose.
Post-Game Video: Danny Briere
Post-Game Video: Sergei Bobrovsky
Post-Game Audio: Sean O`Donnell
Comment of the Night
Can anyone see if Boosh is crying on the bench?
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