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POSTGAME 5: Just the second

Three goal second period from Sabres dooms Flyers in 4-1 loss at Buffalo

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Sabres scored three goals in an eight minutes span in the second period to propel them to a 4-1 win over the Flyers on Tuesday night.

After a scoreless first period that saw a few shifts in momentum and the Flyers out-shooting the Sabres, 13-8, Buffalo got on the board first early in the second period on a power-play goal from Sam Reinhart. William Carrier added a goal and Evander Kane scored with nine seconds left to give Buffalo a 3-0 lead heading into the third period.

The Flyers then out-shot the Sabres, 14-6, in the third and finally solved Buffalo goaltender Anders Nilsson on a power-play goal from Brayden Schenn, but fell short as the Flyers dropped their second straight game.

2. THE TURNING POINT
Instead of a manageable two-goal deficit heading into the third period, Evander Kane's goal with nine seconds left in the second period gave Buffalo a three-goal advantage causing the Flyers to play catch up in the final period. Despite 40 shots on goal, the Flyers couldn't overcome the lead and fell to the Sabres.Video: Claude Giroux after the 4-1 loss at Buffalo

3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Anders Nilsson: Came with 2:07 of a shutout, but stopped 39 of 40 shots in the win.

2 - Sam Reinhart: Posted his first three-point night of the season with a goal and two assists to go along with a +2 rating.

3 - Ryan O'Reilly: Recorded two helpers and a +3 while logging over 22 minutes of TOI.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers reached the 40-shot mark for the third time in the last five games. They are 1-2-2 in that stretch despite outshooting their opponents 197-131.
 
* The Flyers had 13 shots on goal in the first period, six of which came during their first period power play opportunity.
 
* In addition to the 40 shots on goal, the Flyers had another 41 shot attempts that didn't reach the net, 22 of which were pucks that missed the net.
 
* Shayne Gostisbehere led the Flyers with seven shots on goal and 11 total attempts.
 
* Brayden Schenn scored his ninth power play goal of the season, giving him the team lead and tying him with Sidney Crosby and Cam Atkinson for the NHL lead. Schenn has accounted for six of the Flyers' last seven power play goals.

5. THEY SAID IT

Video: Steve Mason talks about the 4-1 loss at BuffaloVideo: Head Coach Dave Hakstol on 4-1 loss at Buffalo

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