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POSTGAME 5: Leapfrog

Flyers overtake Sabres in standings with big 5-2 win on Tuesday night

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
A total team effort saw 12 Flyers find the scoresheet to earn a 5-2 win and jump over the Sabres in the wild card race on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Goals from Oskar Lindblom and Jake Voracek got the Flyers out to an early 2-0 lead, but Jack Eichel scored to draw within one after 20 minutes... The Flyers (James van Riemsdyk) and Sabres (Casey Mittelstadt) traded second-period goals while Travis Sanheim and Claude Giroux scored in the third to give the Flyers back-to-back wins.

Brian Elliott stopped 34 of 36 shots, including all 14 he faced in the third period, while Carter Hutton saw 44 shots, stopping 40 to take the loss. 

Stars of the Game:
1 - Oskar Lindblom (1g)
2 - Brian Elliott (34 saves)
3 - Ryan Hartman (4 shots, 4 hits)

TURNING POINT
Travis Sanheim gave the Flyers their turning point in this game. At the 46-second mark of the third period, Sanheim jumped into an odd-man rush and gave the Flyers a 4-2 lead. He took a tape-to-tape pass from Sean Couturier and fired it home from the slot... The goal restored the Flyers two-goal lead which they upheld thanks to a strong effort from Elliott.Video: BUF@PHI: Sanheim finds twine on the rush

MELTZER'S TAKE
1) Playing for the third time in four nights and second half of a road back-to-back, the Sabres looked sluggish out of the gates and the Flyers took advantage. The Nolan Patrick line had a dominating first shift that produced a power play at the 36-second mark. The Flyers didn't score on the man advantage but made it 1-0 shortly thereafter at 2:48. Oskar Lindblom, who has begun to score with regularity, chipped a puck up and under Carter Hutton's arm from the right side in front just before he was knocked to the ice. The helpers went to Travis Konecny and Nolan Patrick.

2) Talk about making a good first impression: On his first shift as a Flyers, Ryan Hartman leveled Rasmus Dahlin with a clean open-ice hit in the offensive zone. Then he grappled with the huge Zach Bogosian, who came over to answer for his rookie defense partner. The Flyers received a power play at 4:27, and Hartman received his first ovation from the home crowd.

3) The Flyers continued to outwork the flat-footed Sabres, and got rewarded again. A pinching Philippe Myers made a low-to-high pass that Jakub Voracek tipped out to Claude Giroux at the opposite point. Giroux's shot produced a rebound that Sean Couturier tipped off of a defender's skate. Jakub Voracek stayed with the loose puck and scored on a second effort at 7:52 to make it 2-0 Flyers. Shots were 12-4 Flyers through the first 11 minutes of the period and 19-6 overall.Video: BUF@PHI: Voracek bangs in own rebound on doorstep

4) Ivan Provorov saved a goal -- twice -- sweeping pucks away from the goal line as the Sabres nearly tied the game early in the second period. Jeff Skinner made a great play to sidestep a Radko Gudas hit attempt and make a play, In general, the Sabres had their skating legs going by the second period and had seven of the period's first nine shots through 6:55.

5) The Sabres got back within a goal at 17:53 of the second period. Shayne Gostisbehere was beaten off a counter rush and Casey Mittelstadt scored a nice goal off a feed from Evan Rodrigues. Second period shots ended up 16-11 in Buffalo's favor (30-22 Flyers overall).

JUST THE STATS

* 12 different skaters found the scoresheet in tonight's game with all five goals scored by five different players... 16 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal.

* Ryan Hartman made his Flyers debut in tonight's game... He recorded four shots and four hits in 14:12 of ice time.

* Oskar Lindblom has points in five of his last six games, posting four goals and six points in that stretch.

* Philippe Myers recorded his first point in the NHL with an assist on Voracek's goal.

* The Flyers were 32-for-53 on draws (60.4 pct). Sean Couturier was 13-for-23 (56.5 pct) and Corban Knight was 4-for-4.

* Jack Eichel scored for the Flyers and now has nine points in his last six games (4g-5a) and has eight goals and 11 points in 11 games against the Flyers in his career.

THEY SAID IT

Video: Hear from Gordon following win vs. BuffaloVideo: Hear from Hartman, Elliott and Myers

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