The Flyers’ inartistic 4-1 win over visiting Buffalo on Thursday is just the type of game they would have lost in the season’s first month.
But this team is becoming resourceful and finding ways to win, even when it isn’t at its best.
The Flyers were out of sync, especially on the power play, for the game’s first 30 minutes Thursday before regrouping and coasting past the lowly Sabres and increasing their points streak to six games (5-0-1).
It was the first time this season they had won a game after allowing the first goal. They had been 0-7-1 when surrendering the first goal.
Matt Read had two goals (see story) and his linemates, Sean Couturier and Steve Downie, each had a pair of assists to trigger the victory.
“We didn’t panic,” Couturier said. “We didn’t have the best first period we wanted, but in the second and third, I think we came out strong and kept it simple. Put pucks on the net and we created a lot of chances off that play.”
The Flyers finished with a season-high 46 shots on goal as they moved to 10th in the 16-team Eastern Conference, three points out of a playoff spot.
Breakaways. Sixteen of the Flyers’ 18 skaters had at least one shot on goal; 17 of 18 had shots in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Ottawa….The Flyers had 40-plus shots in back-to-back games for the first time since 2010…..Ray Emery (29 saves) was solid in the nets….Zac Rinaldo had six hits in 6:21….The Flyers have scored at least one PP goal in five straight games; they have allowed at least one PP goal in four consecutive games…..The Flyers (9-10-2), who have overcome a franchise-worst 1-7 start, can get to .500 Saturday if they can beat the visiting New York Islanders.
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