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Wrap: Winless Streak at 11, Flyers Lose in Buffalo, 6-3

January 22, 2022, 4:14 PM ET [1 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Buffalo Sabres, 6-3, at the KeyBank Center on Saturday afternoon. Jeff Skinner, Tage Thompson and Peyton Krebs each scored twice apiece for the Sabres, and both Skinner and Thompson had three-point games. Claude Giroux scored twice for the Flyers in a losing cause. Rasmus Ristolainen also tallied for the Flyers.

The Flyers are now winless in 11 games (0-8-3).

Philadelphia's struggling power play continued to struggle when they had several opportunities in the second period and early third. The Philadelphia penalty kill failed three times and Flyers' goaltending was also leaky in this game. The result was that the game got out of hand and Giroux's two-goal afternoon was a footnote.

Skinner (15th goal of the season) put the Sabres ahead, 1-0, just 1:29 into the first period. In the middle stages of the frame. closely spaced goals by ex-Sabre defenseman Ristolainen (2nd) and Flyers captain Giroux (13th) turned the one-goal deficit into a 2-1 lead. Back-to-back power play goals by Thompson (13th and 14th) put the Sabres ahead and then Peyton Krebs (1st) NHL goal scored off a deflection to make it 4-2 Sabres.

Krebs (2nd) didn't have to wait long before scoring again. Exiting the penalty box after taking a minor penalty, Krebs scored a breakaway goal at 2:24 of the second period to open a 5-2 lead. There was a lot of special teams play in the middle frame, especially Flyers' power plays, but no additional scoring.

Skinner added a power play goal (16th of the season) to open a four-goal lead. Giroux (power play. 14th) scored his second deflection goal of the game to make the final margin of defeat three goals.

Martin Jones lasted just 18 minutes into the game. He yielded four goals on eight shots. Carter Hart played the remainder of the game, stopping 14 of 16 shots. Michael Houser got the win, making 31 saves on 33 shots.

The Flyers went 1-for-5 on the power play but the outcome was sealed by the time they finally scored. Philadelphia went a dismal 1-for-4 on the penalty kill.
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