After a 6-3 win in the home opener on Wednesday night, the Flyers looked to continue their dominance over the Penguins. However, the win was quickly forgotten when Sean Couturier, the Flyers' #1 center, was injured early in the first period. With Coots off the bench, the Flyers needed a full team effort to contend with a solid Pittsburgh team. Travis Konecny took it upon himself to put the Flyers in a good position to win after scoring back goals in the period, giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead. Then with nine minutes and thirty seconds on the clock, Ivan Provorov scored his first of the season making it 3-0. The most dangerous lead in hockey did not last long for the Flyers. Sidney Crosby scored his second of the season and 45th against the Flyers all-time, only trailing Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux in goals against the Flyers as a Penguin. The comeback continued for the Pens as Brandon Tanev scored his second of the season just 32 seconds later. The Flyers regained composure and left the first period with a 3-2 lead.
Neither the Flyers nor the Penguin had any puck luck in the second period, but the physical game for both of the teams started to intensify. Late in the period, Pittsburgh's Jarred McCann threw a blatant elbow into Travis Sanheim’s head and only received a two-minute minor at the time, but has since received notice of a hearing with NHL Player Safety. Although shook up at first, Travis Sanhiem returned to play.
As we continued to the third period the Flyers remained ahead 3-2 until Travis Konecny recorded his third goal of the night and his first hat-trick of the season making it 4-2. With time running low in the game the Penguins pulled their goalie in place of a sixth skater. However, Oskar Lindblom was able to steal the puck and score his second of the season giving the Flyers the 5-2 lead and ultimately sealing their victory. Carter Hart earned his second win of the season allowing two goals on 33 shots, good for a .939 save percentage. We learned after the game that Sean Couturier will be having an MRI on his shoulder and updates from AV will follow. (EDIT: Couturier suffered a costochondral separation)
The Flyers next take the ice Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center against the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres are coming off two tough losses to the Washington Capitals, but they should not be discounted. With the acquisition of Taylor Hall in the offseason the Sabres added a much-needed first-line winger to accompany captain and first-line center Jack Eichel. Eichel is a dangerous playmaker who over his career thus far has averaged just under a point per game (.95 points per game). The Flyers' all-time record versus the Sabres is 92-69-20 with the Flyers winning the last four games that the teams met overall, and the last 7 games that the Flyers have played at home.