The Philadelphia Flyers had a successful road game when they visited the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, marking their 24th win. The win will help them immensely as they attempt to climb back up the Metropolitan Division standings, and for when they return to their home ice on Thursday night.
Although it was great to see the team snap their two-game skid, the Flyers struggled way too much to get the win over the Sabres. The Sabres have the worst record in the entire league, so this game should not have been as much of a challenge as it was for the Flyers. The Flyers played like they were asleep in the first period, but they luckily started to wake up during the second.
While the Flyers found success in the final period as they managed to gain the lead at the tail end of it, they were not playing a full 60 minutes. Nor were they particularly good at helping goaltender Steve Mason guard the net. The Sabres came late to the game, but managed to tie it up and could have forced the game into an overtime period had Vincent Lecavalier not saved his team in the last few seconds of the game.
The back and forth goal exchange is a testament to both the Sabres’ resilience to go down with a fight, and the Flyers’ current weakness. A win is a win, so there is no complaints there, but how the team struggled to get there did not seem to matchup with the team they faced off against. The Flyers’ struggles will be a wake up call for the team. Even though they are playing an easy team, they have to be on their A game at all time, or they risk the chance of playing too sloppy.