PHILADELPHIA – Through 40 minutes of play, it was the Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart show as they each struck for two goals in that span to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-0 lead en route to a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
“That’s the way we want to come out,” Reinhart said. “We stayed pretty disciplined with our systems the whole game.”
Carter Hutton made 21 saves to help the Sabres to their first win of the season.
“It felt like tonight we were too stretched out a lot of the game, and I think that kind of forced us to chase the game a bit,” the Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk said. “Obviously not a good night for us.”
Nicolas Aube-Kubel had the lone Flyers goal in the loss.
Henri Jokiharju scored to give the Sabres a 5-0 lead before the Flyers broke through.
“I think if I’m a player, and if I’m part of the coaching staff, which I am, I’m embarrassed by how we played tonight and I’m happy that we can get right back at it tomorrow and prove what type of team we are,” Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said.
Victor Olofsson added a third period power play to end the night.
“The way the three of them use the whole ice surface, they are constantly in movement, they’re finding each other with laser passes,” Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger said. “And Taylor just brings such an exciting element to our team, and it’s something that we need to continue to build on. Not only on the power play, but 5-on-5 they just have so much natural cohesiveness already, like they’ve been playing together for a long time.”