The Flyers avoided a second straight loss on Tuesday night.
But they may have incurred two more losses in the personnel department.
Alain Vigneault recovered from their worst home loss since the head coach was hired in April 2019 at Cypress 3-0 at Wells Fargo.
After exploding 11 goals in a pair of victories over the Penguins, the Flyers were able to score only four in their straight set with Buffalo. However, given the 6-1 knockout they took on Monday from the Sabers, the split would look like a steak dinner to the Flyers as they head out on their first overland trip.
Travis Konekney, Jacob Vorak and Kevin Hayes scored the goals on Tuesday night, while Brian Elliott was superb in his first start of the season.
Victory may be costly like Philip Myers and Morgan Frost left both infected and did not return.
The Flyers (3-1-0) have not lost consecutive matches at home from 13 to 23 November 2019, when they lost three games in a row on the ice, all after the regulation. Al-Saif (1-3-0) had a chance to change that, but Elliott fell silent.
• Elliott was of great value to the Flyers and Carter Hart as a backup veteran. With the pilots having some trouble blocking shots against the Heavy Swords, Elliott blocked 40 rescues.
Two of those stoppages came in a row and were from a distinct ball group during the first period with the game without goals.
Elliott has been the most blocked 40 times by the Flyers goalkeeper in the lockdown round since November 2014, when Steve Mason scored 46 stops in a 1—0 penalty shootout loss to Islanders.
Elliott was clinging to Hart’s spelling During two critical junctures in the last regular season.
More impressive things than the 35-year-old on Tuesday night.
• The pilots are given credit for the way they toughened things up defensively. Capping the ball in one night after blowing up six goals is a big response early in the season.
Going back to last January, they are constantly back on the horse.
• The Pilots were outperformed in all four of their games, with three of them having double-digit margins.
But they were significantly better Tuesday night in their possession and competition system. They also played two rounds with five defenders and the third game with 11 forwards.
Some good design and timely implementation.
• Konecny split up when he scored his fourth goal in four matches to give Flyers a 1-0 advantage late in the second half.
Oscar Lindblom gave birth to him with a beautiful bank card. Massive goal as the Flyers fell into a small attacking spell and lost Frost moments before play.
Nolan Patrick was the center of Konikni and Lindblom, which made him a young and rising streak.
“We all love each other on and off the ice, so when we play together, we have fun,” Lindblom said.
• Voracek’s goal was formidable and Hayes found it in the play before midfield froze the match.
The Flyers are 24-0-1 matches in which Hayes has scored, including regular season and playoff matches.
• The pilots hit the road for the first time this season when they face Team Bruins in Boston on Thursday (7 PM EST / NBCSP) and Saturday (7 PM EST / NBCSP).
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