The Buffalo Sabres got into the win column with a convincing victory over the Philadelphia Flyers and it’s the type of game that offers a blueprint for how this team needs to play.
Scoring six goals against Carter Hart isn’t something you see teams do that often and the Sabres have to be encouraged by what they saw from their top guns. Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall did not score a goal but had three assists each in the win with Sam Reinhart scoring a pair of goals.
Another positive development was seeing a player like Curtis Lazar showoff some of the potential that he’s struggled to live up to the past few years. He had a must-see moment with a wicked backhander that got everything off to a great start for Buffalo.
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Considering how the first couple of games against the Washington Capitals went, it’s refreshing to see other players step up and produce. What will be important is not having a letdown performance and not lost momentum.
“We were rolling four lines, playing well and we got results,” Hall told WGR 550. “This is going to be a really good test for us tonight, to see how we respond and if we can retain that momentum that we built last night. So when you do get a win after thinking that you deserved to win, that second game, it really does drive home that we just have to play this game. We have an identity as a team, and if we play that, it’s going to give us a chance on a lot of nights.”
Part of it is the pace the team plays and they need to show that they can roll all four lines and not rely too heavily on your superstars. They will need to get their legs going early considering Philadelphia will try to establish their game early.
Fortunately, Rasmus Dahlin will be in the lineup after he was on the receiving end of what head coach Ralph Krueger called a “deliberate hit to the head.” Nicolas Aube-Kubel was fined for hitting Dahlin in the head with his forearm which led to a cut on his face.
Of course, it’s easy to be excited about one victory but for the Sabres, they need to find something to be excited about and this win is certainly a step in the right direction.
What impressed you about the Sabres’ big win and do you think they can maintain their momentum? Let us know in the comments below.