Philadelphia at Buffalo

Gudas has goal, 2 assists in Flyers' 6-3 win over Sabres


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) There's nothing like a six-goal outburst for Sean Couturier and the Philadelphia Flyers to gain a little more momentum to continue fueling their late-season playoff push.

''For sure it's a boost in confidence,'' Couturier said following a 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. ''Everyone's contributing. We've got all four lines rolling. And that's what we need the rest of the year if we want to make the playoffs.''

Couturier had two assists in a game defenseman Radko Gudas led with a goal and two assists. More important was who else scored in helping the Flyers, who matched a season high in goal production.

Claude Giroux snapped a 12-game goal drought and was credited with the eventual game-winner by capping a three-goal second-period surge that put the Flyers ahead 4-2. And Travis Konecny had a goal and assist in playing only his second game since missing nine with a lower body injury.

The Flyers improved to 3-0-1 in their past four. They also upped their point total to 70 and vaulted ahead of Tampa Bay and Florida into 10th place in the tightly contested race for the Eastern Conference's final wild- card playoff berth.

''It's important and it's big that we're getting wins like that and we're starting to play our game,'' Konecny said. ''This is definitely the week of our year to date, and I'm sure there will be more of these as we go through the end of the season here.''

The Flyers broke the game open by scoring four consecutive goals over an 11:33 stretch spanning the second and third periods.

Jack Eichel had two goals and an assist for Buffalo to extend the NHL's longest active point streak to 11 games.

Evander Kane had a goal and assist for the Sabres, who continued losing ground in the standings by dropping to 1-5-2 in their past eight. Robin Lehner stopped 24 shots and has allowed 24 goals in his past six games.

''It's not fun going into our building and hearing disappointment,'' Lehner said. ''We're trying. It's just not working for us right now. There's not much more to add to that.''

This was but the latest low point for a Buffalo team that's begun to unravel over the past two weeks. The Sabres had squandered third-period leads in four of their previous seven, including a 3-0 edge in a 4-3 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

This time, the Sabres never had a chance to blow a lead in a game they were undone by bad bounces and defensive miscues.

With the game tied at 2, Weal was credited with the go-ahead goal with 6:12 left in the second period when Jakub Voracek's centering pass from the left circle deflected in off Weal's skate.

Giroux made it 4-2 when he was inexplicably allowed to stand alone to the right of the net. Lehner got his blocker up to stop Michael Del Zotto's shot from the left point. The rebound caromed off Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges and directly to Giroux, who tapped in the bouncing puck for his 13th of the season.

''Yeah, frustrated is a good word,'' Giroux said, referring to going 12 games without a goal. ''I just stuck with it and every line played a great game tonight. Yeah, it was great to get that goal.''

Philadelphia's Matt Read opened the scoring by deflecting in Gudas' shot from the right point, and after the Flyers gained the Buffalo zone off Eichel's turnover in the neutral zone. Gudas' goal that put Philadelphia up 2-1 early in the second period came after Buffalo's Marcus Foligno was stripped of the puck while attempting to skate backward out of his own zone.

Buffalo's first two goals came on the power play. Kane tied the game at 1 in the first period by scoring from the right circle, and with Sam Reinhart screening goalie Steve Mason. Eichel scored from the slot after Ryan O'Reilly won a faceoff to the right of the Philadelphia net.

NOTES: Mason finished with 31 saves and Chris VandeVelde also scored for Philadelphia. ... Sabres D Dmitry Kulikov missed his second consecutive game with an upper body injury. ... Eichel has five goals and 11 assists during his 11-game run. With three points, he upped his total to 101 (42 goals, 59 assists) in 127 games.


Flyers: Resume four-game road trip at Toronto on Thursday.

Sabres: At Columbus on Friday.

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Scoring Summary
04:34 - Matt Read (9). Assist: Gudas, Cousins
15:25Power Play - Evander Kane (25), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ristolainen, Eichel
04:58 - Radko Gudas (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Couturier
07:14Power Play - Jack Eichel (19), Wrist Shot. Assist: O'Reilly
13:48 - Jordan Weal (3), Tip-In. Assist: Voracek, Couturier
18:02 - Claude Giroux (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Del Zotto, Weal
02:45 - Chris VandeVelde (7). Assist: Del Zotto, Konecny
05:21 - Travis Konecny (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Gudas
14:50 - Jack Eichel (20), Wrist Shot. Assist: Franson, Kane
Penalty Summary
02:41Deslauriers, 5 min, Fighting
02:41Bellemare, 5 min, Fighting
11:52Gorges, 2 min, Interference
15:10Schenn, 2 min, Hooking
16:02Franson, 2 min, Interference
18:33Eichel, 2 min, Tripping
07:11Bellemare, 2 min, Interference
10:43Bench, 2 min, Too Many Men on the Ice, served by Cousins
10:51Konecny, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
Steve Mason60:00313
Robin Lehner59:38246
Game Information
Attendance - 18233
Referees - Kevin Pollock, Kendrick Nicholson
Linesmen - Shandor Alphonso, Scott Driscoll
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