Fly­ers rally from 2-goal hole to top Sabres

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Dan Gel­ston

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Claude Giroux and Jake Vo­racek scored shootout goals to cap a fan­tas­tic Philadel­phia Fly­ers rally in a 4-3 win over the Buf­falo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Trail­ing 3-1, Bray­den Schenn and Mark Streit scored the ty­ing power-play goals with 3:05 left in reg­u­la­tion.

Buf­falo’s Dmitry Ku­likov was whis­tled for charg­ing when he wiped out Jake Vo­racek late in the game to start a scrum be­tween the two teams. Schenn quickly fol­lowed with a power-play goal with 3:05 left to make it 3-2. Streit scored with 1:51 left in reg­u­la­tion when he knocked in the puck on the fourth re­bound past a stunned An­ders Nils­son.

Travis Konecny also scored for the Fly­ers. Matt Moul­son scored two goals for the Sabres.

Moul­son scored both goals in a three-goal sec­ond pe­riod that chased Fly­ers goalie Michal Neu­virth. Neu­virth al­lowed three goals on 17 shots and was pulled from net for his sec­ond straight start.

The Fly­ers were list­less in their third game in four nights and were soundly booed off the ice at the end of the sec­ond.

Those jeers turned to cheers by the time Vo­racek knocked in Philly’s sec­ond shootout goal.

Moul­son had his first two-goal game since Dec. 11, 2014 against Cal­gary and has four goals this sea­son. He had eight in 81 games last sea­son.

The Sabres had the last four days off and were clearly sharper early than the Fly­ers. The Fly­ers had 10 give­aways through the first two pe­ri­ods and Giroux’s board­ing penalty early in the sec­ond sparked Buf­falo to two straight goals.

Tyler En­nis opened the scor­ing 2:06 into the sec­ond when the puck ap­peared to de­flect off Streit’s right leg.

Bat­tling for the puck be­hind the net, Giroux plowed his left shoul­der into Zem­gus Gir­gen­sons and sent the cen­ter face-first into the boards. With Giroux in the box, the Sabres cap­i­tal­ized on the man ad­van­tage. Moul­son’s power-play past Neu­virth made it 2-0 and started the boos at the Wells Fargo Cen­ter.

Moul­son’s sec­ond pow­er­play goal of the game — and league-high fourth of the sea­son — sent Neu­virth to the bench. Steve Ma­son, in a bat­tle for the No. 1 spot, re­placed Neu­virth and made a nifty stop later in the pe­riod to deny Moul­son a hat trick.

The Fly­ers got a needed lift in the third when Konecny scored his first ca­reer goal. The 19-year-old for­ward was Philadel­phia’s first-round pick in the 2015 draft and is one of the hope­ful cor­ner­stones for the re­build­ing fran­chise.

Nils­son, who stopped 49 of 50 shots in two pre­sea­son games, was solid un­til the late collapse in his first start of the sea­son. Robin Lehner didn’t make the trip after com­ing down with an ill­ness on Sun­day night. NOTES >> Fly­ers D Radko Gu­das re­turned from a sixgame sus­pen­sion for his head shot in a pre­sea­son game . ... Sabres F Evan­der Kane re­mained side­lined with cracked ribs. “It’s more of a pain and dis­com­fort than any­thing at this point in time. He should be able to start mov­ing here shortly, not crazily, but he should be able to start mov­ing shortly here and kind of go from there,” coach Dan Bylsma said.

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