Enroth Shuts Out Flyers
There is only one way to kill the momentum of a four-game winning streak and that is to follow it up with a four-game losing streak.
The Flyers continued on their skid, dropping their fourth straight game. They lost to Buffalo, 1-0, Saturday afternoon, pushing them closer to mathematical elimination from the post season.
In the last four games, the Flyers were out-scored 12-3. The power play had also fizzled, going 0-for-2 on the night to continue their skid to 0-for-15.
The first period saw more extracurricular action than offense. Philadelphia out-shot the Sabres 10-6, but the physical play by both teams told the early story.
Just 1:31 into the first, Sabres pest Patrick Kaleta took exception to a thunderous hit from rookie defenseman Oliver Lauridsen and the two dropped the gloves. Unfortunately for Lauridsen, Kaleta got in more shots than his team did on Steve Mason all period and dropped the rookie.
Just minutes later, Buffalo’s other pest, Steve Ott and Flyers enforcer Jay Rosehill were both sent to the box for exchanging pleasantries.
Later in the period, Lauridsen and Ott got tied up when Ott fired a slap shot on Mason after the whistle. The late shot drew some attention from the Flyers, especially Lauridsen who had to be restrained from going after Ott.
The second period saw Mason flash his goaltending skills. He stopped Drew Stafford and Cody Hogdson on respective odd-man chances during the period, keeping the game scoreless in the process.
Mason couldn’t hold Buffalo much longer and it took a bad bounce to get the Sabres on the board first.
Just 17 seconds into the third period, Christian Erhoff fired a shot wide. The puck bounced off the back boards and hit Mason's pad and deflected into the net to put Buffalo up 1-0.
There were no bad bounces for Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth. Enroth stopped all 29 shots he faced from the Flyers for the shut-out, preserving the win for Buffalo.
Enroth was almost beaten with 1.7 seconds left on the game clock. Danny Briere, with a last-second shot to tie, ripped a shot that went over Enroth's shoulder and pinged off the crossbar to stay out.