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Elliott stops 40, Konecny scores as Flyers beat Sabres 3-0

Brian Ellliott made 40 saves, Travis Konecny scored his fourth goal in four games and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Jakub Voracek also scored and Kevin Hayes added an empty-netter for Philadelphia, which bounced back from Monday night’s 6-1 loss to the Sabres.

Konecny broke the scoreless tie with 2:09 left in the second on a breakaway, beating Carter Hutton with a backhand that went through the goalie’s legs. Oskar Lindblom set up the goal with a long bank pass from deep in the defensive zone that landed perfectly on Konecny’s stick in Buffalo’s zone.

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton is unable to make a save on a goal scored by Philadelphia Flyers' Travis Konecny during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP PhotoDerik Hamilton)

Voraeck made it 2-0 with 6:17 remaining, finishing a 2-on-1 with Hayes.

Elliott strong in net but needed some luck.

He made two point-blank saves on Jeff Skinner late in the first period, first with his right pad and then his glove. Elliott replaced Carter Hart in the second period on Monday, allowing two goals on 15 shots.

Philadelphia Flyers' Travis Konecny, second from right, celebrates with Oskar Lindblom (23) and Nolan Patrick after Konecny scored a goal past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP PhotoDerik Hamilton)

Elliott kept the Flyers on top with a glove save on Eric Staal’s wrist shot from the slot with 8 1/2 minutes left in the third.

Fortune was on the Flyers’ backup goalie’s side in the second.

The Sabres had several good chances in the period, including a pair of shots that clanged off the iron. Colin Miller’s hard slap shot from the point hit the crossbar and ricocheted all the way back to center ice. Victor Olofsson hit the post from a sharp angle 2 ½ minutes later.

Philadelphia Flyers' Travis Konecny celebrates after scoring a goal past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP PhotoDerik Hamilton)

Elliott improved to 14-2-2 in 19 career appearances against the Sabres.

Hutton was replaced by Jonas Johansson to begin the third period, apparently due to injury. Hutton had his helmet knocked off after being hit in the head by the Flyers’ Ivan Provorov early in the second period after Provorov was checked into the goalie by Brandon Montour. Hutton had 19 saves.

MEN DOWN

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton watches a shot from Philadelphia Flyers' Oskar Lindblom (23) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP PhotoDerik Hamilton)

In addition to Buffalo’s Hutton, Flyers D Philippe Myers and C Morgan Frost were both injured on checks by Jake McCabe and didn’t return.

EIGHT IS ENOUGH

The Flyers played their first of what is scheduled to be eight back-to-backs this season. Buffalo, which opened its season with back-to-backs in each of its first four games, also is scheduled to play eight this season.

CAB SERVICE

The Sabres recalled forward Rasmus Asplund from the team’s taxi squad prior to the contest.

HIT IN THE POCKET

Flyers’ Nicolas Aube-Kubel was fined $4,633.62 for roughing Buffalo’s Rasmus Dahlin in the third period of Monday’s game. Aube-Kubel was given a double-minor for high sticking on the play. Sabres coach Ralph Krueger expressed disappointment prior to the game that Aube-Kubel wasn’t suspended.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Sabres: Play the first of two straight on the road in Washington on Friday night.

Flyers: Start a four-game road trip at Boston on Thursday night.

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