Comeback kids are back: Flyers beat Sabres in shootout, 4-3

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Erasing multiple goal deficits has become a hallmark of the Flyers in recent years and on Tuesday night they did it again. After struggling to find any semblance of consistency in the game, the Flyers mounted a furious comeback. With the win, Philadelphia has now improved their record to 3-3-1 through the first seven games of the season.

The Flyers received goals from Travis Konecny (1), Brayden Schenn (1) and Mark Streit (2) in the winning cause. Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek sealed the victory with shootout goals as well. Not uncommon for the team that played the night before, the Flyers had a pretty decent start to the game, but after the first ten minutes, the club turned in a really poor performance. The Flyers turned the puck over eight times during the second period and were charged with 13 for the game. However, the tide began to turn once the Flyers made a goaltending switch and Travis Konecny continued to play with contagious energy. It was the 19 year-old’s persistence that in part led to the team’s comeback. The effort was far from perfect, but the Flyers will gladly take the two points.

The club used both goaltenders in the game as Michal Neuvirth was pulled for the second straight time. Neuvirth turned away 14-17 shots before being relieved by Steve Mason, who stopped all eight shots fired his way, in addition to stopping all the shooters he faced in the shootout. Through three starts, Neuvirth hasn’t played anywhere near the level he needs to for the Flyers to have adequate goaltending depth. There’s a good chance Neuvy played well above his pay grade a season ago so it would be unrealistic to expect him to play at that level again, but he is a much better player than he has played in his last couple of starts.

Here’s the game’s final thought:

Final Thought: Brayden Schenn starting to find his game

I think everyone knew it was possible that Brayden Schenn could struggle at the beginning of the 2016-2017 campaign given that he was suspended the first three games. The Flyers played Schenn a ton in preseason to make sure he was in the best game shape possible since it would be roughly two weeks until he saw game action again. Last night was the first night of his season that he looked up on his skates and involved offensively. Schenn was rewarded a goal and an assist for his efforts last night and while the Flyers need all of their young players to produce to some degree, but it would big for the team if Schenn could replicate the consistent physical, scoring presence he was a season ago.

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