By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor
Just when you think it can’t get any worse, just when you think the Flyers have stooped to the lowest level, they deliver a result in a fashion like they did on Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres.
The Flyers played a first period that followed up Saturday’s win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon and took a 2-0 lead. In an instant, that lead was gone early in the second period.
Then, just like they did on Saturday, a third-period goal put the Flyers back in front. And with under four minutes to play, the Flyers looked like they were going to find a way to win again and that would certainly make things interesting. As much as it seems like the Flyers playoff hopes were dashed a while ago, specifically with their regulation loss to Boston on Tuesday, a win against Buffalo on Sunday afternoon would put them two points back of Boston again.
But then came the series of unfortunate events that is certainly not coincidence, but the result of self-inflicted wounds. The Flyers made multiple mistakes that allowed the Sabres to tie the game with 3:03 left in the third. The goal was reviewed and remained on the board. Then 25 seconds later, the Flyers were now trailing for the first time on Sunday.
Less than 24 hours before the trade deadline, the Flyers were left with a stunning defeat to the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL lowest team in the standings, handed a loss by lowly Buffalo for the second time in two weeks. It was the most fitting of endings for a team that has continued to get in their own way all season.
I had planned to do a takeaways of the weekend, but realistically, this is going to strictly be a takeaways from Sunday’s game, because there’s no real reason to revisit the Saturday game at this point. So here are five takeaways from the Flyers 5-3 loss to Buffalo on Sunday.