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Flyers 5, Sabres 2: Life without Wayne Simmonds starts with big win in wild ...


Wearing their Stadium Series sweaters one more time Tuesday, the Flyers buried the Sabres, 5-2, to leap over them for 10th place in the East, while Ryan Hartman made quite the first impression.


On his first shift of the game, Hartman gave Flyers fans a nice introduction of what he’s all about, as he leveled rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with a legal open-ice check (see story) .


• It was interesting to see how interim head coach Scott Gordon was going to divide up the minutes, electing to play 11 forwards and seven defensemen, like he did during Philippe Myers' NHL debut in Detroit.


On his very first shift Tuesday, Hartman, acquired in the Simmonds deal, received a standing ovation at the Wells Fargo Center after delivering a monstrous (and clean) hit on 2018 No.


Saturday’s 4-3 victory at Lincoln Financial Field was just the third time in franchise history that the Flyers won a game after erasing a deficit of two goals or more in the final four minutes of regulation.


• For the second time this season, interim head coach Scott Gordon will elect to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen for tonight’s game against the Sabres — the same combination he used for the Flyers' 3-1 win in Detroit on Dec. 17.






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