After establishing an early lead thanks to a power play goal from Simon Gagne and a short-handed strike from Maxime Talbot, the Flyers allowed the Sabres back into the game after Brian Flynn scored at the mid-way mark of the first period on the Sabres' second shot of the game.
Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux dominated the face-off circle in the opening stanza by winning nine of 12 draws, accounting for 75 percent of the Flyers' victories in the period. At the start of the second, he further aided the team by re-establishing their two goal lead with his eighth strike of the season.
It ultimately proved to be the game-winning tally.
In the team's most recent contests, they had failed to compile a complete effort over the course of a full game. This continued on Sunday night. Arrant, excessive passes dominated the game and both teams appeared disorganized over long stretches of time.
This was the case when Giroux committed a turnover during a third period power play that resulted in Jochen Hecht bringing the Sabres back within one. Had it not been for a goal line save by forward Brayden Schenn, Philadelphia might not have come away with the win.
In the long scheme of things, the Flyers have their backs against the wall. With the second half of the season already upon them, the team desperately needs to tie wins together in the coming weeks. While a playoff spot is still a possibility, inconsistent play is making it difficult to imagine the Flyers as a serious threat for the second season.
Of course, with a home-and-home against the struggling New Jersey Devils next week, as well as a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning (2-8-0 in their last 10 games) next Monday, the Flyers have a chance to jump-start their season.
Not to mention, Philadelphia only has to play four games over the course of the next two weeks. With the Flyers having played the most games (27) of any other team this season, a break in the schedule could be an invaluable development in turning their fortunes around.