This is not the start the team, or the fans, had in mind.
The Flyers fell 5-2 in Buffalo. In the Sabres home opener, two powerplay goals were scored, and the Flyers again got off to a bad start.
The Flyers penalty kill again failed to hold. Halfway through the first period, Steve Ott scored his first goal as a Sabre on a one-timer that skidded past Ilya Bryzgalov. The goal gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead off the power play.
Later in the first, a Flyers goal was waived off for goalie interference, as Ryan Miller was pushed back into his crease.
Meanwhile Zac Rinaldo suffered a lower -body injury and was unable to return.
Sean Courtier tied the game four minutes into the second off assists from Andrej Meszaros and Jakub Voracek. Just two minutes later Claude Giroux buried a 47 foot slapshot to take the lead. The goal came on a powerplay given for a roughing penalty on Patrick Kaleta.
Just before the period expired, Thomas Vanek scored on a powerplay to tie the score at 2. The Sabres, who finished 16th in the league on the powerplay last year, scored two powerplay goals.
The second came with just over five minutes to go in the game, as Luke Shenn was called for tripping. 6-8 Tyler Myers finished a slick wrist shot to one-up the Flyers 3-2. Just over a minute later, a 4-on-4 resulted after successive penalties on Myers and Scott Hartnell, as Myers pushed Hartnell into goaltender Ryan Miller. Thomas Vanek broke away from the Flyer defense, and a rebound from his shot was tucked away by Cody Hodgson. Initially it look as if Hodgson had kicked the puck in, but after review was ruled otherwise. Thomas Vanek netted his second on an empty neter inside of the final minute.
The Flyers fell to 0-2, and will visit the Devils on Tuesday at 7:30.