Evan Rodrigues had a goal and an assist in Buffalo’s four-goal first period, and the Sabres extended their NHL-best winning streak to seven games Wednesday night with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

It is Buffalo’s longest run since taking 10 games in a row to open the 2006-07 season.

Buffalo Sabres forwards Sam Reinhart (23) and Jack Eichel (9) celebrate a goal during the third period of an hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Buffalo Sabres forwards Sam Reinhart (23) and Jack Eichel (9) celebrate a goal during the third period of an hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Jeff Skinner, Tage Thompson and Johan Larsson also scored in the opening period for the Sabres. Sam Reinhart added an empty-net goal in the third, and Carter Hutton made 23 saves.

Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored for the Flyers (9-10-2). Alex Lyon had 16 saves.

Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton (40) makes a save during the second period of an hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton (40) makes a save during the second period of an hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo (14-6-2) was all over the Flyers right from the start.

Skinner opened the floodgates 3:38 into the game on a rebound opportunity. Jason Pominville’s shot from the right circle was stopped and pushed to Skinner in the slot, who had an easy finish to make it 1-0.

Buffalo Sabres jack Eichel (9) and Philadelphia Flyers Sean Couturier (14) take a faceoff during the third period of an hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Buffalo Sabres jack Eichel (9) and Philadelphia Flyers Sean Couturier (14) take a faceoff during the third period of an hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Less than two minutes later, Thompson doubled Buffalo’s lead on a tremendous one-man effort. Thompson used his size and power to skate around Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas, tucking a shot inside the far post. It was his second goal of the season, with his first coming in Monday’s win over Pittsburgh.

Rodrigues made it 3-0 at 8:55 on the power play, his first goal of the season. He pounced on a rebound to end his scoring drought.

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) and Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier (14) battle in front of the net during the second period of an hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) and Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier (14) battle in front of the net during the second period of an hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Larsson made it 4-0 just before the end of the first, scoring with eight seconds remaining. Larsson sped past Flyers defenseman Christian Folin and buried a hard shot to the short side for his first goal of the season.

Seconds later, Larsson bested Scott Laughton in a scrap.

Buffalo Sabres forward Johan Larsson (22) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Robert Hagg (8) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Buffalo Sabres forward Johan Larsson (22) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Robert Hagg (8) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

The Flyers showed more fight in the second period, cutting Buffalo’s lead to 4-2.

Giroux got them on the board 5:26 into the second on a one-timer from close range. Simmonds made it 4-2 with 6:09 remaining in the period. With Hutton unable to corral a rebound, Simmonds poked the puck home for his team-high ninth goal of the season.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds (27) put the puck past Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton (40) during the second period of an hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds (27) put the puck past Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton (40) during the second period of an hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Philadelphia had its share of chances in the third period as well, but Buffalo was able to hold on. The Flyers’ best opportunity of the period came on a 2-on-1 rush with 6:48 remaining, when Hutton foiled Travis Konecny’s attempt. They had another good chance with 4:07 left after a Sabres defenseman fell, but failed to score.

Reinhart scored into an empty net with 1:38 to go.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek (93) controls the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek (93) controls the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

NOTES: The Sabres recalled defenseman Lawrence Pilut from the AHL’s Rochester Americans before the game. Pilut was scratched, along with D Marco Scandella and LW Remi Elie. The Sabres signed Pilut this offseason out of the Swedish Hockey League, where he was named the league’s top defenseman last year. … Buffalo also placed C Patrik Berglund (upper body) on injured reserve. … G Brian Elliott, D Andrew MacDonald and RW Nicolas Aube-Kubel were scratched for the Flyers.

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Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner (53) celebrates a goal during the first period of an hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner (53) celebrates a goal during the first period of an hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Flyers: Home against the New York Rangers on Friday afternoon.

Sabres: Home against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday afternoon.

Buffalo Sabres forward Tage Thompson (72) puts the puck past Philadelphia Flyers goalie Alex Lyon (34) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Buffalo Sabres forward Tage Thompson (72) puts the puck past Philadelphia Flyers goalie Alex Lyon (34) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

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Source: The Associated Press

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