The Flyers were hanging on up a goal late in the third period Sunday night and Sean Couturier, their youngest player, was on the ice again looking like a shutdown forward.

With the Buffalo Sabres on a power play and pressing for the equalizer, Couturier was out there looking like a baseball player taking a practice swing intercepting a deflected pass at chest level with a whack that sent the puck to the other end.

Then, when the Sabres tried carrying the puck back into the Flyers zone, Couturier stood firm, not letting an opponent stickhandle past him, and quickly a teammate flipped the puck down the ice again.

This was vintage Couturier, and there was more to come.

His next shift, Couturier won an important face-off with 2:11 to go, the Flyers cleared and 28 more precious seconds ticked off the clock. And when Buffalo finally was able to reenter the offensive zone, Couturier chased down a loose puck, used his back to protect it, then made a spinning clear off the boards to eat up more time in what became a badly needed Flyers 3-2 victory.