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Sabres’ Brian Flynn on how he avoided first NHL penalty: ‘I’m not that physical’

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Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald

BUFFALO – The streak ended 4:57 into the third period of the Sabres’ 1-0 overtime loss Saturday.

In his 53rd NHL game, forward Brian Flynn was whistled for hooking New Jersey’s Steve Bernier, his first NHL penalty.

How did Flynn, who takes a regular shift, avoid getting penalized until his second NHL season?

“I don’t know, probably because I’m not that physical,” Flynn said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center. “That’s how most of the penalties are in the league … finishing hard checks and getting an elbow or board or something like that. Stick penalty, obviously, (I’m) a little lucky probably for a while not to get one. But it’s going to happen.”

To interim Sabres coach Ted Nolan, it’s not a coincidence Flynn played so long without an infraction.

“That’s Lady Byng material,” Nolan said. “He plays the game right. Rarely is he in a position where he has to lean over and hook someone and out of position on an angle. He’s a really intelligent player. So I can understand why he doesn’t get penalties.”

Flynn has been penalized in the preseason.

Related: Sabres rookie Flynn makes NHL debut as injured Vanek sits

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