Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Read scored twice and Ray Emery
stopped 29 shots as Philadelphia continued its recent success with a 4-1
decision over Buffalo on Thursday.
Vincent Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell also lit the lamp for the Flyers, who
improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games.
Steve Downie and Sean Couturier added a pair of assists for Philly, which won
for the first time all season when trailing after one period.
Tyler Myers notched the lone goal and Ryan Miller made 42 saves for the
Sabres, losers of three in a row and eight of the last 11.
Philly moved ahead 3-1 just after the midway point of the third period while
on the power play, as defenseman Mark Streit fed Lecavalier for a blistering
drive from the right circle.
Miller was called to the bench for an extra skater with 1:10 remaining. The
Sabres had two shifts of pressure on Emery, but Hartnell flipped a shot into
the empty net inside of 11 seconds on the clock.
After skirting disaster due to a brief two-man disadvantage, the Sabres picked
up a score with 92 seconds remaining in the first period. Three Buffalo
players had chances in close on either side of Emery in a goal-mouth
scramble, and Myers was credited with the final poke from the left side.
The Flyers finally equalized with 5:51 left in the second, when Downie's feed
from the right boards led to Read's knuckling one-timer from the slot.
Read put the hosts ahead less than minutes later. Left alone in the slot after
a failed Buffalo clear, he took a Downie dish, pulled Miller into the
butterfly and roofed a shot from in close.
Before Read's first score, the Sabres hadn't allowed a goal to the Flyers in
their last 133:52 of game time, dating back to a 3-2 loss in Philadelphia on
Mar. 10 -- which included a 1-0 victory in Buffalo on Apr. 13 ... The contest
marked the first time in NHL history that both head coaches were members of
the Canadian First Nations: Ted Nolan (Ojibwe) and Craig Berube (Cree) ... The
Flyers have won six of the eight meetings with the Sabres since the start of
the 2011-12 season ... Philadelphia also improved to 8-5-1 (including
playoffs) against Nolan as Buffalo bench boss ... The Sabres welcomed back
forward Mikhail Grigorenko after a three-game absence, while forward Luke Adam
and defenseman Brayden McNabb, recalled from AHL Rochester on Wednesday, made
their season debuts.
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