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.
"We had our opportunities and we shot as much as we always say we need to
shoot more so I guess tonight was one of those nights," Lecavalier said about
facing Miller, a possibility to start for Team USA in Sochi. "He was hot, I
think he had 25 saves and we only scored one goal, so that's obviously a
pretty good average. But we just kept coming and maybe that's the difference
between now and what it was a month and a half ago."
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.
"It doesn't take rocket science to figure it out. We have to do simple
things," said Sabres head coach Ted Nolan of his team's continued struggles.
"We have to play the game. We have turnovers and we can't take foolish
penalties. We can't take a bounce off the puck and slip in corners. We have to
play a smarter game. And to play within what our strengths are."
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.
"I think he creates offense for them on that line," Flyers head coach Craig
Berube said of Downie. "He has very good vision with the puck and he's strong
with the puck, makes a lot of little plays. He is a good player along the
walls, doesn't panic with the puck along the walls."
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: Nolan (Ojibwe) and 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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