Matt Read scored twice and Vincent Lecavalier added a power play goal, lifting the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Sabres on Thursday. Ryan Miller made 42 saves in the loss, Buffalo's third straight defeat.
Tyler Myers staked Buffalo to the 1-0 lead with about 90 seconds remaining in the first period. Myers finished off a scrum in front of the Flyers net, poking a loose puck over the goal line. Earlier in the period, with both Cody Hodgson and Cody McCormick in the penalty box, the Sabres killed off a 5-on-3. Buffalo shut down the Flyers on yet another two-man advantage in the second period. Myers was called for tripping at 5:45 and the Sabres were hit with too many men on the ice only 38 seconds later.
Philadelphia finally broke through at 14:09 of the second on Read's 5th of the year. Left alone in the slot, Read snapped a Downie feed past an out-of-position Miller. Read struck again moments later, alone in front of the Buffalo net, lifting a one-on-one chance over Miller for the 2-1 Philly lead.
The Flyers went up 3-1 about midway through the third on a power play rocket off the stick of Vincent Lecavalier. The Philadelphia forward blistered a shot into the top corner of the net for his 8th of the season. Scott Hartnell made it 4-1 with a late empty-netter.
The Sabres' 1-0 lead after the opening period marked the first time this season they were ahead after the first 20 minutes. Buffalo now looks to snap a three-game losing streak on Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings at 5 p.m. Hear the call on WGR SportsRadio 550.
18:28 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2) (PPG) (Ville Leino, Tyler Ennis)
2:37 - BUF - Henrik Tallinder (2 min., delay of game - puck over glass)
8:10 - PHI - Vincent Lecavalier (2 min., holding)
14:09 - BUF - Cody Hodgson (2 min., holding)
15:28 - BUF - Cody McCormick (2 min., delay of game - puck over glass)
16:29 - PHI - Mark Streit (2 min., high sticking)
14:09 - PHI - Matt Read (5) (Steve Downie, Sean Couturier)
15:49 - PHI - Matt Read (6) (Steve Downie, Sean Couturier)
1:27 - PHI - Scott Hartnell (4 min. double minor, high sticking)
5:45 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2 min., tripping)
6:23 - BUF - Bench penalty served by Tyler Ennis (2 min., too many men on the ice)
19:32 - PHI - Claude Giroux (2 min., tripping)
9:58 - PHI - Vincent Lecavalier (8) (PPG) (Mark Streit, Claude Giroux)
19:49 - PHI - Scott Hartnell (4) (EN) (Adam Hall)
7:54 - PHI - Jay Rosehill (2 min., roughing)
7:54 - BUF - Ville Leino (2 min., slashing)
7:54 - PHI - Zac Rinaldo (10 min. misconduct)
9:12 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2 min., cross checking)
11:52 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., tripping)
BUF - Ryan Miller (42 saves, 45 shots)
PHI - Ray Emery (29 saves, 30 shots)
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PHI - 1 of 8