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Zac Rinaldo, Cody Hodgson
Philadelphia Flyers' Zac Rinaldo, top, and Buffalo Sabres' Cody Hodgson collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Sabres Fall in Philly 4-1



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.

1st Period
Goals

18:28 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2) (PPG) (Ville Leino, Tyler Ennis)

Penalties
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)

2nd Period
Goals

14:09 - PHI - Matt Read (5) (Steve Downie, Sean Couturier)
15:49 - PHI - Matt Read (6) (Steve Downie, Sean Couturier)

Penalties
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)

3rd Period
Goals

9:58 - PHI - Vincent Lecavalier (8) (PPG) (Mark Streit, Claude Giroux)
19:49 - PHI - Scott Hartnell (4) (EN) (Adam Hall)

Penalties
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)

Goaltending
BUF - Ryan Miller (42 saves, 45 shots)
PHI - Ray Emery (29 saves, 30 shots)

Power Plays
BUF - 1 of 5
PHI - 1 of 8


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