Vincent Lecavalier scored with 14.8 seconds remaining in regulation, capping a wild third period and giving the Flyers a 4-3 win over the Sabres at First Niagara Center on Tuesday. Jhonas Enroth stopped 29 shots, including a remarkable blocker save in the first, but fell to 1-9-4 on the year. Head inside for more.
Buffalo grabbed the early lead on Cody Hodgson's ninth goal of the season and first since returning from injury. After taking a perfect pass from Steve Ott, Hodgson walked in alone on Mason and deked the Flyers goaltender stick-side. Jhonas Enroth preserved the lead moments later, diving across the crease and using his blocker to rob Claude Giroux of what looked to be a sure goal. Enroth's highlight-reel save came two days after Ryan Miller's incredible stick save against Washington.
Jakub Voracek finally solved Enroth with a power play goal early in the second period. With Zenon Konopka in the box for holding, Voracek's one-timer from Wayne Simmonds made it 1-1. It remined that way until Matt D'Agostini's second goal of the season -- and second in four games -- put the Sabres ahead 2-1 at 6:27 of the third. Hodgson and Ott got the play started with some pretty passing, including a nice feed from Ott that D'Agostini deflected past Steve Mason.
Brayden Schenn tied things up again about seven minutes later, tucking an odd bounce under Enroth's outstretched left arm. Meszaros' initial shot went way wide, but the puck made its way through the crease, onto Schenn's stick and into the net. Moments later, the Flyers took the lead for the first time on a Scott Hartnell power play goal. Dropping to one knee, Hartnell fired a Simmonds pass into the top corner of the Buffalo net, putting Philadelphia ahead 3-2.
Buffalo responded less than a minute later with Tyler Ennis' 10th of the year, a shot that snuck under Mason's pad, knotting the score at 3-3 with 3:13 left in regulation. With only 14.8 seconds to go, however, Lecavalier finished off a flurry in the Buffalo end, beating Enroth high, to put Philadelphia ahead for good 4-3.
The regulation loss marked the Sabres' first at home since December 5th. Buffalo hits the road on Wednesday, facing the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff. Hear the call on WGR 550 and the Sabres Radio Network.
6:59 - BUF - Cody Hodgson (9) (Steve Ott, Matt D'Agostini)
3:19 - BUF - Mark Pysyk (2 min., tripping)
8:28 - PHI - Andrej Meszaros (2 min., hooking)
14:22 - BUF - Alexander Sulzer (2 min., cross checking)
1:40 - PHI - Jakub Voracek (13) (PPG) (Wayne Simmonds, Scott Hartnell)
0:39 - BUF - Zenon Konopka (2 min., holding)
3:12 - PHI - Jay Rosehill (2 min., interference)
7:02 - PHI - Nicklas Grossmann (2 min., interference)
11:47 - BUF - Brayden McNabb (2 min., roughing)
14:01 - PHI - Adam Hall (2 min., hooking)
6:27 - BUF - Matt D'Agostini (2) (Steve Ott, Cody Hodgson)
13:28 - PHI - Brayden Schenn (12) (Scott Hartnell, Andrej Maszaros)
15:53 - PHI - Scott Hartnell (11) (PPG) (Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux)
16:47 - BUF - Tyler Ennis (10) (Matt Moulson, Christian Ehrhoff)
19:45 - PHI - Vincent Lecavalier (10) (Matt Read, Sean Couturier)
2:31 - BUF - Brian Flynn (2 min., hooking)
15:06 - BUF - Zenon Konopka (2 min., goalkeeper interference)
PHI - Steve Mason (16 saves, 19 shots)
BUF - Jhonas Enroth (29 saves, 33 shots)
PHI - 2 of 6
BUF - 0 of 4
1.) PHI - Scott Hartnell (1 G, 2 A)
2.) BUF - Steve Ott (0 G, 2 A)
3.) BUF - Matt D'Agostini (1 G, 1 A)