Buffalo Sabres (9-13-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (11-14-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of teams attempting to end three-game slides will
meet Sunday evening in Philadelphia, as the Flyers host the Buffalo Sabres
from Wells Fargo Center.
While the Flyers have lost three straight in regulation, the Sabres have at
least been able to secure two points during their current 0-1-2 stretch.
Buffalo has gained points in five of its past six games, going 3-1-3 in that
Buffalo suffered a shootout loss Thursday in New Jersey despite holding a 2-0
advantage in the third period. Patrik Elias tied the game late in regulation
and scored in the shootout to lift the Devils to the 3-2 win at Prudential
Brian Flynn's first NHL goal gave the Sabres a 2-0 lead midway through the
third period. New Jersey fought back, however, and pulled even just as
goaltender Johan Hedberg went to the bench for an extra skater. Buffalo's
Jhonas Enroth kicked out David Clarkson's long shot, but Elias buried the
rebound with 1:06 remaining.
Enroth, making his first start since Feb. 5, was injured on the tying goal.
Ryan Miller took over between the pipes and Clarkson beat him with a
backhander to begin the second round of the shootout. After Buffalo captain
Jason Pominville missed the net, Elias sealed it with a great deke to the
Enroth had 27 saves before muscle cramps forced his departure. Miller will get
the start on Sunday, but Enroth expects to be healthy enough to serve as the
"I like the way our team's competing right now," Sabres interim head coach Ron
Rolston said. "If we continue to do that we're going to win hockey games."
Buffalo lost defenseman Andrej Sekera to an undisclosed injury in Thursday's
game and he is expected to sit out Sunday.
The Sabres are capping a three-game road trip on Sunday and are 5-7-2 as the
guest this season.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, lost for the fourth time in six outings Saturday, as
the Flyers were handed a 3-0 setback in Boston. The shutout defeat comes on he
heels of Thursday's 5-4 home loss to Pittsburgh, which overcame a 4-1 first-
period deficit to beat the Flyers.
Tuukka Rask turned back all 23 shots he faced in Saturday's win and Boston
scored all three of its goals within a 2:18 span in the first period. The
Flyers suffered their first shutout loss at TD Garden since a 1-0 overtime
setback on Jan. 25, 2003.
"After 1-0, we stopped competing," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.
"They scored a goal and we never recovered. We never responded to it. We were
looking for a response from last game and that wasn't the response we were
Ilya Bryzgalov finished with 25 saves for Philadelphia, which is on its third
three-game losing streak of the season. The Flyers haven't lost four in a row
since they went 0-3-2 during a five-game slide from March 31-April 8, 2011.
Philadelphia defenseman Andrej Meszaros returned to the lineup Saturday for
the first time since Jan. 24, having missed the team's previous 21 games with
a dislocated shoulder.
The Flyers are 7-4-1 on home ice this season and they had won two straight at
Wells Fargo Center before losing to Pittsburgh on Thursday.
The Sabres and Flyers met once early this season and Buffalo recorded the 5-2
home win in that Jan. 20 meeting. Philadelphia has taken six of nine overall
in this series and the Sabres have lost two straight and three of four in the
City of Brotherly Love.
03/10 11:01:19 ET
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