NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Philadelphia|
(Tuesday, March 10th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Scott Hartnell recorded four points on two
goals and two assists, and Jeff Carter also scored twice, as Philadelphia
used a four-goal third period to best Buffalo, 5-2, at Wachovia Center.
Mike Richards had the other score and both Joffrey Lupul and Kimmo Timonen
contributed two assists for the Flyers, winners in three of their last four
Martin Biron made 27 stops for his 21st win of the season.
Maxim Afinogenov and Jochen Hecht tallied for the Sabres, who have dropped two
in a row after winning two straight.
Patrick Lalime was pulled after allowing four goals on 29 shots in the loss.
Mikael Tellqvist finished the game by giving up a goal on four shots.
Carter put the Flyers ahead 2-1 just 27 seconds into the third period, tipping
Lupul's feed past Lalime, and Richards netted a power-play goal at 4:59 when
he tipped Timonen's point drive.
"There was a breakdown right off the opening shift. Getting scored on early is
tough," said Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff.
Lupul and Carter teamed up once more at 6:24 for a 4-1 Philly advantage, with
the former sliding a nice pass to the latter for his second goal of the
contest. The score also chased Lalime for Tellqvist.
It was 5-1 for the home team on a bizarre play with five minutes remaining.
Timonen shot from the high slot, and the puck glanced off Tellqvist's
shoulder, then Hartnell's chest and in.
"I think there are a variety of reasons for our success," said Flyers head
coach John Stevens of his club's third-period domination. "Our leadership is
very strong. I think those guys played big minutes, and they lead the way by
doing the right thing."
Hecht brought Buffalo within 5-2 with 1:22 left in the contest, but that's as
close as the visitors came.
Afinogenov got the Sabres on the board 1:52 into the contest, as a shot from
the right boards from Teppo Numminen deflected off his skate and over Biron.
After wasting a pair of power-play chances, the Flyers knotted the game, as
Claude Giroux fed Hartnell for a redirection from the right side of the crease
with 13.6 seconds left in the first.
Philly has won all three games against Buffalo this season, with one final
meeting in Buffalo on March 20...The Flyers were without forward Danny Briere
once again due to a nagging groin injury. He is day-to-day but is hoping to
return on Thursday.
03/10 23:12:41 ET