NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Buffalo|
(Friday, April 8th)
Final Score: Buffalo 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Thomas Vanek's goal at 1:16 of overtime lifted
Buffalo over Philadelphia, 4-3, at HSBC Arena.
Vanek carried the puck through the middle of the Flyers' defensive zone, split
two defenders and scored on the backhand.
Nathan Gerbe tallied twice for the Sabres, who clinched a playoff berth by
virtue of playing beyond regulation. With the win, Buffalo pulled even with
idle Montreal for sixth in the East with 94 points.
"The way this team's played the last three months, it's pretty exciting here
in the locker room," Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers said. "To finally clinch it
in the 81st game right here at home, it definitely feels good."
Jhonas Enroth was pulled after allowing three goals on 19 shots in two
periods. Ryan Miller picked up the win after stopping all eight shots he
faced over the final 21-plus minutes.
Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell and Kris Versteeg scored for the Flyers, who
continued their late-season freefall by losing their season-high fifth
"We're still in good position in that we control our destiny for second place
in the conference and first in the division," Briere said. "But it's still
frustrating (to keep losing)."
Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 29 shots. Philadelphia is now tied atop
the Atlantic Division with Pittsburgh -- which beat the Islanders in a
shootout. Both teams have 104 points and one game remaining.
Philly's OT defeat also means the Washington Capitals clinched the top seed in
"You have to have a short memory," said Flyers captain Mike Richards, whose
team can finish second, third, or fourth depending on what else happens this
weekend. "We did a lot of good things tonight. Obviously, we're disappointed
we didn't get the win, but we put ourselves in a position to win one game at
home and win the division."
Hartnell put the Flyers on the board with 9:36 left in the first period,
taking a Briere feed in the slot and ripping his shot high and inside the left
Gerbe capitalized on a turnover and evened the score with a long shot just 25
seconds into the middle period, then Jason Pominville snuck behind the Philly
defense and scored on the forehand at 4:19.
Versteeg's goal from the left wing off a 2-on-1 short-handed rush tied the
game at 7:37, and 39 seconds later Hartnell fed Briere for a left-wing laser
to put the Flyers ahead.
Bobrovsky stoned Pominville in the final seconds of the second to keep it a
Miller was in the net to start the third period, and an inspired Gerbe tallied
just after the midway point when his spinning backhanded shot sailed through
traffic and under the crossbar.
"I want to be a guy who scores big goals, and for me to do that is pretty
special," the diminutive Gerbe said of his slick move. "I thought it was going
to hit the bar and go out, so I was kind of just praying that it would hit and
Philadelphia hosts the New York Islanders on Saturday...Buffalo hosts Columbus
also on Saturday...Briere set a new career high in goals with 33, eclipsing
his previous high of 32 in 2001-02 with Phoenix and 2006-07 with Buffalo...The
clubs split a four-game season series as each team won once at home and once
on the road...Gerbe posted his third multi-goal effort of the season.
04/08 23:53:41 ET