NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Buffalo |
(Wednesday, January 7th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 1, Buffalo 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Martin Biron stopped 44 shots in his fifth
consecutive start to help Buffalo skate to a 1-1 tie with Philadelphia at HSBC
John LeClair scored the sole goal for the Flyers, who concluded an eight-game
road trip. Philadelphia finished 2-3-2-1 on the swing.
Alexei Zhitnik lit the lamp for the Sabres, who went to 4-9-3 in their last 16
tries. Buffalo, 3-0-2 in its last five at home, will host Ottawa on Friday.
The Flyers dominated the first period, posting 17 of the 19 shots, but still
went into the first-period intermission deadlocked at 0-0. In fact, all but
five Flyers recorded a shot on net in the opening frame.
But only 1:05 into the second stanza, LeClair put Philadelphia on the board
with his ninth of the season. LeClair gained control of the puck at the
Buffalo blue line and skated around the net unmolested before jamming it just
inside the right post.
The Sabres, however, knotted the game at 1-1 three minutes into the period
when they capitalized on the game's first power play. Zhitnik blasted a one-
timer from just behind the right circle that beat Robert Esche five-hole.
Esche made 20 saves for Philly, which outshot Buffalo 5-1 in the extra
The Flyers will host Florida on Thursday...Philadelphia's leading scorer
Jeremy Roenick was struck in the left cheek by a slap shot in practice
Tuesday, but played in this one despite receiving 26 stitches...Biron is back
as the Buffalo starter with Mika Noronen sidelined due to a groin
injury...Philadelphia was 0-for-4 on the power play, while Buffalo went 1-
for-5 with the man advantage...The Flyers defeated Buffalo, 2-0, in Philly to
open the season.
01/07 21:51:39 ET