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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 Arena.

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 session.

Game Notes

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


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