NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Buffalo
(Tuesday, January 13th)
Final Score: Buffalo 6, Philadelphia 2
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Curtis Brown recorded two goals and Mika Noronen turned aside 35-of-37 shots, as the Buffalo Sabres continued their winning ways at home with a 6-2 pounding of the Philadelphia Flyers at HSBC Arena.
Chris Drury posted a goal and two assists for the Sabres, who are now 5-0-2 in their last seven games on home ice. Daniel Briere, Jason Botterill and Chris Taylor also tallied in the victory.
Buffalo improved to 4-2-2 in its last eight overall.
Kim Johnsson and Tony Amonte accounted for the Philadelphia goals, as the Flyers are winless in their last six games (0-4-1-1).
Jeff Hackett had a tough night between the pipes, allowing six goals on 25 shots in the losing cause. Hackett has just one victory in his last 11 decisions (1-8-2).
Trailing 3-2 in the third period, the frustrated Flyers took too many careless penalties and suffered the consequences, as two power-play goals 21 seconds apart by Buffalo put the game away.
With Chris Therien off for a five-minute spearing major, Briere hustled to the right side of the crease and punched in a rebound at 4:13 to give Buffalo a two-goal lead.
Soon after, Alexei Zhitnik's shot from the point was deflected home by Botterill and the route was on.
Taylor's fourth goal of the season with 6:59 to play capped the scoring.
For the contest, the Sabres ended 2-for-11 on the power play, while Philadelphia went scoreless on five opportunities with the extra skater.
A quick start to the contest saw the teams trade goals in a span of eight seconds before three minutes had been played in the opening period.
First, Johnsson took control of the puck at the blue line, stepped up to the high slot and blasted home a slap shot at 2:34. His fourth goal of the season was assisted by Sami Kapanen and Jeremy Roenick.
Immediately following the faceoff after Johnsson's tally, the Sabres tied it up at one apiece just eight ticks later. Buffalo blueliner James Patrick fed a perfect head-man pass from just outside his own zone to Drury, who took the disc at the blue line, skated in between a pair of Flyers' defensemen and beat Hackett low to the stickside.
Midway through the first, the Flyers regained the lead when Amonte beat Noronen from in close after a scramble in front.
Buffalo once again knotted the score with 6:08 to play in the first stanza. Hackett made the initial stop after a shot from the right point, but Brown corralled the rebound and lit the lamp from near the left post.
Although the visitors controlled play during the middle frame, outshooting Buffalo 16-7, it was the Sabres who notched the period's lone goal at the 18:17 mark.
Skating in a 3-on-2, Drury's shot from the left circle was stopped. However, the rebound came directly to Brown, who was in position and buried his eighth marker of the season from the goal mouth for a 3-2 Buffalo edge.
Hackett played in his 500th NHL game and became the 50th goaltender in league history to reach the mark. He is now 166-244-56 for his career...Philadelphia has scored more than two goals just twice in its last 12 games...The Flyers are 2-4-4-1 in their last 11 road games...The Sabres last home loss was on December 19 against New Jersey...The season series between these teams is now 1-1-1...The Flyers are winless in their last six trips to HSBC (0-5-1)...The Flyers were penalized a total of 36 minutes in the third period.
01/13 21:59:19 ET