NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Buffalo
(Monday, February 25th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Danny Briere netted the deciding shootout tally against his former team, as Philadelphia stormed back from a three-goal deficit to down Buffalo, 4-3, snapping a 10-game losing streak.
The Flyers entered the game shorthanded and on the brink of a new franchise low -- no team since the club's inception had ever dropped 11 in a row. Going down 3-0 and operating without the likes of Mike Richards (hamstring), Simon Gagne (concussion) and Joffrey Lupul (ankle), they appeared poised to set the new mark.
Jeff Carter, Scott Hartnell and R.J. Umberger scored in regulation to stage the comeback, however, and Briere polished it off in the shootout for Philadelphia, which hadn't won since February 5 at Atlanta.
Philadelphia signed Briere to a lucrative eight-year contract in the offseason, luring him away from Buffalo, where he played the previous three seasons.
Help for Briere and the rest of the squad is on the way. After the game, it was announced that the Flyers had acquired Vaclav Prospal from Tampa Bay for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a conditional draft pick in 2009.
Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist while Ryan Miller made 32 stops for the Sabres, who are now tied with Philadelphia for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Flyers finished the opening stanza strong to turn a 3-0 hole into a one- goal deficit. Carter broke free for a breakaway before lifting a backhander under the crossbar at the 14:33 mark, and Hartnell made it 3-2 with 3:39 left in the first with a one-timer from the left circle.
The scoring went silent until the latter stages of the third, when Philadelphia cashed in on a man advantage to pull even. Pominville's clearing attempt caromed out of play for a delay-of-game penalty. In the next sequence, Umberger snapped a shot from the right circle that made it through traffic in front and into the back of the cage to force overtime.
After an active but fruitless extra session, Ales Kotalik beat Martin Biron in the second round of the shootout to give the Sabres the advantage. Carter responded with a marker of his own, however, before Derek Roy fanned on his attempt at the other end. That put the spotlight on Briere, who pulled off a series of quick dekes before slipping a forehand attempt past Miller to complete the comeback win.
Biron had 26 saves in the victory.
The Flyers yielded two goals in an 11-second span early in the contest to dig a 2-0 hole. Both came off turnovers, the first ending with a Roy backhander from the high slot that beat Biron.
Moments later, Pominville came up with the puck in the Philadelphia zone and dished it to a streaking Clarke MacArthur, who finished for the 2-0 advantage.
The Sabres established a 3-0 lead at the 14:16 mark of the first on a quick cross-crease feed and finish from Tim Connolly to Pominville.
Hartnell scored for the first time in seven games, while Carter entered the night with just one marker in 15 contests...Philadelphia improved to 18-13-1 as the visiting team...The Flyers had just one win in their previous 11 trips to HSBC Arena coming in.
02/25 22:40:30 ET