PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Buffalo's Thomas Vanek said he was just doing his job.
Vanek scored with 7.2 seconds left in regulation, Ales Kotalik had the only shootout goal and the Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 on Saturday night to sweep the home-and-home series and extend their season-high winning streak to six games.
"I like distracting the goalie," Vanek explained after he redirected Jochen Hecht's shot from the center of the right circle to send the game into overtime.
"Jochen had a great shot. I had a good tip on it and it went in. That's my job. I like doing it."
Kotalik, who also scored in regulation, beat goalie Martin Biron, his former Sabre teammate, to the glove side for the winner.
"I know Marty is probably going to know what I'm going to try to do," Kotalik explained. "So I was trying to do something different."
Said Biron: "I thought we did everything we needed to do in the third period to win it. It was just a matter of maybe six inches at one end of the ice to keep the puck down at the other end of the ice. That would have been the difference."
Philadelphia had battled back from a 3-1 deficit to take a 5-4 lead when Kimmo Timonen scored on a power play 3:51 into the third period.
Jeff Carter and Mike Richards each had two goals in regulation for the Flyers, who have lost a season-high six straight games. They have lost nine of their last 10 at home since opening the season 6-0 in Philadelphia.
|Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller saves a shot by the Flyers Jeff Carter during the overtime shootout. The Sabres won the game 6-5. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)|
"We're going to have to deal with it," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "We have to come and play hard for 60 minutes every night coming back from Christmas because we put ourselves in a hole that we have to climb out of."
Maxim Afinogenov, Jason Pominville, and Jaroslav Spacek also scored for the Sabres, who have won 13 of their last 17 games.
"I thought we battled for every inch we got," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "There was a lot of emotion."
Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller made 31 saves. Biron stopped 23 shots.
Buffalo took a 1-0 lead on a power play 2:18 into the game when Afinogenov scored on a one-timer from the right circle after taking a cross-ice pass from Pominville.
Philadelphia tied it at 16:40 of the period with the teams skating 4-on-4 when Carter chipped in a rebound of a shot by R.J. Umberger.
Kotalik regained the lead for the Sabres when he hammered in a rebound of his own shot during a scramble in front of the net at 3:00 of the second period.
Pominville made it 3-1 at 7:54 when he picked up a loose puck and scored from inside the right circle.
The Flyers pulled even with a pair of short-handed goals midway through the second period. Carter scored on a deflection at 12:08, and 55 seconds later, Richards scored after intercepting a clearing attempt.
The teams then traded power-play goals by Spacek and Richards, each with a two-man advantage, and were tied at 4 at the end of the second period.
The Sabres beat the Flyers 3-2 in Buffalo on Friday night.
Notes: Buffalo C Tim Connolly was scratched because of a stomach virus and D Nolan Pratt was a healthy scratch. Philadelphia D Randy Jones was scratched due to a knee injury. ... The Flyers have not won a home game since Dec. 11, when they defeated Pittsburgh, 8-2. ... The Flyers' record for fastest short-handed goal is 26 seconds, when Murray Craven and Mark Howe scored at New Jersey on Nov. 6, 1986. ...It was the Sabres' first shootout of the season.
|PPG - Maxim Afinogenov (7) Slapshot - ASST: Jason Pominville (19), Nathan Paetsch (6)|
1 - 0 BUF
|Jeff Carter (11) Wrist shot - ASST: R.J. Umberger (17)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Ales Kotalik (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Gaustad (12), Maxim Afinogenov (11)|
2 - 1 BUF
|Jason Pominville (9) Snap shot - ASST: Jochen Hecht (8), Daniel Paille (8)|
3 - 1 BUF
|SHG - Jeff Carter (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (21), Derian Hatcher (3)|
3 - 2 BUF
|SHG - Mike Richards (17) Slapshot - ASST: R.J. Umberger (18)|
3 - 3 Tie
|PPG - Jaroslav Spacek (8) Slapshot - ASST: Ales Kotalik (9), Jason Pominville (20)|
4 - 3 BUF
|PPG - Mike Richards (18) Slapshot - ASST: Kimmo Timonen (14), Joffrey Lupul (16)|
4 - 4 Tie
|PPG - Kimmo Timonen (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Richards (24), Joffrey Lupul (17)|
5 - 4 PHI
|Thomas Vanek (11) Slapshot - ASST: Jochen Hecht (9), Jason Pominville (21)|
5 - 5 Tie
|1||M. Richards||A. Kotalik||0 - 1|
|2||D. Briere||M. Afinogenov||0 - 1|
|3||J. Carter||0 - 1|
|Mike Richards Roughing against Daniel Paille|
|Riley Cote Fighting (maj) against Andrew Peters|
|Andrew Peters Fighting (maj) against Riley Cote|
|Mike Richards Fighting (maj) against Nathan Paetsch|
|Nathan Paetsch Fighting (maj) against Mike Richards|
|Maxim Afinogenov Interference against Scottie Upshall|
|Kimmo Timonen Hooking against Henrik Tallinder|
|Jochen Hecht Roughing against Braydon Coburn|
|Braydon Coburn Roughing against Jochen Hecht|
|Braydon Coburn Hooking against Daniel Paille|
|Jeff Carter Slashing against Derek Roy|
|Jason Smith Roughing against Maxim Afinogenov|
|Derek Roy Unsportsmanlike conduct against Derian Hatcher|
|Derian Hatcher Unsportsmanlike conduct against Derek Roy|
|Jim Vandermeer Roughing against Paul Gaustad|
|Jaroslav Spacek Hooking against R.J. Umberger|
|Paul Gaustad Holding against Mike Knuble|
|Michael Ryan Hi-sticking against Daniel Briere|
|Sami Kapanen Interference against Daniel Paille|
|Joffrey Lupul Interference against Derek Roy|
|Adam Mair Interference against Derian Hatcher|
|Adam Mair Roughing against Derian Hatcher|
|Dmitri Kalinin Hooking against R.J. Umberger|
|Jochen Hecht Holding against R.J. Umberger|