The Buffalo Sabres did a good job shutting down Philadelphia's big guns. The Flyers' third- and fourth-liners more than picked up the slack.
Daniel Carcillo scored twice and the Flyers got three goals and three assists from their grinders to beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Friday night for their third win in a row.
''I think we can all play, and play against any line of the league,'' Carcillo said after the Flyers beat the Sabres for the fifth time in a row. ''Fourth line, third line ... it's just a name I guess.''
''Some nights the puck follows you, hits you, and it goes in,'' Laperriere said. ''It's fun to play with guys like Betts and Carcillo. They work hard, and they go to the net."
Even more impressive was the fact that they did all their damage against a team that came in as the NHL's stingiest defensive unit.
''We knew they have had success both offensively and defensively, so we talked about getting bodies in front of (Ryan) Miller and we did that,'' said goaltender Ray Emery, who stopped 28 shots and improved to 5-1-0 in his last six starts. ''We got a lead early, chipped in some late goals, and played well defensively.''
The Flyers (8-4-1) certainly impressed Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.
''They were the better team,'' Ruff said. ''You can't find any argument against that. I'm not going to mask it, it wasn't a good night for us. We didn't help ourselves a lot.''
Derek Roy had a power-play goal and assist, rookie Tyler Myers also scored with the man advantage for Buffalo, and Ryan Miller made 32 saves. The Sabres (9-3-1) have lost two of their last three after an 8-1-1 start.
''We can be better,'' Buffalo forward Mike Grier said. ''We have a good record and the league is going to watch how we do in these games. We have to show that we're willing not to back down.''
Carcillo opened the scoring with 1:21 left in the first period, deflecting defenseman Braydon Coburn's shot from the top of the left circle for his first goal in 47 games and his first in the regular season for Philadelphia.
Pronger beat Miller 28 seconds into the second period to make it 2-0.
Roy's goal cut the lead in half, but van Riemsdyk gave the Flyers a 3-1 edge with 5:05 left in the middle period when his cross-ice pass from below the right circle went off Miller's right leg and into the net.
Powe added his fourth with a slap shot that handcuffed Miller from the top of the left circle 2:34 into the third period, and Myers made it 4-2 exactly 8 minutes later.
Carcillo capped the scoring with an empty-net goal with 48 seconds remaining for his first multi-goal game since the 2007-08 season finale against Anaheim.
''We did a good job of being physical and getting in their face,'' Carcillo said. ''We want to get on a roll and gain some points and momentum.''
Material from wire services was used in this report
|Daniel Carcillo (1) ASST: Braydon Coburn (3), Ian Laperriere (2)|
1 - 0 PHI
|Chris Pronger (3) ASST: Blair Betts (1), Ian Laperriere (3)|
2 - 0 PHI
|PPG - Derek Roy (2) ASST: Jason Pominville (7), Tim Connolly (8)|
2 - 1 PHI
|James van Riemsdyk (3) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (8), Jeff Carter (9)|
3 - 1 PHI
|Darroll Powe (4) ASST: NONE|
4 - 1 PHI
|PPG - Tyler Myers (3) ASST: Derek Roy (9), Craig Rivet (6)|
4 - 2 PHI
|EN - Daniel Carcillo (2) ASST: Chris Pronger (10)|
5 - 2 PHI
|Tim Kennedy Cross checking against Claude Giroux|
|David Laliberte Slashing against Paul Gaustad|
|Arron Asham Roughing against Patrick Kaleta|
|Mike Richards Roughing against Patrick Kaleta|
|Patrick Kaleta Tripping against Mike Richards|
|James van Riemsdyk Holding the stick against Craig Rivet|
|Tyler Myers Slashing against Braydon Coburn|
|Braydon Coburn Cross checking against Tyler Myers|
|Matt Ellis Tripping against Kimmo Timonen|
|Steve Montador Cross checking against Daniel Carcillo|
|Daniel Carcillo Cross checking against Steve Montador|
|Matthew Carle Hooking against Drew Stafford|