BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Danny Briere had a goal and three assists against his former team in helping the Philadelphia Flyers overcome a two-goal deficit to beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Ville Leino scored the go-ahead goal 2:17 into the third period by having a rebound go in off his skate after Ryan Miller stopped Briere's initial shot from the left circle on a 2-on-1 break. Scott Hartnell scored twice, including an empty-netter, and Mike Richards also scored as the Eastern Conference-leading Flyers (27-10-5) won their fourth straight and 12th of their past 16 (12-3-1).
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The Flyers broke a 2-2 tie when Danny Briere’s centering pass was re-directed into the net off of Ville Leino’s skate at 2:17 of the third period. Leino was coming to a stop in front of the goal and the puck caromed off the outside edge of his skate and past Ryan Miller. The play was reviewed and deemed to be a good goal by the officials. To that point, the Sabres were outshooting the Flyers 29-20 but had been held off the scoreboard since scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Flyers added two more goals in the period on their way to a 5-2 win.
Former Sabre Danny Briere played a role in four of Philadelphia’s five goals on the night, finishing with a goal and three assists for a season-high four points. The centerman, who spent parts of four seasons in Buffalo, picked up an assist on Scott Hartnell’s power play goal in the first period, then scored his 22nd goal of the season in the second period. He then helped the Flyers take their first lead of the game by assisting on Leino’s tie-breaking goal early in the third period and later added a helper on Hartnell’s empty-netter. The four-point effort extended Briere’s point streak to four games (4-4-8).
We have to play 60 minutes against a team like that, especially if we want to make a push for the playoffs. We’re running out of games… we’ve got to catch up and make up points. Giving away two points after a 2-0 lead is inexcusable. - Center Paul Gaustad
- Cody McCormick recorded a goal and an assist, giving him 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) on the season. His five goals represent a new career-high, while his 12 points match the career-high he set in 2008-09 with Colorado. McCormick added eight shots on goal, six of which came in the first period.
- Ryan Miller started in goal for the 19th straight game and stopped 28 of 32 shots.
- Paul Gaustad opened the scoring five minutes into the first period with his fourth goal of the season and his first since Dec. 9, when he scored twice against San Jose.
- Nathan Gerbe returned to the lineup after being scratched for the last four games and collected an assist on McCormick’s first period goal, giving him a point in each of the last two games in which he has played.
- Buffalo suffered its first regulation loss since Dec. 27 and is now 4-1-1 in its last six games.
- Drew Stafford (4-3-7) and Thomas Vanek (3-3-6) each brought four-game point streaks into the game and were held scoreless in the contest.
- Philadelphia entered the game tied with Detroit for the best road record in the NHL, which included a league-low four road regulation losses. The Eastern Conference-leading Flyers moved to 14-4-3 on the road.
- Defenseman Chris Butler and forward Luke Adam, who was named an AHL All-Star earlier in the day, were scratched for Buffalo. After the game, Ruff said that Adam had the flu. In addition, Patrick Kaleta missed his fifth straight game with an upper body injury.
- Forward Nikolay Zherdev was Philadelphia’s lone scratch.
The Sabres will host the Carolina Hurricanes at HSBC Arena on Thursday in the first of four meetings between the teams this season. Buffalo went 2-1-1 against the Hurricanes last season as Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy led the way with seven points apiece in the season series. Carolina, which will host the NHL All-Star Game at the end of the month, is led All-Stars Eric Staal (42 points) and Cam Ward (18-11-5 record) and the league’s top scoring rookie, Jeff Skinner (33 points). Following Thursday’s game, the ‘Canes will not visit Buffalo again until Mar. 15.