BUFFALO, New York (AP) — Daniel Briere scored twice in a 2:05
span in the second period for his first multi-goal game in more
than six months, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-4
victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.
Mike Richards had a power-play goal and two assists, and Simon
Gagne, Mike Knuble and Jeff Carter also scored to help
Philadelphia snap a two-game losing streak. Martin Biron made
39 saves and Kimmo Timonen had three assists.
Thomas Vanek, Dominic Moore, Derek Roy and Chris Butler scored
for Buffalo, which is trying to climb back into playoff
contention but has only one win in its last six games. Patrick
Lalime stopped 25 shots.
Philadelphia remained tied with Pittsburgh for fourth place in
the Eastern Conference. Both teams have 86 points.
Briere, the former Buffalo captain who last had a two-goal game
on October 18 at San Jose, tied it at 3 with 2:40 to go in the
second period, slapping in a rebound from about 12 feet out. He
then scored the go-ahead goal with 35 seconds remaining, firing
in a slap shot from the slot.
Knuble added an insurance goal 4:31 into the third period,
batting in a rebound from in front. The goal was only granted
after a lengthy video review proved to be inconclusive, thus
upholding the ruling of the on-ice officials.
Carter finished off a 2-on-1 with two minutes to go, and Butler
scored a last-ditch goal with 1.2 seconds remaining.
In the first period, Richards missed on a penalty shot with 2:14
remaining, ringing his wrist shot off a goalpost. He made up
for it 42 seconds later, opening the scoring on a low wrist shot
which got between two defensemen and past Lalime.
In a back-and-forth second period, each team scored three times.
Buffalo grabbed a 2-1 lead on goals by Vanek and Moore in the
first 6:22, but Gagne tied it at 2-2 with a power-play goal at
10:14. Roy again put the Sabres up with 5:54 to go before
Briere scored twice to put Philadelphia back on top.
The Flyers swept the four-game season series against Buffalo,
outscoring the Sabres, 20-9. It was Philadelphia’s first season
sweep of Buffalo since winning all four meetings in 2000-01.