Zherdev, van Riemsdyk score in 2nd period to lead Flyers past Sabres 3-1

PHILADELPHIA – Nikolay Zherdev and James van Riemsdyk scored power-play goals in the second period and the Philadelphia Flyers held on to beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Friday night.

Blair Betts added an empty-netter for the Flyers (5-1-1) with 38 seconds left and Brian Boucher stopped 32 shots.

Derek Roy scored on a 2-on-1 at 17 seconds of the third period for the Sabres (3-2-0).

Zherdev scored 1:14 into the second, taking a pass from Claude Giroux and sending a shot that trickled through Sabres goalie Ryan Miller’s legs.

Van Riemsdyk made it 2-0 more than six minutes later as he beat a defender to a rebound of a shot by Matt Carle and pushed it past Miller’s glove side.

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Philadelphia entered the game 0-for-18 on the power play.

The Flyers play the Sabres in Buffalo on Sunday for their final pre-season game, then open the regular season in Pittsburgh on Oct. 7. Buffalo begins the next day at Ottawa.

NOTES: Zherdev changed the spelling of his first name, asking the team to use a “y” at the end, rather than the “i” that was used for his first five seasons.