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Briere scores twice as Flyers top Sabres

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.



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