Buffalo at Philadelphia

Carter, Hartnell score twice each to push Flyers past Sabres

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PHILADELPHIA -- All Jeff Carter had to do to snap out of a scoring funk was shoot the puck.

Carter scored two goals in the third period, Scott Hartnell also had a pair and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Tuesday.

Martin Biron made 27 saves and Mike Richards added a power-play goal for the Flyers, who strengthened their hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference with their second straight win and eighth in 12 games.

Carter is third in the NHL with 38 goals, but he found the net only twice in the previous 12 games. Flyers coach John Stevens said part of the problem was Carter wasn't shooting enough.

"Sometimes when you aren't scoring, you don't shoot and you wait for the perfect opportunity," Stevens said. "He shoots the puck so well that if he keeps shooting it, good things happen."

Carter agreed with Stevens' assessment that he and linemates Joffrey Lupul and Hartnell were trying to be too creative with their passes.

"We cut back on being too fancy," Carter said. "If you go for cross-ice passes a lot, sometimes they get picked off."

Maxim Afinogenov and Jochen Hecht scored for Buffalo, which is locked in a tight race for a playoff berth. The Sabres are 10th in the East, but came in only three points out of a playoff spot and four points out of fifth.

"It was a tight game and then in the third period we made some mistakes that we shouldn't have made," Afinogenov said. "A couple of mistakes cost us."

Carter and Lupul combined for two goals during a span of 6:17 in which the Flyers scored three times to snap a 1-1 tie.

The Flyers carried momentum from a fast-paced second period into the final frame. Only 27 seconds in, Lupul found Carter streaking toward the net and put a perfect pass on his stick. Carter slid a shot past Patrick Lalime for a 2-1 lead.

"If I have a chance to shoot, I'm going to shoot it," Carter said.

A few minutes later, Richards redirected Kimmo Timonen's slap shot for his 26th goal.

Then, Carter and Lupul did it again on a 2-on-2 rush. Lupul skated in from the blue line and slid a pass through two defenders to Carter, who beat Lalime for his 38th goal.

Lalime was replaced by Mikael Tellqvist after giving up the goal. Lalime made his seventh consecutive start filling in for Ryan Miller, who is out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain on his left foot.

Hartnell scored his second goal when the puck bounced off his chest and went in late in third.

"You get in trouble when you go east-west and make cute passes," Hartnell said.

The Flyers again were without center Daniel Briere, who sat out his second successive game after aggravating a groin injury last week. Briere has missed 53 games in his second season since signing a $52 million, eight-year contract with Philadelphia. He practiced Monday and was hoping to play against his former team.

The Sabres took a 1-0 lead on Afinogenov's goal just 1:52 in. Teppo Numminen's shot from along the boards deflected off Afinogenov's left skate and bounced over Biron's shoulder.

Afinogenov had a chance at another goal later in the period, but Biron gloved his point-blank one-timer.

"We gave ourselves a chance to win in the third period, but we came out not very good," Sabres forward Thomas Vanek said. "It's disappointing because there are so few games remaining."

Hartnell's power-play goal with 12 seconds left in the first tied it at 1. Claude Giroux set it up with a nifty cross-ice pass.

Notes

  • The Flyers are 3-0 against Buffalo this season, outscoring the Sabres 9-1 in the third period.
  • Afinogenov, a three-time 20-goal scorer, has three goals in 37 games this season.
  • Biron improved to 3-0 against his former team this season.
  • The Sabres had allowed only two power-play goals in 32 chances before the Flyers scored on back-to-back opportunities.
  • Flyers F Riley Cote left with an upper-body injury.
  • The Phillies' World Series trophy was in the building along with the Phillie Phanatic.
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Jeff Carter snaps a five-game goal drought and scores two in a game for the eighth time this season. (AP)
Jeff Carter snaps a five-game goal drought and scores two in a game for the eighth time this season. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Buffalo (33-27-7)1012
Philadelphia  (36-19-10) «1045
Three Stars
J. Carter
PHI


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
S. Hartnell
PHI


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 2
J. Lupul
PHI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:52Maxim Afinogenov (3), Tip-In. Assist: Numminen
19:46Power Play - Scott Hartnell (23), Tip-In. Assist: Giroux, Richards
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
27.0Jeff Carter (37), Tip-In. Assist: Lupul, Hartnell
04:59Power Play - Mike Richards (26), Tip-In. Assist: Timonen, Gagne
06:24Jeff Carter (38), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lupul, Hartnell
15:00Scott Hartnell (24), Tip-In. Assist: Timonen
18:38Jochen Hecht (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Gaustad
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:46Tallinder, 2 min, Hooking
12:32Carter, 2 min, Tripping
15:34Ellis, 2 min, Holding
16:05Lupul, 2 min, Hooking
18:35Moore, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
02:04Moore, 2 min, High-Sticking
02:04Carcillo, 2 min, Roughing
08:43Knuble, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
04:20Rivet, 2 min, High-Sticking
07:36Kaleta, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
07:36Carcillo, 2 min, Roughing
11:06Lydman, 2 min, Tripping
16:33Kaleta, 5 min, Fighting
16:33Asham, 5 min, Fighting
16:33Rivet, 10 min, Game Misconduct
16:33Rivet, 2 min, Roughing
16:33Carcillo, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
 123T
Buffalo6121129
Philadelphia11111133
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Patrick Lalime46:24254
Mikael Tellqvist13:3631
Martin Biron59:31272
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Buffalo0-for-3
Philadelphia2-for-6
Game Information
Attendance - 19421
Referees - Rob Martell, Tim Peel
Linesmen - David Brisebois, Steve Barton
 
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