Buffalo at Philadelphia

Sabres 4, Flyers 2


PHILADELPHIA -- Tim Connolly and a little desperation helped the Buffalo Sabres snap a four-game losing streak.

Connolly scored twice in the third period and added two assists to help the Sabres defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 Friday afternoon.

Drew Stafford, who also had an assist, and Paul Gaustad scored goals for the Sabres, who hadn't won since defeating the Flyers on the road 3-2 on Nov. 14.

"We played desperate just like we did the last time in this building," Connolly said. "All of the guys were really into the game and I think we like these physical games."

Mike Richards and Braydon Coburn scored for the Flyers, who returned home after losing three times on a five-game road trip.

"The Flyers have a lot of guys who are real good agitators," Connolly said. "I think if you can stay out of the penalty box and just play physical with them, you have a good chance to win."

Connolly lifted a wrist shot from the slot high over Philadelphia goaltender Ray Emery to break a 2-2 tie at 5:27 in the final period. He scored again at 10:18 when his shot bounced off Emery's mask.

"Their fourth goal was a bit lucky," Richards said. "But I thought we had some [scoring] chances. We just didn't capitalize like they did."

Ryan Miller, who went into the game leading the NHL with a 1.98 goals-against average, made 31 saves, including a brilliant stop on a shot by Jeff Carter late in the second period.

Emery, who lost his third straight start, had 21 saves.

"We just feel a little empty right now," Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell said. "We were riding high after that late win on Long Island [2-1 on Wednesday] but they [Buffalo] were fired up to come in here and play."

Stafford was credited with Buffalo's first goal at 8:19 of the first period when Philadelphia defenseman Matt Carle inadvertently knocked his backhand into the net.

"We definitely needed this one," Stafford said. "It was a very emotional game, a very physical game. It was pretty much a war out there but we were able to pull through and get back on track."

The Flyers scored twice within 30 seconds to take a 2-1 lead late in the period.

Richards went forehand to backhand to score at 19:26, then Coburn's shot deflected off Connolly with 3.6 seconds left.

Gaustad pulled the Sabres even on a power play at 6:09 of the second period when he redirected Connolly's shot from the point.

"We stumbled at the end of the first period but for the next 40 minutes we battled good enough to win the game," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "We're desperate. The number of games we've lost on the road you've got to show that desperation."

Buffalo's Craig Rivet and Philadelphia's Dan Carcillo went at each other twice within a nine-minute span in the second period and received 5-minute fighting majors both times. Carcillo was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty after the second fight. Rivet was helped off the ice with 3:22 left in the third period after being hit by Philadelphia's Arron Asham.


  • The Flyers' Danny Briere served the second of a two-game suspension for a late hit on Colorado's Scott Hannan on Monday.
  • Buffalo RW Patrick Kaleta received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding Philadelphia C Jared Ross midway through the first period. Ross did not return.
  • Philadelphia RW Ian Laperriere was hit in the face by a slap shot by Buffalo RW Jason Pominville late in the first period but returned in the third.
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Buffalo's Tim Connolly works on one of his two goals here and also has two assists in the game.  (AP)
Buffalo's Tim Connolly works on one of his two goals here and also has two assists in the game. (AP)
Buffalo  (13-7-2) «1124
Philadelphia (13-9-1)2002
Three Stars
T. Connolly

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 2
R. Miller

Saves: 31
Save Pct.: .939
M. Richards

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
08:19Drew Stafford (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Connolly, Lydman
19:26Mike Richards (11), Backhand Shot. Assist: van Riemsdyk, Carter
19:56Braydon Coburn (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Asham, Pyorala
06:09Power Play - Paul Gaustad (6), Tip-In. Assist: Connolly, Butler
05:27Tim Connolly (5), Snap Shot. Assist: MacArthur, Myers
10:52Tim Connolly (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Stafford, Montador
Penalty Summary
02:05Pominville, 2 min, Tripping
09:28Kaleta, 5 min, Boarding
09:28Kaleta, 10 min, Game Misconduct
09:28Cote, 2 min, Roughing
16:59Richards, 2 min, Roughing
18.0Carcillo, 5 min, Fighting
18.0Rivet, 5 min, Fighting
01:41Pyorala, 2 min, Hooking
01:55Stafford, 2 min, Holding the Stick
05:39Bartulis, 2 min, Holding
09:20Carcillo, 5 min, Fighting
09:20Rivet, 5 min, Fighting
09:20Carcillo, 10 min, Misconduct
20:00Hartnell, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Grier, 2 min, Roughing
06:10Lydman, 2 min, Slashing
11:16Butler, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
Ryan Miller59:52312
Ray Emery56:35214
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Referees - Paul Devorski, David Banfield
Linesmen - Scott Cherrey, Michel Cormier
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