Flyers center Danny Briere and defenseman Ossi Vaananen updated their injuries on Thursday after the team got back to work at its practice facility with a morning skate. Briere will miss Friday's game in Buffalo (7:30 p.m., CN8) and is doubtful to play at home on Saturday against the Coyotes (7:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet).
Vaananen also declared himself as unlikely to play against the Sabres. "My situation is a day-to-day kind of thing. When it comes to Friday, it's kind of doubtful," he said. "But hopefully soon, anyway. It's feeling pretty good and looking good, so it's getting stronger."
2 Derian Hatcher (right knee damage) is on injured reserve.
6 Randy Jones (right hip surgery) could miss about two months from early October and is on injured reserve. UPDATE: Could return around December 6.
23 Ossi Vaananen (surgery on right index finger) returned to the lineup Thursday 11/13 but re-injured the finger and UPDATE: is not expected to play at Buffalo while is questionable for the Phoenix game.
32 Riley Cote (oblique tear) UPDATE: has been placed on the LTIR and will be out until at least November 29 according to Philly.com.
36 Darroll Powe (mild concussion, suffered October 28 in Atlanta) is on injured reserve UPDATE: but is skating and practicing and eligible to come off the injured list and return to the lineup after the Phoenix game provided he passes a baseline test (per Wayne Fish Phillyburbs.com)
48 Danny Briere (slight left groin strain) UPDATE: will not play tonight in Buffalo and is not expected to play against Phoenix. Monday's game against Dallas is a possibility.
77 Ryan Parent (shoulder surgery) could miss 12-14 weeks from early October and is on injured reserve. UPDATE: Could return in late December.
FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE FROM THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mancari gets the call
The fans' clamor has apparently been heard: The Sabres have just taken the ice for the morning skate and right winger Mark Mancari is here from Portland, where was second in the AHL in scoring with 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 14 games.
Mancari is skating with Paul Gaustad and Daniel Paille and it looks like Lindy Ruff (finally) will make Maxim Afinogenov a healthy scratch. One-goal Max is on the ice but not skating on the lines, which look like this:
And now more news: Henrik Tallinder just skated near the Flyers' bench and told one of the visitors he's a healthy scratch for tonight in the wake of Wednesday's disaster in Boston that was a key topic in the locker room yesterday.
SABRES' POSSIBLE LINEUP: Forwards:
Clarke MacArthur, Derek Roy, Drew Stafford
Thomas Vanek, Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville
Daniel Paille, Paul Gaustad, Mark Mancari
Patrick Kaleta, Adam Mair, Andrew Peters
Toni Lydman -- Craig Rivet
Teppo Numminen -- Henrik Tallinder
Jaroslav Spacek -- Andrej Sekera
Ales Kotalik, who was injured last Friday vs. Columbus, is expected to miss around two weeks with a pulled hamstring.
Tim Connolly suffered an upper body musculosketal injury (November 12) and will be evaluated on a week to week basis. "He suffered what was originally called a bruised chest last Wednesday when he was flattened by St. Louis’ Keith Tkachuk. He left the game early and missed the next day’s practice, but he returned for Friday’s home loss to Columbus. (The Buffalo News)" http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/story/498315.html
The Flyers are 66(W)-53(L)-20 (T)-3(OTL) overall in regular season play.
The Flyers are 41-17-12-3 at home and 25-36-8-0 away in regular season play.
Buffalo has won 9 of the last 12 regular season games. The Flyers are 3-6-3 in those 12 games.
The Flyers are 2-9-1 (1 = tie) in the last 12 regular season games at Buffalo.
The Flyers are 5-2-3 in the last 10 regular season home games and 10-4-3 (ties)-3(OTL) in the last 20 on home ice.
The Flyers have won five of eight playoff series and are 25-18 (17-6 at home, 8-12 away) in 43 games.
October 22, 1970 -- The teams met for the first time and the Flyers won 4-2 in Philadelphia. The Sabres led 2-0 but the Flyers scored three times in the third period amid a 19-8 shots advantage. Goalies: Dave Dryden vs. Bernie Parent (one assist).
November 8, 1970 -- Philadelphia recorded a 3-1 victory in the first meeting in the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium (the Aud). The Flyers didn't score until 1:31 remained in period two. Wayne Hillman's 20-foot screen shot was the decisive goal, 28 seconds into the third period. Attendance: 7,849.
January 24, 1971 -- In the third meeting, the Sabres won for the first time, 6-4 in Buffalo. Doug Barrie had three assists and Don Marshall scored twice for the Sabres.
February 14, 1971 -- Rick MacLeish scored his first NHL goal, off Roger Crozier, but the Flyers lost 3-2 in Buffalo.
February 25, 1971 -- Doug Favell made 27 saves in the Flyers' 3-2 win in Philadelphia.
April 4, 1971 -- Andre Lacroix scored twice in the last five minutes of the season finale and the teams tied 3-3 in Philly. The other goal was scored by Rick MacLeish, the second in his NHL career. Buffalo had a first period goal on just two shots.
December 16, 1971 -- Doug Favell made 35 saves in a 5-0 victory. Serge Bernier (2-1-3), scoreless in his previous 15 games, scored twice.
February 13, 1972 -- Bobby Clarke (1-2-3) scored with less than nine minutes remaining and Philadelphia tied 4-4 in Buffalo. After Jimmy Lorentz evened the game 3-3 with 55 seconds to play in the middle period, Flyers' goalie Doug Favell received a game misconduct and was ejected; this left Philly with injured backup Don "Smokey" McLeod as the goalie for the rest of the game. McLeod, who was in his second game with the Flyers, had a knee injury suffered the night before when he made his Flyers' debut in Minnesota against Gump Worsley. It appeared that forward Gary Dornhoefer (who had two assists) would wear goalie gear as an emergency replacement. McLeod, however, did play and stopped eight of nine shots. Rick Martin of the Sabres scored his 38th goal which tied Gilbert Perreault's NHL rookie record set the prior season. A few days earlier, goalie Bruce Gamble suffered a career-ending heart attack in a game at Vancouver and he was replaced for the following night's game in Oakland by Russ Gillow (emergency signing) who did not see action.
Don McLeod, February 13, 1972
March 16, 1972 -- The teams played to a 3-3 tie in Philadelphia. Bill Flett scored twice for the Flyers and Rick MacLeish scored his first goal of the season; the young forward played 43 NHL games in his first two NHL seasons and scored three times -- all in separate games against Buffalo.
March 30, 1972 -- Three Flyers scored in the third period in a 3-1 home win. Jimmy Lorentz gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead in the first period and that was the lone goal for the game's first 46+ minutes. Joe Watson scored the GWG with 6:40 to play. Rick Foley tied the game early in the third period. Bob Kelly, who assisted on Watson's goal, finished the scoring. Dave Dryden made 38 saves in the loss. Doug Favell made 28 saves for the victory.
April 2, 1972 -- Gerry Meehan's blast just inside the blue line with four seconds to play, on the last day of the regular season, eliminated the Flyers from the 1972 playoff picture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKanX...eature=related The Flyers, who led 2-0, needed a win or tie to advance but lost 3-2. Roger Crozier made 36 saves.
November 4, 1972 -- In just his third NHL game, Bill Barber (1-3-4) had four points and scored the first of his 420 career regular season goals in a 5-3 win. Twelve seconds into the game, Don Saleski and Rick Martin fought and then later in the period Tim Horton was handed a game misconduct as third man in during an altercation between Bob Kelly and Larry Carriere.
November 11, 1972 -- Rick MacLeish scored tiwce in the Flyers' 3-1 home win. MacLeish (2-1-3), Bill Barber (1-1-2) and Gary Dornhoefer (0-3-3) scored eight of the Flyers nine points in the victory. Barry Ashbee was tossed from the game (22 PIMs) after committing a hooking penalty.
January 7, 1973 -- Dave Dryden made 35 saves in the Sabres' 2-0 home win. Doug Favell made 37 saves in the loss.
January 21, 1973 -- Bill Flett had a hat trick and Bobby Taylor made 42 saves in the Flyers' 4-3 win in Buffalo. The Flyers led 3-0 after two periods with Flett accounting for each goal. Bobby Clarke had three assists. Buffalo outshot Philly 45-34.
March 28, 1973 -- Gilbert Perreault and Don Luce each scored twice in Buffalo's 6-3 home win. At 1:07 of the first period, four players were tossed in a brawl: Dave Schultz, Don Saleski, Jim Lorentz and Tracy Pratt.
December 30, 1973 -- Tom Bladon scored from the right point to give Philly a 5-4 win in Buffalo. Bernie Parent made 33 saves. Buffalo had 20 shots in the first period but just four in the second period. Rick Martin (2-2-4) and Gilbert Perreault (1-2-3) led Buffalo.
January 17, 1974 -- Bobby Clarke (2-1-3) and Ross Lonsberry (0-3-3) led Philly to a 7-2 home win.
January 31, 1974 -- Dave Schultz, who fought Tim Horton in the early moments of the game, scored twice and Orest Kindrachuk had three points in Philly's 4-3 home win; Horton passed away the next month in a car accident. Rick Martin scored both Buffalo goals and had a game-high nine shots among the 80 (40 for each side) taken.
March 2, 1974 -- The Flyers won 4-2 in Philadelphia, scoring the game's last three goals.
March 10, 1974 -- Bernie Parent made 28 saves in the Flyers' 4-3 win in Buffalo.
October 12, 1974 -- Terry Crisp had four points (2-2-4) and Reggie Leach had 11 shots and a goal in a 6-1 home win for Philly. The Flyers led 3-0 midway in the first period, Crisp scoring twice. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 36-17.
December 29, 1974 -- Bernie Parent made 31 saves in the Flyers' 5-2 road win. Philly went 6-0-0 in the calendar year of 1974 against the Sabres.
February 1, 1975 -- The Flyers won for their eighth straight time in the regular season in this series, 6-0. Philly scored four first period goals and Bernie Parent made 26 saves. Rick MacLeish (seven shots), Reggie Leach and Bobby Clarke had two-points each.
February 20, 1975 -- The teams tied 6-6, ending the Flyers 8-game winning streak to Buffalo. Buffalo blew leads of 2-0, 3-2, 5-3 and 6-5. Reggie Leach tied the game 6-6 with a 40-foot slapper just 21 seconds after Brian Spencer gave Buffalo their final lead. The Sabres held a 41-24 shot advantage.
May 15, 1975 -- In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Philly, Bill Barber (2-0-2) and Bobby Clarke (1-2-3) lifted the Flyers to a 4-1 win in a game that was scoreless after two period. Bernie Parent made 27 saves and kept the Flyers in the contest. The Sabres held the Flyers to zero shots in the first 11:20 of the game, just two in the first period and held a 22-10 advantage as the scoreless game reached the third period. When Ed van Impe's dump-in fooled Gerry Desjardins, Bill Barber picked up the loose puck with the goalie looking the wrong way and gave the Flyers the goal they needed.
May 18, 1975 -- In Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Philly, Bobby Clarke (1-1-2) scored on the PP to snap a third period tie for a 2-1 Flyers' victory. Reggie Leach gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the second period but Jerry "King Kong" Korab evened the game with an early third period goal. Clarke played a spectacular game but afterwards said "This game wasn't a one-man effort. If it wasn't for MacLeish getting to puck to Barber, I wouldn't have had the shot. On the first goal, if Ross Lonsberry doesn't kick the puck out from the face-off circle, I couldn't have passed it to Reggie (Leach)." Head coach Fred Shero praised Dave Schultz and said that he played his best game of the season. Philly held Buffalo to seven shots after the first period and without a shot after taking the lead 6:43 into the third period. The Flyers outshot the Sabres 24-19. Prior to the game, Sabres head coach Floyd Smith told the media that the viewing audience would be in for a "surprise" at some point in the game. Afterwards, when asked about the "Surprise," Smith said "What? You guys didn't see it? If you weren't watching, why should I tell you? That wouldn't be a surprise then, would it?"
May 20, 1975 -- In Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Buffalo, Rene Robert's OT goal with 1:31 to play gave the Sabres a 5-4 win in an oppressive atmosphere as on-ice fog toyed with game conditions. There were 12 stoppages (five in the third and seven in the OT) of play due to the heavy fog and the building temperature hit 90 degrees. Prior to this, an odd visitor to the Aud --a live flying bat -- circled the facility and came close to the players. As a faceoff was about to happen, Buffalo's Jimmy Lorentz swatted the bat with his stick and Rick MacLeish picked up the remains and tossed it into the penalty box ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvzp32zYtCY ). Moments later, fog eerily crept into the Aud. Players were relegated to skating around trying to minimize its effect but to no avail. A review of the game's goal: Bill Barber stole Jerry Korab's pass leading to Gary Dornhoefer's goal 39 seconds into the action. Don Saleski's 65-footer beat Gerry Desjardins and the Flyers were up 2-0 3:09 into the contest. Buffalo netted a pair within 17 seconds of each other to tie the contest but MacLeish's short-side 40-footer sailed past Desjardins to give Philly a 3-2 lead after one period despite an 18-6 Sabres' shot advantage. The disgruntled netminder asked out of the game at thie point and afterwards said "I knew if I had stayed in, everything would have gone down the drain." On came veteran Roger Crozier who was suffering from bleeding ulcers. The teams swapped second period goals and Bill Hajt tied the score 4-4 midway through the third after Bernie Parent a miraculous save off Rick Martin. In OT, Robert's goal from a near-impossible angle came as Bernie Parent, who made 41 saves, didn't see Gilbert Perrault's pass and reacted too late to Robert's shot. The win snapped the Flyers 11-game unbeaten streak (10-0-1) against Buffalo, the last loss coming in March 1973. It was also the Sabres' franchise first win against Parent.
May 22, 1975 -- In Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Buffalo, the Sabres evened the series with a 4-2 win in another oppressive atmosphere though not to the level of Game 3 as there were just two stoppages in play. The Sabres' PP finally clicked as it was 1-for-16 entering this game in the series. Thirty-four seconds after Jerry Korab's 50-footer tied the game 1-1, Ross Lonsberry gave Philly a 2-1 lead at the halfway point but Buffalo responded with the last three goals. Gerry Desjardins returned to the Sabres' goal and won. Twice the game was stopped due to fog on the ice but this time instead of having the players skate, two arena attendants skated with bed sheets to clear the fog. Bob Kelly vs. Rick Dudley -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4aQWoOrq7g
May 25, 1975 -- In Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Philly, Philly returned home to a recorded version of "God Bless America" and dominated the Sabres, 5-1 to improve their all-time Spectrum mark to 14-0-2 against Buffalo. The Flyers scored on their first shot on goal and later added two goals within 19 seconds (Terry Crisp assisted on both) for a 3-0 first period advantage. Dave Schultz (2-0-2) had his first two-goal effort of the season as he scored the first and fifth goals for the Flyers. Buffalo's only goal came late in the third period.
May 27, 1975 -- In Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Buffalo, the Flyers claimed their second consecutive Stanley Cup Championship by beating Buffalo 2-0. With the game scoreless after the second period, the Flyers' coaches decided to switch lines and put LW Bob Kelly with Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach. Eleven seconds into the third period, Kelly responded to the challenge and recorded what would be the GWG. Bill Clement added another goal at 17:13. Bernie Parent made 32 saves in the shutout, including 26 after two periods. The Flyers held a 13-6 shots edge in the decisive third period; the Sabres held a 32-31 advantage for the game. It was the last game in the career of Flyers d-man Ted Harris who also won four Cups with Montreal. Final moments -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfHmQZrmBp0
Bob Kelly's game-winning goal, Game 6 1975 Stanley Cup Finals
November 12, 1975 -- In the first meeting since the 1975 Finals, Wayne Stephenson made 21 saves and the Flyers won 3-1 in Buffalo.
January 29, 1976 -- Wayne Stephenson made 29 saves in a 1-1 tie in the Spectrum.
March 11, 1976 -- Bobby Clarke recorded his 100th point of the season in Philly's 6-1 home win. Wayne Stephenson with 29 saves. Reggie Leach's 49th goal put the Flyers ahead for the rest of the game.
April 3, 1976 -- The Flyers tied an NHL record (1929-30 Boston Bruins) with their 20th straight home win, in their home finale, as Bill Barber scored his 50th goal of the season in a 4-1 victory.
October 23, 1976 -- The Flyers beat Buffalo 3-2. In the middle period, Philly outshot the Sabres 21-4 but Gerry Desjardins stopped 20 of the 21 shots.
November 7, 1976 -- Buffalo won 5-3 to snap a 14-game regular season winless (0-12-2) to the Flyers. The last prior win was March 1973. Don Luce had two goals including an ENG.
February 20, 1977 -- Buffalo led 2-0 at the 9:36 mark but Andre Dupont scored the next two and then Tom Bladon gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead with one second left in the first period. The Flyers added another goal in the second period and won 4-2 at home.
November 10, 1977 -- The Sabres achieved their first ever win in Philadelphia (0-15-2 in the regular season), 3-2, in their 18th try. Terry Martin scored the lone third period goal, one of three shots by Buffalo in the period. Buffalo was outshot 28-16 in the game.
February 23, 1978 -- Don Edwards made 20 saves in the Sabres' 4-0 shutout win in Buffalo.
March 18, 1978 -- Don Edwards (37 saves) and Bernie Parent (31 saves) hooked up in a good duel as the teams played to a 2-2 tie in the Spectrum.
April 17, 1978 -- In Game 1 of the QFs in Philadelphia, Rick MacLeish scored twice in a 4-1 win. MacLeish had a game-high seven shots. The GWG was scored early in the second period as Orest Kindrachuk (0-2-2) found Bob Kelly (1-1-2) who had just exited the penalty box. Bernie Parent made 24 saves.
April 19, 1978 -- In Game 2 in Philadelphia, Rick MacLeish accounted for points on all three goals in a 3-2 win. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 34-22. Bill Barber had a game-high seven shots.
April 23, 1978 -- In Game 4, the Flyers scored three first period goals, including the eventua GWG by Rick MacLeish, and defeated the Sabres 4-2 in Buffalo. Bernie Parent made 31 saves. Craig Ramsay scored both Buffalo goals. Bob Kelly had two points for Philly.
April 25, 1978 -- In Game 5, Rick MacLeish assisted on two key goals, including the game-winner by Paul Holmgren, and Bernie Parent made 26 saves in a 4-2 series clinching win.
November 2, 1978 -- Don Edwards made 39 saves in a 3-3 tie played in Philly.
November 22, 1978 -- Philly snapped a 6-game (0-4-2) regular skid in this series with a 3-2 road win. Buffalo led 2-0 deep into period two but the Flyers responded with two early third period goals, the winner by Paul Evans. A brief fight -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxIJ70kHyNU
January 18, 1979 -- Mel Bridgman scored with 16 seconds to play in a 4-4 tie in the Spectrum.
March 4, 1979 -- Mel Bridgman scored twice and Bob Kelly had three points in the Flyers' 6-1 victory in the Aud. Wayne Stephenson made 30 saves.
March 17, 1979 -- Dennis Ververgaert (1-2-3) and Bill Barber scored 17 seconds apart early in the third period in Philly's 5-3 win. The Flyers led 2-1 after two and held a 27-11 shots advantage. After Rene Robert (from Dave Schultz) tied the game, the Flyers scored the next three. Ken Linseman also had three points. Philly had 41 shots to the Sabres' 19.
November 4, 1979 -- Pete Peeters made 40 saves in Philly's 3-1 win in the Spectrum. Ken Linseman and Paul Holmgren each had a goal and an assist.
December 15, 1979 -- Pete Peeters made 25 saves and the Flyers recorded a 3-2 win at home.
January 6, 1980 -- Philly won 4-2 in Buffalo and extended their NHL record undefeated streak to 35 games (25-0-10). Bill Barber scored early in the third to snap a 2-2 tie and Rick MacLeish scored on a breakaway late in the stanza. Pete Peeters started but left after becoming ill and was replaced by Phil Myre.
February 27, 1980 -- Gilbert Perreault scored in the first period then Mel Bridgman matched it in the third period and the teams settled for a 1-1 tie in Buffalo.
January 28, 1981 -- The Flyers extended their unbeaten streak in this series to 11 regular season games (6-0-5) with a 4-4 tie. The Flyers led 4-1 late in the second when Danny Gare and Behn Wilson were involved in a stick-swinging incident resulting in match - intent to injure penalties to both players, however, Wislon got a 5-minute major while Gare was tossed resulting in a PP for Buffalo and they scored. During the game, referee Dave Newell was injured and linseman John D'Amico took over ref duties. Both Gare and Wilson were ultimately suspended for three games apiece.
February 5, 1981 -- Buffalo won 4-0 as Don Edwards made 31 saves in Philly. The Sabres had 17 first period shots but couldn't score; however, they tallied three in the final period despite being outshot 12-5. Glen Cochrane fought Lindy Ruff -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPDt1...eature=related
March 8, 1981 -- Danny Gare (3-0-3) and Alan Haworth (2-2-4) led Buffalo to an 8-4 win. The Sabres led 5-1 before the Flyers tallied three third period markers. The Sabres then finished out the scoring with the next three.
April 2, 1981 -- The teams played to a 2-2 tie in Philadelphia as Buffalo's Don Edwards made 30 saves.
November 1, 1981 -- The Sabres won 6-2 in Buffalo. Bob Dailey suffered a career-ending injury when his ankle shattered and he broke his tibia and fibula after racing Tony McKegney on a potential icing; after being checked from behind, his skate hit a rut. Dailey, who had knee surgery in the summer, was taken off the ice on a stretcher and said afterwards “Things could always be worse. They (hospital staff) had to move me out of the emergency room to make room for some poor guy who had the top of his head shot off.” McKegney had two PPGs. The Flyers entered the game with a mark of 8-1-2. Pelle Lindbergh made his NHL debut. Frank Bathe fought Lindy Ruff -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX6DBLaw0uM
Bob Dailey's career ended in Buffalo with a broken ankle and leg
December 17, 1981 -- Behn Wilson scored the GWG on a penalty shot off Don Edwards late in the second period of a 2-1 win. Glen Cochrane beat Mike Foligno is a wild fight.
February 11, 1982 -- Bill Barber scored with 35 seconds left and Kenny Linseman added an ENG to give the Flyers a 6-4 win. After much disorder and the Flyers with a 4-1 lead, the Sabres scored the next three setting up Barber's heroics.
October 14, 1982 -- Rick St. Croix made 22 saves in the Flyers' 4-2 win in Philadelphia.
November 10, 1982 -- Gilles Hamel had 10 shots and three points (2-1-3) in Buffalo's 7-2 home win.
February 23, 1983 -- Buffalo won 4-2 at home. Bob Froese lost for the first time in his NHL career after starting 12-0-1. The Flyers were 22-2-2 in the previous 26 games.
December 11, 1983 -- After the Flyers led 2-0, Buffalo scored the next six goals and hung on for a 6-5 win in the Spectrum. Dave Andreychuk (2-2-4) led the Sabres' offense.
February 21, 1984 -- Buffalo won 5-4 in overtime in Philly on a Phil Housley goal. Mike Foligno (2-2-4) and Gilbert Perreault (0-3-3) led the victors. Brian Propp had three assists.
October 31, 1984 -- Halloween night in Buffalo and the teams played to a 3-3 tie. Brad McCrimmon evened the game with a late third period goal. Brian Propp, with Tim Kerr and Peter Zezel assisting on both, scored twice.
November 23, 1984 -- Philly won 4-2 in Buffalo, ending a skid of 0-5-1 against the Sabres. Tim Kerr had the GWG and assisted on the insurance goal.
February 2, 1985 -- Mike Foligno had three points in the first period and Buffalo won 6-3 in the only meeting in the 1985 calendar year. Brad McCrimmon suffered a broken finger/hand in warm-ups and he missed his 1985 All-Star appearance and action until March 2.
February 12, 1986 -- In the teams' first meeting in over a year, Bob Froese recorded the first ever shutout by a Flyers' goalie in a regular season game at Buffalo as he made 28 stops in a 4-0 win. Bernie Parent shutout the Sabres in Buffalo in the Game 6 1975 Cup clincher.
March 4, 1986 -- The Sabres won 6-4 in Philly as Adam Creighton scored 30 seconds after Ilkka Sinisalo completed a four-goal rally. Buffalo led 4-0 but the Flyers evened the game with two Sinisalo PPGs in the early third after Lindy Ruff received a 5-minute major. Pelle Eklund had (1-3-4) four points. Brian Propp suffered an eye injury and missed the next eight games.
March 27, 1986 -- Gilbert Perreault scored in the first period and Jacques Cloutier made 30 saves in the Sabres' 1-0 win in Philadelphia.
December 23, 1986 -- Doug Smith scored twice in the Sabres' 2-1 home win. Ilkka Sinisalo suffered a knee injury which prevented him from playing in the next 24 games.
January 28, 1987 -- Peter Zezel (3-1-4) and Tim Kerr (2-2-4) led the Flyers to a 7-4 victory in Buffalo. The duo scored three goals in a 4-0 first period. Glen Seabrooke had three assists. The Flyers were 2-9-1 in the previous 12 against the Sabres. Buffalo outshot Philly 34-14 in the last two periods and 40-27 in the game.
March 3, 1987 -- Tim Kerr (1-2-3) and Dave Poulin (0-3-3) led the Flyers' offense in a 4-3 win at home.
November 25, 1987 -- Craig Berube's third period goal snapped a 2-2 tie and Dave Poulin later added two goals to give Philly a 5-2 home win. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 17-4 in the decisive third period.
January 14, 1988 -- Dave Brown scored twice and Ron Hextall made 26 saves in Philly's 3-1 victory in the Spectrum. Peter Zezel assisted on both goals and Kjell Samuelsson had a goal and an assist.
February 19, 1988 -- Ron Hextall made 40 saves in a 5-4 win. Buffalo led 2-0 less than four minutes into the game but Rick Tocchet scored twice later in the first and the Flyers eventually took a 5-2 lead into the third period.
October 9, 1988 -- Ron Sutter's GWG in OT gave the Flyers a 4-3 win, their sixth straight in this series. Sutter also scored in the third period. Peter Zezel knotted the score with 30 seconds left in regulation.
November 27, 1988 -- The Flyers led 2-0 before two minutes expired and held a 3-1 lead with 36+ minutes played but the Sabres rallied for five goals in the third period and claimed a 7-3 victory. Phil Housley (2-2-4) led Buffalo's offense while John Tucker (1-2-3) had three points in the first 7:08 of the decisive third period.
December 31, 1988 -- Dave Poulin celebrated New Years' Eve with a GWG that led the Flyers to a 3-2 win in Buffalo. Poulin's goal came with under five minutes left in regulation. Derrick Smith-Scott Metcalfe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtQgJ3H1Ppw
December 7, 1989 -- Ron Sutter's backhander in OT gave the Flyers a 4-3 win and upped their mark to 8-1 in the last 9 games in this series. Rick Vaive sent the game to OT with a goal scored at 19:49 of the third. Rick Tocchet had three points.
December 17, 1989 -- The Flyers led 3-1 less than nine minutes into the game but Buffalo rallied for a 4-3 home win. Pierre Turgeon had the GWG in the third period. Alex Mogilny had two goals and Mike Foligno had three points.
March 5, 1990: Jay Wells was traded to Buffalo with Philadelphia's 4th round choice (Peter Ambroziak) in the 1991 Entry Draft for Kevin Maguire and Buffalo's 2nd round choice (Mikael Renberg) in the 1990 Entry Draft.
December 6, 1990 -- Rick Vaive scored in the final five minutes to lead Buffalo to a 4-3 victory in Philly. The Sabres led 3-0 but the Flyers rallied in the third with two goals to tie the game. Less than a minute later, the Flyers had a 5-minute PP due to a Clint Malarchuk spear but didn't score.
December 31, 1990 -- Pat Lafontaine scored with 0:48 left in the third period and the teams met on New Year's Eve and Alex Mogilny (2-2-4) led Buffalo to a 5-2 victory at home. Terry Carkner vs. Rob Ray -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7c9EUvccNU
November 7, 1991 -- Ron Hextall made 25 saves and the Flyers won 5-2 at home. Dan Quinn had a goal and an assist. Pat Lafontiane was ejected in the second period for a high-sticking major.
November 8, 1991 -- Donald Audette scored in OT to give the Sabres a 4-3 OT win. Terry Carkner hammered Rob Ray in a fight.
January 7, 1992 -- The teams played to a 5-5 tie in Philly. Kevin Dineen (2-1-3) and Garry Galley (0-3-3) led the Flyers.
November 22, 1992 -- Len Barrie, who was called up that day to replace the injured Rod Brind'Amour, scored his first NHL goal as he beat Dominik Hasek with 15 seconds left in the third and the Flyers tied Buffalo 4-4 in Philly. Rookie Eric Lindros went down with a sprained knee ligament and missed the following nine games. The Sabres and assistant coach John Tortorella attempted to get at what they termed as hostile fans near the bench. Claude Boivin-Gord Donnelly fight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVcrYnZB1pI
January 26, 1993 -- Bob Sweeney scored in OT, after Dave Andreychuk's second goal of the third period evened the game in the final minute of regulation, in Buffalo's 4-3 win in Philly. Dave Brown vs. Rob Ray -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP4KGfBw4JM
April 15, 1993 -- Kevin Dineen had six points (3-3-6) including four points in the third period in a 7-4 win at Buffalo. His PPG snapped a 4-4 tie in the early third period and then 1:55 later he scored a SHG. Rod Brind'Amour collected assists on the last three goals. Tommy Soderstrom made 41 saves. The Flyers were 1-7-2 in their previous 10 games against the Sabres.
October 12, 1993 -- The Flyers dominated the third period 4-0 in goals and 16-4 in shots and rallied for a 5-3 home win, defeating Grant Fuhr. Josef Beranek tied the game with 6:31 to play with a PPG followed by Eric Lindros' PPG 1:14 later. Both goals came with Dave Hannan in the box serving a 5-minute major for high-sticking. The latter was scored with Petr Svoboda (Sabres) in the box for a minor. Lindros had three points in the game, all in the final period. Mikael Renberg scored his first NHL goal to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.
November 10, 1993 -- Dominic Roussel was spectacular as he turned aside 41 shots in Philly's 5-3 road win. Mikael Renberg had two goals. The Sabres outshot the Flyers 44-23. Dave Brown fought Rob Ray -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhm3Xfpvib0
November 13, 1993 -- Buffalo broke open a tight game with four late third period goals in a span of 3:21 en route to a 7-2 win in the Spectrum.
December 27, 1993 -- Tommy Soderstrom made 30 stops and Philly shutout Buffalo 2-0. Mark Recchi and Eric Lindros scored exactly four minutes apart in the second period.
February 4, 1995 -- Eric Lindros (1-3-4) recorded points on all four goals and Dominic Roussel 29 saves in Philly's 4-2 home win. Lindros' goal came at 19:59 of the second period which gave the Flyers a 4-1 lead.
March 26, 1995 -- Dominic Roussel made 23 saves in the Flyers' 3-1 home win.
April 7, 1995 -- Petr Svoboda was traded to the Flyers for Garry Galley.
April 23, 1995 -- The Flyers' 4-2 loss in Buffalo ended a 9-game win streak that season. The Sabres scored three PPGs and one SHG. The game was tied 2-2 midway through the third period when the Sabres scored two PPGs. The Sabres went 3-for-7 on the PP and the Flyers 0-for-5. Ron Hextall made 38 stops. Buffalo outshot Philly 42-22, including 31-8 in the first and third periods combined. There were three fights in the game including Eric Lindros vs. Richard Smehlik -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5jjLOdyaSs . Lindros vs. Dominik Hasek -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbfse5NfDjc
May 7, 1995 -- In Game 1 of the QFs in Philly, Karl Dykhuis scored 10:06 into OT and the Flyers won a PO game for the first time since 1989, 4-3. Dykhuis (also Vlastimil Kroupa, San Jose, 1994) became the second player in NHL history to score a GWG in the last five minutes of his first PO game. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 5-0 in the extra session. Jason Dawe scored two for Buffalo (had four PO goals in his NHL career). Anatoli Semenov filled in for the injured Eric Lindros on the Legion of Doom Line.
May 8, 1995 -- In Game 2, Ron Hextall made 29 saves, many spectacular, and the Flyers won 3-1. Rob DiMaio and Rod Brind'Amour provided the offense with two points each. Anatoli Semenov also scored as Eric Lindros' (bruised left eye suffered late regular season) replacement on the top line. The two teams combined for 0-for-12 on the PP. Afterwards, Sabres' coach John Muckler said of Hextall "He was the best player on the ice."
May 10, 1995 -- In Game 3 in Buffalo, the Flyers fell 3-1 despite Ron Hextall's 30 stops. Karl Dykhuis scored 5:18 into the game to give Philly a 1-0 lead and end their PP drought which was 0-for-13 in this series. Buffalo led 2-1 after the opening period, including a goal by Wayne Presley on an apparent offside play, then dominated the second period with a 19-2 shots advantage yet could not beat Hextall who kept the Flyers within reach. Buffalo's John Muckler said Hextall was "awesome."
May 12, 1995 -- In Game 4, Eric Lindros (two assists) made his NHL PO debut as he returned to the lineup after missing four-plus games due to an eye injury from a deflected shot in the second to last regular season game and the Flyers won 4-2 in Buffalo. Philadelphia put the game away with two goals, both assisted by Lindros, in the last three minutes of the middle period. The Sabres scored twice within 37 seconds of the last period.
May 14, 1995 -- In Game 5 in Philly, Eric Lindros (1-2-3) had points on the first three goals and the Flyers advanced with a 6-4 victory. The Flyers dominated the opening period as they led 4-0 on a 19-5 shots advantage and two bruising hits in the first 12+ seconds, one by Eric Lindros on Richard Smehlik and the other by Mikael Renberg against Pat LaFonatine, set the tempo. The lead increased to 5-0 in the second but Buffalo rallied to within 5-3 when Alex Mogilny scored with seven to play in the game. Kevin Dineen scored with 4:10 left in the game. Ron Hextall had 28 saves and assisted on the final goal. Afterwards, Sabres' coach John Muckler said of Lindros "He is awesome. He is the best player in the world."
December 7, 1995 -- The Flyers drove Dominik Hasek from the net after a 3-0 first period lead, but the Sabres rallied to tie 3-3 before the Flyers scored the next four in a 7-3 win in Philly. John LeClair (2-1-3), Eric Lindros (2-1-3) and Pat Falloon (2-0-2) led the offense.
March 29, 1996 -- In the last meeting between the teams in the Aud, Bob Corkum's shot in OT, the first by either team, beat Andrei Trefilov and gave Philly a 6-5 win which vaulted them into first place in the Atlantic Division. The Flyers led 4-2 after two periods but Buffalo scored three times in a span of 4:22 to take a 5-4 lead; however, 32 seconds after falling behind, the Flyers got a goal from Trent Klatt to make the score 5-5. Despite nine PPs, Buffalo was outshot 36-23. In the last minute of the second period, the game had a few fights including one in which Matthew Barnaby appeared to fake an injury and went to the ice, and while assisted by a trainer, attacked goalie Garth Snow after Snow tapped him with the goalie stick. Snow and Trefilov then exchanged blows. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOD-k...spx?Game=22158
November 7, 1996 -- The teams met in Buffalo's new home, the Marine Midland Arena (name changed in 1999), and the Flyers won 5-2 backed by John LeClair's (2-2-4) four points. Despite being outshot 10-1 in the first period, the Sabres led 1-0. The Flyers held an 18-4 shots advantage after two periods but trailed 2-1 as Derek Plante scored both Buffalo goals. The Flyers outshot the Sabres 20-11 in the third period and scored four times. In the game, the shot total was 38-15.
March 11, 1997 -- Dominik Hasek made 29 saves and Michael Peca scored in OT in Buffalo's 3-2 win.
March 15, 1997 -- Buffalo had five goals on 11 shots in the first period including four goals on seven shots against starter Ron Hextall who was replaced midway through the period. The Sabres led 5-2 after one and defeated the Flyers 7-5 despite the Flyers 44-20 shot advantage. Eric Lindros vs. Bob Boughner fight -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=685f4WVyFps
May 3, 1997 -- In Game 1 of the Conference Semis at Buffalo, the Flyers defeated the Sabres 5-3 as Shjon Podein scored the GWG with 0:48 left in the third period after some brilliant work by Trent Klatt behind the net fighting off two Sabres. The Flyers' rallied from a 3-1 hole starting with a Mikael Renberg goal with one second remaining in the second period. Rod Brind'Amour evened the score midway though the final period and also added an ENG. Buffalo goalie Steve Shields, who replaced the suspended Dominik Hasek due to a conflict with a reporter, made 42 saves for the Sabres. The game is also remembered for a fifteen minute brawl involving goalies Shields and Garth Snow late in period two. Twenty-one seconds later, Buffalo made it 3-1 on the PP. Philly outshot Buffalo 47-32 in a highly entertaining game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgkWKWxO1Iw
May 5, 1997 -- In Game 2, the Flyers scored twice in the first period and Garth Snow made 29 saves in a 2-1 win. During the contest, the Sabres attempted to unnerve Snow by complaining about his shoulder pads. Afterwards, Snow said of coach Ted Nolan "I didn't know he was an equipment manufacturer. I thought he was a hockey coach. Tell him I don't use anything to prop up my pads. Actually, it's just muscle. Tell him we've got a better strength program than them."
May 7, 1997 -- In Game 3, Paul Coffey and Dale Hawerchuk each had three points in the first period as they led the Flyers to a 4-1 win. Coffey had three assists in the first period and set-up PPGs by Eric Lindros and Dale Hawerchuk to give Philly a 2-0 lead. Philly outshot Buffalo 38-16 in the victory, including 16-4 in the third period.
May 9, 1997 -- In Game 4, Ed Ronan scored in OT to give Buffalo their lone win (5-4) in this series. Steve Shields made 39 saves for Buffalo.
May 11, 1997 -- In Game 5 in Buffalo, the Flyers broke open a scoreless game by recording three consecutive early second period goals en route to a series-clinching 6-3 win. Included in the trio was a pair of goals by Eric Lindros, the second off a penalty shot after being dragged from behind by Darryl Shannon, that set a team mark for fastest two goals in a PO game at 41 seconds. The penalty shot goal happened after Lindros lost control of the puck but managed a soft backhander through Steve Shields' legs. Rod Brind'Amour (0-3-3) tallied three points in the second period, the sixth Flyers' player to have three points in a PO period and the second in this series. A PPG by Randy Burridge at 19:59 of the second period cut the Flyers' lead to 4-3 and gave Buffalo momentum as the third period commenced but the Flyers converted two goals in the third and cruised to a victory. Ron Hextall was the surprise starter, his first start of the post-season after nine straight by Garth Snow. The Flyers outshot the Sabres 40-24. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKvKXgqyYt8
November 26, 1997 -- Garth Snow made 26 saves and Rod Brind'Amour scored two first period goals in Philly's 3-1 win at Buffalo.
December 1, 1997 -- The teams played to a 1-1 tie in Philly. Eric Lindros scored the Flyers' goal, ending his skid of 10-straight games without a goal.
January 20, 1998 -- Ron Hextall recorded a 29-save shutout and Rod Brind'Amour scored twice in the first period in Philly's 3-0 home win. Eric Lindros (1-1-2) added two points.
April 13, 1998 -- John LeClair scored his 50th goal of the season in a 2-1 loss. It was the third straight season he reached the 50-goal figure.
April 22, 1998 -- In Game 1 of the QFs in Philly, Donald Audette's third period goal snapped a 2-2 tie and Buffalo won 3-2. Down 2-0 in the third, the Flyers scored twice in 18 seconds but three minutes later Audette tallied the winner. Flyers' D-man Petr Svoboda, while diving for a loose puck, was kneed in the head by Buffalo's Dixon Ward resulting in Svoboda's removal from the ice on a stretcher. He returned to play later in the series.
April 24, 1998 -- In Game 2 in Philly, John LeClair's PPG with 3:32 remaining gave the Flyers a 3-2 win. Philly led 2-0 in the third but the Sabres rallied to tie. The Flyers went 1-for-10 on the PP.
April 27, 1998 -- In Game 3 in Buffalo, the Sabres scored four times in the second period and won 6-1. Buffalo had two PPGs and two SHGs among their first five and the two shorties came within 45 seconds. Sean Burke was replaced after the second period by Ron Hextall.
April 29, 1998 -- In Game 4 in Buffalo, Dominik Hasek made 44 saves in a 4-1 win. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 45-20, including 26-13 after two but trailed 4-0. The Sabres went 3-for-6 on the PP. Brawl -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UX9XjwCG-o
May 1, 1998 -- In Game 5 in Philly, Buffalo advanced on a PPG by Michal Grosek in OT, 3-2, with Chris Gratton in the box for high-sticking. Dave Babych sent the game to OT with a goal at 13:08 of the third. Buffalo scored each goal on the PP in 10 chances.
November 7, 1998 -- Domink Hasek made 35 saves in a 2-2 tie in Philly.
December 20, 1998 -- Ron Hextall made 29 saves and backed the Flyers to a 3-0 shutout victory. Rod Brind'Amour scored twice in a four-minute span of the first period.
March 7, 1999 -- Both teams scored in the third period and the Sabres' Martin Biron made 30 saves in a 1-1 tie in Buffalo.
April 13, 1999 -- John LeClair's second goal came with 1:49 left in regulation and the teams played to a 2-2 tie in Philadelphia. Dominik Hasek made 31 saves.
December 2, 1999 -- The Sabres' Martin Biron made 17 saves on 18 shots in the first period but the Flyers defeated the Sabres 4-2 in Buffalo.
February 12, 2000 -- John LeClair scored 2:28 into OT of a 3-2 home win. The Flyers trailed 2-0 near the midway point of regulation but the Flyers evened the game on goals by Dan McGillis and Daymond Langkow. Simon Gagne and Eric Desjardins each had two assists. Philly outshot Buffalo 18-4 in the third period and 2-0 in OT as part of a game total of 42-23. Langkow had a game-high nine shots. Martin Biron made 39 saves for the Sabres.
April 13, 2000 -- In Game 1 of the QFs at Philly, rookie Simon Gagne's first NHL PO goal snapped a 2-2 third period tie and the Flyers won 3-2. Dominic Hasek, who led the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Finals the prior season, stopped 27 shots. Keith Jones and Daymond Langkow scored just under four minutes apart late in the first period to give Philly a 2-0 edge. Jones' goal came on the PP, while Langkow tallied SHG breakaway with eight seconds left.
April 14, 2000 -- In Game 2 at Philly, the Flyers edged the Sabres 2-1 as John LeClair and Eric Desjardins recorded PPGs. LeClair's goal was later shown to have penetrated the side of the net as pointed out about six minutes later by Dixon Ward of the Sabres. TV replays verified this though it wasn't immediately detected by anyone on the ice. Afterwards, a frustrated Sabres' goalie Dominik Hasek whacked Keith Primeau with the goalie's blocker pad after Primeau attempted to keep alive a rebound, causing a melee. Brian Boucher, on the other hand, was composed with 26 saves and backboned the Flyers to a key victory.
April 16, 2000 -- In Game 3 at Buffalo, Brian Boucher made 17 saves and John LeClair scored a first period PPG in the Flyers' 2-0 win. Four minutes prior, Eric Desjardins failed on a penalty shot. Mark Recchi added an ENG. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 27-17.
April 18, 2000 -- In Game 4 at Buffalo, Stu Barnes scored in OT to give the Sabres a 3-2 win and their lone victory in this series. Buffalo blew a 2-0 lead while they handed the Flyers their eighth straight post-season overtime defeat.
April 20, 2000 -- In Game 5 at Philly, Daymond Langkow scored twice and Rick Tocchet had three assists in a 5-2 series clinching win. Though the Sabres led 1-0, the key goal turned out to be a stoppable shot by Dan McGillis with eight seconds to play in the opening period. The Flyers gained momentum and went up 3-1 after two periods. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 37-22. Of the 14 goals scored by the Flyers in the series, nine came via the PP including three in this game and one by Simon Gagne that gave the team 4-2 lead in the third period. Post-game incident and handshakes -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5hIkm2dd9c
November 4, 2000 -- Roman Cechmanek made 18 saves in a 3-0 win. Ruslan Fedotenko scored the game's first goal and then assisted on the second goal eight seconds after coming out of the penalty box.
November 22, 2000 -- The Flyers won 3-1 at home. Simon Gagne, Mark Recchi and Keith Primeau each had two points. Roman Cechmanek made 20 saves. The Flyers went 8-1 in nine games (including POs) in the calendar year of 2000 against the Sabres.
March 1, 2001 -- Roman Cechmanek made 26 saves and Mark Recchi and Daymond Langkow assisted on both goals in a 2-0 win.
April 8, 2001 -- Philly won 2-1 in Buffalo to gain home-ice advantage in the upcoming PO series. The traditional orange road jerseys were worn for the last time. Roman Cechmanek was outstanding as the Sabres outshot Philly 37-17. All goals were scored in the third period. Rusty Fedotenko snapped a 1-1 tie. Derek Plante (1-1-2), Fedotenko (1-1-2) and Simon Gagne (0-2-2) accounted for all six individual points for the Flyers. The game was aired on ESPN2.
April 11, 2001 -- In Game 1 of the QFs, Dominik Hasek made 31 saves, including a Mark Recchi penalty shot in the first period, and Buffalo won 2-1 in Philly. Roman Cechmanek made 24 saves but gave up two soft goals to Chris Gratton and Doug Gilmour: Gratton scored on a shot that bounced of the goalie's chest and Gilmour through Cechmanek's legs late in the first. All three goals came in the first period. Buffalo had just two goals on 102 shots in four regular season games against Cechmanek.
April 14, 2001 -- In Game 2, Jay McKee scored 18:01 into OT and the Sabres won 4-3 in Philly. Curtis Brown evened the game 3-3 in the third period. Buffalo outshot Philly 41-35. Roman Cechmanek made 37 saves and Dominik Hasek made 32 saves. Luke Richardson and Eric Desjardins each played 35+ minutes.
April 16, 2001 -- In Game 3, Andy Delmore's goal midway in the third period lifted the Flyers to a 3-2 win in Buffalo. Delmore did not play in the first two games. Buffalo led 2-1, soring twice on the PP, but Simon Gagne tied the game with a second period PPG. Roman Cechmanek made 26 saves, including a perfect 12-for-12 in the last period. Buffalo outshot Philly 28-19.
April 17, 2001 -- In Game 4, Curtis Brown's goal 6:13 into OT gave the Sabres a 4-3 win in Buffalo. The Sabres led 2-0 just 2:18 into the gane but the Flyers rallied to even the score before Buffalo regained the lead 3-2 when Chris Gratton scored; however, Dan McGillis tallied a SHG midway in the final perod and the game was tied 3-3. Buffalo outshot Philly 35-33. Roman Cechmanek made 31 saves. Dominik Hasek stopped 30 shots.
April 19, 2001 -- In Game 5, the Flyers scored two PPGs and held on for a 3-1 win in Philadelphia. Roman Cechmanek made 25 saves in the win while Dominik Hasek made 30 stops in the loss. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 33-26. Simon Gagne and Mark Recchi scored PPGs. Daymond Langkow and Keith Primeau each had two assists.
April 21, 2001 -- In Game 6, the Sabres handed the Flyers their largest playoff defeat ever, 8-0 in Buffalo. Chris Gratton (2-1-3), Dave Andreychuk (1-2-3), Miroslav Satan (0-3-3) and J.P. Dumont (2-0-2) led the offense. Buffalo led 4-0 after one period. Roman Cechmanek surrendered five goals on nine shots and was replaced by Brian Boucher (14/17) in the second period.
October 10, 2001 -- Buffalo prevailed 2-1 as Martin Biron made 26 saves. Simon Gagne's goal with 1:59 to play was the Flyers' lone goal.
March 14, 2002 -- Mika Noronen made 31 saves in Buffalo's 3-1 win in Philly. Miroslav Satan scored twice.
March 30, 2002 -- Martin Biron made 28 saves, including 19 in the third period, in Buffalo's 3-1 win in Philly. J.P. Dumont had three assists, Miroslav Satan and Chris Gratton each had a goal and an assist. The Flyers outshot the Sabres 19-2 in the third period but only Buffalo scored when Gratton scored 12 seconds into the period to give the Sabres a 3-1 lead.
April 1, 2002 -- Martin Biron made 34 saves and Miroslav Satan (2-1-3) had three points in Buffalo's 3-1 home win. The Sabres led 1-0 on a second period goal but Keith Primeau evened it up in the third period. Then, with 5:15 to play, Satan passed out from the corner to J.P. Dumont, who fired a one-timer past Roman Cechmanek's glove for the GWG. Simon Gagne nearly evened the game at 2-2 when he fired a rebound that hit Biron's left skate and deflected off a goal post but after the puck ended up back in the crease, Biron smothered it to preserve the victory. Satan added an ENG with five seconds to play. Chris McAllister of the Flyers (32 PIMs) and Dmitri Kalinin of Buffalo were both tossed from the game in the first period. The Flyers outshot the Sabres 35-17 including 15-6 in the third period.
October 22, 2002 -- Martin Biron made 21 saves and Miroslav Satan scored a tie-breaking goal in the middle of the third period of Buffalo's 2-1 home win. Roman Cechmanek made 29 saves in the loss.
December 14, 2002 -- Robert Esche recorded his first shutout since joining the Flyers as he made 15 saves in a 2-0 win. Donald Brashear and Eric Desjardins scored.
January 7, 2003 -- The Flyers rallied from a 2-0 hole and won 3-2 at home on a Justin Williams goal in the final period. Jeremy Roenick tied the game 2-2 with 27 seconds to play in the middle period.
October 9, 2003 -- Jeff Hackett made 17 saves in his Flyers' debut for his 24th career shutout and Mark Recchi and Michal Handzus scored third period PPGs in a 2-0 victory. Justin Williams has two assists. The Flyers played a great game of team defense as highlighted by the fact that they gave up just one shot on a five-minute major to Keith Primeau, who was tossed for a boarding penalty.
January 7, 2004 -- Martin Biron made 44 saves for the Sabres in a 1-1 tie played at Buffalo. The Flyers outshot the Sabres 45-21 including 17-2 in the first period and 5-1 in OT. The Flyers concluded an eight-game road trip with a 2-3-2-1 (W-L-T-OTL) record.
January 13, 2004 -- The Sabres won 6-2 in a game highlighted by an emotional outburst from Jeremy Roenick. While bleeding from his mouth courtesy of a Sabres' high-stick, Roenick asked referee Blaine Angus about the non-call and when Angus said that he didn't see the play, Roenick became furious and tossed a water bottle from the bench which led to a gross misconduct penalty and a one-game suspension. After the game, Roenick said "NHL, wake up! Blaine Angus is standing right in front of me and he says he doesn't see it. What is he looking at? The National Hockey League has to step in and tell these guys to open up their eyes." Roenick continued "Let's be honest, there are referees out there who hate the Flyers. Hate the way we play, hate the way we b***h, hate the way we moan and complain, so they purposely call the games against us. That is not right. So how do you expect us to react when we see blatant favoritism against us?" About four minutes later, Simon Gagne got a rare fighting major along with Jochen Hecht, in a brief scrap. Todd Fedoruk and Andrew Peters fought, too. Buffalo went 2-for-11 on the PP, the goals coming within 21 seconds in the third period. Philly once led 2-1 in the game. Buffalo scored three third period goals. The Flyers W-L-T-OTL record in their last 18 games was 3-7-4-4.
January 24, 2004 -- Robert Esche made 25 saves and Jeremy Roenick scored both Flyers' goals in a 2-1 victory at Philly. The Sabres outshot the Flyers 12-4 in the third period but Esche stopped all 12 attempts.
December 19, 2005 -- Buffalo won 2-1 in Philly by winning a shootout 2-1 (in four attempts for each side). Tim Connolly scored on the Sabres third attempt to even it 1-1 after Peter Forsberg scored. Jon Sim then missed on what could have given Philly the win. On the fourth shot for each side, Maxim Afinogenov scored while Mike Knuble did not. Paul Gaustad scored in the third period to even the game.
March 11, 2006 -- For the first time in the last 31 regular season games in this series, at least one of the teams did not score two goals or less as the Sabres prevailed in an unusually high scoring affair 6-5. Mike Grier got the GWG with 4.6 seconds left in the afternoon game at Philly. Buffalo had a lopsided 14-1 shots advantage in the third period and scored the only two goals. The Flyers led 2-0 after one and 5-4 after two. Daniel Briere and J.P. Dumont each had three points in the second period. Afterwards, Peter Forsberg said "We could have won. In the third, we stopped playing again. We came out 5-4 and stopped playing. They totally outplayed us in the third. We're not skating, not hitting, not doing anything."
April 7, 2006 -- The Flyers won a regular season game in Buffalo for the first time in about five years as Simon Gagne had three (1-2-3) points in a 4-2 victory.
April 22, 2006 -- In Game 1 of the QFs in Buffalo, Daniel Briere scored 7:31 into the second OT ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37h7GYSAupg ) and Buffalo won 3-2. Robert Esche made 55 saves as Buffalo outshot the Flyers 58-32. Simon Gagne evened the game in the final two minutes of the third period as the Flyers rallied from a 2-0 deficit. Brian Campbell's open-ice hit on R.J. Umberger came in the first OT.
April 24, 2006 -- In Game 2 at Buffalo, the Sabres led 5-0 a after the first period and won 8-2. Jason Pominville and J.P. Dumont each had hat tricks, the eighth time in NHL history teammates did so in a PO game, and four points. Esche was replaced after the first period. The Flyers had 61 PIMs to Buffalo's 12. After the game Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff said "Use a different word if you want, but I thought they did. The more they acted like idiots, the more we wanted to play." Flyers' head coach Ken Hitchcock said "That's Lindy's opinion. I've seen his teams do the same thing. So he ought not to talk about that."
April 26, 2006 -- In Game 3 in Philly, Peter Forsberg scored twice, the second off the back of Ryan Miller's jersey, and assisted on an ENG to spark the Flyers to a 4-2 win. Simon Gagne had eight shots and two points. Robert Esche had a strong outing with 26 saves. The Flyers' PK was 7-for-7.
April 28, 2006 --In Game 4, the Flyers electrified the home crowd with a 5-4 victory to even the series. Peter Forsberg (2-1-3) was stellar as the Flyers rallied from an early 2-0 deficit. Daniel Briere gave the Sabres a 2-0 lead nine seconds after exiting the penalty box. He streaked in on a breakaway but was stopped by Robert Esche, however, Eric Desjardins unintentionally knocked Esche and the puck into the net. Briere later evened the score 3-3 on a PPG in the third period but R.J. Umberger (9:51) scored the tie-breaking goal. Forsberg, who earlier had a sensational assist, added a goal with 49 seconds to play to give the Flyers a 5-3 lead. Esche had 26 saves including a penalty shot attempt by Derek Roy and a short-handed breakaway by Mike Grier, who scored a SHG with 19 seconds left to finish the scoring.
April 30, 2006 -- In Game 5 in Buffalo, the Sabres scored a goal in each period and won 3-0 backed by Ryan Miller's 24-save shutout.
May 2, 2006 -- In Game 6, Buffalo advanced in the playoffs with a 7-1 victory. Chris Drury and Mike Griere had four points apiece. The Sabred led 3-0 after one period and 5-0 in the second period when Robert Esche was pulled.
October 17, 2006 -- Buffalo became the fourth team to score six goals in a period (second) against the Flyers in a 9-1 win. The game was scoreless after one. Maxim Afinogenov (1-4-5) and Thomas Vanek (2-2-4) led the Sabres.
November 11, 2006 -- Daniel Briere scored the tying and winning goals in just over three minutes to lead Buffalo to a 5-4 OT win in Philadelphia. The Sabres led 3-1 midway through the game then the Flyers rallied to take a 4-3 until Briere knotted the score with 2:59 to play. He then gave the Sabres the victory 21 seconds into OT on a PP as, with 30.9 seconds remaining in the third, the Flyers were penalized for too many men on the ice. Prior to the goal, thr Flyers had killed 40 of 41 PPs at home that season. Randy Robitaille scored twice for the Flyers and Alex Picard (55-footer) scored his first NHL goal. Mike Richards and Ben Eager both fought Sabres. Richards battled Nathan Paetsch ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOKib...eature=related ) while Eager battled Adam Mair, who left the ice bleeding from a cut above his lip. Martin Biron with the win.
February 27, 2007 -- Martin Biron was traded to Philadelphia for the Flyers' 2nd round choice (T.J. Brennan) in 2007 Entry Draft.
April 8, 2007 -- Philly closed out the regular season with a 4-3 home win. Mike Knuble (game-high 7 shots) had points on both third period goals and three (1-2-3) in the game. The Flyers trailed 3-2 entering the third.
December 21, 2007 -- Buffalo scored twice in the third period for a 3-2 win. The Flyers scored twice in the second period within 45 seconds.
December 22, 2007 -- Thomas Vanek was credited with the game-tying goal with less than eight seconds left in regulation and the Buffalo Sabres went on to a shootout win over the Flyers, 6-5. Philadelphia appeared to have the game in hand when Buffalo’s Jason Pominville appeared to take a wide route to a clear by Mike Richards, but linesman Pat Dapuzzo ruled it to be icing and an offensive zone faceoff for the Sabres who then scored to send the game into OT where the Flyers held a 7-1 shots advantage. Thomas Vanek scored in regulation and Ales Kotalik in the shootout. Richards and Nathan Paetsch ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaURj...eature=related )
February 25, 2008 -- In a most impressive and important comeback, the Flyers snapped their 10-game (0-8-1-1) winless skid when Danny Briere beat Ryan Miller on the final attempt of the shootout and skated to a 4-3 win in Buffalo. The Sabres dominated the early portion of the game as they held a 3-0 lead 14:16 into the game but 17 seconds later Jeff Carter stifled a potential rout and inspired a comeback. Scott Hartnell made it a one-goal game less than two minutes later and the Flyers were within one goal. After a scoreless second period, R.J. Umberger evened the score 3-3 on a PP with 7:15 remaining in regulation. The game moved to a shootout where both teams failed in their first attempts and succeeded (Jeff Carter for the Flyers) in their second attempts. After Derek Roy missed for Buffalo, Briere had the game-winner on his stick and culminated a terrific comeback on national (Versus) TV. Jesse Boulerice played his first NHL game since October 10, 2007 (suspension) and promptly got into a lengthy fight with Andrew Peters in the game's early moments ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKg5MZzEHA0 ). Starting with this game, which lifted the Flyers into the eighth PO spot, Philly ended the season with points in 16 of 20 games.
Flyers celebrate remarkable comeback, February 25, 2008
March 4, 2008 -- Buffalo snapped a 2-2 tie with three third period goals en route to a 5-2 win in Philly. Jason Pominville (2-0-2) and Maxin Afinogenov (2-1-3) each scored twice in the game.
November 21, 2008 -- Martin Biron stopped 40 shots and Jeff Carter scored twice in the Flyers' 3-0 victory at Buffalo. Scott Hartnell scored in the final minute of the first period to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Carter scored midway ion the third and added an ENG.
As I said in another thread not too long ago, it was just a matter of time before you got it right. I got some decent money off your win at Montreal, and having seen Miller be absolutely murdered in Boston, I have high hopes of doing the same this time around.
I still think you'll end up second to us in the Atlantic, take 4th-5th in the East and be our biggest rival there in the playoffs (with Boston and Caps).
WWWWWW! I've never heard that song, and it was quite an experience hahahah.
I'll be going to the Phantoms tonight since I got free tickets, so I'll miss this . The second game I'm missing in a week, and only my second of the season. It just doesn't feel right. Well here's to hoping they kick some ass, especially for the Cookie Monster. Sucks he couldn't play tonight. I want to see another epic shootout that ends with Danny scoring and us winning again. Maybe next time........