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Sabres Finish Up Road Trip With Visit To The City Of Brotherly Love

@ 7:30 PM

Last Game:

Philadelphia: Mar 9 at Bruins Loss 3-0

Buffalo:  Mar 7 at Devils Loss(SO) 3-2

Record:

Philadelphia: 11-14-1

Buffalo: 9-13-3

Points:

Philadelphia: 23

Buffalo: 21

Rank In Conference:

Philadelphia: 11th

Buffalo: 14th

Power Play Ranking:

Philadelphia: 22.6(6th)

Buffalo: 12.2(30th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Philadelphia: 82.9(11th)

Buffalo: 79.4(20th)

Goals For:

Philadelphia: 72(T-9th)

Buffalo: 62(T-16th)

Goals Against:

Philadelphia: 79(28th)

Buffalo: 78(27th)

Shots For:

Philadelphia: 758(6th)

Buffalo: 740(11th)

Shots Against:

Philadelphia: 707(15th)

Buffalo: 831(30th)

Blocked Shots:

Philadelphia: 412(2nd)

Buffalo: 378(T-8th)

Hits:

Philadelphia: 749(2nd)

Buffalo: 578(13th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Philadelphia: 47.4(24th)

Buffalo: 46.1(T-28th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Philadelphia: Voracek(12), Simmonds(10), Giroux and Read(7), B. Schenn(6)

Buffalo: Vanek(13), Hodgson(10), Pominville(9), Ennis(7)

Assists:

Philadelphia: Voracek and Giroux(17), Timonen(14), B. Schenn(13), Simmonds(9)

Buffalo: Vanek(16), Hodgson and Ennis(11), Pominville(10), Ott(9)

Points:

Philadelphia: Voracek(29), Giroux(24), Simmonds and B. Schenn(19), Timonen(17)

Buffalo: Vanek(29), Hodgson(21), Pominville(19), Ennis(18)

Plus/Minus:

Philadelphia: Fedotenko(+5), T. McGinn(+3), L. Schenn(+2), Timonen, Gagne, and Foster(EV)

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+5), Ott and Vanek(+4), Sulzer(+3), Hecht and Pardy(+2)

Penalty Minutes:

Philadelphia: Rinaldo(62), Simmonds(48), Coburn(39), Zolnierczyk(36)

Buffalo: Kaleta(46), Ott(43), Scott(31), Weber(29)

Shots:

Philadelphia: Voracek(74), Giroux(73), Briere(59), Simmonds(57)

Buffalo: Vanek(79), Pominville(71), Ennis(68), Hodgson(67)

Blocked Shots:

Philadelphia: Grossmann(76), Coburn(50), L. Schenn(48), Timonen(45)

Buffalo: Ehrhoff and Sekera(45), Weber(33), Leopold and Myers(31), Regehr(30)

Hits:

Philadelphia: L. Schenn(103), Rinaldo(95), Grossmann(70), B. Schenn(62)

Buffalo: Ott(110), Weber(60), Foligno(54), Kaleta(48)

Face-Off Wins:

Philadelphia: Giroux(360), Couturier(141), B. Schenn(93), Talbot(57)

Buffalo: Hodgson(223), Ott(137), Ennis(109), Hecht(69)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Philadelphia: Michael Leighton 0-1-0 5.07 GAA .808 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 9-11-3 2.82 GAA .915 SV% 0 SV

Notes:

Last Meeting: Jan 20 Sabres Won 5-2

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Flyers Lead 77-57-25

All-Time at PHI: Flyers Lead 46-20-15

Devils score twice in third, beat Sabres in shootout

New Jersey Devils goalie Johan Hedberg can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

The veteran goalie, who was mired in an 0-6-1 slump entering Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, turned aside 23 shots and received some aide from the post behind him to help lead the Devils to a 3-2 shootout victory against Buffalo before 17,625 at Prudential Center.

David Clarkson and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout against Sabres goalie Ryan Miller after the Devils rallied for two late goals in regulation to send the game to overtime. The shootout win was their first win in four tries after they won 12 times in the tiebreaker last season.

In the shootout, Hedberg denied Thomas Vanek with a save off his shoulder before forcing captain Jason Pominville to shoot high and wide. Elias then scored as the Devils snapped a six-game slide.

“I got some breaks, they hit posts, and we got a couple goals … sometimes that’s the difference,” Hedberg said. “It’s a game of margins, but I think we deserved to win. We’ve been playing as hard as we can the last eight or 10 days and haven’t got the results.”

Pominville barely missed giving the visitors the victory 3:52 into overtime when his slap shot from the right circle beat Hedberg but rang off the long-side post.

“I knew it wasn’t in,” Hedberg said. “It didn’t feel like it was in. It was good shot and bounced back to me. I needed that break.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020340

Three-goal flurry helps Bruins continue Flyers’ slump

The Boston Bruins spread the wealth Saturday afternoon, but they’re generosity didn’t extend to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Boston got a goal from their power play and two from different even-strength lines during a 2:18 span of the first period and Tuukka Rask made 23 saves as the Bruins won their first meeting of the season with the Flyers 3-0 at TD Garden.

Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille scored Boston’s goals. Rask recorded his second shutout of the season.

The Bruins have now won two in a row after losing two in a row. They’ve also allowed just two goals in those two games after surrendering eight goals the previous two games. Boston’s trademark team defense seems to have returned to form.

“Really good. I think the best so far, this year. They did a great job,” Rask said about the defense in front of him.

Added Kelly: “We played well. We took their time and space away a lot of times and didn’t give them second chances. They tried to hit that high man. I thought our forwards, especially the wingers, they helped out eliminating that and let our low forward and the D take the other two forwards’ time and space away and that really helped us.”

The Flyers are trending in the opposite direction. After losing a three-goal lead and dropping a decision to Pittsburgh on Thursday, the Flyers extended their losing streak to three games. After the game, the Flyers held a team meeting several minutes longer than the locker room is expected to stay closed once a contest ends.

“It’s always good when you have a meeting,” Flyers forward Claude Giroux said. “You want to make sure everybody’s on the same page, and that’s what we did.”

Flyers coach Laviolette refused to acknowledge the meeting in his postgame comments, but had some choice words to describe his team’s performance.

“After 1-0, we stopped competing,” Laviolette said after his team dropped to 0-9-0 when trailing after just one period this season. “Up until that point, 10 minutes into the game, guys were playing hard. There wasn’t a lot of room out there either way. They scored a goal and we never recovered. We never responded to it. We were looking for a response from last game and that wasn’t the response we were looking for.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020355&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

March 10, 2000

The Sabres trade Michal Grosek to Chicago for Doug Gilmour and J.P. Dumont. They also send Wayne Primeau, Brian Holzinger, Cory Sarich and a third-round pick in the upcoming draft for Chris Gratton and a second-round pick in 2001.

Injury Report:

Philadelphia: Bourdon Concussion(IR/Out), Walker Lower Body(IR/Out), Pronger Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), Shelly Left Hip Surgery(IR/Out), T. McGinn Right Orbital Surgery(IR/Out), Zolnierczyk Suspension(Out), Foster Illness(Questionable)

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Sulzer Lower Body(IR/Out), Leopold Upper Body(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out), Sekera Undisclosed(Doubtful), Enroth Cramps(Probable)

Next 5 Games:

Mar 12 vs. New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 16 vs. Ottawa Senators 3:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 17 at Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(NBCSN HD, TSN HD)

Mar 19 at Montreal Canadiens 7:30 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)

Mar 21 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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