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FLY-BY: Flyers 2, Sabres 1

Thursday, 04.5.2012 / 8:06 PM ET / News
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FLY-BY: Flyers 2, Sabres 1

   
          
  Laviolette    Read    Giroux    Hartnell
1. THAT LOCKS IT UP
With tonight’s win coupled with Pittsburgh’s win over the New York Rangers, the Flyers secured the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and will face the fourth-seeded Penguins in the first round. The Flyers also ended the Buffalo Sabres postseason bid tonight with their victory, combined with the Washington Capitals win over the Florida Panthers.

2. ANOTHER COMEBACK
The Flyers yet again came storming back to earn the victory. After allowing the first goal to ex-Flyer Ville Leino who was parked in the crease and forced in a rebound, the Flyers got two third period goals to win their 20th game when allowing the opponents first goal and 25th victory in one-goal games this season.

3. BRYZ BACK
After allowing five goals in a loss to the Rangers after returning from injury, Ilya Bryzgalov was once again back on his game tonight. He stopped 25 of 26 shots overall and all 10 he faced in the third period to earn his 33rd win of the season. His most notable saves came on a great 2 on 1 chance by Sekera and another point-blank shot by Nathan Gerbe in the third period.

4. ROOKIE FACTOR
The Flyers received both goals from rookies tonight, who have now combined for 63 goals and 126 points
on the season for the Flyers… Read's goal was his 24th of the season and sixth game-winning goal, both of which leads all rookies in the NHL. Rookie defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon combined for two points with a goal and an assist.

5. LAVY'S TAKE
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette liked the way his team came out of the gates tonight…

“There wasn’t a lot of room out there tonight, especially early on.  The first period was pretty tight checking.  I thought we did a good job defensively of making sure we didn’t give up a whole lot. We came out in the third period and I thought really cranked it up after about the five minute mark.”
The Flyers won all four games over Buffalo this year, giving them their fifth season sweep over the Sabres and first since 2008-09.
 
Claude Giroux recorded his 93rd point of the season tonight, matching Eric Lindros for the most by a Flyer since Lindros had 93 in the 1998-99 season.  John LeClair had the most recent higher-scoring season before that when he had 97 points in the 1996-97 season.
 
The Flyers won for just the fifth time this season when trailing after two periods of play.  They are now 5-20-2 in that situation. 

This was also Buffalo’s first regulation loss of the season when leading after two periods; they were 25-0-2 when leading after two this year.
 
The Flyers are now 20-21-4 when the opponent scores first.  That’s the most wins in that situation of any team in the league.
 
The Flyers will try to set a new franchise record for road wins in a season when they go for their 26th on Saturday in Pittsburgh.  Their current record of 25 was set last year. 



Matt Read
Matt Read gets tonight's Flyers star for his game-winning goal in the third period.

Read scored on a breakaway with less than five minutes to go in the game which put the Flyers up 2-1.

The goal was Read's 24th of his rookie season and fourth goal in his last seven games.


"Just showing some heart being down one goal, trying to face adversity. We have been good all year. Unfortunately, we are down a goal or two in the first period and we just battle back. We never see the end until we are ahead again."
- Matt Read

"I'm intense. I grew up physical. I like to stand up for my teammates. If something's going on out there, I'll be the first guy to jump in."
- Wayne Simmonds 
Tonight's turning point came with 4:21 left in the third period when Matt Read beat Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller on his second breakaway of the game and gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead.

The play started with a great flip pass out of the Flyers zone by Jakub Voracek. Read took that pass and beat Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr  to spring loose on Ryan Miller.

Coming in from an angle, Read waited until Miller went down and then snuck a shot above his pad but below his glove for the go-ahead goal.

PIC OF THE NIGHT: Matt Read scores the game-winning goal to give the Flyers a 2-1 victory.   

Flyers 2, Sabres 1
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Matt Read and Marc-Andre Bourdon each scored goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win Thursday night over Buffalo that eliminated the Sabres from a postseason spot.

The Sabres needed to beat the Flyers and have Florida top Washington to keep their faint playoff hopes alive heading into their final game of the season. The Sabres failed to handle the Flyers and the Capitals beat Florida 4-2.

  FULL RECAP

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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