Vanek, power play propel Sabres past Philadelphia | Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 4:18 PM

The Buffalo Sabres were a middle of the pack team on the power play in 2011-12, but they looked like an elite bunch with the extra man Sunday.

Thomas Vanek had five points and Tyler Myers scored Buffalo's third power-play goal of the afternoon late in the third period to propel the Sabres past the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, at First Niagra Center.

Myers' shot from near the left point ricocheted off Philadelphia defenseman Kimmo Timonen and past goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov with 5:03 left in the third period of Buffalo's season-opening contest.

Cody Hodgson, in his first full season with the Sabres, added an insurance goal just 76 seconds later. With Myers and Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell in the box, Hodgson put the rebound of a Vanek breakaway chance past Bryzgalov. Vanek sealed the victory with an empty-net tally with 47.4 seconds left.

It appeared as though Philadelphia might have pulled one back when the scored was still 4-2 with Bryzgalov on the bench for an extra attacker, but play was whistled dead as the puck was squirting past a crowd in the Buffalo goal crease and into the Sabres' net. Vanek's second goal of the game came seconds later.

The Flyers once held a 2-1 lead early in the second period, but they have now started the season with back-to-back losses after dropping a 3-1 decision Saturday afternoon to the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sabres forward Steve Ott needed a little more than 11 minutes to provide an impact for his new club. His one-timer from the slot was the first extra-man tally of the day and gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead at 11:07 of the opening period.

Philadelphia struck twice early in the second. Second-year center Sean Couturier deflected a Kurtis Foster shot past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller at 2:23 of the period. New captain Claude Giroux pushed the Flyers in front at 4:57 of the period, but Vanek drew the Sabres level at 15:54 with the team's second power-play marker of the game.

Miller made 27 saves, and Jason Pominville had three assists for the Sabres.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
11:07BUF PPG - Steve Ott (1) ASST: Jason Pominville (1), Thomas Vanek (1) 1 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
02:23PHI Sean Couturier (1) ASST: Kurtis Foster (1), Jakub Voracek (1) 1 - 1 Tie
04:57PHI PPG - Claude Giroux (2) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (1), Wayne Simmonds (1) 2 - 1 PHI
15:54BUF PPG - Thomas Vanek (1) ASST: Drew Stafford (1), Jason Pominville (2) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
14:57BUF PPG - Tyler Myers (1) ASST: Tyler Ennis (1), Thomas Vanek (2) 3 - 2 BUF
16:13BUF Cody Hodgson (1) ASST: Thomas Vanek (3), Andrej Sekera (1) 4 - 2 BUF
19:12BUF EN - Thomas Vanek (2) ASST: Jason Pominville (3) 5 - 2 BUF
Three Stars of the Game
Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek
G: 2Shots: 9
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 5PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:17
Jason Pominville
Jason Pominville
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:15
Steve Ott
Steve Ott
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 15:16
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:34PHI Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Marcus Foligno
01:34BUF Marcus Foligno  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
06:03BUF Marcus Foligno  Roughing against  Luke Schenn
06:03PHI Luke Schenn  Roughing against  Marcus Foligno
09:35PHI Nicklas Grossmann  Tripping against  Cody Hodgson
12:40BUF Robyn Regehr  Tripping against  Wayne Simmonds
17:16BUF Jordan Leopold  Interference against  Claude Giroux
2nd Period
04:25BUF Robyn Regehr  Tripping against  Scott Hartnell
06:04BUF Patrick Kaleta  Roughing against  Kimmo Timonen
06:04PHI Kimmo Timonen  Roughing against  Patrick Kaleta
07:17PHI Scott Hartnell  Boarding against  Jason Pominville
13:50PHI Scott Laughton  Too many men/ice - bench
15:27PHI Luke Schenn  Hooking against  Cody Hodgson
18:20PHI Scott Hartnell  Fighting (maj) against  Drew Stafford
18:20BUF Drew Stafford  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Hartnell
19:18BUF Steve Ott  Embellishment
3rd Period
07:26PHI Ruslan Fedotenko  Tripping against  Mikhail Grigorenko
14:00PHI Luke Schenn  Tripping against  Marcus Foligno
15:47BUF Tyler Myers  Interference against  Scott Hartnell
15:47PHI Scott Hartnell  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ryan Miller
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/43/6
Faceoff Wins3136
Blocked Shots149
Penalty Minutes2521
3K. FosterD0112010:35
5B. CoburnD00-10024:37
8N. GrossmannD0000217:20
10B. SchennC0002015:35
11E. WellwoodL000008:08
14S. CouturierC1001019:11
17W. SimmondsR01-15017:36
19S. HartnellL00-131117:34
21S. LaughtonC0003010:12
22L. SchennD0002618:42
24M. ReadR0012015:13
25M. TalbotC0001014:20
26R. FedotenkoL0000211:38
28C. GirouxC10-23024:13
36Z. RinaldoC000002:47
41A. MeszarosD0002018:49
44K. TimonenD01-11223:01
93J. VoracekR01-12014:02
30I. Bryzgalov3640.90059:07
3J. LeopoldD0012220:21
9S. OttC1003215:16
10C. EhrhoffD0001022:01
19C. HodgsonC1027019:44
21D. StaffordR0104517:57
24R. RegehrD0012418:25
25M. GrigorenkoC00-12011:13
26T. VanekL2319019:17
29J. PominvilleR0301019:15
32J. ScottL000002:10
36P. KaletaR0001211:37
37M. EllisL000203:48
44A. SekeraD0101017:30
52A. SulzerD0000014:43
55J. HechtC0001014:32
57T. MyersD1002223:11
63T. EnnisC0103018:47
82M. FolignoL0000415:43
30R. Miller2729.93159:58