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Philadelphia Flyers 1, Buffalo Sabres 1 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Philadelphia Flyers 1, Buffalo Sabres 1 FINAL OT
Philadelphia Flyers 1, Buffalo Sabres 1

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Jeremy Roenick tried to put a positive spin on Philadelphia's tie with Buffalo.

Teammate John LeClair wasn't buying it.

"I think we played very well and it's a step in the right direction," Roenick said after the Flyers completed an eight-game road trip Wednesday night with a 1-1 tie with the Sabres.

The Flyers, coming off a humbling 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday, were 2-3-2-1 on the trip, their longest of the season.

"It's a little frustrating for us," said LeClair, who scored Philadelphia's goal. "A point is good, but we would have liked two."

Martin Biron made a season-high 44 saves and Alexei Zhitnik scored his third goal of the season for the Sabres, 2-1-2 in their last five.

"Biron played well for them, but we really didn't shoot it well," LeClair said. "When you get 40 shots you hope to get more than one goal."

Robert Esche made 20 saves for the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers.

"I thought Biron allowed them to stay in the game after the first period," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We did a lot of things right, especially in our own zone and especially in transition."

Philadelphia, playing its first game in three days, came out strong in the first period in outshooting Buffalo 17-2, but had nothing to show for it.

The Sabres, meanwhile, have been outshot 37-11 in the opening period in their last two games, including a 20-9 disadvantage in their loss to Montreal on Tuesday night.

"In the first period we gave them a lot of shots but they were from the outside," said Biron, who was making his fifth straight start. "The difference between last night and tonight was that we played the system."

LeClair opened the scoring with his ninth goal, and first in six games, a minute into the second. Taking the puck toward the net from the left circle, LeClair put a shoulder move on Biron before going around the net and jamming the puck in on a wraparound.

Zhitnik tied it 1:55 later with his second goal in two games. With Donald Brashear in the penalty box for roughing, Zhitnik took a slap shot from the right point that beat Esche on the glove side.

Philadelphia has won just three times in its last 14 games.

"It seems to be the way the bounces are going," Roenick said. "We have to find ways to win these games."

Roenick played a day after needing 26 stitches to close a cut on his cheek after he was hit by an errant slap shot in practice.

Roenick did not wear a shield to protect the wound.

"It was throbbing and let me know it was there," he said. "But we get paid a lot of money to do what we do."

The Sabres are 4-2-2 since ending an eight-game winless streak, thanks in part to Biron.

"Marty has had a pretty good stretch of games together for us, which is what we needed," Sabres' coach Lindy Ruff said.

Brashear had Philadelphia's best chance in the third on a two-on-one break, but fired a shot off the crossbar with nine minutes remaining.

"We have to capitalize on scoring opportunities," Hitchcock said. "We've had too many quality opportunities that we haven't taken advantage of."

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
John Leclair (9) ASST: Sami Kapanen (12), Michal Handzus (16)
1 - 0 PHI
PPG - Alexei Zhitnik (3) ASST: Dmitri Kalinin (12), Jochen Hecht (13)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Donald Brashear  Roughing against  Andrew Peters
Dmitri Kalinin  Hooking
Martin Biron  Delay of game
Simon Gagne  Hi-sticking
Joni Pitkanen  Roughing against  Chris Drury
Tony Amonte  Cross checking against  Dmitri Kalinin
Ales Kotalik  Interference against  Jeremy Roenick
Chris Taylor  Holding against  John Leclair
3rd Period
Donald Brashear  Roughing against  Alexei Zhitnik
OT Period
goalie stats
Robert Esche
Robert Esche
SA: 21TOI: 65:00
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .952SH: 1 - 1
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 45TOI: 65:00
Saves: 44EV: 42 - 43
PIM: 2PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .978SH: 0 - 0
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