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Vanek, power play propel Sabres past Philadelphia

Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 4:18 PM

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Vanek, power play propel Sabres past Philadelphia
Philadelphia Flyers 2, Buffalo Sabres 5
Three Stars of the Game
Thomas Vanek
1st
Thomas Vanek
G: 2Shots: 9
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 5PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:17
Jason Pominville
2nd
Jason Pominville
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:15
Steve Ott
3rd
Steve Ott
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 15:16

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
11:07
BUF
PPG - Steve Ott (1) ASST: Jason Pominville (1), Thomas Vanek (1)
1 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
02:23
PHI
Sean Couturier (1) ASST: Kurtis Foster (1), Jakub Voracek (1)
1 - 1 Tie
04:57
PHI
PPG - Claude Giroux (2) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (1), Wayne Simmonds (1)
2 - 1 PHI
15:54
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (1) ASST: Drew Stafford (1), Jason Pominville (2)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
14:57
BUF
PPG - Tyler Myers (1) ASST: Tyler Ennis (1), Thomas Vanek (2)
3 - 2 BUF
16:13
BUF
Cody Hodgson (1) ASST: Thomas Vanek (3), Andrej Sekera (1)
4 - 2 BUF
19:12
BUF
EN - Thomas Vanek (2) ASST: Jason Pominville (3)
5 - 2 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
01:34
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Marcus Foligno
01:34
BUF
Marcus Foligno  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
06:03
BUF
Marcus Foligno  Roughing against  Luke Schenn
06:03
PHI
Luke Schenn  Roughing against  Marcus Foligno
09:35
PHI
Nicklas Grossmann  Tripping against  Cody Hodgson
12:40
BUF
Robyn Regehr  Tripping against  Wayne Simmonds
17:16
BUF
Jordan Leopold  Interference against  Claude Giroux
2nd Period
04:25
BUF
Robyn Regehr  Tripping against  Scott Hartnell
06:04
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Roughing against  Kimmo Timonen
06:04
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Roughing against  Patrick Kaleta
07:17
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Boarding against  Jason Pominville
13:50
PHI
Scott Laughton  Too many men/ice - bench
15:27
PHI
Luke Schenn  Hooking against  Cody Hodgson
18:20
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Fighting (maj) against  Drew Stafford
18:20
BUF
Drew Stafford  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Hartnell
19:18
BUF
Steve Ott  Embellishment
3rd Period
07:26
PHI
Ruslan Fedotenko  Tripping against  Mikhail Grigorenko
14:00
PHI
Luke Schenn  Tripping against  Marcus Foligno
15:47
BUF
Tyler Myers  Interference against  Scott Hartnell
15:47
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ryan Miller
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 40TOI: 59:07
Saves: 36EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 11
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 29TOI: 59:58
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .931SH: 0 - 0
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