|PHI||0||2||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|BUF||1||1||3||(0 - 0)||5|
|G: 2||Shots: 9|
|A: 3||Hits: 0|
|PTS: 5||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 1||TOI: 19:17|
|G: 0||Shots: 1|
|A: 3||Hits: 0|
|PTS: 3||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 0||TOI: 19:15|
|G: 1||Shots: 3|
|A: 0||Hits: 5|
|PTS: 1||PIM: 2|
|+/-: 0||TOI: 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.
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.
|PPG - Steve Ott (1) ASST: Jason Pominville (1), Thomas Vanek (1)|
1 - 0 BUF
|Sean Couturier (1) ASST: Kurtis Foster (1), Jakub Voracek (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Claude Giroux (2) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (1), Wayne Simmonds (1)|
2 - 1 PHI
|PPG - Thomas Vanek (1) ASST: Drew Stafford (1), Jason Pominville (2)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Tyler Myers (1) ASST: Tyler Ennis (1), Thomas Vanek (2)|
3 - 2 BUF
|Cody Hodgson (1) ASST: Thomas Vanek (3), Andrej Sekera (1)|
4 - 2 BUF
|EN - Thomas Vanek (2) ASST: Jason Pominville (3)|
5 - 2 BUF
|Scott Hartnell Roughing against Marcus Foligno|
|Marcus Foligno Roughing against Scott Hartnell|
|Marcus Foligno Roughing against Luke Schenn|
|Luke Schenn Roughing against Marcus Foligno|
|Nicklas Grossmann Tripping against Cody Hodgson|
|Robyn Regehr Tripping against Wayne Simmonds|
|Jordan Leopold Interference against Claude Giroux|
|Robyn Regehr Tripping against Scott Hartnell|
|Patrick Kaleta Roughing against Kimmo Timonen|
|Kimmo Timonen Roughing against Patrick Kaleta|
|Scott Hartnell Boarding against Jason Pominville|
|Scott Laughton Too many men/ice - bench|
|Luke Schenn Hooking against Cody Hodgson|
|Scott Hartnell Fighting (maj) against Drew Stafford|
|Drew Stafford Fighting (maj) against Scott Hartnell|
|Steve Ott Embellishment|
|Ruslan Fedotenko Tripping against Mikhail Grigorenko|
|Luke Schenn Tripping against Marcus Foligno|
|Tyler Myers Interference against Scott Hartnell|
|Scott Hartnell Interference on goalkeeper against Ryan Miller|
|SA: 40||TOI: 59:07|
|Saves: 36||EV: 27 - 28|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 11|
|SV%: .900||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 29||TOI: 59:58|
|Saves: 27||EV: 22 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 6|
|SV%: .931||SH: 0 - 0|