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Knuble, Richards lift Flyers past Sabres

Feb 20, 2009 - 4:26 AM
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Mike Knuble snapped a tie late in the third period with a power-play goal to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to their third straight win, a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

Captain Mike Richard netted a pair of goals - including his league-leading sixth shorthanded tally of the season - and added three assists for the Flyers, who have won five of their last six contests.

"(Richards) makes a difference when he plays," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "I think he was terrific tonight in all facets of the game. I thought it was a hard hockey game and he really stepped up for us."

Former Sabre Martin Biron made 39 saves and Glen Metropolit, Braydon Coburn and Darroll Powe scored for Philadelphia, which leads the NHL with 15 shorthanded goals this campaign.

Defenseman Jaroslav Spacek notched a pair of goals and Derek Roy added a power-play tally for Buffalo, which has lost four of its last six games.

"We probably didn't put enough pucks on the net," Spacek said. "You try to be too cute and make the extra pass. You got to put pucks on the net."

With the score knotted at 3-3, the Flyers' forecheck forced a turnover behind the net. Simon Gagne then made a quick centering pass to Knuble, who fired a one-timer past Sabres netminder Ryan Miller for his 20th goal of the campaign with 6:09 remaining in the third period.

"Simon, Mike and I have played together a lot this year," Knuble said. "I feel that we've been consistent. With 25 games to go, we want to get our game back and pick up the intensity. We want to try to lead the team. I think that is our responsibility."

"We got running around a little bit," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "They got confused a lot and we were trying to carry it out. I think Gagne got a stick on that. We had a couple of chances to get it out. That is a tough way to give up a goal."

Richards and Powe each added an empty-netter in the final minute to seal the win.

"I thought everyone played well tonight," Richards said. "I think we executed our game plan. We didn't give them too many chances off of the rush. We probably took too many penalties, but we were able to kill off a few of them."

Miller stopped 30 of the 34 shots he faced.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    BUFFALO 0 3 0 3
    PHILADELPHIA 1 2 3 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - GLEN METROPOLIT 4 (ARRON ASHAM, MIKE RICHARDS) 12:42
    2ND PRD: BUF - JAROSLAV SPACEK 5 (DEREK ROY, DREW STAFFORD) 3:16
    PHI - BRAYDON COBURN 6 (SIMON GAGNE, MIKE RICHARDS) 8:57
    BUF - (PP) JAROSLAV SPACEK 6 (PAUL G

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    BUFFALO 3
    PHILADELPHIA 6
    3RD PRD: PHI - (EN) DARROLL POWE 4 (UNASSISTED) 19:50

    Sabres 3, Flyers 6  3rd - 0:10Feb 19 9:28 PM


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    BUFFALO 3
    PHILADELPHIA 5
    3RD PRD: PHI - (EN) MIKE RICHARDS 22 (UNASSISTED) 19:18

    Sabres 3, Flyers 5  3rd - 0:42Feb 19 9:26 PM
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    BUFFALO 3
    PHILADELPHIA 4
    3RD PRD: PHI - (PP) MIKE KNUBLE 20 (SIMON GAGNE, MIKE RICHARDS) 13:51

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    BUFFALO 0 3 3
    PHILADELPHIA 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - GLEN METROPOLIT 4 (ARRON ASHAM, MIKE RICHARDS) 12:42
    2ND PRD: BUF - JAROSLAV SPACEK 5 (DEREK ROY, TONI LYDMAN) 3:16
    PHI - BRAYDON COBURN 6 (SIMON GAGNE, MIKE RICHARDS) 8:57
    BUF - (PP) JAROSLAV SPACE

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    BUFFALO 3
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    2ND PRD: BUF - (PP) DEREK ROY 21 (DREW STAFFORD, TIM CONNOLLY) 19:29

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    BUFFALO 2
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    2ND PRD: PHI - (SH) MIKE RICHARDS 21 (KIMMO TIMONEN) 14:03

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    2ND PRD: BUF - (PP) JAROSLAV SPACEK 6 (PAUL GAUSTAD, CLARKE MACARTHUR)
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    BUFFALO 1
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    2ND PRD: PHI - BRAYDON COBURN 6 (SIMON GAGNE, MIKE RICHARDS) 8:57

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    BUFFALO 1
    PHILADELPHIA 1
    2ND PRD: BUF - JAROSLAV SPACEK 5 (DEREK ROY, TONI LYDMAN) 3:16

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 0
    PHILADELPHIA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - GLEN METROPOLIT 4 (ARRON ASHAM, MIKE RICHARDS) 12:42
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    BUF 9 9
    PHI 13 13
    GOALIES: BUF - RYAN MILLER
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    BUFFALO 0
    PHILADELPHIA 1
    1ST PRD: PHI - GLEN METROPOLIT 4 (ARRON ASHAM, MIKE RICHARDS) 12:42

    Sabres 0, Flyers 1  1st - 7:18Feb 19 7:32 PM