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Briere scores twice as Flyers top Sabres

Mar 21, 2009 - 3:35 AM
BUFFALO, New York (AP) -- For Daniel Briere, hockey probably hasn't been exactly enjoyable these last few months.

Battling a variety of injuries, the Philadelphia center finally broke through with two goals in a 6-4 victory over Buffalo on Friday night.

The former Buffalo star scored twice in a 2:05 span in the second period to bring the Flyers back from a 3-2 deficit and give them a 4-3 lead. It was his first multi-goal game in more than six months, dating to October 18 at San Jose. But it was also his first goal since November 11 at the New York Islanders.

"On the first one, a lot of weight came off my shoulders," said Briere, who missed 53 games with groin and stomach problems. "The second one I got to enjoy a little more."

"He really came through for us," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "We were kind of on our heels for a little bit. He scored a couple of big goals, and that's obviously great for us."

The win not only gave the Flyers a season sweep of the four-game series against Buffalo, but also kept Philadelphia tied with Pittsburgh for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have 86 points.

"This is huge," Briere said. "If we split, we're a lot closer to each other. It makes a huge difference. We're in control of our own destiny instead of needing some help from other teams."

Buffalo, meanwhile, remained 10th in the conference race with 76 points. The Sabres have won only once in their last six games in what is becoming a more desperate climb back into contention.

"It's going to be tough," Buffalo captain Craig Rivet said. "We're here to battle and we're going to do everything we can. We're not going to quit."

"We have to keep the effort and keep working at it," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "We didn't score on our chances and they scored on theirs. That was probably a big turning point for them."

Mike Richards had a power-play goal and two assists, and Simon Gagne, Mike Knuble and Jeff Carter also scored to help Philadelphia snap a two-game losing streak. Martin Biron made 39 saves and Kimmo Timonen had three assists.

Thomas Vanek, Dominic Moore, Derek Roy and Chris Butler scored for Buffalo. Goalie Patrick Lalime stopped 25 shots.

Briere's first goal tied it at 3 with 2:40 to go in the second period, slapping in a rebound from about 12 feet out. He then scored the go-ahead goal with 35 seconds remaining, firing in a slap shot from the slot.

Knuble added an insurance goal 4:31 into the third period, batting in a rebound from in front. The goal was only granted after a lengthy video review proved to be inconclusive, thus upholding the ruling of the on-ice officials.

Carter finished off a 2-on-1 with two minutes to go, and Butler scored a last-ditch goal with 1.2 seconds remaining.

In the first period, Richards missed on a penalty shot with 2:14 remaining, ringing his wrist shot off a goalpost. He made up for it 42 seconds later, opening the scoring on a low wrist shot which got between two defensemen and past Lalime.

In a back-and-forth second period, each team scored three times. Buffalo grabbed a 2-1 lead on goals by Vanek and Moore in the first 6:22, but Gagne tied it at 2-2 with a power-play goal at 10:14. Roy again put the Sabres up with 5:54 to go before Briere scored twice to put Philadelphia back on top.

"In the second, they came out extremely hard," Biron said. "We had to do a good job against a team that was desperate."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PHILADELPHIA 1 3 2 6
    BUFFALO 0 3 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - (PP) MIKE RICHARDS 28 (KIMMO TIMONEN) 18:28
    2ND PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 35 (JASON POMINVILLE, TIM CONNOLLY) 3:55
    BUF - DOMINIC MOORE 13 (PATRICK KALETA, DANIEL PAILLE) 6:22
    PHI - (PP) SIMON GAGNE 28 (MIKE RICHAR

    Mar 20 10:13 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 6
    BUFFALO 4
    3RD PRD: BUF - CHRIS BUTLER 1 (MAXIM AFINOGENOV, DOMINIC MOORE) 19:58

    Flyers 6, Sabres 4  3rd - 0:02Mar 20 10:13 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 6
    BUFFALO 3
    3RD PRD: PHI - JEFF CARTER 39 (KIMMO TIMONEN) 17:49

    Flyers 6, Sabres 3  3rd - 2:11Mar 20 10:09 PM
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    PHILADELPHIA 5
    BUFFALO 3
    3RD PRD: PHI - MIKE KNUBLE 25 (CLAUDE GIROUX, SIMON GAGNE) 4:31

    Flyers 5, Sabres 3  3rd - 15:29Mar 20 9:44 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PHILADELPHIA 1 3 4
    BUFFALO 0 3 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - (PP) MIKE RICHARDS 28 (KIMMO TIMONEN) 18:28
    2ND PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 35 (JASON POMINVILLE, TIM CONNOLLY) 3:55
    BUF - DOMINIC MOORE 13 (PATRICK KALETA, DANIEL PAILLE) 6:22
    PHI - (PP) SIMON GAGNE 28

    Mar 20 9:14 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 4
    BUFFALO 3
    2ND PRD: PHI - DANIEL BRIERE 7 (MIKE RICHARDS, MATTHEW CARLE) 19:25

    Flyers 4, Sabres 3  2nd - 0:35Mar 20 9:13 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 3
    BUFFALO 3
    2ND PRD: PHI - DANIEL BRIERE 6 (MATTHEW CARLE, ARRON ASHAM) 17:20

    Flyers 3, Sabres 3  2nd - 2:40Mar 20 9:10 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 2
    BUFFALO 3
    2ND PRD: BUF - DEREK ROY 26 (JOCHEN HECHT, DREW STAFFORD) 14:06

    Flyers 2, Sabres 3  2nd - 5:54Mar 20 9:00 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 2
    BUFFALO 2
    2ND PRD: PHI - (PP) SIMON GAGNE 28 (UNASSISTED) 10:14

    Flyers 2, Sabres 2  2nd - 9:46Mar 20 8:54 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 1
    BUFFALO 2
    2ND PRD: BUF - DOMINIC MOORE 13 (PATRICK KALETA, DANIEL PAILLE) 6:22

    Flyers 1, Sabres 2  2nd - 13:38Mar 20 8:42 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 1
    BUFFALO 1
    2ND PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 35 (JASON POMINVILLE, TIM CONNOLLY) 3:55

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PHILADELPHIA 1 1
    BUFFALO 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - (PP) MIKE RICHARDS 28 (KIMMO TIMONEN) 18:28
    MISSED PENALTY SHOTS: PHI - MIKE RICHARDS, 17:46 1ST.
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PHI 9 9
    BUF 13

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    PHILADELPHIA 1
    BUFFALO 0
    1ST PRD: PHI - (PP) MIKE RICHARDS 28 (KIMMO TIMONEN) 18:28

    Flyers 1, Sabres 0  1st - 1:32Mar 20 8:14 PM
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