The Philadelphia Flyers won their fifth game in six opportunities Thursday night in Philadelphia.
They dispatched the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 in the second game of a three game home stand.
Matt Read scored twice, Vincent Lecavalier scored a power play goal and Scott Hartnell iced the game with an empty net goal to help lift the Flyers to 9-10-2. Ray Emery also made 29 saves.
After a forgettable first period, the Flyers regained their legs in the second period. They killed off the remaining time of a Buffalo power play and began pressuring the Sabres defense. For most of the second period, the orange and black dominated in possession and shots but could not seem to get one past Miller.
With five minutes left in the second period, the Flyers finally broke through with a goal from Read to tie the game at one goal apiece. Sean Couturier fed a pass to Steve Downie behind the net. Downie positioned himself to the bottom of the faceoff circle where he spotted Read in the middle of the ice. Read took the pass from Downie and fired it past Miller.
Read was not done though.
Two minutes later, Downie intercepted a pass in the Buffalo zone and found Read all alone in front of the net. Read, who showed the patience of a veteran, waited for Miller to make the first move before he roofed the puck to put the Flyers up 2-1. The Couturier line was all over the ice. As a whole, the line combined for six points.
Up 2-1 with ten minutes left in the third period, Lecavalier scored on a blistering slap shot. His goal put the Flyers up 3-1. Mark Streit and Claude Giroux were credited with the assists.
The Flyers were buzzing early in the game and Lecavalier almost scored on the first shift, but Sabres goalie Ryan Miller cut down the angle and Lecavalier was unable to get a good shot on net. After the power play, the Sabres took control and eventually scored on a power play with little time left in the first period.
-Matt Read has found his offensive groove. Read has 11 points in his last 14 games.
-Claude Giroux has five points – two goals, three assists – in his last five games.
-Ray Emery is 3-1 in his last four starts. He has allowed four goals during this stretch.