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Live from Philly -- Flyers vs. Sabres

PHILADELPHIA -- Sabres prospect Luke Adam is set to make his NHL debut after veteran center Rob Niedermayer stayed behind in Buffalo to be with his wife as they celebrated the birth of their daughter.

Adam had two goals and two assists in his first game this season in the AHL and had five goals and 10 points in eight games overall. He's expected to play on the third line between rookie Tyler Ennis and veteran Mike Grier.

Craig Rivet returned to the lineup after missing the last game with a sore shoulder. Andrek Sekera was scratched to make room for Rivet in a curious decision. Sekera had played better than he did last season and could have an undisclosed injury.

The Flyers honored the late Andy Ashbee before the game, sending his No. 4 to the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center. Philly has been struggling lately with four losses in the last five games. Coach Peter Laviolette unloaded on them after a 2-1 loss to Columbus.

-- Bucky Gleason

THIRD PERIOD

19:22: Jeff Carter gives the Flyers a 5-1 lead with a two-man advantage after Daniel Briere sends a cross-ice pass to Mike Richards, who finds Carter just outside the crease. The misery continues for Buffalo. Any chance Ruff pulls Miller out of mercy?

12:54: Andreas Nodl is in the box for hooking.

12:50: Tyler Myers scores on the power play for his third goal in four games after Derek Roy wins a faceoff. Thomas Vanek does a good job screening Bobnosky in front of the net. He had no chance. At least that stops the bleeding, for now.

7:28: Steve Montador fires a wrist shot just inside the post to bring the Sabres to within 5-3. Tim Connolly set up the play with a perfect pass into the high slot. The Sabres are playing much better in the third period while giving the Flyers all they can handle. Too little, too late.

3:20: Ville Leino nearly scores after a spin-o-rama deep in the Buffalo zone before Miller stops his backhander. It was one of few chances for Philly in the third period.

1:10: Thomas Vanek appears to score his second goal, but officials immediately wave off the goal on the grounds it was kicked into the net. It was confirmed by off-ice officials.

0:36: Andreas Nodl scores into an empty net.

0:00: Flyers 6, Sabres 3. Off to Atlanta. 

SECOND PERIOD

18:30: Jochen Hecht nearly scores off a great pass from Drew Stafford in front of the net, but Bobrovsky makes a great glove save. The play actually started in the other end when Chris Butler raced to a loose puck and sent a perfect pass to the far blue line, allowing the Sabres to get the puck deep.

15:17: The Flyers take a 2-1 lead when Nikolay Zherdev scores with a wrist shot from the right circle while Daniel Briere bumped into Miller from behind. The Sabres had a beef that the goal should have been immediately waved off for goalie interference, but it's not a reviewable play. Briere had more control of the crease than Miller.

8:16: Philly goes ahead, 3-1, when Darrell Powe converts a pass from Claude Giroux for an easy goal after the Sabres were caught on a two-on-one. Tim Connolly coughed up the puck in the Philly zone, and the Flyers took off in transition with Giroux and Powe against Steve Montador. Miller had no chance as Powe tapped a shot into the open side.

7:17: Gerbe goes off for slashing, giving the Flyers another power play and a chance to build more momemtum after three straight goals.

5:24: This is getting ugly. Giroux scores unassisted on the power play to give the Flyers a 4-1 lead after he wins a faceoff against Paul Gaustad, Gaustad falls down and Giroux's pass in front bounces off a skate and lands behind Miller.

2:00: Miller is keeping the score within reason because it could easily be 6-1 or 7-1. He stopped Briere twice, including a great chance outside the crease, and took away another opportunity from Scott Hartnell. The Sabres are scrambling and looking lost in their own zone.

1:20: Butler is sent off for roughing Giroux behind the play. Not a good penalty under the circumstances. The Sabres are getting frustrated.

:02: Craig Rivet takes a cross-checking penalty after a scrum in front of the net. The Flyers will gave a two-man advantage for 40 seconds going into the third period. The period can't end soon enough for Buffalo, which looks like its becoming unglued.

FIRST PERIOD

17:30: Adam jumps over the boards with Ennis and Grier for his first shift. The Sabres did a great job of getting the puck out of the zone, leading to Adam recording his first scoring chance. Grier found him in the high slot, but his quick wrist shot was kicked aside by Sergei Bobrovsky.

15:48: Cody McCormick unloaded a slapper near the left circle that never made it through, negating what was developing into a good scoring opportunity. Chris Butler has played much better over the past four or five games. He's been playing with Myers, but if anybody has benefited from the arrangement, it's been Myers.

13:40: The Ennis-Adam-Grier line has been the Sabres' best in the early going. Adam created another chance when he moved between the circles and attempted a backhand. He also went hard to the net looking for a rebound off a shot from the point. Grier missed him wide open in the slot.

12:56: Jody Shelly was sent off for slashing, giving the Sabres their first power play. Philly goes into the game with the ninth-ranked PK.

11:06: The Sabres take a 1-0 lead when Vanek scores while parked outside the crease and deflecting Steve Montador's shot from the point. Chris Pronger looked dumbfounded along with several of his teammates. What's that about Vanek being soft? He has four goals in his past four games, all but one coming about 2 inches from the crease.

10:23: Old friend Danny Briere, who has five goals and no assists, is stopped by Miller after breaking free through the Buffalo zone.

7:24: Adam almost had his first NHL goal, but his attempt to bury a rebound bounced off the post. Moments later, he's in the box for interference.

6:50: Pronger breaks his stick with a slapper from the point, but the shot handcuffs Miller and is sliding toward the goal line before Craig Leopold comes to the rescue. Great play.

5:19 Steve Montador is whistled for hooking Ville Leino in front of the net, giving the Flyers a two-man advantage for seven seconds and forcing the Sabres to kill another penalty.

4:45: Briere scores his sixth of the season after being allowed to walk from behind the Buffalo net, take a wrist shot on Miller and still have time to tap his own rebound out of the air and into the short side to tie the game, 1-1. Briere can't be left along in around the net for that long.

2:19: Darroll Powe is in the box after running into Ryan Miller. Jeff Carter took a swipe at Patrick Kaleta, but the Angola native wasn't biting.

0:50: Tim Connolly made a terrible pass out of the zone in yet another attempt to make the cute play rather than the smart one. It all but killed off the 30 seconds that remained on the PP.

End of period.

Buffalo 1, Philly 1.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

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