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Flyers take down struggling Sabres

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Read scored twice and Ray Emery stopped 29 shots as Philadelphia continued its recent success with a 4-1 decision over Buffalo on Thursday.

Vincent Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell also lit the lamp for the Flyers, who improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games.

Steve Downie and Sean Couturier added a pair of assists for Philly, which won for the first time all season when trailing after one period.

"We had our opportunities and we shot as much as we always say we need to shoot more so I guess tonight was one of those nights," Lecavalier said about facing Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller. "He was hot, I think he had 25 saves and we only scored one goal, so that's obviously a pretty good average. But we just kept coming and maybe that's the difference between now and what it was a month and a half ago."

Tyler Myers notched the lone goal and Miller made 42 saves for the Sabres, losers of three in a row and eight of the last 11.

Philly moved ahead 3-1 just after the midway point of the third period while on the power play, as defenseman Mark Streit fed Lecavalier for a blistering drive from the right circle.

Miller was called to the bench for an extra skater with 1:10 remaining. The Sabres had two shifts of pressure on Emery, but Hartnell flipped a shot into the empty net inside of 11 seconds on the clock.

"It doesn't take rocket science to figure it out. We have to do simple things," said Sabres head coach Ted Nolan of his team's continued struggles. "We have to play the game. We have turnovers and we can't take foolish penalties. We can't take a bounce off the puck and slip in corners. We have to play a smarter game. And to play within what our strengths are."

After skirting disaster due to a brief two-man disadvantage, the Sabres picked up a score with 92 seconds remaining in the first period. Three Buffalo players had chances in close on either side of Emery in a goal-mouth scramble, and Myers was credited with the final poke from the left side.

The Flyers finally equalized with 5:51 left in the second, when Downie's feed from the right boards led to Read's knuckling one-timer from the slot.

Read put the hosts ahead less than two minutes later. Left alone in the slot after a failed Buffalo clear, he took a Downie dish, pulled Miller into the butterfly and roofed a shot from in close.

"I think he creates offense for them on that line," Flyers head coach Craig Berube said of Downie. "He has very good vision with the puck and he's strong with the puck, makes a lot of little plays. He is a good player along the walls, doesn't panic with the puck along the walls."

Game Notes

Before Read's first score, the Sabres hadn't allowed a goal to the Flyers in their last 133:52 of game time, dating back to a 3-2 loss in Philadelphia on March 10 -- which included a 1-0 victory in Buffalo on April 13 ...The contest marked the first time in NHL history that both head coaches were members of the Canadian First Nations: Nolan (Ojibwe) and Berube (Cree) ... The Flyers have won six of the eight meetings with the Sabres since the start of the 2011-12 season ... Philadelphia also improved to 8-5-1 (including playoffs) against Nolan as Buffalo bench boss ... The Sabres welcomed back forward Mikhail Grigorenko after a three-game absence, while forward Luke Adam and defenseman Brayden McNabb, recalled from AHL Rochester on Wednesday, made their season debuts.

11/21 23:41:06 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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