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Flyers Stay Hot With Win Over Sabres

NEW JERSEY 101.5

Matt Read scored a pair of goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to their fifth win in six games, 4-1 over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Matt Read, Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Read of the Philadelphia Flyers (c.) celebrates his second goal of the game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. (Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)

Vincent Lecavalier also scored and Scott Hartnell added an empty-net goal for the Flyers, who set a season-high with 46 shots.

Read’s goals came 1:40 apart late in the second period. Steve Downie and Sean Couturier assisted on both tallies for Philadelphia (9-10-2), which outshot Buffalo 46-30.

Tyler Myers netted the lone goal for Buffalo, which is 1-3 under interim coach Ted Nolan and an NHL-worst 5-18-1 this season.

The game was the first between two First Nations head coaches. Nolan is Ojibwe, and from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Flyers coach Craig Berube is part-Cree and from Calahoo, Alberta.

Myers beat Ray Emery from close range in the first period to stake Buffalo to a 1-0 lead. But Read tied it with a one-timer from the slot with 6:51 left in the second.

Read gave Philadelphia a one-goal advantage by deking goalie Ryan Miller, while all alone in front of the crease, and putting a highlight-reel shot into the top of the net with 4:11 remaining in the period.

Lecavalier’s one-timed slap shot from the right circle midway through the third to make it 3-1.

Ville Leino and Tyler Ennis had assists for Buffalo, which has lost three straight.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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