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Sabres 3, Flyers 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:46 AM

Associated Press

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Sabres 3, Flyers 2
Buffalo Sabres 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Tyler Ennis described his first game in the NHL as an awesome experience.

Ennis scored his first NHL goal and Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots to help the Buffalo Sabres snap the Philadelphia Flyers' five game winning streak, 3-2 on Saturday night.

Ennis, the 26th pick in the 2008 draft, earned a spot in the Buffalo lineup in place of injured right winger Drew Stafford.

"You dream of playing in the NHL, and that first goal was just indescribable," Ennis said. "It was really just extreme excitement hopping on the ice for the first time, a pretty awesome feeling."

Stafford sustained a hip flexor injury Friday night against Calgary while playing in his 200th NHL game. Ennis was recalled from Portland of the AHL and arrived in Philadelphia about 90 minutes before the game.

"I thought he (Ennis) played a great game," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "He gave us some energy, he made a couple of great plays. He could have had a couple of goals in the game ... and he even took a run at (Chris) Pronger."

Thomas Vanek and Paul Gaustad also scored for the Sabres, who never trailed and won their third straight game.

Pronger and Jeff Carter netted third-period goals for the Flyers.

Miller (12-2-1) was aided by a strong Buffalo defense that constantly thwarted the Flyers from in-close. He was at his best midway through the second period when he stopped Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell on the doorstep on successive flurries.

"They've been playing smart," Miller said of the defense. "Our defensemen don't allow the other team to get the puck where they want it. That sets everything up and makes it a little easier for all the other guys."

Vanek put the Sabres ahead during a power play at 3:11 of the first period with a one-timer from the slot.

Ennis made it 2-0 at 14:50 of the second, sending a wrist shot from just below the left circle that sailed under the armpit of Ray Emery, who made 22 saves.

"We made it harder by playing catch-up hockey with penalties in the first period," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "We got frustrated a little bit and allowed them to get a little momentum."

Pronger brought the Flyers to within 2-1 at 2:43 of the third when he snapped a shot through a screen, but Gaustad restored Buffalo's two-goal edge at 6:25 on a power play.

Carter scored a short-handed goal during a skirmish in front of the net at 10:21 to again bring the Flyers within one goal.

Briere said that the Sabres were still thinking about the Flyers' 5-2 win in Buffalo on Nov. 6.

"I think their coaching staff used that game as motivation," said Briere, a former Sabres player.

NOTES: Philadelphia LW James van Riemsdyk was scratched (flu). ... Flyers D Ryan Parent returned after missing four games (lower body). ... Sabres RW Jason Pominville hit the post during a power play late in the first period.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:11
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Clarke MacArthur (5), Derek Roy (10)
1 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
14:50
BUF
Tyler Ennis (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tim Kennedy (4), Patrick Kaleta (3)
2 - 0 BUF
3rd Period
02:43
PHI
Chris Pronger (4) Snap shot - ASST: Jeff Carter (12), Daniel Briere (3)
2 - 1 BUF
06:25
BUF
PPG - Paul Gaustad (4) Tip-in - ASST: Tyler Myers (6), Adam Mair (1)
3 - 1 BUF
10:21
PHI
SHG - Jeff Carter (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Richards (8), Kimmo Timonen (11)
3 - 2 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
01:28
PHI
Daniel Carcillo  Cross checking against  Tyler Myers
09:37
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Hooking against  Daniel Briere
12:34
PHI
Ryan Parent  Slashing against  Tyler Myers
17:21
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Interference against  Derek Roy
18:03
PHI
Chris Pronger  Roughing against  Paul Gaustad
18:03
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Roughing against  Chris Pronger
2nd Period
00:36
PHI
Darroll Powe  Hooking against  Derek Roy
07:03
PHI
Jeff Carter  Slashing against  Andrej Sekera
07:57
BUF
Chris Butler  Slashing against  Chris Pronger
3rd Period
04:04
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Slashing against  Mike Richards
04:29
BUF
Chris Butler  Cross checking against  Daniel Briere
04:29
PHI
Daniel Briere  Hi-sticking against  Chris Butler
04:29
PHI
Daniel Briere  Hi-sticking against  Chris Butler
09:20
PHI
Chris Pronger  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:12
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Hi-sticking against  Daniel Briere
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .935SH: 2 - 3
Ray Emery
Ray Emery
10-4-1
SA: 25TOI: 58:49
Saves: 22EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0