Sabres blow 3 goal lead, fall to Flyers

December 8, 2011 Updated Dec 8, 2011 at 12:59 AM EDT

By WKBW News


Sabres blow 3 goal lead, fall to Flyers

December 8, 2011 Updated Dec 8, 2011 at 12:59 AM EDT

Buffalo ( The Sabres got off to the start they wanted, they just didn't have the finish against Philadelphia in a 5-4 overtime loss on Wednesday night.

Claude Giroux scored the game winning goal in OT for the Flyers. Giroux skated in on a breakaway following a terrible turnover by Sabres defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani. The goal was a brutal end to a tough night for the Sabres.

Things started out great for the home team. Ville Leino, Zack Kassian and Thomas Vanek all scored in the first period to give the Sabres a 3-0 lead. The Flyers would cut into that lead at 19:59 in the first when Maxime Talbot scored with 1 second left in the period.

The second belonged to the Flyers. Matt Read and Scott Hartnell scored just over 9 minutes apart to tie the game at three. Jaromir Jagr would score his 9th of the year at 17:48 in the second to give Philadelphia a 4-3 lead.

It would stay that way until late in the third period when the Sabres would score with Ryan Miller pulled out of the game to add the extra attacker. Jason Pominville set up Drew Stafford at 18:25 to tie things at 4.
Stafford's 5th of the year forced overtime.

Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff said on Wednesday that he would like the league to look at a hit by the Flyers Marc-Andre Bourdon. Bourdon hit Nathan Gerbe from behind in the second period. Gerbe left the game and did not return. Bourdon was given a minor for boarding, and a 5 minute major for fighting after Sabres forward Matt Ellis stood up for Gerbe following the hit.

The Sabres are now 1-5-1 in their last 7 at home. They host Florida on Friday.

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