Flyers Fight Back, Beat Sabres

The Flyers came back from a three-goal deficit for the second time in three games.

Facing a three-goal deficit for the second time in three games, the Philadelphia Flyers fought back and escaped with another road win thanks to Claude Giroux.

Giroux scored 2:27 into overtime, and the Flyers skated off with a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night. Philadelphia trailed 3-0 in the first period, but grabbed a 4-3 lead before the second period was over.

"That's the type of team we are, we don't quit," said Giroux, who surged to the top of the NHL scoring race with a four-point night. "We have a lot of character, and we're having a lot of fun here. The second period we played our game, and the third period, too."

Down 3-0 late in the first period, the Flyers cranked up their offense against a Sabres squad that has struggled at home. Philadelphia (16-7-3) scored four times on 10 shots bridging the first and second periods and went on to win their third straight.

Rookie Matt Read, Scott Hartnell, and Jaromir Jagr scored in the second period, and Maxime Talbot added a goal with 1 second left in the first.
"It's something you don't want to do, get behind three goals, because sooner or later it's going to come back and become a bad loss," Hartnell said. "But there was lots of hockey left, and we kept going. As the game went on, we got stronger and stronger."

Buffalo's Drew Stafford sent the game into overtime with a goal with 1:35 left in regulation before Giroux's second straight overtime winner. Giroux intercepted Marc-Andre Gragnani's errant pass in the Philadelphia zone and raced up ice on a breakaway before slipping the puck between Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller's legs on a nifty deke.

"I was just trying to freeze him and try and find a hole," said Giroux, who has 36 points this season.

The Flyers are an NHL-best 10-3-1 on the road.

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