Flyers end preseason with a lopsided defeat

The Flyers' Jon Kalinski gets tangled with the Sabres' Chris Butler in front of Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller. Buffalo outshot the Flyers, 35-27, in the final preseason game for both teams.
The Flyers' Jon Kalinski gets tangled with the Sabres' Chris Butler in front of Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller. Buffalo outshot the Flyers, 35-27, in the final preseason game for both teams.
Posted: October 04, 2010

The Buffalo Sabres erupted for four goals in less than four second-period minutes, pulling away from a 3-2 lead en route to a 9-3 exhibition win over the visiting Flyers Sunday night at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo.

The Flyers, who used just a few regulars, concluded the exhibition season with a 5-2-1 record.

They start the season Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Goalie Johan Backlund, who made his first appearance of the preseason, allowed seven goals before being replaced by rookie Sergei "Bob" Bobrovsky midway through the game.

Backlund is trying to make a comeback from hip surgery.

The Flyers, on goals by Dan Carcillo and Matt Walker, took a 2-0 first-period lead before Buffalo scored the next eight goals. Carcillo received a game misconduct in the second period.

Derek Roy had two goals for the Sabres (4-2), whose nine-goal outburst was the most by an NHL team in the preseason.

Rookie Mike Testwuide scored the Flyers' third goal. Testwuide and veteran Bill Guerin are among the players battling for a roster spot.

The Flyers have 33 players on their roster and must get down to 23 by Wednesday.

- Sam Carchidi

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