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.