Score: Flyers 4, Sabres 2
How it happened: Nik Zherdev pushed a well-placed, cross-slot pass from Mike Richards past Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller at 16:44 of the second period to put the Flyers ahead 3-1. It came after the Flyers survived a lopsided first period onslaught and before they survived a third period in which the Sabres had a five-on-three power play.
Heroes: Brian Boucher's play in the last 10 minutes of the first period saved the Flyers from what might have become an imposing Sabres lead. Released from the press box, Zherdev scored the third goal. Defenseman Kimmo Timonen was great, as usual.