Lecavalier's Winner Snaps Goalless Drought

Vincent Lecavalier's scoring drought reached 13 games heading into Tuesday's game against Buffalo.

Snapping it in the final 15 seconds of the game not only got the monkey off his back but proved to be the game-winner. The Flyers snapped a two-game skid in the process, beating the Sabres 4-3.

It was the 10th goal on the season for Lecavalier, who has battled consistently staying healthy. Prior to the back injury, Lecavalier had been consistently one of the Flyers' best offensive players.

It was a see-saw game for both teams.

Cody Hodgson put the Sabres up early in the first period. The Flyers didn't have an answer until 1 minute, 40 seconds into the second period thanks to Jakub Voracek's 13th goal of the season.

Voracek's goal came on the power play, and was set up by Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds finished with two assists in the game, giving him 17 points in the last 14 games.

Five of the game's seven goals came in the third period. It started with Matt D'Agostini's goal 6:27 into the third to put Buffalo up 2-1.

Like they've done all season, the Flyers answered with two quick goals to take a 3-2 lead.

With 6:32 to play, Brayden Schenn scored his 12th of the season to tie the game back up, 2-2.

With 4:07 left, Scott Hartnell's 11th goal, and third point of the night, put the Flyers up 3-2. He has five goals and nine assists for 14 points in the last 14 games.

Not even a minute went by when Buffalo tied the game back up with Tyler Ennis' one-timer.

In the final seconds of the game, Matt Read pulled a loose puck from a scrum in front of the net and sent it to the left circle to Lecavalier. Lecavalier blasted the one-timer through traffic and past a sprawling Jhonas Enroth to give the Flyers the lead and win.

Read's assist came in his first game back after missing six games with a lower-body injury. He skated 18:24 of ice time including a forwards-leading 3:43 on the penalty kill and blocked shot to go with his assist.


John Russo
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