Schenn scores 2, lifts skidding Flyers over Sabres

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2014 at 10:48 pm •  Published: April 6, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers picked up their defense and their drive to snap their losing streak. Playing the lowly Buffalo Sabres helped, too.

Brayden Schenn scored two goals, and the Flyers broke a four-game skid with a 5-2 win over Buffalo on Sunday night.

Philadelphia, 0-2-2 in its previous four games, maintained third place in the Metropolitan Division — two points ahead of Columbus — by winning for the second time in eight games (2-4-2).

With four games remaining, the Flyers trail the second-place New York Rangers by two points, but have a game in hand.

"Our intensity was up and guys were skating and working right away in the game," Philadelphia coach Craig Berube said. "It was important for the confidence level just to get guys' spirits back up."

The Flyers hadn't played poorly during the losing streak, which included two defeats to Boston and one to St. Louis. The Bruins and Blues lead their respective conferences.

Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier and Zac Rinaldo scored second-period goals to put Philadelphia ahead 4-0. Matt Read also scored and Mark Streit had three assists.

"I thought we played a solid team game, defense-first mentality," Schenn said. "Two points is key. We just have to worry about ourselves and worry about the two points each night."

Cory Hodgson and Mike Weber scored third-period goals for Buffalo, which lost its sixth straight road game and fell to 2-13-1 in its last 16 overall.

The Sabres, assured of finishing with the fewest points in the NHL, have scored eight goals during their road skid.

Buffalo, already missing 10 players due to injuries, might have lost another as Chad Ruhwedel sustained a concussion on a third-period hit by Rinaldo, who was given a match penalty for the blow to Ruhwedel's head.

"There's no big brother for them," Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said of his inexperienced players. "They have to sink or swim, and certain games like this, it's going to catch up to us."

Rinaldo, who entered with a team-high 137 penalty minutes, racked up 16 on Sunday and could face an NHL suspension.

"I had a lot of speed going at him. I put my shoulder down, and as he shot the puck my shoulder hit him clearly," Rinaldo said. "Proof is in the pudding right there. I shouldn't have done it. There's no need for it. We're up 4-0, but it's part of the game.

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