Final SO

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Buffalo leads 3-1

Game 1: Monday, December 19th
Game 2: Thursday, February 2nd
Game 3: Saturday, March 11th
Game 4: Friday, April 7th

Sabres 2

(23-10-1, 47 pts)

Flyers 1

(19-8-5, 43 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 19, 2005

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 SO T
BUF 0 0 1 12
PHI 0 1 0 01

Top Skaters

Buffalo: M. Afinogenov - 1 A, 4 SOG, +1

Philadelphia: M. Handzus - 1 A, 2 SOG, Even

Buffalo (22-10-1) at Philadelphia (19-8-4) 7:00 pm EST

Buffalo (22-10-1) at Philadelphia (19-8-4) 7:00 pm EST

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) - Thanks to the league's hottest goaltender, the Buffalo Sabres are closing in on the top spot in the Northeast Division.

Martin Biron can become the first netminder in nearly 13 years to win 14 consecutive starts Monday when the Sabres go for their seventh straight victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.

With a 2.34 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage during his streak, Biron looks to be the first goalie to win 14 starts in a row since Tom Barrasso with Pittsburgh in 1992-1993.

Buffalo is 14-1-1 since November 12 and can move within one point of the first-place Senators. The Sabres also can win their ninth consecutive road contest, one shy of the league record.

Biron made 13 saves and Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and two assists as Buffalo rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Searching for its 20th victory of the season, Philadelphia has won three of its last four contests despite the loss of several key players, including leading goal-scorer Simon Gagne and goaltender Robert Esche.

Mike Knuble and R.J. Umberger scored twice for the Flyers in Saturday's 5-2 triumph over the woeful St. Louis Blues.

Philadelphia went 2-1-1 against Buffalo in 2003-2004.