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Grier's last-second tally lifts Sabres past Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- While the Philadelphia Flyers seemed content
with playing overtime, the Buffalo Sabres had other plans.

Mike Grier's goal with 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation
lifted Buffalo to a 6-5 victory over the Flyers on Saturday.

The streaking Sabres have won five straight and are 12-1-2 in
the last 15 games to get within two points of Northeast
Division-leading Ottawa. Buffalo also had a 15-1-1 stretch earlier
in the season.

"We really played a tremendous game," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff
said. "We gave up scoring chances because maybe we were a little
too aggressive but that same aggressiveness won us a game."

Chris Drury, Teppo Numminen, Jochen Hecht, Jean-Pierre Dumont
and Daniel Briere also scored for Buffalo.

Mike Richards, Simon Gagne, Mike Knuble, Sami Kapanen and Brian
Savage scored for struggling Philadelphia, which came in one point
behind the first-place New York Rangers in the Atlantic Division.

Standing in front, Grier took a pass from Derek Roy behind the
net and slipped a shot past goaltender Antero Niittymaki for the
winning goal in a wide-open game that featured seven goals in the
second period.

"Roy kind of jumped their defenseman," Grier said. "I don't
think the defenseman saw him. He was able to pick his pocket and he
just threw it out to me. It was kind of just a bang-bang play."

Martin Biron replaced Ryan Miller after two periods and stopped
Philadelphia's only shot in the third. Miller gave up five goals on
20 shots.

The Flyers have lost five of their last seven games, with the
two victories coming in shootouts.

"It's a tough way to lose a game," Gagne said. "We had a lot
of chances, but you're not going to score with only one shot in the
third period."

Drury's power-play goal tied it at 5 in the third period. His
shot from the side of the net sailed over Niittymaki's shoulder.

Richards gave the Flyers a 5-4 lead in the second. Enforcer
Donald Brashear set up the goal with a rare display of offensive
skill. Brashear skated down the left side and sent a crisp pass to
the trailing Branko Radivojevic, who backhanded a pass to the
streaking Richards in the slot. Richards lifted a shot under the
crossbar for his 11th goal.

"We were up 5-4 and we stopped playing and they totally
outplayed us in the third," Flyers center Peter Forsberg said.
"We were not skating and not doing anything. We didn't work hard
for our chances."

Gagne tied it at 4 a few minutes earlier with his 38th goal. The
Sabres took their first lead, 4-3, when Numminen scored his first
goal of the season on a backhander following another odd-man rush
for Buffalo.

The injury-depleted Flyers were without defenseman Derian
Hatcher (knee), and center Michal Handzus (shoulder) missed his
sixth consecutive game. Defensemen Kim Johnsson (concussion) and
Chris Therien (head) remain out indefinitely, while former captain
Keith Primeau (concussion) is out for the season.

Savage broke a 2-all tie with Philadelphia's second short-handed
goal of the game. He ripped a slap shot from inside the left circle
past Miller. But Briere tied it at 3 on a power-play goal 1:15
later.

Dumont got Buffalo's first goal on a shot into a wide-open net
15 seconds into the second period. Hecht scored his 18th goal to
tie it at 2 during a scramble in which the Sabres had several
opportunities.

Knuble scored his 27th goal to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead early.
Knuble had been on Philadelphia's top line with Forsberg and Gagne,
but started with R.J. Umberger and Petr Nedved against the Sabres.

Kapanen's short-handed goal midway through the first period gave
Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. Kapanen picked up a loose puck near the
Flyers' blue line after a turnover by Thomas Vanek, skated down the
left side and lifted a shot into the top corner for his 10th goal.

Game notes
Flyers RW Turner Stevenson was a healthy scratch. Stevenson
was put on waivers earlier in the week, but remained with the team
after he wasn't claimed. ... The Flyers have 14 short-handed goals
this season. ... Buffalo is 15-11-2 when it doesn't score first,
26-5-3 when it does.