"Actually I think I played the puck pretty bad today,'' said
Esche, obtained last summer from Phoenix as part of the deal that
sent Brian Boucher to the Coyotes. "I just stunk at it. At least I
didn't let any in. That's all that matters.''
Esche was rarely tested. His best stop was a glove save on a
shot from the right point by Dmitri Kalinin with 3:34 left. It was
his fourth career shutout.
Esche said that at one point, during a Sabres' rush, "I looked
like a newborn calf out there. I didn't know what I was doing.''
He added that his teammates don't get enough credit for their
"They're by far one of the best in the NHL,'' Esche said.
"It's not just the defensemen. It's the forwards knowing where to
be coming back. It's fun playing behind them.''
"The kid hasn't had an off night,'' Roenick said. "He has come
in and played with tremendous poise every single time he has been
in the net.''
The Flyers pelted Martin Biron with 33 shots while holding the
Sabres to their lowest shot total of the season. Biron came in with
a 3-1-1 record and 1.78 goals-against average in his last five
"The Flyers have some good offensive talent,'' Biron said. "A
lot of times we were trying to get out of our zone and their
forwards would do a good job coming back and getting the quick
It was the Flyers' first home shutout since Cechmanek beat Tampa
Bay 2-0 on Dec. 1, 2001.
Brashear put the Flyers ahead 1-0 with his second goal of the
season and first in 24 games. He snapped a wrist shot high in the
net from the left circle at 15:18 of the second period.
"It was a seeing-eye-dog shot that hit the top corner,''
Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "Brashear got it off right away. It
was a heck of a shot.''
Desjardins scored at 14:05 of the third when he beat Biron with
a shot from the point on a breakaway.
Philadelphia is the only NHL team unbeaten when scoring
first (12-0-5). ... Buffalo had won the last five games against the
Flyers. ... Buffalo's Miroslav Satan had a five game point-scoring
streak (5-6-11) snapped. ... The Flyers are 0-17 on the power play
in their last four games. ... Buffalo has won only two of 14 road
games (2-9-2-1). ... The Sabres have scored the fewest goals (63)
in the Eastern Conference. ... Buffalo LW Jochen Hecht missed his
third straight game with a head injury.
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Arena: Wells Fargo Center Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Mike Leggo Linesmen: Lyle Seitz
Attendance: 19,262 (98.8% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Donald Brashear (2)
Assists: Michal Handzus, Chris Therien
Eric Desjardins (3)
Assists: Mark Recchi, Eric Weinrich