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Flyers' frustration boils over

1/14/2004

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Philadelphia Flyers star Jeremy Roenick
took out his frustration on referee Blaine Angus.

Roenick was thrown out of the Flyers' 6-2 loss to Buffalo on
Tuesday night game after receiving a gross misconduct and an
unsportsmanlike conduct penalties with less than six minutes to go.

Roenick, who was high-sticked earlier in the game by a teammate,
caught another high stick to the face in the third, but this time
by a Sabre.

Angus told Roenick he did not see the play, which caused Roenick
to erupt. His mouth bloodied, Roenick threw a water bottle at Angus
and was ejected.

"NHL, wake up!" Roenick said. "Blaine Angus is standing right
in front of me and he says he doesn't see it. What is he looking
at? The National Hockey League has to step in and tell these guys
to open up their eyes."

Roenick continued by calling the officiating "terrible,
absolutely terrible. Blaine Angus did an absolutely terrible job."

Philadelphia is 0-4-1-1 in its last six game, and has been
outscored 22-8 during the stretch.

"It's a tough time for the organization and us," Flyers coach
Ken Hitchcock said. "Playing teams and not winning games gets
frustrating at times."

Philadelphia has just three wins in its last 18 games, but still
has a three-point lead over New Jersey in the Atlantic Division.

Curtis Brown had two goals and Mika Noronen made 35 saves for
the Sabres, 2-1-1 in their last four games.

Chris Drury added a goal and two assists, Jason Botterill had a
goal and an assist, and Daniel Briere and Chris Taylor also scored
for the Sabres, who have earned points in nine of their last 12
games since snapping a seven-game losing streak.

"We need to battle up the standings and come together as a
team," said Brown, who had his first two-goal game of the season
and 11th multigoal game of his career. "They have a good team and
Mika came up with big saves when we needed them."

Kim Johnsson and Tony Amonte scored for Philadelphia, which
hasn't won in its last six games in Buffalo (0-5-1).

"This is unlike our hockey club," Hitchcock said.

The Flyers unraveled in the third after Briere and Botterill
scored power-play goals 21 seconds apart to make it 5-2 after
Philadelphia defenseman Chris Therien received a five-minute major
and a game misconduct for spearing.

Philadelphia started the game in good shape, scoring just 2:43
in Johnsson's slap shot. Drury, though, tied it just eight seconds
later with a wrist shot that got past goalie Jeff Hackett.

Amonte gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead at 9:50 of the first with
his 12th of the season, but Brown tied it with his first of the
game just over four minutes later.

Philadelphia scored two goals in the first period for the second
time in 21 games, while it was the first time the Sabres had two
first-period goals since Nov. 5 against Atlanta.

"They scored two minutes into the game and you can't be
happy," Noronen said. "I had to wake up and realize it's not
practice."

Brown's eighth of the season put Buffalo up 3-2 with 1:43
remaining in the second. After Drury let go a slap shot from the
top of the left circle, Brown slid home the rebound following
Hackett's pad save.

"We knew we had to go out hard in the third period and we
did," Brown said.

Taylor capped the scoring at 13:01 of the third.

Hackett finished with 19 saves for the Flyers.

Game notes
Hackett played in his 500th game. ... The two teams played
a 1-1 tie six days ago in Buffalo. ... The last Philadelphia win in
Buffalo came on April 8, 2001. ... Roenick had an assist on
Johnsson's goal, his 100th helper as a Flyer. He's two assists shy
of Gary Suter for fourth place on the career assists list for
American-born players (641).