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PHILADELPHIA -- Simon Gagne, Max Talbot and Claude Giroux scored goals to help the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 18 shots, but teammate Brayden Schenn made the biggest save of the night to prevent a tying goal in the third period.

Brian Flynn and Jochen Hecht had Buffalo's goals. The Sabres (9-14-3) are winless in the past four games.

The Flyers (12-14-1) snapped a three-game losing streak.

Down 3-1 in the third period, the Sabres got within one when Hecht scored a short-handed goal. A turnover by Giroux led to a 2-on-1 breakaway for Buffalo. Steve Ott took control of the puck, skated up ice and fed Hecht, who ripped a shot that hit Bryzgalov's glove and trickled in.

The Sabres nearly scored again on the same penalty. Cody Hodgson's slap shot slipped behind Bryzgalov, but Schenn swiped the puck out before it crossed the goal line.

Perhaps inspired by a team meeting following a 3-0 loss at Boston on Saturday, the Flyers came out strong.

After Ryan Miller made excellent saves on Schenn and Jakub Voracek in the opening minute, he gave up a soft one when Gagne scored a power-play goal less than five minutes in to put Philadelphia up 1-0. Kimmo Timonen sent a long pass to Gagne ahead of the defense. Gagne took a few strides, sensed the defenders closing in and snapped a shot that went under Miller's arm.

Talbot made it 2-0 just over four minutes later. Ruslan Fedotenko stripped the puck away from Ott along the left side and started a 2-on-1 breakaway with Talbot, who was streaking down the center. Fedotenko's crossing pass was right on the tape, and Talbot lifted it in for his 15th career short-handed goal.

Flynn cut Buffalo's deficit to 2-1 midway through the first, putting a rebound past Bryzgalov. The Sabres took advantage of a mental blunder by the Flyers, who played a man short after a turnover in their own zone because nobody replaced Danny Briere as he came off the ice for a shift change.

Giroux gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead just 17 seconds into the second period. He took a pass from Timonen at center ice, niftily skated past two defenders and fired a shot past Miller.

Miller stopped 25 of 28 Philadelphia shots.

NOTES: Bryzgalov made his 11th straight start and 25th in 27 games. ... Talbot's goal was Philadelphia's first short-handed tally this season and the fourth allowed by the Sabres. ... Buffalo's Tyler Ennis left the game after getting checked headfirst into the boards by Wayne Simmonds in the first period. Simmonds wasn't penalized. Mike Weber immediately went after Simmonds, and the two fought. ... Flynn has scored a goal in two straight games. ... The teams meet one more time this season, April 13 in Buffalo.
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