PHILADELPHIA -- The third line delivered when the Philadelphia Flyers needed a spark.
Right winger Matt Read scored two goals 1:40 apart in the second period, center Vincent Lecavalier had a power-play goal and the streaking Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Thursday night.
The Flyers moved out of last place in the Metropolitan Division with their fifth win in six games. They're 5-0-1 during that span and 8-3-1 after a 1-7 start.
Philadelphia couldn't get one past Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller until the line of Read, center Sean Couturier and right winger Steve Downie came through.
"The first period we got away from our system," Read said. "We were playing kind of like pond hockey. We weren't playing smart, physical hockey like playing with pucks deep and going to work. Downie, Couturier and I talked on the bench saying: 'Let's keep it simple, let's keep getting the pucks deep and go to work and you know things will go our way.' It happened. We had back to back shifts, caught a couple lucky bounces and a couple lucky goals."
Defenseman Tyler Myers scored Buffalo's goal. The Sabres are an NHL-worst 5-18-1.
"We have one of the best goaltenders in the world playing for us," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. "We got to play a certain way that gives us a chance to compete and a chance to win. And by doing stupid things that we have been, it's not going to work."
Goalie Ray Emery outplayed 2010 Vezina Trophy winner Miller, making 29 saves. Miller had 36 stops for the struggling Sabres. Left winger Scott Hartnell added an empty-net goal for the Flyers.
Downie set up both of Read's goals to quickly turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead in the second period. Couturier had secondary assists on both goals.
First, Read scored on a one-timer off Downie's centering pass to tie it at 1. Then Downie backhanded the puck from the left faceoff circle to Read, who was alone in front of the net. Read deked Miller and lifted a shot into the top corner to make it 2-1.
"We are getting comfortable together," Downie said. "We're getting to know each other now and where we are going to be. Tonight it worked out and we are getting better."
Lecavalier gave the Flyers a two-goal cushion when he blasted a one-timer into the top left corner midway through the third period.
The Sabres went up 1-0 when Myers scored a power-play goal late in the first period. He stuffed the puck past Emery during a scramble in front of the net, sending the Sabres to their first lead after one period this season.
The Flyers killed off a four-minute penalty early in the second period when Hartnell got a double minor for high sticking. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff hit the post for Buffalo's best chance.
The Flyers twice failed to score with a two-man advantage. They had 41 seconds of five-on-three hockey in the first period and 1:22 in the second.
"We wasted a lot of energy on the penalty kill instead of trying to create something," Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder said. "Still, in the second period I don't know how many turnovers we had, but it seemed like we never got out of our own end. You have to take care of the puck in this league and play a more north-south type of game, play a more simple game than we did especially in the second period."
NOTES: Sabres LW Luke Adam and D Brayden McNabb were recalled from AHL affiliate Rochester and were in the lineup. Adam had 13 goals in 15 games for the Americans. ... Sabres LW Ville Leino helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010 with seven goals and 14 assists in 19 playoff games. ... Flyers RW Matt Read registered his first multi-goal game of the season. ... The Sabres scored first for only the fourth time this season. They've been outscored 31-4 in the opening period. ... Flyers G Ray Emery made his sixth start. ... Sabres coach Ted Nolan and Flyers coach Craig Berube were the first First Nations coaches to face each other in NHL history. Nolan is an Ojibwa. Berube is part Cree.