BUFFALO -- Christian Ehrhoff scored 17 seconds into the third period to give the Buffalo Sabres to a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the First Niagara Center on Saturday.
In a game that featured few clear opportunities on offense for either team, it was a lucky bounce off the end boards that resulted in the winning goal.
After a faceoff victory in the Philadelphia end by Steve Ott, Ehrhoff's slap shot from the point ricocheted off the boards behind the Flyers' net, off Steve Mason's right pad and into the net.
The Sabres improved to 17-19-6, keeping their faint playoff hopes alive. With 40 points, Buffalo is four points out of the final playoff spot in the East with six games to play, although the New York Rangers, ahead of them in the standings, have two games in hand and play Saturday night.
Jhonas Enroth was superb between the pipes for Buffalo and had 29 saves for his third career shutout. Enroth had several big saves in the final two minutes of play.
The Flyers (17-21-3) are all but officially eliminated from the playoffs after losing their fourth game in a row.
Philadelphia's 37 points puts them seven points behind the Rangers with seven games remaining.
Mason had 20 saves for Philadelphia.
NOTES: Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel played in his first NHL game after signing a two-year entry-level contract with the Sabres earlier on Saturday. Ruhwedel recently wrapped up his third college season at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He had 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 41 games this past season. ... Tyler Myers, Ville Leino and Luke Adam were scratched for the Sabres. Myers is out for the season after sustaining a broken bone in his left leg Thursday against Montreal. ... Mike Knuble, Maxime Talbot, Bruno Gervais and Zac Rinaldo were scratched by the Flyers. ... This was the third and final meeting between the teams this season.