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NHL: Philadelphia 4, Buffalo 2

April 18, 2011 at 10:17 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 18 (UPI) -- Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist Monday and Philadelphia posted a 4-2 victory over Buffalo to grab a 2-1 lead in its first-round playoff series.

Carter's power-play goal 4:42 into the game gave Philadelphia a lead it wouldn't relinquish and the second-seeded Flyers seized the advantage in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with a road win over the Sabres.

Brian Boucher turned aside 35-of-37 shots, including all 11 he faced in the third period, while blanking Buffalo on 4-of-5 of power-play opportunities.

Danny Briere and Nikolay Zherdev scored and Kimmo Timonen added an empty-netter in the Flyers' victory.

Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe scored and Ryan Miller made 22 stops for the seventh-seeded Sabres.

Buffalo will host Game 4 of the series Wednesday.

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