BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Thomas Vanek scored twice and added three assists in leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 season-opening win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon.
Defenseman Tyler Myers scored the go-ahead goal with 5:03 left in the game after the Sabres overcame a 2-1 second-period deficit. Cody Hodgson and newly acquired forward Steve Ott also scored for the Sabres. Captain Jason Pominville set up two goals and Ryan Miller made 27 saves in helping Buffalo improve to 6-1-1 in its past eight season openers.
Claude Giroux, with his second goal of the season, and Sean Couturier scored for the Flyers, who were coming off a 3-1 season-opening loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday. This marks just the 10th time Philadelphia has opened 0-2.
The Sabres play the Leafs in Toronto Monday night. Drew Stafford said after Sunday's game "We have about maybe five or 10 minutes to think about this one and then we've got to get ready for Toronto ... Can't get too high, can't get too low. It's a great start but we got another one tomorrow.
Stafford took exception to a hit from behind by Scott Hartnell on Tyler Ennis and fought Hartnell. Earlier Hartnell also hit Jason Pominville from behind. The captain was among those who commented on Stafford dropping the gloves. "Yeah, it was good. I think on mine they got a penalty on it so I think nobody kind of wanted to go and so it probably could have been a penalty and [Stafford] realized that and he went in. You know what, [Stafford's] a tough guy, he's a big guy, he did a great job for us and its nice to see guys sticking up for each other. It's something we talked about before we got going here."
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