The Flyers were in action on the national stage last night at the Wells Fargo Center as the Buffalo Sabres came to town. The Flyers were looking to end their three game losing streak. They got off to a good start as Kimmo Timonen found Simon Gagne opn the power play alone at the Sabres blue line and the winger beat Ryan Miller on a slap shot to put the Flyers up 1-0. The Flyers would take a 2-0 lead when Steve Ott’s power play turnover turned into a 2-on-1 the other way for Ruslan Fedotenko as he found Max Talbot for his second goal of the year and the Flyers’ first shorthanded goal of the year. The Sabres would respond three minutes later as their first shot of the game was stopped but the rebound ended up on Brian Flynn’s stick and he beat Bryzgalov to cut the Flyers lead in half. Claude Giroux opened the Flyers scoring in the second period just 17 seconds in as his wrist shot found the back of the net to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead. The Sabres would get one back in the third period as Giroux’s turnover on the blue line lead to a Sabres shorthanded goal to bring it to 3-2. After another scare while shorthanded on the same power play, the Flyers would avoid disaster and leave for New Jersey with a 3-2 victory. More here.
The Sixers were in action in Florida last night as they took on Chester native and former Saint Joseph’s Hawk Jameer Nelson and the Orlando Magic. The Magic came into the game having lost their last seven games and the Sixers were just 1-11 over their last 12 games. Nelson dished out seven assists in the first quarter but still found his team trailing 30-28 after the first. They would bounce back in the second and head to the locker rooms with a 56-51 lead. The Sixers would cut the Magic lead to just one point after holding Orlando to 17 points in the third quarter. Nelson and the Magic would take over in the fourth quarter and bury the Sixers 99-91. Nelson had 24 points and 10 assists while Thaddeus Young lead the 76ers with 26 points and 12 rebounds. More here.
NFL free agency does not begin until Tuesday but players who were cut were free to sign with a team whenever they please. Former Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson signed with the Kansas City Chiefs over the weekend and now the NFC East is getting into the action. Former Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins signed a three year, $8 million contract with the New York Giants on Sunday. Jenkins, who was released by the Eagles just two years after signing a five-year, $25 million deal in July 2011, is guaranteed $3 million and will also received a $2 million signing bonus. Jenkins is expected to replace Chris Canty, who was released for salary cap reasons earlier this off-season. More here.