BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Dominik Hasek made 30 saves to overshadow Eric Lindros’ return to action as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Monday night.
Lindros returned to Philadelphia’s lineup after missing 18 games following a March 7 concussion, but wasn’t enough to make a difference for the Flyers, who had won five of their previous seven games.
Hasek, the NHL’s player of the month twice this season with 13 shutouts, gave up only a goal to John LeClair in the first period.
However, the Sabres won it on goals by Curtis Brown and Michal Grosek.
There were 18,000 sets of eyes on Lindros when the game began. He won the opening faceoff against Buffalo’s Wayne Primeau and was on the ice for 31 seconds.
He slammed Mike Wilson into the boards with a powerful shoulder check on his fourth shift. He was on a power play when linemate LeClair scored his 50th goal of the season. He was on the bench when Buffalo tied it 1-1 on Brown’s shorthanded goal with five seconds left in the first period.
Grosek scored the winner by beating Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall between the pads 2:25 into the third period.
By then, Lindros had tired. As the last minutes slipped away, he was less noticeable. The game was Lindros’s first under Roger Neilson, who replaced Wayne Cashman one game after Lindros was injured. The Flyers were 10-6-2 without their captain.