The Buffalo Sabres were cruising along with a 3-0 lead against the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night until they ran into penalty trouble in the third period.  The Flyers responded with three straight power play goals to tie the score, then won it in a shoot out for a 4-3 victory.

The Sabres did everything you could ask of them in the first two periods.  Tyler Ennis opened the scoring with his first goal of the season and Matt Moulson scored twice on the power play to give Buffalo a 3-0 lead.  Things looked rosy from there.  All they had to do was play a smart third period and everything would be fine.  Far from it.

Hudson Fasching took a tripping penalty that led to the first Flyers goal, then the Sabres took two more penalties in the final five minutes and the Flyers scored two more on the power play to tie the game, forcing overtime and the shootout.  That's where the Flyers won it.

So after a game they should have won, the Sabres drop to 1-2-2 after five games.  Goaltender Anders Nilsson playing his first game with the Sabres appeared on his way to a shutout before the meltdown began.  He finished with 38 saves.

Moulson's two goals give him four for the season, all on the power play.  He leads the league in that category.  He had eight goals all of last season.

The Sabres are back home Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild.