Vinny Lecavalier's game-winning goal to beat the Sabres Tuesday was his first since Nov. 27. (USA Today Images)
Matt Read made his return memorable and Vinny Lecavalier made his presence felt.
Read, who missed the previous six games with a concussion, delivered an assist to Lecavalier, who shook his slump by potting the decisive goal with 14.8 seconds left to give the Flyers a 4-3 win over the Sabres on Tuesday night (see story).
The game-winning sequence came from two guys the Flyers desperately need.
“It just adds to that versatile lineup,” Flyers analyst Rick Tocchet said of Read and Lecavalier. “[The Flyers have] scoring through all different lines. Matt Read to Vinny, two guys that you need in the lineup, playing well for the Flyers to go far.”
For Read, it felt great to be back. The Flyers sure feel the same way about their 27-year-old winger.
"I've gotta say it was a long two weeks watching the boys battle out there and I couldn't be a part of it," Read said. "I felt good. [Craig Berube] talked about just getting the first shift, getting the hit, finding your legs and having fun out there. It was a seesaw battle out there, but it's good to get the first two points."
Lecavalier, who has missed 13 games this season, snapped a personal 13-game goalless streak.
"It felt good," Lecavalier said. "They've been hard to come by since I got back from my injury. Sometimes a goal like that will kinda, I don't want to say jumpstart, but get more confidence and keep going."
And Tuesday was an all-around productive night for the Flyers.
"It was an ugly game early, but you got Scott Hartnell three points, you got a PK that I think was the star of the game," Tocchet said. "Vinny Lecavalier breaking the slump, Brayden Schenn continued to play good hockey. So a lot of good storylines, but overall, great getting the two points."