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Sabres, Predators scratch 4-3 OT road wins


Buffalo Sabres winger Tyler Ennis (63) scores the game winning goal against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton (49) during the overtime period of Game 5 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final hockey game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 22, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer
Buffalo Sabres winger Tyler Ennis (63) scores the game winning goal against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton (49) during the overtime period of Game 5 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final hockey game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 22, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Buffalo's Tyler Ennis fired in his second goal of the game in overtime to give the Sabres a 4-3 road win at the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL playoffs on Friday.

Ennis skated into a rebound off the pad of Flyers backup goalie Michael Leighton and smashed the winner into the open net to give the Sabres a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series, with game six scheduled for Sunday in Buffalo.

"I saw it pop out," Ennis told reporters. "I tried to get to the net. I knew (Mike Weber) was shooting it -- just hoping he (Leighton) would kick it to me."

In the other game on Saturday, the Nashville Predators stormed back for a 4-3 OT away win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center to grab a 3-2 series lead of their own.

Ennis scored the Sabres first of three first-period goals, Buffalo racing to a 3-0 lead and chasing Philadelphia starter Brian Boucher from the net.

The goaltending change sparked Philadelphia, who roared back to tie the score early in the third period on goals by James van Riemsdyk and Andrei Meszaros in the second before Daniel Briere's equalizer.

"In the second period I thought that everybody looked strong," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "We had our best period of the night.

"We were hard-charging, trying to fight back. We felt like if we could win that period, we could win the game. The guys did a really good job at unloading the tanks and getting back in."

Tomas Vanek and Marc-Andre Gragnani also scored for Buffalo.

In Anaheim, the Predators rallied from behind twice in the third period before Jerred Smithson secured the win with his goal 1:57 into overtime.

The Ducks looked poised to win the game on Jason Blake's second goal of the game with 5:46 remaining in the third but Shea Weber tied it up with just 36 seconds left with a rocket from the blueline.

Kevin Klein and Joel Ward scored the other goals for Nashville while Bobby Ryan returned from a two-game suspension and scored a highlight reel goal for the Ducks.

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. Editing by Alastair Himmer)

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