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Sabres score 4 in 1st, beat Flyers 5-2 for 7th straight

Evan Rodrigues had a goal and an assist in Buffalo’s four-goal first period, and the Sabres extended their NHL-best winning streak to seven games Wednesday night with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

It is Buffalo’s longest run since taking 10 games in a row to open the 2006-07 season.

Jeff Skinner, Tage Thompson and Johan Larsson also scored in the opening period for the Sabres. Sam Reinhart added an empty-net goal in the third, and Carter Hutton made 23 saves.

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