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Flyers play like a two seed, dominate Sabres 5-2 to win series in seventh game

Apr 27, 2011, 1:06 AM EDT

Danny Briere, Andrej Meszaros AP

In the night’s first Game 7 the drama never really got going as the Flyers made efficient work of the Sabres and took them out in Game 7 with a 5-2 win. The Flyers got out to a roaring start in the first period outshooting Buffalo 16-2 in the period on the way to taking a 1-0 lead thanks to Braydon Coburn scoring a soft goal from the point that Ryan Miller couldn’t close his five hole fast enough to stop. That goal and the shots in the period set the tone for the rest of the game as the Flyers opened it up in the second.

Former Sabre Daniel Briere continued to be a thorn in Buffalo’s side making it 2-0 4:45 into the period. James van Riemsdyk would make it 3-0 late in the second on a power play goal. With the score at 3-0, things got tenuous as that score has been the bogeyman throughout the playoffs for any team in the lead. The Flyers would make it stick.

Ville Leino scored 1:59 into the third to make it 4-0 and then chase Ryan Miller from the game. The Sabres would score to break the shutout thanks to Tyler Myers, but Dan Carcillo would add a goal to make it 5-1. Brad Boyes would add a power play goal late to make it look more respectable, but the Flyers dominated Buffalo all through the game.

The Flyers sustained pressure all game long and made the Sabres have to burrow in defensively to try and help Miller. Unfortunately for Buffalo, Miller seemed off his game and rattled by the swarming presence Philadelphia brought all game long. The entire Sabres roster tonight didn’t seem to know how to handle the Flyers forcing their play upon them.

Flat out, the Flyers finally looked like the team that had dominated the Eastern Conference for most of the season. Not since February or March have we seen them play a physically and offensively dominating game like that. If they can do that the rest of the way through the playoffs, these Flyers are a force to be reckoned with.

  1. diesel55 - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    Buffalo fans were pooting in their jorts 5 minutes into this one! The Flyers handled business with no resistance. I’ll be interested to see what Lindy Ruff finds to whine about in this one.

    Boucher – SV .934 , GAA 2.10
    Miller – SV 9.17 , GAA 2.93

    Another SILVER medal performance by Ryan Miller!

    • kellyb9 - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      I’m a huge Flyers fan, and because of that, I have to admit Ryan Miller was the ONLY reason Buffalo made it to game 7. Also, they didn’t pull Miller like they pulled Leighton, Boucher, and Bob when they went down 3 goals, so those stats are a bit misleading.

  2. burton12 - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    @diesel55, You clearly didn’t watch the game if you think Miller was worse than Boucher or if he played awful. 2 of your 4 goals on Miller were deflections in and its nearly impossible for goalies to stop those kind of things. Miller was in position for everything but he got hurt by the lack of an offense and to many turnovers.

    Now lets look at Boucher who has an offense and a solid defense AND a dominating game in hand, yet he still couldnt keep the puck out of the net! Miller is a great goalie and for people like you to criticize him for not being able to stop deflections is dumb. You guys also have a veteran roster getting payed 50 million dollars while our roster is getting payed 26 million. Thats nearly doubled and we still forced a game seven verse you guys.

    Don’t get me wrong the Flyers are a great team and I respect them. I’m just sick of some of you people who ALWAYS criticize how ‘Miller sucks’ even though hes the soul reason our team is as good as they are. Congratulations to the Flyers but even you guys can admit for a team with half its players being rookies put up a h^%$ of a fight!

    Good luck to Philly verse whoever.

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:34 AM

      Buffalo made it go 7 and nobody figured on that. Miller wasn’t at his best and the rest of the team just couldn’t keep the puck out of their zone. As a Flyers fan I have to give credit to buffalo for contending against arguably the deepest team in the NHL.

  3. macjacmccoy - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Pronger 17 + minutes thats all I got say.

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