Good positioning around the net by winger and recent healthy scratch Nik Zherdev proved to be the difference as my Flyers win again, 4-2 over the Sabres. An energized Jeff Carter, popping one on the power play, and Danny Briere made quick wrist shots up high beating Ryan Miller and Buffalo got their scoring from wingers Nathan Gerbe and Drew Stafford.
The second period was once again the period where the Flyers won the game, outscoring the Sabes 2-1 there after being tied 1-1 after one. Brian Boucher and the PK units were strong in the 3rd, closing the game out in the final period with an empty netter by Kimmo Timonen. Boucher has now stopped 55 of 58 shots for a .948 save percentage in a little more than five periods in the series. The Gerbe and Stafford goals were both nice shots upstairs Boucher had no chance on.
The Briere goal was also a good indicator tonight as the Flyers centers again outplayed Buffalo’s. Another key factor was their winning draws, Blair Betts in particular bearing down and getting a big Dzone faceoff while the Flyers killed a two-man advantage in the 3rd.
The downside to tonight’s and the Game 2 wins is the Flyers are going to the box too often and need to stay within the rules a little better. I don’t like every call being made in the series, the refs are calling it tight, but too many of the penalties are legit.
My Flyers are slowly rounding back into the team that was among the best in the league early in the season. This is the best they’ve looked in at least a couple months. The main things they’re exhibiting are a couple things they don’t when they are slumping. They’re making shots and being in the right spot around the net for tap ins or rebounds. That is a very good sign for Flyers fans.
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