My Flyers had to be feeling good going into tonight’s game, but the Sabres won 4-3 in overtime after blowing a 3-0 lead they built up in the 1st.
Brian Boucher gave up two softies to help put the Flyers in the hole with Tyler Ennis scoring from a bad angle and Thomas Vanek scoring from an impossible one. Marc-Andre Gragnani made a nice shot on the power play and Boucher, after posting better numbers than any goalie in the league going into tonight’s game, was done for the night. That’s been the story for Boosh during his career. When’s he’s on, he can put up numbers as good as anyone’s, but he’s very inconsistent and can kill you when his game goes south. Michael Leighton was fine in relief, stopping 20 of 21 shots.
Shades of their miracle comeback last year against Boston, James vanRiemsdyk, who has arguably been the Flyers’ best player, started the scoring for Philly. Andrej Mezaros followed up with a blast to close out the scoring through the 2nd. Danny Briere then tied it up in the 3rd on another great feed by Mike Richards but in overtime, Ennis got a bounce and buried the rebound 5 minutes in to put Buffalo one game away from polishing off the Flyers.
Style points don’t win hockey games, pucks in the net do. The Sabres were far more opportunistic and overcame losing the 2nd period badly and the 3rd to finish when it mattered most. Winning 2nd periods and scoring from the centers had been key to the two Flyers victories. They got both those things tonight and still came up short.
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