Philadelphia wins series 4-3
Game 1: Sabres â€“ 1 Flyers â€“ 0
Game 2: Sabres â€“ 4 Flyers â€“ 5
Game 3: Flyers â€“ 4 Sabres â€“ 2
Game 4: Flyers â€“ 0 Sabres â€“ 1
Game 5: Sabres â€“ 4 Flyers â€“ 3 OT
Game 6: Flyers â€“ 5 Sabres â€“ 4 OT
Game 7: Sabres – 2 Flyers - 5
A lackluster effort led to a heart wrenching end to the 2010-2011 Buffalo Sabres season.Â The Sabres looked disorganized and lazy through most of the game and again tried to rely on Ryan Miller to save the day.Â Miller stopped 15 of the 16 shots Philly managed through the first period, the lone goal coming on a Braydon Coburn shot from the point. Brian Boucher, who won this game of â€˜ring around the goaliesâ€™ for the Flyers, was not tested at all in the first period, with Buffalo only managing 2 shots on goal.Â Michael Leighton was the lucky goal to be scratched for this game and Sergei Bobrovsky dressed for the first time since Game 2 of the series.
The Sabres were badly outplayed in the first period with the Flyers out hitting, out skating and out shooting them by huge margins (shots on goal went in favor of the Flyers 16-2).Â Miller was the only reason the Sabres went into the second by only a one goal deficit.Â After allowing 1 goal on 16 shots, Miller went on to give up 3 more goals, power play goals to Daniel Briere and James van Riemsdyk in the seconds and an even strength goal to Ville Leino in the third.Â Miller was pulled after the Leino goal and replaced by Jhonas Enroth, who stopped 7 of the 8 shots he faced, allowing a goal to Daniel Carcillo.
While the Sabres did manage to score twice in the third period, it was far too little far too late.Â Tyler Myers scored at 6:33 of the third period to end Brian Boucherâ€™s shut out bid.Â Brad Boyes scored late in the third period to pull the Sabres within three, but that was the closest they would come to tying the game.
The penalty barrage continued in this game with the Flyers being assessed 22 penalty minutes including a10 minute misconduct to Carcillo (who was also given a game misconduct) and the Sabres were assessed 24 penalty minutes including a misconduct penalty to Nathan Gerbe. In total there were 213 penalty minutes handed out to both teams, 104 to the Flyers and 109 to the Sabres.
Overall, the Sabres did not come out and play like they had an interest in winning.Â The Flyers dominated from the beginning and it was clear they had no intention of backing down.Â The Flyers were the better team on every level in this game and the score sheet clearly indicates that.Â It was a hard fought series until the very end, but Buffalo just couldnâ€™t seem to muster whatever gas was left in the tank to finish the series off.
We as Sabres fans have a lot to look forward to in the future, with an amazing new owner and a lot of young talent coming up through the ranks.Â Donâ€™t be surprised to see some major changes made throughout the course of the offseason to not only the team, but the organization as a whole.Â It was a good season and this team persevered through a dreadful start, several injuries to key players and managed to work their way into a playoff start. Â Donâ€™t look at this as the end of anything, look at this as the beginning of a new era.
1st STAR â€“ Daniel Briere (1 goal, 1 assist, 6 shots on goal)
2nd STAR â€“ James van Riemsdyk (GWG, 5 shots on goal)
3rd STAR â€“ Braydon Coburn â€“ (1 goal, 3 shots on goal)