Game Blog: Flyers vs. Sabres Game Six

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FLYERS VS. SABRES - GAME SIX - HSBC ARENA

Line up notes:  Chris Pronger in the line-up for the Flyers.  Michael Leighton is starting in goal for Philadelphia.

FIRST PERIOD

18:39 - High tension at the start.   Gaustad gets the better of Hartnell behind the net in the first fight of the game.   Crowd is amped.

17:47 - BUFFALO GOAL - ROB NIEDERMAYER (ENNIS,  ) 1-0 SABRES - Tyler Myers makes a nice outlet pass to start the rush up ice.   On the other end, Tyler Ennis feeds Niedermayer who beats Leighton high for the goal.

12:56 - Pronger has yet to take the ice for Philadelphia.

12:10 - Flyers penalty - Carcillo, cross checking.

11:19 - SABRES PPG - THOMAS VANEK (MYERS, GRAGNANI) 2-0 SABRES - Vanek camped in front cashes in for his 4th goal of the playoffs.

9:55 - Sabres penalty to Gerbe for holding the stick.  Pronger on the ice for Flyers power play.

5:07 - FLYERS GOAL - DANNY BRIERE (HARTNELL, LEINO) 2-1 SABRES - Poor defensive zone coverage leaves Briere alone down low.  Puck comes down to him and beats Miller straight up.

3:47 - Sabres penalty to Connolly for cross checking.

1:58 - Flyers Pronger called for slashing in scrap with Tyler Myers in front of the net.

1:46 - Flyers Andrej Meszaros called 2:00 for high sticking.

2:22 - Sabres penalty to Chris Butler for delay of game.

:33 - SABRES PPG - THOMAS VANEK (MYERS, GRAGNANI)  3-1 SABRES - Vanek scores his second of the game camped off the left post.   Great puck handling in a tight situation as he tucks it between Leighton's pads for his fifth goal of the series.

-End of the first period.  SOG: 17-8 Flyers.  Leighton gives up three goals on eight Buffalo shots.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00 - Flyers replace Leighton with Brian Boucher. 

19:11 - FLYERS GOAL - JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK (GIROUX) 3-2 SABRES - van Riemsdyk pounces on a deflection off a draw mid-slot and beats Miller high to cut the lead to 3-2.

17:40 - Gaustad misses open net off right post on rebound chance.

12:12 - Sabres penalty - Jordan Leopold - 2:00 for holding.

11:17 - FLYERS PPG - DANNY BRIERE (MESZAROS, GIROUX) 3-3 GAME - The struggling Flyer power play finally connects.  Buffalo's penalty killers had collapsed well and denied shots, but Briere found an opening through a screen for his second of the game.

6:54 - Flyers penalty to Versteeg 2:00 for slashing.

6:03 - Flyers penalty to Mike Richards.  2:00 for boarding.  Tim Connolly's head gets jammed into the boards.   He's shaken up and has to leave the ice.   Sabres have 1:10 of 2-man advantage.

3:51 - SABRES GOAL - NATHAN GERBE (BUTLER, MILLER) 4-3 SABRES - The Sabres can't convert on the 5-on-3 or on the balance of the power play but just as things go even strength, Gerbe enters the zone and beats Boucher to the glove side.

THIRD PERIOD

16:45 - Drew Stafford misses golden chance for Buffalo on a 2-on-1.  Looks like Boucher just caught a piece of it with his pad.

14:31 - Tim Connolly hasn't returned for the Sabres.  Brad Boyes in centering that line.

11:33 - Good Flyers pressure in front.  Miller equal to the task.

11:21 - Sabres Butler penalized 2:00 for holding.

9:17 - FLYERS GOAL - SCOTT HARTNELL (RICHARDS) 4-4 GAME.  The Flyers power play had just expired when Mike Richards fed a nice pass cross-slot to Hartnell who knocked it into the open net.  Tie game heading down the stretch.

1:23 - Kaleta takes a shot, blocked by Boucher.

END OF REGULATION GAME

PLAY RESUMES IN FIRST OVERTIME PERIOD

20:00 - Stafford wins puck-drop for Buffalo.

15:17 -  FLYERS SCORE WINNING GOAL. Versteeg takes multiple shots on Sabres goal. Puck slides in under Miller's glove.

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