The good news is there is plenty of hockey to be played in this series. The earlier you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.
The bad news is the Flyers have taken control of the series, and have regained their home ice advantage. It was the first home playoff game in the Pegula era and the Sabres had a chance to go up 2-1.
Despite the home fans rockin’ HSBC Arena early on, it was Philadelphia who scored first. As if the Sabres didn’t learn their lesson from game two, an early penalty came back to get them. After a roughing call to Patrick Kaleta, Jeff Carter took advantage and beat Ryan Miller to go up 1-0.
The Sabres would recover and went on to dominate the second half of the period, outshooting the Flyers 16-6. Drew Stafford took a wrist shot that beat Brian Boucher.
The second period wasn’t any better for Buffalo, as Philadelphia went out to a 3-1 lead. Chris Butler lost control of the puck behind his own net and the Flyers had Danny Briere all alone in front of net. Briere roofed a shot past the helpless Sabres goaltender as the Flyers regained the lead.
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