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Here are some thoughts on the 1st game of the playoffs:

The Sabres should not have won this game. There were several factors that gave them the edge they needed to capture home ice advantage in this series.

Ryan Miller is back, I missed him. He was the goaltender we saw last season and in the olympics. He was a stablizing presence, coving his angles and not letting rebounds get away.

It was the type of unremarkable, remarkable games that I loved watching last year and hopefully we’ll see more of that this postseason.

So much has been made about the Flyers’ depth at forward, but in game 1 Buffalo was the deeper club. The Flyers were able to shut down the Sabres’ top two lines but it was the bottom six that really hurt them.

Gerbe-Gaustad-Kaleta was a dominant energy line that consistently got offensive pressure. this line will be hard to play against for any team in the playoffs and instantly makes Buffalo a tougher out. Niedermayer-McCormick-Grier was a surprisingly effective line, but Grier and Niedermayer always turn it on in the playoffs and all three guy were playing the body.

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April 16, 2011 12:45 AM ET | Delete
beg ta differ here, but the sabres won and i think they did it the only way the could have in this game...they knew the flyers would come hard...they knew that the fly-boys forecheck would cause turnovers...but what they did was cover their asses often, just collapsing their d...
April 16, 2011 12:48 AM ET | Delete
they blocked 16 shots and kept the flyers scoring chances to a minimum...miller was on his game and rose to the occasion the few times he was really tested...this is playoff hockey and scoring chances should be kept down...the sabres took everything the flyers threw at them and countered by scored on the only real mistake by "bob"...
April 16, 2011 12:50 AM ET | Delete
they played a helluva game, and with all the pressure the fly-boys brought played a near perfect road game...SOLID!!!
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