Game 1 of Buffalo and Philadelphia in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals was pretty tedious. In fact, it got downright boring at times.
Game 2 was neither. It began as exhilarating, and, at least for Sabres fans, eventually degenerated into something infuriating.
The first period took over 51 minutes to complete between a bevy of scrums, ten minor penalties and a fight between both teams, and a three goals apiece.
Philadelphia’s trio in the first period started early. Just four minutes into the game, Claude Giroux weaved his way through three Sabres and fired a wrist shot above Ryan Miller’s shoulder. Daniel Carcillo recorded his first of the playoffs by punching in a rebound after a scramble in front of the Buffalo net. James van Reimsdyk capitalized on a turnover in the Buffalo zone to give Philly three.
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