Flyers Knock Out Sabres 2-1

Published on April 6th, 2012

Flyers Matt Read | Source: Andrew King

by Mike del Tufo

Thursday April 5, 2012
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1.  This loss by the Sabres coupled with the Washington Capitals’ win eliminated them from the playoff picture.  This win clinched the #5 seed for the Flyers in the Eastern Conference and a playoff match-up with the #4 seed Pittsburgh Penguins.  This was also the Flyers’ last home game of the regular season

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Read-Schenn-Simmonds
Couturier-Talbot-Voracek
Wellwood-Shelley-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Coburn
Carle-Kubina
Lilja-Bourdon

It was a sluggish 1st period for both squads until the teams came together in front of the Sabres’ net at 17:02.  Sabres defenseman Mike Weber threw Claude Giroux down to the ice and that drew the ire of the Philly crowd.  Somehow only the Flyers came away with a penalty during this sequence.  Matt Read had a short-handed breakaway at 18:00 of the 1st period but was denied. 

The 2nd period like the 1st featured little action through the first 17 minutes of the period.  Then former Flyer Ville Leino scored for the Sabres at 17:26 of the 2nd period and the Flyers had several good scoring opportunities but could not finish.  Flyers led in shots 19 to 16 but trailed 1-0.

The pace really picked up in the 3rd period after a relatively sleepy first 2 periods.  The Flyers seemed to have a lot more jump and were able to tie it at 6:05 when Marc-Andre Bourdon blasted it in.  A great individual play by Flyers Matt Read that led to a breakaway and goal at 15:39 then gave them a 2-1 lead.  Bryzgalov and the Flyers’ defense shut the door after that to give the home team the victory.

On his game-winning goal, Read said, “I just saw [Jakub Voracek] get the puck and he flung it out of the zone.  I saw a lot of ice open and I just went for it.  There were a couple of lucky plays and I hit it out of the air and then the defenseman stepped up on me. I don’t even know how I got by him.  It was just a breakaway and I shot it and scored.”

On the come-back, Read said, “Just showing some heart being down one goal, trying to face adversity. We have been good all year. Unfortunately, we are down a goal or two in the first period and we just battle back. We never see the end until we are ahead again.”

On playing the Pens in the playoffs, he said, “It is going to be pretty exciting. Our last game was pretty intense and we have one more game against them before playoffs. I think it is going to be a good, hard game. I think it is a good match-up for us.”

The Flyers next game is the last game of the regular season.  It is on Saturday in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.  Next week will be the 1st round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs where their opponent will be the Pens as well.

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