Game 4: Flyers Fall 1-0 to Sabres

Published on April 20th, 2011

Stanley Cup Playoffs (1st Round):  Sabres vs. Flyers

by Mike del Tufo

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Buffalo Sabres defeated Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 in Game 4 as they did in Game 1.  The Sabres got a 1st period goal and that was all they needed.  The series is now tied 2-2.  In this game, Ryan Miller started in net for the Sabres and Brian Boucher for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Briere-Leino-Hartnell
Carter-Giroux-JVR
Richards-Versteeg-Zherdev
Betts-Powe-Carcillo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Coburn
Syvret-Carle
Meszaros-O’Donnell

The Sabres came out in the 1st period with fire in their eyes looking to tie this series.  The Flyers weathered the storm and then at 5:55, Sabres Mike Weber was called for tripping.  The Flyers got their offense going a little bit during this power-play but could not convert.  Sabres got the first goal of the game at 9:38 when winger Jason Pominville took a beautiful feed from Rob Niedermayer and scored.  Then at 10:18 Flyers Dan Carcillo took a goaltender interference minor.  The Buffalo power-play was short as Drew Stafford was called for interference at 10:59.  Sabres Tyler Myers nailed a goalpost with a shot at 14:20.  Soon after the Sabres got another power-play as a result of Boucher taking a tripping penalty.  Kris Versteeg had a good short-handed opportunity for the Flyers during this.  Myers and Flyers Jeff Carter had a seemingly minor collision but both went off and back into the locker room.  JVR continued his strong play for the Flyers and was the team’s top forward in this period.

Myers returned for the 2nd period but Carter did not.  The Sabres continued to have more jump in this period and controlled much of it.  The Flyers got a power-play at 14:19 when Myers was called for roughing.  It was a strong penalty-kill for the Sabres as the Flyers did not have much of an opportunity to tie the game during this power-play.  At 17:46, the Flyers were called for too-many-men-on-the-ice.  Shortly after the Flyers killed this off, Flyers captain Mike Richards took a 5-minute major for elbowing at 19:57.  It was a tough call on Richards as it seemed a major was not warranted. 

Flyers started the 3rd period with the huge task of killing a major penalty in front of them.  The Sabres were disorganized and sloppy on this power-play and drew the ire of their home crowd.  They had a great opportunity to take a stranglehold on this game but were flat and failed to convert.  It was also thanks to a strong effort by the Flyers that kept this game at 1-0.  At 11:10, Flyer Danny Briere had the puck all alone in front of Miller but could not get it past him.  Boosh made a huge save on Tyler Ennis at 11:40.  Then down at the other end, Miller made a great save on Richards.  Boucher went off at 18:44 to give the Flyers an extra attacker.  Miller was phenomenal in closing out the Flyers and tying the series 2-2.

Game 5 is Friday at 7:30 pm in Philadelphia. 

Boosh guarding the net with Matt Carle flanked by Sabres Thomas Vanek | Source: Andrew King

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