The Flyers had full command of the first period, out-shooting the Sabres 16-2 and getting the period's lone goal, from defenseman Braydon Coburn
in the final minute of the period.
On a faceoff in the right circle in the Buffalo end, the Flyers' Claude Giroux
set up to take the draw against Buffalo's Paul Gaustad
. A false start led to Giroux getting kicked out of the circle, replaced by Danny Briere
. It worked out for the Flyers, however, when Briere beat Gaustad cleanly, winning the puck straight back to Coburn at the point. Coburn took a couple strides to his left and sent a shot on net that appeared to glance of the glove of the Sabres' Mike Grier
. Ryan Miller
couldn't react to the re-direction and the puck slipped between his pads with 18.5 seconds left.
The Sabres' second shot of the period came 9:08 into the period, meaning they went the final 10 minutes-plus without a shot. That included the period's only power play, when Briere was sent off for boarding Rob Niedermayer
On the recovered-player front, Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger
played 12 shifts totaling 6:37 -- all at even strength.
That's already more than the 4:33 he played in Game 6. He had one shot -- the game's first -- and three blocked shots.
For the Sabres, Derek Roy
started the game -- his first since Dec. 23 -- and played 11 shifts totaling 6:54. He didn't have a shot, but went 2-for-5 on faceoffs.
, in his first game back from an upper-body injury, played eight shifts totaling 5:05. He was a minus-1, but had one hit and two takeaways.
The second period's about to get under way, so back to the game we go.
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