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Pominville gets Sabres back to even

By Jeremy Sandler - Special to NHL.com

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Pominville gets Sabres back to even
Ryan Miller was the star of Buffalo's 1-0 series-tying victory against Philadelphia on Wednesday night, but Jason Pominville more than earned his co-star status.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ryan Miller was the star of Buffalo's 1-0 series-tying victory against Philadelphia on Wednesday night, but Jason Pominville more than earned his co-star status.

Pominville, a 22-goal scorer during the regular season, converted a pass from Rob Niedermayer midway through the first period for the game's only goal, helping the Sabres send the series back to Philadelphia all even at 2-2.

Afterwards, Pominville spoke with the media about the goal and other highlights of the victory.

Q: Describe what happened on your goal?

A: [Tyler Ennis] made a good pass to [Rob Niedermayer]. I just kind of drove the net and he snuck it by their defenseman and I just had to put it away. So, get pucks deep, good things will happen and that was one of them."

Q: You guys get the goal and then you're on the ice basically killing the last minute. How significant was that for your line (with Ennis and Niedermayer) getting that call?

A: It's nice to be out there, definitely, those are the situations you want to be in. I think as a team at the end we did a pretty good job of trying to keep it to the outside and not give those quality … chances and tried to force them to make those dump-ins and work off of that and I thought we responded pretty well. Obviously Ryan (Miller), when he's called upon to, made some great saves.

Q: What happened on the five-minute power play (after the penalty to Mike Richards at the end of the second period)?

A: Yeah, definitely disappointing. I was disappointed too a little bit of how the fans reacted. I mean, we still have a lead. I think that's the time we need their support a little bit. I mean, that was a little

Q: What's the byproduct of the pushing and shoving and the extra engagement tonight?

A: They had a couple guys that got in there and our guys got in and stuck up for each other. I'm not saying we're a tough team or anything like that. I think at times they've been trying to push us around and I mean we're not going to back down because they are no tougher than we are.

Q: What do you make of the scrum at the end of the game.

A: It's fun to see everybody stick up for each other and get involved and that's what a team is all about and that's a good example of it.
Quote of the Day

It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6