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NHL Network presents: Game 7 2011 ECQF: Sabres vs. Flyers

Sunday, 07.10.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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An exhilarating series would reach its pinnacle on this night, as Philadelphia hosted Game 7 of the East Quarterfinals against Buffalo. Ryan Miller had flashes of brilliance in the series, as did the Flyers' potent offense. Buffalo had won two of three in Philadelphia, and Philly's goaltending situation was far from stable. So many storylines surrounded this matchup, but one thing remained certain: the Flyers would do all they could to protect home ice in the final game of this first round series.

With each team looking for an ice-breaking goal in the first period, Philadelphia got a spark from defenseman Braydon Coburn, who opened the scoring with only 19 seconds left in the opening period. Brian Boucher, who got the call in Game 7, finished the job from there as the Philadelphia offense picked up full steam. Boucher stopped 26 of 28 shots on the evening, and the Flyers chased Ryan Miller after Danny Briere, James van Riemsdyk and Ville Leino found the back of the net to make it 4-0 in their favor.

Philadelphia went on to earn a convincing 5-2 triumph in Game 7 to oust Buffalo and advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the second straight year.
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NHL Network presents: Game 5 2011 ECQF: Sabres vs. Flyers

Friday, 07.08.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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As Buffalo and Philadelphia resumed their unpredictable series at the Wells Fargo Center for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, it was inevitable that the physicality of this matchup would carry over to this crucial contest.

The Sabres came out with an extra jolt of energy in Game 5, as Tyler Ennis and Thomas Vanek notched goals in the first four minutes of the game, and rookie Marc-Andre Gragnani added another late in the opening frame to give Buffalo a glaring 3-0 advantage. But Philadelphia eventually rallied behind third-string goaltender Michael Leighton and found its offensive rhythm, as James van Riemsdyk and blueliner Andrej Meszaros scored in the second to lead the Flyers' rally at home.

Mike Richards then set up Danny Briere in front of the net for a momentum-shifting goal early in the third to erase a three-goal deficit and eventually send the game into overtime. But in the extra session, Buffalo turned the tables again. Tyler Ennis bailed out his squad with the game-winning goal in OT as the Sabres grabbed a 4-3 victory and a 3-2 series lead heading back home with a chance to close out the Flyers in Game 6.
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NHL Network presents: Game 4 2011 ECQF: Sabres vs. Flyers

Thursday, 07.07.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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The Sabres set the tone in this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Flyers after Ryan Miller's brilliant shutout in Game 1. But suddenly, Buffalo found itself staring at a potential 3-1 deficit heading into Game 4 at HSBC Arena. The pressure would again fall on Miller's shoulders.

The Sabres invigorated their home crowd early as Rob Niedermayer found Jason Pominville for a point blank tally midway through the first period. From that point on, Game 4 was defined by the strong play in net by both goaltenders. Despite Brian Boucher stopping 28 of 29 Buffalo shots, Miller registered his second shutout of the series in another 1-0 triumph for Buffalo. This time, his masterful effort sent the series back to Philadelphia even at two games apiece.

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NHL Network presents: Game 3 2011 ECQF: Sabres vs. Flyers

Wednesday, 07.06.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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Entering a pivotal Game 3 on Buffalo ice, Flyers' coach Peter Laviolette was faced with a difficult decision. Would he give his starter, Sergei Bobrovsky, the nod after a rough stretch in Game 2, or would he ride the hot hand and opt for Brian Boucher?

Laviolette elected to start Boucher, and the netminder answered the call nicely by stopping 35 of 37 shots on the night. With the score tied 1-1, Danny Briere lit the lamp early in the second to give Philadelphia a lead it would not relinquish in enemy territory.

The Sabres found life late in the second period, drawing within a goal on Nathan Gerbe's wrister. But this night belonged to the man in the crease, as Boucher held Buffalo scoreless in the third and Kimmo Timonen tallied an empty netter in the closing seconds as Philadelphia prevailed, 4-2, at HSBC Arena.
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NHL Network presents: Game 2 2011 ECQF: Sabres vs. Flyers

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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After a brilliant performance by Ryan Miller stymied the Flyers' offense in Game 1, Philadelphia was in desperate need of a strong showing in Game 2, on both ends of the ice, to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole before heading to western New York. While Buffalo edged Philly in Game 1, the Sabres knew they needed to convert on more chances in the Flyers' zone in order to seize command in the best-of-seven series.

Both teams came out with a purpose offensively in the first period of Game 2, as Buffalo and Philadelphia scored three times apiece in the opening 13:14 of the contest. Then, with the game tied 3-3 in the second, the Flyers reeled off two important goals in just under two minutes, courtesy of tallies by Ville Leino and former Sabre Danny Briere.

Backup goaltender Brian Boucher, who relieved Sergei Bobrovsky after he allowed 3 goals on 7 Buffalo shots in the first period, provided much-needed stability in the crease for the rest of the night. Boucher stole the show by stopping 20 of 21 shots, as Philly rallied to even the series, 1-1.
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NHL Network presents: Game 1 2011 ECQF: Sabres vs. Flyers

Monday, 07.04.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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A year removed from an epic run to the Stanley Cup Final, the Philadelphia Flyers battled through a rough end to the regular season and secured the East's No. 2 seed. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres stormed into the postseason as one of the League's hottest teams, earning at least a point in 20 of their last 24 games.

Danny Briere was set to face his former team for the first time in the playoffs since leaving Buffalo in 2006-07, as the Flyers and Sabres kicked off their playoff series in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

While both teams had their fair share of chances in the first two periods, goaltenders Sergei Bobrovsky and Ryan Miller stood tall and kept the game scoreless heading into the final stanza. Searching for a spark, Buffalo opened the scoring 5:56 into the third period when Patrick Kaleta tapped in a rebound to give Miller all the offense he would need on this day.

Miller, Briere's former teammate in Buffalo, silenced the orange-clad Wells Fargo Center crowd by stopping all 35 shots in a 1-0 road victory for the Sabres in Game 1.
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NHL Network presents: Game 5 2011 ECQF: Capitals vs. Rangers

Sunday, 07.03.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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As the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers entered Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, the Caps had the opportunity to achieve something they were not able to do in the first five postseason series of head coach Bruce Boudreau's tenure in D.C. Since Boudreau became head coach in November 2008, Washington had never won a playoff series in less than the maximum seven games. But a higlight-reel goal and an assist from captain Alex Ovechkin coupled with 26 saves from rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth gave the Capitals a 3-1 win to wrap up the series.

Washington was the more agressive team in Game 5 and despite Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist's best efforts, the Caps emerged victorious. A 3-0 Capitals lead late in the third period proved to be too much for the Blueshirts as Washington avenged its 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series loss to the Montreal Canadiens in which they surrendered a 3-1 series lead.
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NHL Network presents: Game 4 2011 ECQF: Rangers vs. Capitals

Friday, 07.01.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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With the first three games of the Eastern Conference Quaterfinal series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers being very close contests, it was no surprise that Game 4 would once again be settled with just one goal. However, the Blueshirt faithful at Madison Square Garden were more shocked than surprised by the fact that their team surrendered a 3-0 first-period lead and eventually fell 4-3 in double overtime.

Artem Anisimov got the scoring going for New York with a wrist shot early in the first period that found its way past Caps' goalie Michal Neuvirth and into the back of the net. Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky added goals just seven seconds apart later in the first to give the Rangers what seemed like a comfortable 3-0 lead. But the Capitals refused to go quietly as they owned the second period and tied the game at 3-3 on a goal by Alex Semin and a pair of tallies from center Marcus Johansson. Jason Chimera sealed it on a tip-in goal past Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist in double OT to give Washington a 3-1 series lead heading back to D.C.

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NHL Net. continues coverage on free agency eve

Thursday, 06.30.2011 / 1:10 PM / NHL Network

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There are less than 24 hours until the free agency signing period opens and NHL Network is continuing its expansive coverage and analysis of what names could be on the move and to where.

From 4-6 ET, NHL Live will give its take on the impending signing period as hosts E.J. Hradek and Bill Pidto welcome Red Wings GM Ken Holland, former New York Ranger Adam Graves and television analyst Pierre McGuire to the show.

Following NHL Live, Brian Duff and Craig Button will tackle all the latest moves as teams rush to sign their impending free agents before the deadline on NHL On The Fly at 6 ET. In addition Darren Dreger will chime in with his latest insider report.

Scheduled to appear are Nashville general manager David Poile and recently-signed St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie.
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NHL Network presents: Game 3 2011 ECQF: Rangers vs. Capitals

Thursday, 06.30.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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The Rangers were back home at Madison Square Garden for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series and were desperate not to fall into a 3-0 hole at the hands of the Eastern Conference-best Washington Capitals. But for the Blueshirts to escape with a victory, they would need to depend on the resiliency that became a hallmark for them during the 2010-11 regular season.

A tally in the closing seconds of the second period would have given the Rangers a 2-1 lead, but the score was negated as a goal review determined time had expired before the puck crossed the goal line. The Rangers reclaimed that 2-1 lead midway through the third on a Vinny Prospal goal, but the Capitals' Mike Knuble tied it  at 2-2 on a slick wrist shot with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. However, Brandon Dubinsky's circus-like backhander went up and over Caps' goalie Michal Neuvirth's shoulder and into the net with less than two minutes left in the game to give New York the 3-2 win and cut Washington's series lead to 2-1.

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