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.