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Sabres Advance With 7-1 Win Over Flyers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia, PA – The Buffalo Sabres scored three times in the first period and never looked back, ending Philadelphia's season with a 7-1 victory over the Flyers at the Wachovia Center on Tuesday night.

The Sabres took the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, four-games-to-two.

The quick start that the Flyers had been searching for all series long eluded them once again in Game Six, as the Sabres took a three-goal lead after the first 20 minutes.

First, Eric Desjardins lost a battle for the puck behind the Flyers' net to Derek Roy. Roy passed to Chris Drury in front of the net, and Drury quickly redirected it to Mike Grier for a tap-in goal at 11:16.

Ales Kotalik was left alone in the faceoff circle and fired a wrist shot through the five-hole of Robert Esche at 17:34 to make it a 2-0 lead for the visitors.

An errant Peter Forsberg pass led to the third Buffalo goal, when Forsberg missed Freddy Meyer in the Philadelphia zone. The puck ended up on the stick of Drury, who threw it on net where it was deflected by Grier and right to Roy on the other side. Roy lifted it inside the near post before Esche had a chance to recover with just 33 seconds left in the period.

Philadelphia had a great chance to open the scoring before the barrage by Buffalo, when Derian Hatcher had the puck alone in the slot on a shorthanded rush, but his attempt was frozen by the glove of Ryan Miller five minutes into the game.

The Flyers got another power play early in the second period but still couldn't crack the scoreboard, and the Sabres took advantage on a three-on-one rush when Toni Lydman dropped the puck to Jason Pominville who rocketed a slap shot past Esche at 3:05.

Maxim Afinogenov's goal on a two-on-one break made it 5-0. Esche was pulled for Antero Niittymaki following that goal.

Flyers finally got on the board with 1:03 left in the second period, as Branko Radivojevic skated through the zone to backhanded it past Miller, but another two-on-one rush led to a goal by Drury with 14 seconds left in the period.

Drury capped the scoring with a shorthanded goal early in the third period.

The Flyers fell to 21-29 all-time in elimination games. … Ben Eager played in the game in place of Niko Dimitrakos.
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