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First period: Flyers 1, Sabres 0

by Adam Kimelman
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.

Jochen Hecht, 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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