OK. It's white-knuckle time for those fans of the Flyers and Sabres!
Fact: One goal might be enough in this one folks.
After 40 minutes of Game 1 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal round, the Flyers and Sabres are scoreless. Sabres' Olympic silver-medal winning goalie Ryan Miller
is earning his keep with 26 saves. Meanwhile, rookie Sergei Bobrovsky
has turned back 19 shots.
The Flyers are certainly taking advantage of their great depth up front and, at this point, might be wearing down the Sabres. Still, there's one more regulation period remaining and Buffalo remains one goal from giving Miller the one-goal lead he might need to pull out the opener.
The Flyers still hold an edge in body checks, 31-26. Yes -- 58 total hits for the game through two periods. The Sabres have blocked 11 shots and the Flyers have three blocks.
Some second-period highlights:
* The Flyers failed to take advantage of a 5-on-3 power-play with 10:18 remaining in the second period. Working a two-man advantage for 38 seconds after Shaone Morrisonn
was whistled for slashing, the Sabres were able to kill it off behind the splendid play of Chris Butler
, Tim Connolly
and Tyler Myers
* The Flyers have totaled 11 of their shots on four power-play opportunities for the game so far.
* With 3:22 remaining in the second, James van Riemsdyk
, who has recorded xx shots, took one in the chops from Chris Butler
as he attempted to jam the crease in front of Ryan Miller
. Claude Giroux
made the play happen with good pressure in front.
* The Sabres appeared a tad slower in the frame after being forced to kill off the Flyers' power-play attempts. Miller stood tall, with 16 stops in the second.