BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - After being bounced by the Boston Bruins in their first-round matchup last year, the Buffalo Sabres learned there's no guarantees come playoff time. That's why the team is focusing on what they need to do better this year against the Philadelphia Flyers in order to not have history repeat itself.
Last year's Northeast Division winners, the Sabres, seemed on the verge of cruising past the sixth-seeded Bruins after winning the first game. But when sniper Thomas Vanek went down in Game 2 with an injury, Boston began pushing Buffalo around.
The Sabres quickly wilted in losing four of the next five.
This year, they intend to shove back against the favored Flyers.