Apr 172011
Flyers vs Sabres, Game 2

Flyers vs Sabres, Game 2

April 17 Camden Courier-Post:

Playoff hockey returned to South Philadelphia on Saturday night in all its raucous, gory glory.

There was 5-foot-10 Flyers center Danny Briere getting pile-driven to the ice by 6-foot-5 Sabres behemoth Paul Gaustad, and Scott Hartnell immediately defending his teammate by dropping the gloves.

There was Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk hacking and whacking at Ryan Miller until he was tackled in the Buffalo goal crease.

There was a monumental goalie change that saw rookie Sergei Bobrovsky yanked in favor of veteran Brian Boucher after he had allowed three goals on seven shots.

But in the end, it was the Flyers‘ wave after wave of offense that led them to a 5-4 victory over the Sabres in front of a sellout crowd of 19,942 at the Wells Fargo Center. The victory evened the best-of-seven series at one game apiece, with Game 3 set for Monday night in Buffalo.

“It’s the playoffs,” said Flyers center Claude Giroux, one of five Flyers to hit the back of the net. “You’ve got to like it.”

Dan Carcillo, James van Riemsdyk, Ville Leino and Briere also scored as the Flyers rode the steady goaltending of Brian Boucher to their first playoff victory since Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Saturday’s game featured nine goals, 24 penalties and 18 power plays, thanks to referees Dan O’Rourke and Brad Meier.

“In the refs’ defense, it was a very chippy game,” Briere said. “It was a tough one to ref.”

Giroux got the Flyers going when he scored four minutes into the game, but Thomas Vanek tied it for the Sabres less than three minutes later.”

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