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Flyers Complete Another Comeback Over Buffalo

7 Dec

If you’re having déjà vu, the Flyers have acted this script before. If fact, they did it on Friday. But they had a repeat performance on Wednesday, erasing a three-goal deficit to come back and win 5-4 in overtime over the Buffalo Sabres.

Although the Flyers seem to have a knack for this whole comeback thing, it looked so ugly early on that it wasn’t even a thought. The Flyers were outshot 9-3 in the early going, until former Flyer Ville Leino made it a 1-0 game.

Braydon Coburn had his pocket picked by Luke Adam. Adam backhanded to Zack Kassian who made the touch-pass to Leino who had a wide open net as Bryzgalov had already committed to Kassian. It was Leino’s third goal of the season, but fourth point in his last three games.

From there, it didn’t get any better for Bryzgalov who allowed two questionable goals. One was from Kassian who used Marc-Andre Bourdon as a screen. The other came on a Buffalo power play when he couldn’t hold the post against Thomas Vanek’s shot.

But instead of waiting for Peter Laviolette to make a first-intermission speech, Max Talbot scored on a buzzer beater to make it a two-goal game and start the comeback early.

The intra-conference rivalry heated up even more in the second period, when Marc-Andre Bourdon was called for boarding on a hit on Nathan Gerbe. For that he had to answer to Matt Ellis, and the Flyer won the fight.

Goalie Ryan Miller didn’t like that he had Flyers invading his crease. His own defenseman, Brayden McNabb, knocked his helmet off and Miller took a puck to the face as a result. With Miller rattled, the Flyers continued to strike.

The Flyers scored two goals in the second stanza to tie the game, both thanks to screens of the goalie. Jaromir Jagr untied it with an incredible toe drag to avoid Andrej Sekera and used the defenseman as a screen to beat Miller up high.

In the third period, the Flyers shut the door, playing more defensive hockey, but controlling the puck for the majority of the period. That is, until Drew Stafford scored from the slot to tie the game and force overtime. But the Sabres made a costly mistake in the extra session.

Marc-Andre Gragnani tried a cross-ice pass that was picked off by Claude Giroux who became the NHL’s scoring leader when he beat Miller five-hole on a breakaway.

The comeback script is one the Flyers have played out a couple times now and the third time in team history that they have accomplished that twice in a single season. They’ll have to hope it didn’t take too much out of them because even though they’re without Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins are waiting for them for a Thursday night game.

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Brayden Schenn Won’t Play Against Buffalo

7 Dec

A rough year for Brayden Schenn is getting rougher. He has already dealt with a shoulder injury and a broken foot. Now, according to general manager Paul Holmgren, Schenn is battling an upper-body injury and won’t play against Buffalo on Wednesday night. According to reports, Harry Zolnierczyk will take his place in the lineup.

Schenn, 20, has played only six games this season, mostly due to injury. In his last two games, in Anaheim and Phoenix, he looked like he was really getting comfortable and had quite a few chances to net his first NHL goal, a feat he has not accomplished this year or in his nine games with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Flyers say that Schenn is day-to-day. He practiced with the team on Tuesday, but sat out on Monday with a “maintenance day.”

Bernie Parent To Suit Up

The Flyers did make a pair of call-ups, but it has nothing to do with Wednesday’s game in Buffalo. Ron Hextall, who cannot play in the Winter Classic alumni game due to back issues, will be on hand as an ambassador. However, Bernie Parent, 66, will strap the pads on and play “five-10 minutes of action between the pipes for the Flyers,” according to the team.

The five-time All Star and two-time Stanley Cup winner joins Neil Little and Mark LaForest on the “active roster” at the goaltending position.

Focus Is On Miller As Flyers Face Buffalo

7 Dec

If Ryan Miller thought last year’s Flyers were a bunch of mass murders, it’s curious what he thinks about his opponents this season. For the second time this season, Miller was the subject of a controversial hit. On Saturday night, Nashville’s Jordan Tootoo drilled Miller while driving to the net and was subsequently suspended two games as a punishment.

Video of the hit is below.

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This was Miller’s first game back after sustaining a concussion in a hit from Boston’s Milan Lucic on Nov. 12.

Miller was sharp on Saturday night, making 32 saves, but his season leading up to that game has been a bit shaky. In November he allowed 11 goals in three games before the concussion, one of them to the Flyers, a 3-2 Philadelphia win on Nov. 2.

But Miller isn’t the only key to this game for the Flyers. Thomas Vanek remains the Sabres’ most dangerous player with 12 goals and 15 assists. He is the only Sabre in double figures in goals. The Flyers, the most offensive team in the league, have three.

Buffalo has been kind to the Flyers in the regular season. They have gotten points in each of their last eight games at First Niagara Center, dating back to February of 2008.