Ignoring the easy path, Flyers drag series out to Game 7, are victorious

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Danny Briere continued his domination in the playoffs and is tied for the lead in goals. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Danny Briere continued his domination in the playoffs and is tied for the lead in goals. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The three or four – wait for it to be five – headed goalie monster in net for the Philadelphia Flyers, named the Three Stooges by Buffalo, proved that three really is better than one.

The goalies went full circle in one round as the series started with Sergei Bobrovsky as the starter and Brian
Boucher
as the backup. A game later it became Boucher as the starter and Michael Leighton the backup. Game 6, Leighton got his first start with Boucher as backup. Finally, for Game 7, Boucher was back between the pipes and Bobrovsky returned as backup.

Tough to keep track of?

Regardless, the Flyers and their three different starting goaltenders ultimately got the job done and became the first team in 23 years to win a series with three starters.

Boucher has seemingly cemented himself as the starter for the remainder of the playoffs. Aside from his bad start in those first few minutes of Game 5, he has played remarkably well in the series. Twice he has come on in relief and backstopped the team to wins, putting himself in the NHL history books as the first to accomplish the feat.

The Flyers closed out the series in Game 7 in a less dramatic way than in previous games. No one goal game. No goalie changes – at least, not on their side.

Philadelphia, from the drop of the puck to the final horn, dominated the Buffalo Sabres in nearly every aspect of the game. The offensive depth drowned Buffalo as the Flyers out-shot them 16-2 in the first period alone. As the first period was coming to a close, thoughts of the two 1-0 Ryan Miller shutouts were starting to creep in. The Flyers played better, but Miller had the answer.

Not so fast, though. After Claude Giroux was tossed from the faceoff, Danny Briere came in, won it and sent it back to Braydon Coburn who fired it at the net. The puck took a bounce off Michael Grier’s glove and slid right through Miller with just 19 seconds left.

It was all the momentum the Flyers needed.

In the second, the Flyers scored 2 power-play goals from Briere and James van Riemsdyk. Yes, you read that correctly. Not only did they score on a power play, but they did it twice in one game.

Ville Leino, the overtime hero from Sunday, fired a shot from a tough angle and beat Miller top shelf, chasing him from the game. Enter Jhonas Enroth who has never played in a postseason game before.

Tyler Myers broke Boucher’s bid for the first shutout of the season, but Daniel Carcillo ended any hopes of a miraculous comeback when he gave the Flyers a 5-1 lead.

Brad Boyes brought the gap back to within three, but by this time there was less than five minutes remaining in the game.

The Flyers finished off the Sabres, 5-2, and advance to the semifinals for the second straight year.

What is most evident in this team is that the nucleus from last season that remained intact continues to have the “never say die” mentality that pushed them to the Stanley Cup Finals. With their backs against the wall again, they prevailed once more. In the last two postseasons, the Flyers have played in eight elimination games and have won seven of them, and that one loss they pushed to overtime. It is remarkable the spirit and attitude the team has when everything is on the line. It’s that drive and mentality that makes the Flyers so resilient and such a dangerous opponent to face.

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