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A Fistful of Dollars
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January 7, 1973 --
Dave Dryden made 35 saves in the Sabres' 2-0 home win. Doug Favell made 37 saves in the loss.
January 21, 1973 --
Bill Flett (3-0-3) had a natural hat trick, Bobby Clarke (0-3-3) had three assists and Bobby Taylor made 42 saves in the Flyers' 4-3 win in Buffalo. The Sabres held a 45-34 shots advantage including 20-9 in the third period. The Flyers led 3-0 through two periods with Flett scoring each goal.
March 28, 1973 --
Gilbert Perreault (2-1-3) and Don Luce each scored twice and Roger Crozier made 26 saves in Buffalo's 6-3 home win. The game was scoreless after the first period but the Sabres led 3-0 at the 4:05 mark of the second period and out-scored Philly 4-2 in the middle session. Dave Schultz and Don Saleski of the Flyers and Jim Lorentz and Tracy Pratt of the Sabres were tossed 1:07 into the game in a brawl that had 84 of the 130 PIMs whistled.
December 30, 1973 --
Tom Bladon snapped a 4-4 tie in Philly's 5-4 win in Buffalo. Bernie Parent made 33 saves including 18 in the first period when Buffalo outshot Philly 20-6. Andre Dupont and Bobby Clarke each had a goal and an assist. Rick Martin (2-2-4) scored twice by the 5:34 mark and Gilbert Perreault (1-2-3) added three points for Buffalo. Orest Kindrachuk returned to the lineup after missing the prior seven games due to an inflamed large intestine.
January 17, 1974 --
Bernie Parent (22 saves), Bobby Clarke (2-1-3) and Ross Lonsberry (0-3-3) led Philly to a 7-2 home win. The Flyers had three special teams' goals. Dave Dryden was removed after the Flyers made it 6-1.
January 31, 1974 --
Dave Schultz, who fought Tim Horton in the early moments of the game, scored twice and Orest Kindrachuk had three points in Philly's 4-3 home win; Horton passed away the next month in a car accident. Bernie Parent made 37 saves. Rick Martin scored both Buffalo goals, including the first penalty shot taken in a Flyers' home game The game had four fights and Gary Dornhoefer was tossed as third man in of a Tom Bladon-Jerry Korab third period fight. Rocky Farr made 36 saves for the Sabres.
March 2, 1974 --
Bill Clement (1-1-2) and Bill Barber (1-1-2), whose third period SHG gave the Flyers a 4-2 lead, paced the Flyers to a 4-2 home win. Barry Ashbee and Andre Dupont, both defensemen, were chosen the game's top two stars. Philly outshot Buffalo 32-19. Ross Lonsberry and Mike Robitaille had a fight.
March 10, 1974 --
Bernie Parent made 28 saves in the Flyers' 4-3 win in Buffalo. Bobby Clarke's third period PPG put Philly on top 3-2 then Orest Kindrachuk made it 4-2. Buffalo's starting goalie Dave Dryden (13 saves, 15 shots) after allowing a weak goal to make it 2-2 and Gary Bromley (11 saves, 13 shots) went the remainder of the game. The game was aired on NBC. Afterwards, Buffalo head coach Joe Crozier said "Philadelphia has a good hockey club, a smart club with a good goaltender, so they don't take chances. They wait for the breaks and they get them. (Fred) Shero has everything going." Shero praised his team by saying "A coach can't do it all, you know."
October 12, 1974 --
Terry Crisp (2-2-4) led Philly to a 6-1 home win. The Flyers led 3-0 midway in the first period with Crisp scoring twice. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 36-17. Reggie Leach scored and had eleven shots on goal. Bob Kelly and Brian Spencer fought in the opening minute.
December 29, 1974 --
Bernie Parent made 31 saves in the Flyers' 5-2 road win. The Flyers led 1-0 at the 0:13 mark on a Reggie Leach goal assisted by Andre Dupont (1-1-2), who gave the Flyers a 4-2 lead in the third period. Philly went 6-0-0 in the calendar year of 1974 against the Sabres.
February 1, 1975 --
Bernie Parent made 26 saves and backed Philly to a 6-0 win, the team's eighth straight in this series. Don Saleski, Rick MacLeish, Joe Watson and Bill Clement scored and eleven different Flyers had points in the 4-0 first period. In the second period each member of the LCB Line (Reggie Leach, Bill Barber and Bobby Clarke) recorded two points. Fourteen of the 17 Flyers had points.
February 20, 1975 --
Bernie Parent made 35 saves and Bobby Clarke scored twice in a 6-6 final in Buffalo. Reggie Leach tied the game 6-6 with a 40-foot slapper just 21 seconds after Brian Spencer gave Buffalo their final lead. The Sabres held a 41-24 shot advantage including 20-10 in the second period. Buffalo held leads of 2-0, 3-2, 5-3 and 6-5. The tie ended the Flyers 8-game winning streak in this series.
May 15, 1975 -- In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals
in Philly, Bernie Parent (27 saves), Bill Barber (2-0-2) and Bobby Clarke (1-2-3) helped lift the Flyers to a 4-1 win in a game that was scoreless after two periods. The Sabres held the Flyers to zero shots in the first 11:20 of the game, just two in the first period and had a 22-10 advantage as the scoreless game reached the third period, but Parent's goaltending was spectacular. When Ed Van Impe's dump-in fooled Gerry Desjardins, Barber picked up the loose puck with the goalie looking the wrong way and gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Ross Lonsberry made it 2-0. Clarke, chosen the game's number one star, gave the Flyers another two-goal cushion just 34 seconds after Rick Martin closed the score to 2-1. barber finished the scoring with his second goal.
May 18, 1975 -- In Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Philly,
Bobby Clarke (1-1-2)'s PPG 6:43 into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the Flyers a 2-1 victory. Reggie Leach gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the second period but Jerry "King Kong" Korab evened the game with an early third period goal. Clarke, chosen the top star for the second straight game, played spectacularly but afterwards said "This game wasn't a one-man effort. If it wasn't for MacLeish getting to puck to Barber, I wouldn't have had the shot. On the first goal, if Ross Lonsberry doesn't kick the puck out from the face-off circle, I couldn't have passed it to Reggie (Leach)." Head coach Fred Shero praised Dave Schultz and said that he played his best game of the season. Philly held Buffalo to seven shots after the first period and without a shot after taking the lead 6:43 into the third period. The Flyers outshot the Sabres 24-19. Prior to the game, Sabres head coach Floyd Smith told the media that the viewing audience would be in for a "surprise" at some point in the game. Afterwards, when asked about the "Surprise," Smith said "What? You guys didn't see it? If you weren't watching, why should I tell you? That wouldn't be a surprise then, would it?"
May 20, 1975 -- In Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Buffalo,
Rene Robert's OT goal with 1:31 to play gave the Sabres a 5-4 win in an oppressive atmosphere as on-ice fog toyed with game conditions. There were 12 stoppages (five in the third and seven in the OT) of play due to the heavy fog and the building temperature hit 90 degrees. Prior to this, an odd visitor to the Aud --a live flying bat -- circled the facility and came close to the players. As a faceoff was about to happen, Buffalo's Jimmy Lorentz swatted the bat with his stick and Rick MacLeish picked up the remains and tossed it into the penalty box (
). Moments later, fog eerily crept into the Aud. Players were relegated to skating around trying to minimize its effect but to no avail. A review of the game's goals: Bill Barber stole Jerry Korab's pass leading to Gary Dornhoefer's goal 39 seconds into the action. Don Saleski's 65-footer beat Gerry Desjardins and the Flyers were up 2-0 3:09 into the contest. Buffalo netted a pair within 17 seconds of each other to tie the contest but MacLeish's short-side 40-footer sailed past Desjardins to give Philly a 3-2 lead after one period despite an 18-6 Sabres' shot advantage. The disgruntled netminder asked out of the game at this point and afterwards said "I knew if I had stayed in, everything would have gone down the drain." On came veteran Roger Crozier who was suffering from bleeding ulcers. The teams swapped second period goals and Bill Hajt tied the score 4-4 midway through the third after Bernie Parent made a miraculous save off Rick Martin. In OT, Robert's goal from a near-impossible angle came as Bernie Parent, who made 41 saves, didn't see Gilbert Perrault's pass and reacted too late to Robert's shot. The win snapped the Flyers 11-game unbeaten streak (10-0-1) against Buffalo, the last loss coming in March 1973. It was also the Sabres' first win ever against Parent. Video clip --
May 22, 1975 -- In Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Buffalo,
the Sabres evened the series with a 4-2 win in another oppressive atmosphere though not to the level of Game 3 as there were just two stoppages in play. The Sabres' PP finally clicked as it was 1-for-16 entering this game in the series. Thirty-four seconds after Jerry Korab's 50-footer tied the game 1-1, Ross Lonsberry gave Philly a 2-1 lead at the halfway point but Buffalo responded with the last three goals. Gerry Desjardins returned to the Sabres' goal and won. Twice the game was stopped due to fog on the ice but this time instead of having the players skate, two arena attendants skated with bed sheets to clear the fog. Bob Kelly vs. Rick Dudley --
May 25, 1975 -- In Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Philly,
Kate Smith's "God Bless America" (record at this stage: 44-3-1) sent the Sunday afternoon Spectrum crowd into a frenzy and backed by Dave "the Hammer" Schultz's two goals the Flyers dominated the Sabres, 5-1. Schultz, chosen the game's top star, had his first two-goal effort of the season including scoring on the Flyers first shot on goal. Terry Crisp had two assists in a 19-second span (Gary Dornhoefer and Bob Kelly scored) as part of a 3-0 first period lead. Larry Goodenough, named the game's second star, assisted on second period goals by Reggie Leach and Schultz. Bernie Parent made 23 saves surrendering only a third period goal with under six minutes remaining. The Flyers improved to 14-0-2 against Buffalo all-time in the Spectrum. A fan brought a sign to the game which read "He who lives by the Sabre, dies by the Hammer."
May 27, 1975 -- In Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Buffalo,
the Flyers claimed their second consecutive Stanley Cup Championship by beating Buffalo 2-0 backed by a 32-save performance by Bernie Parent and two third period goals. Said Fred Shero "Tonight, through the playoffs and the whole season, Bernie has proven to be the best goalie in the world." Of Bob Clarke, Shero said "He's the greatest leader in sports. He'll work harder than anyone." Flyers' coaches decided to switch lines and put LW Bob Kelly with Clarke and Reggie Leach to open the third period and at the 0:11 mark, Kelly responded to the challenge with the eventual GWG. Bill Clement added another goal at 17:13, his only point in 12 playoff games in 1975. The Flyers held a 13-6 shots edge in the decisive third period; the Sabres held a 32-31 advantage for the game. Roger Crozier made 29 saves in the tough loss. It was the last game in the career of Flyers d-man Ted Harris who also won four Cups with Montreal. Complete game -- (
Bernie Parent had a save percentage of .937 (164-175). The Flyers' offense was led by Bill Barber (2-4-6) and Bobby Clarke (2-3-5) and Reggie Leach scored a team-high three goals (3-1-4). Buffalo's offense was led by Rick Martin (2-3-5) and Don Luce (2-3-5). Gilbert Perreault was held to two points. Gerry Desjardins (87-103, .845) made five starts and Roger Crozier (55-58, .948) had two appearances. The Flyers out-scored Buffalo 11-3 during the three games in the Spectrum. An eventual victory parade was witnessed by more than two million people in Philadelphia.
November 12, 1975 --
In the first meeting since the 1975 Finals, Wayne Stephenson made 21 saves and the Flyers won 3-1 in Buffalo. The Flyers dominated the second period, 15-4 in shots and took a 1-0 lead in the opening minute when Reggie Leach scored. Orest Kindrachuk gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead with 1:14 left in the middle period. The Sabres' Gerry Desjardins made 28 saves in the defeat.
January 29, 1976 --
Wayne Stephenson made 29 saves in a 1-1 tie in the Spectrum. Tom Bladon scored for the Flyers in the second period. Rick Martin gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead with a 5-on-3 PPG late in the first goal with two Flyers' defensemen in the box. Centers Bobby Clarke (injury) and Orest Kindrachuk (suspension) both were not in the Flyers' lineup and the Sabres were disappointed in a failed opportunity to capitalize. "Tonight was our night, we should have won it," said head coach Floyd Smith. Said Rene Robert "Tonight was the night to beat them but if we are ever going to win the Stanley Cup we have to start beating them."
March 11, 1976 --
Bobby Clarke recorded his 100th point of the season in Philly's 6-1 home win. Wayne Stephenson made 29 saves. Reggie Leach's 49th goal put the Flyers ahead for the rest of the game. The Flyers erupted for three second period goals to break open what was a 2-1 score. Dave Schultz and Jim Schoenfeld had a feisty scrap.
April 3, 1976 --
The Flyers tied an NHL record (1929-30 Boston Bruins) with their 20th straight home win, 5-2. Bill Barber's 50th goal was also the 141st recorded that season by the famous LCB Line (Reggie Leach, Bobby Clarke and Barber) and established an NHL record for most goals by one line. After Leach's 61st goal gave Philly a 2-0 lead, Jack McIlhargey fought Rick Martin and Andre Dupont was ejected as 26 PIMs were handed out. Buffalo held a 15-8 shots advantage after two periods but trailed 3-2. The Flyers had a 21-2-8 in the last 31 games that season and entered the 1976 playoffs with a 21-3-8 finish.
October 3, 1976 --
In a preseason game, Flyers' goalie Bernie Parent suffered a broken second toe on his left foot and was thought to be out of action for 4-to-6 weeks. Fortunately, a device was used to protect the foot and he didn't miss any time.
October 23, 1976 --
Bill Barber scored twice in the Flyers' 3-2 home win. Philly outshot Buffalo 21-4 in the middle period but Sabres' goalie Gerry Desjardins stopped 20 of 21 shots. The Flyers improved to 12-0-2 in the last 14 regular season games played in this series.
November 7, 1976 --
Buffalo's 5-3 win snapped a 14-game regular season winless (0-12-2) skid to the Flyers. The last prior win was March 1973. Gerry Desjardins made 25 saves and Don Luce had two goals including an ENG.
February 20, 1977 --
The Flyers recovered from an early 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 in the Spectrum. Andre Dupont scored consecutive goals then Tom Bladon gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead with one second left in the first period. Don Saleski added an insurance goal in the second period. Bernie Parent made 17 saves for the win.
February 24, 1977 --
Don Edwards had a 25-save shutout in Buffalo's 2-0 home win. Mel Bridgman and Danny Gare hooked up in a fight:
November 10, 1977 --
Don Edwards made 26 saves to back the Sabres to the franchise's first victory at Philadelphia in the 18th (0-15-2 in the regular season) meeting, 3-2. Terry Martin scored the lone third period goal, one of three shots by Buffalo in the period. Buffalo was outshot 28-16 in the game. The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and 2-2 after the second period. Wayne Stephenson made 13 saves in the loss.
"Showdown 1978 Championship" --
Rick MacLeish vs. Gilbert Perreault --
February 23, 1978 --
Don Edwards made 20 saves in the Sabres' 4-0 shutout win in Buffalo. Danny Gare had two third period goals including a PPG past the eight-minute mark which gave the Sabres a 2-0 lead.
March 16, 1978 --
Don Edwards made 23 saves and Gilbert Perreault (1-1-2) factored in the first two goals of Buffalo's 3-1 home win. The Sabres had a 2-0 lead in the first period and then added an ENG. Wayne Stephenson made 30 saves in the loss.
March 18, 1978 --
Don Edwards made 37 saves while Bernie Parent turned aside 31 shots in a 2-2 tie in the Spectrum. Danny Gare had two points for Buffalo including the game-tying goal. Bobby Clarke gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead 28 seconds into the third period with a SHG.
April 17, 1978 -- In Game 1 of the QFs in Philadelphia,
Rick MacLeish (2-0-2) scored twice and Bernie Parent made 24 saves in a 4-1 win. MacLeish had a game-high seven shots. The GWG was scored early in the second period as Orest Kindrachuk (0-2-2) found Bob Kelly (1-1-2) who had just exited the penalty box. Don Edwards made 24 saves in the loss.
April 19, 1978 -- In Game 2 in Philadelphia,
Rick MacLeish (1-2-3) recorded three points and Bernie Parent made 20 saves in a 3-2 win. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 34-22 including 24-11 over the last two periods. Bill Barber had a game-high seven shots. Don Edwards made 31 saves in the loss. Bob Dailey fought Terry Martin late in the second period leading to the ejection of Buffalo's Jim Schoenfeld as third man in --
April 22, 1978 -- In Game 3,
the Sabres erupted for three third period goals in a 4-1 win in Buffalo. After Rick MacLeish gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead, the Sabres evened the game in the second period. Gary McAdam and Derek Smith each had a goal and an assist for Buffalo. The Sabres held a 33-21 shots advantage (Bernie Parent made 29 saves and Don Edwards stopped 20 shots). There were plenty of fights in the game including the dismissals of Buffalo's Lee Fogolin and Rene Robert and Philly's Dave Hoyda at three different junctures of the game. Paul Holmgren and Edwards were involved in a first period fight which led to Fogolin's ejection as third man in --
. Dave Hoyda (ejected) fought Derek Smith --
, Mel Bridgman fought Ric Seiling
then Don Saleski battled Robert (ejected) with 1:45 to play --
April 23, 1978 -- In Game 4,
Bernie Parent made 31 saves and Bob Kelly, Ross Lonsberry and Rick MacLeish scored first period goals in the Flyers' 4-2 win in Buffalo. Kelly, the game's number one star, had two points. Don Edwards made 23 saves and Craig Ramsay scored twice for Buffalo.
April 25, 1978 -- In Game 5,
Bernie Parent made 26 saves and the Flyers clinched the series with a 4-2 home win. Paul Holmgren (1-1-2) was a central figure in the game. His goal snapped a 1-1 tie 11;07 into the second period, 14 seconds after his giveaway from behind his own net led to Terry Martin's tying goal. Holmgren and Rick Maceish (0-2-2) assisted on Ross Lonsberry's goal about four minutes later which made it 3-1. Don Saleski gave the Flyers a 4-1 lead in the third period. Don Edwards made 22 saves in the loss. The Flyers got on the board first when Bobby Clarke scored.
Rick MacLeish (5-4-9), Bill Barber (3-1-4), Bob Kelly (2-2-4), Bobby Clarke (1-3-4) and Bob Dailey (0-4-4) led the Flyers' offense while Danny Gare (2-4-6) led the Sabres. Bernie Parent was chosen top star in Games 1 and 5. MacLeish was chosen a top three star in each of the four wins. Dailey was the only other player named a top three star more than once. Prior to the series, Buffalo defenseman Jerry Korab said "We own the Flyers (based on the regular season." After the series, Bobby Clarke said "I guess they did but you don't like reading that stuff in the papers."
November 2, 1978 --
Don Edwards made 39 saves in a 3-3 tie played in Philly. The Flyers led 3-1 in the third period but the Sabres scored a PPG the exact time Bob Kelly's minor expired to get within a goal. Craig Ramsay evened the game about three minutes later. Bernie Parent made 26 saves. Reggie Leach had nine shots.
November 22, 1978 --
Philly snapped a 6-game (0-4-2) regular skid in this series with a 3-2 road win. Buffalo led 2-0 deep into period two but the Flyers responded with two early third period goals, the winner by Paul Evans. A brief fight --
January 18, 1979 --
Mel Bridgman scored with 16 seconds remaining in the third period and the teams played to a 4-4 tie in Philly. Wayne Stephenson made 25 stops for the Flyers. Don Edwards made 24 saves for the Sabres.
March 4, 1979 --
Mel Bridgman scored twice and Bob Kelly had three points in the Flyers' 6-1 victory in the Aud. Wayne Stephenson made 30 saves. Bob Sauve made 32 stops in Buffalo's loss.
March 17, 1979 --
Dennis Ververgaert (1-2-3) and Bill Barber scored 17 seconds apart early in the third period in Philly's 5-3 win. The Flyers led 2-1 after two and held a 27-11 shots advantage. After Rene Robert (from Dave Schultz) tied the game, the Flyers scored the next three. Ken Linseman also had three points. Philly had 41 shots to the Sabres' 19.
November 4, 1979 --
Pete Peeters made 40 saves, including 28-for-28 over the last two periods, in Philly's 3-1 win in the Spectrum. Ken Linseman and Paul Holmgren each had a goal and an assist. Bob Sauve made 32 saves in the loss.
December 15, 1979 --
Pete Peeters made 25 saves and the Flyers recorded a 3-2 win at home, extending the team's unbeaten streak to 26 games (the NHL record, at the time, was 28). Buffalo led 2-1 early in the third period but Bob Dailey and Rick MacLeish scored in the first half of the third period.
January 6, 1980 --
Philly extended the team's NHL-record undefeated streak to 35 games (25-0-10) with a 4-2 win at Buffalo. Bill Barber scored early in the third to snap a 2-2 tie and Rick MacLeish scored on a breakaway late in the stanza. Pete Peeters played into the third period but left after becoming ill and was replaced by Phil Myre.
February 27, 1980 --
Gilbert Perreault scored in the first period then Mel Bridgman matched it in the third period and the teams settled for a 1-1 tie in Buffalo. Phil Myre made 29 saves. Don Edwards stopped 24 shots. Paul Holmgren and Larry Playfair hooked-up in a heavyweight battle --
January 28, 1981 --
The Flyers extended their unbeaten streak in this series to 11 regular season games (6-0-5) with a 4-4 tie. Philly led 4-1 late in the second when Danny Gare and Behn Wilson were involved in a stick-swinging incident resulting in match - intent to injure penalties to both players, however, Wilson got a 5-minute major while Gare was tossed which resulted in a Buffalo PP on which the Sabres scored. Both Gare and Wilson were ultimately suspended for three games apiece.
February 5, 1981 --
Don Edwards made 31 saves in Buffalo's 4-0 win in Philadelphia. The Sabres had 17 first period shots but couldn't score; however, they tallied three in the final period despite being outshot 12-5. Glen Cochrane fought Lindy Ruff --
March 8, 1981 --
Danny Gare (3-0-3) and Alan Haworth (2-2-4) led Buffalo to an 8-4 win. The Sabres led 5-1 before the Flyers tallied three third period markers. The Sabres then finished out the scoring with the next three.
April 2, 1981 --
The teams played to a 2-2 tie in Philadelphia. Buffalo's Don Edwards made 30 saves, Rick St. Croix made 17 stops for the Flyers. Philly led 2-0 in the second period but goals by Ric Seiling (30th) and Danny Gare (45th) tied the score.
November 1, 1981 --
Tony McKegney had two PPGs in the Sabres' 6-2 win at Buffalo. Bob Dailey suffered a career-ending injury when his ankle shattered and he broke his tibia and fibula after racing McKegney on a potential icing; after being checked from behind, his skate hit a rut. Dailey, who had knee surgery in the summer, was taken off the ice on a stretcher and said afterwards "Things could always be worse. They (hospital staff) had to move me out of the emergency room to make room for some poor guy who had the top of his head shot off." Pelle Lindbergh made his NHL debut. The Flyers entered the game with a mark of 8-1-2. Frank Bathe fought Lindy Ruff --
December 17, 1981 --
Behn Wilson scored the GWG on a penalty shot off Don Edwards late in the second period of a 2-1 win. Wilson, who missed the prior 11 games due to a four-game suspension, the flu and a severe groin pull, scored 1:28 after Ray Allison evened the game for the Flyers. Wilson, normally a defenseman, played forward this game. Glen Cochrane fought Mike Foligno in a healthy scrap --
February 11, 1982 --
Bill Barber scored with 35 seconds left and Ken Linseman (2-1-3) added an ENG to give the Flyers a 6-4 home win. Paul Hollmgren had two assists in his return after missing the last ten games with a left knee injury. At the 16:39 mark of the second period, the Flyers led 4-1 but a major brawl highlighted by three majors to each squad gave the Sabres a PP and they capitalized to make it 4-2. There was a total of 182 PIMs (95 to Buffalo, 87 to Philadelphia) and 22 different penalties called against 12 players but only one minor and that was to Behn Wilson (27 PIMs) who was also ejected. Tony McKegney and Larry Playfair of Buffalo each received 25 PIMs and were ejected. Buffalo eventually evened the score 4-4 in the third period, 1:09 after Lindy Ruff (his second major) fought Bob Hoffmeyer. Pete Peeters, who assisted on the GWG, made 22 saves for the win. Don Edwards surrendered four goals after two periods and was replaced by Paul Harrison. The three fights in the brawl Wilson-McKegney -- (
), Darryl Sittler-Ruff and Tim Kerr-Playfair (
October 14, 1982 --
Rick St. Croix made 22 saves in the Flyers' 4-2 win in Philadelphia. Mark Howe, Bobby Clarke and Dave Michayluk had two points apiece for the Flyers; Michayluk had eight points in his 14-game regular season NHL career, all with the Flyers, but he also played seven PO games with Pittsburgh in the 1991-92 playoffs. Jacques Cloutier made 23 saves for Buffalo.
November 10, 1982 --
Gilles Hamel had 10 shots and three points (2-1-3) in Buffalo's 7-2 home win. Rick St. Croix (5 GA) was replaced by Pelle Lindbergh. Tim Kerr suffered torn knee ligaments and missed 37 of the next 38 games.
February 23, 1983 --
Bob Sauve made 21 saves and the Sabres scored three straight times in the third period of an eventual 4-2 home win. Bob Froese lost for the first time in his NHL career after starting 12-0-1. The Flyers were 22-2-2 in the previous 26 games. Tim Kerr suffered a broekn leg and missed the remainder of the regular season. It was Kerr's second major injury in consecutive games in Buffalo and he missed 56 out of 63 games.
December 11, 1983 --
Buffalo recovered from an early 2-0 deficit, scored the next six goals and hung on for a 6-5 win in the Spectrum. Dave Andreychuk (2-2-4) led the Sabres' offense. The Sabres led 3-2 after one period and increased the lead to 6-2 in the second before Tim Kerr scored consecutive goals to narrow the gap to 6-4 after two periods. Pelle Lindbergh replaced Bob Froese for the third period.
January 11, 1984 --
Mike Ramsey (2-2-4) and Tom Barrasso (26 saves, one assist) led Buffalo to a 6-2 home win.
February 21, 1984 --
Phil Housley's OT goal with 51 seconds remaining lifted Buffalo to a 5-4 win in Philly. Mike Foligno (2-2-4) and Gilbert Perreault (0-3-3) led the Sabres' offense. Brian Propp (0-3-3) and Tim Kerr (2-0-2) led Philly.
October 31, 1984 --
Halloween night in Buffalo and the teams played to a 3-3 tie. Brad McCrimmon evened the game with a late third period goal. Brian Propp, with Tim Kerr and Peter Zezel assisting on both, scored twice. John Tucker scored a penalty shot goal for Buffalo, awarded because Brad Marsh tied the puck in the crease.
November 23, 1984 --
Pelle Lindbergh made 24 saves and the Flyers ended a 6-game (0-5-1) skid in this series with a 4-2 win in Buffalo. Tim Kerr had the GWG and assisted on Lindsay Carson's late insurance goal. Gilbert Perreault scored both Buffalo goals.
February 2, 1985 --
Mike Foligno had three points in the first period and Buffalo won 6-3 at Philly. Brad McCrimmon suffered a broken finger/hand in warm-ups and missed his scheduled appearance in the 1985 All-Star Game and did not return until March 2.
February 12, 1986 --
Bob Froese made 28 stops in a 4-0 win, the Flyers' first regular season shut out at Buffalo (Bernie Parent shutout the Sabres in Buffalo in the Game 6 1975 Cup clincher). Peter Zezel scored the GWG on a PP in the first period. Flyers' d-man Thomas Eriksson played in his final NHL game after suffering chips in his knee (surgery) from blocking a shot. Buffalo was shut out at home for the first time since Boston did so in November, 1977.
March 4, 1986 --
The Sabres won 6-4 in Philly as Adam Creighton scored 30 seconds after Ilkka Sinisalo completed a four-goal rally. Buffalo led 4-0 but the Flyers evened the game with two Sinisalo PPGs in the early third after Lindy Ruff received a 5-minute major. Pelle Eklund had (1-3-4) four points. Brian Propp suffered an eye injury and missed the next eight games. Rick Tocchet and Steve Dykstra fought early in the game
March 27, 1986 --
Gilbert Perreault scored in the first period and Jacques Cloutier made 30 saves in Buffalo's 1-0 win at Philly. Flyers' starting goalie Bob Froese was injured from a slapshot to the collarbone and removed in the first period; Chico Resch went the remainder of the game.
December 23, 1986 --
Doug Smith scored twice and Jacques Cloutier made 29 saves in the Sabres' 2-1 home win. Ted Sator made his Sabres' head coaching debut, replacing Craig Ramsay. Ron Hextall made 28 saves. Ilkka Sinisalo suffered a knee injury which prevented him from playing in the next 24 games.
January 28, 1987 --
Peter Zezel (3-1-4), Tim Kerr (2-2-4) and Glen Seabrooke (0-3-3) led the Flyers to a 7-4 victory in Buffalo. Zezel's hat trick was just the second time a Flyers' player accomplished the feat against the Sabres (also Bill Flett in 1973). Seabrooke, who had three assists, finished with seven points in his 19-game NHL career. Ron Hextall made 36 saves. The Flyers led 4-0 after one period including Kerr's 40th goal. The Flyers were 2-9-1 in the previous 12 against the Sabres. Buffalo outshot Philly 40-27 including 34-14 in the last two periods.
March 3, 1987 --
Ron Hextall made 30 saves and Tim Kerr (1-2-3), Dave Poulin (0-3-3) and Mark Howe (1-1-2) led the Flyers' offense in a 4-2 win at home. Howe's goal was also the 500th point in his NHL career.
November 25, 1987 --
Craig Berube's third period goal, his first NHL point, snapped a 2-2 tie and Dave Poulin later added two goals to give Philly a 5-2 home win. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 17-4 in the decisive third period. Ron Sutter and Bob Halkidis fought --
January 14, 1988 --
Dave Brown scored twice and Ron Hextall made 26 saves in Philly's 3-1 victory in the Spectrum. Kjell Samuelsson (1-1-2) and Peter Zezel (0-2-2) had two points. Brown made it 3-1 in the opening minute of the third period. Buffalo was 0-for-7 on PPs including five chances in the third period.
February 19, 1988 --
Ron Hextall made 40 saves in a 5-4 win. Buffalo led 2-0 less than four minutes into the game but later in the first period Rick Tocchet scored consecutive goals to give Philly a 3-2 lead which increased to 5-2 in the middle period. Tom Barrasso was a perfect 10-for-10 in relief of Jacques Cloutier.
October 9, 1988 --
Ron Sutter's GWG in OT gave the Flyers a 4-3 win, their sixth straight in this series. Sutter also scored in the third period. Peter Zezel knotted the score with 30 seconds left in regulation.
November 27, 1988 --
The Flyers led 2-0 before two minutes expired and held a 3-1 lead in the second period but the Sabres rallied for five goals in the third period and claimed a 7-3 victory. Phil Housley (2-2-4) led Buffalo's offense while John Tucker (1-2-3) had three points in the first 7:08 of the decisive third period.
December 31, 1988 --
Dave Poulin celebrated New Years' Eve with a GWG that led the Flyers to a 3-2 win in Buffalo. Poulin's backhander came with 4:44 remaining in the third period. Ron Hextall made 21 saves. Derrick Smith and Scott Metcalfe fought --
December 7, 1989 --
Ron Sutter's backhander in OT gave the Flyers a 4-3 win and upped their mark to 8-1 in the last 9 games in this series. Rick Vaive sent the game to OT with 11 seconds left in the third period. Rick Tocchet had three points.
December 17, 1989 --
The Flyers led 3-1 less than nine minutes into the game but Buffalo rallied for a 4-3 home win. Pierre Turgeon had the GWG in the third period. Alex Mogilny had two goals and Mike Foligno had three points.
January 23, 1990 --
Buffalo recorded a 3-2 win in Philadelphia, sending the Flyers to a 10th straight game without a win (0-7-3). Daren Puppa made 32 saves and Rick Vaive scored the GWG with 15 seconds left in the second period.
March 5, 1990 --
Jay Wells was traded to Buffalo with Philadelphia's 4th round choice (Peter Ambroziak) in the 1991 Entry Draft for Kevin Maguire and Buffalo's 2nd round choice (Mikael Renberg) in the 1990 Entry Draft.
December 6, 1990 --
Rick Vaive scored in the final five minutes to lead Buffalo to a 4-3 victory in Philly. The Sabres led 3-0 but the Flyers rallied in the third with two goals to tie the game. Less than a minute later, the Flyers had a 5-minute PP due to a Clint Malarchuk spear but didn't score.
December 31, 1990 --
Pat Lafontaine scored with 0:48 left in the third period and the teams met on New Year's Eve and Alex Mogilny (2-2-4) led Buffalo to a 5-2 victory at home. Terry Carkner vs. Rob Ray --
March 24, 1991 --
Alex Mogilny scored twice in Buffalo's 6-2 home win. Ken Wregget was replaced by Pete Peeters at the 10:09 mark with the Flyers trailing 3-1; each goalie surrendered three goals. The Sabres held a 41-31 shots advantage.
November 7, 1991 --
Ron Hextall made 25 saves and the Flyers killed 7 of 8 Buffalo PPs in a 5-2 home win. Dan Quinn (1-1-2), Rick Tocchet (0-2-2) amnd Kjell Samuelsson (0-2-2) each had two points. Pat Lafontaine was ejected in the second period for a high-sticking major. Terry Carkner fought Rob Ray (
November 8, 1991 --
Donald Audette scored on the first shot of OT and Darren Puppa made 29 saves in Buffalo's 4-3 home win. The Sabres took a 3-2 lead in the second period during a 5-minute high-sticking major to Ron Hextall who made 25 saves. Terry Carkner hammered Rob Ray in a fight (
January 7, 1992 --
Pat Lafontaine scored with 48 seconds to play in a 5-5 tie in Philadelphia. Kevin Dineen (2-1-3) and Garry Galley (0-3-3) led the Flyers. Tony Tanti was tossed for a high-stick major in the first period but the advantage was later nullified by a minor penalty to Andrei Lomakin.
November 22, 1992 --
Len Barrie (1-1-2), who was called up that day as a substitute for the injured Rod Brind'Amour, scored his first NHL goal in his second game as he beat Dominik Hasek with 15 seconds left of a 4-4 tie in Philly. Mark Recchi had two goals. Alex Mogilny scored twice for Buffalo. Rookie Eric Lindros suffered a sprained left knee ligament 1:40 into the game after he checked Petr Svoboda along the boards; he missed the following nine games. The Sabres and assistant coach John Tortorella attempted to get at what they termed as hostile fans near the bench. Claude Boivin-Gord Donnelly fight:
January 26, 1993 --
Bob Sweeney scored with the first shot of OT giving Buffalo a 4-3 win at Philly. Dave Andreychuk's (2-0-2) second goal of the third period evened the game with 35 seconds left in regulation. Dominic Roussel made 31 saves for Philly, recalled that day from the AHL in his first NHL in six weeks. Dave Brown vs. Rob Ray --
April 15, 1993 --
Kevin Dineen had six points (3-3-6) including four points in the third period in a 7-4 win at Buffalo. His PPG snapped a 4-4 tie in the early third period and then 1:55 later he scored a SHG. Rod Brind'Amour (0-3-3) collected assists on the last three goals. Tommy Soderstrom made 41 saves. Buffalo went 3-for-10 on the PP, Philly went 2-for-5. Grant Fuhr was pulled for Dominik Hasek with the Sabres trailing 3-0 and the Sabres rallied to tie the 3-3 after two periods. Alexander Mogilny scored twice including his 76th goal. Ryan McGill was ejected for head-butting Matthew Barnaby who scored his first NHL goal earlier in this his second NHL game --
. The Flyers were 1-7-2 in their previous 10 games against the Sabres.
October 12, 1993 --
The Flyers out-scored Buffalo 4-0 in the third period en route to a 5-3 home win. The Flyers scored three times in a span of 2:38 and dominated the final period 16-4 in shots. Josef Beranek tied the game with 6:31 to play uring a 5-minute major for high-sticking to Dave Hannan then Eric Lindros scored 1:14 later during a 5-on-3. Mikael Renberg scored his first NHL goal to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Dominic Roussel made 22 saves.
November 10, 1993 --
Dominic Roussel was spectacular as he stopped 41 shots and improved his season-record to 12-3-0 in Philly's 5-3 road win. Mikael Renberg had two goals with Pelle Eklund and Vyatcheslav Butsayev assisting on both which gave Philly a 2-0 lead. Buffalo outshot the Flyers 44-23. The Sabres started the season 0-7-0 at home. Dave Brown fought Rob Ray --
November 13, 1993 --
Dominik Hasek made 31 saves and Buffalo scored four late third period goals in a span of 3:21 en route to a 7-2 win in the Spectrum. The Sabres scored three first period goals leading to the removal of Dominic Roussel. The Flyers responded with two goals in the second. The score remained 3-2 with under seven minutes to play. Yuri Khmylev (1-2-3) and Derek Plante (2-0-2) led the Sabres' offense.
December 27, 1993 --
Tommy Soderstrom recorded a 30-save 2-0 shutout win in Buffalo. Mark Recchi and Eric Lindros scored exactly four minutes apart in the second period. This would be the seventh and last shutout for Soderstrom in a Flyers' jersey. Jim Cummins-Rob Ray --
February 4, 1995 --
Eric Lindros (1-3-4) recorded points on all four goals and Dominic Roussel made 29 saves in Philly's 4-2 home win. Lindros' goal came with one second to play in the middle period on a bullet from center ice that baffled goalie Grant Fuhr.
March 26, 1995 --
Dominic Roussel made 23 saves and Kevin Dineen scored a PPG and Dimitri Yushkevich added a SHG in the opening period of a 3-1 home win. Dineen's goal was the 300th of his NHL career. Shawn Antoski and Doug Houda fought --
April 7, 1995 --
Petr Svoboda was traded to the Flyers for Garry Galley.
April 23, 1995 --
The Sabres scored three PPGs and one SHG to end the Flyers 9-game win streak with a 4-2 victory in Buffalo. The Sabres went 3-for-7 on the PP and the Flyers 0-for-5. Wayne Presley's SHG tied the game 2-2 with 50 seconds left in the second period and 18 seconds after Eric Lindros fought Richard Smehlik (additional minor) --
. That score remained until Donald Audette's GWG on the PP midway in the third period. Rob Zettler and Scott Pearson fought 11 seconds after the Sabres went ahead 3-2 (
). Pat Lafontaine scored a PPG with seven seconds left on Lindros' minor penalty for hitting Dominik Hasek (
). Dave Brown and Rob Ray fought in the second period (
) . Ron Hextall made 38 stops. Buffalo outshot Philly 42-22, including 13-2 in the first period and 18-6 in the decisive third period.
May 7, 1995 -- In Game 1 of the QFs in Philly,
Karl Dykhuis scored 10:06 into OT and Ron Hextall made 26 saves leading the Flyers to a 4-3 win. Dykhuis (also Vlastimil Kroupa, San Jose, 1994) became the second player in NHL history to score a GWG in the last five minutes of his first PO game. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 5-0 in the extra session and 31-29 in the game. Jason Dawe scored twice for Buffalo (had four PO goals in his NHL career). Rob DiMaio, Kevin Haller (two points) and Brent Fedyk also scored.
May 8, 1995 -- In Game 2,
Ron Hextall made 29 saves, many spectacular, and the Flyers won 3-1. Rob DiMaio (SHG) and Rod Brind'Amour provided the offense with two points each. Anatoli Semenov also scored as Eric Lindros' (bruised left eye suffered late regular season) replacement on the top line. Brian Holzinger scored Buffalo's only goal, one second after a Flyers' penalty expired and 51 seconds after the Flyers took a 2-0 lead on a SHG. The two teams combined for 0-for-12 on the PP, including 0-for-7 for the Flyers. Dominik Hasek made 21 saves. Afterwards, Sabres' coach John Muckler said of Hextall "He was the best player on the ice."
May 10, 1995 -- In Game 3 in Buffalo,
the Flyers dropped a 3-1 decision. Buffalo took advantage of a goal by Wayne Presley, who was eventually chosen the game's top star, despite an apparent offside play to go ahead 2-1 in the first period. The goal came 90 seconds after Donald Audette's PPG tied the score. Karl Dykhuis scored 5:18 into the game to give Philly a 1-0 lead and end the team's PP drought which was 0-for-13 in this series. The Sabres dominated the second period with a 19-2 shots advantage yet could not beat Ron Hextall who made 30 saves in the game. Alex Mogilny finished the scoring with an ENG.
May 12, 1995 -- In Game 4
, Eric Lindros (0-2-2) made his NHL PO debut in the Flyers' 4-2 road win. Lindros missed four-plus games due to an eye injury from a deflected shot in the second to last regular season game. Lindros checked Scott Pearson and Alexei Zhitnik on separate plays (
) . Rod Brind'Amour, who was chosen the game's top star, scored the only goal in the first period. Philly out-scored Buffalo 3-0 in the second period on goals by Brent Fedyk, Eric Desjardins and John LeClair. Ron Hextall's (25 saves) shutout bid was spoiled on goals by Alexander Mogilny and Pat Lafontaine 37 seconds apart in the seven-minute mark.
May 14, 1995 -- In Game 5 in Philly,
Eric Lindros (1-2-3) was named the game's top performer as he had points on the first three goals leading the Flyers to a series-clinching 6-4 win. Philadelphia dominated the opening period as they led 4-0 on a 19-5 shots advantage and set the tempo with two bruising hits in the first 12+ seconds, one by Lindros on Richard Smehlik and the other by Mikael Renberg against Pat LaFonatine. The lead increased to 5-0 in the second period but Wayne Presley scored consecutive goals, including a SHG in the final nine seconds, to make it 5-2. Alex Mogilny made it 5-3 with seven minutes to play. Buffalo held a 23-11 shots advantage covering the last two periods. Ron Hextall had 28 saves and assisted on Kevin Dineen's goal which made it 6-3. Afterwards, Sabres' coach John Muckler said of Lindros "He is awesome. He is the best player in the world."
Rod Brind'Amour (3-5-8) and Eric Lindros (1-4-5) led the offense. Brind'Amour, Lindros and Hextall were chosen first or second stars in three of the five games. Alex Mogilny (3-2-5) and Wayne Presley (3-1-4) led Buffalo.
December 7, 1995 --
The Flyers scored the last four goals in a 7-3 win in Philadelphia. The Flyers drove Dominik Hasek (3 goals on 9 shots) from the net after a 3-0 first period lead. Andrei Trefilov stopped 26-of-30 shots the rest of the way. The Sabres rallied to tie it in the second period. Anatoli Semenov had the GWG in the second period. John LeClair (2-1-3) and Eric Lindros (2-1-3) led the offense. Pat Falloon (2-0-2) scored twice in the third period.
February 8, 1996 --
Andrei Trefilov made 28 saves in the Sabres' 2-1 win in Philly. Bob Corkum made his Flyers' debut and gave Philly a 1-0 lead 75 seconds into the game. Derek Plante and Mike Wilson scored for the Sabres. Eric Lindros vs. Bob Boughner --
February 23, 1996 --
Pat LaFontaine (2-2-4) had four points and Dominik Hasek made 38 saves to lift the Sabres to a 7-2 home win. The Sabres out-scored Philly 4-0 in the third period. Garth Snow gave up five goals before being replaced by Ron Hextall. Eric Lindros fought Matthew Barnaby in a heated battle.
March 29, 1996 --
In the last meeting between the teams in the Aud, Bob Corkum beat Andrei Trefilov with the first shot in OT and Philly skated away with a 6-5 win which vaulted them into first place in the Atlantic Division. The Flyers led 4-2 after two periods but Buffalo scored three times in a span of 4:22 to take a 5-4 lead; however, 32 seconds after falling behind, the Flyers got a goal from Trent Klatt to make the score 5-5. Despite nine PPs, Buffalo was outshot 36-23. Dale Hawerchuk had two assists which increased his point total to 12 in his first eight games with the Flyers. In the last minute of the second period, the game had a few fights including one in which Matthew Barnaby appeared to fake an injury and went to the ice, and while assisted by a trainer, attacked goalie Garth Snow after Snow tapped him with the goalie stick. Snow and Trefilov then exchanged blows --
November 7, 1996 --
The teams met in Buffalo's new home, the Marine Midland Arena (name changed in 1999), and the Flyers won 5-2 backed by John LeClair's (2-2-4) four points. Mikael Renberg scored the go-ahead goal with 9:33 to play. Philadelphia outshot Buffalo 38-15 but trailed 1-0 after the opening period despite holding a 10-1 edge in shots. The Flyers trailed 2-0 midway through the game as Derek Plante scored both goals on Buffalo's first three shots. The Flyers held an 18-4 shots advantage after two periods but trailed 2-1. The Flyers outshot the Sabres 20-11 in the third period and scored four times finally solving Dominik Hasek who made 33 saves. Said the Flyers' Dale Hawerchuk "Hasek is unbelievable. We just didn't want to let up, we wanted to keep up the pressure. Get some shots and get in on him. You can't stop what you can't see, but sometimes he does. We kept pressing all game and just didn't want to be denied."
February 4, 1997 --
Joel Otto scored off a feed from Shjon Podein with 1:55 to play in a 1-1 tie in Philly. A major brawl erupted 39 seconds after Buffalo scored and 150 minutes in penalties were issued. "I know my teammates would do the same thing for me. I saw Mitch (Michel Petit) tied up with (Brad) May and then (Rob) Ray grabs him from behind when there are two guys on one, and that's your teammate, and everyone else is tied up, that is what the extra guy has to do, even if he is a goaltender," said Garth Snow.
March 11, 1997 --
Michael Peca's PPG on the first shot in OT led the Sabres to a 3-2 win in Buffalo. The goal was scored with Mikael Renberg in the box for interference. Dominik Hasek made 29 saves including 23-for-23 over the last two periods. The game was tied 2-2 in the first period; both Flyers' goals came via the PP and the second at 19:48. The second and third periods were both scoreless.
March 15, 1997 --
Buffalo scored five times on 11 shots in the first period en route to a 7-5 win in Philadelphia. Buffalo led 5-1 at the 14:35 mark and took a 5-2 lead at the break. The Flyers held an 18-3 shots advantage in the second period but each team scored once. The Flyers held a 44-20 shot advantage in the game. Brian Holzinger (2-0-2) and Michael Peca (1-2-3) led the offense and Steve Shields made 39 saves. Ron Hextall made three saves on seven shots and Garth Snow stopped 10 of 13. Eric Lindros vs. Bob Boughner fight --
May 3, 1997 -- In Game 1 of the Conference Semis at Buffalo,
the Flyers defeated the Sabres 5-3 as Shjon Podein scored the GWG with 0:48 left in the third period after some brilliant work by Trent Klatt behind the net fighting off two Sabres. The Flyers' rallied from a 3-1 hole starting with a Mikael Renberg goal with one second remaining in the second period. Rod Brind'Amour evened the score midway though the final period and also added an ENG. With goalie Dominik Hasek serving a three-game suspension because of an altercation with a reporter, the Sabres played Steve Shields who made 42 saves. The game is also remembered for a 15-minute brawl highlighted by Shields fighting Flyers' goalie Garth Snow late in the middle period. Twenty-one seconds later, Buffalo made it 3-1 on the PP. Philly outshot Buffalo 47-32 in a highly entertaining game.
May 5, 1997 -- In Game 2 at Buffalo,
Mikael Renberg and Chris Therien scored in the first period and Garth Snow made 29 saves in a 2-1 win. Jason Dawe scored in the final two minutes of the second period for the Sabres who got a 35-save outing from Steve Shields. The Sabres tried and failed at intimidation tactics. At the 0:26 mark, Brad May was whistled for roughing Eric Lindros who received a slashing minor; Buffalo picked up an extra two for interfering in the play along the team bench. The Sabres attempted to unnerve Snow by complaining about his shoulder pads. Afterwards, Snow said of coach Ted Nolan "I didn't know he was an equipment manufacturer. I thought he was a hockey coach. Tell him I don't use anything to prop up my pads. Actually, it's just muscle. Tell him we've got a better strength program than them."
May 7, 1997 -- In Game 3 at Philly,
Dale Hawerchuk (1-2-3) and Paul Coffey (0-3-3) each had three points in the first period as they led the Flyers to a 4-1 win. Coffey, who tied an NHL (65th time) and team record (5th time) with three assists in the period, set-up PPGs by Eric Lindros and Dale Hawerchuk which gave Philly a 2-0 lead. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 38-16 in the victory, including 16-4 in the third period. Garth Snow made 15 saves and improved to 7-1 this post-season. Steve Shields made 35 saves in defeat. In the pregame skate, Coffey and Matthew Barnaby swapped crosschecks which led to a meeting of multiple players including Ron Hextall and Rob Ray. Barnaby ran at goalie Snow in the opening minute of the game and was penalized.
May 9, 1997 -- In Game 4 at Philly,
Ed Ronan scored in OT to give Buffalo their lone win (5-4) in this series. Steve Shields made 39 saves for the Sabres who were expected to play Dominik Hasek but he injured his knee during the morning practice. Derek Plante (1-3-4) led Buffalo's offense. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 43-25. Garth Snow played goal for the Flyers. The Sabres killed 7 of 8 Philly PPs.
May 11, 1997 -- In Game 5 at Buffalo,
the Flyers broke open a scoreless game by recording three consecutive early second period goals en route to a series-clinching 6-3 win. Included in the trio was a pair of goals by Eric Lindros, the second off a penalty shot after being dragged from behind by Darryl Shannon, that set a team mark for fastest two goals in a PO game at 41 seconds. The penalty shot goal happened after Lindros lost control of the puck but managed a soft backhander through Steve Shields' legs. Rod Brind'Amour (0-3-3) tallied three points in the second period, the sixth Flyers' player to have three points in a PO period and the second in this series. A PPG by Randy Burridge at 19:59 of the second period cut the Flyers' lead to 4-3 and gave Buffalo momentum as the third period commenced but the Flyers converted two goals in the third and cruised to a victory. Ron Hextall was the surprise starter, his first start of the post-season after nine straight by Garth Snow. The Flyers outshot the Sabres 40-24. Center Joel Otto suffered a damaged blood vessel in a broken nose courtesy of Garry Galley's stick which caused him to miss the opening game of the following series. After the series concluded, Sabres' head coach Ted Nolan refused to acknowledge his counterpart Terry Murray who later said "What we saw from Buffalo was their coach's decision not to put any heat in the locker room and give us bad ice time and kick us off the ice in practice. If you're going to try to screw somebody, make sure the other guy can't get even."
November 26, 1997 --
Garth Snow made 26 saves and Rod Brind'Amour scored two first period goals in Philly's 3-1 win at Buffalo. Eric Desjardins made it 3-0 with 2:14 to play in the second period.
December 1, 1997 --
The teams played to a 1-1 tie in Philly. Eric Lindros scored the Flyers' goal, ending his skid of 10-straight games without a goal, and Brian Holzinger evened the score with a third period goal. The Flyers held a 26-17 shots advantage. Philly killed a bench minor penalty called with 50 seconds left in regulation.
January 20, 1998 --
Ron Hextall recorded a 29-save shutout and Rod Brind'Amour celebrated the birth of his daughter with two goals in the first period of Philly's 3-0 home win. Hextall's shutout was his last in the NHL and his 20th with the Flyers. Among Hextall's saves was a breakway stop on Alexei Zhitnik three minutes into the game. Said Hextall "We got the win. I'll tell you, they (shutouts) are overrated. It's not that big a deal. A win is a win and that's what it's all about. They're nice, don't get me wrong. I'm just saying it's no big deal." Eric Lindros (1-1-2) added two points. Dominik Hasek (21 saves on 24 shots) was removed after the second period for Steve Shields (5/5).
April 13, 1998 --
Dominik Hasek made 30 saves and Michal Grosek scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period in the Sabres' 2-1 home win. John LeClair scored his 50th goal of the season, the third straight season he reached the 50-goal figure. The Flyers dominated the first two periods, out-shooting Buffalo 28-12 but the game was tied 1-1. Buffalo held a 12-3 advantage in the third period in part because the Flyers committed four consecutive minor infractions. The Sabres PP was 0-for-7 in the game. Eric Lindros returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a concussion March 7th loss. Lindros had a breakaway but was denied and later said "I went to go five-hole and I missed the spot. He really wants a guy to hit him with a puck. He really covered up the net well, gotta give him credit."
April 22, 1998 -- In Game 1 of the QFs in Philly,
Donald Audette's third period goal snapped a 2-2 tie and Dominic Hasek made 22 saves in Buffalo's 3-2 win. Down 2-0 in the third, the Flyers got goals from Rod Brind'Amour and Chris Gratton within 18 seconds just past the 8-minute mark but three minutes later Audette tallied the winner. Sean Burke made 22 saves for Philadelphia. The Flyers went 0-for-6 on PPs. Flyers' D-man Petr Svoboda, while diving for a loose puck, was kneed in the head by Buffalo's Dixon Ward resulting in Svoboda's removal from the ice on a stretcher. He returned to play later in the series.
April 24, 1998 -- In Game 2 in Philly,
John LeClair's PPG with 3:32 left in the third period and Sean Burke's 25 saves helped the Flyers to a 3-2 win. The PPG came on the Flyers eighth attempt as a result of Alexei Zhitnik's crosscheck to Eric Lindros into the unopened door of Buffalo bench (
). Lindros assisted on the GWG and scored earlier. The Flyers finished 1-for-10 on the PP. Philly led 2-0 after two periods but the Sabres to even the score at 2-2. Dominik Hasek made 35 saves in the loss. In the last two minutes of regulation, Matthew Barnaby (12 PIMs), Michal Grosek (4 PIMs, double-minor butt-ending) and Rob Ray (20 PIMs) were whistled for 36 PIMs (the Flyers had zero) and Ray was ejected during a tirade which included him banging his stick against the plexiglass and a curtain.
April 27, 1998 -- In Game 3 in Buffalo,
Dominik Hasek made 31 saves and the Sabres scored four second period goals en route to a 6-1 win. Miroslav Satan scored two PPGs, the second gave the Sabres a 3-0 lead. Buffalo scored two SHGs within 45 seconds (both with Alexei Zhitnik in the box and the second after off-setting penalties were called) which increased the lead to 5-0. Sean Burke was replaced after the second period by Ron Hextall.
April 29, 1998 -- In Game 4 in Buffalo,
Dominik Hasek made 44 saves in a 4-1 win. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 45-20, including 26-13 after two but trailed 4-0. The Sabres went 3-for-6 on the PP. The game featured fights between Rod Brind'Amour-Bob Boughner and Eric Lindros-Mike Wilson:
May 1, 1998 -- In Game 5 in Philly,
Dominik Hasek made 35 saves and Michal Grosek scored a PPG 5:40 into OT to send the Sabres to a series-clinching 3-2 win in Philadelphia. The GWG came with 29 seconds remaining on Chris Gratton's high-sticking penalty. Dave Babych sent the game to OT with a goal at 13:08 of the third period. Buffalo went 3-for-10 on the PP and the Flyers went 1-for-7, Mike Sillinger's goal being the only non-PPG of the five scored.
November 7, 1998 --
Domink Hasek made 35 saves in a 2-2 tie in Philly. John LeClair tied the game in the final minute of the second period. The Flyers held a 37-19 shots advantage including 14-4 covering the third period and OT.
December 4, 1998 --
Domink Hasek had a 31-save shutout in Buffalo's 3-0 home win. Eric Lindros was assessed a season-high tying 15 PIMs and was tossed after playing a season-low 6:50.
March 7, 1999 --
The game finished in a 1-1 tie at Buffalo as the Sabres' Martin Biron made 30 saves and Darryl Shannon tapped in a rebound with 6:33 remaining. Valeri Zelepukin's 100th NHL goal gave Philly a 1-0 lead. Zelepukin fought Jay McKee early in the second period. Philly held a 31-22 shots advantage.
April 13, 1999 --
John LeClair's second goal came with 1:49 left in regulation and the teams played to a 2-2 tie in Philadelphia. The Flyers held a 33-15 shots advantage. Dominik Hasek made 31 saves.
October 17, 1999 --
Philly scored three third period goals in a 5-2 home win. The Flyers went 3-for-9 on the PP. Mark Recchi had three assists. Philly held a 34-15 shots advantage. There were three fights in the game -- Sandy McCarthy vs. Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre
; Craig Berube vs. Rob Ray --
and Luke Richardson vs. Paul Kruse --
December 2, 1999 --
The Flyers won 4-2 in Buffalo as John Vanbiesbrouck made 18 saves in his 800th career game and Eric Lindros, Simon Gagne, Jody Hull, and John LeClair scored. Philly improved to 14-3-3 in the last 20 games. Martin Biron made 17 saves on 18 shots in the first period and the one goal came at the 0:24 mark by Lindros.
December 14, 1999 --
Martin Biron made 25 saves in in Buffalo's 3-1 home win. Maxim Afinogenov gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead in the first period and they led the balance of the contest.
February 12, 2000 --
John LeClair scored 2:28 into OT of a 3-2 home win. The Flyers trailed 2-0 near the midway point of regulation but the Flyers evened the game on goals by Dan McGillis and Daymond Langkow. Simon Gagne and Eric Desjardins each had two assists. Philly outshot Buffalo 18-4 in the third period and 2-0 in OT as part of a game total of 42-23. Langkow had a game-high nine shots. Martin Biron made 39 saves for the Sabres, some spectacular. Keith Primeau, acquired three weeks prior, suffered a cracked rib on a Curtis Brown check and missed the next nine games and 12 of the next 13 (after a one-game return).
April 13, 2000 -- In Game 1 of the QFs at Philly,
Simon Gagne's first NHL PO goal snapped a 2-2 third period tie in the Flyers' 3-2 win. Keith Jones and Daymond Langkow scored just under four minutes apart late in the first period to give Philly a 2-0 edge. Jones' goal came on the PP, while Langkow tallied SHG breakaway with eight seconds left. Dominic Hasek stopped 27 shots.
April 14, 2000 -- In Game 2 at Philly,
the Flyers edged the Sabres 2-1 as John LeClair and Eric Desjardins recorded PPGs. LeClair's goal was later shown to have penetrated the side of the net as pointed out about six minutes later by Dixon Ward of the Sabres. TV replays verified this though it wasn't immediately detected by anyone on the ice. Afterwards, a frustrated Sabres' goalie Dominik Hasek whacked Keith Primeau with the goalie's blocker pad after Primeau attempted to keep alive a rebound, causing a melee. Brian Boucher, on the other hand, was composed with 26 saves and backboned the Flyers to a key victory.
April 16, 2000 -- In Game 3 at Buffalo,
Brian Boucher recorded his first career NHL playoff shutout by making 17 saves and John LeClair scored a first period PPG in the Flyers' 2-0 win. Mark Recchi added an ENG. With the game scoreless midway in the opening period, Eric Desjardins failed on a penalty shot, taken as a replacement for Peter White, who suffered a head injury on the play after being taken down by Alexei Zhitnik. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 27-17.
April 18, 2000 -- In Game 4 at Buffalo,
Stu Barnes scored 4:42 into OT to give the Sabres a 3-2 win and the team's only victory in this series. Buffalo blew a 2-0 lead but handed the Flyers their eighth straight post-season overtime defeat. Vladimir Tsyplakov appeared to have scored 28 seconds into the game but a whistle prematurely blown on-ice by referee Dan Marouelli nullified the goal. Curtis Brown gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead with five seconds left on a 5-on-3 and nine seconds into the two-man advantage. Rick Tocchet and Keith Primeau scored for the Flyers. Buffalo outshot Philly 34-28. Brian Boucher made 31 saves. Dominik Hasek made 26 saves. Buffalo's Alexei Zhitnik (double minor) was suspended the following game for high-sticking Daymond Langkow across the helmet.
April 20, 2000 -- In Game 5 at Philly,
Daymond Langkow (2-0-2) and Rick Tocchet (0-3-3) led the offense and the Flyers' PP went 3-for-5 in a 5-2 series-clinching win. Brian Boucher made 20 saves. The Sabres led 1-0 but Dan McGillis' (1-1-2) seemingly harmless shot with eight seconds to play in the opening period tied the game. John LeClair and Langkow added second period goals. Simon Gagne (1-1-2), chosen the game's top star, scored a PPG in the third to squelch a Buffalo comeback. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 37-22. Dominik Hasek made 32 saves. Post-game incident and handshakes --
The Flyers' PP was 9-for-28 while Buffalo's was 3-for-18. Brian Boucher helped limit the Sabres to eight goals in five games. The Flyers' offense was led by Eric Desjardins (1-4-5), Simon Gagne (1-4-5), John LeClair (3-1-4), Daymond Langkow (3-1-4), Dan McGillis (1-3-4), Rick Tocchet (1-3-4), Keith Primeau (1-3-4) and Mark Recchi (1-3-4). Buffalo was led by Miroslav Satan (3-2-5), Curtis Brown (1-3-4) and Stu Barnes (3-0-3).
November 4, 2000 --
In just his third NHL start, Roman Cechmanek made 18 saves and defeated his boyhood idol Dominik Hasek in a 3-0 win in Philly. Ruslan Fedotenko scored the game's first goal and then assisted on the second goal, by Dan McGillis, eight seconds after coming out of the penalty box.
November 22, 2000 --
Roman Cechmanek's NHL record improved to 6-1-1, including 2-0-0 against Dominik Hasek, as he made 20 saves in a 3-1 win at Buffalo. Simon Gagne, Mark Recchi and Keith Primeau each had two points. The Sabres played for the first time in their and red, black and silver alternate jersey. The Flyers went 8-1 in nine games (including POs) in the calendar year of 2000 against the Sabres.
March 1, 2001 --
Roman Cechmanek made 26 saves and Mark Recchi and Daymond Langkow assisted on both goals in a 2-0 win. Keith Primeau and Eric Desjardins scored. Cechmanek tied Dominik Hasek for the league-lead with his eighth shutout. Hasek made 29 saves and dropped to 6-9-6 all-time against Philadelphia during the regular season.
April 8, 2001 --
In the season finale, the Flyers won 2-1 at Buffalo to gain home-ice advantage in the upcoming PO series. Roman Cechmanek was outstanding as the Sabres outshot Philly 37-17. All goals were scored in the third period. Rusty Fedotenko snapped a 1-1 tie. Derek Plante (1-1-2), Fedotenko (1-1-2) and Simon Gagne (0-2-2) accounted for all six individual points for the Flyers. The Flyers swept Buffalo in the four-game regular season series, out-scoring the Sabres 10-2. The game was aired on ESPN2. The traditional orange road jerseys were worn for the last time.
April 11, 2001 -- In Game 1 of the QFs,
Dominik Hasek made 31 saves, including a Mark Recchi penalty shot in the first period, and Buffalo won 2-1 in Philly. Roman Cechmanek made 24 saves but gave up two soft goals to Chris Gratton and Doug Gilmour: Gratton scored on a shot that bounced of the goalie's chest and Gilmour through Cechmanek's legs late in the first. All three goals came in the first period. Buffalo had just two goals on 102 shots in four regular season games against Cechmanek.
April 14, 2001 -- In Game 2,
Jay McKee scored 18:01 into OT and Dominik Hasek made 32 saves lifting the Sabres to a 4-3 win at Philly. Curtis Brown evened the game 3-3 early in the third period. Buffalo outshot Philly 41-35. Roman Cechmanek made 37 saves. Luke Richardson and Eric Desjardins each played 35+ minutes.
April 16, 2001 -- In Game 3,
Andy Delmore, making his series debut, scored midway in the third period leading the Flyers to a 3-2 win in Buffalo. Roman Cechmanek made 26 saves, including a perfect 12-for-12 in the last period. Chris Gratton and Steve Heinze scored PPGs which gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead. Simon Gagne tied the game with a second period PPG. Buffalo outshot Philly 28-19.
April 17, 2001 -- In Game 4,
Curtis Brown's goal 6:13 into OT and Dominik Hasek stopped 30 shots in Buffalo's 4-3 home win. The Sabres led 2-0 just 2:18 into the game but the Flyers rallied to tie the score. The Sabres' Chris Gratton and Philly's Dan McGillis (SHG) swapped scores. Buffalo outshot Philly 35-33. Roman Cechmanek made 31 saves.
April 19, 2001 -- In Game 5,
Simon Gagne and Mark Recchi scored PPG and Roman Cechmanek made 25 saves in Philly's 3-1 home win. Daymond Langkow and Keith Primeau each had two assists. The Flyers went 2-for-3 on PPs. Chris Therien, the gamne's number two star bhind Recchi, finished the scoring in the third period. Dominik Hasek made 30 stops in the loss. The Flyers outshot Buffalo 33-26.
April 21, 2001 -- In Game 6,
Dominik Hasek made 24 saves and the Sabres handed the Flyers their largest playoff defeat ever, 8-0 in Buffalo. Chris Gratton (2-1-3), Dave Andreychuk (1-2-3), Miroslav Satan (0-3-3) and J.P. Dumont (2-0-2) led the offense. Buffalo led 4-0 after one period. Roman Cechmanek surrendered five goals on nine shots and was replaced by Brian Boucher (14/17) in the second period.
Dominik Hasek had a save percentage of .926 (163 of 176) and Chris Gratton (4-3-7) and Miroslav Satan (1-6-7) led the Buffalo offense. The first four games were decided by a goal. Roman Cechmanek's save pct was .891 (147 of 165). Daymond Langkow (1-4-5) led the Flyers in points and Mark Recchi and Simon Gagne (two each) in goals.
October 10, 2001 --
Martin Biron made 26 saves in Buffalo's 2-1 home win. Stu Barnes (PPG) and Miroslav Satan (SHG) scored. Simon Gagne's goal with 1:59 to play was the Flyers' lone goal.
March 14, 2002 --
Miroslav Satan scored twice and Mika Noronen made 31 saves in Buffalo's 3-1 win in Philly. The Flyers entered the game with 21 more points (84-63).
March 30, 2002 --
Martin Biron made 28 saves, including 19 in the third period, in Buffalo's 3-1 win in Philly. J.P. Dumont had three assists, Miroslav Satan and Chris Gratton each had a goal and an assist. The Flyers outshot the Sabres 19-2 in the third period but only Buffalo scored when Gratton scored 12 seconds into the period to give the Sabres a 3-1 lead.
April 1, 2002 --
Martin Biron made 34 saves and Miroslav Satan (2-1-3) had three points in Buffalo's 3-1 home win. Satan gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead in the second period and added an ENG with five seconds to play. Keith Primeau made it 1-1 midway in the third period. With 5:15 to play, Satan assisted on J.P. Dumont's GWG. Chris McAllister and Eric Boulton picked up fighting majors early in the game (
). The pair renewed acquaintances later in the first period but while McAllister picked up 7 PIMs plus a game misconduct, Boulton earned just a minor and Dmitri Kalinin was tossed as third man in. In that scrum, the Sabres were awarded a 5-minute PP and McAllister picked up 27 PIMs (32 total in the game). The Flyers outshot the Sabres 35-17 including 15-6 in the third period.
October 22, 2002 --
Martin Biron made 21 saves and Miroslav Satan scored a tie-breaking goal in the middle of the third period of Buffalo's 2-1 home win. Roman Cechmanek made 29 saves in the loss.
December 14, 2002 --
Robert Esche recorded his first shutout since joining the Flyers as he made 15 saves in a 2-0 win. Donald Brashear and Eric Desjardins scored. Martin Biron made 33 saves in the loss.
January 7, 2003 --
Robert Esche made 21 saves and Justin Williams' (1-1-2) goal in the third period gave Philly a 3-2 home win. Ales Kotalik scored twice to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead. Jeremy Roenick (1-1-2) tied the game 2-2 with 27 seconds to play in the middle period.
March 18, 2003 --
Martin Biron made 30 saves for Buffalo in a 5-2 home win. Jochen Hecht and J.P. Dumont each had two points. The five goals were the most scored by the Sabres in a regular season game in this series after 23 straight games with three goals or less. Donald Brashear and Eric Boulton fought eleven seconds into the game (
) and in the third period Marty Murray and Maxin Afinogenov fought (
October 9, 2003 --
In the season opener, Jeff Hackett made 17 saves in his Flyers' debut for his 24th career shutout and Mark Recchi and Michal Handzus scored third period PPGs in a 2-0 win. Justin Williams has two assists. The Flyers gave up just one shot on a five-minute major to Keith Primeau, who was tossed for a boarding penalty.
January 7, 2004 --
Martin Biron earned top star as he made 44 saves in a 1-1 tie at Buffalo. The Flyers outshot the Sabres 45-21 including 17-2 in the first period and 5-1 in OT. The Flyers concluded an eight-game road trip with a 2-3-2-1 (W-L-T-OTL) record. The day prior, at practice, Jeremy Roenick suffered a cheekbone cut that required 26 stitches when an errant slapshot struck him.
January 13, 2004 --
Curtis Brown (2-0-2) scored twice, Chris Drury (1-2-3) had three points and Mika Noronen had 35 saves in Buffalo's 6-2 home win. Buffalo went 2-for-11 on the PP and scored twice in 21 seconds during a 5-minute major to Chris Therien (ejected) for spearing to take command 5-2. Jeremy Roenick was suspended one game for an incident with under six minutes remaining. While bleeding from his mouth courtesy of a Sabres' high-stick, Roenick asked referee Blaine Angus about the non-call and when Angus said that he didn't see the play, Roenick became furious and tossed a water bottle from the bench which led to a gross misconduct penalty and a one-game suspension. Afterwards, Roenick said "NHL, wake up! Blaine Angus is standing right in front of me and he says he doesn't see it. What is he looking at? The National Hockey League has to step in and tell these guys to open up their eyes." Roenick continued "Let's be honest, there are referees out there who hate the Flyers. Hate the way we play, hate the way we b***h, hate the way we moan and complain, so they purposely call the games against us. That is not right. So how do you expect us to react when we see blatant favoritism against us?" The following day, he said "They (the NHL) still refuse to expose the referees. Granted, they might not get playoff games at the end of the year or their bonus money, but still, that is not enough motivation to get these guys to wake up and call the games the way they should be called." He concluded about Angus "terrible, absolutely terrible. Blaine Angus did an absolutely terrible job." Gary Bettman said "The referee clearly missed the call here. But there's a lot going on on the ice, the referee may have been looking at something else and missed it. But we do tell the referees is that you're not supposed to guess." About four minutes later, Simon Gagne and Jochen Hecht got fighting majors in a brief scrap (
). Todd Fedoruk fought Andrew Peters (
). The Flyers W-L-T-OTL record in their last 18 games was 3-7-4-4.
January 24, 2004 --
Robert Esche made 25 saves, including 12-for-12 in the third period, and Jeremy Roenick scored both Flyers' goals in a 2-1 victory at Philly. Michal Handzus won 14 of 19 faceoffs.
December 19, 2005 --
Buffalo won 2-1 in Philly by winning a shootout 2-1 (in four attempts for each side). Tim Connolly scored on the Sabres third attempt to even it 1-1 after Peter Forsberg scored. Jon Sim then missed on what could have given Philly the win. On the fourth shot for each side, Maxim Afinogenov scored while Mike Knuble did not. Paul Gaustad scored in the third period to even the game. Ryan Miller made 33 saves while Antero Niittymaki made 27 stops. Josh Gratton fought Andrew Peters (
) and Adam Mair (
February 2, 2006 --
Ryan Miller made 21 saves in Buffalo's 4-2 home win. Left off the US Olympic roster, Miller responded to chants of "USA, USA" by saying "It was flattering to hear them. Our fans are great. It just feels really good. I just want to beat the Flyers no matter what. I'm not going to pick out the other goaltender and key on him." Robert Esche made 33 saves in the loss including 15-for-16 in the first period when Buffalo held a 16-3 shots advantage.
March 11, 2006 --
For the first time in the last 31 regular season games in this series, at least one of the teams did not score two goals or less as the Sabres prevailed in an unusually high scoring affair 6-5. Mike Grier got the GWG with 4.6 seconds left in the afternoon game at Philly. Buffalo had a lopsided 14-1 shots advantage in the third period and scored the only two goals. The Flyers led 2-0 after one and 5-4 after two. Daniel Briere and J.P. Dumont each had three points in the second period. Afterwards, Peter Forsberg said "We could have won. In the third, we stopped playing again. We came out 5-4 and stopped playing. They totally outplayed us in the third. We're not skating, not hitting, not doing anything."
April 7, 2006 --
Simon Gagne had three (1-2-3) points, including his 44th goal, and Robert Esche made 20 saves in the Flyers' 4-2 win at Buffalo. Mike Knuble (1-1-2) added an insurance tally with 4:10 remaining. With the victory, the Flyers clinched a playoff spot and snapped an 0-6-1 road skid in this series
April 22, 2006 -- In Game 1 of the QFs in Buffalo,
Daniel Briere scored 7:31 into the second OT during a delayed penalty (
) in the Sabres' 3-2 win. Briere's goal came on his 14th shot, a team-record in the POs and he was named the game's top star and played a team-high 30:38. Robert Esche, the game's #2 star, was superb and made 55 saves. The Sabres held a 58-32 shots advantage including 56-27 entering the second OT. Ryan Miller made 30 saves. Mike Knuble (1-1-2) and Simon Gagne, who scored with 1:51 left in regulation, had the Flyers' goals. Joni Pitkanen played a game-high 34:04 (non-goalies). The Sabres went 0-for-9 on PPs, including three in the first OT (the Flyers had one PP chance in OT). Brian Campbell's open-ice hit on R.J. Umberger came in the first OT --
April 24, 2006 -- In Game 2 at Buffalo,
the Sabres led 5-0 after the first period and won 8-2. Jason Pominville (3-1-4) and J.P. Dumont (3-1-4) became the eighth teammates in NHL history teammates to have hat tricks in the same game. Ryan Miller made 20 saves. Paul Gaustad (0-3-3) had three points. Denis Gauthier wasejected in the second period for checking-from-behind. Robert Esche (5 saves, 10 shots) was replaced by Antero Niittymaki (15 saves, 18 shots). Buffalo went 3-for-12 on PPs, the Flyers were 0-for-3. The Flyers had 61 PIMs to Buffalo's 12. After the game Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff said "Use a different word if you want, but I thought they did. The more they acted like idiots, the more we wanted to play." Flyers' head coach Ken Hitchcock said "That's Lindy's opinion. I've seen his teams do the same thing. So he ought not to talk about that." Post-game --
April 26, 2006 -- In Game 3 at Philly
, Peter Forsberg (2-1-3) scored consecutive goals to put Philly on top 3-1, the second off the back of Ryan Miller's jersey, and assisted on an ENG to spark the Flyers to a 4-2 win. Simon Gagne had eight shots and (1-1-2) two points. Mike Knuble (0-2-2) had two assists. Robert Esche had a strong outing with 26 saves. Buffalo held a 10-3 shots advantage in the third period, 28-27 overall. The Flyers' PK was 7-for-7 and Brian Savage scored a key SHG to knot the game early in the first period.
April 28, 2006 --In Game 4 at Philly,
Peter Forsberg (2-1-3) was sensational and Robert Esche made 26 saves in the Flyers' 5-4 win. Daniel Briere (2-0-2) gave Buffalo a 2-0 lead nine seconds after exiting the penalty box as he streaked in on a breakaway but was stopped by Robert Esche; however, Eric Desjardins unintentionally knocked Esche and the puck into the net. Briere later evened the score 3-3 on a PPG in the third period but R.J. Umberger (9:51) scored the tie-breaking goal. Forsberg, who earlier had a sensational assist on Desjardins' goal (1-1-2), scored with 49 seconds to play to give the Flyers a 5-3 lead. Among Esche's saves included a penalty shot attempt by Derek Roy and a short-handed breakaway by Mike Grier, who scored a SHG with 19 seconds left to finish the scoring.
April 30, 2006 -- In Game 5 at Buffalo,
the Sabres scored a goal in each period and won 3-0. Ryan Miller made 24 saves. Tim Connolly scored a first period PPG and J.P. Dumont added a PPG in the final minute of the second period. Robert Esche made 30 saves in the loss. Buffalo held a 14-3 shots advantage in the first period and a 1-0 lead.
May 2, 2006 -- In Game 6,
Buffalo advanced to the next round with a 7-1 victory in Philly. Ryan Miller (21 saves), Chris Drury (1-3-4), Mike Grier (1-3-4) and Derek Roy (1-2-3) led the Sabres. Buffalo led 3-0 after one period and 5-0 in the second period when Robert Esche was pulled (12 saves, 17 shots) for Antero Niittymaki (9 saves, 11 shots).
Buffalo's offense was led by Daniel Briere (3-6-9), Chris Drury (3-5-8), Tim Connolly (3-5-8), J.P. Dumont (4-3-7). and Jason Pominville (4-2-6). The Flyers were led by Peter Forsberg (4-4-8), Simon Gagne (3-1-4), Mike Knuble (1-3-4) and Eric Desjardins (1-3-4). The Sabres outscored the Flyers 13-2 in first periods.
October 17, 2006 --
Ryan Miller made 37 saves, thirteen Sabres registered points and Buffalo became the fourth team to score six goals in a period (the second period) against the Flyers in a 9-1 home win. Maxim Afinogenov (1-4-5), Thomas Vanek (2-2-4) and Derek Roy (2-0-2) led the offense. Robert Esche surrendered nine goals on 37 shots. Mike Richards had a penalty shot attempt during a scoreless opening period. This was the 82nd time in an NHL game that six players from the same team scored in a period. It was the 25th time that a team finished with nine or more goals after a scoreless first period.
November 11, 2006 --
Daniel Briere scored the tying and winning goals in a span of three-plus minutes and Martin Biron earned the win in the Sabres' 5-4 OT win at Philly. Buffalo led 3-1 but the Flyers scored the next three goals to take a 4-3 lead. Briere knotted the score with 2:59 to play. Then with 30.9 seconds remaining in the third, the Flyers were penalized for too many men on the ice leading to Briere's PPG 21 seconds into OT. Prior to the goal, the Flyers had killed 40 of 41 PPs at home that season. Randy Robitaille returned to the lineup after missing the prior three games with injury and scored twice for the Flyers. Triston Grant fought Warren Peters (
), Mike Richards battled Nathan Paetsch (
) and Ben Eager fought Adam Mair (
February 20, 2007 --
Ryan Miller made 32 saves, Daniel Briere (1-2-3) had three points and the Sabres went 3-for-5 on the PP in a 6-3 home win. Mike Richards (0-3-3) and Simon Gagne (2-0-2) led Philly. Robert Esche was replaced by Antero Niittymaki with the Sabres leading 4-1. The Flyers held a 15-4 shots advantage in the third period but were out-scored 2-1. R.J. Umberger and Brian Campbell fought 2:10 into the game --
February 27, 2007 --
Martin Biron was traded to Philadelphia for the Flyers' 2nd round choice (T.J. Brennan) in 2007 Entry Draft.
April 8, 2007 --
Philly closed out the regular season with a 4-3 home win and denied the Sabres an opportunity to finish with the most points in franchise history (they equalled the 1974-75 team-mark of 113). Martin Biron made 27 saves for Philly. Mike Knuble had points on both third period goals and three (1-2-3) in the game. The Flyers trailed 3-2 when Derek Roy scored with 11 seconds to play in the middle period.
December 21, 2007 --
Buffalo scored twice in the third period for a 3-2 win. Jochen Hecht had the GWG with 2:51 remaining. Ryan Miller made 20 saves. The Flyers scored twice in the second period within 45 seconds. Riley Cote and Andrew Peters fought. Martin Biron made 32 saves in his first appearance in Buffalo since the Sabres traded him to Philadelphia.
December 22, 2007 --
Thomas Vanek scored the tying goal with 7.2 seconds left in regulation then Ales Kotalik had the lone shootout goal in Buffalo's 6-5 win in Philly. The Flyers led for 16:01 of the third period, the team's only advantage all game. Jason Pominville (1-3-4) and Ryan Miller (31 saves) paced Buffalo. The Flyers held a 7-1 shots advantage in OT. Mike Richards (2-1-3) and Jeff Carter (2-0-2) scored two SHGs within 55 seconds to tie the game 3-3. The Flyers had two PPGs and two SHGs.
Richards fought Nathan Paetsch --
February 25, 2008 --
In an impressive and important comeback, the Flyers snapped a 10-game (0-8-1-1) skid and earned a 4-3 win at Buffalo when Danny Briere beat Ryan Miller on the final attempt of the shootout. The Flyers' Martin Biron made 26 saves. The Sabres dominated the early portion of the game, leading 3-0 at the 14:16 mark but Jeff Carter responded 17 seconds later followed by Scott Hartnell who scored 1:48 after Carter. R.J. Umberger's PPG with 7:15 remaining in the third period made it 3-3. Onto the shootout, where both teams failed in round one, scored in round two (Carter for the Flyers) then the decisive moments when Derek Roy failed prior to Briere's heroics. Jesse Boulerice played his first NHL game since October 10, 2007 (suspension) and fought Andrew Peters in the early moments --
). Starting with this game, which lifted the Flyers into the eighth PO spot, Philly ended the season with points in 16 of 20 games. Highlights --
March 4, 2008 --
Buffalo scored three times in the opening 5:57 of the third period and claimed a 5-2 win in Philly. Jason Pominville (2-0-2) and Maxin Afinogenov (2-1-3) each scored twice and Ryan Miller made 18 saves. Derek Roy, who scored the controversial GWG when he was the fifth skater on the ice during a 4-on-4, later said "I just jumped on the ice and I left early. I'll take it. I think we outplayed them in the third period, anyway." Flyers' head coach John Stevens said "It's a totally blown call. There's no excuse after that, but that third goal is a killer and it's a totally blown call." Martin Biron was removed (13 saves, 18 shots) for Antero Niittymaki. Among the Flyers not playing were Danny Briere, Mike Richards and Simon Gagne.
November 21, 2008 --
Martin Biron stopped 40 shots and Jeff Carter scored twice in the Flyers' 3-0 victory at Buffalo. Scott Hartnell scored in the final minute of the first period to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Carter scored midway in the third and added an ENG. Highlights --
February 19, 2009 --
Mike Richards had a career-high five (2-3-5) points and Martin Biron made 39 saves in the Flyers 6-3 win at home. Mike Knuble scored the GWG, on the PP, with 6:09 remaining. The last two goals were ENGs. Glen Metropolit, who made it 1-0, scored for the third time in the last six games after tallying just once in the Flyers first 50 contests. Jaroslav Spacek had two goals for Buffalo. Highlights --
March 10, 2009 --
Scott Hartnell (2-2-4), Jeff Carter (2-0-2) and Martin Biron (27 saves) led the Flyers to a 5-2 home win. Hartnell evened the game 1-1 with 14 seconds left in the first period on a PPG then, after a scoreless second period, the Flyers erupted for four third period goals. Highlights --
March 20, 2009 --
Martin Biron made 39 saves and Daniel Briere scored twice for Philadelphia in a 6-4 win at Buffalo and a four-game series sweep. Briere scored consecutive goals in the last 2:40 of the second period to give Philly a 4-3 lead. The Flyers took a 6-3 lead in the third period then surrendered a goal with 1.2 seconds remaining. The Flyers went 2-for-3 on the PP while killing all seven Buffalo man advantages. Mike Richards, who earlier hit the crossbar on a penalty shot, scored a minute later on a PP and gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead after one period. Richards (1-2-3) and Kimmo Timonen (0-3-3) had three-point nights. Highlights --
November 6, 2009 --
Dan Carcillo scored his first two regular season goals since joining the Flyers and finished +3 in the Flyers' 5-2 win at Buffalo. Blair Betts (0-1-1) and Ian Laperriere (0-2-2), Carcillo's line mates, also finished +3. Chris Pronger, who played a game-high 27:17, had two (1-1-2) points including a goal to make it 2-0 in the opening minute of the second period. Ray Emery made 28 saves. Jeff Carter won 11 of 15 faceoffs. Both Buffalo goals came via the PP. The Sabres entered the game 9-3-1. Highlights --
November 14, 2009 --
Ryan Miller made 29 saves and Tyler Ennis, recalled prior to the game, scored his first NHL goal in Buffalo's 3-2 win at Philly. The Sabres scored two PPGs including Thomas Vanek's goal at 3:11 which put Buffalo ahead for the balance of the game. Jeff Carter (1-1-2) scored a SHG in the third period to bring the Flyers to within 3-2.
November 27, 2009 --
Ryan Miller made 31 saves and Tim Connolly (2-2-4) scored two third period goals leading Buffalo to a 4-2 win at Philly on "Black Friday." The Flyers scored twice in the final 34 seconds of the first period to take a 2-1 lead. The game was tied 2-2 after two periods. Ian Laperriere was hit in the face by a slap shot (2:05 mark on this clip --
), received up to 100 stitches then returned wearing a face shield. Patrick Kaleta, who was later suspended two games, received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding Jared Ross from behind midway through the first period (
). Dan Carcillo fought Craig Rivet twice within nine minutes in the second period with Carcillo given a 10-minute misconduct penalty after the second fight. Rivet was injured late in regulation after being hit by Arron Asham. Paul Gaustad also was injured in the game after trying to hit Scott Hartnell and missed action until December 18. Highlights --
March 5, 2010 --
Tim Connolly's (1-1-2) goal 2:31 into OT gave Buffalo a 3-2 home win. Adam Mair (1-1-2) tied the game with 5:58 remaining. Ryan Miller made 27 saves. Jeff Carter played in his 277th straight game moving him past Bobby Clarke into third place on the team's all-time list. Michael Leighton made 32 saves. There were only three minor penalties called, two to the Flyers in the third period.
October 26, 2010 --
Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves and the struggling Flyers' powerplay netted a goal in each period leading the Flyers to a 6-3 home win. The Flyers' PP, which entered this game 3-for-35, went 3-for-5. Jeff Carter (1-2-3), Claude Giroux (1-1-2) and Danny Briere (1-1-2) led the offense. Nikolay Zherdev, Darroll Powe and Giroux scored second period goals to give Philly a 4-1 lead. The Flyers responded to a poor performance the prior night in Columbus and outhit the Sabres 24-12. Buffalo led 1-0 and 21 seconds later Sean O'Donnell and Cody McCormick fought (
) in what Peter Laviolette later called the game's momentum-changer. Prior to the game, the Flyers presented the family of Barry Ashbee with his retired jersey banner that was raised in the Spectrum. Highlights --
January 11, 2011 --
Sergei Bobrovsky made 38 saves, including 26-for-26 over the last two periods, and the Flyers scored three times in the last period to rally from an early 2-0 deficit to win 5-2 in Buffalo. Danny Briere (1-3-4), perhaps unexpectedly not chosen earlier in the day for the NHL's All-Star Game, and Scott Hartnell (2-1-3) led the offense. The line of Briere, Hartnell and Ville Leino (4-4-8) had eight points. The Sabres led 2-0 less than 10 minutes into the game but the Flyers rally began with Hartnell's PPG in the first period and Briere's second period goal made it 2-2. Leino, Mike Richards and Hartnell added third period goals. Video of disallowed goal (
). Highlights --
March 5, 2011 --
Ryan Miller made 33 saves and Jason Pominville (1-1-2) had the GWG in the third period in Buffalo's 5-3 win at Philly. Six Sabres had two points apiece. The Flyers led 2-0 after one period but the game was tied 3-3 after two periods. Highlights --
April 8, 2011 --
Thomas Vanek's (1-2-3) goal 1:16 into OT gave Buffalo a 4-3 home win. Nathan Gerbe (2-0-2) tied the game 3-3 in the middle of the third period and less than a minute after the Sabres killed the Flyers' first PP attempt. Ryan Miller (8 saves, 8 shots) replaced Jhonas Enroth (16 saves, 19 shots) after the second period. Danny Briere (1-1-2) and Scott Hartnell (1-1-2) led the Flyers. The Flyers (0-3-2) lost for the fifth straight time. The Sabres clinched a PO spot with the first point earned. Highlights --
-- "Are You Ready" by AC/DC
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