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04-18-2011, 10:26 PM
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Post-game quotes concerning the 3-on-5:

Nonetheless, the Flyers’ penalty-killing unit came up big in the third period, and the team managed to fight their way to a 4-2 Game 3 win over the Buffalo Sabres, taking a 2-1 series lead.

“I think it was one of the turning points of the game,” Danny Briere said. “There’s been 5 on 3s every game of this series. We got away with it last game when we gave them one and didn’t score on ours, but tonight it was definitely a big key thing in the third.”

For a Flyers team that’s struggled to hold one-goal leads all season, killing of 1:16 of 5 on 3 when the scoreboard read 3-2 was a daunting task. That they managed to hold the Sabres scoreless – and allow them just one chance on net – most certainly helped them power on to victory.

“It was huge,” Sean O’Donnell said. “I think that if Buffalo had scored then and went on to win the game, that would have been the turning point of the game. The fact that we were able to kill that maybe took a little momentum from them and from the building.”
As far as captain Mike Richards was concerned, his team was successful on the big third-period kill simply because they broke it down into basics, and frustrated the Sabres by doing what the textbook calls for.

“It was good,” Richards said. “Our defense blocked a couple shots. There were a couple clears, which take 15 seconds off the clock. And Boosh (Brian Boucher) made a couple big saves when he needed to.”

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