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ECQF #7: Sabres @ Flyers - Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2011 - 7:30 PM (ET)

GAME PREVIEW and NOTES:
FLYERS' ROSTER:
Forwards:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTDOB PLACE OF BIRTH
11 Blair Betts 6' 3" 210 Feb 16, 1980 Edmonton, AB, CAN
48 Danny Briere 5' 10" 179 Oct 6, 1977 Gatineau, QC, CAN
13 Dan Carcillo 6' 0" 205 Jan 28, 1985 King City, ON, CAN
17 Jeff Carter 6' 3" 200 Jan 1, 1985 London, ON, CAN
28 Claude Giroux 5' 11" 172 Jan 12, 1988 Hearst, ON, CAN
19 Scott Hartnell 6' 2" 210 Apr 18, 1982 Regina, SK, CAN
34 Ben Holmstrom 6' 1" 197 Apr 9, 1987 Colorado Springs, CO, USA
14 Ian Laperriere 6' 1" 200 Jan 19, 1974 Montreal, QC, CAN
22 Ville Leino 6' 1" 190 Oct 6, 1983 Savonlinna, FIN
15 Andreas Nodl 6' 1" 196 Feb 28, 1987 Vienna, AUT
36 Darroll Powe 5' 11" 212 Jun 22, 1985 Saskatoon, SK, CAN
18 Mike Richards "C" 5' 11" 195 Feb 11, 1985 Kenora, ON, CAN
51 Zac Rinaldo 5' 11" 169 Jun 15, 1990 Missisauga, ON, CAN
45 Jody Shelley 6' 3" 230 Feb 7, 1976 Thompson, MB, CAN
21 James van Riemsdyk 6' 3" 200 May 4, 1989 Middletown, NJ, USA
10 Kris Versteeg 5' 10" 182 May 13, 1986 Lethbridge, AB, CAN
93 Nikolay Zherdev 6' 2" 203 Nov 5, 1984 Kiev, UKR

Defense:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTDOB PLACE OF BIRTH
3 Oskars Bartulis 6' 2" 184 Jan 21, 1987 Ogre, LVA
24 Nick Boynton 6' 1" 218 Jan 14, 1979 Nobleton, ON, Canada
25 Matt Carle 6' 0" 205 Sep 25, 1984 Anchorage, AK, USA
5 Braydon Coburn 6' 5" 220 Feb 27, 1985 Shaunavon, SK, CAN
41 Andrej Meszaros 6' 2" 223 Oct 13, 1985 Povazska Bystrica, SVK
6 Sean O'Donnell 6' 2" 237 Oct 13, 1971 Ottawa, ON, CAN
20 Chris Pronger 6' 6" 220 Oct 10, 1974 Dryden, ON, CAN
26 Danny Syvret 5' 11" 203 Jun 13, 1985 Millgrove, ON, CAN
44 Kimmo Timonen 5' 10" 194 Mar 18, 1975 Kuopio, FIN

Goalies:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHT DOB PLACE OF BIRTH
35 Sergei Bobrovsky 6' 2" 190 Sep 20, 1988 Novokuznetsk, RUS
33 Brian Boucher 6' 2" 200 Jan 2, 1977 Woonsocket, RI, USA
49 Michael Leighton 6' 3" 186 May 19, 1981 Petrolia, ON, CAN

FLYERS' POSSIBLE LINEUP:
Forwards:
Left WingCenter Right Wing
19 - Scott Hartnell48 - Danny Briere 22 - Ville Leino
21 - James van Riemsdyk28 - Claude Giroux 36 - Darroll Powe
93 - Nikolay Zherdev 18 - Mike Richards 10 - Kris Versteeg
13 - Dan Carcillo 11 - Blair Betts (seven d-men)

Defense:
Pairing Pairing
44 - Kimmo Timonen 5 - Braydon Coburn
41 - Andrej Meszaros 6 - Sean O'Donnell
25 - Matt Carle 26 - Danny Syvret
20 - Chris Pronger  

Goalies:
(Brian Boucher is the expected starter)
Goalie Goalie Goalie
35 - Sergei Bobrovsky 33 - Brian Boucher 49 - Michael Leighton

FLYERS' INJURIES, SCRATCHES, MISC.:
PlayerReason Status
Oskars Bartulis left shoulder surgery out 10-to-12 weeks from Feb. 24
Sergei Bobrovsky healthy expected to be the backup
Nick Boynton healthy expected to be scratched
Jeff Carter knee doubtful
Ben Holmstrom healthy expected to be scratched
Ian Laperriere post-concussion syndrome LTIR
Michael Leighton healthy expected to be scratched
Andreas Nodl cut under right eye doubtful
Chris Pronger broken right hand probable
Zac Rinaldo healthy expected to be scratched
Jody Shelley healthy expected to be scratched

FLYERS' STATS: SABRES' POSSIBLE LINEUP:
Forwards:
Left WingCenter Right Wing
Nathan Gerbe Paul Gaustad Mark Mancari
Tyler Ennis Derek Roy Drew Stafford
Thomas Vanek Rob Niedermayer Jochen Hecht
Matt Ellis Cody McCormick Brad Boyes

Defensemen:
PairingPairing
Chris Butler Tyler Myers
Mike Weber Jordan Leopold
Steve Montador Marc-Andre Gragnani

Goalies:
(Ryan Miller is the expected starter)
Goalie GoalieGoalie
Ryan Miller Jhonas Enroth Patrick Lalime

SABRES' INJURIES, SCRATCHES, MISC.
PlayerReason Status
Tim Connolly upper body will not play
Michael Grier missed Tuesday's skate questionable
Jochen Hecht upper bodycould return
Patrick Kaleta missed Tuesday's skate questionable
Patrick Lalime healthy expected to be scratched
Jordan Leopold missed Tuesday's skate undetermined
Mark Mancari healthy could replace Grier or Kaleta
Shaone Morrisonn upper body not expected to play
Dennis Persson healthy not expected to play
Jason Pominville cut on leg will not play
Derek Roy torn quadricepscould return
Andrej Sekera upper body questionable

SABRES' ROSTER:
Forwards:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTDOB PLACE OF BIRTH
22 Brad Boyes 6' 0" 204 Apr 17, 1982 Mississauga, ON, CAN
19 Tim Connolly 6' 1" 191 May 7, 1981 Syracuse, NY, USA
37 Matt Ellis 6' 0" 212 Aug 31, 1981Welland, ON, CAN
63 Tyler Ennis 5' 9" 163 Oct 6, 1989 Edmonton, AB, CAN
28 Paul Gaustad 6' 4" 229 Feb 3, 1982 Fargo, ND, USA
42 Nathan Gerbe 5' 6" 173 Jul 24, 1987 Oxford, MI, USA
25 Michael Grier 6' 1" 227 Jan 5, 1975 Detroit, MI, USA
55 Jochen Hecht 6' 1" 199 Jun 21, 1977 Mannheim, DEU
36 Patrick Kaleta 5' 11" 198 Jun 8, 1986 Buffalo, NY, USA
12 Mark Mancari 6' 3" 225 Jul 11, 1985 London, ON, CAN
8 Cody McCormick 6' 3" 215 Apr 18, 1983 London, ON, CAN
20 Rob Niedermayer 6' 2" 203 Dec 28, 1974 Cassiar, BC, CAN
67 Dennis Persson 6' 1" 192 Jun 2, 1988 Nykoping, SWE
29 Jason Pominville 6' 0" 186 Nov 30, 1982 Repentigny, QC, CAN
9 Derek Roy 5' 9" 188 May 4, 1983 Ottawa, ON, CAN
21 Drew Stafford 6' 1" 216 Oct 30, 1985 Milwaukee, WI, USA
26 Thomas Vanek 6' 2" 207 Jan 19, 1984 Vienna, AUT

Defensemen:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTDOB PLACE OF BIRTH
34 Chris Butler 6' 1" 203 Oct 27, 1986 St. Louis, MO, USA
17 Marc-Andre Gragnani 6' 2" 201 Mar 11, 1987 Montreal, QC, CAN
3 Jordan Leopold 6' 1" 200 Aug 3, 1980 Golden Valley, MN, USA
4 Steve Montador 6' 0" 211 Dec 21, 1979 Vancouver, BC, CAN
27 Shaone Morrisonn 6' 4" 217 Dec 23, 1982 Vancouver, BC, CAN
57 Tyler Myers 6' 8" 222 Feb 1, 1990 Houston, TX, USA
44 Andrej Sekera 6' 0" 197 Jun 8, 1986 Bojnice, SVK
6 Mike Weber 6' 2" 211 Dec 16, 1987 Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Goalies:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTDOB PLACE OF BIRTH
1 Jhonas Enroth 5' 10" 175 Jun 25, 1988 Stockholm, SWE
40 Patrick Lalime 6' 3" 189 Jul 7, 1974 St. Bonaventur, QC, CAN
30 Ryan Miller 6' 2" 175 Jul 17, 1980 East Lansing, MI, USA

1970-1974:
  • October 22, 1970 -- In the first meeting, the Flyers scored three times in the third period en route to a 4-2 win in Philadelphia. Bobby Clarke and Jean-Guy Gendron, selected as the game's top two stars, netted important goals to give Philly a 3-2 lead. The Sabres led 2-0 in the opening period on goals 24 seconds apart by Cliff Schmautz, who would be claimed on waivers by the Flyers later in the calendar year, and Gilbert Perreault. Goalies: Dave Dryden (34 saves) vs. Bernie Parent (18 saves, one assist).
  • November 8, 1970 -- Doug Favell made 19 saves and Bob Kelly (1-1-2), Wayne Hillman (1-1-2) and Bobby Clarke (0-2-2) all had two points in the Flyers' 3-1 win at Buffalo. Gilbert Perrault scored in the first period. The Flyers were held scoreless until 1:31 remained in the second period then Hillman scored the GWG 28 seconds into the third period. Roger Crozier made 33 saves for Buffalo.
  • January 24, 1971 -- Don Marshall (2-1-3), Doug Barrie (0-3-3) and Joe Daley (24 saves) led Buffalo to a 6-4 home win.
  • February 14, 1971 -- Roger Crozier (27 saves) and Paul Andrea (1-2-3) led the Sabres to a 3-2 home win. Rick MacLeish scored his first NHL goal.
  • February 25, 1971 -- Doug Favell made 27 saves in the Flyers' 3-2 win in Philadelphia. Cliff Schmautz and Andre Lacroix gave Philly a 2-0 advantage after one period. Both Buffalo goals came on PPs.
  • April 4, 1971 -- Andre Lacroix scored twice in the last 4:18 lifting Philly to a 3-3 home tie in the season finale. The Flyers held a 9-2 shots advantage after one period but trailed 1-0. Buffalo led 2-0 until Rick MacLeish scored his second NHL goal with 1:10 left in the second period. The Sabres took a 3-1 lead with 5:50 remaining. Joe Daley made 32 saves for the Sabres.
  • November 5, 1971 -- Gilbert Perreault scored twice and Roger Crozier made 27 saves in the Sabres' 5-2 home win. The Sabres scored three times in 78 seconds in the third period.
  • December 16, 1971 -- Doug Favell, pulled the prior night against the Rangers, made 35 saves in a 5-0 home victory. Serge Bernier (2-1-3), scoreless in his previous 15 games, scored twice and Bill Clement (1-1-2) added two points. The Flyers scored two PPGs in 33 seconds to take a 3-0 lead.
  • February 13, 1972 -- Bobby Clarke (1-2-3) scored with less than nine minutes remaining and Philadelphia tied 4-4 in Buffalo. After Jimmy Lorentz evened the game 3-3 with 55 seconds to play in the middle period, Flyers' goalie Doug Favell received a game misconduct and was ejected; this left Philly with injured backup Don "Smokey" McLeod as the goalie for the rest of the game. McLeod, who was in his second game with the Flyers, had a knee injury suffered the night before when he made his Flyers' debut in Minnesota against Gump Worsley. It appeared that forward Gary Dornhoefer (who had two assists) would wear goalie gear as an emergency replacement. McLeod, however, did play and stopped eight of nine shots. Rick Martin of the Sabres scored his 38th goal which tied Gilbert Perreault's NHL rookie record set the prior season. A few days earlier, goalie Bruce Gamble suffered a career-ending heart attack in a game at Vancouver and he was replaced for the following night's game in Oakland by Russ Gillow (emergency signing) who did not see action. McLeod, the goalie, wore #24.
  • March 16, 1972 -- Bill Flett scored twice (2-0-2) and Bobby Taylor made 35 saves for the Flyers in a 3-3 tie at Philadelphia. Rick MacLeish, who scored his first goal of the season, played 43 NHL games in his first two NHL seasons and scored three times with each in different games against Buffalo.
  • March 30, 1972 -- Doug Favell made 28 saves in the Flyers' 3-1 home win. Rick Foley tied the game early in the third period. Joe Watson scored the GWG with 6:40 to play. Bob Kelly, who assisted on Watson's goal, finished the scoring. Jim Lorentz gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead in the first period and that was the lone goal during the first 46+ minutes. Dave Dryden made 38 saves in the loss.
  • April 2, 1972 -- Gerry Meehan's blast just inside the blue line with four seconds to play, on the last day of the regular season, eliminated the Flyers from the 1972 playoff picture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKanX...eature=related. The Flyers led 2-0 and needed a win or tie to advance. Roger Crozier made 36 saves in Buffalo's 3-2 home win.
  • November 4, 1972 -- In his third NHL game, Bill Barber (1-3-4) had four points and scored the first of his 420 career regular season goals in a 5-3 home win. Twelve seconds into the game, Don Saleski and Rick Martin fought and then later in the period Tim Horton was handed a game misconduct as third man in during an altercation between Bob Kelly and Larry Carriere.
  • November 11, 1972 -- Doug Favell made 31 saves and Rick MacLeish scored twice in the Flyers' 3-1 home win. MacLeish (2-1-3), Bill Barber (1-1-2) and Gary Dornhoefer (0-3-3) scored eight of the Flyers nine points. Barry Ashbee was tossed from the game (22 PIMs).
  • 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 and the score was 2-2. 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 had four points in the game. 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 -- Bernie Parent made 37 saves, Dave Schultz (2-0-2), who fought Tim Horton in the early moments of the game, scored twice and Orest Kindrachuk (1-2-3) had three points in Philly's 4-3 home win. Both teams had 40 shots. 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.

1975-1979:
  • February 1, 1975 -- Bernie Parent made 26 saves and fourteen of the 17 Flyers' skaters had points in a 6-0 home win. Don Saleski, Rick MacLeish (1-1-2), Joe Watson and Bill Clement scored and eleven Flyers recorded points in the 4-0 first period. In the second period, the LCB Line of Reggie Leach (1-1-2), Bill Barber (1-1-2) and Bobby Clarke (0-2-2) combined for six points.

  • February 20, 1975 -- Reggie Leach tied the game 21 seconds after the Sabres pulled ahead in an eventual 6-6 tie in Buffalo. Bobby Clarke (2-0-2) scored twice and Bernie Parent made 35 saves. In the opening period, Leach picked up a rare fighting major with Jim Schoenfeld. 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. No player had more than two points. 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, spectacular goaltending by Bernie Parent (27 saves) and offense from Bill Barber (2-0-2) and Bobby Clarke (1-2-3) led the Flyers to a 4-1 win. All five goals were scored in the third period including two PPGs by the Flyers. The Sabres held the Flyers to zero shots in the first 11:20 of the game and just two in the opening period; however, the Flyers killed a 64-second 2-man Buffalo PP. The Sabres held a 22-10 advantage after two scoreless periods and 28-22 in the game. 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's PPG made it 2-0. Rick Martin scored a PPG to cut the Flyers lead in half. Clarke, chosen the game's number one star, gave the Flyers another two-goal cushion just 34 seconds later and five seconds into a PP. Barber finished the scoring with his second goal.
  • May 18, 1975 -- In Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Philly, Bobby Clarke's (1-1-2) PPG 6:43 into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the Flyers a 2-1 victory. Bernie Parent made 18 saves. Reggie Leach made it 1-0 in the second period but Jerry "King Kong" Korab scored in the third period. 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. Gerry Desjardins made 22 saves. 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 scored with 1:31 left in OT to give 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, a live flying bat circled the facility and around ice level. As a faceoff was about to happen, Buffalo's Jim Lorentz swatted the bat with his stick and Rick MacLeish picked up the remains and tossed it into the penalty box ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvzp32zYtCY ). Moments later, fog eerily crept into the Aud. Players were relegated to skating around trying to minimize its effect. 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 made it 2-0 3:09 into the contest. The Flyers then killed an 80-second 2-man Buffalo PP. The Sabres netted a pair within 17 seconds of each other to tie the contest but MacLeish's short-side 40-footer gave Philly a 3-2 lead after one period despite an 18-6 Sabres' shot advantage. Sabres' goalie Gerry Desjardins (3 shots, 6 saves) asked to be removed from the game and later said "I knew if I had stayed in, everything would have gone down the drain." On came veteran Roger Crozier (26 saves, 27 shots) 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 (41 saves, 46 shots) didn't see Gilbert Perrault's pass and reacted too late to Robert's shot. Don Luce (1-2-3) led Buffalo's offense. 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. The Sabres held a 46-33 shots edge. Video clip -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvzp32zYtCY

  • May 22, 1975 -- In Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Buffalo, Gerry Desjardins made 23 saves and 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 went 2-for-5 after entering the game 1-for-16 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 but the Sabres pulled ahead on goals by Gilbert Perreault and Jim Lorentz. Lonsberry had a breakaway attempt stopped in the third period with Buffalo leading by a goal. Twice the game was stopped due to fog on the ice, in the third period, but two arena attendants skated with bed sheets to clear the fog. Bernie Parent made 23 saves. Bob Kelly vs. Rick Dudley -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4aQWoOrq7g

  • May 25, 1975 -- In Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Philly, Dave Schultz (2-0-2) was named the game's top star and Bernie Parent made 23 saves in the Flyers' 5-1 home win. Schultz had his first two-goal effort of the season and scored on the Flyers' first shot. A fan brought a sign to the game which read "He who lives by the Sabre, dies by the Hammer." Terry Crisp (0-2-2) assisted on goals by Gary Dornhoefer and Bob Kelly scored 19 seconds apart which gave the Flyers a 3-0 lead in the first period. Larry Goodenough (0-2-2), named the game's second star, assisted on second period goals by Reggie Leach and Schultz. Don Luce scored Buffalo's only goal with 5:58 remaining. Gerry Desjardins made 21 saves. The Flyers improved to 14-0-2 against Buffalo all-time in the Spectrum. Kate Smith's "God Bless America" (record at this stage: 44-3-1) started the euphoria that Sunday afternoon.
  • May 27, 1975 -- In Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Buffalo, the Flyers claimed their second consecutive Stanley Cup Championship by beating the Sabres 2-0. Bernie Parent made 32 saves and Bob Kelly and Bill Clement scored third period goals. The key move was made in between the second and third periods as Flyers' coaches decided to put Kelly on a line with Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach and the move paid off as Kelly scored 11 seconds into the third period. Bill Clement, off a feed from Orest Kindrachuk, added a goal at 17:13, his only point in 12 playoff games in 1975. The Flyers were outshot 32-31 but held a 13-6 advantage in the third period. Roger Crozier made 29 saves for Buffalo. Head coach Fred Shero said "Tonight, through the playoffs and the whole season, Bernie has proven to be the best goalie in the world." Shero said of Bob Clarke "He's the greatest leader in sports. He'll work harder than anyone." When asked to compare the two Cups, hero said "This one makes me happier because we proved something." Complete game: http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/video/pla...st_of/22822945. SERIES RECAP: Bernie Parent had a save percentage of .937 (164-175). Buffalo's PP was 3-for-31 (9.7%) while Philly went 4-for-24 (16.7%). Bill Barber (2-4-6), Bobby Clarke (2-3-5), Reggie Leach (3-1-4), Bob Kelly (2-2-4), Rick MacLeish (1-3-4) and Terry Crisp (0-4-4) led the Flyers' offense. Rick Martin (2-3-5) and Don Luce (2-3-5) led Buffalo but the high-scoring French Connection line of Gilbert Perreault (1-1-2), Rene Robert (1-2-3) and Martin (2-3-5) was held to four goals. Gerry Desjardins (87-103, .845) made five starts and Roger Crozier (55-58, .948) had two appearances. The Flyers out-scored Buffalo 11-3 in three games at Philadelphia. A 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 Orest Kindrachuk snapped a 1-1 tie in the Flyers' 3-1 win at Buffalo. The Flyers dominated the second period, 16-4 in shots and took a 1-0 lead in the opening minute when Reggie Leach scored. 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 (0-2-2) recorded his 100th point of the season and Wayne Stephenson made 29 saves in the Flyers' 6-1 home win. Gary Dornhoefer (1-1-2) also had two points. Six different Flyers scored including Reggie Leach's 49th which was the GWG. Dave Schultz fought Danny Gare in the first period and Jim Schoenfeld in the second period. The Flyers stretched their unbeaten streak to 20 games (14-0-6).
  • 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 legendary LCB Line (Reggie Leach, Bobby Clarke and Barber) and established an NHL record for most goals by one line. Leach (1-1-2) and Bob Kelly (1-1-2) had two points. Andre Dupont was ejected during a Jack McIlhargey-Rick Martin fight and later in the first period Mel Bridgman fought Lee Fogolin. Bridgman scored late in the third period to ice the win. 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.
  • 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 -- Gerry Desjardins made 25 saves and Don Luce (2-0-2, ENG) scored twice in Buffalo's 5-3 home win which snapped a 14-game regular season winless (0-12-2) skid to the Flyers. The last prior win was March 1973. Bernie Parent made 30 saves.
  • February 20, 1977 -- The Flyers recovered from an early 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 in Philly. Andre Dupont (2-0-2) scored consecutive goals then Tom Bladon gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead with one second left in the first period. Don Saleski added a goal in the second period. The game was limited to five minor penalties. Bernie Parent made 17 saves.
  • February 24, 1977 -- Don Edwards made 25 saves in Buffalo's 2-0 home win. Jim Lorentz scored a PPG in the first period and the Sabres added an ENG. Mel Bridgman and Danny Gare hooked up in a fight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjG3mwRJU5k

  • 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 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVhaaYUBApo
  • 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 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x5sFeJOuuk

  • 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. In the third period, after the Sabres went ahead 4-1, Dave Hoyda (ejected) fought Derek Smith, Mel Bridgman fought Ric Seiling and Don Saleski battled Robert (ejected).
  • 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's (1-1-2) 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 MacLeish (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. SERIES RECAP: 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."
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