Buffalo, NY – An estimated 5,000 fans braved the cold weather last night in Buffalo outside HSBC Arena to watch as Sabres goalie Ryan Miller shut out the Philadelphia Flyers for the second time this series. Only four times in 44 years have the Flyers suffered 1-0 playoff losses, two being in this series. Inside the arena, the Sabres put together a gritty performance, led by Miller, who stopped all 32 of Philadelphia’s shots on goal.
Miller, who took some criticism after games three and four, not only let his play do the talking, but said “I want to contribute to help the guys. I have to do certain things. I have to talk on the ice. I don’t need to listen to all of the stuff that’s out there from people who don’t know how to play goalie.”
Jason Pominville netted the game’s only score for Buffalo with 9:38 remaining in the first period, after which Flyers goalie Brian Boucher did his best Ryan Miller impression, shutting out Buffalo the rest of the way. The game was full of intensity and hard hits, as it has been all series long. This almost escalated into a brawl even after the final horn had sounded. With the series now tied a two apiece, look for it to get even more interesting, intense, and physical as it heads back to Philadelphia with a ticket to round two on the line.