'Power play time in the game was extremely lopsided in favor of Buffalo, as the Flyers attempted to use a physical style to get back into the game but were whistled at virtually every turn. Buffalo was 3-for-12 with a man advantage while Philadelphia was 0-for-3. The Flyers had 61 penalty minutes compared with 12 for the Sabres.'
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'It marked the first time in Sabres history that two players notched hat tricks in the same playoff game.'
'The Sabres, who needed 58 shots to beat Philadelphia 3-2 in double overtime on Saturday night, scored twice on their first three shots and needed only 12 to build a 6-1 lead on Dumont's third goal midway through the second period.'
'Brian Campbell's mother is scared for her son. So is his head coach. And most of the New York state area.'
‘By the time Daniel Briere redirected Jochen Hecht’s pass past Esche, who had already made 55 saves, during the second overtime, what once looked like an easy win had become a classic, a victory that portends another wild spring in Western New York. If there were any fans left who hadn’t gotten over lingering bitterness from the lockout that claimed last year, they have now.’
'While it might be hard to imagine Briere duplicating his Sabres playoff record 14 shots on goal during the best-of-seven series opener, he believes there is room for improvement. "I know I didn't have my best game," Briere told reporters. "There's probably three or four solid, good chances when I should have scored."'
'Umberger has yet to be cleared to play by team doctors, and a decision on whether or not he is able to dress will be made later Monday afternoon.'
'"It was an incredible hit, and it was clean," said Kilrea. "No elbow was up. It's a chance you have, and you take it."'
‘”I was thinking about it today over breakfast,” Campbell said after Sunday morning’s practice in the Amherst Pepsi Center. “We won a hockey game while going 0 for 9 on the power play.”‘
‘”There’s no reason to think about it now, but yeah, it wasn’t a good feeling to take a penalty like that late in the third,” Lydman said. “It wasn’t the greatest feeling in the world. Luckily, it’s just the first game and it’s just the beginning. There’s a new game [tonight].”‘