'Unless the Flyers tightened their defense, negated Buffalo's speed, stymied the Sabres' transition attack, Esche was a meltdown waiting to happen, a goaltender destined to falter under the relentless siege. And there it was for all to see, five Buffalo goals on the first 10 shots Monday, a confident netminder turned beleaguered and summarily dismissed as part of the contrived solution. And then, for good measure, the Sabres demystified backup Antero Niittymaki if, that is, there was anything to demystify.'
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