‘The Sabres are in the playoffs, have won a game, can tie a first-round series Wednesday and have the goaltending to concoct an upset. But they spoke mostly hockey-ese Tuesday, suggesting that if they just stick to their plan, they can advance. But there was no reason for them to try the standard one-shift-at-a-time rationalization. Because shift for shift, they will not have enough accumulated talent to win a lengthy series — not as long as the Flyers do those rudimentary hockey tasks themselves. And they are doing them for Peter Laviolette, who won on Stanley Cup as a head coach and had the Flyers playing for one last spring.’
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