Game 6 Recap

Posted: April 25, 2011

Score: Flyers 5, Sabres 4, OT

How it happened: The Flyers rallied after a first period in which starter Michael Leighton allowed three goals on eight shots. In a flip-flop of Game 5, he was replaced by Brian Boucher, who stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced. The Flyers pulled to within 4-3 entering the third period, then forced overtime on Scott Hartnell's first goal of the postseason with 9:17 remaining in regulation. That set the stage for Ville Leino's game-winner 4:43 into overtime.

Heroes: Plenty to go around. Boucher, for redeeming himself after his Game 5 meltdown. Hartnell and Leino, for their goals. Danny Briere for his pair, including a power-play score. He has five in the series. And Chris Pronger returned after a 21-game absence. His minutes (4:33) were limited but his presence was significant.

Goats: The goals Leighton allowed in the first 9 minutes could have been deflating, much like the early ones Boucher yielded in Game 5. Buffalo defensemen Mike Weber (minus-3) and Steve Montador (minus-2) were a combined minus-5.

The power of one Briere: The Flyers were 1-for-6 on the power play, but it was a big one: Briere's goal 8:43 into the second period forged a 3-3 tie. The Flyers are 3-for-33 in the series with the man advantage.

Starting in goal . . . : For Game 7, it's going to be Boucher.

Up next: Game 7 is tomorrow night at the Wells Fargo Center. Game time is 7:30.

Did you know? The Flyers and Sabres never have played a Game 7. All-time, the Flyers are 8-6 in Game 7s.

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