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Wow what a surprise !!! Buffalo wins in OT AGAIN !!

This is not a story yet b/c it is 2 min after the game ended.

I know this much Briere scored on a one-timer from Pominville when Buffalo was on a 4-3 man advantage.

(when someone finds the story, post it in this thread plz)
 

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Briere scores OT winner for Sabres

Associated Press
11/11/2006 10:12:08 PM


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Daniel Briere scored on a slap shot 21 seconds into overtime to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-4 win over the last-place Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

The goal was Briere's second of the game, sending the Sabres to their third straight overtime win and second in two nights.

Randy Robitaille scored twice for the Flyers, who lost their fifth straight game.

Philadelphia seemed poised to pull one out against an Eastern Conference rival after scoring three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead. However, with 2:59 left in regulation, Briere knocked a rebound past a diving Antero Niittymaki to tie the score.

The Sabres have tormented the Flyers since knocking them out of the first round of the playoffs last season. In October, Buffalo embarrassed the Flyers 9-1, scoring six goals in a second-period outburst, a loss that was the catalyst for general manager Bob Clarke's resignation and the firing of coach Ken Hitchcock.

The season only got worse for the Flyers, who entered with the fewest points and wins in the NHL.

And Philadelphia played this one without captain Peter Forsberg, still struggling to find an answer to the skate problem that's causing him discomfort to his surgically repaired right ankle.

For a while, it looked like more of the same blowout result. The Sabres scored three straight goals over the first and second periods to grab a 3-1 lead.

However, Philadelphia played with an energy and intensity that's been missing most of this season. They also showed up with a bit more aggression as Triston Grant, Mike Richards and Ben Eager all got in some punches - and five-minute majors - in three fights that energized the team.

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Phlyers were much more respectable this time.
With Foppa gone, it forces others like Randy Robitaille to step up.


 

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Sigh.........the Flyers can't catch a break. Forsberg doesn't look like he's going to sign with them in the off-season.(he's a unrisricted free agent agent in the end of this year):(
 

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Sigh.........the Flyers can't catch a break. Forsberg doesn't look like he's going to sign with them in the off-season.
BUT progress has been made.

1. Jettisoned Hitch - a guy stuck in the old strategies that are inferior in this game now and was more of a demanding, brooding troll. Hockey has to be FUN for the players for them to be creative and loose - essential things for precision tape-to-tape pinball and if your team wants to be unpredictable in play.

2. Lost Boobie - a guy stuck waayy waayyy back in ancient times. Losing both coach and GM is bound to be turbulent - kinda like nasty medicine.

3. Losing a key player like Forsey is similar medicine, but even distribution of play is more important - no one to key on - similar to Buffalo losing Satan. All players participate wholeheartedly.

I have been on "hot-dog" teams where "alpha status" good players tend to overshadow others. Most players just fit into a maintenance "supporting" role instead of brilliant, winning play.
The resulting team is good enough to beat weaker teams, but that's about it.

Philly will catch a "break" soon enough, but only after the chemo-therapy takes effect.
 

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Yes, they do seem to work harder when he's gone. Unfortunately, they need a top line centerman though, and he's all they got for now.

Unrestricted? I hope JFJ isn't thinking about this.

Oh yeah, and great win by Buffalo. Still leading the Northeast by 4 over the Leafs, and 3 games in hand.

What a battle with Atlanta for 1st in the Conference, and what a battle with Anaheim and San Jose for 1st in the NHL.
 
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