Knock Out Punch: PHI 2, BUF 1

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There wasn’t much scoring in this one, but it didn’t matter. The Sabres kept it close, but gave up two third period goals and lost in Philadelphia by a 2-1 score.

The Sabres needed just one point to stay alive in the playoff race, but Matt Read’s game-winning goal with under five minutes to play sank the Sabres.

“I have to win that one-on-one,” Regehr said. “I end up getting beat and cost us the hockey game. That was the difference.”

Buffalo couldn’t put any pressure on the Flyers after that, even with Ryan Miller pulled. Combined with a Washington win over Florida, the Sabres were eliminated.

“It’s embarrassing,” Miller said after the loss.

Ryan Miller finished the night with 33 of 35 saves, but it wasn’t enough. Miller was left out to dry on Read’s winning goal, which turned out to be the dagger in Buffalo’s season. At the other end, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 25 of s6 shots on the night.

Tonight’s defeat made it the first time the Sabres have lost a game in regulation when leading after two periods of play. They are now 25-1-2.

The Sabres will close out the regular season in Saturday when they visit Boston to take on the Bruins. That game is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Goals by Period
Team 1st 2nd 3rd Total
0 1 0 1
0 0 2 2

 

Shots on Goal
Team 1st 2nd 3rd Total
3 13 10 26
9 10 16 35

 

Scoring Summary:
Per Team Time Goal Primary Assist: Secondary Assist:
2 17:26 Ville Leino (8) Drew Stafford (30) Robyn Regehr (4)
3 6:05 Marc-Andre Bourdon (4) Andres Lilja (6) Claude Giroux (65)
3 15:39 Matt Read (24) Jakub Voracek (31) -

 

Penalty Summary:
Per Team Player Penalty Minutes
1 Ville Leino Too Many Men  2:00
1 Scott Hartnell Roughing 2:00
1 Mike Weber Roughing 2:00
1 Wayne Simmonds Roughing 2:00
3 Jakub Voracek Hooking 2:00

 

Goaltenders:
Team Goaltender Svs-SA Decision
Ryan Miller 33-35 Loss (31-21-7)
Ilya Bryzgalov 25-26 Win (33-16-7)
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Thanks Matthew. Only looking to get better for next season. Already with a bunch of ideas

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Even thought the march to the playoffs is over, I can't say thank you to the Sabres enough. It hurts like hell that the team isn't playoff bound but the last six weeks have been a wild ride for this Sabres Fan. I look forward to the next season and the possibilities this team has within it's reach