Game Two: Sabres v. Flyers - Scoring Chances

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 16: Paul Gaustad #28 of the Buffalo Sabres fights with Scott Hartnell #19 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 16, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Flyers won 5-4. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Say what you will about the Sabres loss in game two, but this team battled hard. It is unfortunate the story of the game will be all the penalties called because this was a hard fought hockey game by two good hockey teams.

The Sabres come out of Philly with a split and that is a victory in itself. Still it feels like this game got away from them. The Sabres did something they couldn't do in a game one, generate chances. They generated enough chances to score three first period goals and force Peter Laviolette to replace Bobrovsky with Brian Boucher. Unfortunately for the Sabres, the Flyers scored three of their own in the first period and the penalties took over the game in the second period.

The best thing for the Sabres to do is look forward to Monday night and put this contest behind them. It is the type of game that can ruin a teams confidence if they dwell on it. It was obvious the Flyers put game one behind them and now the Sabres should do the same before game three.

Late in the season we started a feature that tracked scoring chances. I've decided to continue doing the scoring chances post because many people like to track it. While this is a very subjective stat and is based mostly on my own opinion, I did use a criteria courtesy of The Copper and Blue. (Editors Note - The stats posted may not be entirely accurate due to distractions like drinking beer and yelling at the TV)

Here is the definition of a scoring chance via Copper and Blue...

a scoring chance is defined as a clear play directed toward the opposing net from a dangerous scoring area - loosely defined as the top of the circle in and inside the faceoff dots, though sometimes slightly more generous than that depending on the amount of immediately-preceding puck movement or screens in front of the net. Blocked shots are generally not included but missed shots are. A player is awarded a scoring chance anytime he is on the ice and someone from either team has a chance to score. He is awarded a "chance for" if someone on his team has a chance to score and a "chance against" if the opposing team has a chance to score.

 Like many others that are using the app, a special thanks to Vic Ferrari for his hard work in creating this and many other apps.

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 30122

Team Period Time Note BUF Opponent
EAS 1 16:11 4 17 19 26 29 30 5 17 21 28 35 44 5v5
EAS 1 16:00 Goal 4 22 26 29 30 44 5 17 21 28 35 44 5v5
BUF 1 13:17 Goal 17 19 21 26 29 30 5 11 19 35 41 5v4
EAS 1 12:40 Goal 6 8 20 25 30 44 10 13 18 25 35 41 5v5
EAS 1 12:05 6 17 19 21 30 63 5 17 21 28 35 44 5v5
BUF 1 10:20 17 19 21 26 29 30 5 10 11 35 44 5v4
BUF 1 10:17 Goal 17 19 21 26 29 30 5 10 11 35 44 5v4
BUF 1 7:30 Goal 4 6 22 30 36 44 5 6 17 22 35 48 5v5
EAS 1 6:46 Goal 28 30 34 36 42 57 6 17 21 28 33 41 5v5
BUF 1 6:33 4 17 19 26 29 30 5 10 15 18 33 44 5v5
BUF 1 5:48 6 21 22 30 34 63 13 18 26 33 44 48 5v5
EAS 1 2:52 6 28 30 34 18 19 33 41 44 48 3v5
EAS 1 2:15 4 6 19 30 18 19 33 41 44 48 3v5
BUF 2 18:16 19 26 29 30 34 57 6 17 21 28 33 41 5v5
BUF 2 17:58 19 26 29 30 34 57 6 17 21 28 33 41 5v5
EAS 2 13:05 19 25 30 34 57 17 19 25 33 41 48 4v5
EAS 2 10:10 19 30 34 57 17 18 28 33 44 48 3v5
EAS 2 8:56 25 30 34 36 57 17 18 21 33 41 48 4v5
EAS 2 7:36 4 17 28 29 30 36 5 17 21 28 44 48 5v5
EAS 2 6:24 Goal 6 25 28 30 44 17 18 22 33 41 44 4v5
EAS 2 4:33 Goal 6 26 28 30 36 44 5 10 19 25 33 48 5v5
BUF 2 3:43 6 21 29 30 57 19 21 25 28 33 48 4v5
BUF 3 19:20 17 19 21 26 29 30 5 11 33 36 44 5v4
BUF 3 13:48 Goal 6 8 20 25 30 44 5 6 19 33 44 48 5v5
EAS 3 13:07 17 19 21 26 29 30 5 6 18 33 36 5v4
EAS 3 12:15 21 22 28 30 34 57 10 18 25 26 33 5v4
EAS 3 3:24 4 8 17 20 25 30 5 17 21 28 33 44 5v5
BUF 3 1:20 20 21 22 30 34 57 11 17 25 33 36 41 5v5

 

This chart tracks individual player ice time as well as scoring chances when the player is on the ice. The green numbers indicate the scoring chances for and the red numbers indicate the scoring chances against.

 

# Player EV PP SH
4 S. MONTADOR 9:00 2 4 0:09 0 0 5:47 0 0
6 M. WEBER 9:38 3 3 0:11 0 0 7:10 1 1
8 C. MCCORMICK 8:25 1 2 0:20 0 0 0:02 0 0
17 M. GRAGNANI 10:10 1 4 6:43 4 1 0:27 0 0
19 T. CONNOLLY 8:32 3 2 6:38 4 1 5:51 0 1
20 R. NIEDERMAYER 11:25 2 2 0:20 0 0 1:01 0 0
21 D. STAFFORD 5:31 2 1 7:20 4 2 3:31 1 0
22 B. BOYES 7:32 3 1 4:20 0 1 0:11 0 0
25 M. GRIER 7:37 1 2 0:20 0 0 5:42 0 3
26 T. VANEK 9:34 3 3 6:38 4 1 0:14 0 0
28 P. GAUSTAD 8:43 0 3 4:08 0 1 5:18 0 1
29 J. POMINVILLE 9:10 3 3 6:38 4 1 5:06 1 0
30 R. MILLER 31:17 7 8 11:18 4 2 13:53 1 3
34 C. BUTLER 14:27 4 1 4:24 0 1 6:49 0 2
36 P. KALETA 7:53 1 3 0:06 0 0 0:50 0 1
42 N. GERBE 5:41 0 1 0:49 0 0 0:00 0 0
44 A. SEKERA 8:35 2 3 1:00 0 0 1:40 0 1
57 T. MYERS 13:20 3 1 3:31 0 1 5:53 1 2
63 T. ENNIS 7:10 1 1 2:55 0 0 0:00 0 0

 

This charts the chances for each team by period and by situation. Because we are tracking the numbers for the Sabres, they will be listed first and the opponent listed second.

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 7 3 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2 3 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1
3 3 3 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 12 16 7 8 4 2 0 0 1 3 0 3
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