After the Sabres and Flyers combined for one goal in sixty minutes in Game One, the two teams combined for six goals in the first period alone and a total of nine goals in the game. The Flyers ended up taking a 5-3 lead in the second period before ultimately winning the game 5-4.
Penalties were the story of this game as both teams took a bunch. The two teams combined for 54 penalty minutes and eighteen powerplays. The Sabres went 2/8 on the powerplay while the Flyers went 1/10. Both teams took some undisciplined penalties, but referees Dan O'Rourke and Brad Meier took control of this game and dictated the pace which seemed to work in the Flyers favor.
Ryan Miller made 29 saves in this game in the losing effort and at times looked shaky as the Sabres defense allowed many a Flyer to skate to the center and take clean shots from 15 feet in front of the net. For the Flyers, Sergei Bobrovsky started the game and allowed three goals on seven shots. He was replaced by Brian Boucher who allowed one goal on 21 shots.
Thomas Vanek found the scoring touch as he scored two goals, both of which came on the power play. For the Flyers, all five goals were scored by five different players. A point of concern for the Sabres was the lack of five on five scoring for the team. In this series, the Sabres have only scored three even strength goals, but that could very well be a case of not having much even strength time after allowing so many powerplays in the first two games.
Both of these teams come back to Buffalo on Monday night to face off in Game Three.