NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, April 30th
(All times eastern)
(5) Philadelphia Flyers (2-2) at (4) Buffalo Sabres (2-2), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers try to continue their charge back
from an 0-2 series hole today when they visit the Buffalo Sabres for Game 5 of
their conference quarterfinal set at HSBC Arena.
The Flyers dropped the first two games in Buffalo, including an 8-2 pounding
in Game 2. However, they bounced back with wins of 4-2 and 5-4 on their home
On Friday, Peter Forsberg scored two goals and added an assist to lead the 5-4
win in Game 4 to even things up.
R.J. Umberger, Petr Nedved and Eric Desjardins also scored for the Flyers, who
are trying to win a series they trailed 0-2 for the third time in franchise
history. Philadelphia trailed Friday's game 2-0 in the first period before
Goaltender Robert Esche finished with 26 saves in Game 4.
Forsberg has picked the team up on his back in the last two games, posting
four goals and two assists. For the series the superstar centerman has tallied
four scores and four helpers.
Daniel Briere scored twice while Thomas Vanek and Mike Grier also added goals
for the Sabres. Ales Kotalik added two assists while Ryan Miller allowed four
goals on 33 shots faced.
The Sabres, who went 2-for-4 on the power play Friday, have scored the game's
first goal in each contest of this series.
On the injury front for Buffalo, defenseman Teppo Numminen missed the game
with a racing heartbeat, but is expected to play today. Numminen has had heart
issues since March 2004 and has been diagnosed with a dilated aorta. He has
been placed on medication to deal with the problem.
Also, Sabres winger Jochen Hecht is questionable for today with an upper body
injury. He did not practice on Saturday.
Game 6 of this set will be played Tuesday at the Wachovia Center in
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