BUFFALO - They won’t admit it, but this had to be the Flyers’ worst fear before the series: They would throw all kinds of shots at Ryan Miller, but wouldn’t be able to turn on the red light behind the battle-tested Buffalo goalie.
Miller was sensational Wednesday, making 32 saves - including a highlight-film stop on his buddy, Danny Briere, in the final period - as the Sabres edged the Flyers, 1-0, and evened the series at two games apiece.
Twice in this series, a Flyers goaltender has played well enough to win most games. On both occasions, either Sergei Bobrovsky or Brian Boucher has been outplayed by Miller, who led the United States to a silver medal in last year’s Vancouver Olympics.
It marked the first time in franchise history that the Flyers had dropped a pair of 1-0 decisions in a playoff series.
And now, the Flyers have this scary thought: They can dominate - like they did in the latter stages of Wednesday’s third period - and still not advance to the conference semifinals.
Game 5 is Friday at the Wells Fargo Center.
Boucher, who was excellent again, kept a positive outlook.
“I don’t think we should be frustrated,” he said. “It was a pretty hard-fought game and nobody ever said this series was going to be easy. It’s 2-2 and we have two home games if we need it. We feel pretty good. We won here in Game 3, so we want to win a Game 5 and we’ll deal with that after.”
But they may have to win Game 5 without injured forward Jeff Carter, and no one knows if Mike Richards will be suspended for elbowing Patrick Kaleta.
Look for Chris Pronger to return in Game 5, and that might be the push the Flyers need.
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