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Sabres/Flyers Stanley Cup ECQF Game 6 Preview: Philadelphia’s 11th Hour

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It’s Easter Sunday and I’m currently en route to Syracuse, NY. How about I just link to some Buffalo News articles and columns. Good? Good.

Bracing for fight to the finish (John Vogl)
Sabres players ready to seize the day
It took only a few minutes Saturday to sense the Buffalo Sabres realize it. Whether it was Chris Butler walking with purpose out of the workout area, Mike Grier standing in the dressing room to dispense his sage advice or Tyler Ennis talking about avoiding the pain of last spring, the signs were obvious the Sabres know what they can accomplish today.

They can eliminate the Philadelphia Flyers. They can set a second-round date with the Washington Capitals. They can provide the foot of Washington Street with its biggest party in four years.

They can win their Eastern Conference quarterfinal at home.

Finish reading “Bracing for fight to the finish” here.

Young blood is a tonic for the Sabres (Bucky Gleason)
Newcomers like Weber, Ennis stir up memories of the 2005-06 playoff team
Jason Pominville is sidelined for the foreseeable future with a lower-body injury that more specifically can be pinpointed to his left leg. Pominville will not be available for Game Six this afternoon against the Flyers, leaving Sabres coach Lindy Ruff with a difficult decision concerning his forwards.

What to do?

Read the rest of “Young blood is a tonic for the Sabres” here.

Sabres call up Ellis, return of Roy, Hecht ‘very close’ (John Vogl)
The Sabres, in need of a forward after losing right wing Jason Pominville to a leg laceration Friday night, have recalled center Matt Ellis from Portland. The move will allow Brad Boyes to shift from the middle to his natural right wing position for Sunday’s potential series-clinching game against the Flyers.

The Sabres held a team meeting today in HSBC Arena rather than practice, though injured players were scheduled to skate in Northtown Center at Amherst. Two of those — center Derek Roy and forward Jochen Hecht — could be in the lineup if the Flyers force Game Seven.

Finish up “Sabres call up Ellis, return of Roy, Hecht ‘very close'” here.

The Flyers have their backs against the wall. It’s do or die time against a charged, determined Sabres squad playing in front of 18,690 rabid fans plus at least another 5,000 fans outside in the plaza. They’ve got a goaltending problem, two absent superstars, and a visibly-angered coach. The Sabres are under their skin and in their heads. It’s their 11th hour.

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