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Sabres vs. Flyers / Breaking down the game

*The big picture: There's never a good time to lose two games in a row, but the playoffs are obviously the worst time. The Sabres have been on the losing end in consecutive games for the first time since February, and it's put them in a 2-1 hole to Philadelphia.

*Three stars: Brian Boucher, Jeff Carter, Marc-Andre Gragnani.

*Turning point: The Sabres ended the first period with the momentum and a 1-1 tie, but a bad mistake put them down just 2:44 into the second period. The Flyers are tough to come back against, as the final score indicates.

*Player of the game: Jeff Carter, the Flyers' leading scorer who was invisible for the first two games, opened the scoring to temper the crowd's bubbling enthusiasm. He finished with a team-high nine attempts on goalie Ryan Miller.

*Power outage: The Sabres had a five-on-three power play for 1:15 early in the third. Coach Lindy Ruff called timeout to design a tying goal, but the Flyers' penalty-killers turned the best-laid plans into the Sabres' biggest disappointment.

*Pain times two: Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta took an ill-advised penalty with just 3:40 gone, then watched from the box as the Flyers scored. He then watched most of the game from the back, departing with an upper-body injury with 11:17 elapsed.

*Counting the house: The 18,690 blue-clad, pompon-waving fans in HSBC Arena were joined by about 1,000 big-screen watchers outside in the plaza.

*He said it: "There's no time to be hanging our heads. There's really no time to be saying anything other than, "All right, let's know what we need to do, know how to prepare for the next game and just do it.'" Sabres defenseman Steve Montador.

*Next: Game Four is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (MSG) in HSBC Arena.

*On the Web: Follow the Sabres and the playoffs every day on the Sabres Edge blog, where you can find morning skate reports, and on game day check in a half hour before faceoff for a live chat.

-- John Vogl

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