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Scouting Report / Game Four

Series: Flyers lead, 2-1.

Faceoff: 7:30 p.m., HSBC Arena.

TV: MSG. Radio: 550 AM.

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>Thumbs up

* Marc-Andre Gragnani (above). Add him to the list of potential fixtures on the Buffalo defense through 2020. Played almost 24 minutes in Game Three.

* Braydon Coburn. Philly blueliner was plus-3 in more than 23 minutes Monday and approached six minutes on penalty-kill. Four blocks. Just a great game.

* Jeff Carter. Quiet start to postseason ended with goal, assist in Game Three.

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>Thumbs down

* Thomas Vanek. Two-goal surge of Game Two a distant memory. One of only three Sabres without a hit in Game Three. Proof he played? A minus-2.

* Tyler Myers. He's better than this. Agreed?

* Terry Pegula. Winless on home ice in postseason. Don't want Golisano thinking new owner's getting preferential treatment.

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>Keys for the Sabres

* Miller time. One more save a game can make difference for team with little margin for error.

* Clean up zone. Flyers forecheck is causing them grief.

* Fire away. There's a reason Boucher was Flyers No. 2 to start series.

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>Keys for the Flyers

* Match Buffalo's intensity. Sabres didn't come out desperate in Game Three. Tonight will be different.

* Force mistakes. Pressure on young defense has produced opportunities.

* Defend slot. Sabres crash net and Boucher prone to rebounds.

-- Bob DiCesare

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>(Regular season scoring)

Sabres roster

tp.25,8,3.75,3,3,4

NoPlayerPosGA Pts

3 Leopold D 132235

4 Montador D 52126

6 Weber D 41317

8 McCormick C 81220

17 Gragnani D 123

19 Connolly C 132942

20 Niedermayer LW 51419

21 Stafford RW312152

22 Boyes C/RW173855

25 Grier RW51116

26 Vanek LW 324173

27 Morrisonn D 145

28 Gaustad C/LW121931

29 Pominville RW223052

34 Butler D 279

36 Kaleta RW459

42 Gerbe LW 161531

44 Sekera D 32629

55 Hecht C 121729

57 Myers D 102737

63 Ennis C 202949

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tp.75,7,5.9,4,4

No Goalie W-L-OLSv.%GAA

1 Enroth 9-2-2.9072.73

30 Miller 34-22-8.9162.59

40 Lalime 0-5-0.8902.96

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Coach: Lindy Ruff

Assistant coaches: Brian McCutcheon, James Patrick, Jim Corsi

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PLAYOFF STATISTICS vs. FLYERS (Goals-assists): Gragnani 0-4, Vanek 2-0, Stafford 1-1, Kaleta 1-1, Connolly 0-2, Pominville 0-2, Gerbe 1-0, McCormick 1-0, Sekera 1-0, Niedermayer 0-1, Grier 0-1, Gaustad 0-1.

GOALIE STATISTICS (Games-goals-average): Miller 3-8-2.70.

Flyers roster

tp.25,8.4,3.75,3,3,3

NoPlayerPosGA Pts

5Coburn D 21416

6O'Donnell D 11718

10Versteeg RW 212546

11Betts C 5712

13Carcillo LW 426

15Nodl RW 111122

17Carter C 363066

18Richards C 234366

19Hartnell LW 242549

20Pronger D 42125

21Van Riemsdyk LW 211940

22Leino LW 193453

24Boynton D 178

25Carle D 13940

26Syvret D 112

28Giroux RW 255176

34Holmstrom C 000

36Powe C 71017

41Meszaros D 82432

44Timonen D 63137

48Briere C 343468

93Zherdev RW 16622

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tp.75,7,5.9,4,4

NoGoalie W-L-OLSv.%GAA

33 Boucher 18-10-4.9162.42

35 Bobrovsky 28-13-8.9152.59

49 Leighton 1-0-0 .8894.00

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Coach: Peter Laviolette. Assistants: Joe Mullen, Kevin McCarthy, Craig Berube, Jeff Reese, Derian Hatcher.

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PLAYOFF STATISTICS vs. SABRES (Goals-assists): Giroux 1-2, Timonen 1-2, Carle 0-3, Briere 2-0, Carter 1-1, Meszaros 0-2, Versteeg 0-2, Hartnell 0-2, Van Riemsdyk 1-0, Zherdev 1-0, Carcillo 1-0, Leino 1-0, Coburn 0-1, Richards 0-1.

GOALIE STATISTICS (Games-goals-average): Bobrovsky 2-4-3.38, Boucher 2-3-1.68.

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