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Sabres vs. Flyers, Game Five / Breaking down the game

The big picture: The Sabres are one win away from heading to the NHL's second round for the first time since 2007. Tyler Ennis' overtime winner allowed the Sabres to leave Philadelphia celebrating a wild victory instead of lamenting a blown three-goal lead. HSBC Arena will be the place to be Easter Sunday.

*Turning point: The Sabres suffered a population drain late in the first period, with Jason Pominville suffering a game-ending leg laceration. The good vibe of their 3-0 lead went with him, and the Flyers took over, tied the game and sent it to overtime.

*Player of the game: Ennis knew his time was coming. He created chances the previous two games, and the rookie knew he'd start burying them. He buried two, and now the Sabres have a chance to bury the Flyers.

*It's one, two, three strikes you're out? The Sabres have sent Philly scrambling to its third goaltender. Michael Leighton entered during the first period to replace an ineffective Brian Boucher, who replaced an ineffective Sergei Bobrovsky.

*No love for the zebras: The referees are obviously Public Enemy No. 2 in Philly behind the Sabres. The men in stripes were jeered loudly the instant they stepped onto the ice and were subject to a derogatory chant during the first period.

*Young love: The Sabres got three goals from rookies, with Ennis scoring twice and Marc-Andre Gragnani adding one.

*Counting the house: The 19,959 fans did it all. They booed. They cheered. They sat silent. They stood and roared. Ennis made them all shut up.

*He said it: "I just really wanted to score the winner. I just wanted to be that guy to score it." Ennis on his dressing room thoughts between the third period and overtime.

*Next: Game Six is 3 p.m. Sunday (NBC) 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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