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Sabres vs. Flyers / Breaking down Game Six

The big picture: One game left. The winners head to the second round. The losers clean out their lockers. The Flyers and Sabres have three wins each, and the victor in Game Seven on Tuesday in Philadelphia clinches the playoffs' tightest series.

Turning point: The Flyers turned up ice after a rush by the Sabres, and everything broke in their favor. A blocked shot went right back to Kris Versteeg, his second attempt hit a body and bounced to Ville Leino. He outmuscled defenseman Chris Butler to score the winner with 4:43 gone in overtime.

Player of the Game: Leino gets first star because of his OT finale, but Danny Briere got the Flyers in position to win by scoring twice. He threw two of his signature windmill fist pumps, one for each of the former Buffalo owners who didn't want him (Tom Golisano and Larry Quinn).

Crease conundrum: The Flyers started their third different goaltender, giving Michael Leighton the job. For the third time in the series, a Philly starter didn't last. Brian Boucher replaced the ineffective Leighton in the second period. Boucher will be back for Game Seven.

Tight as it can get: Each team has three victories. Each team has one win in overtime. The Flyers have scored 17 times, the Sabres have 16 goals. No wonder there's a Game Seven.

Counting the house: Blue and Gold flooded the foot of Washington Street, with the usual 18,690 inside HSBC Arena and thousands more partying outside. It was awfully quiet at the end.

He said it: "If Mike Richards thinks we're getting away with murder, I don't know what he just got away with. Mass murder? Are we stepping it up a notch? Unbelievable." Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller on the Flyers' captain, who boarded and injured Tim Connolly with a hit to the head from behind.

Next: Game Seven is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (MSG) in Wells Fargo Center.

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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