The Flyers fell short Wednesday in the opening game of their Stanley Cup Playoffs series with the Buffalo Sabres.
Ryan Miller stopped 35 shots for his second career postseason shutout and Patrick Kaleta scored to lift the Sabres to a 1-0 win over the Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series Thursday night.
Miller stopped every shot under all types of pressure and carried the Sabres to the clutch opening win. The teams have met eight times in the postseason and the Game 1 winner won the series each time.
Kaleta snapped the scoreless tie early in the third period when he powered a rebound past rookie Sergei Bobrovsky who made 24 stops in his first postseason start.
"Bob was good. Ryan was even better," Flyers center Danny Briere said. "There will be nights like that. If we keep playing like we did tonight, we'll be in good shape."
No team was more resilient in last year's playoffs than the Flyers. They trailed Boston 3-0 in the semifinals before taking the series and playing until a Game 6 loss to Chicago in the Stanley Cup finals.
Game 2 is Saturday in Philadelphia.
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