The Flyers will look to rebound this afternoon from their poor offensive showing in game one as they host the Buffalo Sabres in game two of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup.
While a lot of Flyers fans' fears coming into the series centered around rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, it was the offense that ended up being the let down. Bobrovsky allowed just one goal and made 25 saves, while his counterpart Ryan Miller shut the Flyers out. It was the first time that the Flyers have been blanked in the playoffs since 2008. It is also Miller's second career playoff shutout of the Flyers.
As the game ended, boos rained down from the home crowd, which probably wasn't fair as our own Geoff Detweiler pointed out. The Flyers weren't short on effort or even chances in game one. They even created a good amount of shots on the power play, but still went 0-5 with the man advantage.
While the Flyers do need more effective shots, less than half of their attempted shots were on net, they could also do with a little more good luck. They dominated play for large stretches of game one, enjoyed the majority of the power plays, and were tight on defense. Most of the time that's going to translate into goals and wins.
"It's frustrating obviously. A loss is not easy and you kind of wonder where you went wrong and what you could have done," said Flyers captain Mike Richards. "We created a lot, we didn't give up much, and we were pretty tight defensively. We just have to find those pucks."
We'll find out whether the Flyers find those pucks this afternoon at 5pm on Comcast Sportsnet.