Sabres fall in OT, lose Connolly. Series heads to GM 7

April 24, 2011 Updated Apr 24, 2011 at 8:41 PM EDT

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Sabres fall in OT, lose Connolly. Series heads to GM 7

April 24, 2011 Updated Apr 24, 2011 at 8:41 PM EDT

Buffalo ( A tight, physical series between the Sabres and Flyers will need a winner-take-all seventh game to decide things.

Philadelphia forward Ville Leino scored at the 4:43 mark of overtime to beat the Sabres 5-4 at the HSBC Arena on Sunday. The loss tied series at three games a piece. The deciding game seven is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:30 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The Sabres lost the game, and also lost forward Tim Connolly for game seven. Connolly is out with an "upper body injury" after being hit from behind into the boards by the Flyers Mike Richards in the second period. Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff wants the league to review the hit to see if it is worthy of suspension. "We lose a good player. If the league looks at it the way I saw it on video they (Philadelphia) may lose a good player too". Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was furious about the hit following the game. "If Mike Richards thinks we are getting away with Murder I don't know what he just got away with. Mass Murder? Unbelievable!", said Miller.

Ruff says Connolly will be replaced by forward Derek Roy for game seven. Roy has been out of the lineup since December 23rd with a torn quadriceps tendon.

The Sabres surrendered two two-goal leads in the game six loss.

Rob Niedermayer opened the scoring for Buffalo in the first period with his first goal of the series. Thomas Vanek put the Sabres up 2-0 on the power play 6:28 later, before Danny Briere cut the lead to 2-1 with his fourth of the series .

Vanek would again give the Sabres a two goal lead late in the first when he tucked a puck between the legs of Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton on the power play.

The Flyers changed goaltenders, and appeared to change gears to start the second period. Brian Boucher replaced Leighton and the Flyers responded. James van Riemsdyk scored just :49 seconds in to the second to cut the Sabres lead to 3-2. Briere would score his second of the game on the power play at 8:43 to tie the game at 3, before Nathan Gerbe put a blast past Boucher to retake the lead for the Sabres at 4-3.

The Flyers would tie the game once again in the third. Scott Hartnell scored his first of the series to make it a 4-4 game at 10:43 in the frame. That goal would eventually force overtime, with Leino getting the winner in OT.

Flyers veteran defenseman Chris Pronger returned to action for the first time in the series but played primarily on the power play coming off the broken hand.