2011 NHL Playoffs: 5 Reasons for Optimism in Philadelphia After Flyers' Loss

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2011 NHL Playoffs: 5 Reasons for Optimism in Philadelphia After Flyers' Loss
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The Philadelphia Flyers have heard it all season long. They've heard analysts drool over how talented they are, make excuses for their stretches of mediocre play and all but place them back in the Stanley Cup Finals. 

Well, on Thursday evening, Philadelphia got a reality check in a 1-0 shutout at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres on home ice. Of course, the loss is not the end of the world, but Flyers fans have to be concerned, right?

Yes and no.

On one hand, Ryan Miller was scary good in net for the Sabres. He played with the fire of a champion and seemed to want to make saves more than the Philly forwards wanted to score. In addition, the Flyers allowed themselves to be outworked by the Paul Gaustad line, which led to the lone tally.

However, there were certainly bright spots for the men in orange. Claude Giroux and Ville Leino seem to have picked up where they left off in the 2010 postseason and Sergei Bobrovsky held down the fort in his first-career playoff start.

It's not panic time in Philadelphia just yet, folks. Take a look at the bright side...

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