PHILADELPHIA -- Here's all you need to know about Brad Boyes' play in this series: Ryan Miller has more points (1) than Boyes, the $4 million trade deadline acquisition who is signed for next year and has one more chance to break the donut in points he has going in this series.
Every Sabres who has played at least two games in the series has a point and Boyes has had a regular turn on the ice in all six. The only Flyer forwards without a point are penalty killers Blair Betts and Darrell Powe.
"I definitely need to produce more and chip in," Boyes said today. "It's been tough after games and after Game Six it was real hard for me. The way we lost and knowing if I chip in, it's a difference."
What's been Boyes' problem? He's seemed slow to the puck and slow to spots at times. He's becoming very hesitant to shoot the last couple games, collecting just 12 shots on goal in the series. His ice time has been decent (14:28 per contest) but he simply hasn't produced.
"Thinking too much is part of it," Boyes said. "When I'm thinking, I'm not skating and when I'm not skating, I'm not as productive as I could be. I have to keep an open mind. When things don't go well, you start to think more. It's been real tough."
Here's an audio clip of part of my chat with Boyes today.