Before Saturday's wildly entertaining playoff game at the Wells Fargo Center, a source close to the situation said it was "50/50" that Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger would play Monday.

But after the Flyers eked out a 5-4 win over Buffalo and evened the series at one game apiece, he changed his tune.

"He's probably out Monday," he said.

The implication: If it was a "must" win Monday in Buffalo, there was a much better chance the Flyers would have rolled the dice with Pronger, who has been sidelined for more than a month because of hand surgery.

Now they head to Buffalo needing to win just one of two games to regain the home-ice advantage.

For a team that went 25-11-5 on the road this season, that doesn't seem like such a daunting task _ with or without Pronger.

That's not to suggest the Flyers don't have a lot of work ahead of them. They do. Especially on special teams.

They were just 1 for 10 on the power play Saturday and are 1 for 15 in the series.

They gave Buffalo three first-period power plays, and the Sabres scored on two of them.

"It's a fine line, crossing over to being too emotional and taking too many penalties," center Danny Briere said.

The first period ended tied at 3-3.

"We needed to kind of settle down a little," defenseman Sean O'Donnell said. "It's hard when you're asked to play on the edge and the fans are in it and they like seeing that stuff. But you get running around a little bit and I think we got a little bit away from our game in the first…Sometimes playoff hockey is about who is more composed, who plays the system better, who takes that punch to the head. I think we did a better job of that" after the first period.

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