In a surprising development, defenseman Chris Pronger logged a lot more ice time in Game 7 Tuesday night than in Sunday's Game 6, and the veteran defenseman helped the Flyers oust the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2, at the Wells Fargo Center.

Pronger played 17 minutes, 27 seconds - about 13 minutes more than in Game 6 - and he had an assist and quarterbacked the power play, which improved significantly since he returned Sunday from a surgically repaired right hand.

The Flyers converted their first two power-play chances Tuesday, and Pronger was on the ice for both of them. The Flyers finished 2 for 4 on the power play.

They were 3 for 10 (30 percent) on the power play after Pronger returned in Game 6. Before that, they were 2 for 26 (7.7 percent) in the series.

Pronger, who had an assist on the Flyers' third goal Tuesday, played just on the power play in Game 6. That was his first appearance since March 8.

He played in even-strength situations and the power play on Tuesday.

Teammate Danny Briere said Pronger "helps us settle down" on the power-play unit.

Without Pronger, "we were forcing too many plays, instead of controlling the puck . . . and you start pressing, and you start taking bad shots," Briere said. "After Game 5, we talked about just controlling the play a little bit more. Chris obviously does that so well. He's good at holding onto the puck and making the right decision. He definitely helped us settle down for Games 6 and 7."