Boring is best for Buffalo

Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller deflects a shot by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third period of...

Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller deflects a shot by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third period of Game 3 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final hockey game in Buffalo, New York April 18, 2011. (REUTERS/Doug Benz)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:08 PM ET

BUFFALO -- Ticket sales and television ratings be damned, Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller says if the Sabres are to muscle their way back into their best-of-seven Eastern Conference series, it won't be through electrifying style.

The Sabres are most effective when they tighten up in their own end, as they did in the 1-0 shutout win to open the series against the Flyers in Philadelphia.

They got away from that style in the next two games and, as a result, trail the series 2-1 heading into Game 4 at home Wednesday night.

"We are going to have to be patient and have support and three men back," Miller said on Tuesday. "It's going to be boring hockey if we're going to do it right.

"Honestly, it's going to have to be a chess match. You just can't go punch to punch with these guys on offence. It's what (the Flyers) want, it's kind of what they are built for."

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