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Antero having impressive rookie year (CNNSI)


Posted: Monday March 20, 2006 6:45PM; Updated: Monday March 20, 2006 6:45PM

VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) -- Antero Niittymaki is putting together a rookie season that could earn him the starting role for the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs.

Coach Ken Hitchcock maintains he won't make a decision about his playoff goalie until the eve of the postseason. In the meantime, both Niittymaki and Robert Esche will split playing time.

Niittymaki became just the fifth first-year goalie in team history to record 20 wins in Saturday's 4-2 win at Atlanta. That effort earned him a start in Tuesday night's home against the New Jersey Devils.

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