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#72: Thrashers @ Flyers - March 21, 2010 - 7:00 PM (ET)


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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (37-29-5) vs. ATLANTA THRASHERS (31-21-11)

BROADCAST INFO FOR THIS GAME:
GAME NOTES and TEAMS' WEBSITES:
LINKS TO RECENT ARTICLES:

FLYERS' POSSIBLE LINEUP:
Forwards:
Left WingCenter Right Wing
Gagne Richards Briere
Hartnell Carter Giroux
Van Riemsdyk Powe Asham
Carcillo Betts Laperriere

Defense:
Pairing Pairing
Pronger Carle
Timonen Coburn
Bartulis Parent

Goalies:
Starter Backup
Boucher Duchesne

FLYERS' INJURIES/SCRATCHES/MISC.:
PlayerReason Status
Asham healthy available
Bartulis groin strain; now healthy available
Cote healthy doubtful
Emery avascular necrosis of the right hip on LTIR, out for the season
Leighton high ankle sprain out approx. 8-10 weeks from March 18

FLYERS' ROSTER:
Forwards:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTSHOOTS PLACE OF BIRTH DOB
45 ASHAM, Arron 5'11' 205 Right Portage-La-Prairie, Manitoba 4/13/78
11 BETTS, Blair6'3" 210 Left Edmonton, Alberta 2/16/80
48 BRIERE, Danny 5'10'' 179 Right Gatineau, Quebec 10/6/77
13 CARCILLO, Dan 6'0'' 205 Left King City, Ontario 1/28/85
17 CARTER, Jeff 6'3'' 200 Right London, Ontario 1/1/85
32 COTE, Riley 6'2'' 220 Left Winnipeg, Manitoba 3/16/82
12 GAGNE, Simon 6'0'' 195 Left Ste. Foy, Quebec 2/29/80
28 GIROUX, Claude 5'11'' 172 Right Hearst, Ontario 1/12/88
19 HARTNELL, Scott 6'2'' 210 Left Regina, Saskatchewan 4/18/82
14 LAPERRIERE, Ian 6'1'' 200 Right Montreal, Quebec 1/19/74
22 LEINO, Ville 6' 1" 190 Left Savonlinna, Finland 10/6/83
36 POWE, Darroll 5'11'' 212 Left Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 6/22/85
18 RICHARDS, Mike 5'11'' 195 Left Kenora, Ontario 2/11/85
21 van RIEMSDYK, James 6'3'' 205 Left Middletown, New Jersey 5/4/89

Defense:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTSHOOTS PLACE OF BIRTH DOB
3 BARTULIS, Oskars 6'2" 184 Left Ogre, Latvia 1/21/87
25 CARLE, Matt 6'0'' 205 Left Anchorage, Alaska 9/25/84
5 COBURN, Braydon 6'5'' 220 Left Calgary, Alberta 2/27/85
2 KRAJICEK, Lukas 6'3" 205 Left Prostejov, Czech Republic 3/11/83
77 PARENT, Ryan 6'3'' 183 Left Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 3/17/87
20 PRONGER, Chris 6'6'' 214 Left Dryden, Ontario 10/10/74
44 TIMONEN, Kimmo 5'10'' 194 Left Kuopio, Finland 3/18/75

Goalies:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTCATCHES PLACE OF BIRTH DOB
33 BOUCHER, Brian 6'2'' 200 Left Woonsocket, Rhode Island 1/2/77
67 DUCHESNE, Jeremy 6' 0" 201 Left Silver Spring, MD, USA 10/17/86
29 EMERY, Ray 6'2'' 196 Left Hamilton, Ontario 9/28/82
49 LEIGHTON, Michael 6'3" 186 Left Petrolia, Ontario 5/19/81

FLYERS' STATS:

THRASHERS' POSSIBLE LINEUP:
Forwards:
Left WingCenter Right Wing
Niclas Bergfors Nik Antropov Maxim Afinogenov
Marty Reasoner Todd White Colby Armstrong
Clarke MacArthur Rich Peverley Bryan Little
Eric Boulton Jim Slater Evgeny Artyukhin

Defensemen:
Pairing Pairing
Tobias Enstrom Zach Bogosian
Pavel Kubina Ron Hainsey
Johnny Oduya Mark Popovic

Goalies:
Possible Starter Backup
Johan HedbergOndrej Pavelec

THRASHERS' INJURIES/SCRATCHES/MISC.:
PlayerReason Status
Chris Chelios healthy available
Evander Kane broken bone, left foot is on I.R.
Vyacheslav Kozlov healthy available
Christoph Schubert hip is on I.R.
Chris Thorburn ill questionable
Boris Valabik torn ACL, knee is on I.R.

THRASHERS' ROSTER:
Forwards:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTDOB PLACE OF BIRTH
61 Maxim Afinogenov 6' 0" 190 Sep 4, 1979 Moscow, RUS
80 Nik Antropov 6' 6" 240 Feb 18, 1980 Ust-Kamenog, KAZ
20 Colby Armstrong "A" 6' 2" 195 Nov 23, 1982 Lloydminster, SK, CAN
76 Evgeny Artyukhin 6' 4" 255 Apr 4, 1983 Moscow, RUS
18 Niclas Bergfors 5' 11" 195 Mar 7, 1987 Sodertalje, SWE
36 Eric Boulton 6' 1" 225 Aug 17, 1976 Halifax, NS, CAN
9 Evander Kane 6' 2" 190 Aug 2, 1991 Vancouver, BC, CAN
13 Vyacheslav Kozlov "A" 5' 10" 190 May 3, 1972 Voskresensk, RUS
10 Bryan Little 5' 11" 185 Nov 12, 1987 Edmonton, AB, CAN
41 Clarke MacArthur 5' 11" 191 Apr 6, 1985 Lloydminster, AB, CAN
47 Rich Peverley 6' 0" 200 Jul 8, 1982 Guelph, ON, CAN
19 Marty Reasoner 6' 1" 205 Feb 26, 1977 Honeoye Falls, NY, USA
23 Jim Slater 6' 0" 200 Dec 9, 1982 Petosky, MI, USA
27 Chris Thorburn 6' 3" 230 Jun 3, 1983 Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
12 Todd White 5' 10" 195 May 21, 1975 Kanata, ON, CAN

Defensemen:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTDOB PLACE OF BIRTH
4 Zach Bogosian "A" 6' 3" 205 Jul 15, 1990 Massena, NY, USA
24 Chris Chelios 6' 0" 191 Jan 25, 1962 Chicago, IL, USA
39 Tobias Enstrom 5' 10" 180 Nov 5, 1984 Nordingra, SWE
6 Ron Hainsey "A" 6' 3" 210 Mar 24, 1981 Bolton, CT, USA
77 Pavel Kubina 6' 4" 250 Apr 15, 1977 Celadna, CZE
29 Johnny Oduya 6' 0" 200 Oct 1, 1981 Stockholm, SWE
3 Mark Popovic 6' 1" 205 Oct 11, 1982 Stoney Creek, ON, CAN
16 Christoph Schubert 6' 3" 230 Feb 5, 1982 Munich, DEU
5 Boris Valabik 6' 7" 245 Feb 14, 1986Nitra, SVK

Goaltenders:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTDOB PLACE OF BIRTH
1 Johan Hedberg 6' 0" 185 May 5, 1973 Leksand, SWE
31 Ondrej Pavelec 6' 3" 220 Aug 31, 1987 Kladno, CZE

THRASHERS' STATS: FLYERS vs. THRASHERS' SERIES' HISTORY:
Current and Miscellaneous:
  • The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL record is 29-7-3-1.
  • The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL home record is 14-3-2-1 including 10-2-1-0 in the last 13 games.
  • The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL away record is 15-4-1-0 including 9-2-0-0 in the last 11 games.

1999-2004:
  • 1999 -- October 15 -- Jody Hull was dealt to Philadelphia in a cash transaction. Hull was selected by Atlanta from the Flyers in the expansion draft but did not make the Thrashers' roster and was assigned to Orlando.
  • 1999 -- December 23 -- The teams played to a 4-4 tie in Philadelphia, the first matchup between the franchises. Mikael Andersson scored the first goal in this series 1:54 into the game and then Mikael Renberg scored at the 3:40 mark to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead. The Thrashers then removed Norm Maracle for Scott Fankhouser who finished the game by making 36 saves on 38 shots. Philly outshot Atlanta 42-29 including 5-0 in overtime. Nelson Emerson scored the only goal in the third period. Kelly Buchberger had a game-high three points.

  • 2000 -- January 14 -- The teams met in Philips Arena for the first time and Norm Maracle backed Atlanta to a 1-0 victory. The game's lone goal came in the third period by Dean Sylvester. Eric Lindros was elbowed in the head and suffered a Grade 2 concussion, his third concussion, which sidelined him the next four games. The Thrashers sold standing-room seats for the first time and had a paid crowd of 18,571.
  • 2000 -- April 4 -- The Flyers defeated the Thrashers 5-3 in Atlanta, the first time Philly won in this series. The Flyers never trailed after Valeri Zelepukin (1-1-2) scored 1:50 into the game. Andy Delmore, Craig Berube and Daymond Langkow also had two points. Simon Gagne's breakaway goal with 1:35 to play sealed the win. Brian Boucher made 22 saves.
  • 2000 -- April 6 -- JVB made 20 stops in Philly's 3-1 home win. Daymond Langkow scored the GWG midway through the second period. Mark Recchi picked up his 61st and 62nd assists of the season and was awarded the Bobby Clarke Trophy representative of team MVP. Atlanta was held to two shots in the first period and nine through 40 minutes.
  • 2000 -- November 17 -- Dan McGillis fired a shot just inside the blue-line and the Flyers recorded a 3-2 win in Atlanta. McGillis' goal came with 61 seconds to play in OT. McGillis said "He (Roman Cechmanek) told us we could beat him (Milan Hnilicka) with the long shot. He gave me his weaknesses." Cechmanek made 25 saves and Mark Recchi (1-2-3) factored in each goal. Recchi's goal was a short-handed breakaway. Donald Audette tied the score with 1:00 left in regulation. Todd Fedoruk received a 12-stitch cut near his left eye after a healthy scrap with Jeff Odgers -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMvTaPBsUL0

  • 2001 -- January 5 -- The Flyers nearly blew a 5-0 lead but held on for a 6-4 win at Atlanta. Philly skated to a 3-0 lead at the 2:19 mark, which led to an Atlanta goalie switch from Damian Rhodes to Milan Hnilicka, and increased the margin to 5-0 in the second period. The Thrashers scored the next four to get within 5-4 with 6:51 left in the third period. Donald Audette (1-2-3) and Ray Ferraro (0-3-3) led the comeback attempt. Mark Recchi (1-3-4), Ruslan Fedotenko (1-2-3) and Keith Primeau (2-0-2) led the Flyers. Recchi (1-3-4) ended the comeback bid with an ENG. Roman Cechmanek made 25 saves. P.J. Stock vs. Denny Lambert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hvFuCza3ak
  • 2001 -- January 6 -- Keith Primeau scored his 200th N.H.L. goal with 7:36 left in the third period to give Philadelphia a 2-2 tie in Philly. The Thrashers were held to two first period shots but held a 1-0 lead. The Flyers trailed 2-0 past the midway point of regulation. Damian Rhodes made 35 saves for the Thrashers. Atlanta was outshot 39-20 including 37-16 in regulation
  • 2001 -- February 17 -- Roman Cechmanek made 28 saves and the Flyers had four third period goals in a 5-1 home win. Simon Gagne (2-1-3), Chris Therien (1-1-2), Mark Recchi (1-1-2) and Rick Tocchet (0-2-2) led the offense. The game was scoreless until Gagne scored with under six to play in the second period. The Flyers killed eight of nine Atlanta PPs.
  • 2001 -- October 16 -- John LeClair scored with 3:15 left in regulation in a 3-3 tie at Atlanta. LeClair also scored the Flyers' second goal. Damian Rhodes made 34 saves for the Thrashers while Roman Cechmanek made 28 saves for Philly. Atlanta had three one-goal leads. The game was scoreless until the final two minutes of the second period.
  • 2001 -- December 10 -- Jeremy Roenick scored a PPG with 10 minutes left in the third period and Keith Primeau added an insurance goal in Philly's 3-1 win at Atlanta. The Flyers outshot Atlanta 29-15. Roman Cechmanek picked up the win. Eric Desjardins suffered a broken thumb and did not return until January 8 against the Thrashers.

  • 2002 -- January 8 -- Jiri Dopita (4-1-5) tied a team-record with four goals in Philadelphia's 7-4 home win. Dopita, whose last three goals formed a natural hat trick, had just four shots in the game. Justin Williams (1-2-3), John LeClair (1-2-3) and Eric Weinrich (0-2-2, +5) also contributed to the win. Milan Hnilicka gave up four goals before being replaced by Damian Rhodes (both goalies gave up two goals to Dopita). Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice.

  • 2002 -- January 17 -- The Flyers erupted for four third period goals in a 6-3 victory in Philly. Justin Williams and John LeClair scored within 32 second in the first 2:02 of the third period to take the lead; Williams and Keith Primeau factored in both key goals. Atlanta led 2-0 with goals 66 seconds apart and held a 3-2 after two periods. Roman Cechmanek made 19 saves.
  • 2002 -- December 18 -- Robert Esche stopped 23 of 24 shots including a brilliant 15-for-15 in the third period and the Flyers scored in each period of a 3-1 win in Atlanta. In the first period, the Flyers held a 13-3 shot advantage yet the score was tied 1-1. Justin Williams (1-1-2) had two points. Mark Recchi scored the GWG in the second period. Donald Brashear added the insurance tally in the third. Brashear said of his goal "I just saw an opportunity to go around the defenseman, the puck got through him and I just dove. Anytime I make a move like that it surprises me. I always know what I want to do ... I just don't always succeed.'' In the last period, Atlanta held a 15-2 shot advantage but the Flyers got the only goal. Eric Desjardins became the 185th NHL player to appear in 1,000 regular season games.
  • 2003 -- January 5 -- Mark Recchi (2-0-2) scored with 5:31 to play and the Flyers extended their unbeaten streak against Atlanta to 12 games (10-0-2) with a 5-4 road win. Recchi's goal 3:18 earlier gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead. Dennis Seidenberg (1-2-3) had three points and Recchi had a game-high seven shots. The Flyers outshot the Thrashers 40-22.
  • 2003 -- January 13 -- Dany Heatley registered his first NHL hat trick, Marc Savard added (1-2-3) three points and Atlanta snapped the Flyers 6-game win streak with a 7-4 victory in Philadelphia. The Thrashers also ended a 12-game winless skid (0-10-2) in this series. Four goalies surrendered goals. Atlanta goaltender Byron Dafoe left the game with a groin injury with 2:55 left in the second period after stopping 24 of 27 shots and Pasi Nurminen gave up one goal on 15 shots; the duo stopped 20 of 21 shots in the second period. Philadelphia goaltender Robert Esche was replaced by Roman Cechmanek with 5:33 left in the period after allowing three goals on five shots.
  • 2003 -- March 24 -- Michal Handzus had two goals, including the eventual winner with 24 seconds left in the second period, in Philly's 6-2 home win. The Flyers once trailed 2-1 past the midway point but scored five goals in a span of 10:31 including three in the third period. The Flyers doubled Atlanta 36-18 in shots.
  • 2003 -- November 15 -- Jeff Hackett recorded the 26th shutout of his career by making 24 stops and Sami Kapanen (1-1-2) snapped a scoreless tie 1:14 into the third period to lead the Flyers to a 4-0 win in Philadelphia. The Flyers scored four third period goals off Byron Dafoe.
  • 2003 -- December 21 -- Ronald Petrovicky scored twice and Byron Dafoe made 25 saves to help the Thrashers win 4-1 in Atlanta. Jim Vandermeer, shuttled up and down from the AHL a few times during the season, was a -4 and demoted after the next game.
  • 2004 -- February 5 -- Antero Niittymaki had 20 saves in the second start of his NHL career in the Flyers' 5-1 win in Atlanta. Serge Aubin's goal with seven seconds remaining in the first period gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead but the Flyers scored four times in the second period. Mark Recchi led the offense (1-1-2) with two points. Francis Lessard and Todd Fedoruk clashed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cU4Bp_aZjw

  • 2004 -- February 21 -- Simon Gagne beat Pasi Nurminen on a penalty shot with 1:01 left in the third period to snap a tie and the Flyers won 5-4 in Philadelphia. With the game even 4-4, Gagne was awarded a penalty shot after Andy Sutton shot a loose stick on the ice toward him. Alexei Zhamnov, playing his first game with the Flyers, waited for the officials to review the play thinking he could take the shot; however, Gagne was required to take it because the loose stick came at him. The Flyers went 4-for-5 on the PP. Ronald Petrovicky was given a five-minute major midway through the first period for charging Mattias Timander into the boards and the Flyers scored three times in the advantage. It was the third time in team history the Flyers scored three goals on the same five-minute power play. The three goals, including two by Joni Pitkanen (he assisted on the other), came in a span of 2:42. Atlanta scored the first three goals of the second period and then after Philly made it 4-3, the Thrashers tied the score at 4-4. Sean Burke made 32 saves for the Flyers. The Flyers were without six regulars including Keith Primeau, Jeremy Roenick and Eric Desjardins. Ilya Kovalchuk, Serge Aubin and Marc Savard recorded eight points for the Thrashers. Kovalchuk received a gross misconduct penalty after the game for cursing the officials. After the game, Sutton said of the ref's decision to award a penalty shot "It was the right call. It's unfortunate it cost us the game." Atlanta head coach Bob Hartley told Flyers' head coach Ken Hitchcock "Keep this one wrapped in Christmas paper. Wrap it in Christmas paper!" to which Hitchcock replied "I'll send you a card, I'll send you a kiss (Hershey, AHL reference)."


2005-2009:
  • 2005 -- November 5 -- Simon Gagne had his second career hat trick and an assist in a 4-3 home win. The Flyers' reached the 25,000,000 mark for home attendance. Gagne (3-1-4), Peter Forsberg (1-2-3) and Mike Knuble (0-2-2) totalled nine points in the game. Forsberg had 12 points in his last four games. Robert Esche made 28 saves. Philly had four goals on 18 shots against Mike Dunham. The Thrashers' Steve Shields suffered a knee injury during warmups and his NHL playing career would be over by the end of the month after a recurrence.
  • 2005 -- November 18 -- Greg de Vries scored on a breakaway 3:05 into OT lifting Atlanta to a 6-5 win at Philadelphia. The Thrashers scored two PPGs in the final 1:50 of regulation on goals by Peter Bondra and Patrick Stefan, the former coming on a 6-on-3 man advantage and the latter coming with seven seconds to play. Prior to the tying goal, a possible penalty was not called as Simon Gagne attempted to score into the empty net. Afterwards, Gagne said "I had a great chance to score a goal and maybe put the game away. I had a couple of sticks in my skate, and I'm pretty sure I got held." Atlanta led 3-1 after the opening period but the Flyers out-scored the Thrashers 4-0 in the middle period. Gagne had 10 shots including seven in the second period. Ilya Kovalchuk (2-3-5) scored two PPGs in the first period with Donald Brashear in the box both times. Kovalchuk had five points and six of his nine shots came in the opening period. Kovalchuk was issued a double minor with just under eight minutes left but the Flyers failed to score. Earlier in the third period, R.J. Umberger was stopped on a penalty shot. Atlanta went 4-for-10 on the PP, while the Flyers were 2-for-6. Michael Garnett made 31 saves for the win. Robert Esche made 309 saves in the loss. Branko Radivojevic (2-1-3) scored twice but was in the box for Atlanta's fourth goal.

  • 2005 -- December 28 -- Sami Kapanen (1-1-2) scored off a feed from Michal Handzus (0-2-2) just 13 seconds into OT to give the Flyers a 4-3 win in Atlanta. Thrashers' goalie Michael Garnett, who entered the game with consecutive shutouts, said afterwards "(It was) just an amazing play that I don't think anyone could have stopped." Simon Gagne ended the streak less than three minutes into the game. Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves for the win.

  • 2006 -- March 18 -- Antero Niittymaki made 25 saves, the Flyers killed eight of nine Atlanta power-play opportunities and Joni Pitkanen had three assists in Philly's 4-2 win in Atlanta. The Flyers never trailed in the game, Jeff Carter scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Niko Dimitrakos added an insurance goal in the third period. Atlanta center Serge Aubin needed help leaving the ice after suffering a sprained right knee midway through the opening period and he did not return.
  • 2006 -- October 26 -- John Stevens earned his first win as an NHL head coach in Philly's 3-2 shootout win at home. The Flyers won the shootout 2-1 with goals by Simon Gagne and Peter Forsberg. Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves and stopped two of the three SO attempts including the last two tries by Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk. The Thrashers switched to goalie Kari Lehtonen for the shootout after Johan Hedberg made 29 stops through 65 minutes. Forsberg also scored in regulation. Bobby Holik tied the game 2-2 with a third period goal.
  • 2007 -- January 28 -- Jeff Carter scored twice and Antero Niittymaki's personal 15-game winless streak (0-13-2) came to an end as he stopped 37 of 38 shots in Philadelphia's 2-1 afternoon win at Atlanta. Carter's GWG goal came with 1:02 on the clock. The Flyers ended a nine-game losing streak. Gary Bettman was in attendance. The game was a sellout, Atlanta's fifth of the season. While the Flyers went 1-for-2 on the PP, Atlanta was 0-for-6 including a 5-on-3 for nearly two minutes. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVrITslEzfw

  • 2007 -- February 3 -- Antero Niittymaki made 32 saves on 33 shots in Philly's 5-2 road win. The Flyers scored four third period goals including the eventual game-winner by Mike York after a lengthy review determined his stick was not above the crossbar. Jeff Carter's insurance tally came via a short-handed breakaway. Robert Esche left before the seven minute mark due to a neck injury and was replaced by Niittymaki who improved to 6-0 against the Thrashers. Atlanta held a 38-24 shots advantage.
  • 2007 -- February 24 -- Braydon Coburn was acquired from Atlanta for Alexei Zhitnik.
  • 2007 -- March 15 -- Stefan Ruzicka (1-2-3) had three points and Martin Biron made 37 saves in Philly's 3-2 home win. Derian Hatcher scored a goal to end a drought of 125 games without a goal. Highlights from the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_urVkj4cxU

  • 2007 -- October 16 -- Martin Biron stopped 31 shots, some extraordinary, and recorded his 19th NHL shutout in a 4-0 victory at Philly. Mike Richards, who was a +4, scored the GWG in the first period. Jeff Carter (1-1-2) and Sami Kapanen scored 34 seconds apart late in the second period to extend the Flyers lead. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ktnrKzxtK0

  • 2008 -- January 8 -- Jeff Carter scored twice in a 13-second span, the second-fastest two goals by one player in franchise history (Ron Flockhart scored a pair of goals in eight seconds against St. Louis December 6, 1981), and Philly claimed a 4-1 victory at Atlanta. Scott Hartnell added three points in the four-goal flurry including a SHG at 19:59+. Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves and the Flyers beat Atlanta for the eighth straight meeting. Game highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5DvTaNmr0o

  • 2008 -- February 5 -- Steve Downie scored with 4:39 to play in Philly's 3-2 road win. Antero Niittymaki had 23 saves and upped his career record to 8-0 with 13 GA in this series. The Flyers held three one-goal leads and got PPGs from Mike Knuble and Mike Richards. Game highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci8TaeBH3GU
  • 2008 -- March 18 -- Antero Niittymaki's sparkling save off Ilya Kovalchuk's shot in the final seconds proved to be one of the most important moments in the season as the Flyers, winless in their last four, beat Atlanta 3-2 and finished the season with a 7-1-1 streak to lift them into the playoffs. Jeff Carter scored the go-ahead goal on the PP with three seconds remaining in the second period. Up by two in the last minute of play, the Flyers' lead was cut to 3-2 when Kovalchuk scored his 50th at 19:30. Then, with about three seconds to play, his bullet nearly tied the game but Niittymaki made a terrific save which floored the Atlanta forward in disbelief. Niittymaki improved to 9-0 (15 GA) in his career against Atlanta. Philly held a 47-19 shots advantage. Game highlights: http://thrashers.nhl.tv/team/console...0072008,2,1097
  • 2008 -- October 28 -- Mike Knuble, Simon Gagne and Joffrey Lupul had two goals apiece to lead Philadelphia to a 7-0 rout in Atlanta. Antero Niittymaki made 24 saves for his fourth career shutout. He improved to 10-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average in his career against the Thrashers. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgzfDnR2BR4

  • 2008 -- November 16 -- Antero Niittymaki stopped 29 shots, Simon Gagne (1-2-3) had three points and Joffrey Lupul scored the go-ahead goal with 6:17 to play in regulation as the Flyers ended the Thrashers' five-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory. Niittymaki improved to 11-0 in his career against Atlanta. The Thrashers outshot Philly 21-4 in the final period and Niittymaki made 19 stops. In the game, each team had 32 shots and the Flyers held an 18-4 advantage after one period (a 2-0 lead). The Flyers led 3-1 after two periods but the Thrashers rallied to even the game. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgzfDnR2BR4

  • 2009 -- January 21 -- Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves and set a franchise record for consecutive wins against one opponent (12-0 record) while Mike Knuble scored twice in the Flyers' 5-3 victory. The Flyers led 3-0 after two periods but the Thrashers tied the scored midway in the third period. Knuble's GWG came with 7:48 to play. Over the last 20 years, Niitymaki (against the Thrashers) and Chris Osgood (17-0-0 against Tampa Bay) are the only goalies to have won their first 12 decisions against one team.
  • 2009 -- February 8 -- Jeff Carter (2-1-3) led the Flyers to their 14th straight over Atlanta in a 3-2 Sunday afternoon win in Philips Arena. Carter's second goal gave the Flyers a 3-0 lead. Antero Niittymaki stopped 29 shots to improve his career record against Atlanta to 13-0. Niittymaki ended the season as one of only two active goalies with a perfect mark in at least 10 decisions against one team ( Detroit's Chris Osgood was 17-0 against Tampa Bay). The Thrashers scored two PPGs in the third period. Riley Cote (17 PIMs) fought Eric Boulton (5 PIMs) in a lengthy fight in the second period. Both players were issued fighting majors, but Cote also got an instigation penalty and a 10-minute misconduct. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3bWlyUb5IA
  • 2009 -- November 28 -- Johan Hedberg made 34 saves and the Thrashers stopped a 14-game losing streak in this series with a 1-0 home win. Rich Peverley scored a PPG just past the midway stage of regulation. The Flyers entered the game with a record of 29-3-3-1 in this series and the 14-game win streak tied a team record for wins against one opponent (also against Los Angeles from 1978-1982). The Flyers held a 34-18 shots advantage including 25-6 in the first and third periods combined.

2010-2011:
  • 2010 -- January 28 -- Atlanta scored three third period goals in a 4-3 win at Philly. Johan Hedberg made 34 saves and Jim Slater scored twice including the GWG with 6:32 to play. Slater also scored the first goal of the game in the opening period. The Flyers responded with three goals in the second period to pull ahead 3-1. The Flyers were 22-0 when leading after two periods.
  • 2010 -- March 20 -- Colby Armstrong scored twice and Johan Hedberg made 25 saves in Atlanta's 5-2 home win. The Thrashers led 2-0 at the 5:42 mark and 3-2 after two periods.
  • 2010 -- March 21 -- Atlanta completed the season sweep with a 3-1 win at Philadelphia. Ondrej Pavelec made 44 saves, Ron Hainsey scored 2:04 into the game and Todd White made it 2-0 in the first period. Rich Peverley scored late in the third period, five minutes after Mike Richards made it 2-1. Jeff Carter suffered a fractured left foot after taking a shot by Clarke MacArthur; Carter's consecutive games streak ended at 286.
  • 2011 -- January 14 -- at Atlanta 7:30 PM (ET)
  • 2011 -- March 12 -- at Philadelphia 7:00 PM (ET)
  • 2011 -- March 17 -- at Atlanta 7:00 PM (ET)
  • 2011 -- March 21 -- at Philadelphia 7:00 PM (ET)

FLYERS' UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
DayDateSite and OpponentTime Broadcast
Tue Mar 23 A - Ottawa 7:30 PM ET RDS (HD), CSN-PH (HD), SNET-E
Thu Mar 25 H - Minnesota 7:00 PM ET FS-N, FS-WI, CSN-PH (HD)
Sat Mar 27 A - Pittsburgh 1:00 PM ET CSN-PH (HD), FS-P (HD)
Sun Mar 28 H - New Jersey 7:00 PM ET MSG PLUS (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Thu Apr 1 A - NY Islanders 7:00 PM ET CSN-PH (HD), MSG PLUS (HD)
Fri Apr 2 H - Montreal 7:00 PM ET RDS, TSN (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Sun Apr 4 H - Detroit 12:30 PM ET RIS, TSN, NBC (HD)
Tue Apr 6 A - Toronto 7:00 PM ET TCN-PH, SNET-O (HD)
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I'm still steaming from last night's laugher.

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I assume Boucher will start again.

Duchesne as a backup=fail. I wish Backlund was healthy

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I assume Boucher will start again.

Duchesne as a backup=fail. I wish Backlund was healthy
Yea, the D really needs to setup tonight. Boucher wasn't helping himself last night, and didn't get much help on certain plays either, but if Duchesne starts thats an instant loss.

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Probably gonna see a lot of scrums tonight if last night was any indication where this home and home is going.

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Probably gonna see a lot of scrums tonight if last night was any indication where this home and home is going.
Hopefully Lav doesn't over think and put the punching bag on skates (Cote) in the lineup instead of Leino or Powe.

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Therien called out both fowards on the trip and now Bill Meltzer.

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Bill-...lanta/45/27123

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It would be nice if either Claude Giroux (0 G, 1 A, -5 in his last 6 GP) or James Van Riemsdyk (0 PTS in his last 10 GP, 2 G, 2 PTS in his last 19 GP) would return to the land of the living and make some contributions again. Just because they are young players, they don't get an automatic excuse for disappearing down the stretch drive. In addition, the third defensive pairing (Braydon Coburn with Ryan Parent) was awful yesterday and has been inconsistent since the break.

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Hopefully Lav doesn't over think and put the punching bag on skates (Cote) in the lineup instead of Leino or Powe.
Hopefully Lavi puts Asham in the lineup instead of Leino. Ville's got skills and vision but there just isn't any spot for him in the current roster. Asham's defensive play lets G and JvR roam all over the offensive zone.

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Hopefully Lavi puts Asham in the lineup instead of Leino. Ville's got skills and vision but there just isn't any spot for him in the current roster. Asham's defensive play lets G and JvR roam all over the offensive zone.

Let's go Flyers!!
I like Asham so if he replaces Leino in the lineup I wouldn't have a problem, but Cote brings nothing.

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Therien called out both fowards on the trip and now Bill Meltzer.

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That's actually kind of funny because I had both Giroux and JVR in fantasy. Dropped JVR a few days ago, was thinking about dropping Giroux.

He's right though. That third line hasn't done any good at all for quite a while now. I'm thinking it's time to just put Giroux at RW, leave JVR where he is, and put Powe or someone else as the third line center.

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That's actually kind of funny because I had both Giroux and JVR in fantasy. Dropped JVR a few days ago, was thinking about dropping Giroux.

He's right though. That third line hasn't done any good at all for quite a while now. I'm thinking it's time to just put Giroux at RW, leave JVR where he is, and put Powe or someone else as the third line center.

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I've been saying for weeks to put Giroux back at RW, but we don't have a real 3rd line center. JVR on the other hand, really doesn't have a good place to be put.

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I dont see why they are against calling up someone like Matsumoto to play 3rd line C. He cant be that bad....

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That's actually kind of funny because I had both Giroux and JVR in fantasy. Dropped JVR a few days ago, was thinking about dropping Giroux.

He's right though. That third line hasn't done any good at all for quite a while now. I'm thinking it's time to just put Giroux at RW, leave JVR where he is, and put Powe or someone else as the third line center.
It is fair criticism. It isn't admonishing those two for the sake of pointing fingers. The forwards have been disjointed since the break, except for maybe one or two players. There are breakdowns that lead to bad plays. The top three lines need to be more passionate and cohesion seems to be an issue. They should be evaluated to the same level as the D or goalies.

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I dont see why they are against calling up someone like Matsumoto to play 3rd line C. He cant be that bad....

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That's essentially 3 rookies on your 3rd line. That usually doesn't work out too well in the playoffs.

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That's essentially 3 rookies on your 3rd line. That usually doesn't work out too well in the playoffs.
Meh, then what do you do, have Powe center that line? Im guessing Matsumoto would have more skill then Powe.

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I dont see why they are against calling up someone like Matsumoto to play 3rd line C. He cant be that bad....

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Hao baut dat?
Hartnell doesn't deserve to have his spot anymore. Switch Hartnell and JVR and go with two lines that should be able to put up some offense, 1 crusher line, and 1 line of players who should be playing much better than they have been/ Powe who always brings it. I could care less what everyone has been saying about Car Bomb, and he has shown some flashes of offensive talent, but he should not be with Gagne and Richards.

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Hartnell doesn't deserve to have his spot anymore. Switch Hartnell and JVR and go with two lines that should be able to put up some offense, 1 crusher line, and 1 line of players who should be playing much better than they have been/ Powe who always brings it. I could care less what everyone has been saying about Car Bomb, and he has shown some flashes of offensive talent, but he should not be with Gagne and Richards.

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Ow.

I like the idea of blaming the Olympic break.

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Missing this one again, going to DVR and hope this one is more interesting to watch then last nights... Didn't even watch it all last night...

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Untill he actually plays in the NHL, I dont see that has a far assumption.

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So stop fretting about Boucher. Turn your concerns to these areas:

The system.

When the Flyers have their two-man forecheck working, when they play an aggressive style that tilts the time of possession in their favor - a trademark since Peter Laviolette became the head coach - they usually win games.

The system was working well before the Olympic break (witness consecutive home-and-home sweeps of New Jersey and Montreal), but hasn't been as sharp in the last two weeks.

The penalty kill.

The penalty-killing units have been solid during the last seven weeks but have had periods of inconsistent play throughout the season. Overall, the Flyers rank 19th out of 30 teams with an 81.3 percent success rate on the penalty kill. That needs to improve in the playoffs.

The up-and-down offense.

Sparked by a potent power play, the Flyers began the weekend tied for sixth in goals per game (2.94). But there are too many nights when the even-strength attack is stagnant. The Flyers are just tied for 19th in the league with 120 goals in five-on-five situations.

Simon Gagne's revival - eight goals in his last 10 games before last night - has helped energize the offense. Now they need Scott Hartnell (three goals in his last 24 games), James van Riemsdyk (two goals in his last 21), and Claude Giroux (two goals in his last 16) to get untracked

For the Flyers, there have been positive signs lately that should bode well for the playoffs.

Among them: The team's penchant for comebacks.

Until the last six weeks, the Flyers showed little heart when they faced a deficit. When they fell behind, they usually stayed there.

Through Feb. 6, they were 5-25 in games in which they trailed at any point.

Since then, they are 7-3-1 in games in which they have trailed, including Thursday's 3-2 win in Dallas.

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Meh, their going to push hard on not blaming Boosh. It will make Homer look REALLY bad (even if he looks bad already), when he had a chance of getting a goalie and didnt. Now the starter and backup are down and the 3rd string needs to play. The whole team at the moment is doing bad. This includes Boucher

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