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#44: Flyers @ Thrashers -Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 - 7:30 PM (ET)

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (27-11-5 14-5-3 away) vs. ATLANTA THRASHERS (22-16-7, 11-8-3 home)


11 Blair Betts 6' 3" 210 Feb 16, 1980 Edmonton, AB, CAN
48 Danny Briere 5' 10" 179 Oct 6, 1977 Gatineau, QC, CAN
13 Dan Carcillo 6' 0" 205 Jan 28, 1985 King City, ON, CAN
17 Jeff Carter 6' 3" 200 Jan 1, 1985 London, ON, CAN
28 Claude Giroux 5' 11" 172 Jan 12, 1988 Hearst, ON, CAN
19 Scott Hartnell 6' 2" 210 Apr 18, 1982 Regina, SK, CAN
14 Ian Laperriere 6' 1" 200 Jan 19, 1974 Montreal, QC, CAN
22 Ville Leino 6' 1" 190 Oct 6, 1983 Savonlinna, FIN
15 Andreas Nodl 6' 1" 196 Feb 28, 1987 Vienna, AUT
36 Darroll Powe 5' 11" 212 Jun 22, 1985 Saskatoon, SK, CAN
18 Mike Richards "C" 5' 11" 195 Feb 11, 1985 Kenora, ON, CAN
45 Jody Shelley 6' 3" 230 Feb 7, 1976 Thompson, MB, CAN
21 James van Riemsdyk 6' 3" 200 May 4, 1989 Middletown, NJ, USA
93 Nikolay Zherdev 6' 2" 203 Nov 5, 1984 Kiev, UKR

3 Oskars Bartulis 6' 2" 184 Jan 21, 1987 Ogre, LVA
25 Matt Carle 6' 0" 205 Sep 25, 1984 Anchorage, AK, USA
5 Braydon Coburn 6' 5" 220 Feb 27, 1985 Shaunavon, SK, CAN
41 Andrej Meszaros 6' 2" 223 Oct 13, 1985 Povazska Bystrica, SVK
6 Sean O'Donnell 6' 2" 237 Oct 13, 1971 Ottawa, ON, CAN
20 Chris Pronger 6' 6" 220 Oct 10, 1974 Dryden, ON, CAN
44 Kimmo Timonen 5' 10" 194 Mar 18, 1975 Kuopio, FIN
8 Matt Walker 6' 4" 215 Apr 7, 1980 Beaverlodge, AB, CAN

35 Sergei Bobrovsky 6' 2" 190 Sep 20, 1988 Novokuznetsk, RUS
33 Brian Boucher 6' 2" 200 Jan 2, 1977 Woonsocket, RI, USA

Left WingCenter Right Wing
93 - Nikolay Zherdev 18 - Mike Richards 15 - Andreas Nodl
19 - Scott Hartnell 48 - Danny Briere 22 - Ville Leino
21 - James van Riemsdyk 28 - Claude Giroux 17 - Jeff Carter
36 - Darroll Powe 11 - Blair Betts45- Jody Shelley

Pairing Pairing
44 - Kimmo Timonen 5 - Braydon Coburn
41 - Andrej Meszaros 6 - Sean O’Donnell
25 - Matt Carle 8 - Matt Walker

Goalies: (Bobrovsky is the expected starter)
Goalie Goalie
35 - Sergei Bobrovsky 33 - Brian Boucher

PlayerReason Status
Bartulis healthy available
Carcillo healthy available
Laperriere post-concussion syndrome LTIR; out indefinitely
Pronger surgery, right foot, Dec. 17likely out until late January


Left WingCenter Right Wing
Andrew Ladd Rich Peverley Niclas Bergfors
Evander Kane Bryan Little Anthony Stewart
Patrice Cormier Alex BurmistrovChris Thorburn
Eric Boulton Nik AntropovSpencer Machacek

Pairing Pairing
Dustin Byfuglien Toby Enstrom
Zach Bogosian Ron Hainsey
Johnny Oduya Brent Sopel

(Pavelec has been named the starting goalie)
Goalie Goalie
Chris Mason Ondrej Pavelec

PlayerReason Status
Ben Eager suspension will not play
Evander Kane lower body expected to play tonight
Freddy Meyer healthy available
Fredrik Modin lower body questionable
Jim Slater concussion will not play

80 Nik Antropov 6' 6" 245 Feb 18, 1980 Ust-Kamenog, KAZ
18 Niclas Bergfors 6' 0" 200 Mar 7, 1987 Sodertalje, SWE
36 Eric Boulton 6' 1" 225 Aug 17, 1976 Halifax, NS, CAN
8 Alexander Burmistrov 6' 1" 180 Oct 21, 1991 Kazan, RUS
45 Patrice Cormier 6' 2" 215 Jun 14, 1990 Moncton, NB, CAN
21 Ben Eager 6' 2" 235 Jan 22, 1984Ottawa, ON, CAN
9 Evander Kane 6' 2" 195 Aug 2, 1991 Vancouver, BC, CAN
16 Andrew Ladd "C" 6' 3" 205 Dec 12, 1985 Maple Ridge, BC, CAN
10 Bryan Little 5' 11" 185 Nov 12, 1987 Edmonton, AB, CAN
46 Spencer Machacek 6' 1" 200 Oct 14, 1988 Lethbridge, AB, CAN
19 Freddy Modin 6' 4" 220 Oct 8, 1974 Sundsvall, SWE
47 Rich Peverley 6' 0" 195 Jul 8, 1982 Kingston, ON, CAN
23 Jim Slater 6' 0" 200 Dec 9, 1982 Lapeer, MI, USA
22 Anthony Stewart 6' 3" 230 Jan 5, 1985 La Salle, QC, CAN
27 Chris Thorburn 6' 3" 230 Jun 3, 1983 Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN

4 Zach Bogosian 6' 3" 215 Jul 15, 1990 Massena, NY, USA
33 Dustin Byfuglien "A" 6' 5" 265 Mar 27, 1985 Minneapolis, MN, USA
39 Tobias Enstrom "A" 5' 10" 180 Nov 5, 1984 Nordingra, SWE
6 Ron Hainsey 6' 3" 210 Mar 24, 1981 Bolton, CT, USA
24 Freddy Meyer 5' 10" 185 Jan 4, 1981 Sanbornville, NH, USA
29 Johnny Oduya 6' 0" 190 Oct 1, 1981 Stockholm, SWE
3 Brent Sopel 6' 2" 205 Jan 7, 1977 Calgary, AB, CAN

50 Chris Mason 6' 0" 195 Apr 20, 1976 Red Deer, AB, CAN
31 Ondrej Pavelec 6' 3" 220 Aug 31, 1987 Kladno, CZE

Current and Miscellaneous:
  • The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL record is 30-7-3-1.
  • 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 16-4-1-0 including 10-2-0-0 in the last 12 games.

  • 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 -- Brian Boucher made 22 saves and the Flyers never trailed after Valeri Zelepukin (1-1-2) scored 1:50 into the game en route to a 5-3 win at Atlanta. Andy Delmore (1-1-2) and Craig Berube (1-1-2) also had a goal and an assist and Daymond Langkow had two assists. Simon Gagne's breakaway goal with 1:35 to play sealed the win.

  • 2000 -- April 6 -- JVB made 20 stops in Philly's 3-1 home win. Daymond Langkow scored the GWG midway through the second period. Atlanta was held to two shots in the first period and nine through 40 minutes. Mark Recchi picked up his 61st and 62nd assists of the season and was awarded the Bobby Clarke Trophy representative of team MVP.
  • 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. The Flyers scored four times in the second period including goals by Mark Recchi (1-1-2) and Sami Kapanen 32 seconds apart. Atlanta's lone goal was by Serge Aubin with seven seconds left in the opening period. 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves and Danny Briere scored the GWG with 7:12 to play in Philly's 5-2 win at Atlanta. Jody Shelley's blast tied the game 36 seconds after Atlanta snapped a scoreless tie 16:37 into the second period. Kimmo Timonen (+3) scored his first goal since October 30, 2010 21 seconds later to give Philly a 2-1 lead. Rich Peverley's PPG tied the game with three seconds to play in the second period. The four goals came in a span of 3:20. Niclas Bergfors assisted on both Thrashers' goals. Jeff Carter (1-1-2), who scored an ENG, and his linemates JVR and Claude Giroux (1-1-2), who made it 4-2, were all a +3.

  • 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: (all times Eastern)
DayDateHome/Away OpponentTime Broadcast
Sun Jan 16, 2011 Away NY Rangers 7:00 PM CSN-PH (HD), MSG (HD)
Tue Jan 18, 2011 Home Washington 7:00 PM CSN-DC (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Thu Jan 20, 2011 Home Ottawa 7:00 PM RDS, SNET-OTT (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Sat Jan 22, 2011 Home New Jersey 1:00 PM MSG PLUS (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Sun Jan 23, 2011 Away Chicago 12:30 PM RIS, NHLN-CA, NBC (HD)
Tue Jan 25, 2011 Home Montreal 7:30 PM VERSUS (HD), RDS (HD)
Tue Feb 1, 2011 Away Tampa Bay 7:30 PM CSN-PH (HD), SUN (HD)
Thu Feb 3, 2011 Home Nashville 7:00 PM RDS, FS-TN (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Sat Feb 5, 2011 Home Dallas 7:00 PM RDS, TXA 21 (HD), CSN-PH (HD)

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Let's try playing a different goalie, not playing Walker and Shelley (or at least Walker), and not give the other team seven goals. Also, new refs would be nice.

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Ya hopefully Bartulis gets back in. Carcillo could come in as fresh legs

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After tonights game Zherdev does not deserved to be benched

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Zherdev wasn't bad tonight though. He doesn't deserve the pine. When oh when will they realize Shelley is useless. Oh wait, he had a fight tonight, so that probably secures another 10 games.

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If Zherdev gets benched then Laviolette's roster decisions are going to be put into serious question by me at least. Especially if it's in favor of Shelley (again).

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I wish we still had Niittymaki.

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Z won't get benched, he was only out of the lineup this last stretch due to injury

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I hope we beat the bejesus out of Atlanta Friday, and make up for tonight

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I wish Shelley would get another suspension. That's our only hope of seeing him sit.

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I just realized this is the first time we're playing Andrew Ladd, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Byfuglien since the cup finals.

...Imagine if Hartnell was Mic'd up for this game

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Alright boys, time to make up for the ****show yesterday. Great GDT, as always MSE.

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Bob's gonna pretend to be Nitty tonight and get his first shutout. 4-0 Flyers Goals by JvR, Richie, Giroux, and Briere

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Do not give up 7 goals tonight.

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Bob's gonna pretend to be Nitty tonight and get his first shutout. 4-0 Flyers Goals by JvR, Richie, Giroux, and Briere
I was thinking the same thing. Lets hope this happens!

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Make up for whatever last night was.

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Ok so I always look to see what the other teams GDT's look like the day of my teams game and I just have one thing to say.....

Hoping for a good game tonight. Excited to finally play Philly. I got a friend who is a big Flyers fan so this should be fun. Cheers to a great game.

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Huge game against a very good/fast opponent. Wouldn't be surprised if they played Flat, but it would be nice to win convincingly to put that awful bruin loss behind us.

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I wish Shelley would get another suspension. That's our only hope of seeing him sit.
News said the Pig Flu was back again, maybe he could get that from Kennedy in the corners ?

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