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#68: Thrashers @ Flyers - Saturday, Mar. 12, 2011 - 7:00 PM (ET)


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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (42-19-6, 21-10-3 home ) vs. ATLANTA THRASHERS (28-28-12, 13-14-5 away )

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GAME PREVIEW and NOTES:
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FLYERS' ROSTER:
Forwards:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTDOB PLACE OF BIRTH
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
10 Kris Versteeg 5' 10" 182 May 13, 1986 Lethbridge, AB, CAN
93 Nikolay Zherdev 6' 2" 203 Nov 5, 1984 Kiev, UKR

Defense:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTDOB PLACE OF BIRTH
3 Oskars Bartulis 6' 2" 184 Jan 21, 1987 Ogre, LVA
24 Nick Boynton 6' 1" 218 Jan 14, 1979 Nobleton, ON, Canada
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

Goalies:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHT DOB PLACE OF BIRTH
35 Sergei Bobrovsky 6' 2" 190 Sep 20, 1988 Novokuznetsk, RUS
33 Brian Boucher 6' 2" 200 Jan 2, 1977 Woonsocket, RI, USA

FLYERS' POSSIBLE LINEUP:
Forwards:
Left WingCenter Right Wing
19 - Scott Hartnell 48 - Danny Briere 22 - Ville Leino
21 - James van Riemsdyk28 - Claude Giroux 17 - Jeff Carter
13 - Dan Carcillo 18 - Mike Richards 10 - Kris Versteeg
45 - Jody Shelley 11 - Blair Betts 36 - Darroll Powe

Defense:
Pairing Pairing
44 - Kimmo Timonen 5 - Braydon Coburn
25 - Matt Carle 24 - Nick Boynton
41 - Andrej Meszaros 6 - Sean O'Donnell

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

FLYERS' INJURIES, SCRATCHES, MISC.:
PlayerReason Status
Oskars Bartulis left shoulder surgery out 10-to-12 weeks from Feb. 24
Nick Boynton healthy will replace Pronger
Ian Laperriere post-concussion syndrome LTIR; out indefinitely
Andreas Nodl healthy likely to be scratched
Chris Pronger hand will not play
Nikolay Zherdev healthy likely to be scratched

FLYERS' STATS:

THRASHERS' POSSIBLE LINEUP:
Forwards:
Left WingCenter Right Wing
Andrew Ladd Bryan Little Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane Nik Antropov Anthony Stewart
Chris Thorburn Alex BurmistrovRadek Dvorak
Eric Boulton Tim Stapleton Robby Schremp

Defensemen:
Pairing Pairing
Dustin Byfuglien Toby Enstrom
Johnny OduyaZach Bogosian
Ron Hainsey Mark Stuart

Goalies:
(Ondrej Pavelec is the expected starter)
Goalie Goalie
Ondrej Pavelec Chris Mason

THRASHERS' INJURIES/SCRATCHES/MISC.:
PlayerReason Status
Patrice Cormier upper body not expected to play
Ben Maxwell healthy could be scratched
Freddy Meyer upper body injured reserve
Jim Slater concussion injured reserve

THRASHERS' ROSTER:
Forwards:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTDOB PLACE OF BIRTH
80 Nik Antropov 6' 6" 245 Feb 18, 1980 Ust-Kamenog, KAZ
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
20 Radek Dvorak 6' 2" 200 Mar 9, 1977 Tabor, CZE
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
49 Ben Maxwell 6' 1" 195 Mar 30, 1988 North Vancouver, BC, CAN
13 Rob Schremp 5' 11" 200 Jul 1, 1986 Fulton, NY, USA
23 Jim Slater 6' 0" 200 Dec 9, 1982 Lapeer, MI, USA
14 Tim Stapleton 5' 9" 180 Jul 19, 1982 Forest Park, IL, 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
26 Blake Wheeler 6' 5" 205 Aug 31, 1986 Robbinsdale, MN, USA

Defensemen:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTDOB PLACE OF BIRTH
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
5 Mark Stuart 6' 2" 213 Apr 27, 1984 Rochester, MN, USA

Goaltenders:
NO. PLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTDOB PLACE OF BIRTH
50 Chris Mason 6' 0" 195 Apr 20, 1976 Red Deer, AB, CAN
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 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.


1999-2004:
  • 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 -- 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, who picked up his 61st and 62nd assists of the season (he led the League that season with 63), was awarded the Bobby Clarke Trophy representative of team MVP prior to the game.
  • 2000 -- November 17 -- Dan McGillis fired a shot just inside the blueline 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 skated to a 3-0 lead at the 2:19 mark, which led to an Atlanta goalie switch from Damian Rhodes (0 saves, 3 shots) to Milan Hnilicka (18 saves, 20 shots), and held on for a 6-4 win at Atlanta. The lead increased to 5-0 in the second period and was 5-1 through two periods. The Thrashers got within 5-4 with 6:51 left in the third period. Mark Recchi (1-3-4), Ruslan Fedotenko (1-2-3) and Keith Primeau (2-0-2) led the offense and Roman Cechmanek made 25 saves for the Flyers. Donald Audette (1-2-3) and Ray Ferraro (0-3-3) led Atlanta. Each team was assessed 38 PIMs. Daymond Langkow and Denny Lambert were involved in a scrum ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hvFuCza3ak ). Todd Fedoruk fought Jeff Odgers ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUj-Gzk74X4 ) and Steve Staois ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRdcvpLgSiA ) in the second period.
  • 2001 -- January 6 -- Keith Primeau scored his 200th N.H.L. goal with 7:36 left in the third period to give the Flyers a 2-2 tie in Philly. Steve Staois and Denny Lambert gave the Thrashers a 2-0 lead. Simon Gagne got the Flyers on the board with 8:19 left in the second period. Damian Rhodes made 35 saves for Atlanta. The Thrashers were outshot 39-20 including 19-7 through two periods (yet lead 2-1) and 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 out-scored Atlanta 4-0 in the third period en route to a 6-3 victory in Philly. Justin Williams and John LeClair scored within 32 second in the first 2:02 of the third period which gave Philly a 4-3 lead. Mark Recchi, Williams and LeClair each had a goal and an assist. Atlanta led 2-0 with goals 66 seconds apart and held a 3-2 after two periods. Philly held a 27-22 shots advantage including 23-11 over the last 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 11:11 into the third period gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead. Dennis Seidenberg (1-2-3) and Radovan Somik scored 18 seconds apart late in the second period, with Michael Handzus (0-2-2) assisting on both, to give Philly a 3-2 lead. Philly 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 GWG with 24 seconds left in the second period, in Philly's 6-2 home win. Tony Amonte (1-1-2), Handzus and Kim Johnsson scored in a span of 1:36 to give Philly a 6-2 lead early in the third period. Donald Brashear (0-2-2) was named the game's third star as he assisted on the tying and insurance goals. Robert Esche made 16 saves. The Flyers doubled Atlanta 36-18 in shots. Milan Hnilicka stopped 30 shots for Atlanta.
  • 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, on his fifth callup from the AHL that 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. Among the leaders for the Flyers; Sean Burke with 32 saves and Joni Pitkanen (2-1-3) with three points. 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 Pitkanen (he assisted on the other), came in a span of 2:42. Atlanta tied the game with three goals in the second period and then after Philly made it 4-3, the Thrashers tied the score at 4-4. Leaders for Atlanta: Ilya Kovalchuk (1-2-3) and Marc Savard (0-3-3). Kovalchuk received a gross misconduct penalty after the game for cursing the officials. The Flyers were without six regulars including Keith Primeau, Jeremy Roenick and Eric Desjardins. 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." Ilya Kovalchuk (2-3-5) scored two PPGs in the first period with Donald Brashear in the box both times. Kovalchuk took nine shots, six in the opening period. Atlanta led 3-1 after the opening period and held a 17-8 shots advantage. The Flyers out-scored the Thrashers 4-0 in the second period and held a 16-7 shots advanatge. Gagne had 10 shots including seven in the second 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 30 saves in the loss and said later "There are so many screw-ups out there. I don't know what is going on. No clue. The only way to truly kill a penalty is not to get in the box. We keep shooting ourselves in the foot." Branko Radivojevic (2-1-3) scored twice but was in the box for Atlanta's fourth goal. Derian Hatcher was also assessed a hooking minor late in regulation which led to the tying goal but he said later "By no means did I hook him. My stick was on the ice. He lost the puck. He stopped."

  • 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, including the GWG with 1:02 remaining, and Antero Niittymaki's personal 15-game winless streak (0-13-2) ended as he stopped 37 shots in Philly's 2-1 win at Atlanta. Peter Forsberg said "We sat back and let Niittymaki win it for us." The Flyers went 1-for-2 on the PP. Atlanta failed on all 6 PPs including a 5-on-3 for nearly two minutes. The Flyers halted a nine-game losing streak. Gary Bettman was in attendance and unveiled the NHL All-Star game logo for the following season. 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. Flyers' GM Paul Holmgren said of Coburn "He's got tremendous size; he skates well and moves the puck well. He won't be a high point scorer, but one of those middle-of-the-road guys. For a big man, he really moves well. He's a guy we liked a long time who never found his niche in Atlanta, which has an older group of defensemen." Zhitnik said of the Flyers "I liked being here, and I appreciated that the organization was very good to me."
  • 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 ended a scoreless drought of 125 games and gave Philly a 1-0 lead. In the third period, Geoff Sanderson (1-1-2) gave Philly a 3-1 lead. Atlanta entered the game as Southeast Division leaders with a mark of 37-24-10 while the Flyers were 19-40-11. Highlights: 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 13 seconds, the second-fastest two goals by a 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 snd improved to 7-0-0 against Atlanta. The Flyers beat Atlanta for the eighth straight meeting. 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. 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. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5lSk36Atak
  • 2008 -- October 28 -- Antero Niittymaki made 24 saves for his fourth career shutout and Simon Gagne (2-2-4), Mike Knuble (2-0-2) and Joffrey Lupul (2-0-2) combined for six goals to lead Philly in a 7-0 rout at Atlanta. Niittymaki improved to 10-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA in his career against the Thrashers. Lupul had the GWG 1:20 into the game. Glen Metropolit (1-2-3) had three points. The Flyers went 3-for-5 on PPs. 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, Niittymaki (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 -- Antero Niittymaki made 29 saves and Jeff Carter (2-1-3) scored twice in Philly's 14th straight win over the Thrashers 3-2 at Atlanta. Niittymaki improved his career mark against the Thrashers to 13-0, ended the season as one of only two active goalies with a perfect record in 10+ decisions against one team (Chris Osgood was 17-0 against Tampa Bay). The Thrashers scored two PPGs in the third period after Carter gave Philly a 3-0 lead. Riley Cote, who (17 PIMs) fought Eric Boulton (5 PIMs) in a second period battle, picked up an instigation penalty and a 10-minute misconduct http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3bWlyUb5IA. Game highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HUb_XqYWjw

  • 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). Philly held a 34-18 shots advantage. Riley Cote fought Eric Boulton ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvc3R6JL7N0). Aaron Asham fought Colby Armstrong ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc_pEqqFo4Q ).

2010-2011:
  • 2010 -- January 28 -- Atlanta out-scored the Flyers 3-0 in the third period of a 4-3 win in 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. Philly responded with three goals in the second period to pull ahead 3-1 including two points by Claude Giroux (1-1-2). Ray Emery made 24 saves. 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. Niclas Bergfors and Nik Antropov both had a goal and an assist. The Thrashers led 2-0 at the 5:42 mark and 3-2 after two periods. Dan Carcillo, who scored the Flyers' first goal, fought Jim Slater in the opening minute of the game (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLi8a-fspvA ) and Ian Laperriere fought Eric Boulton ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KOaIiwhbxE ) before four minutes expired.
  • 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. Richards' check on Colby Armstrong ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJNhyZhh5ZU ). Scott Hartnell fought Jim Slater ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo_b7iVyj40 ). Jeff Carter, who suffered a broken bone in his left foot from a shot by Clarke MacArthur in the first period, played in the last of 286 consecutive games.
  • 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. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5-kbekL0KY

  • 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 (subject to changes)
Tue Mar 15, 2011 Away Florida 7:30 PM CSN-PH (HD), FS-F (HD)
Thu Mar 17, 2011 Away Atlanta 7:00 PM CSN-PH (HD), FS-S (HD)
Sat Mar 19, 2011 Away Dallas 8:00 PM CSN-PH (HD), TXA 21 (HD)
Tue Mar 22, 2011 Home Washington 7:30 PM TSN2 (HD), VERSUS (HD)
ThuMar 24, 2011HomePittsburgh7:00 PMNHLN-US (HD),FS-P (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Sat Mar 26, 2011 Away NY Islanders 7:00 PM CSN-PH (HD), MSG PLUS (HD)
Sun Mar 27, 2011HomeBoston7:00 PMRDS, NESN (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Tue Mar 29, 2011 Away Pittsburgh 7:00 PM CSN-PH (HD), FS-P (HD)
Thu Mar 31, 2011 Home Atlanta 7:00 PM SPSO (HD), CSN-PH (HD)

GDT MUSIC -- "68 Guns" by The Alarm


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My first Flyers game that I can remember was in 2002 against Atlanta. Ahhhh...good times. Anyway, better get the W! Washington and Pittsburgh are still on our tails.

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Anyone else miss Niitty when we play Atlanta?

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really Briere is 5'10"?

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Laviolette taking the team on a little field trip?


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Should be an easy win. Do it guys!

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I most definitely do.

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Looks like Sergei Bobrovsky is tonight's starter.

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Going to miss this one, working til 10 tonight. Let's hope the Flyers show up and play hard and a full 60 minute effort and get the win. Let's go Flyers!

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He is not expected to play based on post-practice skating today. Same w/Nodl and Zherdev.

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this is my first flyers game that i'll be able to watch in a bar in philly since i just turned 21

anyone have any good suggestions on bars with a lot of flyers fans?

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Is Bobrovsky starting tonight???

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Why no Nodl?

Hopefully someone can shed some light on my question:

Why is Nodl sitting out and not Shelley?

I am sure that Nodl can play the 4th line better then Shelley can, plus you can use him on the PK and PP as well as more 5 on 5 ice time.

I just dont see the Logic in it. I think the Flyers should only dress one of Carcillo or SHelley when Nodl and Z are sitting out. (I know Lavy hates Z)

Am I missing something?

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Woaahhhh .... let's not go crazy. 45 minute of effort, and 15 minutes of at least pretending to care. Baby steps.

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According to Myp2p,

http://hexsports.com/ Channel 1 should have the game.

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