NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Philadelphia|
(Wednesday, January 21st)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Atlanta 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Mike Knuble notched a pair of goals late
in regulation as the Philadelphia Flyers wasted a three-goal lead but
recovered to top Atlanta, 5-3, at Wachovia Center.
Scott Hartnell, Darroll Powe and Randy Jones also tallied for the Flyers
(25-12-9), who hit the All-Star break having won four of six overall and
extended their win streak against Atlanta to 13 in a row since November 2005.
Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne picked up two assists each and Antero Niittymaki
made 28 saves for the victory, extending his personal record against Atlanta
Eric Perrin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Chris Thorburn scored third-period goals for
the Thrashers (17-26-5), who head to the break with their season-best three-
game winning streak snapped.
Kari Lehtonen allowed four goals on 32 shots in the loss.
Perrin's turnaround blast from the left circle made it a 3-1 game at the 4:42
mark of the third period, and Kovalchuk snuck a wrister inside the left post
with 10:12 remaining in regulation to bring the Thrashers within a goal.
Only 61 seconds later, Thorburn scored on a breakaway to knot the game, 3-3,
and Flyers head coach John Stevens called a timeout, during which he berated
his club for losing a solid three-goal edge.
"To see a three-goal lead evaporate like that going into a break was the last
thing we wanted to see," Stevens said.
The move paid off, as Knuble scored off his own rebound with 7:48 to play to
give Philly a one-goal lead, then added an empty-net goal with 41 seconds left
to seal the win.
"It was a great play by Simon (Gagne) at the blueline, diving to keep it
alive, and Mike (Richards) makes a great pass through traffic," Knuble said of
his game-winning goal. "I got one shot off and it kind of bounced right back
to me and was able to just slide it in."
Niittymaki was sharp in the early going, foiling Colby Armstrong's breakaway
with a right pad stop during a Thrashers power play.
Hartnell put the Flyers on the board at 9:54, taking Carter's muted shot
from the left boards and sliding the puck around Lehtonen from the top of the
It was 2-0 for the home team with 2:05 left in the first, as Scottie Upshall
sent a slick lead pass for Powe, who lifted a backhander under the crossbar
while falling forward.
Jones followed up a Carter shot that went high and wide of the net and
slipped a backhander inside the left post for a 3-0 Flyers lead 1:44 into the
The Flyers improved to 3-0 this year against the Thrashers, outscoring them by
a 16-6 margin. The clubs play one final time, in Atlanta, on February
8...Knuble has four multi-goal games this season, the last coming on December
13, a 6-3 win over Pittsburgh...Lehtonen fell to 0-8-1 lifetime against the
Flyers...Prior to the game, the Flyers announced that forward Danny Briere,
originally believed to be ready to return from a groin injury, will have
exploratory surgery on Thursday and will need two weeks to recover...Philly
has won 16 of its last 17 games against Atlanta, including 10 of 11 at
home...The Flyers resume their schedule next Tuesday at Florida, and the
Thrashers head to Dallas also next Tuesday.
01/21 22:43:46 ET