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NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Phoenix



(Monday, March 12th)

Final Score: Phoenix 4, Philadelphia 0

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Owen Nolan ripped two big slap shots, one that nearly knocked Martin Biron out of the game, and another that found the back of the net, and the Phoenix Coyotes topped the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-0.

Mikael Tellqvist stopped 24 shots to record the shutout for the Coyotes, who snapped a five-game losing streak with the win. Niko Kapanen tallied a goal and an assist for Phoenix.

Biron let in four goals on 24 shots for the Flyers, who have lost two of three. The Flyers played without leading scorer Simon Gagne, who suffered a left groin injury on Saturday's 4-1 win over Boston.

Biron was shaken up early by a slap shot unleashed by Nolan that nailed him on the side of his neck. Biron crumpled to the ice, and was attended to by a trainer, but stayed on for the Flyers.

"You get hit in the neck, you just have to refocus and forget about it," said Biron. "You have to shake it off, you get used to it as a goalie, it's no big deal."

A Kapanen shot towards the net bounced off of Philadelphia's Derian Hatcher and past Biron, putting the Coyotes ahead 1-0 at the 7:41 mark.

Nolan made it 2-0 less than four minutes later, when he skated in all alone on the right side and ripped off another slapper. This one didn't touch Biron, instead catching just inside the top left corner of the net for Nolan's 16th score of the season.

Mathias Tjarnqvist put the Coyotes ahead by three goals with a shorthanded tally in the second period. Tjarnqvist used some nifty skating, as he cut in from the left side, across the crease, and backhanded the puck past Biron at the 10:45 mark of the second period.

Daniel Carcillo put the game away with only 2:30 remaining, taking the feed from Shane Doan in front of the net and flipping the puck through Biron's leg pads.

"We knew Phoenix wasn't happy with their last couple of games and we knew they would come out hard," said Flyers head coach John Stevens. "We had to dig in and pay the price to win and for whatever reason it didn't happen."

Game Notes

Neither team scored on the power play. The Flyers were 0-for-3, and actually allowed a goal with the man advantage, while Phoenix was 0-for-4...This was the first meeting between the teams in three years, a 3-2 Philly win on Dec. 5, 2003.

03/13 01:43:55 ET


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