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Thrashers Storm Back, Win 6-5 in Overtime

Friday, 11.18.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Thrashers Storm Back, Win 6-5 in Overtime


Philadelphia, PA – The Atlanta Thrashers scored two goals late in the game and then won it in overtime, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center, 6-5.

The Flyers led 5-3 for most of the final period, but could not put it away. They failed to score on a double-minor to Ilya Kovalchuk for high sticking at 12:01, and R.J. Umberger was stopped on a penalty shot at 14:06.

Peter Bondra cut the Flyers lead to 5-4 on the power play with a slap shot with Atlanta's goaltender pulled at 18:10, and then Patrik Stefan tipped in a feed from Scott Mellanby with just seven seconds left in regulation.

A breakaway goal by Greg deVries at 3:05 of the extra session sent Philadelphia to its third consecutive defeat.

"We played well in the third period," said Umberger. "It's disappointing, I could have iced the game for the team. It's disappointing right now, but we have to look forward to tomorrow."

"I thought we played good in the second and third and we were going to win this game, and then we took two penalties and it's a tough loss," said Branko Radivojevic. "It's hard to explain."

A borderline hooking call to Hatcher gave the Thrashers a two-man advantage before the Bondra goal and then a non-call on Gagne when he was going in alone on an empty net had the Flyers frustrated with the officiating.

"I just think that every set of referees calls a different game and I think that's the biggest issue," said Hatcher. "If the players know exactly what's going to be called then I don't think you'd find that. The guys we had the other night did a pretty good job, but these guys tonight seemed to call a little bit of a different game."

Despite the loss, the Flyers gained a point in the standings and jumped ahead of the idle New York Rangers for first place in the Atlantic Division, although Philadelphia has played three fewer games.

Trailing 3-1 after the first 20 minutes, the Flyers scored four times in the second period to take the lead.

First it was Radivojevic, who deflected a wrist shot by Chris Therien at 10:42. Then, at 12:07, it was Simon Gagne taking a feed from Peter Forsberg on an odd-man rush. Gagne stopped the puck and then fired it past goaltender Michael Garnett for his 18th goal of the season.

A power play goal by Radivojevic gave Philadelphia its first lead since early in the game, when he deflected in a shot from the top of the circle by Jeff Carter at 15:06.

Derian Hatcher capped the nightmarish period for the Thrashers when he stepped out of the penalty box, raced to a loose puck in the Flyers' offensive zone and chipped it past the glove hand of Garnett at 18:58.

The Flyers' four goals in the period came on consecutive shots. Garnett entered the game with the highest goals against average in the league at 6.34 in three games.

The Flyers took an early lead at 2:45 of the first period on Michal Handzus' fourth goal of the season. Handzus skated the puck into the zone, dropped it to Carter and cut to the slot. Carter threaded the pass to Handzus, who lifted it over Garnett while on the power play.

Atlanta came storming back and scored three times before the intermission, two of which came on the power play with Donald Brashear in the penalty box. After a double minor to Brashear for holding and interference, Kovalchuk ripped a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle past Robert Esche at 8:01.

Bobby Holik was the recipient of a turnover by Esche in the slot, and easily scored at 8:01 to give the Thrashers the lead. Kovulchuk's second goal of the game from virtually the same spot as the first made it a 3-1 game at the 15-minute mark.

The Flyers traveled to Pittsburgh immediately following the game to face the Penguins for this third time this season on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Mellon Arena. Philadelphia will be looking to avenge its 3-2 overtime loss to Pittsburgh at the Wachovia Center on Wednesday night.

FLYERS NOTES
Kovalchuk finsihed the night with three assists to go with his two goals. Umberger had two assists. Brian Savage was a healthy scratch. The Flyers were 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Thrashers were 4-for-10.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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