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Philadelphia Flyers 1, Atlanta Thrashers 4 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Philadelphia Flyers 1, Atlanta Thrashers 4 FINAL
Philadelphia Flyers 1, Atlanta Thrashers 4

ATLANTA (AP) -- The up-and-down Atlanta Thrashers are in another upswing, thanks mostly to Ronald Petrovicky.

Petrovicky scored twice -- running his total to three in the past two games -- and Byron Dafoe made 25 saves to help the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 Sunday night.

Ilya Kovalchuk added his NHL-leading 21st goal and Slava Kozlov also scored for the Thrashers, who won their second straight after a three-game losing streak, during which they were shut out in each. They increased their lead in the Southeast Division to five points over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"We've had a good first half of the season, but we can't hang our hat on that," Dafoe said. "Points are harder to get in the second half."

John LeClair had a power-play goal for the Flyers, who fell behind 1-0 for the 13th straight game when Petrovicky scored only 1:29 after the faceoff. Philadelphia has won just once in seven games (1-2-2-2), but stayed tied with Toronto for the points lead in the NHL.

"I think the problem is you can't expect to win hockey games if you don't have everybody competing," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We did not have enough guys willing to pay the price."

During the losing streak, Atlanta went 182 minutes, 32 seconds without a goal, but Petrovicky broke that drought eight seconds into Saturday's victory over Pittsburgh. He got the Thrashers off to another fast start -- although not quite so quickly -- by stealing a pass from goaltender Jeff Hackett.

Hackett wandered behind the net to play the puck, then tried to get it to defenseman Jim Vandermeer. But the pass was weak, and Petrovicky skated in and snared it, then easily put the puck in the open net for a 1-0 lead.

"That's the nature of the game, just a little mistake by Hackett," Petrovicky said. "He and the defenseman just miscommunicated, and I was in the right spot at the right time.

"It's good to get a lucky bounce."

The Flyers, with the best power play in the league, tied it during the man advantage early in the second period. Tony Amonte passed from the blue line to Michal Handzus in the corner, who then fed LeClair right in front.

He stuffed the puck passed Dafoe to make it 1-1.

Petrovicky scored the go-ahead goal after a brilliant pass from Kovalchuk midway through the second period. Kovalchuk fought his way past defenseman Kim Johnsson and chased down the puck in the corner, then patiently waited for Petrovicky to skate toward the crease.

The pass went cleanly to Petrovicky, who beat Hackett for a 2-1 lead.

Kozlov made it a two-goal lead during a power play about 31/2 minutes later, skating with the puck from his own zone and using a screen by Marc Savard to slip a shot through Hackett's legs.

That goal came with just two seconds left with the man advantage.

"They have very young players, and in the second period, they were a team on a mission," Hackett said. "They played with a lot of energy. They have a lot going for them."

scoring summary
1st Period
01:29
ATL
Ronald Petrovicky (9) ASST: Marc Savard (21)
1 - 0 ATL
2nd Period
01:34
PHI
PPG - John Leclair (8) ASST: Michal Handzus (12), Tony Amonte (14)
1 - 1 Tie
10:20
ATL
Ronald Petrovicky (10) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (21), Randy Robitaille (13)
2 - 1 ATL
13:45
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov (16) ASST: Marc Savard (22)
3 - 1 ATL
3rd Period
19:43
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (21) ASST: Patrik Stefan (11)
4 - 1 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:27
PHI
Kim Johnsson  Slashing against  Benjamin Simon
04:43
PHI
Keith Primeau  Roughing against  Marc Savard
10:07
ATL
Ronald Petrovicky  Fighting (maj) against  Jim Vandermeer
10:07
PHI
Jim Vandermeer  Fighting (maj) against  Ronald Petrovicky
12:13
ATL
Chris Tamer  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Donald Brashear
16:14
PHI
Eric Weinrich  Roughing against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
16:14
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov  Roughing against  Eric Weinrich
18:40
PHI
Jim Vandermeer  Holding against  Ilya Kovalchuk
2nd Period
01:25
ATL
Daniel Tjarnqvist  Interference against  Simon Gagne
03:31
ATL
Frantisek Kaberle  Tripping - Obstruction against  John Leclair
07:03
PHI
Donald Brashear  Hi-sticking
11:43
PHI
Mark Recchi  Slashing against  Ilya Kovalchuk
18:02
ATL
Zdenek Blatny  Hooking against  Marcus Ragnarsson
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jeff Hackett
SA: 30TOI: 56:59
Saves: 26EV: 15 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1
Byron Dafoe
Byron Dafoe
SA: 26TOI: 59:39
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .962SH: 0 - 0
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