Flyers, Biron Blank Atlanta 4-0
Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:13 AM
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(Philadelphia, PA) – Martin Biron turned away all 31 shots he faced to earn his first shutout in a Flyers sweater as Philadelphia blanked the visiting Atlanta Thrashers by a score of 4-0 on Tuesday night at the Wachovia Center.
The victory puts the Flyers in sole possession of first place over the New York Islanders in the Atlantic Division with eight points and a 4-1-0 record.
Biron held strong in the first period stopping nine shots and surviving a late barrage of shots from an Atlanta power play, which included a sprawling kick save with five seconds left in the period to keep the Thrashers off the scoreboard.
“Congratulations to him on the shutout and he had a couple of key saves in the game,” said Head Coach John Stevens on his goaltending. “He looks really confident in the net right now, and he deserves a lot of credit for that.”
“It was a tough one. We got a little bit lucky in the first but it is always the same thing, goalies always credit their players,” said Biron, who commented on the defensive play around him. “Just look at tonight, everyone always focuses on offense, but it really started with the defense getting control of the puck in our zone.”
After a scoreless first period, the Flyers quickly jumped on the slumping Thrashers as Mike Richards
scored his third goal of the season 1:21 into the second frame. Jeff Carter
continued his hot hand scoring the game’s second goal and extending his goal-scoring streak to a career best four-straight games. Carter snapped a shot from just outside the circle after taking a feed from Scott Hartnell
and Joffrey Lupul, who notched his second assist of the night.
“You just get some good bounces in the right place in the right time; just working hard, trying to get everything in the net,” said Carter, who is now tied for the team lead in goals with Danny Briere
. “Just bang away at it, and it’s been working for us.”
R.J. Umberger broke into the Thrashers zone just 34 second later and fired a shot on goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who left the rebound to a wide open net for a charging Sami Kapanen to pot his second goal of the season and second straight game.
Randy Jones scored his first goal of the year to give the Flyers a 4-0 lead at 11:51 of third period after taking a pass from Carter, who earned his first multi-point game of the season.
The Thrashers remain the only team in the league without a victory as the suffered their second shutout in the last three games to drop to 0-6-0 on the year.
With the win, the Flyers took the first of four meetings against the Thrashers. Philadelphia went a perfect 4-0-0 last season and has now won its last seven games over Atlanta, with the last loss dating back to November 18, 2005. The Flyers have also secured a point in their last 11 meetings, going 10-0-1.
The Flyers continue their four-game October homestand when they face off against division rival New Jersey on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.FLYERS NOTES
The Flyers are on a three-game winning streak and have outscored their opponent 15-3 in that span. … They have scored over half of their goals this season (11 of 22) in the second period. … Briere added an assist on Richards’ goal in the second period to give him points in four of five games.