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Thrashers 1, Flyers 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 1, Flyers 0
Philadelphia Flyers 0, Atlanta Thrashers 1

ATLANTA (AP) -Johan Hedberg finally knows what it feels like to beat Philadelphia as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers.

"It's a big mental break," he said. "They've had our number since I've been here."

Hedberg made 34 saves for his first shutout in two years and the Thrashers stopped a 14-game losing streak against Philadelphia with a 1-0 victory Saturday night.

"I was not aware it was 14 games in the streak," Atlanta coach John Anderson said, "but it's not 14 games anymore."

Rich Peverley scored his 10th goal, his sixth on the power play, midway through the second and helped the Thrashers overcome a sluggish third period.

Ending what was the NHL's longest current losing streak against one opponent, the Thrashers won their third straight overall. They have just 12 points at Philips Arena, however, after starting the game with the league's third-fewest points total at home.

Philadelphia has lost two straight and five of six. The Flyers hadn't lost to Atlanta since Nov. 18, 2005, but they couldn't solve Hedberg, who thrived in the pressure of a one-goal game.

"That's what hockey is all about," said Hedberg, in his fourth season with Atlanta. "It's a fun challenge. You know they're going to be coming, but you're also just one bounce away from going up 2-0. These games are really fun to play."

While his teammates managed only 17 shots on goal, including just three in the third, Hedberg stopped 13 shots in the final 20 minutes for his 12th career shutout.

"He was extremely sharp," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "I'm not dissatisfied with the effort tonight, but we have to find a way to shapen up offensively."

Peverley used a sweeping wrister 11:07 into the second to make it 1-0. Lowering his right knee from the bottom of the left circle, Peverley beat goalie Brian Boucher's stick side after taking Pavel Kubina's pass from the top of the right circle.

"You can't get overly frustrated by it," Boucher said. "Sometimes things are out of your control. Sometimes as a goaltender, you're at the mercy of the game. If the other (goalie) stands on his head like he did, sometimes you're going to lose a game even though you did enough to win."

Colby Armstrong's night ended 12 seconds into the third when the Atlanta forward and Philadelphia's Arron Asham took off their gloves.

Armstrong got 5 minutes for charging, 5 minutes for fighting and a game misconduct. Asham was penalized 2 minutes for instigating, 5 for fighting and also was given a 10-minute misconduct.

Peverley has at least one point in 17 of Atlanta's 23 games.

"Kubina made a great pass, and I didn't get a lot of it, but it got into the net," Peverley said. "It was kind of a tough angle."

Hedberg, whose shutout was his first since Nov. 16. 2007 at Carolina, improved 5-2-0. Boucher dropped to 2-3-0.

NOTES: The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Flyers F Daniel Briere, who was eligible to play after serving a two-game suspension for a late hit on Colorado defenseman Scott Hannan, missed the game because of the flu. ... Atlanta improved to 5-26-6 overall, 3-13-3 at home, against the Flyers. ... The Thrashers' last home win over Philadelphia was Dec. 21, 2003.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
11:07
ATL
PPG - Rich Peverley (10) ASST: Pavel Kubina (9), Maxim Afinogenov (14)
1 - 0 ATL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
02:09
PHI
Riley Cote  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Boulton
02:09
ATL
Eric Boulton  Fighting (maj) against  Riley Cote
05:03
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Tripping against  Maxim Afinogenov
13:15
ATL
Johan Hedberg  Tripping against  Arron Asham
16:03
ATL
Maxim Afinogenov  Interference against  Daniel Carcillo
2nd Period
09:07
PHI
Claude Giroux  Slashing against  Todd White
10:58
PHI
Ryan Parent  Tripping against  Ilya Kovalchuk
12:35
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Interference against  Bryan Little
3rd Period
00:12
ATL
Colby Armstrong  Game misconduct against  Arron Asham
00:12
ATL
Colby Armstrong  Charging (maj) against  James van Riemsdyk
00:12
PHI
Arron Asham  Misconduct (10 min) against  Colby Armstrong
00:12
PHI
Arron Asham  Fighting (maj) against  Colby Armstrong
00:12
PHI
Arron Asham  Instigator against  Colby Armstrong
00:12
ATL
Colby Armstrong  Fighting (maj) against  Arron Asham
11:11
ATL
Maxim Afinogenov  Tripping against  Mike Richards
11:11
PHI
Mike Richards  Holding against  Maxim Afinogenov
14:35
ATL
Christoph Schubert  Hi-sticking against  Daniel Carcillo
goalie stats
Brian Boucher
SA: 18TOI: 58:11
Saves: 17EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0
Johan Hedberg
SA: 34TOI: 59:57
Saves: 34EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 2PP: 9 - 9
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
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