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Atlanta
Thrashers
41-33-8
Philadelphia
Flyers
45-26-11
OT
36 SOG
36 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
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PHI
game recap

Thrashers 6, Flyers 5, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 6, Flyers 5, OT
Atlanta Thrashers 6, Philadelphia Flyers 5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Poor special teams cost the Philadelphia Flyers.

Greg de Vries scored 3:05 into overtime, after Atlanta wiped out a two-goal deficit with power-play tallies in the final two minutes of regulation, and the Thrashers defeated the Flyers 6-5 on Friday night.

After Peter Bondra cut the deficit to one with 1:50 remaining, Patrick Stefan tied it 5-5 with only 7 seconds left. De Vries won it on a breakaway for Atlanta, which snapped a three-game losing streak to the Flyers.

``There was nobody around,'' de Vries said. ``I tried to settle the puck down a bit. Luckily, it went in.''

Philadelphia lost its second straight in overtime and third overall.

Ilya Kovalchuk had two power-play goals and three assists, and rookie Michael Garnett made 31 saves to record his first NHL win for Atlanta. It was the Thrashers' second victory in Philadelphia in their six-season history (2-8-2).

Branko Radivojevic had two goals and an assist for the Flyers, who entered with the league's worst penalty-killing unit and yielded four goals in 10 short-handed situations.

``The game was decided in the last two minutes because of a penalty and a power play,'' said Flyers forward Simon Gagne, who appeared to be interfered with late in regulation but didn't draw a penalty. ``We know that with the new NHL, we're going to see a lot of that.''

The Thrashers have the third-best power play in the NHL and have recorded a man-advantage goal in 11 of 13 games.

In the first period, Donald Brashear drew three of five Flyers penalties, including two on one sequence, and Kovalchuk took advantage twice.

In the second, the Flyers stopped committing penalties and started putting the pressure on Garnett, who made his third career start. Radivojevic had two goals, and Gagne added one in a span of 4:24 to give the Flyers a 4-3 lead.

With 1:02 remaining in the period, defenseman Derian Hatcher hopped out of the penalty box and slapped the puck by Garnett to make it 5-3.

``The first 40 minutes seems like two different games,'' said Atlanta's Bob Hartley, who coached his 499th NHL game. ``We dominated the first, and they came back and dominated the second.''

Atlanta withstood trouble in the third period.

Flyers center R.J. Umberger was stopped on a penalty shot, and the Thrashers killed a four-minute power play after Kovalchuk was called for high sticking.

``We had the huge kill when they had their four-minute power play. That was a big key,'' Hartley said.

Garnett's stop on the penalty shot gave the Thrashers a chance to come back.

With 1:50 to go and Garnett on the bench, Bondra scored on what was a three-man skating advantage.

``In the new NHL, you get a 5-on-3 late in the game and you take advantage of it,'' de Vries said.

Soon after, Gagne had a chance to give the Flyers a two-goal lead but was pulled down as he attempted to score on an empty net. No penalty was called, and moments later, Stefan sent the game into overtime with Atlanta's fourth power-play goal.

``I had a great chance to score a goal and maybe put the game away,'' Gagne said. ``I had a couple of sticks in my skate, and I'm pretty sure I got held.''

Notes: With 4:36 left in the second period, Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock left the game after being hit in the head with a puck that ricocheted into the bench. He returned for the start of the third. ... In the last 14 games, Kovalchuk has 13 goals and 13 assists. ... It was Garnett's first NHL appearance since Oct. 20. Garnett (1-2) is one of five goaltenders used by the injury-plagued Thrashers this season. He was recalled from Chicago of the AHL on Tuesday. ... Rookie Adam Berkhoel allowed seven goals in Atlanta's 7-3 home loss to the New York Islanders on Wednesday.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:45
PHI
PPG - Michal Handzus (4) ASST: Jeff Carter (4), Branko Radivojevic (2)
1 - 0 PHI
08:01
ATL
PPG - Ilya Kovalchuk (12) ASST: Vyacheslav Kozlov (13), Scott Mellanby (2)
1 - 1 Tie
11:21
ATL
Bobby Holik (5) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 ATL
15:00
ATL
PPG - Ilya Kovalchuk (13) ASST: Bobby Holik (5), Marc Savard (21)
3 - 1 ATL
2nd Period
10:42
PHI
Branko Radivojevic (2) ASST: Chris Therien (1), R.J. Umberger (3)
3 - 2 ATL
12:07
PHI
Simon Gagne (18) ASST: Peter Forsberg (28), Kim Johnsson (10)
3 - 3 Tie
15:06
PHI
PPG - Branko Radivojevic (3) ASST: Jeff Carter (5), Joni Pitkanen (14)
4 - 3 PHI
18:58
PHI
Derian Hatcher (3) ASST: Kim Johnsson (11)
5 - 3 PHI
3rd Period
18:10
ATL
PPG - Peter Bondra (11) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (11), Marc Savard (22)
5 - 4 PHI
19:53
ATL
PPG - Patrik Stefan (3) ASST: Scott Mellanby (3), Ilya Kovalchuk (12)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
03:05
ATL
Greg De Vries (3) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (13), Vyacheslav Kozlov (14)
6 - 5 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:01
ATL
Bobby Holik  Hooking against  Jeff Carter
04:42
PHI
Donald Brashear  Holding against  Jaroslav Modry
04:42
PHI
Donald Brashear  Interference against  Jaroslav Modry
08:50
PHI
Simon Gagne  Interference against  Niclas Havelid
14:49
PHI
Donald Brashear  Kneeing against  Patrik Stefan
15:42
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Hooking against  Jim Slater
19:22
ATL
Marc Savard  Tripping against  Patrick Sharp
2nd Period
03:28
PHI
Peter Forsberg  Cross checking against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
06:40
ATL
Ronald Petrovicky  Hooking against  Turner Stevenson
13:13
ATL
Peter Bondra  Hooking against  Mike Richards
16:51
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Hooking against  Marc Savard
3rd Period
09:57
PHI
Kim Johnsson  Hooking against  Peter Bondra
12:01
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk  Hi-sticking against  Mike Rathje
12:01
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk  Hi-sticking against  Mike Rathje
14:06
ATL
Marc Savard  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Branko Radivojevic
14:06
PHI
Branko Radivojevic  Roughing against  Marc Savard
17:16
PHI
Branko Radivojevic  Hooking against  Jim Slater
18:02
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Hooking against  Marian Hossa
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Michael Garnett
SA: 36TOI: 61:02
Saves: 31EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 13
SV%: .861SH: 0 - 0
Robert Esche
SA: 36TOI: 63:05
Saves: 30EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 16
SV%: .833SH: 4 - 4