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Nittymaki, Flyers continue dominance over Thrashers with 3-2 victory

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ATLANTA - Antero Nittymaki and the Philadelphia Flyers own the Thrashers, especially in Atlanta.

Nittymaki stopped 23 shots to stay perfect in eight decisions against Atlanta and Steve Downie scored with 4:29 left in the third period to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia has won nine straight against the Thrashers.

The Flyers are 13-2-1 all-time at Atlanta and overall have won 24 of 30 games in the series, including three games this season.

Nittymaki has allowed only 13 goals while going 8-0 against the Thrashers. He earned the start even though Martin Biron had a five-game winning streak, including a shutout of Anaheim in his last start on Saturday night.

A 2-2 tie after the second period lasted through the first 15 minutes of the third period. Scott Hartnell passed to Downie from behind the net, and Downie scored on a slap shot from about 25 feet for the go-ahead goal.

Downie's goal was the only one of the night for the Flyers that did not come on a power play.

Michael Knuble and Mike Richards also scored for Philadelphia.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored early in the second period in his return after missing two games with a knee injury suffered in a knee-on-knee hit from Pittsburgh left winger Jarkko Ruutu last Wednesday.

Eric Boulton scored Atlanta's second goal.

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