…O’Donnell has been so solid for the Flyers all season long and this was one of two big hits he dished out in the victory, as he destroyed Rich Peverley in the first period. Nice to see the 39 year old still throw his body around. Kane had some trouble getting up after that strong, clean hip-check.
“It took us a while — in the third period — to get it going. You try not to get frustrated by (losing to Boston), but the big part of a win like tonight is the confidence it brings.”
…It was important to snag two points after how the game against Boston went on Thursday night, and the Flyers were able to do just that. The Hartnell-Leino-Briere line is just flat out uncontainable when they are rolling, and that was the case in the third period last night.
Ondrej Pavelec (15-9-5) for the Atlanta Thrashers vs. Sergei Bobrovsky (16-6-3) for the FLYERS.
– Scoreless frame, with both Pavelec and Bobrovsky doing more than enough to keep a pair of zeroes on the board.
– Andrew Ladd (15) continues his Flyer torment from last season’s Stanley Cup Final and his strong play this year as he opens the scoring beating Bobrovsky through the five-hole.
– Less than a minute later, Jody Shelley (2) blocked a shot, led a rush, and ripped a slapper by Pavelec – just as everyone would expect – to make it a tie game at one.
– To continue with the trend of scoring in bunches in the second frame, Kimmo Timonen scored his second of the season as All-Star Claude Giroux picked up the assist just 19 seconds later.
– Oddly enough, with just three and half seconds left in the period, Rich Peverley evened the score at two on the power play – Peverley’s 12th of the season.
– The Flyers broke the draw at 12:48 of the third period when Danny Briere scored – AGAIN – for his 24th of the season. Leino and Hartnell with assists
– The Flyers extended their lead when Giroux (17) found the back of the net less than five minutes later to make it 4-2. Matt Carle and Jeff Carter picked up assists.
– Carter scored his 18th to ice the game in empty-net fashion and get the Flyers the big road victory in Atlanta.
FINAL: Flyers 5, Atlanta 2.
Shots were 36-29 in favor of the Flyers.
Flyers were 0 for 3 on the PP, Atlanta was 1 for 3 with the man advantage.
Per Mike Zeisberger, who is covering tonight’s Flyers contest in Atlanta for CSNPhilly.com, Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start in goal for the Flyers tonight.
Bobrovsky has never started against the Thrashers before, and is coming off a 5-2 victory in his last appearance on Tuesday night against Buffalo.