NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Boston
(Monday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 1, Boston 0
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Rookie goaltender Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves to record his second career shutout as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins, 1-0, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Fellow rookie Jeff Carter scored the lone goal of the game for the Flyers, who have won six of their last seven games. Another pair of rookies, R.J. Umberger and Ben Eager, accounted for the goal's assists.
Niittymaki, who's first career shutout came on December 6 against Calgary, was solid all game, stopping 10 third-period shots by Boston.
Philadelphia, in the middle of a franchise-long 11-game road swing, improved to 5-0-1 on the trip.
Hannu Toivonen allowed just the one goal on 21 shots faced for the Bruins, who lost for the third time in their last five games. Brad Boyes paced Boston with five shots, three in the third period.
Carter's 10th goal of the season came at the 6:25 mark of the second. It was Umberger who set the goal up as he sent a pass to Carter in the slot and the center was able to convert from down low for the tally.
"I was just coming down two-on-one and slid it between his legs," said Carter. "We knew Toivonen was a big goalie and when he goes down a lot the five-hole opens up so that's what I was looking for."
That was all of the offense the game would see as both teams failed to net a power play goal. Philadelphia finished 0-for-4, while Boston failed in five chances, including one late.
In the third, Boston went on the power play with 3:09 left after Chris Therien went off for a high-stick, but again the Bruins failed to net the equalizer.
Late in the first, the Bruins had a 4-on-3 man advantage that turned into a 5- on-3 power play. However, Niittymaki kept Boston out of the net.
The story of this game was we couldn't finish our chances," said Bruins coach Mike Sullivan. "They do a pretty good job of clearing their net and not giving second and third opportunities. We had 18 scoring chances tonight and that's a pretty good number."
The Flyers have now beaten Boston in all three meetings this season. Philadelphia downed the Bruins 4-3 in overtime on November 8, followed by a 4-3 victory on November 25.
The Bruins still hold the all-time edge against the Flyers at 77-52-23...Philadelphia had finished in either overtime or a shootout in its last four games...Philadelphia has earned at least a point in 15 of its last 17 games (12-2-3)...Umberger picked up his ninth assist of the year, while Eager notched his fifth.
01/02 17:16:16 ET