NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Philadelphia
(Friday, November 18th)
Final Score: Atlanta 6, Philadelphia 5 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Peter Bondra and Patrik Stefan scored in the final 1:50 of regulation, and Greg de Vries netted the game-winner, 3:05 into overtime, as the Atlanta Thrashers rallied to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-5, at Wachovia Center.
Ilya Kovalchuk had two goals and assisted on the final three scores for the Thrashers, who have won four of their last five games. Bobby Holik had a goal and an assist and Michael Garnett made 31 saves in the victory.
Branko Radivojevic scored twice and added an assist for the Flyers, who have now dropped three straight games. Robert Esche made 30 saves in the defeat.
The Thrashers scored twice late in the third while Derian Hatcher was in the penalty box for hooking. Both Atlanta goals came after the team pulled Garnett for an extra attacker. Kovalchuk made a pass to Bondra at the right circle and his one-timer went into the top right corner of the net with 1:50 left in the period to draw the Thrashers within 5-4.
The Thrashers then tied the game with seven seconds left. Scott Mellanby made a pass between two Flyer players right to the stick of Stefan at the inside of the left circle. His one-timer beat a diving Esche to force overtime.
Atlanta got the game winner with 1:55 left in the extra session. Kovalchuk got the puck to De Vries right outside the Philadelphia blue line. He went in all alone and fired a shot from the slot that went over Esche's right pad to give Atlanta the victory.
The Flyers took an early lead in the game on a power play goal. Michal Handzus brought the puck into the zone and made a drop pass to Jeff Carter at the top of the right circle. Carter gave the puck back to Handzus in front the net, and he went from the backhand to the forehand and flipped the disc over the outstretched right pad of Garnett at the 2:45 mark of the first period.
The Thrashers tied it up with a power play goal of their own. Vyacheslav Kozlov made a pass from the top of the right circle to Kovalchuk at the top of the left circle. His one-timer went over Esche's glove with 11:59 left in the opening session.
Atlanta went up 2-1 on a turnover by Esche. He tried to clear the puck out of the zone but it went right to Holik. He made a move to get Esche out of position and put the puck into the wide open net.
Kovalchuk made it 3-1 with another power play goal. Holik made a pass from the low right circle to Kovalchuk, whose one-timer from almost the same spot as his first dinged the right post and went in to close out the scoring for the first.
The Flyers took the lead on the strength of a four-goal second period, with three goals in the span of 4:24. Umberger made a drop pass to Chris Therien at the right point. He let fly with a wrist shot that was deflected in by adivojevic in front of the net at the 10:42 mark.
Just 1:25 later, Simon Gagne tied it with his 18th goal of the season. On a rush into the Atlanta zone, Peter Forsberg made a pass between two Thrashers from the left side to Gagne at the right circle. His wrist shot went to the right corner of the net to make it a 3-3 game.
Philadelphia then took the lead with 4:54 left in the period on Radivojevic's second tally of the night.
The Flyers got one more goal to take a 5-3 lead into the last session on a goal by Hatcher.
R.J. Umberger had a chance to increase the Flyers' lead with less than six minutes left in the third period when he was awarded a penalty shot. His attempt was unsuccessful as he shot the puck right into Garnett's breadbasket allowing the Thrashers to stay in the game.
Philadelphia will travel to Pittsburgh for a game on Saturday...Atlanta will play in Toronto on Saturday...Philadelphia had defeated Atlanta three straight time before this loss...Bondra has a eight-game point streak, with seven goals and seven assists during that span.
11/18 22:28:04 ET