NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Philadelphia
(Tuesday, December 6th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 1, Calgary 0 (SO)
Philadelphia,PA (Sports Network) - Mike Richards scored the lone shootout goal to lead the Philadelphia Flyers over the Calgary Flames, 1-0, in a defensive contest at the Wachovia Center.
Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves in the game, his first career shutout, and stopped all three Calgary shooters in the shootout to lead the injury-plagued Flyers, who have won three of their last four games.
Miikka Kiprusoff had 37 saves in the game for the Flames, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Kristian Huselius went first for the Flames in the shootout. However, he went for the five-hole and Niittymaki closed it up and made the pad save.
Richards came in on the Flyers first attempt, deked to the backhand and put it through Kiprusoff's five-hole to take a 1-0 advantage.
Jarome Iginla's wrist shot went right into Niittymaki's stomach and Jeff Carter's backhand was kept out of the net by Kiprusoff's right pad.
It was left to Tony Amonte, who was facing his former team for the first time, to keep Calgary in the game. He skated in and snapped off a wrist shot that was looking for the right corner of the net. However, Niittymaki flashed the glove and deflected it into the screen to preserve the victory.
"There was a ton of scoring chances on both sides," said Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock. "Both goalies were outstanding, you've got two countrymen going at it and neither guy really blinked until we got at the end there."
Calgary had two power-play opportunities and outshot Philadelphia 11-8 in the first period.
The second period was the opposite, with the Flyers outplaying the Flames, leading in shots 11-5.
The best opportunities in the period came in the last minute. Gagne had the puck low in the right circle, but Kiprusoff made a save. On the transition, Iginla had a chance to give the Flames the lead, but Niittymaki made a shoulder save on his wrist shot.
"I think their only good chances came on breakaways and the power play they had a couple chances," said Niittymaki. "I think we played a solid defensive game."
Gagne gave the Flyers a power play when he was hauled down in the Flames zone with 3:40 to play in the third period. But, it was short lived as Derian Hatcher was called for hooking Iginla on a breakaway attempt.
On the ensuing Flames' power play, Niittymaki made a big save on Dion Phaneuf's blast from the right point to preserve the tie.
The Flames had a power play opportunity in the extra session after Mike Knuble was called for hooking with 2:59 to play. However, Niittymaki made a pad save on a blast from Roman Hamrlik high in the slot and the teams went to the shootout.
Calgary will play in New Jersey on Wednesday...The Flyers will host Edmonton on Thursday...Flyers' defenseman Eric Desjardins left early in the first period after being hit by Darren McCarty and was reported as having a partial dislocation of the right shoulder... Amonte was a member of the Flyers from 2002-04...The last time the Flyers played in a scoreless tie was on October 16, 2003 at San Jose and the last time it happened at home was against Tampa Bay on February 24, 2001.
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