Niitty Makes it 11 Straight

Sunday, November 16, 2008 ·


The Flyers beat the Thrashers 4-3 to finally move back over .500 with a record of 7-6-4. After starting off very slow this season, the Flyers have been winning more often than not. It was their 12th straight win over the Thrashers and Niittymaki' 11th straight.

Simon Gagne started the scoring early when he put home a breakaway to give the Flyers 1-0 lead, less than a minute into the game. Mike Knuble later scored for the Flyers as they went into the second period with a 2-0 lead.

In the second period, the teams traded goals and Kimmo Timonen scored a power play goal. It was Gagne's third point on the night and Knuble's 200th career assist. The Flyers were 1-3 on the PP. Knuble got the second assist on Timonen's goal and it was his 200th of his career.

In the third period, the Thrashers scored two goals. Joffrey Lupul scored less than two minutes later than the Thrashers' second goal to break the tie and be the eventual game-winner.

Antero Niittymaki stop 29 of 32 shots to help preserve the win.

Wow, Gagne has been just phenomenal in his return to the Flyers lineup. Of all the offseason "acquisitions", Gagne's return to the lineup may prove to be the biggest around the league. He has 22 points in 16 games. He's also provided a balance game with 11 goals and 11 assists, along with being a plus-8. It really makes you think about what could have been if Gagne was healthy last year.


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