Thrashers Shut-Out Flyers 1-0

Published on April 1st, 2011

by Mike del Tufo

Thursday, March 31, 2011
The Atlanta Thrashers came into Philly and defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 for their 3rd win in the last 19 days against them.  This was the 4th of 4 meetings between them this season.  In the previous 3 meetings, the Flyers won once and lost in a shoot-out and overtime in the other two.  For this game, Chris Mason started in net for the Thrashers and Sergei Bobrovsky for the Flyers.

Flyers forward combinations:

Flyers defensemen pairings:

Prior to the start of the game, the Flyers re-honored Bill Barber.

The Flyers came out strong and got an early power-play when Thrasher defenseman Dustin Byfulgien was called for holding.  They got some chances but did not convert.  Flyer forward Dan Briere had almost a wide-open net at around the 6-minute mark but failed to elevate the puck and shot it right into Mason’s pads.  At near the 17-minute mark, the Thrashers executed a beautiful play that left forward Anthony Stewart with the puck next to an empty net but he missed the shot.  In the last seconds of the 1st period, Bob made a point-blank save on a shot by Nik Antropov and Evander Kane had a high hit to the face of Flyer Andrej Meszaros that sent him off.  Bobrovsky had a very strong period making a number of tough saves.  After one period of play, the Flyers led in shots 10 to 6.

Meszaros returned for the 2nd period.  Bob continued to look good in net even though he did not face many shots.  Neither team seemed to be able to sustain solid offensive pressure nor get many quality scoring chances in this period.  There was a lot of back-and-forth play.  After two periods of play, no one had scored and the Flyers led in shots 24 to 14.

At 9:13 of the 3rd period, Bob made a fantastic save on a tip-in chance by Stewart.  The Thrashers finally scored a goal at 10:22 when Evander Kane centered a puck that bounced off of Antropov’s skate and went in. The Flyers got a power-play at 12:15 when Ron Hainsey got a tripping minor.  The league’s 20th ranked power-play came up empty however.  It was a frantic finish as the Flyers did everything they could to try and tie it in the last couple of minutes.  Flyers forward Jeff Carter clanged a shot off of the goalpost near the buzzer.  Mason stood tall for the shut-out making 43 saves.

Claude Giroux (left) and Jeff Carter battle the Thrashers for the puck

On the loss, Flyers Defenseman Sean O’Donnell said, “Obviously there’s more we could have done.  I’m sure some of those guys wish they could have had some of those point blank chances back.  We fired 44 shots on net, hit some posts and their goalie made some great saves.  You would like to think what more could we do but sometimes it’s not your night.  We just have to get ready for the next game.”

Their next game is at New Jersey vs. the Devils on Friday April 1st.

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