Series (Game 2 of 4)
Philadelphia leads 3-0
(14-8-1, 34 pts)
(6-18-2, 17 pts)
7:30 PM ET, December 10, 2001
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
J. Roenick (Flyers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1
S. Gagne (Flyers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1
T. Hrkac (Jets - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers need their offense to
return to form in order to catch up in the Eastern Conference.
Jeremy Roenick and Keith Primeau scored third-period goals to
lead the Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on
It was 1-1 with 10 minutes remaining when Roenick took a pass
from Simon Gagne on the power play and flipped a shot past goalie
Damian Rhodes. Primeau added the insurance goal with 6:25 to play.
"We're getting better," coach Bill Barber said. "You can
never quit improving. We're making steps in the right direction and
what we need to get done as a team.
"The guys are pulling a little bit closer here now. What we
have to do now is add on the offense without making ourselves
vulnerable on the defense."
The Flyers, who have won four of their last five, moved up to
sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
It wasn't all good news for Philadelphia. Eric Desjardins broke
his left finger and could miss two weeks. The defenseman will see a
specialist to determine if surgery is needed.
The Flyers took a 1-0 lead with 10:45 left in the first period
when Roenick fed Gagne, all alone in front of the net. Gagne scored
his team-high 13th goal.
"J.R. (Roenick) was flying out there tonight and creating
opportunities with his speed and physical play," Primeau said.
Atlanta tied it with 9:17 remaining in the second period when
Shean Donovan fired a pass to Tony Hrkac, cutting to the net. Hrkac
beat Roman Cechmanek with a quick shot.
The Thrashers had just nine shots through two periods, and were
0-for-6 on the power play. Philadelphia is third in the NHL in
goals allowed per game (2.1).
"We need improvement in several areas," Atlanta defenseman
Chris Tamer said, "and the power play is one of them."
Game notesAtlanta rookie forwards Ilya Kovalchuk and Dany Heatley
have combined for 21 goals and 44 assists. ... Philadelphia has
allowed two goals or fewer in 18 of its 28 games.