Series (Game 2 of 4)

Philadelphia leads 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, October 16th
Game 2: Monday, December 10th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 8th
Game 4: Thursday, January 17th

Flyers 3

(14-8-1, 34 pts)

Jets 1

(6-18-2, 17 pts)

7:30 PM ET, December 10, 2001

Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

1 2 3 T
PHI 1 0 23
WPG 1 0 01

J. Roenick (Flyers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

S. Gagne (Flyers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

T. Hrkac (Jets - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Streaking Flyers win for fourth time in five games

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers need their offense to return to form in order to catch up in the Eastern Conference.

Jeremy Roenick

Keith Primeau

Jeremy Roenick and Keith Primeau scored third-period goals to lead the Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.

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 notes
Atlanta 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.

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