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Niittymaki earns shutout as Flyers blank Flames

December 7, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Antero Niittymaki was unbeaten
throughout regulation time, overtime and a shootout to record
his first career shutout and inspire the Philadelphia Flyers to
a 1-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday at the Wachovia
Center.

Mike Richards scored the only goal in the shootout to
decide the defensive battle and lift the Flyers to their third
win in four games.

But it was the two netminders who held the spotlight.
Niittymaki turned aside all 28 shots he faced, while Miikka
Kiprusoff was outstanding at the other end of the rink, making
37 saves.

The only blemish on Kiprusoff’s performance came on the
Flyers’ first attempt in the shootout, when Richards beat the
Calgary netminder with a backhand shot between his pads.

It was the first scoreless game decided in a shootout in
the new offensive-orientated NHL.

Both sides produced several scoring chances during
regulation time. Niittymaki robbed Jarome Iginla, while
Kiprusoff denied Simon Gagne, the NHL’s leading goal scorer, in
the second period.

In Toronto, Dustin Brown scored both Los Angeles goals as
the Kings snapped a four-game losing skid with a 2-1 triumph
over the Maple Leafs.

Darcy Tucker scored Toronto’s lone goal midway through the
second period, spoiling Mathieu Garon’s shutout bid.

Toronto netminder Ed Belfour also produced a solid effort,
making 21 saves, but again failed to notch career win number
448, which would move him past Terry Sawchuk into sole
possession of second place on the all-time list.

“We killed penalties. That was the key tonight,” said
Garon.

In Detroit, Brendan Shanahan scored two and Tomas Holmstrom
chipped in with a goal and an assist as the Red Wings eased
past the New Jersey Devils 5-2.

Shanahan’s two goals gave him 575 for his career, moving
him past New York Islanders great Mike Bossy into 15th place on
the all-time list.

Jason Williams and captain Steve Yzerman also scored for
Detroit.

In St. Louis, Mike York scored two goals and had three
assists, powering the New York Islanders to a 6-3 win over the
Blues.

Mark Parrish also had a pair of goals in the win while
Jason Blake and Arron Asham each tallied once.


Source: reuters



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