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With 2 goals in 13 seconds, Jeff Carter led the Flyers to a 4-1 victory over the Thrashers in Atlanta tonight, but for the second consecutive game, Antero Niittymaki was the primary reason for the victory. Carter's goals (15 and 16 on the season), broke the fast-paced game open in the second period, and the Flyers didn't look back.

The Thrashers got off to a 1-goal lead on the strength of Ilya Kovalchuk's league-leading 36th goal, but Steve Downie kept his name in lights, scoring the equalizer. Carter's pair came next, followed by a short-handed marker by Scott Hartnell, who also added 2 assists in the game. Niitty stopped 27 of 28 Thrasher shots, making some great saves on second efforts and maintaining great positioning on between the circles.

Riley Cote capped the effort by finishing a board-rattling check, and he was met with a crosscheck to the back of the head by Chris Thorburn, who he proceeded to pound in a late-3rd fight. It was great to see Cote get the glove-5's on the way off the ice for engaging in the nightcap.

Next up will be the Rangers at MSG on Thursday. Hopefully they'll have Simon Gagne on the ice, as it will be tough to keep up tonight's barrage in New York without Gags, Lupul, and Upshall, among others.

Highlights after the jump.

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