Thrashers look for sixth straight win

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Atlanta (7-7-2) at Philadelphia (6-6-4), 7:00 pm EST

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Thrashers' winning streak

has seemingly negated their dismal start.

Goaltender Johan Hedberg and the Thrashers hope to set a

franchise record with a sixth straight victory when they visit

the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

In order to do so, they will have to avoid a 12th straight loss

to the Flyers, who are 14-0-1 against Atlanta in the last 15


The Thrashers had five-game winning streaks during the 2005-06

and 2006-07 seasons and have gotten three straight solid outings

from Hedberg. After defeating the Buffalo Sabres, 5-4, in

overtime on November 7, the Swede shined in back-to-back wins

over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Hedberg surrendered eight goals in the three-game stretch, which

followed two straight victories by rookie Ondrej Pavelec.

A 21-year-old who was selected in the second round in 2005 by

Atlanta, Pavelec made his first career start and helped the

Thrashers spark their streak with a 5-3 victory over the Florida

Panthers on November 2. Four days later, he stymied the New

York Islanders in a 4-3 win.

Atlanta can move above the .500 mark for the first time since

defeating the Washington Capitals, 7-4, on October 11 to open

the campaign.

Meanwhile, the Flyers can make the same jump since. They haven't

been over the .500 mark since holding a 4-3-3 mark on October

30. Two days prior to the 3-2 overtime win against the

Islanders that push them to that record, the Flyers cruised to a

7-0 win over the Thrashers.

Wrapping up a three-game road trip with five of a possible six

points (2-0-1), the Flyers are coming off a 2-1 triumph over the

Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.



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