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Antero Niittymaki needed a test for his injured left hip, and did he ever get one.

The Flyers' second-year goalie not only made it through a busy regulation and overtime Saturday night, he also had to face an incredible 13 shots in the longest shootout the team has experienced in the brief history of the format.

Niittymaki, who tore the labrum in his hip two weeks ago, reported no ill effects after the 5-4 loss to the New York Rangers.

It was Niittymaki's first game action since receiving cortisone shot in the hip 10 days ago.

“Our view is, if he can't survive it, we need to know,'' coach Ken Hitchcock said Sunday. “He didn't just survive it, he was exceptional.”

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