NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Atlanta|
(Friday, March 6th)
Final Score: Atlanta 2, Montreal 0
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Kari Lehtonen recorded his second shutout on
the year behind 25 saves, and the Atlanta Thrashers logged a 2-0 decision
against the Montreal Canadiens at Philips Arena.
Bryan Little's power-play goal late in the first was all Atlanta needed in
winning for the second time in three tries. Rich Peverley added an empty-net
marker late in the third period to seal the victory.
It was Lehtonen's 13th career whitewashing and helped the Thrashers move to
2-1-0 on a four-game homestand and 12-18-2 at Philips Arena this year. Atlanta
wraps up the residency on Sunday versus Calgary.
"We've got a young team out there. I'm very happy with what happened out
there. I thought we played great in the third period. The third period gave us
the win," Atlanta head coach John Anderson said.
Ilya Kovalchuk collected assists on both goals, giving him five goals and six
assists over a six-game point streak. The sniper also has 24 points (14 goals,
10 assists) over his last 12 games.
Carey Price got a second straight start in net while Jaroslav Halak is
battling an illness and took the loss for a second time in three days and for
a seventh consecutive time overall. He did halt 26-of-27 shots, though, a
marked improvement over Wednesday's 5-1 loss to Buffalo, where he allowed all
five on 27 shots.
The Habs had won four straight behind Halak, who seems to have supplanted
Price as the starter for now. Three of those tests were at the Bell Centre,
though, and Montreal just can't seem to straighten things out on the road.
The Canadiens fell to 0-2-0 on a brief three-game trip ending Sunday in
Dallas, 14-18-3 as the guest this season and have lost five of six and 12 of
their last 14 games on the road.
"We had four wins there where everyone thought our goalie stole the win for
us. Now we play two games where goalies on the other side stole for them,"
Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau said. "Again, I like the effort, the
effort was better; that's what we have to concentrate on."
Little snuck a loose puck past Price at the left side of the net for the 1-0
lead at 17:28 of the first.
The game stayed that way as Atlanta's Colin Stuart rang a puck off the far
post on a right-wing rush late in the second and Lehtonen stonewalled five
Lehtonen was tested with 12 shots in the third and none better than on a Tomas
Plekanec scoring chance in front with about 2 1/2 minutes to play. Plekanec
found himself all alone in front but Lehtonen stuck out the right pad for a
stop and plugged the rebound as well. Peverley added his tally after Price was
pulled for the extra attacker with 36 seconds left.
The Thrashers took a 2-1 lead in the season series, with each team having won
on home ice thus far...Atlanta got the all-important one on eight power-play
chances while Montreal went 0-for-5 with the man advantage...Canadiens left
wing Alex Tanguay returned to the lineup following a 26-game absence due to a
separated left shoulder.
03/06 23:16:49 ET