NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Atlanta|
(Sunday, March 8th)
Final Score: Atlanta 5, Calgary 2
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Bryan Little scored twice, and Ilya Kovalchuk
registered a goal and an assist, as the Atlanta Thrashers cooled off the
Calgary Flames, 5-2, at Philips Arena.
Chris Thorburn and Tobias Enstrom also tallied for Atlanta, which has won four
of its last six games. Kari Lehtonen turned away 27 shots in the win.
"I think we want to prove to ourselves that we can play against and beat teams
like Calgary," said Little.
Jarome Iginla netted his 30th goal of the season for the Flames. It's the
eighth straight season the Calgary captain has reached that mark. Miikka
Kiprusoff gave up all five goals on 20 shots for the Northwest Division-
leading Flames, who are 2-2-0 thus far on a seven-game trek and hold an eight-
point lead over second-place Vancouver.
"Hopefully, I'll be better next game," Kiprusoff said. "It's tough, but it's
one loss. We can't keep worrying about it. We have to have more energy from
Despite mustering just four shots in the opening 20 minutes, Atlanta emerged
with a one-goal lead.
Little put the home team on the board at 4:40 of the first period. Kovalchuk
skated along the left-wing boards and gained the Calgary blueline before
pulling up and handing off to defenseman Garnet Exelby, who had jumped into
the play. Exelby fed Little in the left corner, and the blossoming sophomore's
bid from the side of the cage snuck through Kiprusoff.
Calgary evened things with 6:24 remaining in the opening frame. David Van der
Gulik's shot from the high slot deflected wide, but Curtis Glencross gathered
the puck down low and dished to Craig Conroy, who deposited the disc into the
The Thrashers regained the advantage when Enstrom drilled a rolling puck
inside the left post with 2:49 to go in the first.
Atlanta was the benefactor of a friendly carom in the middle session. Thorburn
held the puck behind the enemy cage, and his centering pass went off the stick
of Flames defenseman Jordan Leopold and slid through the five-hole of an
unsuspecting Kiprusoff at 5:34.
Dustin Boyd's perfect pass from behind the net found Iginla for a one-timer
5:19 into the third period, then Kovalchuk uncoiled a slap shot from the right
circle that went between the pads of Kiprusoff and restored a two-goal edge at
Little capped the scoring on the power play with 9:32 remaining.
Calgary is 0-5 with a tie all-time at Atlanta...Kovalchuk has six goals and
seven assists over a six-game point streak...Iginla extended his point streak
to eight games (nine goals and eight assists).
03/08 18:46:20 ET