NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Tampa Bay |
(Tuesday, October 21st)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Atlanta 2 (OT)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Pavel Kubina scored a shorthanded goal on a
partial breakaway at 3:28 of overtime, as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the
Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Cory Stillman tallied a pair of power-play goals for Tampa Bay, which remained
unbeaten on the young season (4-0). Nikolai Khabibulin made 35 saves for Tampa
Bay, while Martin St. Louis notched two assists in the victory.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Marc Savard netted goals for the Thrashers, who have
earned a point in all six games this year (3-0-2-1).
After the Thrashers tied it with two late goals, Kubina took the puck in his
own end. Despite his team skating one man down, he darted down the right side
and broke in on Pasi Nurminen.
With Slava Kozlov draped on his back, Kubina deked to his backhand and slid
the puck along the ice and into the net for his second goal of the season and
Nurminen turned aside 20 of the 23 shots he faced for Atlanta.
Stillman opened the scoring at 4:47 of the first period after Atlanta
blueliner Andy Sutton was whistled for roughing.
The Lightning took a 2-0 lead on a well-executed passing play in the second
period. St. Louis controlled the puck in the neutral zone and sped down the
right-wing side. At the right circle, he put on the brakes and fed Brad
Richards, who faked a shot to get Nurminen off balance before dealing the puck
across the goal mouth. Stillman took the pass and one-timed it into an empty
net past the sprawling Nurminen at 15:57.
Trailing 2-0 late in the third period, Kovalchuk cut the Thrashers' deficit in
half. After a faceoff, the puck went into the right corner. Serge Aubin then
passed the puck out in front and Kovalchuk collected it on his backhand,
turned around and fired it past Khabibulin at 15:59.
Less than three minutes later, Savard evened the contest at two apiece when
he chipped home a rebound over Khabibulin's stick near the left post. The
tally, scored with 1:22 remaining in regulation, was assisted by Shawn
McEachern and Yannick Tremblay.
Tampa Bay is 4-0 to start a season for the first time in its history...It
marked the 18th career multi-goal game for Stillman...St. Louis has an
assist in each of the four games this season...These two teams were 2-2-1
against each other last season, and the home team is now 7-1-3 in the last 11
meetings...The Thrashers are just 2-7-1-1 at Tampa Bay.
10/21 23:39:58 ET