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NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Tampa Bay



(Saturday, January 31st)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Atlanta 2

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Fredrik Modin scored twice in the first period, and added an assist, to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-2 win over Atlanta at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Brad Richards notched a goal and an assist, while Dave Andreychuk and Ruslan Fedotenko all scored for the Lightning, who notched their fifth straight win and earned a point in their seventh consecutive game (5-0-0-2). John Grahame made 21 saves in the win.

"Tampa Bay is a great team that capitalized on its chances," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said. "We made too many mistakes."

Zdenek Blatny and Shawn McEachern scored for the Thrashers, who suffered their second straight loss and are winless in six straight (0-4-2). Pasi Nurminen stopped 33 shots in the setback.

Two goals by Modin in the first period put Tampa Bay ahead 2-0.

Modin scored on the power play with 8:42 left in first, tipping in a shot from the point. He converted again with 38 seconds to go in the period on a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle.

"It was nice to get the first one and keep going," Modin said. "We had a lot of good chances before that."

The Thrashers pulled within 2-1 on a wrist shot by Blatny 2:41 into the second period.

Then the Lightning scored 25 seconds apart late in the second period to push their lead to 4-1.

Andreychuk beat Nurminen on a wrap-around with 2:43 left in the second. Richards quickly added his 12th goal of the season on a wrist shot.

McEachern's 11th goal, at 5:01 of the third period, pulled Atlanta within 4-2.

Fedotenko capped the scoring on an empty-net goal with 23 seconds remaining.

Game Notes

Cory Stillman posted two assists for the Lightning, who improved to 4-0-0-1 in their last five at home....Daniel Tjarnqvist contributed two assists for the Thrashers, who fell to 1-6-1-1 in their last nine on the road...The home team improved to 10-1-3 in the last 14 games in the series...Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis extended his point streak to nine games (9 goals, 8 assists) with an assist on the empty-net goal...Tamps Bay's 23 first-period shots were a franchise record.

01/31 22:53:22 ET


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