NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Ottawa |
(Monday, April 3rd)
Final Score: Ottawa 6, Atlanta 4
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley netted two goals to lead the Ottawa
Senators to a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Thrashers at Scotiabank Place.
Jason Spezza had a goal and two assists and Bryan Smolinski added a goal and
an assist for the Senators, who have won two of their last three games.
Ray Emery, who earlier in the day was named NHL Defensive Player of the Month,
made 33 saves in the win for Ottawa, which has 107 points and sits atop the
Eastern Conference, three points ahead of second-place Carolina. Ottawa trails
Detroit by five points for the top spot overall in the NHL.
Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists and Marian Hossa, Jim Slater and
Scott Mellanby tallied goals for the Thrashers, who have dropped three of
their last four games.
Kari Lehtonen was torched for six goals on 28 shots for Atlanta, which with
the loss and a win by Tampa Bay suffered a serious blow to its attempt to
reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Atlanta, with 78
points, is seven points behind the Lightning for the final playoff spot in
the Eastern Conference. The two squads will meet up for games on April 6 and
The Senators drew first blood with 3:20 left in the first period. Spezza had
the disc along the left boards and fired a pass to the high slot, where
Heatley one-timed it into the left corner of the net.
The Thrashers, though, grabbed a 2-1 lead with power-play goals separated by
58 seconds in the second period.
Kovalchuk brought the disc down the left side and from deep whipped the puck
off of the net. Hossa picked the puck up and fired it between the legs of
Emery 1:30 in. Moments later Kovalchuk fired a wrist shot from the left
circle for his 48th goal of the season.
However, Ottawa took a 4-2 lead into the second intermission with three
On a 5-on-3 power play Brian Pothier sent the puck from the left point to
Spezza down low. Spezza fired a centering pass that deflected off of a
Thrashers stick and into the net 4:58 into the second. Just 23 seconds later,
Patrick Eaves redirected a pass from Andrej Meszaros into the net for his 17th
goal of the season.
The Senators completed the burst when on a 5-on-3 advantage Heatley stuffed
the puck in from the right side for his 45th goal of the season with 8:02
Ottawa grabbed a 5-2 lead when on a 2-on-1 rush Peter Schaefer feathered the
puck between the defender to Smolinski, who got down low and lifted the disc
over the stacked pads of Lehtonen 1:44 into the third period. Brian McGrattan
made it a 6-2 game with his second goal of the season 8:49 into the final
Mike Dunham replaced Lehtonen in net after the goal but did not face any shots
for the remainder of the contest.
The Thrashers fought tooth-and-nail and got two goals separated by less than
two minutes to make it a 6-4 game.
Slater netted his ninth goal of the year with 7:38 left in the game to make it
6-3. On the power play Kovalchuk let fly with a slap shot from the right point
that Mellanby redirected past Emery with 5:41 to play.
However, Atlanta was unable to muster any more offense despite having a power
play and pulling its goaltender.
Ottawa travels to Buffalo for a matchup on Wednesday...The Thrashers continue
their three-game road trip at Florida on Wednesday...The teams finished the
season series with each squad getting two wins...Heatley has tied Hossa for
most goals by a Senator in a season...Ottawa went 3-for-5 with the man
advantage...The Thrashers connected on three of their seven power plays.
04/04 00:43:00 ET