NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Toronto |
(Tuesday, December 5th)
Final Score: Atlanta 5, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Slava Kozlov scored two goals, including the
game-winner, and added an assist as the Atlanta Thrashers came from behind
with five third-period goals in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Glen Metropolit added a goal and two assists and Marian Hossa scored his
league-leading 21st goal of the season and chipped in with an assist for the
Thrashers, who won their fifth straight game. The mark ties a club record set
from January 6-18 earlier this year.
Johan Hedberg stopped 17 shots for Atlanta, which defeated Toronto, 5-0, last
Darcy Tucker and Michael Peca each scored a goal for the struggling Maple
Leafs, who have dropped their past five games. Andrew Raycroft was strong
early, but wound up giving up four goals on 36 shots in the loss.
"This is definitely not acceptable," said forward Alex Steen. "Raycroft made
huge saves for us in the first and second. We should have helped him better
after the second period. We were pretty pumped then we got into penalty
trouble. We can't let this happen anymore."
Atlanta found itself trailing, 2-0, heading into the third period despite
outshooting Toronto, 29-10, in the first two frames, but five consecutive
goals led the team to a victory.
The Thrashers finally broke onto the scoreboard when, on the power play, Greg
DeVries slapped a shot from the top of the left circle that Metropolit
deflected into the net just 3:56 in.
Atlanta tied the game a little over three minutes later when Metropolit fired
a pass from the right circle to the slot where Kozlov fired a shot into the
right corner of the net.
A little over four minutes later, Metropolit's strong forecheck resulted in
him getting the puck and from behind the net he backhanded a centering pass to
the low slot where Kozlov banged it in for a 3-2 lead.
Hossa gave his team some breathing room when he skated in on a breakaway and
flicked a shot on net that Raycroft slowed down, but the shot retained enough
momentum to trickle across the line for a 4-2 lead with 5:39 to play.
An empty-net goal by Ilya Kovlachuk with 56.3 seconds to play iced the game
"We weren't able to get the puck up on Raycroft," said Atlanta forward Bobby
Holik. "We had a lot of shots, but no traffic in front of Raycroft. The more
shots he saw the more he saved. We created more traffic in front of him in the
third period and it paid off."
Despite being outshot, 12-7, in the first period, Toronto scored twice to
assume a 2-0 lead heading into the second.
On the power play, Kyle Wellwood sent the puck from the top of the left circle
to Jeff O'Neill at the low left side of the net. O'Neilll immediately swept
the puck to the other side of the net where Tucker tapped it in at the 8:41
With time winding down, Peca picked up a loose puck in the offensive end and
from the top of the left circle snapped a wrister that beat Hedberg over the
glove with just 15.5 seconds remaining in the opening frame.
The Thrashers continued to pour shots on net in the second period as they
attempted to get on the scoreboard, but Raycroft was up to the challenge and
turned aside every disc he faced.
Atlanta's best chance of the frame came when Kozlov accepted a feed down low
and snapped a one-timer, but Raycroft barely got his glove on it and deflected
it into the corner about eight minutes in.
Toronto only managed three shots on net in the middle stanza, compared to 17
The Maple Leafs hit the road for a game in Boston on Thursday...Atlanta wraps
up its three-game road trip at Tampa Bay on Thursday...Atlanta's win against
Toronto on November 30 broke an eight-game losing streak against the Maple
Leafs...Hossa also has 41 points, one more than the Rangers Jaromir Jagr for
the lead...Atlanta went 2-for-10 on the power play while Toronto scored on one
of its three chances...The Maple Leafs have been outscored in the third period
15-2 during the five-game losing streak and 38-23 overall this season.
12/05 23:55:15 ET