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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Atlanta



(Friday, January 5th)

Final Score: Phoenix 5, Atlanta 4 (OT)

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Yanic Perreault's breakaway goal with 2:29 left in overtime lifted the Phoenix Coyotes to a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena.

Shane Doan scored twice and Perreault added a key assist for Phoenix, winners of five straight, including all three on the Southeast Division portion of its five-game road trip.

Owen Nolan and Ladislav Nagy also tallied, and Curtis Joseph escaped with another win despite making just 18 saves.

Marian Hossa picked up a pair of goals and Vitaly Vishnevski added a pair of assists for Atlanta, which has dropped three of four. Johan Hedberg gave up five goals on 31 shots on the night, as the Thrashers blew a three-goal lead.

Midway through the extra session, Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek wheeled in his own zone and fired a 100-foot pass to Perreault, who was wide open on the right side. He outraced a Thrashers defenseman on the right wing, cut in, and slipped the puck by Hedberg, who came racing out of his crease to try and poke-check the puck away.

"Z (Michalek) made a great pass and then the goalie came and charged me," Perreault said. "I didn't think I would have time to lift the puck, but I did."

The goal capped off a wild four-goal comeback for the surging Coyotes, who are 7-2-1 in their last ten games to pull themselves out of the Pacific Division basement.

Just 56 seconds after Atlanta pulled ahead 4-1, Perreault chased down Hedberg's wraparound clear attempt at the right side and fed Nagy in front, who tipped the puck off the far pipe for a 4-2 game, 2:14 into the third period.

Jolted to life by that score, they would claw back within a goal on the power play with 9:20 to go, as Doan chopped Travis Roche's rocket point shot out of the air and the puck dipped through Hedberg.

Nolan completed the comeback with 6:39 left, as he was in the right place at the right time to pump home the rebound of Keith Ballard's left point drive.

Phoenix successfully killed off a delay-of-game penalty to Mike Zigomanis spanning the end of regulation and the start of overtime before picking up the dramatic win.

With 6:16 left in the first, Hossa picked up his 25th goal of the year for a 1-0 Thrashers lead, taking Jim Slater's feed along the goal line, skating to the top of the right circle, and lifting the puck just over Joseph's glove on the short side.

Ilya Kovalchuk made it 2-0 two minutes later, outskating three Coyotes on a rush up the middle of the ice, and sticking a forehand wrister far side on a breakaway chance.

Doan put the Coyotes on the board 1:15 into the second, when his wrister from the right circle was misplayed off Hedberg's glove into the cage.

Hossa got his second of the night at 3:01, when on a 2-on-1 break, his shovel shot from a sharp angle on the left wing caused Joseph to slide into the net as the puck skittered slowly off the far post and over the goal line.

It was a 4-1 game 1:18 into the third, when Jon Sim tallied on a wrister that skidded along the ice, eluded Joseph's left pad, hit the far post and went in.

"It all started in the second period," Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said of his team's failure. "We took some bad penalties, we took some stupid penalties. Bad isn't even the word for it. We missed some simple assignments with a three-goal lead in the third."

Game Notes

Phoenix is 9-1-1 all-time against Atlanta...The Coyotes snapped the Thrashers' three-game home winning streak...Doan has piled up 10 points (5G, 5A) during his five-game point streak...Phoenix improves to 4-2 in overtime, while Atlanta slips to 7-7...The Coyotes travel to Chicago on Sunday, and the Thrashers are in Washington to take on the Capitals on Saturday.

01/06 00:39:19 ET


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