NHL Game Summary - Florida at Atlanta|
(Tuesday, November 13th)
Final Score: Atlanta 3, Florida 2 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk scored just 25 seconds into
overtime, lifting the Atlanta Thrashers over the Florida Panthers, 3-2, at
Marian Hossa scored with just three seconds left in regulation to force OT for
the Thrashers, who have won four of five. Todd White also scored for Atlanta,
which has won both games this season against the Panthers.
Johan Hedberg ended with 19 saves for the Thrashers, who won the game before
Florida had a chance to get going in the extra session.
With less than 30 seconds gone in overtime, Kovalchuk beat Florida goaltender
Craig Anderson with a one-timer from the top of the right faceoff circle.
White had the lone assist on the goal.
Anderson ended with 30 saves for Florida, which has lost four straight. Ville
Peltonen and David Booth both scored for the Panthers, who blew a lead late in
Down 2-1 and with a 6-on-4 advantage thanks to a power play and the goaltender
being pulled, the Thrashers forced overtime when Hossa scored on a wrister
from inside the right faceoff circle with just three seconds left in
"His (Hossa's) goal was very important because if he doesn't score we're
done," said Kovalchuk. "So it was a great play by him. I think he did it on
purpose too, he's a tricking player. You need to be lucky to be good, so we
Atlanta ended just 1-for-5 on the power play.
"It was disappointing because we put out a strong effort for a road game,"
said Florida head coach Jacques Martin. "I thought we battled hard. It was
bad luck for sure from the stand point that the puck went in. We should have
won the game 2-1."
Peltonen gave Florida the lead with 7:16 left in the first period when he
scored from the crease, but the Thrashers eventually tied the game in the
With just 31 second elapsed in the frame, White beat Anderson five-hole after
getting to the puck in a scrum in front of the net.
Florida went ahead with 4:49 left in regulation when Booth beat Hedberg with a
slapper from the top of the left circle.
Florida didn't score on its lone power play chance...Anderson has not won in
net since beating Atlanta March 28, 2007 in a shootout. He fell to 0-3 this
11/13 22:31:24 ET