NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Atlanta|
(Thursday, December 20th)
Final Score: Atlanta 3, Ottawa 2
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Todd White's power-play goal just 47 seconds
into the third period stood as the game-winner, helping Atlanta top Ottawa,
3-2, ending the Senators' six-game win streak.
The deciding goal was set up nicely on a pass by Tobias Enstrom from the top
of the point to the mid-slot. White then backhanded the puck out of the reach
of Sens' netminder Martin Gerber.
Ottawa had some good scoring chances in the third period, including a power
play to close out the game, giving them a two-man advantage after they
pulled Gerber in favor of the extra attacker. The Senators got plenty of
pressure, but Thrashers goaltender Kari Lehtonen turned aside a long slap
shot with about 14 seconds to play, sealing the victory.
Eric Boulton and Ilya Kovalchuk also tallied, and Lehtonen made 28 saves for
Atlanta, which has won two straight. The Thrashers also beat Ottawa for the
first time in four games this season.
"The third period was outstanding," said Thrashers head coach Don Waddell.
"Lehtonen made some point-blank saves. That's two games in a row that he's
risen to the challenge and certainly these last two games he's played
extremely well and we won both games. I have to think it's one of our best 60
minute efforts (this season)."
Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist, and Daniel Alfredsson also tallied for
the Senators, who tied a franchise record by allowing 45 shots. Gerber, who
had gone 3-0-0 in his last four appearances, managed to stop 42.
"It wasn't a great effort for us," said Ottawa forward Chris Kelly. "I think
the score might have been a lot worse if not for Gerber. He kept us in the
game. We didn't play well at all, but at least had the opportunity to tie the
The Senators jumped on top a little less than six minutes in, as they won a
faceoff cleanly in their own zone, then charged the length of the ice in an
odd-man rush before Spezza faked and sent a wrist shot past Lehtonen.
Atlanta tied it at 7:14 of the second period, as Boulton took a feed from
Chris Thorburn and backhanded it between the pads of Gerber.
Ottawa climbed back on top with three minutes left in the stanza, capitalizing
on a Thrashers turnover just inside the blue line. Dany Heatley knocked down
the puck and dished to Spezza, whose pass to Alfredsson was easily wristed
home from the slot.
The home squad answered just 46 seconds later, though, as Kovalchuk knocked a
rebound shot past Gerber while falling to the ice, making it 2-2 heading to
The Thrashers tied their franchise record with 45 shots on goal...Spezza has
13 points in his last five games (six goals, seven assists)...The Senators
were 3-0 against the Thrashers this season coming in, having outscored
them 16-8...Ottawa outscored opponents 29-12 during their six-game win
streak...Ottawa center Mike Fisher missed his second straight game with an
abdominal strain... Heatley has six goals and three assists in his last five
games and 12 goals and 10 assists in 15....Alfredsson extended his point
streak to 10 games (four goals, 11 assists).
12/20 22:23:04 ET