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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 game."

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 third.

Game Notes

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

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