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NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Toronto



(Tuesday, December 30th)

Final Score: Toronto 4, Atlanta 3 (OT)

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Pavel Kubina's power-play tally 33 seconds into overtime sent Toronto over Atlanta, 4-3, at Air Canada Centre.

With Atlanta defenseman Tobias Enstrom off for interference, Kubina stepped into a slap shot from the inner edge of the left circle and ripped it home as Dominic Moore provided a screen.

Jason Blake, Nikolai Kulemin and Lee Stempniak also scored for the Maple Leafs, who ended a three-game losing streak. Curtis Joseph stopped 29 shots to earn his first win of the season and 450th career triumph.

"Usually when you get older, they say you can't stop the puck anymore," Joseph noted. "I love playing with these young guys."

Bryan Little, Jim Slater and Colby Armstrong tallied for the Thrashers, who lost for the fourth time in five games. Johan Hedberg made 43 saves in defeat.

Little got the Thrashers on the board with a power-play goal early in the contest, taking a pass from Todd White and ripping a wrister over Joseph's glove at 4:51.

"I think the more I keep putting the puck on the net, the more confidence I'm getting," said Little of his team-high 19 goals. "I just want to keep getting on a roll."

It was 2-0 on an unconventional breakaway goal at 6:49. Slater broke down the left wing and flipped a shot which Joseph stopped, but the rebound bounced off Leafs defenseman Jeff Finger and over the goal line.

Kulemin halved the Leafs' deficit with an open-net score at 8:29, then Stempniak fired a wrister inside the right post 4:16 into the second for a 2-2 tie.

After several frantic scoring chances on both ends, the Leafs took a 3-2 lead with 1:26 to play in the period as Blake stashed home the rebound of Moore's initial deflection.

Hedberg had to be sharp to keep it a one-goal game, stopping a pair of breakaways a little more than a minute apart midway through the third.

Those saves paid off as Armstrong knotted the game, 3-3, with a power-play goal at 13:17, following up Ilya Kovalchuk's muted shot from the high slot.

Game Notes

Toronto has won five of the last seven meetings...Moore and Jonas Frogren each had two assists for the Leafs...Toronto hosts Buffalo on Thursday, and Atlanta plays in Carolina on Wednesday...Leafs forward Jeremy Williams suffered a bruised left shoulder in the first period and is listed as day-to-day.

12/30 23:03:03 ET


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