NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Nashville
(Saturday, January 17th)
Final Score: Atlanta 7, Nashville 2
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk recorded a goal and one assist as Atlanta embarrassed Nashville, 7-2, at Sommet Center.
Zach Bogosian picked up his first career goal for the Thrashers, who have won two in a row.
Bryan Little, Eric Perrin, Mathieu Schneider, Colby Armstrong and Jim Slater also tallied in the blitz. Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 shots for the win.
Jordin Tootoo and Shea Weber scored for the Predators, who have lost three of four and suffered their worst home defeat of the season.
Starter Dan Ellis took the loss after being victimized for three goals on four shots through almost 11 minutes. Pekka Rinne finished the game by allowing four goals on 28 shots.
Atlanta took a commanding 4-0 lead after one period thanks to scores from Perrin at 2:07, Armstrong at 6:48, Kovalchuk at 10:48 and Little at 18:44.
Schneider's tally 2:06 into the second period opened up a five-goal margin for the visitors, before Tootoo scored Nashville's first of the game at 4:49.
Bogosian ripped a one-timer from the right point 1:51 into the third period for a 6-1 game, and Slater tallied with 8:14 remaining.
Weber netted a power-play marker, his 14th goal of the season, with 2:17 to play to cap the scoring.
Atlanta has won four of the last six meetings, and took home a victory for the first time since a 4-3 shootout win on January 11, 2006...Rich Peverley, claimed off waivers by Atlanta from Nashville last week, had three assists...The last time the Preds allowed seven goals came in a 7-6 loss at Calgary on November 6...Rinne was added to the roster of the NHL's YoungStars game to be played prior to the All-Star Game in Montreal next weekend...After the game, Nashville assigned forwards Ryan Jones and Mike Santorelli to Milwaukee (AHL).
01/18 02:42:41 ET