NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Atlanta
(Thursday, March 18th)
Final Score: Atlanta 6, Ottawa 3
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Colby Armstrong had two goals and an assist to help the Atlanta Thrashers down the struggling Ottawa Senators, 6-3, at Philips Arena.
Nik Antropov had two goals, while Jim Slater added a goal and an assist for the Thrashers, who have won two straight on the heels of a six-game losing streak.
"Our lines have been playing pretty good the last couple of games," said Armstrong. "We made some good plays in their end and executed some nice goals. It was a good game for all of us."
Johan Hedberg stopped 36 shots in the win for Atlanta, which is now three points back of the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Chris Phillips, Chris Kelly and Jarkko Ruutu each had a goal for the Senators, who have dropped four straight and seven of their last eight.
"It's tough when you get behind early," said Ottawa head coach Cory Clouston. "We're in the same situation we were when we lost five in a row in January. We have to get back on a roll here but it's tough to win games when you spot teams two or three goals right off the bat."
Brian Elliott was tagged for all six goals on 27 shots for Ottawa, which trails Buffalo by five points for the first in the Northeast Division and fell into the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference after Philadelphia defeated Dallas, 3-2, on Thursday.
Atlanta had held a two-goal lead, but a pair of goals late in the second period by Ottawa tied the game at three.
The Thrashers countered with a trio of markers in the third period.
The first goal came 3:56 into the final frame as Antropov, parked in front of the net, tipped in a Tobias Enstrom shot from the right point.
Less than two minutes later, Phillips attempted a blind clear that Armstrong picked off and quickly slapped it over the glove of Elliott.
With 9:40 to play in the game, Armstrong banged home the rebound of a Slater shot for a 6-3 advantage.
Atlanta got the only goal of the first period at the 2:35 mark when Evgeny Artyukhin skated in on a breakaway and slid the puck between the pads of Elliott.
The Thrashers made it a 2-0 game 2:50 into the second as Todd White sent a lead pass on the fly from the top of the left circle to the slot where Slater, who was behind the defense, touched it into the net.
Ottawa got the goal back 1:43 later as a simple wrister from Kelly at the top of the right circle went over the glove of Hedberg.
Atlanta made it a 3-1 game on the power play with 8:56 to play in the second thanks to Antropov's 20th tally of the season.
Ottawa, though, scored twice in a 43 second span later in the frame to tie the game.
The first goal came at the 17:04 mark as Ruutu jammed home the rebound from the left side after knocking Hedberg down with an elbow to the face that was not called.
Moments later, a visibly irate Hedberg gave up a soft goal as Phillips' wrister at the left point got home.
Atlanta hosts Philadelphia on Saturday for the start of a home-and-home series...Ottawa plays in Dallas on Saturday...Atlanta took three of four against Ottawa this season...Ottawa forward Milan Michalek left the game halfway through the second period with an apparent knee injury after crashing into the Atlanta net.
03/18 22:59:45 ET