NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Tampa Bay
(Tuesday, October 21st)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Atlanta 2 (OT)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Pavel Kubina scored a shorthanded goal on a partial breakaway at 3:28 of overtime, as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Cory Stillman tallied a pair of power-play goals for Tampa Bay, which remained unbeaten on the young season (4-0). Nikolai Khabibulin made 35 saves for Tampa Bay, while Martin St. Louis notched two assists in the victory.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Marc Savard netted goals for the Thrashers, who have earned a point in all six games this year (3-0-2-1).
After the Thrashers tied it with two late goals, Kubina took the puck in his own end. Despite his team skating one man down, he darted down the right side and broke in on Pasi Nurminen.
With Slava Kozlov draped on his back, Kubina deked to his backhand and slid the puck along the ice and into the net for his second goal of the season and the game-winner.
Nurminen turned aside 20 of the 23 shots he faced for Atlanta.
Stillman opened the scoring at 4:47 of the first period after Atlanta blueliner Andy Sutton was whistled for roughing.
The Lightning took a 2-0 lead on a well-executed passing play in the second period. St. Louis controlled the puck in the neutral zone and sped down the right-wing side. At the right circle, he put on the brakes and fed Brad Richards, who faked a shot to get Nurminen off balance before dealing the puck across the goal mouth. Stillman took the pass and one-timed it into an empty net past the sprawling Nurminen at 15:57.
Trailing 2-0 late in the third period, Kovalchuk cut the Thrashers' deficit in half. After a faceoff, the puck went into the right corner. Serge Aubin then passed the puck out in front and Kovalchuk collected it on his backhand, turned around and fired it past Khabibulin at 15:59.
Less than three minutes later, Savard evened the contest at two apiece when he chipped home a rebound over Khabibulin's stick near the left post. The tally, scored with 1:22 remaining in regulation, was assisted by Shawn McEachern and Yannick Tremblay.
Tampa Bay is 4-0 to start a season for the first time in its history...It marked the 18th career multi-goal game for Stillman...St. Louis has an assist in each of the four games this season...These two teams were 2-2-1 against each other last season, and the home team is now 7-1-3 in the last 11 meetings...The Thrashers are just 2-7-1-1 at Tampa Bay.
10/21 23:39:58 ET