NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Toronto
(Monday, October 27th)
Final Score: Atlanta 3, Toronto 2 (OT)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Marc Savard scored two goals, including the game-winner at 4:45 of overtime, as the Atlanta Thrashers rallied to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, at Air Canada Centre.
Savard and Jeff Cowan scored goals 22 seconds apart near the midway point of the third period to tie the game at 2-2 and force overtime. Pasi Nurminen turned aside 25 shots for the Thrashers, who improved to 5-1-2-1 on the young season.
Tom Fitzgerald posted a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who had their win streak halted at three games. Ed Belfour made 24 saves in the setback.
The Thrashers went into the extra session on a power play thanks to a roughing penalty by Belfour. However, they were unable to score and Toronto was awarded with a four-minute man advantage when Andy Sutton was whistled for elbowing.
Leafs forward Mats Sundin was then sent at 4:21 of overtime after hooking Frantisek Kaberle on a breakaway attempt. The call evened the sides at 4-on-4 and helped the Thrashers win the game just 24 seconds later.
On the winning goal, Ilya Kovalchuk passed into the slot and Savard skated to the left circle before sending a wrister over Belfour's glove hand.
Savard's first goal cut the deficit to 2-1 with 8:03 remaining in the third stanza. Slava Kozlov held the puck behind the net and backhanded a pass into the slot for Savard, who whipped a wrister over Belfour's glove.
Cowan then scored at the 12:19 mark to even the score. He attempted a backhanded wraparound shot and the puck trickled over the goal line.
The Maple Leafs grabbed a 1-0 lead when Roberts scored at 6:14 of the first period. Roberts was fresh off the bench and charged directly for the goal. Fitzgerald had the puck behind the net and laced a pass to Roberts, who tapped the puck past Nurminen.
Fitzgerald then gave Toronto a 2-0 edge at 9:40 of the third period. He chased down a bouncing puck in the Atlanta zone, slipped behind a defenseman and beat Nurminen between the pads.
The Thrashers have outscored opponents, 11-2, in the third period this season...Kovalchuk failed to score for the first time in five games, but did extend his point streak to four games...Toronto's Joe Nieuwendyk assisted on Roberts' goal to stretch his point streak to five games...The Thrashers went 1-for-8 on the power play, while Toronto failed to score in six opportunities with the man advantage.
10/27 22:41:14 ET