NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Atlanta
(Tuesday, November 11th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Atlanta 3
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Martin Havlat snapped a tie midway through the third period, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena.
Bryan Smolinski scored twice and Peter Schaefer added a goal and an assist for the Senators, who won for the first time in six games (1-3-2). Daniel Alfredsson also found the back of the net and Patrick Lalime made 22 saves in the victory, Ottawa's first since a 6-2 triumph at Montreal on October 25.
"It's a good thing we finally won a game," said Havlat. "We needed to win again."
Randy Robitaille posted a goal and an assist for Atlanta, which fell to 2-4-1 in its last seven. Ronald Petrovicky and Yannick Tremblay also scored for the Thrashers, while Pasi Nurminen stopped 24 shots.
Havlat snapped a 3-3 tie for Ottawa, scoring his second goal of the season with 10:34 remaining in the third period. Radek Bonk was able to keep the puck in the Atlanta zone along the right boards and pushed it along to Havlat, who came off the wall into the right circle and snapped a harmless wrister that beat Nurminen to the stick side.
"Basically, a turnover cost us the game," said Thrashers head coach Bob Hartley. "When you make that kind of mistake against a good team, they're going to make you pay for it."
The Thrashers were unable to mount much of an attack in the third period, firing just five shots at Lalime.
Nurminen was pulled for an extra attacker with just over a minute left in the contest and Smolinski scored into the empty cage to seal it.
The Thrashers grabbed a 1-0 lead at 10:34 of the first period on Petrovicky's fifth goal of the season. Jeff Cowan did the work behind the net and sent a pass to the left side of the crease for Petrovicky, who quickly snapped a shot past Lalime.
Ottawa scored just 42 seconds later. Schaefer raced behind the Atlanta net for the puck and sent a pass into the right circle for Alfredsson, who skated in a few strides and snapped a shot through Nurminen's pads for his eighth goal.
Atlanta needed only a minute to go back in front when Robitaille was credited with his third goal. He was behind the Ottawa net and tried to backhand a pass in front, but the puck appeared to hit the stick of an Ottawa defender before going off Lalime and into the net.
The Senators tied it just 33 seconds before the end of the opening period on Schaefer's fourth goal. Jason Spezza raced into the Atlanta zone along the right wing and sent a pass toward the slot for Schaefer, who fought off a defender and got just enough of his stick on the puck to direct it past Nurminen.
Ottawa then took its first lead just 27 seconds into the second period on Smolinski's third goal. He intercepted a clearing attempt in the left circle and backhanded a shot past Nurminen.
The Thrashers, though, tied it at the 2:13 mark. Tremblay picked up the puck from Petrovicky along the right boards, then skated around the back of the net before coming out to the left side of the crease and sliding a shot past Lalime for his second goal.
Lalime notched an assist on Smolinski's empty-netter...Atlanta was 0-for-2 on the power play, while Ottawa failed on its lone chance with the extra skater...The Thrashers are 0-2-1 in their last three at home...Ottawa has won three straight in the series and is 4-0-1 in the last five matchups with Atlanta.
11/11 23:45:17 ET