NHL Game Summary - Boston at Atlanta
(Wednesday, November 19th)
Final Score: Atlanta 5, Boston 4 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk scored on the power play with 1:18 remaining in overtime to lift Atlanta to a 5-4 win over Boston at Philips Arena.
Kovalchuk, Jeff Cowan and Ronald Petrovicky each finished with a goal an assist for the Thrashers, who rallied from an early two-goal deficit to post their second straight win. Pasi Nurminen stopped 17 shots.
Jeff Jillson finished with a goal and an assist, while Martin Lapointe, Glen Murray and Brian Rolston also scored for the Bruins, who had their four-game winning streak snapped but posted a point in their 10th straight game (6-0-1-3).
In overtime, Atlanta's Shawn McEachern had a breakaway with just over three minutes remaining. But Boston goaltender Felix Potvin made the routine save.
Potvin finished with 23 saves.
The game-winning goal, Kovalchuk's first in five games, came from the top of the left circle. A hooking penalty on Nick Boynton led to the goal.
Goals by Vyacheslav Kozlov and Serge Aubin rallied Atlanta from a 3-2 deficit.
Kozlov forced a 3-3 tie for the Thrashers at 12:04 of the second period. Kovalchuk and Jean-Pierre Vigier set up the goal.
Rolston put the Bruins ahead 4-3 with 5:44 remaining in the second. A roughing call on Atlanta right wing Francis Lessard led to the goal.
Aubin converted at 3:14 of the third period to pull the Thrashers even at 4-4. They were awarded a power play after Boston was whistled for too many men on the ice.
The Bruins took an early 2-0 lead. Jillson's goal, on a slap shot from the left point, came 1:42 into the first period. Lapointe then delivered a power- play goal at 7:30.
But Atlanta responded with two goals to forge a 2-2 at the end of the period.
Petrovicky notched an unassisted tally with 3:41 left in the first, jamming home a rebound.
Cowan then beat Potvin with a one-timer from between the circles with 1:04 remaining.
Boston took a 3-2 lead just 2:47 into the second period, as Murray converted on a one-timer from the left faceoff circle.
Boynton had two assists for the Bruins, as did Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov...Kovalchuk leads the NHL with 14 goals....Rolston has three goals and five assists during a six-game point streak and is one point shy of 400 for his career...Boston, which went 3-for-6 on the power play, has earned at least a point in 10 straight on the road (7-0-1-2).
11/19 22:45:44 ET