NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Atlanta
(Tuesday, November 25th)
Final Score: Ottawa 6, Atlanta 3
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Wade Redden's second goal of the game early in the third period snapped a tie and propelled the Ottawa Senators past the Atlanta Thrashers, 6-3, at Philips Arena. Ottawa rebounded from a three-goal deficit to win for only the second time in its last six games (2-3-0-1).
Petr Schastlivy, Todd White, Radek Bonk and Peter Schaefer also scored for the Senators. Patrick Lalime earned the victory after he took over for starting goaltender Martin Prusek after Ottawa fell behind 3-0.
Lalime stopped all eight shots he faced, while Prusek yielded three goals on six shots.
Marc Savard, Ilya Kovalchuk and Vyacheslav Kozlov tallied goals for Atlanta, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Pasi Nurminen made 26 saves for the Thrashers.
Atlanta's Andy Sutton was whistled for roughing and teammate Jeff Cowan received a penalty for cross-checking at 19:55 of the second period. The Senators then used the 5-on-3 advantage to take the lead early in the third period.
Redden took a pass from Daniel Alfredsson above the right circle and fired a slap shot past Nurminen to give Ottawa a 4-3 lead with 19:28 left.
Bonk increased the Senators' advantage to two goals at 2:39 of the third. Marian Hossa controlled the puck in the corner and fed a perfect centering pass to Bonk, who slipped the puck past Nurminen for his seventh tally of the year.
Schaefer sealed the contest when he scored his sixth goal of the season with just 4:39 remaining.
Savard opened the scoring 19 seconds into the game with his seventh goal of the season.
Kovalchuk's power-play goal just 38 seconds into the second period made it 2-0. Kovalchuk took a pass from Shawn McEachern at the top of the slot and fired a shot between the legs of Prusek for his league-leading 16th goal of the year.
Kozlov increased the advantage to 3-0 with a power-play goal at 4:06 of the middle frame, as he re-directed Frantisek Kaberle's point shot past Prusek for his seventh tally of the campaign.
Prusek was then lifted in favor of Lalime.
The Senators responded 24 seconds later with Redden's fifth goal of the season. White carried the puck deep into the Atlanta end, before dropping a pass to Redden, who one-timed a shot from the slot past Nurminen.
Schastlivy cut the deficit to 3-2 with an unassisted goal at 12:12 of the second period and White evened the contest 2:42 later with his second goal of the campaign. White flipped a shot toward the goal from the Atlanta blue line and the puck bounced off Nurminen and into the net.
McEachern finished with three assists...Atlanta was 2-for-3 on the power play, while Ottawa went 1-for-9 with the man advantage...The Senators improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games against the Thrashers...Ottawa is 7-2-1 all-time at Atlanta.
11/25 22:40:49 ET