NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Ottawa
(Thursday, February 19th)
Final Score: Atlanta 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Shawn McEachern scored the game-winning goal 1:12 into overtime to lift the Atlanta Thrashers to a 3-2 victory over Ottawa at the Corel Centre.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored the game-tying tally in the waning seconds of regulation for Atlanta and Jeff Cowan added another marker, as the Thrashers won their second straight overall and won for the first time in four tries versus the Senators this season. Randy Robitaille and Marc Savard each recorded two assists.
"It's a big win, first because we desperately need some points to get back into the race," Atlanta head coach Bob Hartley said. "We can't control what the other teams will do, but we obviously can control our game."
Pasi Nurminen faced 33 shots, including 16 in the third period, and stopped 31 while earning the win.
Peter Bondra scored in his first game since being traded from the Washington Capitals to the Senators on Wednesday. Peter Schaefer recorded the other goal for Ottawa, which had a five-game unbeaten streak snapped.
Despite the loss, the Senators earned at least a point in their seventh straight contest (4-0-1-2).
Patrick Lalime stopped 14 of the 17 shots he faced in the loss. After only facing a combined seven shots in the first two periods, the Ottawa goaltender had a tougher time in the third stanza and overtime, allowing three goals on 10 shots.
"It's frustrating," Lalime said. "You're leading 2-1 in the last few seconds and then they get a lucky break. All of a sudden we go into overtime when we are shorthanded and they just made us pay."
McEachern's game-winner on the power play with 3:48 left in the extra period came on a scramble in front of the net. Savard put a wrister on net, which deflected off Lalime and fell in front of McEachern. The Atlanta forward jammed the puck into the back of the net while being pushed from behind by several Senator defenders.
Kovalchuk tied the game at 2-2 with only 11 seconds remaining in regulation. Robitaille took control of a loose puck behind the net and flipped it in front to Kovalchuk, who was skating towards the net. The puck deflected off the forward's skate as he parked himself on the doorstep, and slipped it under Lalime's stick.
"It was a lucky bounce," Lalime said. "They had one of their guys in front and I guess it went in the right way."
Cowan scored Atlanta's first goal in similar fashion at the 3:26 mark of the third. Cowan skated into the slot and went toward the net, where he took a pass from Patrik Stefan and redirected it through Lalime's five-hole.
Bondra put Ottawa on the board first with an unassisted tally with 4:29 remaining in the second frame. Bondra took control of a loose puck at center- ice and skated in all alone, and buried the puck in the back of the net with a wrist shot.
Ottawa went on top 2-0 on Schaefer's tally with 1:25 remaining in the second period. Schaefer chased down a loose puck on the goal line and quickly fired a wrister that caught Nurminen off guard, and went over his shoulder and into the upper left corner of the net.
Ottawa came into the game unbeaten in its last seven games (6-0-1) against Atlanta.
Ottawa fell to 13-0-2-2 in its last 17 home games...Atlanta won for just the sixth time this season when trailing after two periods (6-25-1)...Atlanta improved to 3-6-1 in Ottawa...Atlanta was 1-for-4 on the power play, while Ottawa was 0-for-5.
02/20 00:14:01 ET