NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Boston
(Saturday, March 6th)
Final Score: Atlanta 2, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Mike Knuble tied the game for Boston with 5:14 remaining in the third period, as the Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers skated to a 2-2 tie at the FleetCenter.
Sergei Gonchar scored his second goal in as many games since joining the Bruins on Wednesday, and Andrew Raycroft made 24 saves in net to help Boston improve to 2-1-1 in its last four games.
Shawn McEachern and Dany Heatley tallied power play goals for the Thrashers, who shook of an overtime loss to Carolina on Friday night to earn a point for the fifth straight game (3-0-1-1).
Pasi Nurminen made 29 saves in net for Atlanta, including the only five saves in overtime.
Gonchar's goal 6:24 into the game, his ninth of the season, gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead that stood up when Raycroft and Nurminen combined to make 19 saves in a scoreless second period.
But the Thrashers came out firing in the third, posting the first five shots of the period before finally reaching Raycroft on a power play.
McEachern picked up the loose puck after a faceoff in the Boston zone, skated in on Raycroft and threaded his second effort through the netminder's legs to tie the game 2:03 into the stanza. It was his 14th of the season.
Heatley followed that with his seventh, also a power play tally, to give the Thrashers a 2-1 advantage with 13 minutes remaining in the game. Vyacheslav Kozlov set the goal up with a blast from the point, which Heatley expertly deflected from the slot, tipping it over the left shoulder of Raycroft.
"They have some guys where if you give their power play that many chances, they're tough to defend against," said Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan.
But Boston responded 7:46 later with a power play goal from Knuble, who beat Nurminen glove-side after a nice move in the slot. It was his 18th of the season and his 200th career point; his 199th came earlier when he assisted on Gonchar's goal.
"I'm kind of unhappy that we were leading 2-1 and they came back and made it 2-2," said Nurminen. "But it's a big point for us still on the road against Boston. Teams like Boston, you've got to be happy if you get one point."
Nurminen was the only goalie tested in the overtime, and he turned aside all five shots he faced. Raycroft didn't face a shot in the five minutes, as the Bruins improved to 5-7-14 in their NHL-leading 26th overtime.
"There are games like that where there's no reason for a team to be in it but we can't seem to put them away for whatever reason," said Raycroft. "But I hope we learn from it and in another month, we can know that we need to bear down and get that extra two-goal lead."
Atlanta is 5-3-7 in overtime this season and 5-2-1-1 in its last nine overall games. The Bruins have just two regulation losses (9-2-4-3) in their last 18 games.
The Bruins obtained Gonchar from the Washington Capitals Wednesday in exchange for young defenseman Shaone Morrisonn, and a first and second-round pick in this year's draft...Boston is 10-3-2-1 in its last 16 home games...Knuble has eight multi-point games this season...The Bruins are still undefeated in regulation this season when they lead after two periods (21-0-4-3).
03/06 23:11:48 ET