NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Florida
(Saturday, March 27th)
Final Score: Atlanta 3, Florida 0
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley scored twice and Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves for his first career shutout to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to a 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers.
"That was a big thing for me," said Lehtonen, who is the backup netminder. "(Shutout) is something that you want right away, and now I get it in my third game. That's a pretty good thing. I'm just happy."
Lehtonen made 15 saves in the first period and Patrik Stefan's goal at 3:33 of the frame gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead.
Heatley beat Florida goaltender Steve Shields on a power play early in the second period to give the Thrashers a 2-0 advantage. Heatley was alone in the right circle and scored with a blistering wrist shot just inside the near post.
Heatley gave Atlanta a 3-0 advantage with his 11th goal of the season early in the third period.
Shields finished with 16 saves for the Panthers, who have lost five straight.
Lehtonen is 3-0 in three career starts...Atlanta finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Panthers failed on five attempts with the extra skater...The Thrashers set new franchise highs with 32 wins and 76 points in a season...Ilya Kovalchuk had two assists in the win.
03/28 00:16:24 ET