NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Atlanta
(Friday, April 2nd)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Atlanta 2
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Kelly Buchberger scored a goal and Aleksey Morozov added a tally and an assist to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win over Atlanta at Philips Arena.
Lasse Pirjeta also lit the lamp for the Penguins, who won for the 10th time in their last 17 games (10-4-3). Jean-Sebastien Aubin earned the win by stopping 31 shots, including 12 each in the first and third periods.
Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk both scored for Atlanta, which lost in regulation for just the second time in its last seven home games (4-2-0-1). Pasi Nurminen stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced in the losing effort.
"We had two objectives," Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said. "One was to win the game and No. 2 was to try to get Kovalchuk as many goals as we possibly could."
The teams split the four-game season series with two wins apiece. Pittsburgh held the Thrashers to two goals in the contest after allowing a total of 13 in the previous two meetings -- both losses.
Buchberger made it 2-0 Pittsburgh as he scored the marker at the 1:36 mark of the second period. The Penguins forward gathered a loose puck along the left boards in the Thrashers' zone and fired a snap shot that beat Nurminen stickside.
Atlanta cut the deficit to one goal with 9:26 gone by in the third period on Heatley's 13th tally of the season. Heatley skated through the slot and wristed a shot that beat Aubin top shelf on his gloveside.
The Thrashers pulled Nurminen to gain an extra-skater with 2 1/2 minutes remaining, but Morozov scored the eventual-game winner on an empty-netter with 48 seconds left in the contest to make it 3-1.
Kovalchuk scored on a rebound attempt with five seconds left for his 40th of the season, but it meant nothing towards the outcome.
"They were going out of they way trying to set up Kovalchuk," Pittsburgh coach Eddie Olczyk said. "When you start doing that, players on the opposing team will play off of that. He had a bunch of shots, but they were looking for him. They had a lot of times when they passed up scoring opportunities."
The Penguins concluded their road schedule this season with a 10-25-2-4 record.
Pirjeta got the goal scoring started on a wrister with 1:12 left in the first period.
The Penguins are 9-1 at Atlanta...Atlanta had a two-game winning streak snapped versus the Penguins...Pittsburgh won five of its last eight road games this season.
04/02 23:56:24 ET