NHL Game Summary - Florida at Atlanta
(Monday, March 6th)
Final Score: Atlanta 4, Florida 3 (SO)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Slava Kozlov scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Atlanta Thrashers over the Florida Panthers, 4-3, at Philips Arena.
After Kari Lehtonen turned aside all three shooters from Florida, Kozlov went right at Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo and fired a quick wrist shot from the slot that sailed over the netminder's shoulder for the game-winner.
"We have to get two points, especially at home against our division rivals,"said Lehtonen. "We did it and I guess that is the greatest thing I think. It's an alright way to get two points and I guess everybody's happy now."
Marian Hossa scored once and picked up an assist, while Garnet Exelby was credited with a helper on all three goals for the Thrashers, who have won five of their last six games. Lehtonen was great in net for Atlanta, stopping 37 shots.
Olli Jokinen tallied two goals, his seventh game with at least two goals this season, and Martin Gelinas added a goal and two assists for the Panthers, who lost their third straight. Luongo made 31 saves.
"I think we played pretty well even before we got split out," said Jokinen. "We had a lot of chances. It was a disappointing way to lose a game. I think we gave them all the goals in regulation, mistakes cost us."
With 5:01 to play in regulation, Jokinen put home his second goal of the game, as he wristed home a pass from Gelinas to tie things up at 3-3. Jozef Stumpel carried the puck behind the net and found Gelinas, who then slid the puck across the front of the goal to Jokinen for a one-timer past Lehtonen.
The Thrashers wasted no time getting the board as Greg de Vries one-timed a shot from the slot that beat Luongo glove side 2:48 into the game. However, Florida tied the game 3:30 later as Jokinen ripped a slap shot from the right point that beat Lehtonen stick side.
With 5:31 left in the first period, Hossa got free in front of the net and snapped a one-timer that beat Luongo glove side. Exelby coasted down the right wing and swooped in behind the net. He backhanded a pass to Hossa, whose wrister eluded the glove of Luongo, giving the Thrashers a 2-1 lead after one period.
At 5:31 of the second period, Gelinas picked up a loose puck and slid it through the five-hole of Lehtonen. Chris Gratton whipped the puck out of the Florida zone to kill off the penalty. The puck jumped over the stick of defenseman Andy Sutton and went to Gelinas, who had just gotten out of the penalty box. Gelinas controlled the puck and coasted in on Lehtonen, beating the goaltender.
With the Thrashers shorthanded, Brad Larsen jammed home a rebound to put Atlanta up 3-2. Hossa streaked up the left wing and fired a quick wrist shot from the left circle that was stopped by Luongo. Larsen was right on the doorstep, unchecked, to put the puck behind a sprawling Luongo with 16:28 to play in regulation.
Atlanta has won nine of the last 11 meetings between the teams...The Thrashers have won four of the six meetings this season between the teams...Stumpel had two assists...Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play.
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