NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Montreal
(Saturday, February 11th)
Final Score: Atlanta 2, Montreal 1 (SO)
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Slava Kozlov scored the lone goal of the shootout and rookie Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves, as the Atlanta Thrashers edged the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, at the Bell Centre.
Brad Larsen scored for Atlanta, which has won three of its last four games to head into the Olympic break on a positive note. Kozlov also added an assist.
Jan Bulis scored for Montreal, which lost for only the second time in its past five games overall, with both of those defeats coming after regulation. Cristobal Huet allowed one goal on 23 shots in the loss.
After the first two shooters for each team failed to light the lamp, Kozlov skated in on goal and with a backhand, slipped the puck through the legs of Huet to put the Thrashers ahead. Michael Ryder had a chance to keep the shootout going, but his wrister from in tight was knocked away by Lehtonen, giving Atlanta the extra point.
"Huet made some great saves," said Kozlov. "But I was watching him in the shootout and I decided to shoot five-hole on him and I was able to backhand it through."
Just 3:40 into the contest, the Thrashers drew first blood with Larsen firing a slap shot from the left circle that beat Lehtonen high to the stick side.
Early in the middle session, Bulis tied it with his 15th goal of the season. Down low, Bulis scored off a feed from Richard Zednik in the slot, and slipped the puck past Lehtonen.
After a scoreless third period, the game headed into overtime. The Canadiens had the better of the chances in the final frame, firing nine shots on Lehtonen, who stopped them all.
"Our goalie came up with some big saves," said Atlanta's Marc Savard.
With less than a minute to play in the extra session, Andrei Markov was whistled off for holding, giving Atlanta a power play. With less than 10 seconds to go, Marian Hossa was left all alone down low and tried to backhand the puck home, but Huet made a spectacular pad save to deny him.
The Thrashers will now break for the Olympics, with their next game scheduled for March 2 in Boston...Montreal will next play February 28 on Long Island...Atlanta went 0-for-7 on the power play, while the Canadiens went 0- for-3 with the man advantage.
02/11 23:38:34 ET