NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Boston
(Tuesday, March 21st)
Final Score: Atlanta 5, Boston 4 (SO)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jim Slater scored during the seventh round of a shootout to give Atlanta a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden.
The Thrashers scored three times in the third period, and Steve McCarthy's goal with 1:08 left in regulation sent the game into overtime. Brad Larsen, Marc Savard and Bobby Holik also netted goals for the Thrashers, who moved into the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Montreal.
"They're all big wins. We're desperate," said Atlanta head coach Bob Hartley. "We didn't get the start we were looking for, but we got back to our game and got some great goals. Tonight is just another two points and there's a lot of hockey to be played."
Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots for Atlanta, which has won four of its last five games and seven of nine.
Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists for Boston, but Brad Stuart missed the net on a chance to extend the shootout. Tim Thomas stopped 36 shots for the Bruins, losers of two in a row and eight of their last 10 games.
"If anyone is going to ask me about the officiating, I have no comment," Boston head coach Mike Sullivan said. "We spent eight of the last 20 minutes trying to kill penalties. It's tough trying to maintain control of the hockey game when you have to kill penalties like that."
Holik's goal, on a one-timer from the inside edge of the right circle, brought Atlanta within 4-3 with 7:15 left in the third. The Thrashers failed on a two- man advantage later in the period, but McCarthy picked up a loose puck in the Boston zone with just over a minute to play in regulation and scored on a backhander, with the puck fluttering over the stick of Thomas.
Atlanta outshot Boston, 17-4 in the third period.
Slava Kozlov was wide with a slap shot with 2 1/2 minutes left in OT, and Glen Murray also missed the net with a one-timer nearly 30 seconds later. Thomas faced four shots in OT, while Boston didn't record a shot in the extra session.
Kozlov scored on Atlanta's second chance during the shootout with a backhander between Thomas' pads, but Murray extended the shootout with a high backhand shot on Boston's third opportunity.
Neither team could convert on its next three chances, but Slater then sent a backhander through the legs of Thomas. Stuart missed his attempt over the crossbar.
Bergeron scored on a rebound from the crease at 2:14 of the opening period and it became 2-0 with 2:46 left in the first on Marco Sturm's power-play tally. Brad Boyes passed the puck from the left circle and Sturm unleashed a one- timer from the right circle with the puck whizzing past the glove of Lehtonen.
Larsen scored shorthanded on a shot from the left circle at 15:44 of the second, but Boston regained its two-goal lead just 63 seconds later on Murray's one-timer from the slot.
Savard lit the lamp on the power play at 2:47 of the third, but the Bruins extended to a 4-2 lead at the 9:01 mark on Mariusz Czerkawski's goal on a shot from above the right circle.
The game was delayed late in the third period due to a broken pane of glass behind Thomas...Boston is 2-1 versus Atlanta this season. The Thrashers were winless in the last five meetings...Atlanta was 1-for-7 on the power play, while Boston was 2-for-6...The Bruins are 1-7 in shootouts, while Atlanta is 5-4...Stuart and Boyes each had two assists.
03/22 00:10:33 ET