NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Atlanta
(Wednesday, January 11th)
Final Score: Atlanta 4, Nashville 3 (SO)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Atlanta Thrashers past the Nashville Predators, 4-3, at Philips Arena.
Hossa also had a pair of assists while Ilya Kovalchuk netted a goal and an assist for the Thrashers, who have won five of their last six games. Slava Kozlov and Marc Savard also scored for Atlanta.
Kovalchuk now has 10 goals in his last six games and Kari Lehtonen made 23 saves, as Atlanta beat Nashville for the third consecutive time.
Yanic Perreault scored twice and Darcy Hordichuk also lit the lamp for the Predators, who had their modest two-game winning streak snapped. Marek Zidlicky added two helpers, while Tomas Vokoun saw 41 shots in the game, stopping 38 of them.
"I thought Vokoun stole us a point," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "The first two periods he was terrific. They had so many power plays, which created a heavy workload."
In the shootout, Lehtonen stoned Steve Sullivan before Hossa beat Vokoun stick side. Lehtonen then made saves on Paul Kariya and Zidlicky to secure the win for the Thrashers.
"When I saw Kari make the first save against Sullivan I knew we were in good shape," said Thrashers head coach Bob Hartley.
Nashville scored the lone goal of the first period after Hordichuk redirected a pass by Lehtonen 5:25 into the opening frame.
Vokoun made the lead stand through one as the netminder turned aside 15 shots and withstood six Atlanta power plays.
The Predators thought they took a 2-0 lead early in the second after a rebound goal, but Martin Erat was called for goaltender interference, nullifying the tally and giving the Thrashers another power play.
Atlanta finally cracked the scoreboard in the third after Kozlov beat Vokoun from the right circle just 1:23 in.
Perreault put the Predators ahead 2-1, 6:16 into the third, but the Thrashers tied the contest 50 seconds later after Kovalchuk's 33rd goal of the season.
Later, on the power play, Savard found the back of the net for his 20th of the season with 7:58 remaining.
However, it was Perreault again, as he tied the game at 3-3 with 4:26 remaining in the third on a power play.
Perreault now has 17 goals on the season...Kovalchuk's assist was his 32nd of the season and he has seven assists in his last seven games...Savard picked up a point in his ninth straight contest...Each team scored one power-play goal. Nashville had five power-play chances, while Atlanta held a man advantage 10 times...This was the only time these two teams will meet this season.
01/12 00:05:36 ET