NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Atlanta
(Tuesday, December 26th)
Final Score: Atlanta 2, Tampa Bay 1
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jim Slater scored with just 8.1 seconds left in the game to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Philips Arena.
With time winding down in the contest Bobby Holik flicked a shot on net that Slater redirected past Johan Holmqvist. The play was reviewed to determine if Slater's stick was above the crossbar, but the goal was allowed to stand.
"We work on these all the time in practice," said Slater. "It's tough for a goalie to save a redirection and I was in the right spot and Bobby threw a nice shot on net."
"From my view it looked like a high stick," said Holmqvist. "I thought that right away, tough goal to lose on. It's tough to say anything good when you lose."
Slava Kozlov scored the other goal and Kari Lehtonen stopped 24 shots for the Thrashers, who have won their last four games.
Martin St. Louis scored the lone goal and Holmqvist made 27 saves for the Lightning, who had a three-game winning streak stopped.
Tampa Bay scored the only goal of the first period when St. Louis picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated into the Atlanta end on a breakaway and snapped a wrist shot between the pads of Lehtonen with 4:26 left in the period. The goal came while Tampa Bay was shorthanded.
Holmqvist only needed to make seven saves in the first stanza.
Atlanta tied the game in the middle frame when a wrist shot by Kozlov through a screen beat Holmqvist over his glove just 6:44 in.
Lehtonen turned aside all 11 Tampa Bay shots he faced in the middle period.
The Lightning host Philadelphia on Thursday...Atlanta travels to Pittsburgh for a game on Wednesday...Tampa Bay has won four of six games against Atlanta this season...Neither team scored on the power play with Atlanta having five chances and Tampa Bay three.
12/26 22:21:15 ET