NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Colorado
(Thursday, February 8th)
Final Score: Atlanta 6, Colorado 3
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa and Slava Kozlov each had two goals and two assists to help the Atlanta Thrashers to a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
Brad Larsen and Garnet Exelby each had a goal while Kari Lehtonen stopped 45 shots for the Thrashers, who stopped a three-game slide.
"I think we scored those fast three goals and that gave us a quick advantage," said Kozlov. "We were solid until the third."
Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have dropped three of their last four games.
Jose Theodore started the game in net for Colorado and was pulled after the first period for allowing three goals on 11 shots. Peter Budaj stopped 18- of-20 shots he faced.
Avalanche defenseman Karlis Skrastins played in his 487th straight game, passing Tim Horton for the longest consecutive games streak by a defenseman in NHL history. He began the run on February 21, 2000, as a rookie with the Nashville Predators, who selected him with a ninth-round pick in the 1998 Entry Draft. The longest streak in NHL history is held by forward Doug Jarvis, who played in 964 games in a row from 1975-88.
"It was a very emotional game I will remember all my life," said Skrastins. "But when the puck dropped I had to concentrate on the game. I just wish the outcome was better."
Before the game, Colorado activated forward Brad May from injured reserve. He had missed the entire 2006-2007 regular season following reconstructive surgery on his shoulder, after sustaining an injury during a pre-season game against the Detroit Red Wings in September.
The Thrashers jumped all over the Avalanche and scored the first four goals of the game.
Larsen got the puck rolling when he scored his seventh goal of the season just 2:07 into the game to give Atlanta the lead.
Later in the first, Hossa flicked a pass from behind the net to the right circle where Kozlov snapped a one-timer into the left corner of the net with 6:09 left in the first.
With just 1:14 to play in the first, Exelby fired a slap shot from the high slot that went through a screen and past Theodore for a 3-0 lead.
Budaj replaced Theodore in net to start the second period.
Hossa netted his 32nd goal of the season on a wrister from the left circle 8:30 into the second period.
The Avs stopped the bleeding a bit over four minutes later when Brett McLean brought the puck around the right side of the net and centered it to Ian Laperriere, who one-timed it into the right corner of the net for his third goal of the season.
The Thrashers, though, got the goal back when, on the power play, Hossa fired a pass from the left side to the right where Kozlov gathered the puck and wristed it into the right corner of the net for a 5-1 lead with 2:13 left in the second.
Colorado made it a 5-2 game early in the third period when Stastny fired a pass from the low right side of the net to the left circle where Jordan Leopold fired a one-timer into the left corner of the net for a power-play goal just 1:32 in.
Stastny made it a 5-3 game with five minutes to play when he tapped a loose puck into the net during a scrum in front.
Colorado pulled Budaj with over two minutes to play, but Hossa sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 1:55 to play.
Colorado travels to Dallas for a game on Sunday...The Thrashers continue their season-high six-game road trip in Vancouver on Saturday...To make room for May, Colorado assigned forward Antti Laaksonen to Albany of the American Hockey League...Atlanta forward Steve Rucchin left the game late in the second period after taking a big hit to his head. He was helped off the ice and did not return...Atlanta went 1-for-4 on the power play while Colorado went 2- for-3.
02/09 00:07:01 ET