NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, October 10th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (2-0-0) at Ottawa Senators (2-1-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers will try to continue their hot start to the season when they visit the Ottawa Senators for tonight's clash at Scotiabank Place.
A win tonight would give the Thrashers, who are 2-0-0, their best start to a season since joining the league as an expansion club prior to the 1999-2000 campaign. Atlanta also began the 2003-04 with two straight victories and went unbeaten through the first five contests that year, posting three wins and a pair of ties.
Atlanta began the 2009-10 campaign with a home win over Tampa last Saturday and then spoiled St. Louis' home opener on Thursday, downing the Blues, 4-2, at Scottrade Center.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored a pair of goals to lift the Thrashers and the Russian superstar now has four goals and an assist in his first two games of the year.
Evander Kane, the fourth overall pick in this summer's draft, posted his first career goal and Eric Boulton also tallied for the Thrashers. Ondrej Pavelec made 29 stops for the win.
"The most important thing is we got a win," Kovalchuk said. "I think we played a really good defensive game, especially in the third period."
Thursday's victory kicked off Atlanta's five-game road trip on the right note. The Thrashers, who were 17-20-4 as the guest last year, will also make stops in New Jersey, Buffalo and Montreal before completing the swing.
The Senators have also won two straight, following up a season-opening loss to the New York Rangers with victories over Toronto and the New York Islanders.
Ottawa's latest contest came in its home opener Thursday against the Isles. Mike Fisher scored the game-winning goal 32 seconds into overtime to lift the Senators past New York, 3-2, at Scotiabank Place.
After a scramble for the puck behind the Senators net, Fisher collected the disc and rumbled down the left side of the ice. Fisher made his way to the top of the left circle before firing a wrister past the glove of Martin Biron.
Matt Carkner scored the first goal of his career and dished out an assist for the Senators. Peter Regin had the other goal, while Pascal Leclaire turned aside 23-of-25 shots for the win.
Tonight marks the second portion on a four-game homestand for the Sens, who were 22-12-7 as the host last season. Ottawa will welcome Pittsburgh on Monday before capping the residency Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Ottawa and Atlanta split four meetings last year, but the Sens have taken five of the last eight matchups between these clubs. The Thrashers have also dropped five of seven and eight of their last 12 contests in Canada's capital city.
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