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Saturday, March 6th (All times eastern)

Atlanta Thrashers (27-32-6-3) at Boston Bruins (32-16-13-7), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins try to move up in the Eastern Conference standings tonight, as they welcome the Atlanta Thrashers to the FleetCenter.

Boston, with 84 points, is tied with Ottawa for fourth in the Eastern Conference -- two behind Northeast Division-leading Toronto. Both the B's and Senators are four points behind Tampa Bay and Philadelphia for the top spot in the conference.

On Thursday, Joe Thornton scored twice to lead the Bruins over the New York Rangers, 3-1. Newly-acquired Sergei Gonchar also lit the lamp in his Bruins debut as Boston won for the second time in three games.

The Bruins obtained Gonchar from the Washington Capitals Wednesday in exchange for young defenseman Shaone Morrisonn, and a first and second-round pick in this year's draft.

Also making his debut with the club was center Michael Nylander, who was plucked away from the Washington Capitals' fire sale. Nylander was had for second-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.

Felix Potvin had a relatively easy night, facing only 16 shots before losing a bid for his second straight shutout with 40.9 seconds remaining. Defenseman Jiri Slegr recorded two assists.

The Bruins, who are 10-3-1-1 in their last 15 home games, complete their two- game homestand tonight.

The Thrashers were handed a 3-2 overtime loss by Carolina on Friday, as Kevyn Adams scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway with less than a second remaining in the extra session.

Patrik Stefan and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre both scored for the Thrashers, who went 0-for-9 on the power play and had their three-game winning streak snapped. Pasi Nurminen finished with 31 saves.

Boston has won two straight and six of its last eight meetings with the Thrashers. Atlanta has also dropped three in a row and four of its last five in Beantown.

03/06 10:06:34 ET

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