NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 1st (All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (23-11-6) at Ottawa Senators (21-18-1), 3 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will shoot for a season-best fifth straight win this afternoon, as they welcome the Atlanta Thrashers to Scotiabank Place on New Year's Day.
The Senators' latest victory came in dramatic fashion Saturday night in Toronto. Chris Phillips' goal 2:39 into overtime lifted Ottawa past the rival Maple Leafs, 3-2.
In the extra session, Phillips carried the puck up the ice and sent a pass to Dany Heatley, who quickly gave the puck back to Phillips in the slot and the defender got enough of his stick on the disc to direct it past Andrew Raycroft's glove for the win.
Chris Kelly netted the equalizer in the third, while Dean McAmmond also scored for the Senators. Ray Emery, who was coming off back-to-back shutout efforts, made 43 saves in the win, including 19 in the first period.
Tonight marks the beginning of a five-game homestand for the Senators, who are just 8-9-0 as the host this year.
Meanwhile, the Thrashers had a five-game winning streak halted Saturday in Buffalo. Ryan Miller made 29 saves to lead the Sabres to the 4-1 victory at HSBC Arena.
Glen Metropolit scored the lone goal and Kari Lehtonen stopped 28-of-31 shots for the Thrashers.
Atlanta, which is 12-6-3 as the visiting club this year, is playing the middle test of a three-game trip tonight. The Thrashers will close the swing Tuesday in Minnesota.
The Thrashers beat Ottawa in the first matchup of the year back on November 8. Atlanta has won four of the last six meetings with the Senators.
01/01 10:15:43 ET