NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, February 25th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (32-17-7-5) at Atlanta Thrashers (24-31-6-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning try to
put together a winning streak tonight when they visit the Atlanta Thrashers at
With 76 points, the Lightning are 16 points ahead of second-place Florida in
the division, and 20 up on the third-place Thrashers.
On Monday, Martin St. Louis tallied a goal and three assists as the Bolts
skated past the Washington Capitals 6-3 at the MCI Center. Nikolai Khabibulin
stopped 18 shots for Tampa Bay, which halted a two-game losing streak.
Darryl Sydor, Vincent Lecavalier, Fredrik Modin, Dave Andreychuk and Ruslan
Fedotenko also lit the lamp for the Lightning, who won for just the second
time in their last 14 trips to Washington.
St. Louis extended his point scoring streak to eight games, and has six goals
and 10 assists during that stretch. The diminutive winger has moved into
second place in the NHL scoring race, as his 71 points are just two shy of
Washington's Robert Lang for the lead.
The Bolts, who have won six of their last nine road games, will host Toronto
in a key Eastern Conference matchup on Thursday.
Atlanta, meanwhile, has seen its playoff aspirations dissipate, and it had a
two-game winning streak snapped via Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss in
Philadelphia. Simon Gagne scored on a penalty shot with 1:01 left in the third
period to lift the Flyers.
Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists for Atlanta, which ended a seven-
game road swing 3-4.
With the game tied at 4-4 courtesy of Kovalchuk's 100th career goal with just
3:15 elapsed in the third period, Philadelphia seemed to be headed towards
overtime until the penalty shot, which was awarded when Atlanta defenseman
Andy Sutton released his stick on the ice at Gagne while he was with the puck
along the boards.
Gagne responded by skating at Atlanta goalie Pasi Nurminen, drawing the puck
across his body to his backhand side and flipping it over the netminder's
Nurminen finished with 27 saves.
Atlanta, which is 0-3-2 in its last five home tilts, will visit New Jersey on
The Thrashers and Lightning are 2-2 against each other this season, and the
home team is 10-1-3 in the last 14 meetings.
02/25 10:50:07 ET