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Thrashers Sneak by Cats 1-0 in Atlanta

Saturday, 11.25.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Thrashers Sneak by Cats 1-0 in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) -Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 16th goal and Kari Lehtonen stopped 37 shots to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 1-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

Coming off a 3-2 loss in a shootout Friday at Tampa Bay, Atlanta won for the second time in three games.

Lehtonen, who allowed Dan Boyle's game-tying goal with 11 seconds left in overtime the night before, made 12 saves in the third period.

The Thrashers' goaltender improved to 4-0 against Florida this season after Panthers center Stephen Weiss missed the net on a wide-open shot from the right side.

Weiss' 9-foot attempt came after Joe Nieuwendyk beat Bobby Holik on a faceoff that began a three-man advantage for Florida.

The Panthers, who have lost three straight and six of eight, failed to take a shot on goal in the final nine seconds even though Atlanta's Brad Larsen and Kovalchuk were sitting in the penalty box.

Panthers coach Jacques Martin pulled goalie Alex Auld, who stopped 27 shots, with 52 seconds left.

Despite entering with the NHL's second-best power-play unit, the Panthers dropped to 1-for-23 against Atlanta after failing on seven chances.

Kovalchuk was inside the blue line when he skated past Bryan Allen for a breakaway. Taking Scott Mellanby's pass from the right boards, Kovalchuk fired a long wrister between the circles to Alex Auld's glove side 13:43 into the first period.

In four games against the Panthers this season, Kovalchuk has seven points, including five goals.

Notes: Florida dropped to 2-7-3 on the road. ... Early in the second period, the goal light went on, but the officials called for a replay that confirmed Lehtonen ended the play by smothering the puck before it went into the net. ... Atlanta improved to 13-3-2 when Kovalchuk has a point. ... Thrashers coach Bob Hartley won his 300th career game.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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