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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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 50 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 53 10 27 9 37
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 53 10 25 11 35
V. Trocheck 53 17 16 3 33
R. Smith 53 16 15 10 31
B. Pirri 49 10 13 -5 23
A. Ekblad 49 10 12 20 22
B. Campbell 53 4 16 16 20
N. Bjugstad 38 9 8 -4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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