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Kozlov, Hossa tally in shootout as Thrashers top Penguins

Dec 22, 2006 - 5:13 AM
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Despite superstar Sidney Crosby's heroics, the Atlanta Thrashers prevailed in a shootout.

Vyacheslav Kozlov and Marian Hossa tallied in the shootout and Ilya Kovalchuk added a goal and two assists as the Thrashers won their second straight game, a 4-3 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Niko Kapanen added his fourth goal of the campaign for the Thrashers, who picked up the victory even though they failed to hold a two-goal lead in the third session.

"In the third period, we kind of sat back," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said. "It's human nature to have a lead and instead of playing with the lead, you want to protect the lead. We saw that it doesn't work."

After Erik Christensen fired a shot off the left goalpost and Mark Recchi's rebound deflected off goaltender Kari Lehtonen, Crosby scored by batting the puck out of the air to tie the game with 15 seconds left in regulation.

Kozlov opened the shootout by beating netminder Jocelyn Thibault high to the glove side.

"I try to do something different every time (in the shootout), depending on how the goalie plays," Kozlov said.

After Christensen was stopped by Lehtonen, Hossa added another tally in the second round. Crosby then was turned away by Lehtonen as he tried to slip the puck under the pads, sealing the Thrashers' victory.

"I waited for Crosby's move and I waited pretty well and I was right there," Lehtonen said. "I am not sure if he lost it on the shot."

"Once again, Kari was huge in the shootout," Hartley said. "Hossa and Kozlov worked their magic. I don't think Kozlov recognizes how good of a shooter he is. I would like to see him shoot much more during games. The guy has a quick release and is accurate."

Kovalchuk assisted on Kapanen's goal at the 1:36 mark of the first period to open the scoring. He also tallied at 6:32 of the second session to make it 2-0.

"I think (Thibault) played pretty well," Kovalchuk said. "He made a couple of good saves, but our power play finally started working and that's why we walked away excited."

Jordan Staal scored a shorthanded goal in the second period for Pittsburgh, which has lost three straight contests.

"I thought we played a pretty good game and deserve better," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "I thought we played hard and worked hard. The attention was there and we never quit. It was a good game."








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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 0 1 2 0 (0) 3
    ATLANTA 1 2 0 0 (2) 4 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - NIKO KAPANEN 4 (BRAYDON COBURN, ILYA KOVALCHUK) 1:36
    2ND PRD: ATL - (PP) ILYA KOVALCHUK 19 (MARIAN HOSSA, VYACHESLAV
    KOZLOV) 6:32
    PIT - (SH) JORDAN STAAL 10 (UNASSI

    Dec 21 9:44 PM


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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 2 0 (0) 3
    ATLANTA 1 2 0 0 (2) 4 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - NIKO KAPANEN 4 (BRAYDON COBURN, ILYA KOVALCHUK) 1:36
    2ND PRD: ATL - (PP) ILYA KOVALCHUK 19 (MARIAN HOSSA, VYACHESLAV
    KOZLOV) 6:32
    PIT - (SH) JORDAN STAAL 10 (UNASSI

    Penguins vs. ThrashersDec 21 9:44 PM


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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 2 0 3
    ATLANTA 1 2 0 0 3 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - NIKO KAPANEN 4 (BRAYDON COBURN, ILYA KOVALCHUK) 1:36
    2ND PRD: ATL - (PP) ILYA KOVALCHUK 19 (MARIAN HOSSA, VYACHESLAV
    KOZLOV) 6:32
    PIT - (SH) JORDAN STAAL 10 (UNASSISTED) 1

    Dec 21 9:39 PM
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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 2 3
    ATLANTA 1 2 0 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - NIKO KAPANEN 4 (BRAYDON COBURN, ILYA KOVALCHUK) 1:36
    2ND PRD: ATL - (PP) ILYA KOVALCHUK 19 (MARIAN HOSSA, VYACHESLAV
    KOZLOV) 6:32
    PIT - (SH) JORDAN STAAL 10 (UNASSISTED) 16:36
    ATL - (PP) VYACHESL

    Dec 21 9:31 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 3
    ATLANTA 3
    3RD PRD: PIT - SIDNEY CROSBY 17 (ERIK CHRISTENSEN, MARK RECCHI) 19:44

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    PITTSBURGH 2
    ATLANTA 3
    3RD PRD: PIT - RYAN MALONE 5 (BROOKS ORPIK, SIDNEY CROSBY) 4:08

    Penguins vs. ThrashersDec 21 9:03 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 1
    ATLANTA 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - NIKO KAPANEN 4 (BRAYDON COBURN, ILYA KOVALCHUK) 1:36
    2ND PRD: ATL - (PP) ILYA KOVALCHUK 19 (MARIAN HOSSA, VYACHESLAV
    KOZLOV) 6:32
    PIT - (SH) JORDAN STAAL 10 (UNASSISTED) 16:36
    ATL - (PP) VYACHESLAV

    Dec 21 8:37 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 1
    ATLANTA 3
    2ND PRD: ATL - (PP) VYACHESLAV KOZLOV 12 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, MARIAN
    HOSSA) 18:03

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    PITTSBURGH 1
    ATLANTA 2
    2ND PRD: PIT - (SH) JORDAN STAAL 10 (UNASSISTED) 16:36

    Penguins vs. ThrashersDec 21 8:31 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 0
    ATLANTA 2
    2ND PRD: ATL - (PP) ILYA KOVALCHUK 19 (MARIAN HOSSA, VYACHESLAV
    KOZLOV) 6:32

    Penguins vs. ThrashersDec 21 8:10 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 0 0
    ATLANTA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - NIKO KAPANEN 4 (BRAYDON COBURN, ILYA KOVALCHUK) 1:36
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PIT 9 9
    ATL 13 13
    GOALIES: PIT - JOCELYN THIBAU

    Dec 21 7:41 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 0
    ATLANTA 1
    1ST PRD: ATL - NIKO KAPANEN 4 (BRAYDON COBURN, ILYA KOVALCHUK) 1:36

    Penguins vs. ThrashersDec 21 7:12 PM