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Little, Thrashers hand Islanders 10th straight loss

Dec 24, 2008 - 3:44 AM
UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Bryan Little scored two goals -- including the game-winner just under eight minutes into the third period - as the Atlanta Thrashers dealt the New York Islanders their 10th consecutive loss Tuesday with a 4-2 victory.

Defenseman Mathieu Schneider and Colby Armstrong also tallied and Johan Hedberg made 23 saves for the Thrashers, who had lost 10 of their previous 13 contests.

Andy Hilbert and Sean Bergenheim scored for the Islanders, who have yet to win this month. New York has posted an 0-9-1 record in December.

Little snapped a 2-2 tie at 7:42 of the third period, deflecting Ilya Kovalchuk's attempt past Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald while on a power play for his 14th goal of the season.

"I haven't scored too many goals like that this year, but two in one night," Little said. "It doesn't matter how they looked, they went in. So, I was pretty excited."

Kovalchuk collected his 500th career point on the play. The 25-year- old Russian has 265 goals and 236 assists over his six-year career, spent entirely with Atlanta. He also assisted on Armstrong's empty-netter.

"It's always good when we win - it's a nice moment, but I hope there are more points in front of me and more wins," Kovalchuk said. "I started when I was 18. So usually, if you play at least 75-80 games a season, you'll get there. But I want to get more playoff experience, so hopefully we'll get better and I'll have 500 games in the playoffs."

Kovalchuk's relative inability to find the back of the net this season has been well documented, but when players like Little can finish on rebounds, it takes some of the frustration away.

"He's stepped up unbelievably," Kovalchuk said of Little. "After last year, he's grown up as a player and a man. He's a great sniper and when he works hard, he gets his goals."

Little provided the Thrashers with a 2-0 edge by converting a wrist shot at the 6:38 mark of the second period.

Hilbert ended New York's 133-minute, 10-second scoring drought with 3:12 left in the middle session, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

"Richard Park just took the puck wide and threw a nice shot at net," Hilbert said. "I don't think the goalie was expecting it. I just crashed the net and got a rebound."

Bergenheim tied the contest at 2-2 with a shorthanded goal, fighting off a defender during a scramble in front of the net and beating a sprawling Hedberg with a quick wrist shot.

After Little's second goal restored the lead for Atlanta, the Islanders tried to equalize again with a last-minute flurry, but once again it was not to be.

"The effort was there, we had good play from some individuals," Islanders captain Bill Guerin said. "It was a good game all the way through. We couldn't catch a break, I guess. We didn't have enough firepower tonight."

MacDonald stopped 23 shots for New York.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ATLANTA 1 1 2 4
    NY ISLANDERS 0 1 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - MATHIEU SCHNEIDER 3 (BORIS VALABIK, ERIC BOULTON) 8:54
    2ND PRD: ATL - BRYAN LITTLE 13 (TODD WHITE, VYACHESLAV KOZLOV) 6:38
    NYI - ANDY HILBERT 8 (TRENT HUNTER, RICHARD PARK) 16:48
    3RD PRD: NYI - (SH) SEAN BERGENH

    Dec 23 9:28 PM


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    ATLANTA 4
    NY ISLANDERS 2
    3RD PRD: ATL - (EN) COLBY ARMSTRONG 9 (UNASSISTED) 19:20

    Thrashers 4, Islanders 2  3rd - 0:40Dec 23 9:25 PM
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    ATLANTA 3
    NY ISLANDERS 2
    3RD PRD: ATL - (PP) BRYAN LITTLE 14 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, VYACHESLAV
    KOZLOV) 7:42

    Thrashers 3, Islanders 2  3rd - 12:18Dec 23 9:09 PM


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    ATLANTA 2
    NY ISLANDERS 2
    3RD PRD: NYI - (SH) SEAN BERGENHEIM 5 (UNASSISTED) 0:23

    Thrashers 2, Islanders 2  3rd - 19:37Dec 23 8:57 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 1 2
    NY ISLANDERS 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - MATHIEU SCHNEIDER 3 (BORIS VALABIK, ERIC BOULTON) 8:54
    2ND PRD: ATL - BRYAN LITTLE 13 (TODD WHITE, VYACHESLAV KOZLOV) 6:38
    NYI - ANDY HILBERT 8 (TRENT HUNTER, RICHARD PARK) 16:48
    SHOTS ON GOAL:

    Dec 23 8:36 PM


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    ATLANTA 2
    NY ISLANDERS 1
    2ND PRD: NYI - ANDY HILBERT 8 (TRENT HUNTER, RICHARD PARK) 16:48

    Thrashers 2, Islanders 1  2nd - 3:12Dec 23 8:30 PM


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    ATLANTA 2
    NY ISLANDERS 0
    2ND PRD: ATL - BRYAN LITTLE 13 (TODD WHITE, VYACHESLAV KOZLOV) 6:38

    Thrashers 2, Islanders 0  2nd - 13:22Dec 23 8:12 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 1
    NY ISLANDERS 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - MATHIEU SCHNEIDER 3 (BORIS VALABIK, ERIC BOULTON) 8:54
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ATL 5 5
    NYI 10 10
    GOALIES: ATL - JOHAN HEDBER

    Dec 23 7:45 PM


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    ATLANTA 1
    NY ISLANDERS 0
    1ST PRD: ATL - MATHIEU SCHNEIDER 3 (BORIS VALABIK, ERIC BOULTON) 8:54

    Thrashers 1, Islanders 0  1st - 11:06Dec 23 7:31 PM