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Thrashers look to build on first win, face Lightning

Oct 20, 2007 - 2:49 PM
Atlanta (1-6-0) at Tampa Bay (3-2-0) 7:30 pm EDT

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- The struggling Atlanta Thrashers will look to goaltender Johan Hedberg when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Atlanta learned on Friday that it would be without starting netminder Kari Lehtonen for the immediate future. Lehtonen suffered a groin injury in the club's first win of the season on Thursday against the New York Rangers.

Hedberg took over and made 24 saves to help lead the Thrashers to a 5-3 victory, their first under new coach Don Waddell. Also the team's general manager, Waddell fired Bob Hartley on Wednesday and took over on an interim basis.

Hedberg, who went 9-4-2 in 2006-07 for the defending Southeast Division champions, is 76-73-14 in seven seasons.

Entering Tampa with an 0-3 road mark, Atlanta could have its hands full against a Lightning team that has won all three games here this season. Tampa Bay has been especially tough at home defensively, yielding just four goals thus far.

The Lightning also have had the Thrashers number here recently, winning the previous four meetings at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Tampa Bay's top line of Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal has totaled 17 points over its previous four games.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 0 1 2
    TAMPA BAY 2 3 1 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - VACLAV PROSPAL 6 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, PAUL RANGER) 5:10
    ATL - ILYA KOVALCHUK 4 (NICLAS HAVELID, JOHAN HEDBERG) 14:19
    TAM - CHRIS GRATTON 3 (MICHEL OUELLET) 18:54
    2ND PRD: TAM - VINCENT LECAVALIER 4 (SHANE O'BRIEN)

    Oct 20 9:56 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 2
    TAMPA BAY 6
    3RD PRD: ATL - BRETT STERLING 1 (BRYAN LITTLE) 7:47

    Thrashers vs. LightningOct 20 9:37 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 1
    TAMPA BAY 6
    3RD PRD: TAM - (PP) VACLAV PROSPAL 7 (BRAD RICHARDS, MARTIN ST. LOUIS)
    7:16

    Thrashers vs. LightningOct 20 9:32 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 0 1
    TAMPA BAY 2 3 5 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - VACLAV PROSPAL 6 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, PAUL RANGER) 5:10
    ATL - ILYA KOVALCHUK 4 (NICLAS HAVELID, JOHAN HEDBERG) 14:19
    TAM - CHRIS GRATTON 3 (MICHEL OUELLET) 18:54
    2ND PRD: TAM - VINCENT LECAVALIER 4 (S

    Oct 20 9:05 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 1
    TAMPA BAY 5
    2ND PRD: TAM - MATHIEU DARCHE 1 (UNASSISTED) 18:43

    Thrashers vs. LightningOct 20 9:04 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 1
    TAMPA BAY 3
    2ND PRD: TAM - VINCENT LECAVALIER 4 (SHANE O'BRIEN) 5:36

    Thrashers vs. LightningOct 20 8:39 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 1
    TAMPA BAY 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - VACLAV PROSPAL 6 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, PAUL RANGER) 5:10
    ATL - ILYA KOVALCHUK 4 (DARREN HAYDAR, JOHAN HEDBERG) 14:19
    TAM - CHRIS GRATTON 3 (MICHEL OUELLET) 18:54
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TO

    Oct 20 8:12 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 1
    TAMPA BAY 2
    1ST PRD: TAM - CHRIS GRATTON 3 (MICHEL OUELLET) 18:54

    Thrashers vs. LightningOct 20 8:12 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 1
    TAMPA BAY 1
    1ST PRD: ATL - ILYA KOVALCHUK 4 (DARREN HAYDAR, JOHAN HEDBERG) 14:19

    Thrashers vs. LightningOct 20 8:06 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 0
    TAMPA BAY 1
    1ST PRD: TAM - VACLAV PROSPAL 6 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, PAUL RANGER) 5:10

    Thrashers vs. LightningOct 20 7:46 PM