|PIT||1||2||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|ATL||2||2||2||(0 - 0)||6|
ATLANTA (AP) -- Pasi Nurminen or Byron Dafoe. It doesn't really matter who is in goal for the Atlanta Thrashers. They just keep winning.
Slava Kozlov scored for the fifth straight game, tying a franchise record, and the Thrashers won their fourth in a row by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 Friday night.
Dafoe started for the second consecutive game in place of Nurminen, the first time that's happened this season, and he won his third straight. He made 23 saves and gave up only one even-strength goal.
Nurminen started 25 of the previous 30 games.
"Right now, we have two goalies that are very solid," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said. "It's not luck that we're winning these games. We're very fortunate that we have two guys that are playing very well."
Marc Savard added a goal and two assists, and Shawn McEachern also scored for Atlanta, which increased its lead in the Southeast Division to five points over Tampa Bay.
Serge Aubin scored an empty-net goal with 2:24 left to seal it.
"Everybody's chipping in," Savard said. "We had a little lull there and we talked about getting back with the program. Things are rolling right now. Everyone's confident and it's showing in our play."
Dick Tarnstrom had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who were without goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The 19-year-old rookie was on loan to Canada's team for the World Junior championship.
Sebastien Caron started in Fleury's place, but was pulled in favor of Jean-Sebastien Aubin in the second period after Pittsburgh closed to 4-3 on a goal by Patrick Boileau.
Jean-Sebastien Aubin was called up from Wilkes-Barre-Scranton of the AHL on Thursday.
"I have to deal with it, and that's part of the game," Caron said. "I was disappointed, but you've got to give them credit. When they score four goals like that, you've got to deal with it and get ready for the next time."
The Thrashers normally come from behind -- they've earned at least a point eight times after rallying from two-goal deficits -- but they never trailed after Kozlov scored at 4:36 of the first.
They eventually took two-goal leads four times, but never truly gained control until Serge Aubin made it 6-3.
"Even though we won that game by three goals, it was closer than the score would indicate," Hartley said.
After Boileau beat Dafoe with a one-timer from the blue line, Savard gave Atlanta a 5-3 lead early in the third period. McEachern and Jeff Cowan fought for the puck in front of the Pittsburgh net, occupying the defense just enough to allow Savard to snare it.
He whirled and beat Jean-Sebastien Aubin, and the Thrashers hung on from there.
"They know how to work the puck," Pittsburgh coach Eddie Olczyk said. "They've got guys that want to pay the price in front of the net like Kozlov and McEachern."
|PPG - Vyacheslav Kozlov Slapshot - ASST: Frantisek Kaberle , Shawn McEachern|
1 - 0 ATL
|Benjamin Simon Slapshot - ASST: Daniel Tjarnqvist|
2 - 0 ATL
|PPG - Dick Tarnstrom Slapshot - ASST: Rico Fata , Ryan Malone|
2 - 1 ATL
|Shawn McEachern Slapshot - ASST: Marc Savard , Jeff Cowan|
3 - 1 ATL
|Rico Fata Slapshot - ASST: Matt Bradley , Marc Bergevin|
3 - 2 ATL
|PPG - Jean-Pierre Vigier Slapshot - ASST: Vyacheslav Kozlov , Marc Savard|
4 - 2 ATL
|PPG - Patrick Boileau Slapshot - ASST: Dick Tarnstrom|
4 - 3 ATL
|Marc Savard Slapshot - ASST: Shawn McEachern , Andy Sutton|
5 - 3 ATL
|EN - Serge Aubin Slapshot - ASST: Jean-Pierre Vigier|
6 - 3 ATL
|Brian Holzinger Roughing against Shawn McEachern|
|Serge Aubin Hi-sticking|
|Andy Sutton Tripping against Mike Eastwood|
|Steve McKenna Too many men/ice - bench|
|Brian Holzinger Hooking against Benjamin Simon|
|Serge Aubin Boarding against Konstantin Koltsov|
|Patrik Stefan Interference on goalkeeper against Jean-Sebastien Aubin|
|Benjamin Simon Holding the stick against Patrick Boileau|
|Marc Bergevin Tripping against Serge Aubin|
|Francis Lessard Hooking - Obstruction|
|Serge Aubin Interference against Rico Fata|
|Brian Holzinger Tripping against Daniel Tjarnqvist|
|Vyacheslav Kozlov Interference - Obstruction|
|Tomas Kloucek Elbowing against Kelly Buchberger|