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Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Atlanta Thrashers 6 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Atlanta Thrashers 6 FINAL
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Atlanta Thrashers 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."

scoring summary
1st Period
04:36
ATL
PPG - Vyacheslav Kozlov (13) ASST: Frantisek Kaberle (17), Shawn McEachern (21)
1 - 0 ATL
08:08
ATL
Benjamin Simon (2) ASST: Daniel Tjarnqvist (3)
2 - 0 ATL
10:51
PIT
PPG - Dick Tarnstrom (6) ASST: Rico Fata (5), Ryan Malone (6)
2 - 1 ATL
2nd Period
01:40
ATL
Shawn McEachern (7) ASST: Marc Savard (15), Jeff Cowan (13)
3 - 1 ATL
03:15
PIT
Rico Fata (9) ASST: Matt Bradley (3), Marc Bergevin (5)
3 - 2 ATL
06:56
ATL
PPG - Jean-Pierre Vigier (8) ASST: Vyacheslav Kozlov (14), Marc Savard (16)
4 - 2 ATL
09:13
PIT
PPG - Patrick Boileau (3) ASST: Dick Tarnstrom (11)
4 - 3 ATL
3rd Period
01:32
ATL
Marc Savard (14) ASST: Shawn McEachern (22), Andy Sutton (5)
5 - 3 ATL
17:36
ATL
EN - Serge Aubin (6) ASST: Jean-Pierre Vigier (7)
6 - 3 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:27
PIT
Brian Holzinger  Roughing against  Shawn McEachern
08:53
ATL
Serge Aubin  Hi-sticking
15:25
ATL
Andy Sutton  Tripping against  Mike Eastwood
16:57
PIT
Steve McKenna  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
06:05
PIT
Brian Holzinger  Hooking against  Benjamin Simon
08:03
ATL
Serge Aubin  Boarding against  Konstantin Koltsov
11:23
ATL
Patrik Stefan  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jean-Sebastien Aubin
16:13
ATL
Benjamin Simon  Holding the stick against  Patrick Boileau
3rd Period
01:56
PIT
Marc Bergevin  Tripping against  Serge Aubin
05:45
ATL
Francis Lessard  Hooking - Obstruction
10:47
ATL
Serge Aubin  Interference against  Rico Fata
10:56
PIT
Brian Holzinger  Tripping against  Daniel Tjarnqvist
15:32
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov  Interference - Obstruction
17:56
ATL
Tomas Kloucek  Elbowing against  Kelly Buchberger
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
SA: 16TOI: 30:20
Saves: 15EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .938SH: 0 - 0
Sebastien Caron
SA: 15TOI: 29:13
Saves: 11EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 2
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 0
Byron Dafoe
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0