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Atlanta Thrashers 2, Ottawa Senators 5 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Atlanta Thrashers 2, Ottawa Senators 5 FINAL
Atlanta Thrashers 2, Ottawa Senators 5

OTTAWA (AP) -- Marian Hossa managed to score despite failing to get a shot on an empty-net breakaway.

Hossa was awarded his second goal of the game with 43 seconds left in the third after Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk threw his stick, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 victory Sunday over the Thrashers.

Hossa, who scored early in the third period, was awarded a power-play goal at the 19:17 mark when Kovalchuk flung his stick and knocked the puck off Hossa's stick into the left corner with Atlanta goalie Pasi Nurminen on the bench for an extra attacker.

"When I was going on the empty net, I was going to go all the way because there was nobody close," Hossa said. "I was going to shoot and all of a sudden I saw a stick interfering with the puck, and I knew right away it was an automatic goal."

Thrashers coach Bob Hartley acknowledged that the referees were correct in awarding the goal (under rule 88.a).

"That's the rule. That was the right call," Hartley said. "He tried. It was worth what it was worth."

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who last saw a similar play in his native Sweden, said the Russian star acted out of frustration rather than desperation.

"(Kovalchuk) didn't get a lot of room at all," said Alfredsson, who had a goal and an assist. "He worked hard and he tried, and I think our defense and forwards did a good job of shutting him down. That play was just frustration. He's a really good player. I thought he tried really hard but we got the better of him."

The rare infraction was officially recorded as an unassisted goal, wiping out potential assists for Wade Redden and Bryan Smolinski, who set up earlier goals.

"I just feel sorry for those two guys because they didn't get the helpers," Hossa said. "That was a weird play."

Defensemen Karel Rachunek and Chris Phillips also scored, and Peter Schaefer had two assists, helping the Senators extend their season-high unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2).

Ronald Petrovicky and Patrik Stefan scored for Atlanta, which had its three-game winning streak stopped.

"They're a great defensive team," Petrovicky said. "They have big guys on defense and they don't allow a lot of shots."

The Thrashers are winless in their last seven games (0-6-1) against Ottawa, which has outscored Atlanta 16-8 overall while winning all three meetings this season.

Rachunek opened the scoring 15:01 in with his first goal of the season. The Czech defenseman received a cross-ice pass from Peter Schaefer and took a sharp-angle shot that deflected off Atlanta defenseman Garnet Exelby's stick and beat goalie Pasi Nurminen through the legs.

Phillips, who hadn't scored since the season opener Oct. 9, put the Senators up by two 7:23 into the second, beating Nurminen with a shot through traffic for his second of the season -- his first in 34 games.

Alfredsson made it 3-0 at 12:47 when he scored on the last of a flurry of Ottawa shots after Nurminen turned over the puck on a failed clearing attempt along the left boards.

Petrovicky scored with 48.7 seconds left in the period, beating Lalime for his 11th of the season just six seconds after exiting the penalty box after serving an minor penalty for elbowing.

Hossa made it 4-1 when he scored 1:43 into the third.

Stefan got a power-play goal at 5:43 for his sixth goal of the season.

scoring summary
1st Period
15:01
OTT
Karel Rachunek (1) ASST: Peter Schaefer (11), Wade Redden (9)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
07:23
OTT
Chris Phillips (2) ASST: Zdeno Chara (11), Daniel Alfredsson (20)
2 - 0 OTT
12:47
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (14) ASST: Todd White (6), Peter Schaefer (12)
3 - 0 OTT
19:11
ATL
Ronald Petrovicky (11) ASST: Vyacheslav Kozlov (17), Chris Tamer (3)
3 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
01:43
OTT
Marian Hossa (14) ASST: Jason Spezza (13), Bryan Smolinski (10)
4 - 1 OTT
05:43
ATL
PPG - Patrik Stefan (6) ASST: Randy Robitaille (14), Frantisek Kaberle (19)
4 - 2 OTT
19:17
OTT
PPG - EN - Marian Hossa (15) ASST: NONE
5 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
00:30
OTT
Wade Redden  Interference on goalkeeper against  Pasi Nurminen
03:47
OTT
Bryan Smolinski  Hooking against  Frantisek Kaberle
05:20
ATL
Ronald Petrovicky  Interference on goalkeeper against  Patrick Lalime
05:20
ATL
Ronald Petrovicky  Roughing against  Mike Fisher
05:20
OTT
Mike Fisher  Roughing against  Ronald Petrovicky
15:19
OTT
Petr Schastlivy  Interference - Obstruction against  Chris Tamer
18:24
ATL
Shawn McEachern  Slashing against  Martin Havlat
2nd Period
04:03
ATL
Andy Sutton  Interference - Obstruction against  Jason Spezza
09:56
ATL
Andy Sutton  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Chris Neil
09:56
OTT
Chris Neil  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Francis Lessard
13:57
OTT
Shane Hnidy  Fighting (maj) against  Bill Lindsay
13:57
ATL
Bill Lindsay  Misconduct (10 min) against  Shane Hnidy
13:57
ATL
Bill Lindsay  Fighting (maj) against  Shane Hnidy
13:57
ATL
Bill Lindsay  Instigator against  Shane Hnidy
17:05
ATL
Ronald Petrovicky  Elbowing against  Wade Redden
3rd Period
04:44
OTT
Zdeno Chara  Hooking against  Ilya Kovalchuk
07:40
ATL
Shawn McEachern  Roughing against  Jason Spezza
11:53
OTT
Shane Hnidy  Roughing against  Shawn McEachern
12:20
ATL
Shawn McEachern  Charging against  Antoine Vermette
18:01
OTT
Peter Schaefer  Illegal stick
18:26
ATL
Benjamin Simon  Unsportsmanlike conduct- Coach
18:26
ATL
Marc Savard  Interference on goalkeeper against  Patrick Lalime
goalie stats
Pasi Nurminen
SA: 23TOI: 58:01
Saves: 19EV: 14 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .826SH: 0 - 0
Patrick Lalime
SA: 23TOI: 59:33
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .913SH: 2 - 2