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Thrashers 7, Red Wings 6

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:48 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 7, Red Wings 6
Detroit Red Wings 6, Atlanta Thrashers 7

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Thrashers have a long way to go on defense, but they know how to score, especially on the power play.

``They have a ton of offensive talent,'' said Detroit coach Mike Babcock after Patrik Stefan scored a late goal to help Thrashers escape with a 7-6 win over the Red Wings Tuesday night.

The Thrashers showed their scoring potential with four second-period goals. Then they showed how poor their defense can be by giving up a four-goal lead in the third period.

The Red Wings rallied from a 6-2 deficit with four goals in the first nine minutes of the third period.

The Thrashers finally recovered as Stefan's second goal of the game with 4:11 left in the third period put Atlanta back in the lead.

The Thrashers beat the Red Wings for the first in franchise history.

Stefan's go-ahead goal came on a breakaway as Detroit's Andreas Lilja lost his stick and was unable to block the shot.

``We came back and won the game in the last minutes against a strong team,'' Stefan said. ``I think the most important thing was to stay out of the penalty box. They have a great power play. We scored some big goals on the power play and then they scored some on the power play.''

Pavel Datsyuk scored two goals for the Red Wings, who had a three-game winning streak end and had been unbeaten in seven games all-time against Atlanta.

Even with the 6-2 lead, the Thrashers were worried knowing Detroit would open the third period with a two-man advantage.

``I thought if we don't get our act together we are gonna make this close,'' Thrashers goaltender Michael Garnett said.

As it turned out, Detroit pulled even at 6-6 midway through the period.

``It was like a photocopy (of the second period), just reverse it,'' Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said.

The Thrashers fell into penalty trouble early in the third period. The Red Wings scored just one even-strength goal in the third period.

Brendan Shanahan sparked the flurry for Detroit 24 seconds into the period on a 5-on-3 power play. Shanahan also had four assists for five points.

``It was his 1,300th game and he gets five points, so that shows you where he's at,'' Babcock said. ``He was sick tonight. He should be sick more often.''

An even-strength goal by Jason Williams was quickly followed by power-play goals by Mathieu Schneider and Tomas Holmstrom, who tied the game 8:41 into the period.

After Atlanta took a 3-2 lead early in the second period, Babcock decided it was time to change goaltenders, pulling Jimmy Howard for Chris Osgood.

Atlanta scored three power-play goals in a span of less than two minutes against Osgood to take the big lead.

``It didn't work tonight,'' said Babcock of changing goalies. ``Would I do it all over again? Absolutely.''

Slava Kozlov, a former Red Wing, sparked the run as the Thrashers made good on a two-man advantage. Marian Hossa added his 15th goal and Ronald Petrovicky's breakaway capped the second-period scoring spree, giving the Thrashers a 6-2 lead.

Bobby Holik scored for Atlanta early in the second period off Howard, who was pulled after stopping 13 of 16 shots.

J.P. Vigier opened the game by scoring an unassisted goal on a short-handed breakaway, with Brad Larson skating by his side, to give the Thrashers an early 1-0 lead.

Detroit answered with a power-play goal by Datsyuk in a two-man advantage to pull even at 1-1. With less than three minutes left in the opening period, Stefan scored his first goal of the game.

Garnett stopped 30 of 36 shots for Atlanta.

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scoring summary
1st Period
03:53
ATL
SHG - Jean-Pierre Vigier (2) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 ATL
11:23
DET
PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (11) Slapshot - ASST: Brendan Shanahan (12), Nicklas Lidstrom (23)
1 - 1 Tie
17:05
ATL
Patrik Stefan (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Greg De Vries (14), Vyacheslav Kozlov (20)
2 - 1 ATL
2nd Period
02:04
DET
Pavel Datsyuk (12) Snap shot - ASST: Brendan Shanahan (13), Brett Lebda (2)
2 - 2 Tie
03:07
ATL
Bobby Holik (7) Tip-in - ASST: Brad Larsen (2), Jean-Pierre Vigier (3)
3 - 2 ATL
06:05
ATL
PPG - Vyacheslav Kozlov (9) Snap shot - ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (23), Marc Savard (30)
4 - 2 ATL
06:48
ATL
PPG - Marian Hossa (15) Snap shot - ASST: Bobby Holik (8), Vyacheslav Kozlov (21)
5 - 2 ATL
08:01
ATL
PPG - Ronald Petrovicky (6) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 2 ATL
3rd Period
00:24
DET
PPG - Brendan Shanahan (18) Snap shot - ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (24), Mathieu Schneider (18)
6 - 3 ATL
02:02
DET
Jason Williams (10) Snap shot - ASST: Brendan Shanahan (14), Brett Lebda (3)
6 - 4 ATL
08:01
DET
PPG - Mathieu Schneider (10) Snap shot - ASST: Brendan Shanahan (15), Tomas Holmstrom (14)
6 - 5 ATL
08:41
DET
PPG - Tomas Holmstrom (11) Tip-in - ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (18), Pavel Datsyuk (24)
6 - 6 Tie
15:49
ATL
Patrik Stefan (5) Snap shot - ASST: Serge Aubin (5)
7 - 6 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
03:00
ATL
Eric Boulton  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jimmy Howard
10:10
ATL
Jim Slater  Holding
10:37
ATL
Serge Aubin  Holding against  Pavel Datsyuk
19:28
DET
Kris Draper  Hi-sticking against  Jean-Pierre Vigier
2nd Period
03:47
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Hi-sticking against  Jim Slater
03:47
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Hi-sticking against  Jim Slater
04:57
DET
Daniel Cleary  Hooking against  Patrik Stefan
06:30
DET
Andreas Lilja  Hooking against  Jim Slater
16:09
ATL
Jean-Pierre Vigier  Interference against  Jason Williams
18:58
ATL
Niclas Havelid  Interference
19:43
ATL
Brad Larsen  Hooking against  Mathieu Schneider
3rd Period
05:16
DET
Brett Lebda  Holding against  Marian Hossa
06:28
ATL
Jaroslav Modry  Holding against  Mathieu Schneider
07:08
ATL
Marian Hossa  Holding against  Mikael Samuelsson
12:39
DET
Mikael Samuelsson  Hooking against  Ronald Petrovicky
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
SA: 16TOI: 36:04
Saves: 12EV: 6 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 8
SV%: .750SH: 1 - 1
Jimmy Howard
SA: 16TOI: 23:07
Saves: 13EV: 10 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .813SH: 1 - 2
Michael Garnett
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 15
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0