BOSTON (AP) - A fresh start for Andrew Raycroft and a timely deflection gave the Boston Bruins a much-needed victory.
Marco Sturm scored a power-play goal with 2:41 left to give the Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night.
"The power play is based on results and not how many chances you get," Boston defenseman Brian Leetch said. "We missed a chance to get points last night, so it magnified the importance of this game."
Sturm scored when Leetch's shot from the corner deflected off Sturm's skate and through Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen's legs.
"To leave this building empty-handed is unbelievable," Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said. "I feel very sorry for my players."
Andrew Raycroft made 20 saves for his first win since Jan. 7 and helped the Bruins snap a three-game losing streak.
"There was not as much pressure on me tonight knowing I hadn't played in a while," Raycroft said. "At the same time, if we had lost, we could have been eight points behind three teams."
Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk tied it at 2 at 7:19 of the third period when his point-blank wrist shot went over Raycroft's shoulder.
Atlanta lost for the second time in six games and ended a franchise-best, three-game winning streak on the road.
"It was just a lucky bounce and it came so late that we didn't have time to regroup," Lehtonen said.
Tom Fitzgerald put the Bruins ahead 2-1 when he knocked in his own rebound with 11:55 remaining in the second period.
Glen Murray gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he converted a pass from Wayne Primeau, beating Lehtonen at 4:30 of the second period. Murray has a six-game point streak.
"We played too good of a game to give this one away," Sturm said.
Peter Bondra tied it at 1 with a power-play goal 50 seconds later after the Bruins took three consecutive minor penalties in a 1:28 span.
Bondra scored his third goal in three months for Atlanta.
Notes: Fitzgerald has three goals this season, two in the last two games. ... Brad Boyes assisted on the winning goal for Boston. He has seven assists in the last five games. ... Bruins goalie Tim Thomas had his consecutive start streak snapped at 16 games. ... P.J. Axelsson missed the game with a knee injury. Axelsson was honored before the game for winning a gold medal with Sweden... Boston is 4-0-1 in its last five home games against Atlanta. ... Kovalchuk has 18 points in 14 career games against Boston.
|Glen Murray (18) ASST: Wayne Primeau (9), Brad Stuart (24)|
1 - 0 BOS
|PPG - Peter Bondra (16) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (37), Jaroslav Modry (28)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Thomas Fitzgerald (3) ASST: Milan Jurcina (5), Dan Lacouture (2)|
2 - 1 BOS
|Ilya Kovalchuk (38) ASST: Marian Hossa (38), Jim Slater (7)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Marco Sturm (22) ASST: Brian Leetch (21), Brad Boyes (30)|
3 - 2 BOS
|Power Play %||17.8%||17.8%|
|% on Road||18.0%||14.7%|
|% at Home||17.7%||21.2%|
|David Tanabe Hi-sticking|
|Sergei Samsonov Hooking|
|Bobby Holik Boarding|
|Ilya Kovalchuk Diving|
|Marco Sturm Hooking|
|Patrice Bergeron Hooking|
|Travis Green Hooking|
|Marian Hossa Tripping|
|Greg De Vries Hooking|
|Dan Lacouture Hi-sticking|
|Greg De Vries Hooking|