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Thrashers 3, Blackhawks 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:33 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 3, Blackhawks 2
Atlanta Thrashers 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

CHICAGO (AP) -Two of the Atlanta Thrashers' top offensive threats came through to lift them to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and set up Vyacheslav Kozlov's two power-play scores. Kovalchuk connected on a breakaway at 3:51 of the third to snap a 1-all tie, as Atlanta handed Chicago its third straight loss.

After losing their first six games this season, the Thrashers are 3-2 in their last five.

"You need your best players to be your stars and they were tonight," Thrashers general manager and interim coach Don Waddell said.

Added goalie Johan Hedberg: "We have some real dynamic players on our team and it's good for us to get them going."

Hedberg finished with 29 saves in a strong effort.

Although Kovalchuk and Kozlov scored in the third period to give Atlanta a 3-1 lead, the Thrashers had to hold on and played the final 2:15 short-handed.

Chicago's Patrick Kane, the NHL's first overall draft pick last summer, scored a power-play goal in the second period. Jason Williams connected during a power play with 1:09 left to cut it to 3-2 and set up Kane's goal.

"We're going through some tough times now," Kovalchuk said. "Even tonight, we're up 3-1 and took unnecessary penalties. They almost tied the game.

"We're in pretty good shape. If we want to turn our season around, we have to work hard every night."

Chicago rookie Jonathan Toews also assisted on Kane's goal to extend his point streak to nine games. Toews, who missed Chicago's first two games with a broken finger, has a point in each contest he's played so far.

Lalime blocked 19 shots.

"I think we took it to them pretty hard tonight, actually," Kane said. "We've got to finish our chances.

"I guess that's just bad bounces," he added. "Maybe we can get a lucky one, a rebound of something."

Chicago coach Denis Savard agreed.

"We played a strong game," Savard said. "We're snake-bit right now. We missed some great opportunities."

Kozlov deflected Kovalchuk's shot from the top of the left circle and past Lalime during a 5-on-3 Atlanta advantage at 10:06 of the first period to open the scoring.

Kane's power-play goal at 5:08 of the second tied it at 1. He beat Hedberg on the short side with a shot from the right circle after taking Williams' cross-ice pass.

Kovalchuk converted a breakaway at 3:51 of the third to give Atlanta a 2-1 lead. Following a Chicago turnover and feed from Darren Haydar, he broke in alone down right wing from center ice and beat Lalime with a shot between the legs.

Kozlov made it 3-1 at 7:53. Kovalchuk picked off a pass at the right point off the Chicago zone, then fed it to Kozlov who was alone in front of Lalime.

Williams scored a power-play goal through a screen with Lalime on the bench for an extra attacker with 1:09 left to complete the scoring.

Notes: Chicago LW Dave Koci missed his first game on injured reserve with a broken nose. Blackhawks D Andrei Zyuzin sat out with a pulled hip muscle. ... Chicago recalled C Dave Bolland from Rockford of the AHL for Saturday's game. ... Atlanta G Kari Lehtonen missed his fourth game with a groin strain. ... Chicago's healthy scratches were LW Sergei Sansonov and D Danny Richmond. Atlanta's were D Steve McCarthy, LW Pascal Dupuis and LW Brett Sterling.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:06
ATL
PPG - Vyacheslav Kozlov (3) Slapshot - ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (5), Tobias Enstrom (3)
1 - 0 ATL
2nd Period
05:08
CHI
PPG - Patrick Kane (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Williams (6), Jonathan Toews (5)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
03:51
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Darren Haydar (4)
2 - 1 ATL
07:53
ATL
PPG - Vyacheslav Kozlov (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (6)
3 - 1 ATL
18:51
CHI
PPG - Jason Williams (4) Slapshot - ASST: Robert Lang (5), Patrick Sharp (4)
3 - 2 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:19
ATL
Bobby Holik  Cross checking against  Dave Bolland
07:02
ATL
Bobby Holik  Cross checking against  Kevyn Adams
08:19
CHI
Patrick Kane  Holding the stick against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
09:08
CHI
Brent Sopel  Tripping against  Bryan Little
10:31
CHI
Duncan Keith  Roughing against  Bryan Little
16:53
ATL
Niclas Havelid  Tripping against  Kevyn Adams
2nd Period
03:53
ATL
Johan Hedberg  Cross checking against  Adam Burish
17:39
ATL
Bobby Holik  Holding the stick against  Patrick Kane
3rd Period
04:35
ATL
Eric Perrin  Tripping against  Magnus Johansson
06:46
CHI
Duncan Keith  Holding against  Eric Perrin
11:26
ATL
Jim Slater  Kneeing against  Jonathan Toews
11:26
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Roughing against  Tuomo Ruutu
11:26
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Misconduct (10 min) against  Tuomo Ruutu
11:26
ATL
Bobby Holik  Misconduct (10 min) against  Tuomo Ruutu
11:26
CHI
Tuomo Ruutu  Roughing against  Chris Thorburn
11:26
CHI
Duncan Keith  Roughing against  Jim Slater
11:55
CHI
Patrick Kane  Holding against  Marian Hossa
17:45
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Slashing against  Patrick Kane
18:51
ATL
Johan Hedberg  Unsportsmanlike conduct
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
SA: 31TOI: 59:55
Saves: 29EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 4PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .935SH: 1 - 1
Patrick Lalime
SA: 22TOI: 58:20
Saves: 19EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .864SH: 1 - 1