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35-41-6
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37 SOG
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Thrashers 3, Sabres 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 3, Sabres 2, SO
Buffalo Sabres 2, Atlanta Thrashers 3

ATLANTA (AP) -Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen will take the win even though he still doesn't like shootouts.

Ilya Kovalchuk and Slava Kozlov scored shootout goals for Atlanta, which beat Buffalo 3-2 on Saturday night and handed the Sabres their first loss of the season.

Kovalchuk, Atlanta's second shooter in the tiebreaker, beat Patrick Lalime for the first goal. Buffalo tied it with its second skater, Ales Kotalik, who scored on Lehtonen.

Kozlov gave the Thrashers the lead, and they finished off the victory when Buffalo leading scorer Thomas Vanek shot wide.

"It was pretty exciting. Nice to get the two points," Lehtonen said. "Those (shootouts) are not so much fun for goalies."

The one thing he appreciated was the break between overtime and the shootout.

"It's good we have two minutes to regroup," Lehtonen said.

The Thrashers snapped a three-game losing streak, and the Sabres fell to 4-0-1.

Buffalo's Jason Pominville scored with 3:08 remaining in the third period to tie it at 2, knocking in his own rebound.

"Somebody on their team turned the puck over and I got in the slot and made a pretty good shot," Pominville said. "I didn't like our start, but as the game went on, it got better."

Pominville's second of the season came after his initial shot bounced high off Lehtonen's glove and back to him.

"I was disappointed for giving up the tying goal just before overtime," Lehtonen said.

The Thrashers got off to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Kovalchuk and Bryan Little.

Kovalchuk, a 52-goal scorer last season, netted his second of the season after only 1:35 elapsed. He scored with a hard shot over Lalime's left shoulder.

Little, who leads the Thrashers with four goals, made it 2-0 at 17:12 with another shot over Lalime's left shoulder from about 10 feet out. Todd White assisted on both goals.

"We expected Atlanta to come out hard," Lalime said. "I like how we came back in the second and third. It would have been nice to get the extra point."

Vanek got the Sabres within 2-1 during a two-man advantage with three minutes left in the second period.

Vanek is off to the quickest start of his career, scoring seven goals in Buffalo's first five games. Kotalik and Pominville earned assists.

Notes: The Thrashers scratched D Nathan Oystrick and LW Brett Sterling. Buffalo's scratches were C Tim Connolly, D Nathan Paetsch and C Jochen Hecht. ... The Thrashers outshot the Sabres 19-6 in the opening period. ... Buffalo came into the game 18-for-18 on penalty killing and made it 24-for-24 with six stops against Atlanta. The Thrashers, meanwhile, have gone 21 straight power plays without a goal.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:35
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (2) ASST: Todd White (3)
1 - 0 ATL
17:12
ATL
Bryan Little (4) ASST: Todd White (4)
2 - 0 ATL
2nd Period
17:00
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (7) ASST: Jason Pominville (4), Ales Kotalik (3)
2 - 1 ATL
3rd Period
16:52
BUF
Jason Pominville (2) ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDATLBUFTOTAL
1E. Christensen
A. Kotalik
0 - 0
2I. Kovalchuk
D. Stafford
1 - 1
3V. Kozlov
T. Vanek
2 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
04:07
ATL
Colby Armstrong  Slashing against  Henrik Tallinder
04:07
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Cross checking against  Colby Armstrong
07:39
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Kaleta
07:39
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Thorburn
07:39
BUF
Andrew Peters  Boarding against  Toby Enstrom
09:26
BUF
Clarke MacArthur  Roughing against  Bryan Little
12:22
BUF
Adam Mair  Cross checking against  Marty Reasoner
2nd Period
04:02
ATL
Mathieu Schneider  Roughing against  Patrick Kaleta
06:56
BUF
Teppo Numminen  Hooking against  Bryan Little
10:18
ATL
Eric Boulton  Tripping against  Andrej Sekera
15:15
ATL
Eric Boulton  Interference against  Craig Rivet
16:07
ATL
Eric Perrin  Hooking against  Jaroslav Spacek
19:39
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Interference against  Zach Bogosian
3rd Period
09:10
ATL
Niclas Havelid  Hi stick - double minor against  Thomas Vanek
12:34
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Interference on goalkeeper against  Kari Lehtonen
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Patrick Lalime
SA: 37TOI: 65:00
Saves: 35EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .946SH: 0 - 0
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 30TOI: 64:56
Saves: 28EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .933SH: 2 - 2