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Thrashers 4, Oilers 3, OT

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:22 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 4, Oilers 3, OT
Atlanta Thrashers 4, Edmonton Oilers 3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Marty Reasoner made himself right at home in Edmonton.

The former Edmonton center Marty Reasoner beat Dwayne Roloson on a breakaway at 4:10 of overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers their fourth straight victory, 4-3 over the Oilers on Thursday night.

"It was definitely nice," said Reasoner, who matched his career high of 11 goals and also reached 200 career points. "I had a few chances and (Roloson) had gotten the best of me there, but I figured going in there, worst case, I throw it into his pads and start backchecking, but it squeaked in there."

Jim Slater, Bryan Little and Zach Bogosian scored in regulation, and Johan Hedberg finished with 29 saves. The Thrashers have won six of their last eight games.

"I think we played very good as a team," Hedberg said. "They probably need the points more than we do. We're playing for next season, playing for pride, but the last five games are the best we've played all year."

Thrashers captain Ilya Kovalchuk left the ice with an upper-body injury in the first period. He didn't return.

"We don't want to say too much right now because we don't know for sure," Atlanta coach John Anderson said. "He's day to day as we speak right now. He had a little problem yesterday and I didn't practice him. He said he was OK to go today and obviously he wasn't, but I've got to give him credit for trying."

Shawn Horcoff, Patrick O'Sullivan and Robert Nilsson scored for Edmonton, and Roloson stopped 29 shots. The Oilers have lost four of their last five, including two straight in overtime.

"To say there was disappointment in the dressing room after a game like that is an understatement, to come up empty like that in overtime," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "Especially in light of the fact there has been three of those in the last eight days with the same result. We can't even get them to the shootout. We've got really strong shooters and I would have liked our chances in the shootout."

O'Sullivan said a slow start had a lot to do with the outcome.

"I don't think we were as sharp as we needed to be starting that game," O'Sullivan said. "The next time we need to be ready to go right from the start."

Edmonton took a 3-2 lead with goals 1:23 apart in the second period.

O'Sullivan scored his first goal since being acquired in a trade-deadline deal with Carolina, beating Hedberg with a wrist shot. Nilsson then scored on a rebound after Hedberg made the initial save with the shaft of his stick on Sam Gagner's shot.

Atlanta tied it with 8 minutes left in the second on Bogosian's power-play goal.

Notes: Reasoner leads the Thrashers with a plus-8 rating. He has a career-high 11 goals, and also reached the 200-point mark in his career. ... Kovalchuk had his points streak stopped at seven games. He had six goals and nine assists during the run.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:25
ATL
Jim Slater (7) Snap shot - ASST: Nathan Oystrick (7), Vyacheslav Kozlov (39)
1 - 0 ATL
09:43
EDM
PPG - Shawn Horcoff (15) Slapshot - ASST: Denis Grebeshkov (26), Ales Hemsky (35)
1 - 1 Tie
13:36
ATL
Bryan Little (29) Backhand shot - ASST: Todd White (42), Ron Hainsey (29)
2 - 1 ATL
2nd Period
01:53
EDM
Patrick O'Sullivan (15) Snap shot - ASST: Fernando Pisani (6), Steve Staios (9)
2 - 2 Tie
03:16
EDM
Robert Nilsson (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Sam Gagner (17), Marc-Antoine Pouliot (12)
3 - 2 EDM
12:08
ATL
PPG - Zach Bogosian (5) Slapshot - ASST: Tobias Enstrom (15), Vyacheslav Kozlov (40)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
04:10
ATL
Marty Reasoner (11) Snap shot - ASST: Eric Perrin (11)
4 - 3 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:58
EDM
Dustin Penner  Interference against  Colin Stuart
07:56
ATL
Boris Valabik  Interference against  Andrew Cogliano
08:49
ATL
Tobias Enstrom  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
06:42
ATL
Marty Reasoner  Holding against  Sam Gagner
10:07
EDM
Dustin Penner  Misconduct (10 min)
10:07
EDM
Dustin Penner  Instigator against  Garnet Exelby
10:07
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Interference against  Ales Hemsky
10:07
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Fighting (maj) against  Dustin Penner
10:07
EDM
Dustin Penner  Fighting (maj) against  Garnet Exelby
11:17
EDM
Sheldon Souray  Roughing against  Colby Armstrong
16:11
EDM
Robert Nilsson  Interference against  Boris Valabik
16:11
ATL
Boris Valabik  Holding against  Robert Nilsson
16:35
EDM
Fernando Pisani  Cross checking against  Zach Bogosian
19:46
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Tripping against  Andrew Cogliano
3rd Period
13:01
EDM
Fernando Pisani  Hooking against  Tobias Enstrom
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
SA: 32TOI: 64:10
Saves: 29EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 33TOI: 64:10
Saves: 29EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .879SH: 3 - 3