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Thrashers 6, Lightning 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:21 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 6, Lightning 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Atlanta Thrashers 6

ATLANTA (AP) -Ilya Kovalchuk waited until the day after last year's season finale to call for an improved roster.

Now that he's three months into his role as team captain, Kovalchuk spoke out immediately after the Atlanta Thrashers closed another season by missing the playoffs.

"I don't want to compete just for the playoffs," he said. "I want to compete for the (Stanley) Cup. I know for sure we need some more players."

Kovalchuk scored his 43rd goal, and the Thrashers snapped a three-game skid with a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night in final game of the season for both teams.

Colby Armstrong scored twice, Eric Perrin, Ron Hainsey and Colin Stuart added goals. Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves.

Tampa Bay rookie Steven Stamkos, the No. 1 overall draft pick, scored his 23rd goal early in the third period, and Matt Pettinger added a goal. The Lightning closed the season with a nine-game winless streak, dropping the last four in regulation.

Alternate captain Martin St. Louis didn't mask his disappointment in being associated with the NHL's second-worst team, just a one spot improvement after finishing at the bottom of the league standings last year.

"That's the only positive I take from this year, that we have some young guys to build some depth," St. Louis said. "We rushed some guys, and I think that will help us in the long run. It's hard. There's nothing like being in the playoffs."

The Thrashers won 12 of their final 18 game, including nine of 13 at home, under first-year coach John Anderson.

"I feel like we can play with any team," Anderson said. "The great thing about our team is we were very young."

Lightning interim coach Rick Tocchet, who took charge after Barry Melrose was fired after just 16 games, went 19-33-14.

"Monday, we're going to roll up our sleeves and start working toward next year," Tocchet said. "Who's kidding who? There's no secret. It is what it is."

Added alternate captain Jeff Halpern, who assisted on Pettinger's goal, "Sixty-six points is not enough. We have to be better individually."

Kovalchuk, whose wrister on a breakaway gave Atlanta a 3-1 lead midway through the second period, scored the 32nd goal in his last 42 games.

"It's easy to win when you're out of the playoffs," he said. "You can loosen up."

After seven years with the Thrashers, Kovalchuk has advanced to the playoffs just once, in 2007, when he shared scoring responsibilities with Marian Hossa and Keith Tkachuk. As frustrated as Atlanta's fans could be, Kovalchuk insists his will to win is even greater.

"They appreciated what we did tonight," he said. "But I don't think they appreciated what we did all season long."

Tampa Bay's Mike McKenna and Karri Ramo combined to make 29 saves, but McKenna was on the wrong end of two redirected scores by Armstrong.

"I got a couple of really ugly ones," Armstrong said of his 21st and 22nd goals. "Our line played pretty good tonight. We got to the net and made some things happen."

Notes: Atlanta rookie defenseman Zach Bogosian, the No. 3 overall draft pick, assisted on Armstrong's first goal to finish with 11 points in his last 16 games. Despite missing 33 games with a broken leg, the 18-year-old Bogosian led all rookie defensemen with nine goals. ... Winning the season series 4-1-1, the Thrashers improved to 27-19-10 against Tampa Bay, including 17-6-5 at Philips Arena. ... The Lighting were 1-14-1 when allowing five or more goals. ... Todd White had his 51st assist, and Slava Kozlov his 50 for Atlanta.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:10
ATL
PPG - Colby Armstrong (21) Slapshot - ASST: Zach Bogosian (10), Tobias Enstrom (27)
1 - 0 ATL
16:30
ATL
SHG - Eric Perrin (7) Snap shot - ASST: Marty Reasoner (15), Garnet Exelby (7)
2 - 0 ATL
17:17
TBL
PPG - Matt Pettinger (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Jeff Halpern (9), Kevin Quick (1)
2 - 1 ATL
2nd Period
09:15
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (43) Snap shot - ASST: Todd White (51), Ron Hainsey (33)
3 - 1 ATL
14:09
ATL
PPG - Ron Hainsey (6) Slapshot - ASST: Rich Peverley (28)
4 - 1 ATL
16:32
ATL
Colby Armstrong (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Vyacheslav Kozlov (50), Rich Peverley (29)
5 - 1 ATL
3rd Period
00:46
TBL
Steven Stamkos (23) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
5 - 2 ATL
06:20
ATL
Colin Stuart (5) Snap shot - ASST: Marty Reasoner (16)
6 - 2 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:43
ATL
Colby Armstrong  Holding against  Steven Stamkos
03:44
TBL
Josef Melichar  Holding against  Bryan Little
05:30
TBL
Matt Pettinger  Holding the stick against  Zach Bogosian
07:32
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Boulton
07:32
ATL
Eric Boulton  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
07:56
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Thorburn
07:56
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Fighting (maj) against  Evgeny Artyukhin
10:24
TBL
Matt Pettinger  Fighting (maj) against  Zach Bogosian
10:24
ATL
Zach Bogosian  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Pettinger
11:14
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Interference on goalkeeper against  Kari Lehtonen
16:02
ATL
Jim Slater  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mike McKenna
17:41
ATL
Eric Boulton  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Josef Melichar
19:22
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Holding against  Eric Perrin
2nd Period
14:06
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Slashing against  Bryan Little
16:46
ATL
Nathan Oystrick  Interference against  Zenon Konopka
3rd Period
09:50
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Hi-sticking against  Eric Perrin
11:43
TBL
Matt Pettinger  Slashing against  Bryan Little
14:12
ATL
Eric Perrin  Interference on goalkeeper against  Karri Ramo
goalie stats
Mike McKenna
SA: 15TOI: 34:09
Saves: 11EV: 8 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 1
Karri Ramo
SA: 11TOI: 25:51
Saves: 9EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 35TOI: 59:15
Saves: 33EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .943SH: 2 - 2