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Lightning 2, Thrashers 1, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 2, Thrashers 1, SO
Atlanta Thrashers 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Antero Niittymaki has no answers for why he is so successful against the Atlanta Thrashers.

Jeff Halpern scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Niittymaki topped Atlanta again in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2-1 victory on Saturday night.

Niittymaki made 37 saves, including three strong stops during overtime, and improved to 15-0 against Atlanta.

"I can't explain it," Niittymaki said.

Steven Stamkos netted Tampa Bay's only goal. The Lightning have won six of their last eight home games.

"It's nice to find a way to win when you didn't play your best," Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said. "He (Niittymaki) was incredible. He got us the two points."

Nik Antropov scored for the Thrashers, who have lost 13 of 15 on the road. Johan Hedberg stopped 24 shots.

"Moose (Hedberg) played unbelievable, and we had a lot of point-blank chances on Niittymaki," Thrashers center Rich Peverley said.

Tampa Bay's Kurtis Foster had a fourth-round shootout goal disallowed after a video review. After his initial shot was stopped by Hedberg, the puck went off his leg and into the net. A shooter is not allowed to score a rebound goal during the shootout.

Atlanta left winger Slava Kozlov was a healthy scratch, which ended his franchise record of 251 consecutive games. He has not scored in 16 games.

Antropov put the Thrashers ahead at 5:23 of the first period.

Stamkos tied it at 1 during a power play just over two minutes later. The goal came after Atlanta defenseman Pavel Kubina - who was given an interference penalty on the play - and Lightning forward Martin St. Louis collided in the Thrashers' zone.

"We had control of the game pretty much the whole way," Atlanta coach John Anderson said. "The goal they scored was a 4-on-3. That was a phantom call. He ran into our guy and we got a penalty."

Anderson was also "not happy" coming away with only one point.

"We don't get the two and we give a team that's right behind us the chance to tie us," Anderson said.

Atlanta and Tampa Bay, the 12th- and 13th-place teams in the Eastern Conference, are three points behind the eighth-place New York Rangers.

NOTES: Thrashers G Kari Lehtonen (back surgery) started a conditioning assignment with Chicago of the AHL. He stopped 32 of 37 shots in a game against Peoria. ... Stamkos has five goals and 10 points in 10 games against Atlanta. ... Tampa Bay rookie D Victor Hedman was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for Thursday's game with Toronto.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:23
ATL
Nik Antropov (13) ASST: Bryan Little (14), Pavel Kubina (21)
1 - 0 ATL
07:28
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (27) ASST: Kurtis Foster (15), Ryan Malone (20)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDTBLATLTOTAL
1S. Stamkos
M. Afinogenov
0 - 0
2S. Downie
I. Kovalchuk
0 - 0
3V. Lecavalier
B. Little
0 - 0
4K. Foster
R. Peverley
0 - 0
5J. Halpern
T. White
1 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
05:28
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Fighting against  Boris Valabik
05:28
ATL
Boris Valabik  Fighting against  Zenon Konopka
06:01
ATL
Colby Armstrong  Roughing against  Steve Downie
06:01
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Colby Armstrong
06:55
ATL
Pavel Kubina  Interference against  Martin St. Louis
10:09
TBL
Matt Walker  Cross checking against  Eric Boulton
11:08
TBL
Nate Thompson  Roughing against  Nik Antropov
11:08
ATL
Nik Antropov  Roughing against  Nate Thompson
2nd Period
14:25
TBL
Steve Downie  Interference against  Evander Kane
18:32
ATL
Eric Boulton  Fighting against  Matt Walker
18:32
TBL
Matt Walker  Fighting against  Eric Boulton
19:33
TBL
Ryan Malone  Cross checking against  Maxim Afinogenov
3rd Period
02:57
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Chris Thorburn
05:22
TBL
Mike Lundin  Slashing against  Evander Kane
08:13
ATL
Marty Reasoner  Tripping against  Martin St. Louis
12:38
ATL
Tobias Enstrom  Hooking against  Ryan Malone
OT Period
02:03
ATL
Pavel Kubina  Tripping against  Martin St. Louis
03:51
TBL
Alex Tanguay  Interference against  Rich Peverley
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
SA: 26TOI: 64:54
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .962SH: 3 - 3
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 38TOI: 64:52
Saves: 37EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .974SH: 1 - 1