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Bryan Little, Ilya Kovalchuk lead Thrashers over Flames, 5-2

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ATLANTA - Bryan Little scored two goals, and Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist to help the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 Sunday.

Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 15 of 20 shots and lost on the road for the first time in seven starts. The Flames never led as they lost for the third time in five games to a Southeast Division opponent that's out of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Despite holding the third spot in the West with 84 points, Calgary allowed the Thrashers to earn consecutive victories in regulation for the first time since Jan. 20.

Kovalchuk, who has 25 goals and 14 assists in his last 29 games, made it 4-2 with a hard wrister from the right circle near the midway point of the third.

Jarome Iginla had gotten the Flames within a goal with a tap-in past goalie Kari Lehtonen that earned Dustin Boyd an assist from the rear boards behind the net.

The Flames were without David Moss after their fourth-leading goal scorer left before the game to attend a family funeral. Calgary dropped to 1-2 since acquiring Olli Jokinen in a Wednesday trade with Phoenix.

Little opened the scoring with a wrister near the left side of the crease into the first. He added his 28th goal with 9:22 remaining on a power play.

Atlanta never trailed after Tobias Enstrom's third goal, a slapshot between the blue-line and the circles 17:11 into the third, made it 2-1.

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