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Kovalchuk, Afinogenov, Kane each score 2 goals, Thrashers beat Kings 7-0

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ATLANTA - Ilya Kovalchuk and Maxim Afinogenov each had two goals and two assists to help the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Los Angeles Kings 7-0 on Friday night for their third straight victory.

Thrashers rookie Evander Kane, the fourth overall draft pick, also scored two goals and had an assist. His fifth goal made it 1-0 at the 10:22 mark of the second. His sixth was a short-handed goal that ended the scoring with 3:26 remaining.

Kovalchuk, who returned the night before in New York from a broken foot bone that sidelined him for three weeks, has seven points in the last two games.

The Kings, who have lost three of four, outshot Atlanta 38-21, but couldn't keep goalie Ondrej Pavelec from getting his first career shutout.

Afinogenov and Kane each had a goal and an assist during a 5:04 stretch of the second period that included Kings goalie Jonathan Quick getting chased and major penalties and game misconducts to Atlanta's Chris Thorburn and Los Angeles' Raitis Ivanans.

Kings forward Justin Williams was assessed a major and a game misconduct for checking from behind with 1:59 remaining.

Kovalchuk scored his 11th goal 12:28 into the second to make it 2-0. His 12th goal came on the power play with 14 minutes remaining to pad the lead at 5-0.

After defenceman Zach Bogosian's seventh goal put the Thrashers ahead 3-0 at the 14:16 mark, Los Angeles coach Terry Murray pulled Quick and brought in Erik Ersberg.

Kane's fifth goal, a wide wraparound outside the left goal post, slid between Quick's legs to make it 1-0 at the 10:22 mark of the second.

Quick dropped to 10-6-2 after stopping 11-of-14 shots. Ersberg made four saves against seven shots.

NOTES: Kings C Anze Kopitar, who began the night leading the NHL with 30 points, snapped a five-game points streak. ... Thrashers C Bryan Little had a light groin strain and missed his first game this season. After finishing second on the club with 31 goals in 79 games last season, Little, a 2006 first-round draft pick, has two goals and four assists in 15 games. ... Atlanta improved to 5-7-0, including 3-3-0 at Philips Arena, against the Kings.

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