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Kovalchuk, Peverley fuel Atlanta's comeback win over Carolina

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ATLANTA - Rich Peverley scored two of Atlanta's four third-period goals, and Ilya Kovalchuk had two goals and three assists in the Thrashers' 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Carolina, which had won seven of nine, remained tied with Buffalo for the eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Thrashers, who have an NHL-low 24 points at home, won at Philips Arena for just the sixth time in 22 games.

Peverley pulled the Thrashers within one at 10:25 of the third period, Todd White tied it with 6:03 left, and Peverley put Atlanta in front on a power play with 1:28 remaining. Kovalchuk added an empty-netter for his 34th goal.

Tuomo Ruutu and Sergei Samsonov each scored in the first to put Carolina ahead 2-0, and Anton Babchuk added a power-play goal early in the third.

Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves to improve to 13-19-3.

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