ATLANTA - Rich Peverley scored with 1:09 left in overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 comeback victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.
The Thrashers ended a two-game losing streak and won for only the third time in 11 games. Atlanta also won for only the third time in its last 15 games at home (3-10-2). Toronto, which blew a 3-0 first-period lead, lost for the fifth time in six games.
Atlanta tied it at 3 with 4:53 left in regulation on Ilya Kovalchuk's second goal of the game and 18th of the season. He scored off a perfect pass from Peverley.
Peverley, playing only his second game with the Thrashers, skated on a line with Kovalchuk and assisted on both of his goals.
Toronto took a 3-0 lead after the first period, scoring twice in a 56-second span late in the period.
Lee Stempniak opened the scoring, beating Johan Hedberg on a power play off a rebound of Tomas Kaberle's shot. Then Dominic Moore scored his ninth, deflecting a shot by Luke Schenn past Hedberg at the 18:44 mark. Niklas Hagman followed with his 13th with a 10-foot wrist shot at 19:40 to a chorus of boos from the Atlanta crowd. When the period ended, the boos were even louder.
Hedberg was replaced by Kari Lehtonen at the start of the second period.
The boos quickly turned to cheers when Kovalchuk, Atlanta's only all-star this season, scored his 17th goal only 1:10 into the second period, beating Vesa Toskala on a shot from the right circle.
The Thrashers cut it to 3-2 on Bryan Little's goal - his 20th - at 15:38. Atlanta outshot Toronto 17-3 in the middle period.
Notes: The Maple Leafs are 1-5 in the second half of games on back-to-back nights this season. The Leafs beat Carolina 6-4 Thursday night. ... Peverley drew an assist on Kovalchuk's first goal, his first point as a Thrasher after being claimed on waivers Jan. 10 from Nashville. He had two goals and seven assists for Nashville. ... Toskala was 5-0-1 with a 1.81 GAA against the Thrashers prior to Friday night.