GAME: Pittsburgh Penguins (6-15-4-2) at Atlanta Thrashers (15-11-3-1).
TIME: Friday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Atlanta Thrashers try for their season high-tying fourth straight win as
they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Thrashers posted their second consecutive overtime win on Wednesday,
beating Los Angeles at Phillips Arena for the first time in their five-year
history with a 4-3 victory.
Marc Savard, who has six goals and five assists in his last five games,
scored twice, including the game-winner with 1:23 left in the extra period.
Ilya Kovalchuk assisted on the overtime goal, extending his career-high
point streak to eight games while tying the team record. Savard earned a point
in eight straight games from March 22-April 5.
Atlanta, which beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 in overtime Saturday in its
previous game, has earned at least a point eight times after trailing by two
goals. The Thrashers have outscored opponents 33-26 in the third period this
season and are 12-1-1-1 when winning the final period.
"We have won a lot of games in the third period," Atlanta's Slava Kozlov
said. "I think it's because we are in good shape."
The Penguins are coming off Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Vancouver -- their
sixth defeat in seven games.
Milan Kraft scored twice, including the goal that sent the game into the
extra period, as Pittsburgh earned its first point through four games of a
five-game road trip.
"I can't describe as a coach how pleased I am with my guys," Penguins
coach Ed Olczyk said. "We don't get a lot of respect. You battle a team like
that, that's a way to earn respect."
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made his last start before joining the Canadian
team for the World Junior Championships and stopped 33 shots, but allowed
Marcus Naslund to score four goals.
"Hopefully it won't be like this when I'm there, the same guy scoring four
goals," Fleury said.