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Stajan scores twice, Pogge wins in NHL debut as Leafs beat Thrashers 6-2

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ATLANTA - Matt Stajan scored two goals, including an empty-netter, and rookie goaltender Justin Pogge won his NHL debut in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 6-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.

Alexei Ponikarovsky, Jeremy Williams and Niklas Hagman and Dominic Moore all scored a goal for the second straight game for Toronto, which has won two in a row and five of six.

The Thrashers, outshot 38-21, lost for the eighth time in their last nine home games.

Stajan's eighth goal made it 3-0 with 2:24 left in the second period, as he skated the centre of a 3-on-2 breakaway and took Nik Antropov's pass from the bottom of the left circle to beat goal Kari Lehtonen's stick side.

After Ponikarovsky scored his 11th just 59 seconds into the first, Williams gave the Leafs a 2-0 lead nearly 10 minutes later. Moore, who made it 4-1 on the game's only power-play goal midway through the third, was behind Lehtonen's right shoulder when he fed Williams on the inside of the left circle.

Pogge, called up from the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies on Sunday, stopped 19 of 21 shots after Colby Armstrong scored his eighth goal to cut the lead to 3-1 with 8.9 seconds left in the second. Todd White added his 11th to make it 4-2 with 5:46 remaining.

Lehtonen, in his second game since missing seven weeks with an injured back, faced 35 shots before his teammates managed their 13th midway in the third.

Notes: Antropov assisted on Ponikarovsky's goal to give the 10th-year Leafs winger seven points in the last four games. ... Stajan, coming off a two-assist performance at Boston, had his 20th on the Ponikarovsky goal. ... Atlanta dropped to 2-13-1 when trailing after two periods. ... The Thrashers are 2-8-1 against the Atlantic Division. ... Toronto improved to 8-0-2 when leading after two periods and 1-4-1 against the Southeast.

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