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Thrashers edge Islanders 2-1

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The Atlanta Thrashers had a few days to regroup after being pounded in Buffalo on Saturday night. They put the time to good use.

The Thrashers limited the New York Islanders to just 15 shots on Thursday night and former Isle Rob Schremp scored the game-winner in his first game against his old team to give Atlanta a 2-1 victory.

"We were focusing on pressure all week," forward Chris Thorburn said of his team's rebound from an 8-2 loss to the Sabres. "We have to keep showing up like the way we did tonight."

With 74 points -- seven behind eighth-place Buffalo -- the Thrashers still have some flickering playoff hopes as they head home to face League-leading Vancouver on Friday night.

A few more efforts like the one they put out on Thursday would help. The Thrashers stifled the Islanders all night, allowing only a second-period goal by John Tavares and forcing Chris Mason to make only 14 saves.

"We played aggressively," coach Craig Ramsay said. "It was one of the best neutral zone games we've had. I have a lot of confidence in our team. We can't ever give up."

The Thrashers dominated the opening period and if it weren't for goaltender Al Montoya, the Islanders would have trailed by more than one goal. Atlanta took a 1-0 lead when Andrew Ladd, parked outside the crease, smacked home a pass from Blake Wheeler for his team-leading 27th goal at 7:56.

"For them to shut us down was surprising," said Montoya, who made 32 saves to keep his team in the game. "We're trying to collect as many points as possible before the season ends."

The Islanders tied it early in the second as Tavares poked a loose puck past Mason at 1:38. But Atlanta dominated the rest of the period, outshooting the Isles 16-4, and took the lead when Schremp, playing for the first time since being acquired by the Thrashers from the Islanders on waivers at the Feb. 28 trade deadline, snapped home a power-play goal at 13:56. It was his second goal with Atlanta and 12th overall.

The Islanders were less than impressive in their return home after ending a 2-1-2 road trip with a 5-2 victory at Tampa Bay on Tuesday,

"Almost, but at this point in the season, (almost) doesn't help," New York's Kyle Okposo said. "We played desperate, but we've got to do it right from the start of the game."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

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