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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Marc Savard scored late in the third period Saturday to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.

The win was the second for the Thrashers (20-18-6) in two nights over the Penguins (11-21-9). They posted a 6-4 win Friday night in Atlanta.

“It was a tough game to lose,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “To win a hockey game, you need a break. The puck has to go your way.

“Our work ethic is there and we’re getting better. But, it’s frustrating right now with the results because I thought we deserved better.”

Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk scored 4:34 into the first period. Following a Pittsburgh turnover in its own zone, Kovlachuk one-timed a pass into the net.   

Michel Ouellet tied the game at 1-1 with 4:10 to play in the first period. Sidney Crosby took Ziggy Palffy’s pass in the slot. Crosby skated toward the near post and flipped the puck across the crease while falling down. Ouellet skated to the far post and slammed the puck into the net. It was Ouellet’s fifth-straight game with a power-play goal.

In addition, Crosby’s assist pushed his scoring streak to 10 games.

Kovalchuk scored again 4:27 into the second period on a two-man advantage. His initial slap-shot deflected off Marc-Andre Fleury’s chest back to Kovalchuk. He ripped this rebound past Fleury, who got his glove on it, but the puck trickled into the goal.

Pittsburgh’s Ryan Malone tied the score at 2-2 with 7:05 left in the period. He punched in Ouellet’s rebound past Kari Lehtonen.

Jim Slater gave the Thrashers a 3-2 lead at 16:54 when he was able to slip the puck past Fleury during a scrum in front of the Penguins goal.

Ouellet tied the game at 3-all with 10.3 seconds on the clock in the second period. He slammed in Crosby’s rebound on the near post. It was Ouellet’s 10th goal. Tomas Surovy had the other assist.

With 3:25 left in the game, Savard scored as he roofed a rebound past Fleury.

Fleury stopped 28 of 32 shots, while Lehtonen blocked 28 of 31 shots.

The Penguins return to action on Tuesday at Mellon Arena against the Edmonton Oilers.

ICE CHIPS: Erik Christensen and Lyle Odelein were the Penguins’ healthy scratches…Steve Shields and Ronald Petrovicky were the Thrashers’ healthy scratches…The announced attendance was standing room-only 17,132…Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posted a 1-0 win over Philadelphia…Kenny Corupe had the lone Baby Penguins goal.


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