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Post-game report: Atlanta 2 Ottawa 1

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA (AP) - Ilya Kovalchuk and Andy Sutton scored power-play goals and Kari Lehtonen made 34 saves, leading the Atlanta Thrashers to a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Kovalchuk tied the game late in the second with his 37th goal, which moved him ahead of the New York Rangers' Jaromir Jagr for the league lead. Sutton put Atlanta ahead midway through the third with his third of the season.

Marc Savard and Niclas Havelid combined to set up both power-play goals for Atlanta, which won for the second time in three games following a season-high seven-game losing streak.

Ottawa rookie Andrej Meszaros scored an unassisted goal 14:50 into the second to open the scoring, but that was all the Senators could muster despite outshooting the Thrashers 35-22.

The low-scoring game featured five of the NHL's top 10 scorers, including Kovalchuk, Savard and Marian Hossa, who failed to register a point in his first game in Ottawa since he and defenseman Greg De Vries were sent to Atlanta in the Aug. 23 trade that brought Dany Heatley to the Senators.

The Thrashers beat the Senators 8-3 on Jan. 2 in Heatley's first game in Atlanta.

Heatley, who hit the left post 1:09 in, and Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson are also among the league's top 10 scorers.

Thrashers right wing Jean-Pierre Vigier suffered a knee injury when he collided with Senators defenseman Zdeno Chara in an open-ice collision in the second period.

Ottawa left wing Vaclav Varada went to the dressing room with an apparent injury when he fell into the boards after a hit by Robert Petrovicky, who was given a boarding penalty on the play 12:09 into the third.

Notes: Hossa was the Senators' points leader each of his last two seasons in Ottawa. He scored a team-record 45 goals and had 35 assists for 80 points in 2002-03, and 36 goals and 46 assists for 82 points the following season. ... C Brandon Bochenski was in the Ottawa lineup after being recalled from Binghamton of the AHL earlier in the day. ... The crowd of 19,604 was the Senators' 24th sellout in 28 home games.

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