Sunday, November 4, 2007

Game Recap: TB 4 - ATL 6

(AP) -- The Atlanta Thrashers may have turned it around after a dismal start.

Pascal Dupuis scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and Ilya Kovalchuk had his second consecutive three-goal game, helping the Thrashers rally for a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

Dupuis put Atlanta ahead 5-4 from the low slot off a pass from Bryan Little with 2:08 left. Kovalchuk, who had a hat trick in Thursday night's loss to Ottawa, completed another three-goal performance with an empty-net goal with 1:22 to play.

"When you're in the NHL, you never know what's going to happen," Kovalchuk said. "It was unbelievable. It was a great feeling."

The Thrashers battled back from a three-goal second-period deficit, tying it 4-all when Kovalchuk scored his second goal of the game from the left circle at 7:21 of the third.

Kovalchuk has four goals in three games against Tampa Bay this season after scoring just once in eight games with the Lightning last season.

"He's going as good as I've seen him go," Atlanta general manager and interim coach Don Waddell said. "This is outstanding."

Atlanta had three goals on five shots in the final period. Thrashers rookie Ondrej Pavelec, who made his first career NHL start and third appearance overall, had 11 of his 30 saves in the third.

"I'm not making any assessments," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "It's what it is. Three goals on five shots. We pounded away chance after chance and couldn't score. They come down and score."

Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist allowed five goals and 21 shots.

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Tampa Gator said...

At least we played a lot better than on the road trip to NY/NJ. I hate to point fingers, but the goal tending looked really shaky on Saturday. Don;t get me wrong: I like Holmquist, but some of those goals were just unnecessary...
At least now we are playing good enough to win, but now we have to take that last big step and WIN!

David W said...

He's very inconsistant, he can make great saves one night and then let in easy goals and make rookie mistakes all over the place other nights.

Maybe Dan Boyle's -8 has a lot to do with this as well, coming back off of an injury and he has this, it can't just be a coincedence, right?

RJ said...

I think it's a combination. Goaltending has been so-so, which isn't good enough at this level, and defense has been bad, especially the 2nd and 3rd pairings (except Lundin +1), not to mention Boyle. I think Feaster is gonna have to make a deal for a Goalie soon, (Bryzgalov), and do something to sure up the "D" or this ship is gonna sink to the bottom. I wouldn't be surprised if Boyle is dealt since he is in a contract year and is going to cost a fortune to re-sign.