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Atlanta at Tampa Bay

Thrashers 6, Lightning 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The struggling Atlanta Thrashers showed they can be an offensive force.

Jaroslav Modry scored two of Atlanta's four power-play goals, leading the Thrashers over the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4 Tuesday night.

Atlanta converted on all its man-advantage opportunities against the NHL's top penalty-killing unit. The Lightning had allowed only three goals in 62 short-handed situations.

"Our hard work finally is paying off," Atlanta's Marian Hossa said.

The Thrashers took their first lead at 4-3 when Hossa skated in from the right wing boards and lifted a shot over goalie John Grahame at 3:03 of the third period. Modry gave Atlanta a two-goal lead on a power-play goal with 7:01 left.

Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak in winning for the fourth time in 12 games this year.

"We played exceptional in their end," said goalie Steve Shields, who made 29 saves. "The power play came through and they made the difference in the game for us."

The Lightning got to 5-4 on Vinny Prospal's goal at 15:08 of the third, but Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk finished the scoring with an empty-netter with 17 seconds left. He also had three assists, giving him eight assists and 12 points during a five-game point streak.

Atlanta got a goal and two assists from Peter Bondra, increasing his career totals to 41 goals and 57 points in 55 games against Tampa Bay.

Brad Richards had two goals for the Lightning. The defending Stanley Cup champions outscored Atlanta 9-2 in two earlier wins.

"There's no excuses," Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina said. "We knew exactly what they were going to do, and still they scored four (power-play) goals. You can't win games like that."

Atlanta scored two power-play goals in two chances and gave up a short-handed score as the teams ended the first period tied at 2.

Richards put the Lightning up 1-0 at 4:43. The Thrashers tied it on Modry's power-play goal at 11:09.

Richards regained the lead for Tampa Bay with a short-handed score with 2:37 left, before Atlanta tied it again on Bondra's power-play goal 40 seconds later.

The second period started in similar fashion. Vincent Lecavalier gave Tampa Bay its third lead at 4:37 before the Thrashers got their third power-play goal by Slava Kozlov at 8:59.

Notes

Lightning backup G Sean Burke (strained groin) was not available for the second straight game. He is day to day. ... Thrashers C Patrik Stefan (strained oblique) and RW Scott Mellanby (groin) did not play. Both are day to day. ... Atlanta G Mike Dunham served as the backup for the second straight game after missing six games with a groin injury. A decision on his status for Friday's game against Washington could be made Wednesday. ... The Lightning record for power-play goals allowed is five, coming in a 10-0 loss at Pittsburgh on Nov. 1, 1995.

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Scoreboard
Atlanta  (4-8-0) «2136
Tampa Bay (7-4-2)2114
Three Stars
J. Modry
ATL


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
B. Richards
TB


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
I. Kovalchuk
ATL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:43Brad Richards (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Ruslan Fedotenko and Fredrik Modin
11:09Power Play - Jaroslav Modry (2), Slap Shot - Assists: Ilya Kovalchuk and Peter Bondra
17:23Short - Brad Richards (5), Snap Shot - Assists: Dave Andreychuk and Pavel Kubina
18:03Power Play - Peter Bondra (5), Tip-In - Assists: Slava Kozlov and Ilya Kovalchuk
2ND PERIOD
04:37Vincent Lecavalier (8), Slap Shot - Assists: Martin St. Louis and Vaclav Prospal
08:59Power Play - Slava Kozlov (3), Snap Shot - Assists: Ilya Kovalchuk and Niclas Havelid
3RD PERIOD
03:03Marian Hossa (5), Snap Shot - Assists: Peter Bondra and Niclas Havelid
12:59Power Play - Jaroslav Modry (3), Slap Shot - Assists: Slava Kozlov and Marian Hossa
15:08Vaclav Prospal (8), Slap Shot - Assists: Darryl Sydor and Martin St. Louis
19:43Ilya Kovalchuk (5), Empty Net - Assists: Ronald Petrovicky and Andy Sutton
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
00:13Bondra: Interference - 2 min.
10:08Sarich: Interference - 2 min.
13:43Hnidy: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
16:47Modin: Hooking - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
07:37Sydor: Hooking - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
11:58Kubina: Tripping - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
Atlanta12107 29
Tampa Bay14109 33
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 19820
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Kerry Fraser, Tim Peel
Line Judges - Jonny Murray, Pierre Racicot
 
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