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Atlanta at Ottawa

Senators 4, Thrashers 2

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OTTAWA -- Mike Fisher felt positively rejuvenated by the ancient Ottawa Senators flanking him.

Fisher assisted on Alex Kovalev's first-period goal and added a power-play goal in the second, leading Ottawa to a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday.

Fisher, who scored 32 seconds into overtime Thursday night a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders, restored the Senators' lead 3:44 into the second when he put a backhander past Ondrej Pavelec.

"I'm feeling young," said the 29-year-old Fisher, who was teamed with 36-year-old linemates Kovalev and Daniel Alfredsson. "They create so much space, they both make great plays and they're strong on the puck. They made some great plays tonight -- we could have had a few more."

Kovalev scored his first Senators goal 43 seconds in, and Jarkko Ruutu added Ottawa's second goal 1:42 later to open up a 2-0 lead 2:25 into the game.

Chris Neil also scored, and Brian Elliott made 27 saves in his first start of the season for Ottawa (3-1).

"It feels great to get my first goal but to get the win, that's the most important thing," said Kovalev, who has 395 career goals, including over 100 each with the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh and Montreal. "When you score goals and don't get the win, that's frustrating."

Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk scored his fifth goal in three games midway through the first. Ron Hainsey scored late in the period to draw the Thrashers even at 2.

"I don't think we showed up for this game," Kovalchuk said. "I don't know whether we were ready at the start and then they capitalized on us and scored a couple of quick goals. We came back and in the second period we had a couple of chances to take the lead, but their goalie played well. That goal on the power play made the game."

Pavelec made his third straight start and stopped 30 shots.

Vyacheslav Kozlov appeared to have drawn Atlanta (2-1-0) within one midway through the third, but the goal was immediately waved off. A video review supported the referee's ruling that Kozlov had deflected the puck with a high stick.

"We just tried to beat everybody by ourselves, but we just need to play like a unit, like we did the first two games," Kovalchuk said.

Zach Bogosian recovered from a solid bodycheck by Senators defenseman Anton Volchenkov in the second period to level Alfredsson immediately afterward with an open-ice hit of his own.

Chris Phillips drew a roughing minor at 13:27 as a number of Senators came to Alfredsson's defense after Bogosian knocked the Ottawa captain to the ice in the neutral zone.

Kovalev, who left the Canadiens to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with Ottawa, got his first goal in four games with a shot into a gaping net 43 seconds in.

Ruutu got his first of the season at 2:25 to make it 2-0.

Notes

Kovalchuk has 12 goals and six assists overall in 14 games at Scotiabank Place. ... Senators C Peter Regin left the game midway through the third with an upper body injury. He did not return.

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Scoreboard
Atlanta (2-1-0)2002
Ottawa  (3-1-0) «2114
Three Stars
M. Fisher
OTT


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
B. Elliott
OTT


Saves: 26
Save Pct.: .929
C. Phillips
OTT


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
43.0Alexei Kovalev (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Fisher, Alfredsson
02:25Jarkko Ruutu (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kelly, Donovan
09:35Ilya Kovalchuk (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Antropov
18:08Ron Hainsey (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Little, Kubina
2ND PERIOD
03:44Power Play - Mike Fisher (2), Backhand Shot. Assist: Regin, Picard
3RD PERIOD
05:12Chris Neil (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Foligno, Picard
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
08:32Carkner, 5 min, Fighting
08:32Boulton, 5 min, Fighting
2ND PERIOD
02:16Salmela, 2 min, Interference
13:37Phillips, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
01:44Salmela, 2 min, Hooking
05:35Campoli, 2 min, Holding the Stick
15:01White, 2 min, Boarding
15:01Picard, 2 min, Roughing
15:01White, 2 min, Roughing
15:43Fisher, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
 123T
Atlanta128828
Ottawa10101434
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ondrej Pavelec59:20304
Brian Elliott60:00262
Game Information
Attendance - 19360
Referees - Chris Lee, Dan Marouelli
Linesmen - Steve Miller, Dan Schachte
 
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