Florida at Atlanta

    Thrashers 6, Panthers 3

    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

    ATLANTA -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored two power-play goals in the first period and Marian Hossa had a goal and two assists to help the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Florida Panthers 6-3 Wednesday night in their preseason home opener.

    Jason Krog, an NHL veteran trying to return to the league after playing in Europe the last two seasons, had a goal and two assists for Atlanta.

    Kovalchuk, who scored 52 goals last season, gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead on a 15-foot wrist shot at 3:34. Hossa, who assisted on the first goal, got one of his own less than 6 minutes later on a 25-footer.

    The Thrashers (1-1) took a 4-0 lead at 13:14 of the first period before Ville Peltonen, a new addition to the Panthers from Finland's national team, scored for Florida at 13:56. Rostislav Olesz scored for the Panthers (0-3) to cut the margin to 4-2 less than half a minute later.

    Brett Sterling completed the scoring in the wild first period with a final-minute goal for Atlanta to make the score 5-2. In the second, Joey Crabb scored the last goal for the Thrashers, who outshot Florida 32-21 for the game.

    Kari Lehtonen, Atlanta's top goalie, played the first 30 minutes, allowing two goals and making 12 saves. New Panthers starter Alex Auld played the first period and allowed five goals on 10 shots.

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    Scoring Summary
    3:34Power Play - Ilya Kovalchuk - Assists: Marian Hossa and Slava Kozlov
    9:03Marian Hossa - Assists: Jason Krog and Slava Kozlov
    11:58Jason Krog - Assists: Slava Kozlov and Braydon Coburn
    13:14Power Play - Ilya Kovalchuk - Assists: Steve Rucchin and Jason Krog
    13:56Ville Peltonen - Assists: Olli Jokinen and Ruslan Salei
    14:25Rostislav Olesz - Assists: Alexei Semenov and Nathan Horton
    16:36Brett Sterling - Assist: Niko Kapanen
    13:12Power Play - Nathan Horton - Assists: Olli Jokinen and Stephen Weiss
    19:03Joey Crabb - Assists: Brett Sterling and Marian Hossa
    Penalty Summary
    2:39Ville Peltonen: hooking - minor
    5:28Jason Krog: hooking - minor
    13:11Jay Bouwmeester: interference - minor
    1:13Marian Hossa: hooking - minor
    10:42Greg de Vries: holding - minor
    11:44Braydon Coburn: tripping - minor
    12:22J.P. Vigier: delay-of-game - minor
    16:25Olli Jokinen: roughing - minor
    :42Niclas Havelid: hooking - minor
    7:28Colin Stuart: hooking - minor
    11:17Ilya Kovalchuk: holding - minor
    12:34Stephen Weiss: tripping - minor
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    Line Judges - Steve Barton, Pierre Racicot
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