Nashville at Atlanta

    Sim's score with three ticks left lifts Thrashers over Predators

    CBS wire reports

    ATLANTA -- Jon Sim scored on a tip-in with 3 seconds left in regulation and then scored the winner in a shootout and the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Friday night in a preseason game.

    Slava Kozlov and Sim, the fourth Atlanta shooter, beat Chris Mason in the shootout, while only Paul Kariya was able to score against Fred Brathwaite. Jean-Pierre Dumont had a chance to tie it for Nashville after Sim's goal, but missed.

    Dan Hamhuis scored twice for Nashville. Hamhuis played all 82 games for Nashville last season but became a restricted free agent and did not re-sign until last week.

    Scott Mellanby and Steve McCarthy scored for Atlanta (2-3-1) in the second period to give the Thrashers a 2-0 lead. Hamhuis put Nashville (3-1-1) on the board with a backhander at the 19:41 mark of the period.

    Kariya tied it on a short shot at 11:04 of the third, and Hamhuis scored the go-ahead goal on a long slap shot with 1:38 left in the period.

    Nashville's Greg Zanon was called for holding with just over a minute to play. The Thrashers pulled Brathwaite, and Sim tipped in Mellanby's shot in the final seconds.

    Goalie Kari Lehtonen played the first two periods for the Thrashers and stopped 11 of 12 shots. Mason played the entire game for Nashville and made 16 saves on 19 shots before the shootout.

    Brathwaite played the third period for Atlanta and made six saves in eight chances.

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    5:09Scott Mellanby - Assists: Niko Kapanen and Slava Kozlov
    11:46Steve McCarthy - Assists: Scott Mellanby and Slava Kozlov
    19:41Dan Hamhuis - Assists: Vernon Fiddler and J.P. Dumont
    11:04Paul Kariya - Assists: Alexander Radulov and Josef Vasicek
    18:22Dan Hamhuis - Assists: Paul Kariya and Josef Vasicek
    19:57Power Play - Jon Sim - Assists: Scott Mellanby and Slava Kozlov
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    4:47J.P. Dumont: hooking - minor
    5:17Scott Nichol: hooking - minor
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    10:41Scott Hartnell: roughing - minor
    10:41Scott Hartnell: slashing - minor
    10:41Glen Metropolit: roughing - minor
    15:52Slava Kozlov: tripping - minor
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    5:39J.P. Vigier: hooking - minor
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    :34Ilya Kovalchuk: roughing - minor
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    17:25Scottie Upshall: goaltender interference - minor
    17:25Vitaly Vishnevski: cross-checking - minor
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