Edmonton at Atlanta

Kozlov's first goal comes at right time, gives Thrashers win


ATLANTA -- Slava Kozlov hopes his first goal is the start of something good.

Kozlov broke out of his slump with his first goal of the season and the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Sunday for their fourth consecutive victory.

Kozlov, who had 26 goals last season, put the Thrashers in front with 8:01 left in the third period, converting a pass from Todd White after going scoreless in the first 16 games.

"Obviously it was a slow start for me," Kozlov said. "Hopefully, I will pick it up. I tried to stay calm and just work hard. It feels good."

Johan Hedberg made 34 saves to improve to 4-1 on the season and was encouraged by Kozlov's goal.

"We need him to be a part of our team," Hedberg said. "For him to get his first goal was big for him."

The Thrashers (10-6-1) won their second straight at home to even their record to 4-4 at Philips Arena. The Oilers lost their third in a row and sixth in seven games.

"We are a team that finds a way not to do the right thing," Oilers coach Pat Quinn said. "We missed our assignments today and instead of walking away with something to work with, we walk away with nothing but maybe a moral victory."

The Thrashers tied it at 2 on a power-play goal by Maxim Afinogenov with 22 seconds remaining in the second. Afinogenov picked up his seventh of the season and third in two games when he took a pass from Rich Peverley at mid-ice, outraced a defender and beat Nikolai Khabibulin from up close.

"Their power-play goal gave them a quick turnaround," Edmonton's Andrew Cogliano said. "We had chances to put it away. We were around the net."

The Oilers had taken a 2-1 lead on second-period goals by Shawn Horcoff and Dustin Penner.

Horcoff knocked in his third of the season with assists from Steve Staios and Ales Hemsky. Penner added his team-leading 12th goal with 4:47 left in the period. He converted a nice pass from Cogliano and easily beat Hedberg from about 10 feet out.

Atlanta's Zach Bogosian opened the scoring with a power-play goal early in the first. It was his eighth goal, tops in the league for defensemen.


  • The Oilers were 0 for 5 on the power play.
  • Atlanta C Bryan Little missed his second straight game with a groin strain and D Pavel Kubina was out with lower body soreness.
  • The Oilers were without F Fernando Pisani with complications from colitis and D Denis Grebeshkov with a knee injury.
  • This was the only meeting this season between the two teams.
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Ilya Kovalchuk and Maxim Afinogenov are happy after Slava Kozlov scores his goal of the season. (AP)
Ilya Kovalchuk and Maxim Afinogenov are happy after Slava Kozlov scores his goal of the season. (AP)
Edmonton (8-10-2)0202
Atlanta  (10-6-1) «1113
Three Stars
S. Kozlov

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
R. Peverley

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
J. Hedberg

Saves: 34
Save Pct.: .944

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Scoring Summary
04:37Power Play - Zach Bogosian (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Kovalchuk, Kozlov
39.0Shawn Horcoff (3), Tip-In. Assist: Staios, Hemsky
15:13Dustin Penner (12), Snap Shot. Assist: Cogliano, Stortini
19:38Power Play - Maxim Afinogenov (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Peverley
11:59Slava Kozlov (1), Snap Shot. Assist: White, Peverley
Penalty Summary
02:50Staios, 2 min, Slashing
05:20Visnovsky, 2 min, Boarding
07:35White, 2 min, Hooking
15:20Kozlov, 2 min, Tripping
18:06Enstrom, 2 min, Holding
17:46Moreau, 2 min, Hooking
07:59Salmela, 2 min, Holding
15:10Bogosian, 2 min, Holding the Stick
Shots On Goal
Nikolai Khabibulin58:56273
Johan Hedberg60:00342
Game Information
Attendance - 11091
Referees - Marc Joannette, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen - Brian Murphy, Thor Nelson
Other Games
SJ 3 Final
Chi 4
Min 4 Final
Car 5