Hossa scores three goals to lead Thrashers past Kings 6-2

Fukufuji, the NHL’s first Japanese-born player, was lifted less than two minutes into the second period after Jim Slater’s deflection gave the Thrashers a 3-1 lead. He stopped only 6-of-9 shots.

Los Angeles closed to within 3-2 when Tom Kostopoulos scored just over two minutes into the third. But Hossa, who will represent the Thrashers at next week’s NHL all-star game, scored two more times to cement the victory.

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Hossa has 29 goals for the season.

Shane Hnidy scored first for Atlanta, just 19 seconds after Alexander Frolov put the Kings ahead at 1:31 of the first. Glen Metropolit had the other goal for the Thrashers.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 28 shots for first-place Atlanta, which won its second straight game following five consecutive losses.

The Kings have lost five straight games.