The Thrashers had lost four of five to the Lightning this season, including an 8-0 blowout in their previous meeting on Dec. 7.
Slater’s second goal of the season was reviewed for several minutes by officials because of a potential high stick. Slater’s shot beat goalie Johan Holmqvist, who appeared to be screened. Bobby Holik and Shane Hnidy got assists on the goal, which ended the Lightning’s three-game winning streak.
Martin St. Louis scored Tampa Bay’s only goal in the first period. Atlanta tied it in the second on a goal by Vyacheslav Kozlov.
The Lightning took a 1-0 lead on a short-handed goal by St. Louis, his 24th. He beat goalie Kari Lehtonen from in close at 15:34, and Vincent Lecavalier got an assist. Tampa Bay has five short-handed goals, three by St. Louis.
The Thrashers tied it in the second on a 30-foot shot by Kozlov, his 14th goal. Marian Hossa and Jason Krog assisted.
Notes: Tampa Bay didn’t have a shot on goal in the first period until 12 minutes had gone by, but wound up with seven in the period, the same as Atlanta. … The Thrashers had a two-man advantage for 52 seconds early in the first period, but failed to capitalize. … Lecavalier had three goals and three assists in his previous three games. … Kozlov played in his team-record 137th consecutive game. … St. Louis had a goal and four assists in the 8-0 win over Atlanta.