Reasoner lifts Thrashers past Oilers in overtime

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) — Marty Reasoner made himself right
at home in Edmonton.

The former Edmonton center beat Dwayne Roloson on a breakaway at
4:10 of overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers their fourth
straight victory, a 4-3 win over the Oilers on Thursday night.

“It was definitely nice,” said Reasoner, who matched his career
high of 11 goals and also reached 200 career points. “I had a
few chances and (Roloson) had gotten the best of me there, but I
figured going in there, worst case, I throw it into his pads and
start backchecking, but it squeaked in there.”

Jim Slater, Bryan Little and Zach Bogosian scored in regulation
and Johan Hedberg finished with 29 saves. The Thrashers have
won six of their last eight games.

“I think we played very good as a team,” Hedberg said. “They
probably need the points more than we do. We’re playing for
next season, playing for pride, but the last five games are the
best we’ve played all year.”

Thrashers captain Ilya Kovalchuk left the ice with an upper body
injury in the first period. He didn’t return.

“We don’t want to say too much right now because we don’t know
for sure,” Atlanta coach John Anderson said. “He’s day-to-day
as we speak right now. He had a little problem yesterday and I
didn’t practice him. He said he was OK to go today, and
obviously he wasn’t, but I’ve got to give him credit for

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Shawn Horcoff, Patrick O’Sullivan and Robert Nilsson scored for
Edmonton, and Roloson stopped 29 shots. The Oilers have lost
four of their last five, including two straight in overtime.

“To say there was disappointment in the dressing room after a
game like that is an understatement, to come up empty like that
in overtime,” Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. “Especially in
light of the fact there has been three of those in the last
eight days with the same result. We can’t even get them to the
shootout. We’ve got really strong shooters, and I would have
liked our chances in the shootout.”

O’Sullivan said a slow start had a lot to do with the outcome.

“I don’t think we were as sharp as we needed to be starting that
game,” O’Sullivan said. “The next time, we need to be ready to
go right from the start.”

Edmonton took a 3-2 lead with goals 1:23 apart in the second

O’Sullivan scored his first goal since being acquired in a
trade-deadline deal with Carolina, beating Hedberg with a wrist
shot. Nilsson then scored on a rebound after Hedberg made the
initial save with the shaft of his stick on Sam Gagner’s shot.

Atlanta tied it with eight minutes left in the second on
Bogosian’s power-play goal.