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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


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.


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