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Thrashers top Lightning in shootout

TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- The Atlanta Thrashers had the Lightning

right where they wanted them Saturday night -- on Florida ice.

Slava Kozlov scored the only shootout goal in Atlanta's 4-3

victory over Tampa Bay. The Thrashers have won nine of the last

11 games in the series, including four of the last five in


Kozlov, Ilya Kovalchuk and Todd White each had a goal and an

assist in regulation for the Thrashers, who have won seven of

their last nine games in a stretch that began with a

franchise-record six victories in a row.

Tampa Bay, meanwhile, has lost six consecutive home games and

nine of its last 10. The Lightning are 3-10 in shootouts.

"We're not getting balanced scoring right now, so that's kind of

tough on the team," Tampa Bay interim coach Rick Tocchet said.

"You have to rely on basically one line all the time."

Goalie Johan Hedberg improved Atlanta's shootout mark to 6-1,

stopping attempts by Steven Stamkos, Vinny Lecavalier and Martin

St. Louis. At the other end, Karri Ramo shut down Bryan Little

before Kozlov netted the winner.

"They know what I can do by now, so they got some advice from

the coaches," Kozlov said of his shootout goal. "But I just had

to read the goalie and there's going to be something open, and I

found the five hole."

Kozlov has 22 goals and 44 assists this season.

"We're getting him to shoot more, thank goodness, and you can

see the results of that," coach John Anderson said. "The hardest

thing about him to defend is that he never does the same thing


Kozlov opened the scoring 6:12 into the game. White made it 2-0

during a two-man advantage late in the first period, when the

Thrashers took 19 shots.

White has at least a point in nine straight games. His

career-high 66 points include three goals and two assists in

five games against Tampa Bay.

Early in the second period, Stamkos beat Hedberg twice in 82

seconds to pull the Lightning even. The top overall pick in the

2008 draft has eight goals and five assists in his last 12


St. Louis helped set up the first Stamkos goal, extending his

point streak to eight games. Tampa Bay's leading scorer has five

goals and six assists in that span.

Kovalchuk put the Thrashers ahead 3-2 on a power play at 12:52

of the second, but Vinny Prospal tied it less than three minutes


Ramo finished with 33 saves. Hedberg had 26.



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