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Two short-handed goals help Thrashers beat Islanders 4-3 in shootout

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers overcame nine wasted power plays to beat the Islanders 4-3 in a shootout Wednesday night, handing New York its fourth straight loss.

Vyacheslav Kozlov and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in the shootout for Atlanta. Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped Bill Guerin and Miroslav Satan in the shootout.

Lehtonen made 30 stops in only his second start - both wins against the Islanders - since missing 16 games because of a groin injury.

Kovalchuk scored his NHL-leading 23rd goal, and Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist for Atlanta. Pascal DuPuis added the other Thrashers goal in regulation.

Mike Comrie, Mike Sillinger and Trent Hunter scored for the Islanders.

The Islanders outshot the Thrashers 33-24, but were held to no more than three goals for the 16th straight game.

Atlanta was stopped on four power-play chances in the first period and then made up for it the hard way, scoring two short-handed goals in the second period.

Atlanta's Eric Perrin already led the NHL with three short-handed assists before adding two in the second period.

Overall, the Thrashers were 0-for-9 on power plays, including another 0-for-4 effort in the third period.

The Thrashers led 3-1 before the Islanders rallied with a goal in the final second of the second period by Sillinger and a game-tying shot by Hunter 7:32 into the third period.

Lehtonen inadvertently helped set up New York's first goal, deflecting a shot by Chris Simon back to the Islanders' Comrie, who fired the puck back past the goalie for a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period.

The Thrashers tied it at 7:06 of the second period when Hossa skated past New York's Chris Campoli and scored the short-handed goal from the left circle. Hossa's shot bounced off goalie Rick DiPietro into the net.

Kovalchuk scored on a pass from Hossa to give Atlanta a 2-1 lead midway through the period before the Thrashers added a second short-handed goal. DuPuis took a pass from Perrin between the circles and scored with less than five minutes left in the period for a 3-1 lead.

With only 18.9 seconds left in the second period, former Thrashers defenceman Andy Sutton had an assist on Sillinger's goal that cut Atlanta's lead to 3-2.

Ken Klee's second penalty of the game, this one for tripping, set up a New York power play. Hunter's shot from beyond the left circle tied it at three.

Notes: - The Islanders outshot the Thrashers 9-6 in the first period despite Atlanta have a 4-1 advantage in power plays. ... New York held the Thrashers to three shots on goal in the third period. ... The teams played for the second time in five days, following Atlanta's 4-0 win on Long Island on Saturday. ... Kovalchuk has seven goals in his last 10 games against the Islanders.


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