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Thrashers 4, Canadiens 3, OT

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:44 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 4, Canadiens 3, OT
Montréal Canadiens 3, Atlanta Thrashers 4

ATLANTA (AP) -The seventh power play was the magic number for Ilya Kovalchuk and the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Thrashers needed overtime to finally solve Montreal's penalty kill, with Kovalchuk's goal from the left circle in the extra period giving Atlanta a 4-3 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday night.

The Canadiens killed Atlanta's first six power-play opportunities and had not allowed a goal in 33 straight short-handed situations over seven games. The streak ended on Kovalchuk's goal with only 3 seconds remaining in the overtime power play that carried over from the end of the third period.

"That was a tough way for it to end," said Montreal's Hal Gill.

Kovalchuk scored 1:18 into the overtime period.

"When Kovalchuk gets a chance like that, chances are he's going to score," said Montreal's Glen Metropolit. "He's a great player."

The decisive power play was set up by Metropolit's high-sticking minor in the final minute of regulation. The penalty carried over into overtime, giving the Thrashers a 4-on-3 opportunity to open the extra period.

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"It was a tough way to end it," said Metropolit, the former Atlanta center. "Our penalty kill has been great."

Montreal coach Jacques Martin said the Canadiens couldn't overcome their nine penalties.

"That was the key," Martin said. "We had a good start and took the lead. The penalties hurt us."

The Thrashers recovered after trailing 2-0 midway through the second period.

"We have to be better on our home ice, and that slow start was not good for us, but we found a way to win," Kovalchuk said.

Johan Hedberg stopped 16 shots to help Atlanta bounce back after losing its last three games of a four-game road trip.

Christoph Schubert, Colby Armstrong and Nik Antropov scored for the Thrashers in regulation. Andrei Kostitsyn had two second-period goals for Montreal.

The Thrashers began the night with a narrow edge over Montreal in the battle for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

"They were one point behind us and we knew that," Kovalchuk said. "When you drop a few in a row, teams catch up to you. We need to win a couple now."

Metropolit scored on the power play in the first period for a 1-0 Canadiens lead.

Kostitsyn pushed the lead to 2-0 with his first of two goals in the second period.

The Thrashers shook off their scoring drought with three goals in the final 11:02 of the second period. Schubert ended Montreal goalie Carey Price's shutout bid with a goal and then added an assist on Armstrong's put-back less than 3 minutes later.

"It was nice to get that first goal and help pump the team up," Schubert said.

Kostitsyn, who had only four goals in his first 29 games, added his second goal of the period on his shot from the right circle. Antropov answered for Atlanta for a 3-3 tie entering the third period.

The reported attendance at Philips Arena was 16,616.

NOTES: Tobias Enstrom had two assists for Atlanta. ... Montreal D Marc-Andre Bergeron left after he suffered a cut when hit on his face by a puck early in the second period. ... The Canadiens managed only four shots on goal in the second period, five shots in the third and overall were outshot 34-19. ... Price stopped 31 shots.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:33
MTL
PPG - Glen Metropolit (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Scott Gomez (12), Jaroslav Spacek (8)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
06:44
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn (5) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 MTL
11:02
ATL
Christoph Schubert (2) Snap shot - ASST: Pavel Kubina (11), Colby Armstrong (5)
2 - 1 MTL
13:51
ATL
Colby Armstrong (6) Snap shot - ASST: Evander Kane (6), Christoph Schubert (3)
2 - 2 Tie
15:13
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn (6) Slapshot - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (26), Marc-Andre Bergeron (8)
3 - 2 MTL
17:18
ATL
Nik Antropov (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Tobias Enstrom (18), Ilya Kovalchuk (13)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
01:18
ATL
PPG - Ilya Kovalchuk (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Vyacheslav Kozlov (10), Tobias Enstrom (19)
4 - 3 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:01
ATL
Evander Kane  Cross checking against  Maxim Lapierre
06:45
ATL
Boris Valabik  Tripping against  Travis Moen
08:02
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn  Interference against  Pavel Kubina
11:24
MTL
Georges Laraque  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Boulton
11:24
ATL
Eric Boulton  Fighting (maj) against  Georges Laraque
17:51
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Tripping against  Nik Antropov
2nd Period
03:11
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Hi-sticking against  Eric Boulton
07:52
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Slashing against  Bryan Little
18:14
ATL
Rich Peverley  Tripping against  Scott Gomez
3rd Period
01:16
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Tripping against  Christoph Schubert
03:40
ATL
Pavel Kubina  Tripping against  Andrei Kostitsyn
06:13
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Interference on goalkeeper against  Johan Hedberg
09:33
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Fighting (maj) against  Zach Bogosian
09:33
ATL
Zach Bogosian  Fighting (maj) against  Maxim Lapierre
19:20
MTL
Glen Metropolit  Hi-sticking against  Rich Peverley
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 34TOI: 61:18
Saves: 30EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 1
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg
8-3-0
SA: 19TOI: 60:45
Saves: 16EV: 7 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .842SH: 3 - 3