|COL||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|ATL||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||4|
ATLANTA (AP) - Ilya Kovalchuk got his 10th goal in eight games and the Atlanta Thrashers had two short-handed scores to break a four-game home losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.
The Thrashers won for just the fifth time in their last 21 games at Philips Arena. Overall, Atlanta has four victories and eight points in its last seven matches.
Kovalchuk's 31st goal was a redirection 4:07 into the game. The Thrashers captain has 28 points, including 20 goals, in the last 24 games.
Milan Hejduk had his 22nd and 23rd goals for Colorado, which has lost two straight and six of nine.
Chris Stewart ended the scoring with his ninth goal with 1:31 remaining. The Avalanche had a man-advantage after coach Tony Granato briefly pulled goaltender Peter Budaj with approximately 2:30 remaining.
Despite a wrister from Hejduk that made it 3-1 late in the first period, the Avs gave up career-first short-handed goals to Tobias Enstrom and Eric Peverley.
Atlanta began the game having killed a league-low 70.4 percent of 115 penalties at home. The Avalanche's power play is 1-for-15 in its last four games.
Budaj, starting for the first time since Feb. 13, stopped 22-of-26 shots as his record dropped to 16-24-1.
Enstrom opened the scoring with a backhander 2:57 into the game after Eric Perrin started the short-handed breakaway and assisted from the right circle.
Enstrom also dived against the left boards to poke the puck up the ice for Peverley, whose short-handed goal made it 4-2 late in the middle period.
Kari Lehtonen improved to 12-18-3 by making 30 saves.
Notes: C Paul Stastny returned to the Avalanche lineup after missing the last 26 games with a broken forearm. He assisted on Hejduk's first goal. ... Hejduk also had two-goal games in a 7-4 loss to Toronto on Jan. 29 and in a 5-4 loss at Dallas on Oct. 18. ... Atlanta's only other game with two short-handed goals this season came in an 8-4 victory Feb. 15 at Anaheim.
|SHG - Tobias Enstrom (2) ASST: Eric Perrin (10)|
1 - 0 ATL
|Ilya Kovalchuk (31) ASST: Niclas Havelid (12), Todd White (37)|
2 - 0 ATL
|Marty Reasoner (10) ASST: Vyacheslav Kozlov (34), Rich Peverley (20)|
3 - 0 ATL
|PPG - Milan Hejduk (22) ASST: Paul Stastny (22), Ryan Smyth (30)|
3 - 1 ATL
|Milan Hejduk (23) ASST: Cody McLeod (5)|
3 - 2 ATL
|SHG - Rich Peverley (7) ASST: Tobias Enstrom (12)|
4 - 2 ATL
|Chris Stewart (9) ASST: Jordan Leopold (14), Scott Hannan (5)|
4 - 3 ATL
|Ron Hainsey Slashing against Milan Hejduk|
|Darcy Tucker Hooking against Eric Boulton|
|Colin Stuart Slashing against Cody McCormick|
|Ben Guite Hooking against Colin Stuart|
|Todd White Hooking against Ryan Smyth|
|Chris Stewart Roughing against Boris Valabik|
|Garnet Exelby Tripping against Ryan Smyth|
|Eric Perrin Holding against Wojtek Wolski|
|Marek Svatos Hi-sticking against Tobias Enstrom|
|Vyacheslav Kozlov Holding against Marek Svatos|
|Brett Clark Holding against Ilya Kovalchuk|
|SA: 26||TOI: 58:12|
|Saves: 22||EV: 18 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .846||SH: 1 - 3|
|SA: 33||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 30||EV: 22 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .909||SH: 4 - 4|