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Thrashers 4, Avalanche 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 4, Avalanche 3
Colorado Avalanche 3, Atlanta Thrashers 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:57
ATL
SHG - Tobias Enstrom (2) ASST: Eric Perrin (10)
1 - 0 ATL
04:07
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (31) ASST: Niclas Havelid (12), Todd White (37)
2 - 0 ATL
11:20
ATL
Marty Reasoner (10) ASST: Vyacheslav Kozlov (34), Rich Peverley (20)
3 - 0 ATL
18:32
COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (22) ASST: Paul Stastny (22), Ryan Smyth (30)
3 - 1 ATL
2nd Period
11:01
COL
Milan Hejduk (23) ASST: Cody McLeod (5)
3 - 2 ATL
15:16
ATL
SHG - Rich Peverley (7) ASST: Tobias Enstrom (12)
4 - 2 ATL
3rd Period
18:29
COL
Chris Stewart (9) ASST: Jordan Leopold (14), Scott Hannan (5)
4 - 3 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:23
ATL
Ron Hainsey  Slashing against  Milan Hejduk
04:37
COL
Darcy Tucker  Hooking against  Eric Boulton
17:31
ATL
Colin Stuart  Slashing against  Cody McCormick
2nd Period
02:31
COL
Ben Guite  Hooking against  Colin Stuart
14:24
ATL
Todd White  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
19:12
COL
Chris Stewart  Roughing against  Boris Valabik
3rd Period
01:51
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Tripping against  Ryan Smyth
04:09
ATL
Eric Perrin  Holding against  Wojtek Wolski
05:50
COL
Marek Svatos  Hi-sticking against  Tobias Enstrom
14:51
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov  Holding against  Marek Svatos
19:27
COL
Brett Clark  Holding against  Ilya Kovalchuk
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 26TOI: 58:12
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .846SH: 1 - 3
Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen
12-18-3
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .909SH: 4 - 4
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