Originally created 03/19/00

Thrashers beat up on Leafs

TORONTO -- Hnat Domenichelli had a goal and two assists as the Atlanta Thrashers ended a 10-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Stephen Guolla, Donald Audette and Yannick Tremblay also scored for the Thrashers, who won for just the second time in 28 games.

Igor Korolev scored for the Maple Leafs, who lost their second straight home game to a team out of the playoff picture. Toronto lost 5-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday before beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in overtime Thursday in Detroit.

Domenichelli opened the scoring 40 seconds into the game with his eighth goal of the season when he fired what appeared to be a harmless shot at the net. Defensemen Tomas Kaberle and Dmitri Yushkevich converged on him just inside the Leafs blue line, but the shot eluded Curtis Joseph.

The Thrashers went ahead 2-0 on a power play early in the second, when Tremblay one-timed a shot past Joseph.

Korolev scored Toronto's lone goal 9:25 into the second, beating Damian Rhodes to the short side with a slap shot from the point.

Just over a minute later, Guolla put the Thrashers ahead 3-1 after he floated a centering pass from the left of Joseph and it ricocheted off Yushkevich and into the net.

Audette made it 4-1 with 3:11 left when he squirted a shot past Joseph during a goal-mouth scramble.

Despite four power plays in the first period, the Leafs managed just seven shots on net. Toronto finished 1-for-8 on the power play, while Atlanta was 2-for-10.

Toronto is playing without defenseman Bryan Berard, who was examined Friday by a retinal surgeon in New York. Berard, hit in the face by Marian Hossa's stick during a game in Ottawa on March 11, will undergo exploratory surgery Tuesday.


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