Originally created 01/04/01

Thrashers 1, Wild 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Atlanta Thrashers and Minnesota Wild played five minutes of offense and 60 minutes of defense in a 1-1 tie that extended the Wild's unbeaten streak to seven games.

Wild defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn scored his first goal of the season, giving Minnesota the lead on the power play just 2:25 in.

Donald Audette tied it with a power-play goal just over two minutes later.

After that, it was a goalie battle, with Minnesota's Jamie McLennan and Atlanta's Damian Rhodes stopping everything else.

Minnesota outshot Atlanta 5-1 in overtime and 36-22 for the game, but the Thrashers held on to snap a two-game losing streak. The Wild couldn't score despite 16 shots in the third period.

The Wild's best opportunity for the go-ahead goal came in the late stages of the third. Chris Tamer was whistled for cross-checking with 2:21 remaining in regulation, giving Minnesota a crucial late power play.

Atlanta held the Wild to two shots during the advantage and the game went to overtime.

All the offensive action came much earlier though.

Leschyshyn set up on the blue line and sent a rising slap shot at the Atlanta net. The puck hit the inside of the right post and landed behind Rhodes at.

Audette answered 2:11 later with his 20th goal. Andrew Brunette took the puck deep into the right corner of the Minnesota zone and fired a pass across the front of the goalmouth. Audette, at the left of the crease, snapped the puck in before McLennan could get into position.


Minnesota holds the league's longest current unbeaten streak. The Wild's last loss was Dec. 14 at Washington. ... It is the sixth time in nine season that Audette has scored at least 20 goals. ... Minnesota D Brad Bombardir is the team's captain for January. ... Atlanta RW Jeff Odgers went to training camp with the Wild but was claimed on waivers by the Thrashers in late September. He is pictured in both media guides.


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