Originally created 12/05/01

Bruins 3, Thrashers 2



ATLANTA -- Bill Guerin scored two goals in an 18-second span of the third period, leading the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Guerin has scored a goal in four straight games and in seven of 10. The Bruins, who also had two assists from Jozef Stumpel, improved to 7-0-1-2 this season when Guerin scores.

Boston, which won for the seventh time in 10 games, came back from a two-goal deficit to end a two-game losing streak in Atlanta.

The Bruins outshot the Thrashers 35-25, and didn't allow a shot after Thrashers goalie Milan Hnilicka was pulled for an extra skater with 56 seconds remaining.

Brian Rolston scored his team-leading 12th goal 19:26 into the second period to bring Boston within 2-1. Glen Murray made a pass from the left circle to Rolston, who was charging from the top of the slot.

Byron Dafoe made 23 saves for the Bruins.

Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist for Atlanta, which has three lost three of four and has an NHL-low 16 points. Kovalchuk scored on a breakaway from the top of the left circle 12:55 into the second to give the Thrashers a 2-0 lead.

Atlanta went up 1-0 when rookie Dany Heatley scored the game's only power-play goal. Tony Hrkac faked a wraparound shot before feeding the puck to Kovalchuk in the crease. Kovalchuk's wrist shot failed, but Heatley punched in the rebound for his ninth goal and team-high 19th point.

"First period, we came out and just kind of skated," Boston coach Robbie Ftorek said. "

Notes: Thrashers general manager Don Waddell plans to meet with suspended D Petr Buzek on Friday. Buzek demanded a trade Nov. 24 when the Thrashers refused to extend his contract and was suspended the next day. ... Hnilicka, who was credited with his first career assist and the first goalie assist in Thrashers history on Kovalchuk's score, has faced at least 30 shots in 15 of 18 games. ... Dafoe had lost three of four road games.