Originally created 10/20/06

Thrashers stop Capitals in shootout



ATLANTA - Vyacheslav Kozlov and Marian Hossa each scored in a shootout to lift the Atlanta Thrashers over the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Thursday night.

Kozlov beat Capitals goaltender Brent Johnson to open the shootout. Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen then stopped Alexander Semin before Hossa beat Johnson. Lehtonen blocked Alex Ovechkin's shot to finish off the 2-0 shootout.

Hossa, who scored earlier, got a tying goal with 43 seconds left in regulation to send it into overtime. His seventh goal came when he took a pass from Ilya Kovalchuk and knocked it over the right shoulder of Johnson.

Ovechkin scored in the second period to give Washington a 3-2 lead at 15:48.

PREDATORS 4, DEVILS 3 (SO)

In East Rutherford, N.J., Martin Erat scored the only goal in the shootout and Chris Mason stopped all three shots to lead Nashville to a win over New Jersey.

The Predators blew a two-goal lead in the final 2:07 of regulation but still managed to win their fourth consecutive game. They completed a sweep of the New York-metropolitan area teams this week.

Paul Kariya set up first-period power-play goals by Jason Arnott and Erat and Scott Nichol tallied short-handed in the second for Nashville.

AVALANCHE 2, SENATORS 1

In Ottawa, Joe Sakic and Brad Richardson scored second-period goals and Jose Theodore made 26 saves to lead Colorado to a win Ottawa.

Sakic scored his third goal of the season midway through the second to open the scoring. Richardson got his third with a short-handed effort with 3:16 left in the period to put the Avalanche up by two.

BRUINS 3, FLAMES 2

In Boston, Glen Murray scored two goals as Boston snapped its three-game losing streak.

Boston also stopped a three-game losing streak in home openers. The Bruins began the night tied with the Philadelphia Flyers for the fewest points in the NHL.

LIGHTNING 4, FLYERS 1

In Tampa, Fla., Ryan Craig and Ruslan Fedotenko scored second-period goals and Marc Denis made 34 saves to help Tampa Bay beat Philadelphia.

The Lightning, who had lost four of five, also got third-period goals from Vinny Prospal and Nikita Alexeev. Tampa Bay has won nine in a row against the Flyers, outscoring Philadelphia 43-16.

PENGUINS 4, ISLANDERS 3 (OT)

In Uniondale, N.Y., Sergei Gonchar scored Pittsburgh's third power-play goal 3:33 into overtime, and the Penguins used the kid tandem of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to beat the New York Islanders.

Islanders captain Alexei Yashin was enjoying a three-point night, but he was in the penalty box when Gonchar took a pass from Ryan Whitney and ripped a shot in off the right post.