Originally created 11/29/06

Holik's OT goal lifts Thrashers

NEW YORK - Bobby Holik scored his second goal of the game against his former team 2:55 into overtime, and the Atlanta Thrashers survived a roller-coaster final few minutes to beat the New York Rangers 5-4 Tuesday night.

Holik, who spent two largely disappointing seasons with the Rangers before the NHL lockout, gave the Thrashers their first lead of the night at 9:12 of the third period. He then won it after New York got even on Michael Nylander's power-play goal with 2:30 left in regulation.

Holik and Jim Slater scored 2:04 apart in the third period, and Marian Hossa broke out of a slump with a goal and three assists for the Thrashers, unbeaten in four games (3-0-1).

Adam Hall scored twice, and streaking Martin Straka added a goal for the Rangers, who dropped their second consecutive overtime decision following late, third-period rallies. New York has gone to overtime in three consecutive contests.

Kari Lehtonen shook off a soft first goal and followed up Saturday's shutout performance over Florida with a 30-save effort.

- Atlanta defenseman Andy Sutton is out indefinitely because of an ankle injury sustained in practice.

How much time the top-two blue liner will miss is not yet known.

Preliminary exams showed a crack, but the extent of the injury wasn't clear.

Sutton is due to have another MRI taken Thursday or Friday once the swelling subsides, general manager Don Waddell said before the Thrashers played the Rangers.


In Raleigh, N.C., Martin Ger-ber stopped 29 shots in his return to Raleigh and Ottawa beat Carolina.

Mike Fisher had a goal and an assist, and Christoph Schubert, Patrick Eaves and Chris Neal also scored for the Senators, who have won five of six.

Gerber, in his only season with Carolina, set the franchise record with 38 victories in 2005-06 before he was supplanted in the playoffs by Cam Ward, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy and led Carolina to its first Stanley Cup.

Gerber, who signed a three-year, $11.1 million deal with Ottawa in the offseason, made his first appearance at the RBC Center a success by stopping the final 28 shots he faced.


In Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby returned from a three-game injury layoff to set up Colby Armstrong's first two goals of the season, and Pittsburgh held on.

Chris Thorburn, normally a checking line forward, scored the game-winner 36 seconds into the third period with a seemingly harmless shot from behind the net that banked off goalie Rick DiPietro's left skate for his second goal.

Marc-Andre Fleury made the lead stand up by turning aside 33 of 35 shots, 13 in the final period.


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