ATLANTA (AP) -- Two games into his career with the Pittsburgh
Penguins, Shean Donovan already is paying dividends.
Donovan, claimed off waivers from Atlanta on Friday, scored his
first goal for his new team and the Penguins snapped a three-game
losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on
"It was nice to come in and get a win," Donovan said. "I was
hoping that would happen. But I wish the Thrashers a lot of luck."
Milan Kraft's goal 1:14 into the third period proved to be the
game-winner. Randy Robitaille also scored, and Alexei Kovalev had
three assists. Jan Hrdina added an empty-net goal in the final
minute as Pittsburgh beat Atlanta for the fourth straight time this
The Penguins are 10th in the Eastern Conference, six points
behind eighth-place Montreal.
"We have some new fellows," Pittsburgh forward Ian Moran said.
"We were trying to play a simple game. The last few games, we got
Donovan took a pass from Kovalev near center ice and raced past
Atlanta defenseman Brian Pothier to the net. It was Donovan's
seventh goal this season.
Kraft picked up a rebound in the circle and took a shot that
dribbled through the pads of goalie Pasi Nurminen. Atlanta forward
Lubos Bartecko nearly kept the puck out of the net, swatting it
away just inches past the goal line.
The goal was Kraft's eighth of the season.
"We can't give up goals like that and we have to find a way to
get people in front of the net," Thrashers coach Curt Fraser said.
"There wasn't a guy close enough to the net tonight."
Down 3-1, Vigier rallied Atlanta within a goal with his third
career score. He stopped a rebound in front and shot it past goalie
Hrkac's goal came after a nifty pass from Jiri Slegr, who faked
a shot from the point and deftly moved the puck to Hrkac. The shot
easily beat Hedberg and defenseman Darius Kasparaitis, who threw
his stick against the boards in disgust.
"The last few games, they've been playing well," Pittsburgh
coach Rick Kehoe said of Atlanta. "We needed the two points."
The Thrashers had several good chances to tie it in the final
minutes, but Hedberg made several spectacular saves, finishing with
"Every time you win, you start believing again, and that's what
we need," Hedberg said. "Hopefully, we can do whatever we can to
get into the playoffs."
Nurminen started in place of Milan Hnilicka and stopped 23 of 26
"It definitely was not my day," Nurminen said. "I will learn
from these days and we'll start winning these games."
With the trade to St. Louis imminent, Ferraro was a healthy
scratch for the fourth time this season. ... The Thrashers fell to
7-8-2 in their past 15 home games. ... The Penguins improved to
17-23-4-1 this season without Mario Lemieux, who's out for the
season with an injured hip.