After tying Calgary's Jarome Iginla and Columbus' Rich Nash with
41 goals in 2003-2004, Kovalchuk has a career-best 43 tallies
and is three back of Jaromir Jagr in the race for this year's
Kovalchuk was one of five players to score and Kari Lehtonen
stopped 20 shots for his second shutout of the season for the
Thrashers in Monday's 5-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
Atlanta has won six of eight and is in ninth place in the
Eastern Conference, one point behind Montreal for the final
The Bruins have lost seven of their last nine and is eight
points in back of the Canadiens with only 13 contests remaining.
Brad Boyes scored his 22nd goal and Hal Gill registered his
first of the season for Boston in Monday's 5-2 loss to the New
The Bruins have won the first two meetings against the Thrashers
this season, including a 3-2 victory on March 2. Marco Sturm
scored a power-play goal with 2:41 left for Boston.