ATLANTA (AP) -- Ray Ferraro didn't expect any burdens to be
lifted when he scored his 400th goal.
When it finally came -- seven games after he scored No. 399 -- he
was able to enjoy it in a win.
"That's a lot of goals," Ferraro quipped, "especially when
you can't shoot."
Atlanta rookies Ilya Kovalchuk and Dany Heatley added two goals
each as the Thrashers beat the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto
Maple Leafs 5-4 on Friday.
"I didn't really think it was that much of a big deal, but when
the puck went into the net, it felt pretty good," Ferraro said.
Ferraro scored at 16:10 of the second period, 11 seconds after
Kovalchuk had scored, to become the 66th NHL player to reach 400
"I was surprised when the puck went in how much relief I
felt," he said.
The Thrashers trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before scoring three
second-period goals to take their first lead.
Heatley scored an open-net power-play goal to tie the game at 2
at 12:31 of the second, deflecting a blue-line pass from Frantisek
Kaberle into the net.
Toronto goalkeeper Corey Schwab moved to the right of the goal,
anticipating the puck coming off the board, but it deflected right
"Usually it ends up hitting the boards and then comes back,"
Schwab said. "It's tough to get back in the net. That's the first
time that has happened. Sometimes you don't even see it. I did try
to throw the stick at it, but it was too far."
Kovalchuk put Atlanta up 3-2 at 15:59 and Ferraro's score pushed
it to 4-2.
After Mikael Renberg scored for Toronto to trim the lead to one,
Heatley scored with 7:05 left in the game to make it 5-3.
"Tonight they just wouldn't take no for an answer," Atlanta
coach Curt Fraser said.
Brian McCabe scored two goals for the Maple Leafs, who lost
their second straight game, and Mats Sundin scored his 20th goal,
giving him eight straight seasons of 20 or more, third-best in club
The Thrashers, who had won just twice in their previous 15
games, snapped a four-game winless streak, and won their first at
home since Nov. 19.
Atlanta's Pascal Rheaume, out since Dec. 2 with a pulled
hamstring, was found to have a blood clot and could be out two more
weeks. ... Kovalchuk's two goals gave him 16 for the season, an
Atlanta rookie record. ... Four players (Toronto's Renberg and
Jonas Hoglund and Atlanta's Kovalchuk and Heatley) scored three
points in the game. ... Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville and
North Carolina coach John Bunting, whose teams play in the Dec. 31
Peach Bowl, dropped the ceremonial first pucks. North Carolina
center Adam Betts rode the Zamboni during the first intermission.
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Arena: Philips Arena Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Referees: Blaine Angus, Scott Zelkin Linesmen: David Brisebois, Gordon Broseker
Attendance: 15,013 (81.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Bryan McCabe (5)
Assists: Tomas Kaberle, Jonas Hoglund
Ilya Kovalchuk (15)
Assist: Dany Heatley
Bryan McCabe (6)
Assists: Tomas Kaberle, Mikael Renberg
Dany Heatley (14)
(Power Play) Assists: Frantisek Kaberle, Tony Hrkac
Ilya Kovalchuk (16)
Ray Ferraro (6)
Assists: Darcy Hordichuk, Tomi Kallio
Mikael Renberg (7)
Assists: Mats Sundin, Jonas Hoglund
Dany Heatley (15)
Assist: Ilya Kovalchuk
Mats Sundin (20)
Assists: Mikael Renberg, Jonas Hoglund