ATLANTA (AP) -- Good thing for the Atlanta Thrashers that Ilya
Kovalchuk has a habit of being lazy.
Kovalchuk scored from the left faceoff circle with 2:02 left in
overtime as the Atlanta Thrashers snapped a five-game losing streak
with a 4-3 victory Wednesday night over the Ottawa Senators.
"I was late getting out the zone, as always, and I couldn't
believe how wide open I was when Stefan's pass found me,"
Kovalchuk said through an interpreter.
Martin Havlat had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who
twice lost leads in less than 90 seconds.
"Tonight it was a back and forth game, but we weren't good
enough to win it," Ottawa coach Jacques Martin said. "We made
some mistakes that they capitalized on, like turning it over."
Hnat Domenichelli's wraparound goal with 14:27 left in
regulation sent the game to overtime.
Marian Hossa had given Ottawa a 3-2 lead by converting a perfect
2-on-1 in the third period, taking a pass from Todd White and
easily beating Thrashers goalie Damian Rhodes. It was Hossa's 17th
of the season.
But Domenichelli tied it 1:27 later, skating past Senators
defenseman Karel Rachunek and around the net before stuffing the
puck past Jani Hurme.
"It's fun to be involved in games like this, because you know
that good things are going to happen," Atlanta coach Curt Fraser
said. "Even though we were down a goal a couple of times tonight,
it was never a problem on the bench. There was no concern at all."
Rhodes, who improved to 2-10-1, started in place of Milan
Hnilicka and stopped 33 of 36 shots. Hnilicka was pulled early in
Tuesday night's 7-4 loss to Philadelphia after giving up four goals
in the first 12 shots.
Rhodes saved his best for last, gloving Daniel Alfredsson's
point-blank shot early in overtime. Rhodes had fallen to make a
save, and reached up while on his stomach to make the save.
"Yeah, it was pretty much desperation," Rhodes said. "I went
as far across as I thought I could and then I just threw my glove
up. I didn't even see it go in my glove, I felt it go in."
Atlanta's first lead came on Tremblay's slap shot from near the
blue line. He fielded a pass from Stefan after a face-off and shot
it through several bodies past Hurme.
Havlat's goal just 1:37 into the game gave the Senators a 1-0
lead, but Corkum answered 1:15 later to tie it at 1.
Atlanta captain Ray Ferraro played in his 1,220th game and
took over 45th on the all-time list. He had been tied with Eric
Nesterenko. ... Rhodes played 3 1/2 seasons for Ottawa before becoming
the first player in Thrashers' history June 18, 1999. ... The
Senators fell to 4-2-0 all-time at Atlanta. ... The attendance of
10,721 was the second-lowest of the season at Philips Arena. The
low of 10,689 was set Dec. 12 against Montreal.