Final OT

Series (Game 4 of 5)

Tampa Bay leads 2-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 27th
Game 2: Thursday, November 29th
Game 3: Sunday, January 13th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 12th
Game 5: Wednesday, March 20th

Lightning 4

(23-32-3, 56 pts)

Jets 4

(16-39-4, 44 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 12, 2002

Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

1 2 3 OT T
TB 1 1 2 04
WPG 3 1 0 04

L. Bartecko (Jets - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

T. Hrkac (Jets - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

V. Prospal (Lightning - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

Thrashers give up three-goal lead

ATLANTA (AP) -- Playing their first game without leading goal-scorer Ilya Kovalchuk, the Atlanta Thrashers had little trouble on offense.

Holding a three-goal lead was another story.

Dan Boyle scored with 11:55 left in regulation as the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie Atlanta 4-4 Tuesday night, negating a two-goal effort by Lubos Bartecko.

Kovalchuk, who has 29 goals, is likely sidelined for the season with a dislocated shoulder.

"We had a pretty good two periods," Bartecko said. "We were not so good the last period. That's the game, and you've got to move on ... When you score four goals you've got to get two points."

Bartecko's second goal gave Atlanta a 4-1 lead at 8:03 of the second period, though it was a gift. The puck hit the skate of Boyle, and it went into the net.

Martin Cibak, Dave Andreychuk and Ben Clymer also had goals for the Lightning, who scored twice in the third period to avoid their third loss in four games.

Boyle's game-tying goal atoned for his "assist" on Bartecko's score.

"That's a team we've got to beat," Boyle said. "If you want to earn respect around the league, those are the teams you have to beat."

Boyle tapped in the puck after it had bounced off Atlanta goalie Milan Hnilicka, who turned away 38 shots as Tampa outshot Atlanta 42-26.

"I was moving to my right," Hnilicka said. "He rebounded it right away. He caught me reacting to the first shot."

Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak. Brian Pothier and Pascal Rheaume also scored for the Thrashers.

Bartecko and Rheaume scored goals in the first 1:22 for the Thrashers, a club record.

Bartecko took a crossing pass from Dany Heatley and scored from the left circle 22 seconds in -- the second-fastest goal in club history, and Rheaume scored unassisted from the almost same spot a minute later.

Cibak scored his first career goal at 15:17, taking the puck in the slot on a rebound and tapping it past Hnilicka to close the Lightning's gap to 2-1.

Pothier scored at 18:32 and then Bartecko's second goal gave Atlanta a 4-1 lead.

Andreychuk cut the lead to 4-2 with a power-play goal at 9:25 of the second period. It marked the seventh straight game in which the Lightning scored a power-play goal.

Clymer's goal from the right side of the slot pulled Tampa within one with 16:25 left.

Game notes

Tampa center Brad Richards recorded an assist in the second period, extending his scoring streak to seven games. ... Atlanta's Todd Reirden was hit in the mouth by a puck in the first period. He left the game, but returned returning in the second period before sitting out the third. Reirden experienced headaches, but an examination ruled out a concussion.

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