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Kozlov leads Thrashers past Islanders
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ATLANTA — Slava Kozlov scored twice, and Tobias Enstrom had the deciding goal with 8:31 remaining to help the Atlanta Thrashers beat the New York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday night.

Earning consecutive wins for the first time since last Feb. 15 at New Jersey, Atlanta has just 24 points in its last 35 games.

The Thrashers, with only 10 points in 13 games this season, began the night as the worst team in the Eastern Conference, but the victory moved them a point ahead of the Islanders.

New York, coming off consecutive victories, failed to hold a 3-1 lead that Frans Nielsen and Trent Hunter provided with a pair of goals in a 17-second span midway through the second period.

Kozlov and Jason Williams each scored in the first 1:17 of the third to force a 3-all tie before Enstrom made it 4-3 with a slap shot outside the left circle.

The goal was Enstrom's first last March 21 at Washington.

Kozlov, with five goals and an assist over the last four games, forced a 1-all tie with 4:17 into the first.

Jon Sim, who tapped in his own rebound at the 2:23 mark of the first on a power play, opened the scoring with his third goal.

Ondrej Pavelec improved to 2-0-0 after stopping 24 of 27 shots to win his second straight start in replacing injured Atlanta goaltender Kari Lehtonen. New York had a two-man advantage in the final 10 seconds after Chris Thorburn was penalized for hooking, but the Islanders managed just one shot, a 40-footer from Mark Streit that sailed over the net.

Joey MacDonald dropped to 4-5-1 for New York after stopping 23 of 27 shots.

Nielsen's second goal this season, a tip-in from the right side of the crease, gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead 9:40 into the second. Hunter's fifth goal made it 3-1 after he beat Pavelec from the top of the slot.

Bryan Little passed from the rear boards early in the third to Kozlov, who scored on a backhander from the near the bottom of the left circle.

Williams tipped in his third goal on the power play after MacDonald stopped Enstrom's shot early in the third.

Notes: Atlanta defenseman Mathieu Schneider missed the game because of a hip flexor injury. General manager Don Waddell said Schneider isn't expected to join the team on a two-game road trip to Buffalo and Carolina. Atlanta called up defenseman Boris Valabik from AHL Chicago to add depth. ... Kozlov has 12 goals and 31 points in 36 career games against the Islanders. ... Hunter, in 17 career games against Atlanta, has eight goals and seven assists.

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