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Lucic's hat trick lifts Bruins past Thrashers
Boston Bruins’ Milan Lucic, second from left, celebrates his third period goal with teammates Philip Kessel (81), Dennis Wideman (6) and Andrew Ference, right, as Atlanta Thrashers goalie Johan Hedberg skates away Saturday in Boston. The Bruins won 5-4. - photo by By Michael Dwyer

BOSTON — Milan Lucic completed his first career hat trick with 1:41 to play in the third period, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 5-4 comeback win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

Stephane Yelle and David Krejci also scored to help Boston snap a three-game losing streak.

Vyacheslav Kozlov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jason Williams and Mathieu Schneider scored for the Thrashers, who lost their fifth in six games.

Lucic slid a backhander under defenseman Tobias Enstrom that slipped by goaltender Johan Hedberg.

The format of the game was changed because of incorrect faceoff markings at one end of TD Banknorth Garden. The teams switched ends with 10:02 to play in the third period.

The Bruins issued a statement about 40 minutes before the game that said "the change in format is occurring due to incorrect markings on the West End of the TD Banknorth Garden ice. ... The two face-off dots are 24 feet from the goal line — 4 feet longer than NHL specifications."

The game's first four goals came on the legal end of the ice.

Lucic, standing near the left — correctly measured — faceoff circle tipped Dennis Wideman's shot from the point over Hedberg's right shoulder to give Boston a 4-3 lead 5:08 into the third period.

Kozlov evened it at 4-all 2:14 later.

Yelle and Lucic each scored in the first six minutes of the second period to help Boston overcome a 2-0 deficit. Yelle, positioned in front of the net, was credited with a goal when Shawn Thronton's slap shot from the point him and caromed into the net.

Lucic collected Michael Ryder's shot from the corner and snapped a shot past Hedberg.

Atlanta took a 3-2 lead on Kovalchuk's power-play goal midway through the second, but the Bruins evened it at 3 when Krejci collected a loose puck in the slot, turned and unloaded a slap shot over Hedberg's right shoulder with 5:38 left in the second.

The Thrashers moved ahead 1-0 on Williams' power-play goal with 4:57 left in the opening period when he banged a rebound behind goalie Manny Fernandez from the edge of the crease.

They made it 2-0 on Schneider's power-play score with 11 seconds left in the first.

<B>Notes:<P> Lucic, in his second season, had his first career multi-goal game. ... Fernandez made his first home start. ... Hedberg made his first start of the season. ... The Thrashers lost 5-3 in Detroit on Friday night.

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