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Power-play goal give Thrashers win in OT
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ATLANTA — Todd White scored a power-play goal with 2:11 left in overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

Ilya Kovalchuk had his NHL-best 17th goal for the Thrashers, who withstood another terrific effort by Vincent Lecavalier to earn their third straight win.

Lecavalier had a goal and an assist for the Lightning to extend his multipoint streak to eight games, longest in the NHL since Jaromir Jagr had 10 straight for Pittsburgh from Feb. 18-March 9, 1996. The talented center leads the league with 34 points.

Kovalchuk tied it at 3 with a wrister with 2:23 left in regulation, and helped set up White’s winner in overtime.

The Lightning led 3-1 on Martin St. Louis’ eighth goal with 9:30 left in the third, but Bryan Little’s third goal, coming 4 minutes later with Atlanta on a two-man advantage, made it 3-2.

Lecavalier earned his 20th assist on St. Louis’ shot from the bottom of the left circle, but it was Vaclav Prospal’s 11th assist on a backhanded pass from the rear boards that set up the goal.

Lightning defenseman Filip Kuba was at a disadvantage in overtime after Kovalchuk took control of the puck behind the Atlanta blue line. Kovalchuk passed to White along the left boards, but Kuba also had to concern himself with Marian Hossa coming down the right side.

Looking as if he thought Kovalchuk would probably take the shot, Kuba allowed too much room to White, who lifted the puck over the shoulder of goaltender Johan Holmqvist for the winner.

Atlanta took a 1-0 lead 3:13 into the first on Brad Larsen’s first goal.

Jan Hlavac scored a goal, his fourth, for the second straight game to tie it at 1 at the 13:55 mark of the second.

The Thrashers improved to 5-0 in overtime this season. Since general manager Don Waddell took over as coach on Oct. 18, Atlanta is 10-4-0.

Johan Hedberg had 17 saves to win his third straight start for the Thrashers.

Holmqvist, making his eighth straight start, fell to 10-6-1 after making 20 saves.

Over the last eight games, Kovalchuk and Hossa have combined for 18 goals and 12 assists.

St. Louis has 15 points, including six goals, in Tampa Bay’s last eight games.Notes: The season series is tied 2-2. ... Tampa Bay dropped 5-3-1 in its last nine trips to Atlanta. ... Kari Lehtonen, the Thrashers’ No. 1 goalie, has been out since Oct. 20 with a strained groin, but he returned to practice on Sunday. Waddell doesn’t anticipate that Lehtonen will return in the next two weeks.

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