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Senators knock out Thrashers
Atalanta Thrashers’ Rich Peverley is checked by Peter Regin during the first period Tuesday in Ottawa. - photo by The Associated Press

OTTAWA — Jason Spezza scored two goals and the Ottawa Senators extended their winning streak to four straight with a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night.

Senators goalie Brian Elliott, making his 11th straight start, stopped 35 shots. Chris Neil and Jesse Winchester score their first goals of the season, and Sergei Gonchar also scored for Ottawa (8-6-1).

Andrew Ladd and Anthony Stewart scored power-play goals for the Thrashers (6-6-3).

Atlanta’s Chris Mason started, but was pulled after allowing four goals on 18 shots. Ondrej Pavelec allowed one goal on 11 shots.

The Thrashers started strong, scoring a power-play goal 4 minutes into the first, but struggled for much of the remainder of the game.

Ottawa tied it midway through the period as Spezza beat Mason with a quick shot shortside. Just over four minutes later the Senators took the lead with a power-play goal. Spezza won the draw and dropped it to Erik Karlsson who fed Gonchar for a one-timer past Mason.

Atlanta’s best chance came late in the first as Rich Peverley caught Gonchar flat footed, but his shot caught the post and the Senators were able to clear the puck as it lay in the crease.

Neil picked up his first of the season early in the second and then Winchester made it 4-1 as he jammed the puck through traffic in the crease.

Elliott’s best save of the period came after Winchester’s clearing attempt deflected off Phillips’ skate right to the Senators’ goalie.

Spezza picked up his second goal of the night on the power play in the opening minutes of the third period. The Thrashers replied with a power-play goal as Stewart was left alone in front and caught Elliott moving.


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