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Shootout win gives Thrashers three straight
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The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Slava Kozlov and Marian Hossa each scored in the shootout to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Atlanta, coming off a 3-2 victory over Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa on Thursday, has won three straight after losing four in a row and eight of 11.

The Canadiens, who were tied for fifth in the NHL with 23 road points, had won four straight and five of six away from Montreal.

Kozlov gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead with his 15th goal. Hossa had two assists.

Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen, who made 32 saves in regulation and three in overtime, stopped the two attempts he faced in the shootout.

Montreal forced a 1-1 tie on Alex Kovalev’s 15th goal with 11:40 remaining.

The Thrashers took a 2-1 lead on Eric Perrin’s seventh goal. Perrin, who assisted on Kozlov’s goal, scored the power-play goal with 1:07 left in the second.

Hossa was credited with his 21st assist, and second of the game, after drawing two defenders toward the right side goal line and passing across the top of the crease for Perrin’s tap-in.

Montreal’s Cristobal Huet, 3-1 in his last four starts against Atlanta, stopped 26 shots. He had missed seven straight games due to a pulled groin before winning 5-2 at Washington on Thursday.

Kozlov’s wrister, shot from the boards outside the left circle, flew over Huet’s left shoulder for a 1-0 lead 4:31 into the first.

Nearly eight minutes later, Sergei Kostitsyn made it 1-1 with a wrist shot from the right side of the slot.

Lehtonen improved to 5-2 since returning from a groin injury that sidelined him for 16 games. He stopped shootout attempts from Kostitsyn and Saku Koivu.

The Thrashers improved to 4-1 in shootouts this season. The Canadiens dropped to 2-5.

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