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Thrashers escape Tampa with win
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vs. Blackhawks

When: 7 p.m. tonight

Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta

TV, radio: No local TV; 680-AM

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TAMPA, Fla. Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves to lead the Atlanta Thrashers past the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Lehtonen made a lunging glove save along the goal-line on Tampa Bay rookie Steven Stamkos’ penalty shot with about eight minutes to play in the third. The play was reviewed by replay and the ruling on the ice was upheld.

Colin Stuart, Slava Kozlov and Ilya Kovalchuk had the Atlanta goals. The Thrashers won for just the second time in the last eight games.

Gary Roberts scored for the Lightning, who have lost five of six.

Kozlov, playing in his 1,100 NHL game, gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead at 2:02 of the second. The goal was the 340th of the his career.

Kovalchuk scored an empty-net goal with 9.1 seconds remaining.

Roberts put the Lightning up 1-0 at 1:24 of the first on his 438th career goal. Atlanta tied it at 1 when Stuart scored a short-handed goal with 10:08 left in the period.

Tampa Bay had several good scoring chances turned aside by Lehtonen early in the third, including in-close shots by Martin St. Louis and Ryan Craig during a pair of power plays.

Notes: Kovalchuk has one goal and one assist in four games this season against the Lightning. ... Tampa Bay recalled D Josef Melichar from Norfolk of the AHL. LW Wade Brookbank was assigned to Norfolk. ... Thrashers D Niclas Havelid assisted on Kozlov’s goal for his first point 16 games. ... Lightning D Marek Malik (ankle) returned after missing the previous nine games. D Paul Ranger didn’t play due to an upper-body injury.

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