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game recap

Senators 7, Thrashers 3

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:12 AM

Associated Press

OTTAWA  - Dany Heatley scored twice, and Antoine Vermette had a goal and two assists in the Ottawa Senators' 7-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Nick Foligno, Chris Kelly, Joe Corvo and Andrej Meszaros also scored for the Senators, who played their first home game in two weeks. Jason Spezza had two assists.

Eastern-Conference leading Ottawa (21-7-3) won its fifth straight following a seven-game losing streak. Atlanta has dropped four in a row.

Senators defenceman Wade Redden celebrates his team's seventh and final goal against the Atlanta Thrashers (Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images).

Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice for the Thrashers, and Eric Perrin added Atlanta's other goal. Marian Hossa had two assists in the loss.

Johan Hedberg started for Atlanta but he was pulled in the second period after allowing five goals on 24 shots. Kari Lehtonen took over in net and gave up two goals on 19 shots.

Martin Gerber made his second straight start for Ottawa and wasn't tested often as the Thrashers had only six shots in each of the first two periods. He was busier in the third when the Thrashers had 13 shots and enjoyed nearly four minutes of 5-on-3 power-play time.

Two full minutes of that two-man advantage came when Heatley and Corvo took penalties, but as soon as they got out of the penalty box they were sprung on a 2-on-1 break. Heatley converted a pass from Corvo to give the Senators a 6-3 lead.

It was the 200th goal of Heatley's NHL career, and made him the first Senators player to score at least two goals in three consecutive games.

Ottawa was in control entering the third, holding a 5-2 lead and a 34-12 advantage in shots. The final shot total was 44-25.

Kovalchuk cut Atlanta's deficit to 5-3 with a shot from the point that flew past Gerber during the Thrashers' two-man advantage.

The Senators opened a 2-0 lead on goals by Foligno and Kelly.

Foligno opened the scoring 2:30 in when he lunged from behind the net to swipe in a loose puck in the crease. Chris Neil started the play by putting his own rebound off the post and then off the back of Hedberg.

Eight minutes later, Kelly jammed a pass from Vermette behind Hedberg for a 2-0 lead.

The Thrashers quickly got that goal back as Kovalchuk beat Gerber with a shot just nine seconds after Kelly scored.

Meszaros restored the Senators' two-goal lead with a power-play tally four minutes later.

Corvo and Heatley gave the Senators a 5-1 lead by the 8:21 mark and sent Hedberg to the bench.

Perrin scored late in the period after taking a nice cross-ice feed from newly acquired Mark Recchi and put a one-timer past Gerber.

Notes: The Senators have scored first in 20 of their 31 games and have an 18-1-1 record in those games ... Spezza's first assist of the game was the 200th of his NHL career. He leads the NHL with 30 assists ... Centre Mike Fisher left the game with a strained abdominal muscle and didn't return ... The Senators next play Tuesday in Boston against the Bruins (7 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet, Team 1200) before a rematch with the Thrashers two nights later in Atlanta.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:30
OTT
Nick Foligno (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Chris Neil (6), Christoph Schubert (9)
1 - 0 OTT
10:15
OTT
Chris Kelly (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Antoine Vermette (11)
2 - 0 OTT
10:26
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (25) Snap shot - ASST: Todd White (11), Marian Hossa (17)
2 - 1 OTT
14:44
OTT
PPG - Andrej Meszaros (5) Slapshot - ASST: Christoph Schubert (10), Antoine Vermette (12)
3 - 1 OTT
2nd Period
01:17
OTT
Joe Corvo (5) Slapshot - ASST: Jason Spezza (29), Wade Redden (13)
4 - 1 OTT
08:21
OTT
Dany Heatley (19) Snap shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (30), Randy Robitaille (4)
5 - 1 OTT
15:49
ATL
Eric Perrin (6) Snap shot - ASST: Mark Recchi (7), Vyacheslav Kozlov (11)
5 - 2 OTT
3rd Period
08:39
ATL
PPG - Ilya Kovalchuk (26) Slapshot - ASST: Tobias Enstrom (15), Marian Hossa (18)
5 - 3 OTT
12:44
OTT
Dany Heatley (20) Snap shot - ASST: Joe Corvo (13)
6 - 3 OTT
19:00
OTT
Antoine Vermette (6) Slapshot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (24), Chris Kelly (8)
7 - 3 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
11:45
ATL
Alexei Zhitnik  Hooking against  Shean Donovan
12:46
ATL
Todd White  Hooking against  Daniel Alfredsson
2nd Period
02:25
OTT
Shean Donovan  Hooking against  Ken Klee
03:23
ATL
Marian Hossa  Tripping against  Dean McAmmond
05:58
ATL
Alexei Zhitnik  Tripping against  Daniel Alfredsson
18:58
OTT
Chris Neil  Hooking against  Chris Thorburn
3rd Period
03:25
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hi-sticking against  Jim Slater
07:38
OTT
Andrej Meszaros  Tripping against  Ilya Kovalchuk
07:55
OTT
Chris Phillips  Tripping against  Marian Hossa
10:33
OTT
Joe Corvo  Cross checking against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
10:33
OTT
Dany Heatley  Unsportsmanlike conduct
13:29
ATL
Eric Boulton  Holding against  Christoph Schubert
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg
SA: 24TOI: 28:21
Saves: 19EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .792SH: 0 - 0
Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 20TOI: 31:39
Saves: 18EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .900SH: 5 - 5
Martin Gerber
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0