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Senators 4, Thrashers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 4, Thrashers 2
Atlanta Thrashers 2, Ottawa Senators 4

OTTAWA - Mike Fisher felt positively rejuvenated by the ancient Ottawa Senators flanking him.

Fisher assisted on Alex Kovalev's first-period goal and added a power-play goal in the second, leading Ottawa to a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

Fisher, who scored 32 seconds into overtime Thursday night a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders, restored the Senators' lead 3:44 into the second when he put a backhander past Ondrej Pavelec.

"I'm feeling young," said the 29-year-old Fisher, who was teamed with 36-year-old linemates Kovalev and Daniel Alfredsson. "They create so much space, they both make great plays and they're strong on the puck. They made some great plays tonight - we could have had a few more."

Kovalev scored his first Senators goal 43 seconds in, and Jarkko Ruutu added Ottawa's second goal 1:42 later to open up a 2-0 lead 2:25 into the game.

Chris Neil also scored, and Brian Elliott made 27 saves in his first start of the season for Ottawa (3-1).

"It feels great to get my first goal but to get the win, that's the most important thing," said Kovalev, who has 395 career goals, including over 100 each with the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh and Montreal. "When you score goals and don't get the win, that's frustrating."

Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk scored his fifth goal in three games midway through the first. Ron Hainsey scored late in the period to draw the Thrashers even at 2-2.

Pavelec made his third straight start and stopped 30 shots.

Vyacheslav Kozlov appeared to have drawn Atlanta (2-1-0) within one midway through the third, but the goal was immediately waved off. A video review supported the referee's ruling that Kozlov had deflected the puck with a high stick.

Zach Bogosian recovered from a solid bodycheck by Senators defenseman Anton Volchenkov in the second period to level Alfredsson immediately afterward with an open-ice hit of his own.

Chris Phillips drew a roughing minor at 13:27 as a number of Senators came to Alfredsson's defense after Bogosian knocked the Ottawa captain to the ice in the neutral zone.

Kovalev, who left the Canadiens to sign a two-year deal with Ottawa, got his first goal in four games with a shot into a gaping net 43 seconds in.

Ruutu got his first of the season at 2:25 to make it 2-0.

NOTES: Senators C Peter Regin left the game midway through the third with an upper body injury. He did not return ... The Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins visit Scotiabank Place on Monday night (7:30 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet, Team 1200). Tickets are still available for the Thanksgiving Day game.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:43
OTT
Alex Kovalev (1) ASST: Mike Fisher (2), Daniel Alfredsson (2)
1 - 0 OTT
02:25
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu (1) ASST: Chris Kelly (2), Shean Donovan (1)
2 - 0 OTT
09:35
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (5) ASST: Nik Antropov (1)
2 - 1 OTT
18:08
ATL
Ron Hainsey (1) ASST: Bryan Little (4), Pavel Kubina (3)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
03:44
OTT
PPG - Mike Fisher (2) ASST: Peter Regin (1), Alexandre Picard (2)
3 - 2 OTT
3rd Period
05:12
OTT
Chris Neil (1) ASST: Nick Foligno (1), Alexandre Picard (3)
4 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
08:32
OTT
Matt Carkner  Fighting against  Eric Boulton
08:32
ATL
Eric Boulton  Fighting against  Matt Carkner
2nd Period
02:16
ATL
Anssi Salmela  Interference against  Chris Neil
13:37
OTT
Chris Phillips  Roughing against  Zach Bogosian
3rd Period
01:44
ATL
Anssi Salmela  Hooking against  Milan Michalek
05:35
OTT
Chris Campoli  Holding the stick against  Evander Kane
15:01
ATL
Todd White  Boarding against  Alexandre Picard
15:01
OTT
Alexandre Picard  Roughing against  Todd White
15:01
ATL
Todd White  Roughing against  Alexandre Picard
15:43
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Mike Fisher  Interference against  Rich Peverley
goalie stats
Ondrej Pavelec
Ondrej Pavelec
2-1-0
SA: 34TOI: 59:20
Saves: 30EV: 27 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 1
Brian Elliott
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0