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Thrashers 4, Senators 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 4, Senators 3, OT
Atlanta Thrashers 4, Ottawa Senators 3

OTTAWA - Bryan Little scored his second goal of the game 1:09 into overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Little jumped on Ottawa centre Jason Spezza's no-look pass in the Atlanta zone and drove down the right side before firing a shot past Senators goalie Brian Elliott.

Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist for Atlanta, which recovered from blowing a 3-0 lead. Byfuglien assisted on Little's goal late in the first period and scored his ninth goal 17:38 into the second to give the Thrashers the big lead.

Jim Slater also had a goal and Chris Thorburn had two assists in the first period.

Ondrej Pavelec made 27 saves for Atlanta, which has won 10 of 12.

Spezza scored Ottawa's second goal in a span of 1:35 on a penalty shot 7:23 into the third as the Senators tied it 3-3. Spezza, who was held up by Atlanta defenceman Zach Bogosian on a breakaway, snapped a shot past Pavelec for his eighth goal.

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson started the comeback late in the second period when he ended a 10-game drought without a point by notching his first goal in 12 games.

Chris Neil drew the Senators within 3-2 with his second of the season 5:48 into the third.

Elliott made 20 saves.

Alfredsson's goal with 1:29 left in the second was his first since Nov. 17, when he scored Ottawa's lone goal in a 7-1 loss at Carolina. This was his longest stretch without a point in his 16-year career with the Senators.

Neil drew the Senators within 3-2 with his second goal 5:48 into the third.

Slater got credit for his fifth goal 9:36 in after Eric Boulton's shot went in off his skate.

Little made it 2-0 at 17:18 when he scored for a third straight game. Byfuglien carried the puck around Ottawa's zone before passing off to Thorburn, who drove a slap shot on net from the point. Little put away the rebound to extend his point streak to four games.

NOTES: Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins was in attendance. Jenkins, a native of Chatham, Ont., who won the National League Cy Young Award with Chicago in 1971, was given an ovation when he was introduced to the crowd during the second period ... RW Niclas Bergfors, LW Ben Eager and D Freddy Meyer sat out for the Thrashers ... The Senators played their 700th home game in modern franchise history ... Ottawa hits the road for games later this week against the Minnesota Wild (Thursday) and Colorado Avalanche (Friday).

scoring summary
1st Period
09:36
ATL
Jim Slater (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Boulton (3), Chris Thorburn (3)
1 - 0 ATL
17:18
ATL
Bryan Little (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Thorburn (4), Dustin Byfuglien (21)
2 - 0 ATL
2nd Period
17:38
ATL
Dustin Byfuglien (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Rich Peverley (13), Nik Antropov (9)
3 - 0 ATL
18:31
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (9) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 1 ATL
3rd Period
05:48
OTT
Chris Neil (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Jarkko Ruutu (5), Chris Kelly (5)
3 - 2 ATL
07:23
OTT
PS - Jason Spezza (8) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
01:09
ATL
Bryan Little (9) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 3 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:37
ATL
Tim Stapleton  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Ondrej Pavelec
Ondrej Pavelec
10-6-2
SA: 30TOI: 61:09
Saves: 27EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Brian Elliott
SA: 24TOI: 61:09
Saves: 20EV: 20 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0