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Thrashers 5, Senators 4, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Thrashers 5, Senators 4, SO
Ottawa Senators 4, Atlanta Thrashers 5

ATLANTA — Blake Wheeler and Ben Maxwell each had a goal and an assist, Andrew Ladd scored the deciding shootout goal and the Atlanta Thrashers stayed on the fringe of the playoff race with a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

Marek Svatos had his third and fourth goals, Chris Neil his sixth and Erik Condra his sixth for Ottawa.

Wheeler scored his 16th, Bryan Little his 17th, Mark Stuart his second and Maxwell his first career goal for Atlanta.

The Thrashers have won two of three, but began the game with only a mathematical chance of making the postseason. With 76 points — nine behind Buffalo for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot — 11th-place Atlanta also trails Carolina and Toronto in the standings.

Ottawa, which is last in the Eastern Conference and was eliminated from playoff contention on Friday, had won two straight and four of five.

Ladd, the fourth and final Atlanta skater in the shootout, had the only goal. Senators goalie Craig Anderson stopped Rob Schremp, Little and Wheeler before Ladd beat him stick side.

Anderson, who stopped 43 of 47 shots, ended an eight-game winning streak in shootouts that dated to December 2009 with Colorado.

After Wheeler's tip-in made it 1-0 early in the first period, he started a rush with a takeaway in the Atlanta zone 10:15 into the second. Wheeler passed from the right circle under defenceman's Filip Kuba's stick for Little, whose wrister beat Anderson glove side.

Nineteen seconds later, Wheeler controlled Dustin Byfuglien's missed shot off the wall and beat Anderson from the and firing from the left circle.

Neil cut the lead to 3-2 at the 13:37 mark of the second by controlling the puck against defenceman Zach Bogosian against the rear boards and beating Chris Mason outside the left crease.

With 17:52 left in regulation, Atlanta led 4-2 on Stuart's tip-in, but Condra made it 4-3 at the 12:48 mark and Svatos tied it with a tip-in 7:40 later.

Svatos made it 1-1 in the second with an unassisted backhander.

NOTES: Jason Spezza assisted on Condra's goal and has 12 points in last nine games, including eight assists ... Anderson dropped to 8-5-0 in 13 games since his trade last month from the Avalanche. He stopped 42 shots in a 3-1 road win over Atlanta ... RW Daniel Alfredsson (back) is with the team on the three-game road trip, but coach Cory Clouston said he will not play ... D Sergei Gonchar (concussion) did not make the trip.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:02
ATL
Blake Wheeler (16) ASST: Zach Bogosian (11), Andrew Ladd (28)
1 - 0 ATL
05:51
OTT
Marek Svatos (3) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
10:15
ATL
Bryan Little (17) ASST: Blake Wheeler (24)
2 - 1 ATL
10:34
ATL
Ben Maxwell (1) ASST: Dustin Byfuglien (33), Ron Hainsey (14)
3 - 1 ATL
13:37
OTT
Chris Neil (6) ASST: Jesse Winchester (8), Patrick Wiercioch (1)
3 - 2 ATL
3rd Period
02:08
ATL
Mark Stuart (2) ASST: Nik Antropov (22), Ben Maxwell (1)
4 - 2 ATL
07:12
OTT
Erik Condra (6) ASST: Jason Spezza (30), Brian Lee (3)
4 - 3 ATL
14:52
OTT
Marek Svatos (4) ASST: Filip Kuba (11), Erik Karlsson (32)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDATLOTTTOTAL
1R. Schremp
E. Karlsson
0 - 0
2B. Little
J. Spezza
0 - 0
3B. Wheeler
M. Svatos
0 - 0
4A. Ladd
R. Shannon
1 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
08:30
OTT
Zack Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Thorburn
08:30
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Smith
10:32
OTT
Milan Michalek  Holding against  Johnny Oduya
16:24
OTT
Patrick Wiercioch  Holding against  Chris Thorburn
19:12
OTT
Brian Lee  Hi-sticking against  Chris Thorburn
19:56
ATL
Eric Boulton  Roughing against  Chris Phillips
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
05:08
OTT
Patrick Wiercioch  Hooking against  Tim Stapleton
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 47TOI: 65:00
Saves: 43EV: 36 - 40
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .915SH: 3 - 3
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
12-11-3
SA: 28TOI: 65:00
Saves: 24EV: 24 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0