Saturday, January 17, 2009
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ATLANTA - Rich Peverley scored with 1:09 left in overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 comeback victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.
The Thrashers ended a two-game losing streak and won for only the third time in 11 games. Atlanta also won for only the third time in its last 15 games at home (3-10-2). Toronto, which blew a 3-0 first-period lead, lost for the fifth time in six games.
Atlanta tied it at 3 with 4:53 left in regulation on Ilya Kovalchuk's second goal of the game and 18th of the season. He scored off a perfect pass from Peverley.
Peverley, playing only his second game with the Thrashers, skated on a line with Kovalchuk and assisted on both of his goals.
Toronto took a 3-0 lead after the first period, scoring twice in a 56-second span late in the period.
Lee Stempniak opened the scoring, beating Johan Hedberg on a power play off a rebound of Tomas Kaberle's shot. Then Dominic Moore scored his ninth, deflecting a shot by Luke Schenn past Hedberg at the 18:44 mark. Niklas Hagman followed with his 13th with a 10-foot wrist shot at 19:40 to a chorus of boos from the Atlanta crowd. When the period ended, the boos were even louder.