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(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers try to push their latest winning streak to three games tonight when they host the Boston Bruins at Philips Arena.

On Saturday, Marian Hossa continued his torrid start to the season with a goal and an assist to lead the Thrashers to a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Johan Hedberg, who made his second straight start in place of a slumping Kari Lehtonen, made 23 saves for the Thrashers, who had lost two straight games before the current spurt.

Hossa netted his 12th goal of the season, which ties him with Brendan Shanahan for the NHL lead. His 21 points are two behind Jaromir Jagr for the league's top mark.

Lehtonen has been tagged for four goals in each of his last three outings, and the one before that he was hit for five tallies.

Atlanta, which holds a seven-point lead in the Southeast Division, begins a three-game home set tonight and will host Ottawa on Wednesday.

Boston, meanwhile, has won two of its last three contests. On Saturday, Glen Murray scored the game-winning goal 17 seconds into the overtime period after Zdeno Chara tied the score in the final minute of regulation, as the Bruins wrapped up a lengthy homestand with a 6-5 victory over Tampa Bay at TD Banknorth Garden.

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The Thrashers are still playing very well. They have a good lead in that division, and I hope they can keep up the work. Ilya Kovalchuk has points in 10 out of his last 11 games. The Thrashers are playing the Bruins on Versus tonight.
 

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Lehtonen has been a bit off lately, but for the most part he's played well for the Thrashers.

A win tonight can tie them with Buffalo for 1st in the East, and 1st in the NHL if Anaheim doesn't win.

The Sabres and Ducks both have games in hand, but it's still early and Buffalo is do for a bit of a skid. They've been inconsistent in the past week (and that win by Toronto helps :D ).
 

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BE-LEAF-ABLE said:
Lehtonen has been a bit off lately, but for the most part he's played well for the Thrashers.

A win tonight can tie them with Buffalo for 1st in the East, and 1st in the NHL if Anaheim doesn't win.

The Sabres and Ducks both have games in hand, but it's still early and Buffalo is do for a bit of a skid. They've been inconsistent in the past week (and that win by Toronto helps :D ).
With Buffalo, all the injuries are starting to take a toll on the team.

The Thrashers have great speed and team work, and that makes for a great team!!
 

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The Thrashers powerplay has been amazing.

With Kovalchuk as the QB on the powerplay they are going to score goals. He already has 4 goals on the powerplay this season. Last season he lead the league with 27 powerplay goals. He has 63 in his very young career. He might even break the record held by Dave Andreychuk one day.

Anyway, back to the Thrashers powerplay. They also have Marian Hossa already has 8 powerplay goals this season. He has done absolutely amazing.
 

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Anyway, back to the Thrashers powerplay. They also have Marian Hossa already has 8 powerplay goals this season. He has done absolutely amazing.
That trade for Heatley seems to be paying off more in Atlanta's favour right now.

Not that Heatley is bad, but Hossa is such a force with Atlanta. Him and Kovalchuk always bring it every game, and it's tough to handle two players that play the way they do.

That's a nice 1-2 punch.
 

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Also, it isn't like they are playing on the same line. Teams can't just can't stick their top two defenders against a line of Kovalchuk and Hossa. They have to spread out the defenses. Oh man Kovalchuk just missed a good chance, here comes the new line of Hossa out and they score. Atlanta has better depth if they split the two apart.
 

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The Thrashers are currently up 2-0 at the end of the 1st period. Ilya Kovalchuk took a blast from the point to score a powerplay goal. He also has an assist.
 

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The Thrashers are currently up 2-0 at the end of the 1st period. Ilya Kovalchuk took a blast from the point to score a powerplay goal. He also has an assist.
Hossa has an assist as well!!!:thumbsup:
 
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