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Associated Press
10/11/2006 9:55:55 PM

ATLANTA (AP) - Kari Lehtonen set a team record for shutout minutes before finally giving up a goal, and the Atlanta Thrashers won their third straight by defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Marian Hossa kept up his strong start with a goal and two assists. He has four goals and eight points in the Thrashers' first four games.

Atlanta, which got off to a miserable start in 2005 and came up two points short of its first playoff appearance, has picked up at least one point in every game. The Thrashers began their winning streak after a shootout loss on opening night.

Lehtonen is a big reason for the turnaround. The Finnish goalie went down in last year's opener with a groin injury, and wound up playing only 38 games. He stepped up his conditioning during the off-season and is fulfilling his potential as the second pick in the 2002 NHL draft.

After back-to-back shutouts, Lehtonen stretched his scoreless streak to 167 minutes, 56 seconds before P.J. Axelsson scored off a deflection at 5:14 of the second period. Still, the Atlanta goalie broke Michael Garnett's team record of 155:55 over a three-game span last December.

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