Game story

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

HOW THEY SCORED

FIRST PERIOD

1. SENS: Spezza wins a defensive zone draw to Robitaille, who carries it up ice and into the Thrashers zone before finding Spezza with a soft pass on a 2-on-1. Spezza beats Lehtonen with a shot high on the glove side. SENS 1, THRASHERS 0

SECOND PERIOD

2. THRASHERS: Slater's shot at the net goes wide. The puck is retrieved behind the net by Thorburn, who centres to Boulton. He chips it over a lunging Gerber. SENS 1, THRASHERS 1

3. SENS: Alfredsson flips a puck high that Atlanta D Enstrom fumbles. Heatley knocks it away to him, getting the puck to Spezza, who passes to Alfredsson. His shot through a defenceman beats Lehtonen low to the stick side. SENS 2, THRASHERS 1

4. THRASHERS: After Klee's shot from the point is stopped, Kovalchuk dives at the rebound while being checked by Meszaros. He's able to backhand it in past Gerber on the stick side while falling to the ice. SENS 2, THRASHERS 2

5. THRASHERS: On the power play, White gets the puck back to Enstrom at the point. The rookie's shot/pass is deflected past Gerber on the stick side. THRASHERS 3, SENS 2

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THREE STARS

- Kovalchuk, Thrashers

- Gerber, Senators

- White, Thrashers

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NOTEBOOK

ATLANTA -- Injured C Mike Fisher has skated the last couple of days but there's still no word on the timetable for his return. D Anton Volchenkov has been on the ice for two weeks in the company of strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee. "He just doesn't handle the stick," coach John Paddock said yesterday. "And I can tell you, he's tired of skating under Randy for the last two weeks. But he's not close. At all." Paddock figures both Volchenkov and RW Patrick Eaves, who's also skating while recovering from a separated shoulder, are still at least two weeks from making their return ... The Thrashers tied a franchise record with 21 shots on goal in the first period last night ... The most shots allowed by the Senators in one period is the 25 they gave up in a Jan. 12, 1993 game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Sun Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5


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