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Thrashers rally in third then defeat Devils in OT

By wire services
Published March 24, 2006


ATLANTA - Peter Bondra scored 1:03 into overtime Thursday to give the Thrashers a 6-5 win over the Devils.

Bondra knocked in a rebound of Andy Sutton, whose shot bounced off goaltender Martin Brodeur's chest and onto Bondra's stick.

It was Atlanta's third consecutive win and eighth in 10 games and New Jersey's fifth loss in six games.

The Thrashers overcame a 4-1 third-period deficit. Slava Kozlov tied it at 4 with 3:07 left. And Patrik Stefan, in his first game since surgery for a hernia Feb.13, put Atlanta ahead with 2:01 left. But New Jersey tied it a minute later on a goal by Brian Gionda.

CANADIENS 5, LEAFS 1: Alex Kovalev capped a four-goal first for host Montreal. Chris Higgins and Mathieu Dandenault scored 12 seconds apart and Sheldon Souray and Kovalev added power-play goals as Montreal beat Mikael Tellqvist four times on 11 shots.

WINGS 4, SHARKS 0: Manny Legace stopped 28 shots for host Detroit. Jason Williams made it 2-0 1:18 into the third when he converted a pass from Robert Lang, who stole the puck from Alyn McCauley. Steve Yzerman made it 3-0 1:18 later when he put in a loose puck.

FLAMES 7, BLUES 2: Roman Hamrlik scored twice for visiting Calgary. Shean Donovan put Calgary up 2-0 with a wrist shot from the right circle 3:52 into the second. After Jordan Leopold's tip-in, Hamrlik made it 4-0 with 4:47 left.

COYOTES 4, BLACKHAWKS 3: Steven Reinprecht had a goal and two assists for host Phoenix. He broke a 2-2 tie with 3:23 left in the second, gaining control of a blocked shot in the left circle, wheeling and beating Craig Anderson.

LEAFS LOSE GOALIE: Toronto's Ed Belfour is expected to miss the rest of the season with a sore back. Belfour, 40, who hasn't played since March 10, is 22-22-4 with a 3.29 goals against average in 49 games.

BLUES: Dave Checketts, former president of the NBA's Jazz and Knicks and current owner of MLS' Real Salt Lake, completed a deal to buy the team, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Talks between he and Bill and Nancy Laurie fell through last fall, but the Tribune reported they agreed on a $150-million deal.

BRUINS: P.J. Axelsson, among the league's top defensive forwards, signed a three-year extension.

FLYERS: Denis Gauthier, a 6-foot-3, 224-pound defenseman, signed a three-year extension.

SABRES: Doctors recommended forwards Tim Connolly and Jochen Hecht sit out until at least Monday because of their knee injuries.

SUSPENSIONS: The Rangers' Ryan Hollweg and Penguins' Eric Cairns will miss three games. Hollweg checked Philadelphia's R.J. Umberger from behind Wednesday, receiving a five-minute major and game misconduct. Cairns received five penalties for 40 minutes Tuesday: majors for spearing Zdeno Chara and fighting, a misconduct and double game misconduct.