Tamer's late goal helps Atlanta claims franchise-record third consecutive victory
Atlanta The Atlanta Thrashers are finding ways to win close games.
Defenseman Chris Tamer scored with 1:01 left in the third period as the Thrashers beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 Monday night for a franchise-record third consecutive win.
"A year ago, we wouldn't have gotten a point out of this game," said Thrashers' head coach Curt Fraser. "The guys are finding ways to win."
The Thrashers led 4-2 late in the third period before Boston's Sergei Samsonov scored two goals in a 2:25 span and tied the game at 4 with 3:48 to play.
Tamer won it with his first goal of the season, a slap shot from just inside the blue line that went between the legs of Peter Skudra. The goal came after Steve Guolla stole the puck along the boards and passed to Tamer, who was open in the middle of the ice.
"I just tried to shoot it hard and get it on net," Tamer said. "Usually, I don't have that much time to shoot it."
Atlanta's Ray Ferraro had his ninth career hat trick and Donald Audette had three assists. Guolla scored in his third straight game for the Thrashers.
"Any time you go to the net when guys like Audette and Andrew (Brunette) have the puck, they are going to find your stick," said Ferraro, whose last hat trick was Jan. 3, 1996, when he played for the Rangers.
Jason Allison had two goals and two assists for Boston, which lost its third straight game. Bill Guerin had three assists for the Bruins.
Allison's second goal, with 9:02 remaining in the game, lifted the Bruins within 3-2, but Ferraro scored his third goal of the game two minutes later to give Atlanta a 4-2 lead.
"It was bad," Allison said. "We made blatant mistakes. They had point-blank opportunities."
Samsonov scored with 6:13 remaining as the Bruins closed within a goal.
Samsonov tied the score with 3:48 left when his shot from five feet was blocked by Atlanta goaltender Milan Hnilicka, but trickled into the net.
Guolla gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead 1:56 into the game when he beat Skudra on a rebound of Audette's shot.
Audette set up the second goal with a cross-ice pass to Ferraro, who blasted the puck past Skudra for a 2-0 lead with 14:38 left in the first.
Boston scored a short-handed goal in the second period when Allison stole the puck from Atlanta's Frantisek Kaberle, skated into the Thrashers' zone and beat Hnilicka to make it 2-1.
Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 4
Toronto Dmitri Yushkevich scored a game-tying goal with 49 seconds left in regulation to rally Toronto.
Toronto's Tie Domi scored his ninth goal of the season and seventh in his last seven games. Yanic Perreault and Darcy Tucker also scored for the Maple Leafs.
Igor Larionov, Viktor Kozlov, Pavel Bure and Robert Svehla scored for Florida.
The Panthers, who entered the game 1-for-54 on the power play, scored twice with the man advantage.
Sharks 8, Flames 0
Calgary, Alberta Patrick Marleau scored two goals in the first five minutes of the game and Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves Monday night as the San Jose Sharks beat Calgary 8-0 and extended the Flames' home winless streak to 10 games.
Marleau scored 1:48 into the game when he one-timed Niklas Sundstrom's pass past Mike Vernon on San Jose's first shot.
Marleau added his second goal three minutes later, and Jeff Friesen made it 3-0 at 10:16.
Marleau set up Sundstrom at 13:43 of the first for a 4-0 lead and chased Calgary goalie Mike Vernon.
Canucks 6, Predators 3
Vancouver, British Columbia Markus Naslund scored two goals as Vancouver won for the third time in four games. Peter Schaefer, Harold Druken, Matt Cooke and Trent Klatt also scored for the Canucks. Greg Johnson, Harold Druken and David Legwand scored for Nashville