TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Jaroslav Modry scored two of Atlanta’s four power-play goals, leading the Thrashers over the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4 Tuesday night.

Atlanta converted on all of its man-advantage situations against the NHL’s top penalty-killing unit. The Lightning had allowed three goals in 62 short-handed situations.

The Thrashers took their first lead at 4-3 when Marian Hossa skated in from the right wing boards and lifted a shot over goalie John Grahame at 3:03 of the third. Modry gave Atlanta a two-goal lead on a power-play goal with 7:01 left.

The Lightning got within 5-4 on Vinny Prospal’s goal at 15:08 of the third, but Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk finished the scoring with an empty-netter with 17 seconds left. He also had three assists, giving him eight assists and 12 points during a five-game points streak.

Atlanta got a goal and two assists from Peter Bondra, increasing his career totals to 41 goals and 57 points in 55 games against Tampa Bay.

Brad Richards had two goals for the Lightning.

Atlanta scored two power-play goals in two chances and gave up a short-handed score as the teams ended the first period tied at 2.

Richards put the Lightning up 1-0 at 4:43. The Thrashers tied on Modry’s power-play goal at 11:09.

Richards regained the lead for Tampa Bay with a short-handed score with 2:37 left, before Atlanta tied it again on Bondra’s power-play goal 40 seconds later.

The second period started in a similar fashion. Vincent Lecavalier gave Tampa Bay its third lead at 4:37, before the Thrashers got their third power-play goal by Slava Kozlov at 8:59.

Notes: Lightning backup G Sean Burke (strained groin) was not available for the second straight game. He is day to day. … Thrashers C Patrik Stefan, who left Saturday’s game with a strained oblique, did not play.

AP-ES-11-01-05 2211EST


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