PITTSBURGH (AP) – Slava Kozlov scored the decisive goal in the third period to beat Pittsburgh for the second time in a week, and the Atlanta Thrashers ran their winning streak and the Penguins’ losing streak to five games with a 4-2 victory Wednesday night.

The Thrashers have had two five-game winning streaks this month, the longest in the franchise’s short history. Pittsburgh has been streaking for a month, losing four, winning four and now losing five.

Kozlov got the game-winner, his 15th of the season, about seven minutes into the third period on a wrist shot from along the goal line that got past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury inside the near post. Kozlov has two goals and four assists in three games against Pittsburgh this season. He scored first during a shootout in the Thrashers’ 4-3 victory Thursday in Atlanta. Kozlov has 15 goals and 17 assists in 29 career games against the Penguins.

The Penguins took a 1-0 lead late in the first period on Erik Christensen’s sixth goal as he took a rebound off the post and shoved it toward the net, where it deflected off both goalie Kari Lehtonen’s skates and stick before sliding across the goal line.

Lehtonen stopped 35 of 37 shots and has turned away 162 of 173 during the current winning streak.

AP-ES-12-27-06 2210EST


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