TAMPA, Fla. – Pascal Dupuis scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and Ilya Kovalchuk had his second consecutive three-goal game, as the Atlanta Thrashers rallied for a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

Dupuis put Atlanta ahead 5-4 from the low slot off a pass from Bryan Little with 2:08 left to play. Kovalchuk, who had a hat trick in Thursday night’s loss to Ottawa, completed another three-goal performance with an empty-net goal with 1:22 to play.

The Thrashers battled back from a three-goal second-period deficit, tying it 4-all when Kovalchuk scored his second goal of the game from the left circle at 7:21 of the third.

Kovalchuk has four goals in three games against Tampa Bay this season after scoring just once in eight games with the Lightning last season.

Tampa Bay’s Shane O’Brien snapped a personal 76-game goal-scoring drought, scoring twice in the first period. Michel Ouellet and Brad Richards also scored for the Lightning, who are 5-1-1 at home this season.

AP-ES-11-03-07 2209EDT


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