Spezza, Alfredsson record two points each in 3-2 Ottawa victory - Metro US

Spezza, Alfredsson record two points each in 3-2 Ottawa victory

ATLANTA – Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson each had a goal and an assist, helping the Ottawa Senators beat the Thrashers 3-2 to keep Atlanta reeling at home on Wednesday night.

In their past 14 games at Philips Arena, the Thrashers have 12 losses. Overall, Atlanta has dropped two straight and five of six. Dean McAmmond broke a 2-2 tie for the winning goal 14:23 into the second period. Jarkko Ruutu floated a pass up the ice for McAmmond, who scored on a breakaway ahead of trailing defenceman Ron Hainsey.

Ottawa, which snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory Tuesday against Carolina, won its second straight for the first time since Dec. 6.

The Senators improving to 5-14-3 on the road. they began the night with 11 away points, second-fewest in the NHL.

Rookie goaltender Brian Elliott improved to 2-1-0 after stopping 29 of 31 shots to win his second straight start.

Spezza scored his 18th goal on the power play, making it 2-2 at the 18:09 mark of the first. In his past 12 games, Spezza has 14 points, including six goals.

Alfredsson, who assisted on Spezza’s goal, made it 1-1 on the power play with his 12th goal to beat Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen from the left circle.

Todd White, scoring a goal for the second straight game, gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead 5:37 into the first with his 14th, which came from the slot on the power play.

Chris Thorburn tipped in his fourth goal nearly 10 minutes after White to make it 2-1.

Lehtonen, who gave up seven goals in Atlanta’s 8-4 loss Saturday at Florida, dropped to 5-12-2 after making 27 saves.

Notes: In his first game as team captain, Atlanta forward Ilya Kovalchuk took three shots in 18 shifts. … Kovalchuk was paired on the second line with centre Rich Peverley, who was claimed off waivers from Nashville on Saturday. … McAmmond’s goal, his third this season, gave him two in two games. … Thrashers rookie D Zach Bogosian, the NHL’s No. 3 overall draft pick, played at home for the first time since breaking his leg Oct. 28.

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