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Playoff-Bound Thrashers Win Finale

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Kovalchuk cut the Lightning's lead to 2-1 with a power-play goal with 2:19 left in the second period. Kovalchuk, standing in the left circle, paused before shooting as Holmqvist fell forward, leaving an open net.

The Thrashers pulled even less than a minute into the third period on Slava Kozlov's 28th goal.

Marian Hossa assisted on Atlanta's first two goals, giving him 100 points for the first time in his career.

Atlanta fans chanted "Hossa! Hossa!" after he reached the milestone with his assist on Kozlov's game-tying goal less than a minute into the third period.

"I tried not to feel the pressure when I got two points away from 100," Hossa said.

Hossa, one of the Atlanta veterans with playoff experience, said winning the final regular-season game was important, even though the team's No. 3 seed in the playoffs already was set.

"It's a big win," Hossa said. "It may mean nothing, but it means something for us."

Notes: @Thrashers general manager Don Waddell presented Kozlov with the annual Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy before the game. The trophy is given to the team's unsung hero in honor of Snyder, the former Atlanta player who was killed in a car wreck in 2003. Snyder's parents attended the pregame ceremony. ... Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby, 40, was held out to rest for the playoffs.


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