Kovalchuk, Thrashers take rare regulation win

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ATLANTA (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists, and the Atlanta Thrashers beat Ottawa 6-1 Tuesday night for their first regulation victory in 21 games.

The Thrashers, who had lost 11 of their previous 12, were coming off an embarrassing 8-1 home loss to Southeast Division rival Washington on Saturday.

Atlanta goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves and the Thrashers held Ottawa to 0 for on power plays. The Senators’ NHL-worst power play percentage dipped to 14.0.

Already without captain Daniel Alfredsson, who’s recovering from a separated shoulder, the Senators played their second straight game without defenseman Filip Kuba (upper body) and third straight without Milan Michalek (upper body). Centers Jason Spezza (knee) and Jesse Winchester (knee) are out indefinitely.