Atlanta 3, Columbus 2

March 22, 2003 at 10:17 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 22 (UPI) -- Lubos Bartecko's goal snapped a tie with 7:04 left and Milan Hnilicka made 36 saves Saturday night as the Atlanta Thrashers extended their road unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bartecko scored the game-winner seven minutes after Lasse Pirjeta tied it for the BLue Jackets. The Slovakian took a pass from Tony Hrkac that split two Columbus defenders, skated in and faked a backhander before putting a wrist shot past goaltender Marc Denis for his sixth goal.

Hnilicka got the start after Pasi Nurminen was in the nets in Friday's 5-1 loss to Los Angeles. He responded with his third win in five games, improving to 3-2-1 in his last six decisions on the road.

Dany Heatley tied Ilya Kovalchuk's Thrashers' record with his 34th goal, opening the scoring on the power play with 1:46 left in the first period.

Rookie Mark Hartigan also scored for Atlanta, which improved to 3

1 away from Philips Arena since a 4-1 defeat at Los Angeles on March 1. The Thrashers are 7-4-2 on the road since Bob Hartley took over as coach on Jan. 14. Before Hartley's arrival, they were 6-14-1-2 away from home.

Pirjeta and rookie Rick Nash each collected a goal and an assist and Matt Davidson recorded his first career multi-point game with two assists, but the Blue Jackets were denied a third straight win.

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