NHL: Atlanta 4, Pittsburgh 3

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Marc Savard broke a tie late in the third period Saturday to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NHL: Carolina 4, Atlanta 3

ATLANTA, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A tie-breaking goal by Cory Stillman midway through the third period Wednesday night helped Carolina beat the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-3.

NHL: Atlanta 8, Ottawa 3

ATLANTA, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Vyacheslav Kozlov posted his fourth career hat trick and added an assist Monday to pace the Atlanta Thrashers to an 8-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.

NHL: Atlanta 5, Washington 2

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Marian Hossa scored two goals Sunday as the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Washington Capitals, 5-2.

Thrashers GM receives new contract

ATLANTA, April 29 (UPI) -- Don Waddell, the only general manager the Atlanta Thrashers have ever had, received a multi-year contract extension Thursday.

NHL: Atlanta 2, Tampa Bay 1

TAMPA, Fla., April 3 (UPI) -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 41st goal and Shawn McEachern snapped a third-period tie Saturday as Atlanta took a 2-1 win over Eastern-leading Tampa Bay.

NHL: Atlanta 3, Florida 0

SUNRISE, Fla., March 27 (UPI) -- Rookie Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 shots for his first NHL shutout Saturday as Atlanta set a club record with its 32nd victory, 3-0 over Florida.

NHL: Atlanta 3, Washington 2

ATLANTA, March 24 (UPI) -- Daniel Tjarnqvist snapped a tie midway through the third period Wednesday night, boosting Atlanta to a 3-2 victory over Washington.

Lehtonen comes to terms with Thrashers

ATLANTA, June 4 (UPI) -- Goaltender Kari Lehtonen, the second overall pick in the 2002 draft agreed to terms on Wednesday with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Thrashers sign Byron Dafoe

ATLANTA, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Thrashers announced Wednesday they had completed negotiations and signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Byron Dafoe. Financial terms were not di

Thrashers reach agreement with Dafoe

ATLANTA, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Thrashers have won the bidding for Byron Dafoe, reaching a tentative contract agreement Tuesday with the free agent goaltender.

In Sports from United Press International

Hewitt, Venus avoid upset bug at Wimbledon

Thrashers re-sign Cowan, Sutton

ATLANTA, June 27 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Thrashers, who had the worst record in the National Hockey League last season, Thursday re-signed left wing Jeff Cowan and defenseman Andy Sutton.

Columbus takes Rick Nash with No. 1 pick

TORONTO, June 22 (UPI) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets traded up and the Florida Panthers traded down Saturday with both franchises getting their man in the NHL draft.
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Kari Lehtonen
Atlanta Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen gets hit by Florida Panthers Nathan Horton in firtst period NHL action, at the Bank Atlantic Center, in Sunrise, Florida, on October 5, 2005. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)

Kari Lehtonen (born November 16, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected second overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, becoming the highest-drafted European goaltender as well as the highest Finnish player ever in NHL history.

Kari Lehtonen was drafted second overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers after an outstanding 2001–02 season in the Finnish SM-liiga. Lehtonen was the backup goalie for Jokerit, but captured the starting position and won the Urpo Ylönen trophy, given to the best goalie of the season, and the league's playoff MVP award, the Jari Kurri trophy. Lehtonen stayed with Jokerit for one more season before crossing the sea.

During the 2003–04 NHL season, Lehtonen mostly spent his time with the Chicago Wolves, the Thrashers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, but he was called up for a number of occasions and played four games for the Thrashers, winning all four of them and posting one shutout. After posting a .953 save percentage and 1.25 goals against average (GAA), Lehtonen spent the majority of the year in the AHL.

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