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NHL: Atlanta 6, Tampa Bay 2

ATLANTA, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist Tuesday , carrying the Atlanta Thrashers to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Steve McCarthy and Eric Perrin each had two assists and Kari Lehtonen blocked 32 shots for the Thrashers, who ended a four-game losing streak.

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Jason Ward and Vinny Prospal each scored a goal for the Lightning, who have lost three straight and five of their last six games.

Johan Holmqvist started for Tampa Bay but was pulled after 20 minutes of play after giving up three goals on nine shots. Marc Denis finished the game and made 12 saves.

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