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Atlanta's Kozlov becoming a Penguins nemesis

Atlanta's Kozlov becoming a Penguins nemesis

Slava Kozlov and Marian Hossa must wish the Pittsburgh Penguins were in the same NHL division as the Atlanta Thrashers.
Kozlov scored the decisive goal in the third period to beat Pittsburgh for the second time in a week, and the Thrashers ran their winning streak and the Penguins' losing streak to five games with a 4-2 victory on Wednesday.
Kozlov got the game-winner, his 15th of the season, about seven minutes into the third period on a wrist shot from along the goal line that got past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury inside the near post. Kozlov, who set up on the go-ahead goal by Jon Sim, has two goals and four assists in three games against Pittsburgh this season.
"That was a great pass through two sticks," Kozlov said. "I was heading behind the goal line so I had to shoot it but it was a great pass. That was a big goal for us."
The Russian also scored during a shootout _ and Hossa did so immediately after him _ in the Thrashers' 4-3 victory on Thursday. Kozlov has 15 goals and 17 assists in 29 career games against the Penguins, while Slovakia's Hossa has three goals and 15 assists in his last nine games against them.
"We're feeling really good right now _ all three phases, the forwards, defensemen and goalies are playing well," Kozlov said. "We're not making mistakes, and that's the thing we need with guys like Hossa and Kovy (Ilya Kovalchuk), you know we're going to score goals. The difference is we're not making mistakes."
The Thrashers have had two five-game winning streaks this month, matching the longest in the franchise's short history.


Updated : 2021-05-12 14:15 GMT+08:00