Series (Game 3 of 4)

Ottawa leads 3-1

Game 1: Tuesday, November 11th
Game 2: Tuesday, November 25th
Game 3: Sunday, December 28th
Game 4: Thursday, February 19th

Jets 2

(19-15-1, 42 pts)

Senators 5

(17-10-3, 42 pts)

2:00 PM ET, December 28, 2003

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
WPG 0 1 12
OTT 1 2 25

D. Alfredsson (Senators - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

W. Redden (Senators - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

K. Rachunek (Senators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Thrashers' three-game win streak ends

OTTAWA (AP) -- Marian Hossa scored twice and Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist Sunday to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Hossa, who scored early in the third period, was awarded his second goal of the game without taking a shot on a power play in the game's final minute. Atlanta forward Ilya Kovalchuk threw his stick and knocked the puck from Hossa on an empty-net breakaway with 43 seconds left.

Defensemen Karel Rachunek and Chris Phillips also scored and Peter Schaefer had two assists, helping the Senators extend their season-high unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2).

Ronald Petrovicky and Patrik Stefan scored for Atlanta, whose three-game winning streak ended.

The Thrashers are winless in their last seven games (0-6-1) against Ottawa, which has outscored Atlanta 16-8 overall while winning all three meetings this season.

Rachunek opened the scoring 15:01 in with his first goal of the season. The Czech defenseman received a cross-ice pass from Schaefer and took a sharply angled shot that deflected off Atlanta defenseman Garnet Exelby's stick and beat goalie Pasi Nurminen through the legs.

Phillips, who hadn't scored since the season opener Oct. 9, put the Senators up by two 7:23 into the second, beating Nurminen with a shot through traffic for his second of the season -- his first in 34 games.

Alfredsson made it 3-0 at 12:47 when he scored on the last of a flurry of Ottawa shots after Nurminen turned over the puck on a failed clearing attempt along the left boards.

Petrovicky scored with 48.7 seconds left in the period, beating Lalime for his 11th of the season just six seconds after exiting the penalty box after serving an minor penalty for elbowing.

Hossa made it 4-1 when he scored 1:43 into the third.

Stefan got a power-play goal at 5:43 for his sixth goal of the season.

Game notes

Thrashers left wing Bill Lindsay drew 17 minutes in penalties -- a minor, a major and a misconduct -- for instigating a fight with Ottawa defenseman Shane Hnidy, who landed numerous punches in a one-sided bout. ... Atlanta had season-high four-game winning streaks twice, from Nov. 16-23, and again from Dec. 5-12. ... Senators C Radek Bonk missed his second straight game because of the flu. ... Rachunek hadn't scored since March 21 in Atlanta, a span of 38 games.

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