ATLANTA (AP) -- Jon Sim scored on a tip-in with 3 seconds left in
regulation and then scored the winner in a shootout and the Atlanta
Thrashers beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Friday night in a
Slava Kozlov and Sim, the fourth Atlanta shooter, beat Chris
Mason in the shootout, while only Paul Kariya was able to score
against Fred Brathwaite. Jean-Pierre Dumont had a chance to tie it
for Nashville after Sim's goal, but missed.
Dan Hamhuis scored twice for Nashville. Hamhuis played all 82
games for Nashville last season but became a restricted free agent
and did not re-sign until last week.
Scott Mellanby and Steve McCarthy scored for Atlanta (2-3-1) in
the second period to give the Thrashers a 2-0 lead. Hamhuis put
Nashville (3-1-1) on the board with a backhander at the 19:41 mark
of the period.
Kariya tied it on a short shot at 11:04 of the third, and
Hamhuis scored the go-ahead goal on a long slap shot with 1:38 left
in the period.
Nashville's Greg Zanon was called for holding with just over a
minute to play. The Thrashers pulled Brathwaite, and Sim tipped in
Mellanby's shot in the final seconds.
Goalie Kari Lehtonen played the first two periods for the
Thrashers and stopped 11 of 12 shots. Mason played the entire game
for Nashville and made 16 saves on 19 shots before the shootout.
Brathwaite played the third period for Atlanta and made six
saves in eight chances.