Tim Stapleton and Bryan Little scored in the first two rounds of a shootout and Toby Enstrom had two power-play goals in the Atlanta Thrashers’ 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
The Thrashers snapped a four-game losing streak and ended the Bruins’ winning streak at three.
Stapleton, who doesn’t have a point this season, beat Tim Thomas with a shot through the legs to open the shootout. Atlanta’s Ondrej Pavelec stopped Boston’s Tyler’s bid before Little put the puck past Thomas. Pavelec then wrapped up his eighth victory in his last 10 home games, stopping Blake Wheeler.
Wheeler and Patrice Bergeron scored in regulation for Boston.
The Bruins outshot the Thrashers 18-7 in the scoreless third period and Atlanta had a 5-2 edge in overtime.
Enstrom tied it at 2 at 9:21 of the second period, beating Thomas with a shot from the blue line for his seventh goal of the season.
The Bruins took a 2-1 lead 55 seconds into the middle period on Wheeler’s ninth goal. He beat Pavelec from the right faceoff circle after a pass from Mark Stuart.
Enstrom opened the scoring at 3:23 of the first period, knocking the puck between the legs of Thomas.
Boston tied it at 14:09 of the opening period when Bergeron took the puck at mid-ice and skated in alone and knocked in a backhander off the pads of Pavelec. Bergeron has eight goals this season.
Dustin Byfuglien assisted on Enstrom’s first goal, giving the defenseman three goals and three assists in his last six games. Byfuglien leads NHL defensemen with 14 goals and 39 points.