The Thrashers earned their third consecutive win with a 7-0 home victory against the Los Angeles Kings . Atlanta improved its record to 9-6-1 for 19 points this season, with a 3-4-0 mark at Philips Arena .
The Thrashers and Kings played a tight game through 30 minutes before the Thrashers scored four goals midway through the second period. Evander Kane got the flurry started and he was followed by Kovalchuk, Bogosian and Afinogenov.
For 19-year-old Zach Bogosian , the second period goal was his seventh of the season and moved him into the goal-scoring lead among NHL defensemen. The four-goal outburst sparked pushing and shoving in the corner and brought the crowd of 15,638 to its feet when gloves and sticks were dropped. It was by far the most exciting home game of the season for the Thrashers.
Kane, the fourth overall pick, almost missed Thursday night's game with a foot injury, but played and wound up with a goal and an assist for his first multi-point game. He followed it up by opening and closing the scoring with what turned out to be the game-winning goal and the first short-handed goal of his NHL career. He also picked up an assist giving him 11 points in 16 games, good enough for sixth place in the rookie scoring race. He also has three game-winning goals this season, tying him for second in the NHL in that category.
Ilya Kovalchuk has scored three goals and picked up four assists in his two games back and has 17 points in 10 games played and Ondre Pavelec continues his exceptional play in goal earning a first star selection while shutting out the high octane Kings' offense.
"Everything we did was the wrong decision and the Thrashers made the right plays," said Kings Coach Terry Murray .
Three star selections