Penguins avenge loss to Atlanta

Published: Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 2:02 a.m.
ATLANTA - Shean Donovan and Steve McKenna were there to bail out Mario Lemieux and Alexei Kovalev.
Fourth-line partners Donovan and McKenna each scored in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday night.
Meanwhile, Kovalev, fourth in the league in scoring, could only hit the post three times. And Lemieux, who leads the league, whiffed on a wide-open shot in the slot late in the second period.
Lemieux ended a two-game scoring drought with two assists, putting him five shy of 1,000 for his career. Lemieux, who has 17 points in nine career games against Thrashers, increased his season total to 66 points.
Martin Straka and Dick Tarnstrom also scored for the Penguins, who won for the fifth time in seven games after going 0-9-0-1 in their previous 10.
``We don't even think about that streak anymore,'' Penguins coach Rick Kehoe said. ``It happens during the course of a season where a team has spells like that. It's just a matter of getting through them.''
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    Mike Johnson, Ramzi Abid and Daymond Langkow also scored for the Coyotes, who have won four in a row.
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