Senators Thwart Thrashers, Improve to 5-0

3-1 loss drops Atlanta to inauspicious 0-3 start
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2007 3:35 AM CDT
Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Ken Klee, left, fights for the puck against Ottawa Senators forward Antoine Vermette, right, during the second period, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007 during an NHL hockey game...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Ottawa Senators banked on a rookie goalie to protect their win streak from the struggling Atlanta Thrashers last night, and rightly so, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Brian Elliot, playing in his first NHL game, blocked 28 shots as the Senators improved to 5-0 this season—or 12-0, including preseason games.

Atlanta's checking line did get results, blanking former Thrasher Dany Heatley, who slapped six unsuccessful shots. Marion Hossa, who was out last night with a groin injury, will not return for tonight's game in Buffalo. But Ilya Kovalchuk, who scored the only goal against Elliot, bounced back from a first-period arm injury and is expected to remain in the lineup.