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Tambellini, Nielsen score shootout goals, Islanders beat Thrashers 6-5

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New York Islanders\' goalie Dwayne Roloson (30) is down on the ice as Atlanta Thrashers\' Rich Peverley, right, celebrates scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010. Islanders\' Bruno Gervais (8) looks on. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Paul J. Bereswill) Author: The Hockey News

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Tambellini, Nielsen score shootout goals, Islanders beat Thrashers 6-5

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Jeff Tambellini and Frans Nielsen scored shootout goals to give the New York Islanders a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

Atlanta, which erased two three-goal deficits, lost for the eighth straight time, but picked up points for a second straight night following an overtime loss to Buffalo.

Slava Kozlov scored in the shootout for Atlanta, but Ilya Kovalchuk and Rich Peverley shot wide against Dwayne Roloson to hand New York its third win in five games.

Tambellini scored with a head-on wrist shot against Johan Hedberg, and Nielsen connected on a backhander.

Matt Moulson and Jon Sim scored 2:51 apart in the opening period, and Richard Park, Trent Hunter and Josh Bailey added goals to help New York earn points for the fifth time in six games.

Atlanta twice was down by three goals before leading scorer Kovalchuk blasted a left point shot for a power-play goal 11:23 into the third to tie it at five. Kovalchuk's 25th goal was Atlanta's third straight goal and capped a four-point night.

Maxim Afinogenov scored twice in a six-goal second period that saw four Atlanta goals. Nik Antropov and Rich Peverley also scored.

Hedberg made 31 saves for the Thrashers, while Roloson finished with 22 saves.

While Atlanta took advantage of the power play, the Islanders' power-play unit finished 0 for 5 to drop to 2 for 45 in the past 11 games. New York failed to generate a single shot on goal when Blake Comeau drew Christoph Schubert's high-sticking penalty 3:40 into overtime.

The Islanders entered the game with the league's fewest goals scored. New York responded by surging to a three-goal lead through the first 18 minutes, marking the first time the team scored three in a period since Nov. 23 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

NOTES: Moulson has scored in all three of New York's games against Atlanta, tallying five goals. ... The Islanders allowed four goals in a period for the first time since Nov. 28 at New Jersey.

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