“Obviously it was a slow start for me,” Kozlov said. “Hopefully, I will pick it up. I tried to stay calm and just work hard. It feels good.”
“We need him to be a part of our team,” Hedberg said. “For him to get his first goal was big for him.”
The Thrashers (10-6-1) won their second straight at home to even their record to 4-4 at Philips Arena. The Oilers lost their third in a row and sixth in seven games.
“We are a team that finds a way not to do the right thing,” Oilers coach Pat Quinn said. “We missed our assignments today and instead of walking away with something to work with, we walk away with nothing but maybe a moral victory.”
The Thrashers tied it at 2 on a power-play goal by Maxim Afinogenov(notes) with 22 seconds remaining in the second. Afinogenov picked up his seventh of the season and third in two games when he took a pass from Rich Peverley(notes) at mid-ice, outraced a defender and beat Nikolai Khabibulin(notes) from up close.
Horcoff knocked in his third of the season with assists from Steve Staios(notes) and Ales Hemsky(notes). Penner added his team-leading 12th goal with 4:47 left in the period. He converted a nice pass from Cogliano and easily beat Hedberg from about 10 feet out.
NOTES: The Oilers were 0 for 5 on the power play. … Atlanta C Bryan Little(notes) missed his second straight game with a groin strain and D Pavel Kubina(notes) was out with lower body soreness. … The Oilers were without F Fernando Pisani(notes) with complications from colitis and D Denis Grebeshkov(notes) with a knee injury. … This was the only meeting this season between the two teams.