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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Atlanta Thrashers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

The Atlanta Thrashers look to end a seven-game losing streak against the Toronto Maple Leafs when they complete a five-game road trip Monday night at the Air Canada Centre.

Atlanta (8-1-3) has been outscored 33-7 by Toronto (5-4-3) during the skid, and hasn't beaten the Maple Leafs since a 3-2 road victory Oct. 27, 2003. Toronto scored 11 power-play goals in last season's four victories over Atlanta.

Several Maple Leafs put up good numbers against the Thrashers last season, including left wing Darcy Tucker. Toronto's leading scorer this season had four goals and three assists in the four games - outscoring Atlanta, which managed just three goals during the season series.

Leafs center Alexander Steen registered a point in every game against the Thrashers in 2005-06 and finished with three goals and two assists.

Atlanta appears to be in good position to stop its slide against Toronto after preventing Buffalo from opening the season with an NHL-record 11 straight victories, winning 5-4 in a shootout Saturday. The Thrashers blew four one-goal leads, but Vyacheslav Kozlov scored the lone goal in the shootout.

"We're resilient," Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said. "Like tonight when they scored with a minute-and-a-half left, that was a playoff atmosphere out there. ... They had the momentum on their side and we managed to keep our composure."

The Thrashers opened their trip with a 6-3 victory at Florida last Monday before going to overtime three straight times. They lost to Carolina in OT and Philadelphia in a shootout before the victory over Buffalo.

"We're not here to make statements. We're here to win hockey games," center Bobby Holik said. "We won tonight playing a good game. We matched their game. ... And we're just moving on."

Right wing Marian Hossa has 10 goals and is vying with the Sabres' Chris Drury and Minnesota's Brian Rolston for the league lead, but has failed to score in three straight games - his longest drought of the season.

Hossa managed just one goal and one assist against Toronto last season.

Tucker also hasn't scored in three consecutive games. He has team highs of seven goals and six assists this season.

Toronto ended a three-game losing streak when defenseman Tomas Kaberle recorded his first career hat trick and also scored in the shootout of a 5-4 victory at Montreal on Saturday. Kaberle had been the target of some criticism after not scoring in the Leafs' first 11 games.

"I don't know what to say. I've waited eight years now to score a hat trick," Kaberle said. "Obviously I'm not there to score hat tricks. I'm there to keep it simple on the back end and get the passes to the guys on offense. That's my game."

Kaberle has played well in his career against the Thrashers, registering 20 assists in his last 19 games against them. That matches his highest assist total against any team.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 29 '07TOR 2 at ATL 3 - OTV. Kozlov
Dec 05 '06ATL 5 at TOR 2V. Kozlov
Nov 30 '06TOR 0 at ATL 5M. Hossa
Oct 30 '06ATL 2 at TOR 4D. Tucker
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