Marc Savard, Daniel Paille and Vladimir Sobotka scored during a 1:08 span of the first period, Savard added two assists and the Boston Bruins held on for 6-4 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night.
The Bruins, on an 0-for-13 power-play drought coming in, scored three power-play goals, two of them in 5-on-3 situations. Savard had all three of his points on the power play.
Boston had leads of 3-0 and 5-2, but a two-goal rally by Atlanta, the second goal by Ilya Kovalchuk with 4:52 left, made it close. Patrice Bergeron hit the empty net with 3.5 seconds left.
The win, the Bruins' second straight since losing four in a row, was Boston's eighth in a row over the Thrashers, who haven't beaten the Bruins since Dec. 29, 2007.
The Thrashers, opening a seven-game road swing (two of the games in Boston), have lost three straight games.
This program aired on December 24, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.