Phil Carpenter, The Gazette
• At a Glance: It was a see-saw game that saw the Atlanta Thrashers blow 3-1 and 4-3 leads before eventually defeating the Canadiens 5-4 Tuesday night. Ondrej Pavelec, who was coming off a 50-stop performance in Ottawa, allowed four goals on 38 shots, but was one better than Carey Price, who was making his first start at home since Oct. 17. Price allowed five goals on 30 shots, but could not be faulted on several of the Atlanta goals. Bryan Little, Rich Peverly, Mark Popovic, Pavel Kubina and Colby Armstrong scored for the Thrashers. Brian Gionta scored a pair of goals for the Canadiens, who also got goals from Michael Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec.
• Key Moments: Twice Montreal tied the game in the third period, and both times, the Thrashers wasted little time replying, with Colby Armstrong scoring the game winner only 34 seconds after Tomas Plekanec had scored to make it 4-4.
• What It Means: The Canadiens lost for the first time in six games at home, dropping to 5-3 at the Bell Centre.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens travel to Boston for a game Thursday against their division rival, the Bruins. They return to Montreal to finish the week with a game against Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Alex Tanguay and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Oh, and the Bolts also have Steven Stamkos.