Thrashers fall to Blues in shootout

Here is the updated game story from Saturday’s 4-3 shootout loss to St. Louis for those who want to post comments.

ST. LOUIS – The Thrashers made it easy on Ondrej Pavelec — for awhile.

Three first-period goals will do that. But they didn’t last.

TJ Oshie and Brad Boyes scored shootout goals for St. Louis in a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Thrashers on Saturday night at the Scottrade Center. Rich Peverley and Alexander Burmistrov missed their shootout attempts as the Blues capped a wild comeback.

The Blues erased a 3-1 deficit with two late third-period goals, 1:36 apart, to force overtime. Jay McClement had a hat trick for the Blues, scoring both third-period goals in the final six minutes. A scoreless 4-on-4 overtime sent the Thrashers to their second shootout of the season.

In Pavelec’s first game back since he lost consciousness and collapsed in the season opener Oct. 8 due to a fainting spell, the goaltender was the beneficiary of the Thrashers’ early offensive onslaught.

“We spent so much time in our zone in the third period,” Pavelec said. “That’s why they scored. … We played 50 minutes of great hockey, but if you want to win in this league you have to play 60 minutes.

“I was very excited to be back. I couldn’t wait to get a game in the NHL, but we lost so it’s kind of disappointing.”

Pavelec was sharp in his own right, having missed the past nine games. He turned aside a weak shot with his right pad 1:03 into the game for his first save — of the game and season. He finished with 32 saves, including several spectacular stops in the third period and overtime.

The Thrashers (5-4-2, 12 points) nearly handed the Blues their first home loss but could not keep their two-goal lead and failed to win for the third straight time. Still, Atlanta got five points in a three games in four day span.

“We lost a couple of battles,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said the final period. “I think we got a little tired in that third period. We’ve played a lot of hockey. We’ll take five out of six [points] most of the time. I think that’s workable.”

The Thrashers had two chances to put the game away early in the third period. They had two 5-on-3 advantages, 19 and 57 seconds, but could not score.

“Maybe we sat back a little bit,” Peverley said. “You get two 5-on-3s in the third period you’ve got to score on one of them. That would have made it 4-1. We have to look at the 5-on-3. That was the difference [Friday] night and it was again tonight.”

Peverley opened the scoring for the Thrashers with a power-play goal 8:58 into the game. It was Peverley’s first goal of the season and he became the 15th different Thrasher to score a goal. In beating St. Louis goaltender Jaroslav Halak with a rebound shot, the Thrashers snapped his shutout streak at 160 minutes, eight seconds. He entered the game off two straight shutouts and hadn’t allowed a goal since Oct. 22.

The power-play goal marked the eighth straight game the Thrashers have scored with a man-advantage.

Nik Antropov added another power-play goal and Niclas Bergfors scored with 2.7 seconds left in the opening period. It was Bergfor’s third straight game with a goal and the second in back-to-back nights for Antropov.

The Bergfors goal would be the Thrashers’ last.

The Blues scored in the first period when Matt D’Agogstini’s shot hit McClement, who was lying in the crease. The puck bounced off McClement and over Pavelec’s pad. The goal was reviewed but it was ruled that Thrashers defenseman Brent Sopel had knocked McClement off his feet.

Dustin Byfuglien assisted on Bergfors’ goal. He has 10 points in 11 games. Peverley extended his point streak to four games (one goal, five assists).

Maybe bigger than the point earned, is a return to normalcy for Pavelec.

It’s a good thing for the goaltender.

“I just tried to focus on the game,” Pavelec said. “It was the same feeling as the games before, nothing special. … I spent three weeks that were kind of different in my life after the accident. It was a difficult time. It was nothing serious and now I can play hockey.”

It’s a good thing for the Thrashers.

“Now he can finally let it go,” Ramsay said. “Everybody will stop asking him about it. Now, he’s played. He showed up and is ready to go. That’s a good thing for our hockey club.”

43 comments Add your comment

Crystal

October 31st, 2010
12:24 am

Well we did improve a lot of things this week. It’s pretty early into the season. If we just work on penalty killing or shootouts or getting of to a strong finish, I think we’ll be a great team. Plus kudos to Pavs. The Blues absolutely killed him with all the pucks flying around in the 3rd.

Alan R.

October 31st, 2010
12:43 am

Defense has to be tighter, Bogosian is either lost or still hurt (he’s way too slow out there, which is why he took those penalties), and Pavelec needs some major work with the goalie consultant.

Otherwise, I completely agree with Crystal. We made strides in the right direction over the past week. This team is still learning to play with each other, and I think they’ve done a good job so far.

lordstan57

October 31st, 2010
12:54 am

Not so unusual for such a young team to be lacking in one particular element.
THE KILLER INSTINCT!!!!!!
We’ve got to put people away. Get em’ down. STOMP ON THEIR FACE!

Long way to go, and I’m proud of these guys.

Barry

October 31st, 2010
3:51 am

That first Blues goal should have not been allowed. Sopel didn’t knock the Blues player in the crease. Sopel was standing there several seconds before McClement came crashing the crease and just trips himself over Sopel’s stick. I mean what is Sopel supposed to do when someone comes skating into him and trips himself up? Get out of the way? Pulease. That was a terrible no call on goalie interference by the officials.

Tony C.

October 31st, 2010
3:55 am

c’mon Barry…that was a good goal. I feel bad for OP…crazy bounce over his shoulder-but still, like Pevs said (p.s. love the honest answers from the players-Thorburn last night “we need to step it up out there[sic]” Pevs tonight) about the 2 5-on-3s… gotta get at least one goal out of that.

Kovy's Agent

October 31st, 2010
8:04 am

Loved what I saw for 50 minutes but then we went into the Bob Hartley prevent defense which did exactly what it usually does: prevent a win. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and call it fatigue, but the hitting and tenacity just seemed to disappear in the final stanza. Games where you have a 2-goal leads with 6 minutes left have to be won. Hope that point we left behind doesn’t matter in April.

Jimbo

October 31st, 2010
8:37 am

Alan R- What game were you watching? Pavs played a great postional game, controlled rebounds and was really sharp with his movements. A goalie consultatnt? Gimme a break. Great job Pavs. Guys tired at the end and sat back too much. Lots of swiping at the puck in the thrid period- too tired to take the man. Team looks pretty good and the return of Pavs is encouraging.

StateBird

October 31st, 2010
9:41 am

Really concerned with Bogosian’s continued regression. Perhaps his performance is due to injury, but it was poor to start the year and a holdover from last year. He was as good or better than Doughty and Pietrangelo his rookie year. Those players are now performing at a much higher level. Hope that Ramsey’s teaching will help.

Mr Bill

October 31st, 2010
10:03 am

Its time for the Atlanta fans to start showing up, this team is playing good but to have 10,000 at Friday nights game and 8 or 9000 the previous two home games will not keep this franchise here. That was a great game friday night, and they got 6 points this week and are only 3 points out of first. They are going to get better, St Louis had 19000 last night. If we don’t start showing uo than it maybe the Winnipeg Thrashers or Quebec Thrashers. Come on Atlanta where are you? Start showing up.

I like Strippers

October 31st, 2010
10:15 am

Mr Bill is on it except for maybe those higher numbers. I watched some of the Dallas game last night. That place had almost as many fans in it as Philips has had at every game this year and the Rangers were playing their first ever World Series game just 30 minutes away. Can’t blame the front office this time. $999 lower level season tickets and they went out and put together a decent team. Except for the playoff teams ,Georgia HS Football ends over the next two weeks. If the Friday night attendance doesn’t pick up after that then this place really bites.

Alan: Pavelec will take this team to the post season

Curly

October 31st, 2010
10:17 am

I noticed when the Thrashers were playing with a 2 goal lead they reverted to the old try the fancy pass rather than shoot the puck.
I agree with the posters about Bogosian, he looks slow and lost out there.
Pavs is so bad in the shoot-out, that Mason should be used in all shoot-outs until Pavs can get it together – he flops on the shooters first move and leaves the net wide open. Other than that, Pavs looks good in regulation play.
Overall a 5-4-2 record in October and 7th in the Conference is probably better than most of us expected.

EA

October 31st, 2010
10:46 am

Pavs played a great game except for the shootout. I agree. it is time for the fans to show up at Philips. This team is young and full of potential..

Telfo

October 31st, 2010
12:28 pm

i will gladly take 5 out of 6 points for the week. annoying to lose that way but overall we played well and Pavs looked good.

Alan R.

October 31st, 2010
12:30 pm

A goalie consultatnt? Gimme a break.

Derp, derp. Looks like someone forgot to watch the shootout.

I’ll sit here while you eat your words. Sauces are in the cupboard — and I shouldn’t even have to provide those.

Alan R.

October 31st, 2010
12:32 pm

Pavs is so bad in the shoot-out, that Mason should be used in all shoot-outs until Pavs can get it together

Goalie swapping just for the shootout kills goalie confidence. Hartley did that in the past, and no one liked it then. Why go back to that now? No, Pavelec needs to work with the goalie consultant. It’s depressing that the poster above thinks otherwise.

Barry

October 31st, 2010
12:37 pm

Yeah I agree about Bogosian. He hasn’t looked good since he came back. I think he took like 1-2 minors in the Buffalo game. He took a couple of minors in the Blues game. He was a force out there in his rookie year and you noticed him. These past two seasons he’s not so much of a factor out there anymore. I’m not sure what’s going on with him. Maybe he’s trying to hard and doesn’t have his confidence going right now. Who knows?

Jeremy

October 31st, 2010
12:41 pm

Bergfors – The scoring machine.

I like Strippers

October 31st, 2010
12:52 pm

Switching goalies for the shootout is like Ditka giving that Fat@$$ Fridge a SuperBowl TD after Payton was the guy who moved the ball 70 yrds down the field.

five hole

October 31st, 2010
12:57 pm

At least is sounds like Andropov & Bergfors are heating up.

And we got a point from a western conference team.

Jameson

October 31st, 2010
3:12 pm

Who was Bogy paired with his rookie year?

johnny

October 31st, 2010
3:28 pm

my prediction average attendance going to be record low for NHL. nothing we can do about this. this is kind of city we are living. they care first about college football, second about falcons football, third about high school football, fourth about pre school football, then coming baseball, college basketball, NBA. unfortunately no space for game playing in 148 country for these city. can you imagine even in Brazil playing hockey. soccer in Brazil like a god, they insane with soccer, but they tolerate hockey. in Atlanta they hate hockey. read some blogs: “PLEASE hockey go away.” this is reality. think NHL finally give up on hockey in Atlanta.

stendek

October 31st, 2010
3:50 pm

Thrashers will miss playoffs yet again. Wait. Still better team without Makeuillya Kovalchoke (hee hee how do ya like him now New Jersey?) and Sori Letemin. Craig Petrino has assembly molded into a team. Not one selfish feed me superstar plus a supporting cast but a TEAM. Talent marginal. Goaltending does not exist. Offense acceptable. However. A professional team which fails to score consistently with a two man edge is going nowhere. Fast! Exhibits total lack of heart. These Thrashers have no heart. Sad to say. But true. Great teams have great leaders. No Thrasher has stepped forward to fill that role nor is likely to. So instead of wrapping up an early playoff berth the Thrashers will be scoreboard watching late. Thrashers will be on outside looking in because of meltdowns like the one against Saint Louis. Losses are okay fans will continue to praise moral defeats which shows players that mediocrity is not only accepted but embraced. Bad precedent for fans to set! So enjoy the season. Few thrills ahead. Plenty of heartaches. No playoffs. So it goes. STENDEK

Alan R.

October 31st, 2010
3:51 pm

my prediction average attendance going to be record low for NHL. nothing we can do about this

Try again. http://forum.calgarypuck.com/showpost.php?s=80da160605e4782825a7dac89e21fbb6&p=2032237&postcount=14

stendek

October 31st, 2010
3:57 pm

I encourage people to stay away from Philips Arena in groves. For now. Support Thrashers AFTER they show they deserve that fan support. Not before! That is only fair. STENDEK

clemson

October 31st, 2010
4:50 pm

Something should be written about the fact that the thrashers have scored the most goals in the East Conference to this point with 36 goals.

Brendan

October 31st, 2010
5:45 pm

I’m the most surprised by Atlanta’s effect PP percentage, thus far. Though, clearly, it’s depressing to see them fail to convert 5-on-3’s.

alex

October 31st, 2010
7:24 pm

finally after couple years STENDEK got it. yes talent MARGINAL but he is wrong that this team with no heart. heart is OK but with this talent very difficult to reach playoff spot. need play every night 110%.
it’s impossible because human body have limitation. talent cost money. asg don’t spend. so at this point again agree with STENDEK that understandable people ignore this team not because they hate hockey but because they hate asg.

Michael

October 31st, 2010
10:11 pm

about bogo I think part of it is his pairing. It doesnt look like johnny o is his best partner they just dont really gel. put him back with toby or better yet bring up kulda who he played with in minors to pair and i think youll see him play more his style of game. Although he needs to learn to be able to do his style on his own no matter who hes paired with but at his age he needs to be paired with someone who compliments his style before he can mature to play with anyone.

lordstan57

October 31st, 2010
10:16 pm

Why is it? Seems EVERY thread erodes into a GD’d discussion about attendance!
Don’t like small crowds??? Get up of your ass and take in a game! Enjoy yourself!
Stop all this damned uninformed, speculative, flatulence about this city, and fans.

Piss, and moan……. Christ, can some of you EVER say something that isn’t a gripefest?

lordstan57

October 31st, 2010
10:17 pm

BIG PS.

GO THRASHERS!!!!!!!!

Vote for Carcillo

November 1st, 2010
7:27 am

Boulton Vs. Hordichuk, Wednesday.

I like Strippers

November 1st, 2010
9:51 am

LordStan57 you’re missing the point. If YOU were a NHL’er would YOU want to play here in front of empty seats or in your own arena that’s loaded with opposing fans like it is when teams like Pittsburgh, Detroit and Buffalo come in ? Hossa, Heatly, Savard and Kovy sure as hell didn’t.

And yeah dude, you’re the only guy on this board who has seasons.

Alan R.

November 1st, 2010
10:03 am

Hossa wanted to pick his own teams. Nothing wrong with that. We traded for him, after all.
Heatley is… well, we won’t get into that.
Savard wanted more money, so he went elsewhere.
Kovalchuk? Can’t explain him, but I’m happy he’s someone elses problem now.

Old Time Hockey

November 1st, 2010
10:14 am

Lordstan57, at least it beats the “Waaaahhhh….Waddell has ruined my life posts”.

Bogosian is coming back from an “upper body” injury. He’s just out of game shape and that should improve.

No calls for Big Buff to move back to forward? Loved to hear Darren Pang say he’s playing like Niedermeyer out there.

Of course Pang also referred to the Thrashers as the Nashville Predators and Pavelec as Ilya Pavelec. He also appears to watch the game with one eye closed.

Brendan

November 1st, 2010
11:19 am

Butting in, apologetically, but I think issues for Savard, Heatley, Hossa, Kovalchuk, etc., was a “non-committed/non-capable” ownership group. Winning fixes everything, in terms of attracting free agents and packing the building with HOME TEAM supporters.

Remember Games One and Two of the 2007 playoffs? How many NY Ranger jerseys did you see? In a packed house of 18,545, I counted all of six (6) Ranger jerseys in the crowd. Six. That’s a HOME TEAM advantage.

But what happened after that? The lawsuit STILL wasn’t resolved and ownership stood pat with Waddell, rather than making sweeping reforms that might have changed the culture here, and creating an atmosphere that *might* have kept Kovalchuk. Bygones.

Brendan

November 1st, 2010
11:20 am

I still want Byfuglien at forward. How soon ’til that change is coming?

litz

November 1st, 2010
11:44 am

Watching Byfuglien on his OT drive friday was amazing. Best comparison I can think of is the armored truck in Mad Max … he just plowed right through anything in his way.

I’m kind of on the fence about D vs F for him … sure he’s got that jump … but man, when he’s on defense (and playing in position), the other team’s guys just bounce off him.

Alan R.

November 1st, 2010
12:12 pm

I still want Byfuglien at forward. How soon ’til that change is coming?

Depends. When is the next apocalypse supposed to take place?

Byfuglien to forward isn’t happening anytime soon.

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JimG

November 1st, 2010
3:47 pm

They have to do something to cut down on the sheer number of shots allowed. The best goalies in the NHL will still give up 3.5 to 4 goals a game when faced with 35-40 shots every time out.

alex

November 1st, 2010
4:21 pm

remember ad rolling couple month with bush picture “do you missing me yet” now what about same ad in Atlanta with kovy up front. certainly i am not missing kovy, this team with no prima donna at least at same level or better, but ask asg clowns they missing kovy. check attendance on week days with kovy 11000 plus, now 8000 plus, on weekend with kovy 15000 plus, now 10000 and that is on similar time when football season is on. people wanted to see star even if they controversial, we want koby not odom, krosby not cooke, favre not jakson. asg cheap as hell. i am blame turner who sold this team at discount to group including his relative. they got this like a gift from rich uncle. team shouldn’t be like a gift, turner better get them tons of diamonds if he intended to award relative, because of that we suffer badly.

Brendan

November 1st, 2010
5:16 pm

The Apocalypse is scheduled for 2012. That’s relatively soon.

Kirk P

November 2nd, 2010
11:10 pm

stendek…….It’s droves not groves. You’re brilliant!