St. Louis at Atlanta

    Lone Kovalchuk goal gives Thrashers shutout win over Blues

    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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    ATLANTA -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored a power-play goal midway through the first period and Kari Lehtonen and Johan Hedberg combined to stop 27 shots in the Atlanta Thrashers' 1-0 exhibition victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

    Kovalchuk scored unassisted, beating Jason Bacashihua with a 10-foot wrist shot. Each of Kovalchuk's three goals this preseason have been on power plays.

    Lethonen, Atlanta's top goalie, made 18 saves in the first 29 minutes and Hedberg added nine saves in the final 31 to complete the shutout.

    Jason Bacashihua finished with 24 saves.

    Atlanta improved to 2-1 and St. Louis dropped to 0-3.

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    Scoreboard
    St. Louis0000
    Atlanta «1001
    Scoring Summary
    1ST PERIOD
    8:32Power Play - Ilya Kovalchuk
    Penalty Summary
    1ST PERIOD
    6:59Denis Pederson: tripping - minor
    9:11Carl Soderberg: hooking - minor
    9:11Andy Sutton: hooking - minor
    2ND PERIOD
    5:58Andy Sutton: tripping - minor
    8:43Tomas Mojzis: hooking - minor
    11:25Braydon Coburn: tripping - minor
    19:26Bobby Holik: hooking - minor
    3RD PERIOD
    6:42Niclas Havelid: hooking - minor
    6:56David Backes: high-sticking - minor
    11:35Bobby Holik: game misconduct - misconduct
    11:35Bobby Holik: elbowing major - major
    14:14Jamal Mayers: interference - minor
    14:14Slava Kozlov: diving - minor
    14:58Eric Brewer: hooking - minor
    SHOTS ON GOALS
     123OTT
    Atlanta1383 24
    St. Louis7713 27
    GAME INFORMATION
    Attendance - 10014
    Game Time - 60:00
    Referees - Dan Marouelli, Dan O'Rourke
    Line Judges - Derek Amell, Brad Kovachik
     
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