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.