St. Louis at Atlanta

    Lone Kovalchuk goal gives Thrashers shutout win over Blues


    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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    Scoring Summary
    8:32Power Play - Ilya Kovalchuk
    Penalty Summary
    6:59Denis Pederson: tripping - minor
    9:11Carl Soderberg: hooking - minor
    9:11Andy Sutton: hooking - minor
    5:58Andy Sutton: tripping - minor
    8:43Tomas Mojzis: hooking - minor
    11:25Braydon Coburn: tripping - minor
    19:26Bobby Holik: hooking - minor
    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
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