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Pavelec, Armstrong shine as Thrashers upend Senators

Dec 17, 2008 - 4:47 AM
OTTAWA (Ticker) -- Rookie netminder Ondrej Pavelec took advantage of the league's lowest scoring team.

Pavelec made 28 saves and Colby Armstrong scored two goals in the third period as the Atlanta Thrashers rolled to a 4-1 triumph over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

A second-round pick by Atlanta in 2005, the 21-year-old Pavelec turned aside 10 shots in the first, 11 in the second and seven in the third, but a bid for his first career shutout ended when Chris Kelly scored with 79 seconds remaining in the game.

"For sure, that was a huge win for us," Pavelec said. "It doesn't matter how you win and I am pretty happy. It was a huge win for us. (Missing a shutout) doesn't matter to me right now."

Vyacheslov Kozlov netted a power-play goal and Todd White scored an empty-netter with the man advantage the Thrashers, who snapped a three-game losing skid.

"One thing we talked about was playing tight and playing solid," Armstrong said. "Big credit to our defense, which played well - and our goalie was a big part, too."

Martin Gerber stopped 21 shots, but the Senators fell for the fourth time in five contests.

The Senators, who have scored a league-low 67 goals, failed to generate any momentum against Pavelec and the lowly Thrashers, and scored less than two goals for the fourth straight game.

Pavelec was pulled in the first period of Friday's 7-3 loss to Boston after allowing three goals on four shots.

"They were the better team for 60 minutes," Kelly said. "We were behind the eight-ball after the third. They played a good road game."

Ottawa had won seven of its last 11 matchups against the Thrashers and fell to 11-3-3 with a tie at home in the all-time series.

"I wish I had the answer," Kelly said of the team's struggles. "You know, you've just got to show up tomorrow and look forward to the next game."

Kozlov opened the scoring midway through the first, tipping in a loose puck in front of the net while on the power play.

"We have been struggling with consistency all year, win one game here, couple games bad," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "We are still finding out what we can do as a team."

Armstrong gave Atlanta a two-goal advantage with the man advantage 2:10 into the third, and converted passes from defenseman Niclas Havelid and Eric Perrin 31 seconds later.

"We played pretty good in the second, but once they got up 2-0, we didn't handle that adversity very well," Alfredsson said.

Later in the session, Little quickly responded to Kelly's tally by lifting a wrist shot from the left side of the opposite zone for his ninth goal of the season to secure the victory.

"That's our best win on the road," Atlanta coach John Anderson said. "We have a couple good ones at home, but certainly on the road - it's a textbook road game."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 0 3 4
    OTTAWA 0 0 1 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - (PP) VYACHESLAV KOZLOV 14 (RON HAINSEY, TODD WHITE)
    10:50
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: ATL - (PP) COLBY ARMSTRONG 5 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, TOBIAS
    ENSTROM) 2:10
    ATL - COLBY ARMSTRONG 6 (NICLAS HAVELID, ERIC PERRIN) 2:41
    OT

    Dec 16 10:11 PM


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    ATLANTA 4
    OTTAWA 1
    3RD PRD: ATL - (EN) TODD WHITE 9 (NATHAN OYSTRICK) 19:26

    Thrashers 4, Senators 1  3rd - 0:34Dec 16 10:07 PM


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    ATLANTA 3
    OTTAWA 1
    3RD PRD: OTT - CHRIS KELLY 3 (CHRIS PHILLIPS, BRIAN LEE) 18:42

    Thrashers 3, Senators 1  3rd - 1:18Dec 16 10:03 PM


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    ATLANTA 3
    OTTAWA 0
    3RD PRD: ATL - COLBY ARMSTRONG 6 (NICLAS HAVELID, ERIC PERRIN) 2:41

    Thrashers 3, Senators 0  3rd - 17:19Dec 16 9:33 PM


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    ATLANTA 2
    OTTAWA 0
    3RD PRD: ATL - (PP) COLBY ARMSTRONG 5 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, TOBIAS ENSTROM)
    2:10

    Thrashers 2, Senators 0  3rd - 17:50Dec 16 9:32 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 0 1
    OTTAWA 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - (PP) VYACHESLAV KOZLOV 14 (RON HAINSEY, TODD WHITE)
    10:50
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATL 7 8 15
    OTT 10 11 21
    GOALIES:

    Dec 16 9:11 PM
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 1
    OTTAWA 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - (PP) VYACHESLAV KOZLOV 14 (RON HAINSEY, TODD WHITE)
    10:50
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATL 7 7
    OTT 10 10
    GOALIES: ATL - ONDREJ P

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    ATLANTA 1
    OTTAWA 0
    1ST PRD: ATL - (PP) VYACHESLAV KOZLOV 14 (RON HAINSEY, TODD WHITE)
    10:50

    Thrashers 1, Senators 0  1st - 9:10Dec 16 7:59 PM
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