NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at St. Louis
(Saturday, October 30th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Atlanta 3 (SO)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - T.J. Oshie and Brad Boyes scored in the shootout for St. Louis, as the Blues rallied to beat the Thrashers, 4-3, at Scottrade Center.
Jay McClement recorded a hat trick for the Blues, who have won four in a row for the first time since posting five straight victories from February 9-March 4 of last season.
Jaroslav Halak saw his shutout streak come to an end at 160:08, but he stopped 25-of-28 shots for the victory.
"I just came out, I just tried to go puck by puck," Halak said. "I didn't worry about what happened in the first period. I was trying to keep us going the same way the whole game."
Rich Peverley and Nik Antropov each had a goal and an assist for Atlanta, which saw a two-game winning streak come to an end. Niclas Bergfors also lit the lamp.
Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec was back in net for the first time since the season opener. Pavelec suffered a fainting spell back on October 8 versus Washington. The goaltender hit his head on the ice when he collapsed, suffering a concussion. Pavelec made 32 saves on Saturday night.
"I was so excited to be back," Pavelec said.
Trailing 3-1, St. Louis scored twice in the third period to tie things up. Matt D'Agostini's one-timer from the right circle left a rebound in front for McClement, who chipped the disc into the net at the 13:49 mark.
McClement completed his hat trick with 4:25 left in the game. Alex Pietrangelo's shot from the right point deflected off McClement's stick and into the net for a 3-3 game.
Each goaltender made four saves in overtime, and Halak stopped Peverley and Alexander Burmistrov in the shootout to clinch the victory.
"I think that good teams know how to close out games," Peverley said. "Hopefully we can learn from this."
Peverley's power-play goal at the 8:58 mark of the first period put Atlanta ahead early. Antropov fired a shot on net from the bottom of the left circle, followed up his own shot and slid a pass to the slot for Peverley, whose wrister beat Halak.
McClement lit the lamp for the Blues at the 11:58 mark to make it a 1-1 game. The Thrashers took the lead back with 6:01 remaining on Antropov's power-play goal.
Bergfors made it a 3-1 game with just 2.7 seconds to go in the first stanza, collecting a bouncing puck before firing a wrister past Halak.
Each goaltender made seven saves during a scoreless second period.
Atlanta won both meetings with the Blues last season...Thrashers center Bryan Little (facial lacerations) missed the game...St. Louis defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo missed the game with an upper-body injury...Manny Legace holds the club record shutout streak of 186:15, which he set during the 2007-08 campaign...Oshie saw a seven-game point streak come to an end...It was the first career hat trick for McClement.
10/31 01:55:14 ET