The Atlanta Thrashers have been lost since losing their leader Illya Kovalchuk over a week ago, and their play has resembled a team in total disarray. But today in Ottawa, net minder Ondrej Pavelec stepped to the forefront and took over for the slumping Thrashers stopping 50 of 51 shots thrown at him, in a 3-1 win. In a game where head coach John Anderson seemed far too comfortable allowing his players to play the entire game in their own end, Pavelec came up with highlight reel after highlight reel save to keep Atlanta ahead all day. Zach Bogosian got the Thrashers off to a lead with a quick wrister that found it's way past Pascal Leclaire to get Atlanta on the board.The first period was the only showing of any offense from Atlanta as the hit Leclaire with 13 shots in the opening frame. ...
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