Peverley, Thrashers outlast Stars in OT, 6-5

By CHARLES ODUM

AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) Ondrej Pavelec, Rich

Peverley and the Atlanta Thrashers didn’t give up after allowing a

devastating tying goal to the Dallas Stars at the end of regulation.

Peverley scored his second goal of

the game only 1:16 into overtime, and Pavelec stopped 42 shots to help

the Thrashers beat Dallas 6-5 on Thursday night for their first home

win over the Stars.

Peverley, who added an assist, said credit for the win belonged to Pavelec.

“Our goalie was outstanding tonight,” Peverley said, adding Pavelec’s play in the net “may be the best performance all year.”

Stephane Robidas, who had two goals

and an assist for Dallas, didn’t know much about the 22-year-old

Pavelec before the only game of the season between the teams.

“Whatever his name is, he got some

incredible saves tonight,” said Robidas after Pavelec earned his first

win since Nov. 27 at Carolina.

Pavelec and veteran Johan Hedberg

have shared the goaltender position as the Thrashers await the return

of Kari Lehtonen, who has had two back surgeries.

Pavelec at times seemed to have too little help on defense as the Stars outshot the Thrashers 47-25.

“I didn’t like our game overall, but I loved our competitiveness,” Thrashers coach John Anderson said.

Pavelec’s collection of glove saves,

deflections and other stops seemed to be too little when Loui Eriksson

scored for the Stars with only 1:12 remaining in regulation. The goal,

which tied the game at 5-5, came only 9 seconds after Dallas coach Marc

Crawford pulled goalie Marty Turco for an extra attacker.

Pavelec said Eriksson’s shot deflected off the shield on Eriksson’s helmet into the net.

“It hit him in the face and went

straight into the net,” Pavelec said. “It definitely was off his

facemask. Those things happen.”

Peverley’s winner came on a tip-in. He also scored a short-handed goal in the third period.

“We showed a lot of character tonight,” Pavelec said. “We needed six goals for the win, but it is huge for us.”

The Thrashers improved to 2-10 in

the series, including 1-5 in Atlanta. The Thrashers’ only other win

over the Stars came on Jan. 18, 2006, at Dallas.

Maxim Afinogenov scored on a

put-back on Atlanta’s power play for a 4-4 tie. Ilya Kovalchuk, Jim

Slater and Nik Antropov also scored for the Thrashers.

“They have shooters, and when you

have a team like that, you have to match it,” Robidas said. “That’s not

the way we want to play.”

The Stars fell to 4-11 in overtime games. Seven of the losses have come in shootouts.

Special teams accounted for most of

the scoring. The Thrashers scored three goals on their power play. The

Stars had two power-play goals by Robidas and added only their second

short-handed goal of the season.

Robidas added an assist but couldn’t celebrate his three points. “In a losing game it’s unimportant,” he said.

The game was tied 4-4 in the third

period when a hooking call against Atlanta’s Christoph Schubert left

Anderson fuming on the bench and set up a Dallas power play.

After Pavelec made a stop against

Robidas, Armstrong set up Peverley’s short-handed goal for a 5-4 lead

with 7:14 remaining in regulation.

Turco stopped seven shots after replacing Alex Auld in the second period.

Jamie Benn and Jere Lehtinen also scored for Dallas.

NOTES: The Stars outshot the

Thrashers 17-6 in the first period, 16-9 in the second and 14-9 in the

third. … The Thrashers are 5-3 in overtime games. … C Brian

Sutherby was a healthy scratch for Dallas. … Slater’s goal was his

first of the season.

Updated December 17, 2009