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Thrashers fightback to down St Louis

RICH Peverley and Slava Kozlov scored shootout goals to complete an Atlanta Thrashers rally for a 3-2 victory over the St Louis Blues on Sunday.

While Atlanta managed to score from both its shots on goal, netminder Johan Hedberg blocked Andy McDonald and Brad Boyes's attempts to help the Thrashers (7-6-1) end a four-game home losing streak.

"He's magic," Thrashers coach John Anderson said of Kozlov's overall performance in shootouts.

"I feel confident with (Hedberg) and (Kozlov) there because they have shootout competitions every day before and after practice, so it really helps.

"That's why he (Kozlov) goes second, because he very rarely misses."

St Louis had looked on course for victory when goals from McDonald and David Perron in the second and third periods put it 2-0 ahead before Atlanta's defensemen Tobias Enstrom and Ron Hainsey both netted in a frantic four-minute span.

Marty Reasoner assisted on both the home team's goals, winning a faceoff for the equalizer with 3:31 remaining as Hainsey's bouncing shot beat St Louis goaltender Ty Conklin.

"I was trying to get something going," Hainsey said. "I just threw the puck there and hoped for the best."

Hedberg, who had 30 saves, thought the shot, which came off a broken play was a key to the victory.

"All we needed was a good bounce, which we got there," the goaltender said.

Conklin made 38 saves for St Louis but could not stop either Peverley nor Kozlov in the shootout.

In Denver, Ryan Potulny and Dustin Penner scored two of Edmonton's four power-play goals as the Oilers won 5-3, handing the Colorado Avalanche their first home loss of the season.

Patrick O'Sullivan and Tom Gilbert added power-play goals, Andrew Cogliano scored, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves to help Edmonton end a three-game losing streak.

The Oilers were 4 for 7 on the power play.


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