ATLANTA — Ondrej Pavelec made 25 saves for his second shutout in a week, Rich Peverley scored twice and the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 on Friday night for their season-high fourth straight victory.
Toby Enstrom added a goal and an assist for the Thrashers. Atlanta (11-9-3) has outscored its opponents 15-2 during the four games. The Thrashers last won four in a row from Nov. 25-30, 2009.
Pavelec, who has four career shutouts in 74 games, also blanked Washington 5-0 on Nov. 19.
The Canadiens (14-8-1) have lost only three of their last nine, but have dropped two of their last three.
Peverley opend the scoring with 10 seconds left in the first period, knocking the puck past goalie Alex Auld. Niclas Bergfors and Enstrom drew assists on Peverley's fourth goal.
Enstrom then got his third goal at 8:52 of the second period, a shot from near the blue line past an apparently screened Ault, who was making only his second start of the season.
Peverley then added a power-play goal at 15:35 of the second period, driving a perfect pass from Dustin Byfuglien past Ault for his fifth goal.
The Thrashers outshot the Canadiens 23-4 in the period and it could have been worse for Montreal had it not been for the outstanding play of Ault, who made at least a half-dozen excellent stops.
NOTES: The 23 second-period shots on goal by the Thrashers matched the second-highest in franchise history in a period. The most was 24 against Washington on Dec. 16, 2003. The Thrashers outshot the Canadiens 47-25. ... The most shots in a game by the Thrashers is 50 on Dec. 21, 2009 against the Canadiens. ... Canadiens D Roman Hamrik needs one point for 600 in his career. ... Byfuglien led defensemen with eight goals and was second in points with 20 entering the game. He had scored goals in three straight games prior to Friday night and had four winning goals, tied for the league lead.