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Thrashers lose in shootout
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ST. LOUIS — Jay McClement recorded his first career hat trick and T.J. Oshie and Brad Boyes scored in the shootout to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

Jaroslav Halak stopped both shots in the shootout to help the Blues to their fourth straight victory. The Thrashers lost for the first time in three games.

St. Louis, which improved to 5-0 at home, rallied from a late 3-1 deficit with two goals by McClement in a span of 1:46 in the third period. He deflected in a shot from the point by Alex Pietrangelo to tie the game 3-3 with 4:25 left.

Atlanta's Ondrej Pavelec stopped 24 of the first 25 shots he faced in his return after fainting and suffering a concussion early in the Thrashers' 4-2 season-opening win over Washington on Oct. 8.

Nik Antropov and Rich Peverley each added a goal and an assist for Atlanta.

Atlanta converted two power-play goals in the game's first 13:59 to take a 2-1 lead. Peverley popped in a rebound of a shot by Antropov for his first goal of the season.

The goal ended Halak's shutout string at 160:08. He had recorded consecutive shutouts and stopped 71 successive shots before Peverley's goal.

The Blues tied the game three minutes later when McClement deflected in a shot from close range by Matt D'Agostini.

But Antropov answered with his second goal of season, picking up a rebound from in front of the net.

Atlanta's Niclas Bergfors scored with 2.7 seconds left in the opening period to push the lead to 3-1. Bergfors broke free on the right wing and slapped a shot past Halak.

NOTES: Atlanta forward Andrew Ladd had two assists and leads the Thrashers with 12 points. ... Antropov recorded his first multi-point game of the season. ...Atlanta goalie Chris Mason, who spent the last two seasons with the Blues, served as a backup on Saturday. Mason is 5-4-1 with 3.50 goals against average.

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