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Blues 4, Thrashers 3, SO

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:08 AM

Associated Press

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Blues 4, Thrashers 3, SO
Atlanta Thrashers 3, St. Louis Blues 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jay McClement, known primarily for his penalty-killing prowess, got a chance to see how the other half live.

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 come-from-behind 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.

Nik Antropov and Rich Peverley each had a goal and an assist for the Thrashers, who played for the third time in four nights.

St. Louis, 5-0 at home, has won a franchise-record 11 straight home games, dating to last season.

The Blues rallied from a late 3-1 deficit with two goals by McClement in a span of 1:46 in the third period. McClement deflected in a shot from the point by Alex Pietrangelo to tie it with 4:25 left.

"Just happened to be in the right place at the right time a lot," McClement said. "Feels good to contribute offensively for a change."

McClement has led the NHL in ice time on the penalty kill among forwards each of the last two seasons. He seemed shocked by his newfound offensive muscle.

"I can't remember the last time I got one," he said of the hat trick, which came in his 410th NHL game. "Don't count on too many more of those, either."

St. Louis coach Davis Payne called McClement a grinder who finds a way to get into the dirty areas of the ice.

McClement had not scored in his first eight games this season and has never scored more than 12 goals in any NHL season.

The Blues have 14 points in their first nine games and are off to their best start since they opened the 2002-03 season 6-1-1. The 5-0 home start is the best since they won their first five home games in 2000.

Halak (6-1-1) bounced back from a slow start to record 19 consecutive saves, and made two stops in the shootout after giving up three goals in the first period. Peverley's goal at 8:58 ended Halak's shutout string at 160 minutes, 8 seconds. He had posted back-to-back shutouts and stopped 71 shots in a row before Peverley's goal.

"I didn't worry about what happened in the first period," Halak said. "I just came out, I just tried to go puck by puck. I was trying to keep us going the same way the whole game."

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

"I was so excited to be back, couldn't wait," he said. "I tried to focus. I felt pretty good after the first couple shots."

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 Blues tied it 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.

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.

"It was a good effort by out guys," Atlanta coach Craig Ramsay said. "We just kind of tired out near the end."

Notes: Oshie's career-best point streak of seven games came to an end. ... Atlanta forward Andrew Ladd had two assists and leads the Thrashers with 12 points. ... Antropov recorded his first multipoint game of the season. ... Atlanta G Chris Mason, who spent the last two seasons with the Blues, served as Pavelec's backup. Mason is 5-4-1 with 3.50 goals against average.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:58
ATL
PPG - Rich Peverley (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Nik Antropov (2), Andrew Ladd (7)
1 - 0 ATL
11:58
STL
Jay McClement (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Matt D'Agostini (1), Alexander Steen (4)
1 - 1 Tie
13:59
ATL
PPG - Nik Antropov (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Rich Peverley (7), Andrew Ladd (8)
2 - 1 ATL
19:57
ATL
Niclas Bergfors (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Evander Kane (2), Dustin Byfuglien (6)
3 - 1 ATL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
13:49
STL
Jay McClement (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt D'Agostini (2), Alexander Steen (5)
3 - 2 ATL
15:35
STL
Jay McClement (3) Deflected shot - ASST: Alex Pietrangelo (4), Nathan Oystrick (1)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDSTLATLTOTAL
1T. Oshie
R. Peverley
1 - 0
2B. Boyes
A. Burmistrov
2 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
04:51
STL
David Backes  Hooking against  Tobias Enstrom
08:31
STL
Eric Brewer  Interference against  Jim Slater
13:39
STL
Patrik Berglund  Interference against  Zach Bogosian
2nd Period
06:47
ATL
Nik Antropov  Interference against  Alex Pietrangelo
11:50
STL
David Backes  Interference against  Freddy Modin
3rd Period
00:12
STL
Alex Pietrangelo  Kneeing against  Evander Kane
01:53
STL
David Backes  Kneeing against  Anthony Stewart
02:56
STL
Barret Jackman  Interference against  Rich Peverley
05:21
ATL
Zach Bogosian  Roughing against  David Perron
10:15
ATL
Zach Bogosian  Holding against  Alexander Steen
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Ondrej Pavelec
SA: 35TOI: 64:47
Saves: 32EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .914SH: 1 - 1
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 28TOI: 65:00
Saves: 25EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .893SH: 0 - 0