Stamkos, Lightning beat Pavelec, Thrashers, 5-1
ATLANTA (AP)—Mike Smith(notes) stopped 20 shots, Steven Stamkos(notes) scored two goals and Tampa Bay finished the preseason with a 5-1 win over Ondrej Pavelec(notes) and the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Pavelec had 21 stops but struggled in his third start of the preseason. Pavelec is competing with veterans Johan Hedberg(notes) and Manny Legace(notes) for the starting job, at least until Lehtonen is healthy.
Chris Thornburn scored Atlanta’s only goal.
The teams will open the season in Atlanta on Saturday.