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Pavelec's saves help stop skid

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators will be happy not to see Ondrej Pavelec anytime soon.

The Atlanta Thrashers goalie stopped 50 shots en route to a 3-1 win over the Senators on Saturday.

'Right now I feel like Jacque Plante 50 years ago,' said Pavelec, whose helmet flew off after he took a puck to the face.

The 22-year-old netminder was outstanding and the main reason why the Thrashers were able to leave Ottawa with a victory. His teammates managed just 21 shots.

'He was fabulous,' Thrashers coach John Anderson said. 'One of the best games I've ever seen in goal. He made us win.'

Before this season, Pavelec had played 19 games in the NHL and wasn't expected to be the Thrashers' starting goalie. But Pavelec has made the most of No. 1 netminder Kari Lehtonen's absence caused by back surgery.

His latest effort helped the Thrashers (5-4-1) snap a four-game losing streak.

'We didn't play well at all,' said Rich Peverley, who scored the Thrashers' second goal. 'At times it felt like we were just standing around. (Pavelec) handed us the win, he was tremendous.'

The Senators outshot the Thrashers 25-3 in the third period, but couldn't solve Pavelec.

The Thrashers, who have struggled early in games, took control by jumping out to a 2-0 lead after two periods on goals by Zach Bogosian and Peverley. Maxim Afinogenov also scored for Atlanta.