A mishandled keep on a powerplay by Dustin Byfuglien led to the puck getting right to a streaking Patrice Bergeron, who flipped it past Ondrej Pavelec on the breakaway. The goal was Bergeron’s 300th NHL point. Pavelec is in serious need of working on his one-on-one plays with the shooters. He has never won in a shootout, and on break-aways he is easily rattled.
Shots at the end of the period were 10-10, as both teams appeared at times to be skating through some sludge. Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers are tied at 2-2, and the Capitals are down 1-0, so tonight would be a very appropriate time for the Thrashers to break their losing streak in Boston.