Canadiens goalie Alex Auld makes one of his 44 saves Friday night against the Thrashers.
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• At a Glance: Alex Auld’s second start for the Canadiens didn’t go as well as the first, but he is hardly to blame for the 3-0 loss at the hands of the Atlanta Thrashers. After a decent first period, the Canadiens allowed a goal by Rich Peverley with less than 20 second to play. And things fell apart in the second period as the Thrashers took total control of the game, outshooting the Canadiens 23-4 and adding a pair of goals. Tobias Enstrom made it 2-0 when his floater from the point eluded Auld, probably his only mistake of the night. Peverley scored his second of the game, a power-play marker, 15:35 into the period with an accurate shot to the far post beyond Auld, who finished with 44 saves. At the other end of the ice, Ondrej Pavelec had a relatively easy night, making 25 saves for the shutout, his second of the season.
• What It Means: The loss drops Montreal’s record to 14-8-1 and the Canadiens missed a chance to expand their lead in the Northeast Division after losses by the Bruins and Senators earlier Friday.
• What’s Next: Montreal is back home on Saturday night for a visit from the Buffalo Sabres. The Canadiens are then off until Wednesday when the Edmonton Oilers come to town, followed by a game in New Jersey against the Devils on Thursday.