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Lightning strikes for the eighth straight time against Thrashers

Photo by Mike Phillips

Photo by Mike Phillips

TAMPA, Fla. -- Victor Hedman scored in the fourth round of a shootout to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Atlanta Thrashers 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Hedman has scored just two goals in 30 games this season. The defenseman's goal was the lone one in the shootout.

Sean Bergenheim scored for the Lightning, who have beaten the Thrashers eight straight times.

Rich Peverley had the lone goal for the Thrashers.

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier returned after missing 15 games because of a right hand injury. The center, injured at Washington on Nov. 11, had surgery four days later to insert a plate and screws to secure an unstable fracture.

Peverley scored Atlanta's sixth short-handed goal of the season for a 1-0 lead at 13:56 of the first period. Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec stopped a pair of in-close shots by Lecavalier during the frame.

Bergenheim tied at 1 with 5:42 left in the second right after he served a high-sticking penalty. He beat Pavelec to Randy Jones' clearing pass into the right circle and scored after the goalie's poke check bounced off Bergenheim's skate and wound up near the forward's stick.

Pavelec finished with 30 saves. Tampa Bay's Mike Smith, in his first game since allowing five goals on 22 shots over 41 minutes of an 8-1 loss to Boston on Dec. 2, stopped 27 shots.

Lightning center Steven Stamkos, who has 24 goals and 20 assists, didn't record a point. He had five goals and two assists in two previous games this season against Atlanta.

NOTES: Tampa Bay has allowed seven short-handed goals. Six were scored in the Lightning's 12 home games, tying the franchise record for most allowed at home in one season. ... The Thrashers were outscored 10-5 in losing twice to Tampa Bay this season.