Stingy Hedberg wins in another start

Hedberg allowed three goals Thursday, but came away with a victory. He is now 3-1-1 in his past five starts.

“If you look around the league everybody is tightening up, and there are a lot of teams begging for scoring,” Thrashers coach John Anderson said. “I think you are going to see a lot of one-, two-goal games. If our goaltending holds up like it has, I like our chances.”

*No distraction: Anderson was asked Thursday if the ongoing Ilya Kovalchuk contract negotiations have become a distraction.

“I certainly haven’t seen a ton of signs [that Kovalchuk is distracted],” Anderson said. “If Kovy has a bad game, we just can’t go and say that’s the reason. Sometimes a player has a bad game. It is what it is. So far I haven’t seen it in the dressing room. I hope it doesn’t rear its ugly head. Hopefully everything gets done and we don’t have to talk about this anymore.”

*Kozlov out: Slava Kozlov was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game. The veteran forward had his franchise-record streak of 251 consecutive games played snapped last week. Kozlov stayed on the ice long after teammates finished their morning skate Thursday. Defenseman Mark Popovic was the other scratch.

*King of faceoffs: Jim Slater leads the NHL in percentage of faceoffs won at 64.8 percent (with a minimum of 20). Slater is 125-68 in his 193 faceoffs. The only players with a higher winning percentage have taken 18 or fewer faceoffs.

*Reunion: Former Thrashers’ No. 1 pick Braydon Coburn (No. 8 overall, 2003) has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 50 games this season for the Flyers. The defenseman is a minus-8.

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