Stamkos scores twice as Lightning beat Pavelec, Thrashers, 5-1

ATLANTA – Mike Smith stopped 20 shots, Steven Stamkos scored two goals and Tampa Bay finished the pre-season with a 5-1 win over Ondrej Pavelec and the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday.

With Kari Lehtonen still recovering from off-season back surgery, the goalie position remains a big question for Atlanta (2-3-1).

The 22-year-old Pavelec had 21 stops but struggled in his third start of the pre-season. Pavelec is competing with veterans Johan Hedberg and Manny Legace for the starting job, at least until Lehtonen is healthy.

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Zenon Konopka, Martin St. Louis and Mattias Ohlund also scored for the Lightning (4-1-2).

Chris Thornburn scored Atlanta’s only goal.

The teams will open the season in Atlanta on Saturday.