Colorado Avalanche center T.J. Hensick, left, loses control of the puck as Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Garnet Exelby reaches in to break up the play in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/David Zalubowski)
DENVER - Kari Lehtonen had 35 saves in earning his third shutout of the season and the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Lehtonen's 14th NHL shutout helped the Thrashers improve to 8-4-1 in their last 13 games. The surge includes a two-game season sweep of the Avalanche, who lost for the seventh time in eight games. It was the eighth time this season Colorado was shut out.
Todd White and Zach Bogosian staked Atlanta to a 2-0 lead and Rich Peverley added an empty-netter to seal the victory.