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

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

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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.

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.

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