Ilya Kovalchuk assisted on all of Petrovicky's goals. It was Petrovicky's first career hat trick.
Marc Savard and Serge Aubin added goals; Marian Hossa, Slava Kozlov, Niclas Havelid, Eric Boulton and Jaroslav Modry added assists; and goalie Michael Garnett made 26 saves for the Thrashers (11-16-3).
Jaroslav Balastik and Nikolai Zherdev each scored once and Jan Hrdina, David Vyborny and Geoff Platt registered assists for the Blue Jackets (8-20-0). In goal, Pascal Leclaire stopped 11 of the 15 shots he faced before being pulled in the second period, and backup Marc Denis made 15 saves.
Atlanta out-shot Columbus, 31-28. The Thrashers went 2-for-6 on the power play while Columbus was 1-for-5.