St. Patrick’s Day came a day early for the Thrashers, who did their Irish-themed celebration for Monday night’s game against the Capitals. And I was thinking, if St. Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland, did St. Kari keep the puck out of the net Monday night? I mean, 49 saves, against Washington? Ten against Alex Ovechkin?
The Thrashers auctioned off green uniform sweaters and raised more than $18,000 for the Thrashers foundation. No. 1 money-earner: Zach Bogosian’s sweater, at $2,000. Ilya Kovalchuk’s went for $1,600, Tobias Enstrom $1,100 and Rich Peverley $1,000.
Anssi Salmela had an added incentive to score his first NHL goal Monday night. His older brother, Tuomas, came in last night from Finland.
It will be interesting to see what the Thrashers do for defensive pairings without Hainsey. You’ve got to keep Zach Bogosian and Tobias Enstrom together, but do you put Salmela with Garnet Exelby and put Nathan Oystrick with Boris Valabik? That’s probably what I would do.