Here is my off-the-cuff attempt at choosing the Thrashers’ three stars for the 9-4 month of March, their best month since the first month of their one playoff season.
Third star — Kari Lehtonen. Yes, he allowed six goals in each of his last two full games, but don’t forget what he did before that: Shutouts of Montreal and Colorado and a career-best 49 saves against Washington. His stats for the month are 5-3, 2.74 goals against average, .918 save percentage.
Second star — Slava Kozlov. 6 goals, 10 assists, points in 10 of his last 11 games. He is a key to the power play’s resurgence.
First star — Ilya Kovalchuk. 6 goals, 10 assists, despite a back injury that caused him to miss three of the 13 games. He scored points in every game he played except for the 46-second appearance at Edmonton. Without that game, he’d have a 12-game point-scoring streak. He has been a creative force, and he has scored goals at big times. He was the prime mover behind the three-goal comeback Thursday night against the Rangers. He ended February with a five-point game (doesn’t count for a March award), and kept on going.
Honorable mention: Tobias Enstrom (3-11—14), Todd White (career-best nine-game point-scoring streak), Zach Bogosian (hard to believe he’s a rookie, sometimes looked like the team’s best defenseman).