Kovalchuk skips optional practice

Back inside Philips Arena as the Thrashers hold an optional skate prior to tonight’s game against Los Angeles.

There are just 15 players on the ice. Ilya Kovalchuk was not one of the players taking part in the practice.

Those practicing are: Johan Hedberg, Ondrej Pavelec, Zach Bogosian, Boris Valabik, Tobias Enstrom, Anssi Salmela, Evander Kane, Jim Slater, Eric Boulton, Rich Peverley, Christoph Schubert, Mark Popovic, Todd White, Chris Thorburn and Marty Reasoner.

Noah Welch was on the ice when I got here, continuing to work after off-season knee surgery.

Some notes after Thursday’s game:

*With his goal and two assists, Rich Peverley now has points in 12 of the Thrashers’ 15 games this season.

*With a goal and an assist, Evander Kane had his first multiple-point game of his young career.

*The Thrashers scored two goals in a span of :25 in the second period, setting a new franchise record for the quickest two goals in the middle frame. The franchise record for quickest two goals in any period is :07, set on Dec. 2, 2008 at Montreal with goals by Ron  Hainsey and Chris Thorburn in the third period.

I will check back following practice and interviews.

53 comments Add your comment

TheFan79

November 13th, 2009
10:50 am

Awesome game last night.Little shaky 3 period .

GaVaHokie

November 13th, 2009
11:14 am

Can’t wait for tonight… looking forward to a showdown of Bogosian and Doughty.

Smoothie

November 13th, 2009
11:25 am

BOGO vs Dough-boy! Should be a good one and I look for Bogo to play his best against the guy drafted ahead of him. The magic number is 8 as that is the number Doughty wears and that will be the number of goals Bogosian has on the year after he deposits 2 biscuits into Jonathan Quick’s basket while Dough-boy is on the ice!

Zim

November 13th, 2009
11:25 am

I’m surprised that Machacek isn’t on the ice… might he already have been returned to Chicago? I figured Atlanta would hold onto him at least through the weekend to make sure Kovy and Kaner are good to go for three games in four days.

Diego from Lilburn

November 13th, 2009
11:53 am

The Kings looked bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as they headed off to skate this morning.

The Earl of Bud

November 13th, 2009
11:58 am

Chris I picked up on that as well that Kane had his first multi-point game. But Peverley scoring in 12 of 15? Unreal. The TurnerSouth guys said last night that he was the waiver wire pickup of the decade. To think that Waddell inquired about trading for Peverley before that season even started has got to make them even sicker.

I wasn’t even thinking about Bogo vs. Doughty just because they have so many other young guns on that team I wasn’t singling anyone out. Kopitar vs. Peverley? Brown vs. Kovalchuk? Plentey of young names tonight.

Zim, if Kane was on the ice this morning, he is probably a go for tonight and may have felt nothing at all last night (which is a fantastic thing). Kovalchuk probably just wants to rest and play games only right now and not overwork it but will probably be a go too. We still have Slater outranking Machacek. Or maybe Spencer is up in Duluth since he doesn’t know his way around Atlanta yet and couldn’t find the arena. All kidding aside, I think we can at least count on Kane tonight and Kovalchuk is probably stoked enough to want to be out there, so Spencer maybe just doesn’t fit into the plans right now as even a backup option.

Chris Vivlamore

November 13th, 2009
12:05 pm

Practice update: Kovalchuk was at the rink this morning (team meeting), although he did not skate. Still sporting a walking boot he says he’ll have to wear a couple more weeks. He fully intends to play tonight. Said there was no swelling in the foot after last night’s game. I’m writing a story on how he went from not making trip to New York to playing against the Rangers.

Dwayne

November 13th, 2009
12:11 pm

Let me clarify Kovy’s adventure on Wednesday of playing or not playing. Weather delayed scheduled flight, Kovy was going to leave with it after the delay, but changed his mind. Started to take a later flight, but decided another day off the foot would be better. Last flight out was a red eye, but decided against that too. Finally, after discussing things with the lovely Mrs. K, he put on his Red Cape and soared to NY.

J.B.

November 13th, 2009
12:22 pm

(since Dwayne posted that comment here and on Rawhide’s blog, I feel somewhat obligated to duplicate my response here as well)

…and boy is Mrs. K lovely!

GaVaHokie

November 13th, 2009
12:46 pm

I was actually arguing with some Canadians on the hockeybuzz site a few months ago that Bogosian would make the All Star Game before Doughty does… didn’t put any money on it, just wanted to stick it in their craw.

Figured with all the talented D-men out West, it would be harder for Doughty to crack the line-up anyway.

I’m still interested to see if Bogosian can play his way into an Olympic spot.

Miami Screaming Eagle

November 13th, 2009
12:54 pm

Let’s hope he skipped the skate to sign his new contract!

The Earl of Bud

November 13th, 2009
12:55 pm

GaVaHokie, there were all sorts of reports on the draft that year as to one being more “NHL ready” while the other would be much better over the long haul, etc. I think Doughty is leading all d-men in points so he has to be in the All-star game. But I was wondering why Bogosian wasn’t even given a look at the Olympic camp. If he doesn’t at least get a courtesy call, he should be on in 2014. But I too want to see him in Vancouver. Not to mention his GM is awfully close to the USA hockey org. He is leading all d-men in goals, so each of them have a feather in their cap right now.

Sara

November 13th, 2009
1:05 pm

Chris that entire interview was a riot. Ben put the video up on the Thrashers website – the Kaptain was certainly in a good mood this AM!

Chris Vivlamore

November 13th, 2009
1:05 pm

Thrashers re-assign Spencer Machacek to AHL affiliate in Chicago.

GaVaHokie

November 13th, 2009
1:05 pm

He is leading all d-men in goals, so each of them have a feather in their cap right now.

Agreed… there’s no All Star Game this year anyway due to the Olympics.

But I too want to see him in Vancouver. Not to mention his GM is awfully close to the USA hockey org.

Also agree. ;)

GaVaHokie

November 13th, 2009
1:06 pm

Ugh… just listened to Kovalchuk’s presser… “we have to win at home if we want to get our fans back in the building”.

I hate it when the players make notice of the empty building and blame it on themselves.

Chris Vivlamore

November 13th, 2009
1:07 pm

Sara: That’s Kovy sometimes. You can tell he hates all the questions about his foot. I tried!

Dwayne

November 13th, 2009
1:18 pm

J.B. Thank You for reading my post…twice. It is also on the Falcons, Hawks, Braves, GTs, UGAs and Canadien Curling team blogs.

Furmanisanidiot

November 13th, 2009
1:21 pm

Get off your butts and show up for the games this weekend, they deserve to more people at the blub

J.B.

November 13th, 2009
1:23 pm

Dwayne – you’re quite welcome. While I read both thrasher blogs, I think I’ll politely decline following your posts across the entire sports section :-) …and if the ajc ever has a curling blog it means the apocolypse is near.

Alan R.

November 13th, 2009
1:25 pm

Out of curiosity, what is the quickest first goal the Thrashers have ever scored? That Army goal 19 seconds in should rank up there, I imagine.

Zim

November 13th, 2009
1:54 pm

Alan: Quickest goal to start a game in franchise history is 8 seconds into a period. Ronald Petrovicky did it against Pittsburgh during the 2003-04 season.

GaVaHokie

November 13th, 2009
2:08 pm

And, I believe the Petrovicky goal beat Odgers goal that was something like 13 seconds into a game.

Smoothie

November 13th, 2009
2:58 pm

Jeff Odgers actually scored a goal!? j/k We miss you Odgie!

GaVaHokie

November 13th, 2009
3:04 pm

Yeah, I think that was Odgers only goal… the goalie was still doing the pregame stretch. :)

Midfield

November 13th, 2009
3:40 pm

I’m pretty sure that Odgers scored in the fateful 5:2 win over New Jersey, which got Larry Robinson and Slava Fetisov fired.

Brendan

November 13th, 2009
6:01 pm

But what is the fastest OVERTIME goal in Thrashers history??

DeeringThrash

November 13th, 2009
6:59 pm

Go Thrashers! Playoff bound!

Brendan

November 13th, 2009
10:50 pm

So, where is everybody? After a 7-0 throttling of the L.A. Kings, one might think these boards would be filled with boasting and rejoicing?

But I digress. Remember when I said, “There are a few a teams against which we must compare ourselves, to truly evaluate how we are doing.” I listed several teams, and the L.A. Kings were one of them, since they’ve been rebuilding for a number of years, too. Last year, they picked 5th and we picked 4th. They took Schenn. We took Kane. In 2008, L.A. picked 2nd overall, taking Drew Doughty and we took Zach Bogosian, 3rd overall.

So, that was my intended preamble. But uhh, we never saw that matchup tonight. Not really. The L.A. Kings were taking it to us in the 2nd period, when Kane’s snowball landed on the hill, and starting rolling downward, getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger. Before you knew it, Atlanta had scored 4 goals in 5:04, and it had snowballed into an avalance that is a 7-0 victory. I think the Kings outshot us by 18. Is that right? That’s an odd thing, in a 7-0 loss. L.A.’s goaltending did them in tonight. It’s still an issue for them.

I expected a “litmus test.” What we got was … a route. Hey, it’s a home win, on a Friday night. It’s a pretty good thing. So, how about Max Afinogenov’s two goals? I think Max had a 3-point night. Kane wouldn’t be outdone, with two of his own. And neither would Kovalchuk, who had a pair, as well. I think that’s 7-points in two games since #17’s return. And what about that Thorburn fight? He decked ‘im. What a donneybrook in the 2nd stanza!

HNIC

November 13th, 2009
10:57 pm

Where are all the loosers that profess to know hockey and come on this bog with with very strange crap…get a life.. Don Waddell has done hell of a job this year.
Go Thrashers and screw Jeff Schultz

The Earl of Bud

November 13th, 2009
11:52 pm

OH MY! WHERE DO I BEGIN! Just getting the chance to logon now after a late night and a great game. Pavelec gets the shutout. We didn’t play too well in the first, but he made key saves like the breakaway on Frolov that kept us in the game until the floodgates opened in the 2nd period. Kovalchuk’s foot is AOK. So is Kane’s and he got another multi-point game. The melee in the 2nd was great, did you see how fast Slater dropped his gloves? Then Thor is in a fight at the same time and I didn’t even get to see the punches Boulton was throwing. All three forwards looked like they were tied up at once.

Now for the amazing part. MAX impressed me tonight. His early stuff actually didn’t. He got another secondary PPA which doesn’t impress me as much if you are just passing it around the umbrella. But, at the 15 minute mark in the 3rd, when LA is trying to get back in the game or at least kill the shutout, MAX BACKCHECKED on Dustin Brown to break up an opportunity, I fell over. He never does that. Then, at the 8 minute mark, the guy finally goes to the net!!! Both Kings d-men are back and Max actually drives to the net, splits the 2 defensemen and gets a goal. This has got to be the 1st sign of the apocalypse. The only thing I said was missing was Peverley getting another point and sure enough he got one on the last goal.

It took me forever to figure out that it was Bryan Little who didn’t dress tonight. Chris, did I miss an update from you? Why was he the one that sat?

Outside of the Russian line the 2nd and 3rd were mixed for a lot of shifts, but the times that Kane-Peverley-Army were together made me happy. Oh yeah, Bogosian delivered on another breakaway goal. I can’t believe this game.

The Earl of Bud

November 14th, 2009
12:08 am

Brendan, did you watch any other games? I dvr’d the Sabres game but really just watched the OT & SO. Reason I ask is because Derek Roy scored in the shootout, but get this. He scored by doing the “Eric Perrin move” where he comes up the middle cuts right and goes back really quick to the left. I had not seen any other player in the league do what I thought was the best shootout move ever, especially since Perrin is out of the league now. The announcers from Calgary were oogling over the move and I was thinking how many times we’ve seen Perrin do that for Atlanta.

Darkhorse

November 14th, 2009
12:24 am

More home performances like that will get butts into the bulb! What a fun game to watch unfold, if you are a Thrashers fan. The Kings did a better job on controling the puck, but the Thrashers made the most of mistakes and scoring opportunites. Congrats to Pavs on his first NHL shutout. He earned that all the way. Keep the good times going Sunday against the Oil. The Kings broadcasters said the Oilers have been here since yesterday. Hopefully they will be a rusty bunch ;)

The second goal Max scored reminded me of that Holik on his belly goal a few years ago. I can’t believe I am comparing those two players. They’re the definition of the tortoise vs the hare.

MB

November 14th, 2009
12:36 am

EOB and WBF, I thought of you guys in the first when Max was all over the place…good forechecking, turnover, turnover, takeaway, turnover…but then he and Kovy started their show (along with young Mr. Kane), and I was able to forgive Max his earlier transgressions. His two goals were just amazing (those tantalizing skills you’ve both mentioned), and like you, EOB, I was impressed with his efforts on the defensive end. Oh, and did you notice how at the end of the game he passed up the chance for a hat trick to try to feed Kozzie? Frankly a bad decision given the situation (pass was easily snuffed), but the sentiment is appreciated.

In fact, am I crazy, or did we actually play a decent defensive game despite the 38 shots? I kept looking at the numbers, but watching the game, I didn’t feel like we gave up all that many quality chances. When we did, Ondrej was either very solid or somewhat lucky…congrats to him on what I believe was his first NHL shutout.

On the Kings side, I have to say I really liked Dustin Brown’s game. Doughty played solid, I guess, but nothing remarkable. Didn’t really notice Kopitar too much. Maybe I missed things up in the 400s.

HNIC, can’t argue with you too much about D-Wadd’s recent moves, though credit should also extend to Dudley and Coach JA for some of them.

On the down side, not even the Pevs Dispenser could get Slava and White out of their respective funks. Todd just looked lost out there, and what’s most worrisome to me about Slava is not only is he not scoring, but he’s making bad decisions with the puck. Let’s hope that somebody figures out how to get those guys (and #10) going soon.

Fun game…let’s keep things going this way on Sunday against the Oil!

sisu

November 14th, 2009
12:42 am

The Earl of Bud, that is why one pays attention prior to the game to the jumbo tron, it was listed there that Little was a healthy scratch.
So, where was everyone tonight since the arena was so empty and to the ones there, did you all loose your voice at the same time? It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop…

Brendan

November 14th, 2009
3:09 am

EOB, I saw the last 9 minutes of the third period of the Sabres-Flames game. I was flipping between the ‘Canes-Isles game and the Sabres-Flames games, once it became apparent that the Thrashers were not going to lose. I wound up missing Kane’s shorty. But I did catch the highlight on Center Ice. Kane has scored three impressive goals in the past two games. He’s really coming along.

Pavelec made a couple of big saves early on that set the tone for the game. Timely goaltending can make all the difference.

EOB, I saw all the Sabres-Flames shootout. I loved the Derek Roy goal. Heck of a move. And the Pomminville goal. I had a hard time believing Miller left that “soft backhander” between the wickets. But a win is a win. The Sabres, I must give them credit, continue to bank points. Come February and March, they’ll be grateful they did. I am concerned that the Sabres are over utilizing Miller. But hey, the Devils play Brodeur 60 games or more a year. So, it can be done.

The ‘Canes salvaged a point from a 3-0 deficit versus the Islanders, but lost in the overtime. That’s 14-straight losses for Carolina. Is GM Jim Rutherford going to make the 1st overall selection next June? I hope not. Paul Maurice has to be feeling the Heat. Rutherford has hired Maurice and fired him/let him go once before. Will history repeat itself? At some point, Carolina must make a decision. Their fans, tonight, BOOED them off the ice in Raleigh. That’s never a good thing. When do we next play Carolina?

Speaking of shootout goals, anyone see Rick Nash’s “hokey pokey” goal? “You stick your left foot out, you stick the puck in the net.” Okay, that’s not how that song goes. But that ISSS what happened.

Dwayne

November 14th, 2009
8:08 am

What a great day, got home from work, checked mail, my Dec 21 tickets to see Thrash and Montreal where there. Then Falco….errrr…Thrashers score a touchdown on the Queens. Center Ice only had the LA feed. Not much those guys in the booth could say. WOW is what the wanted to say. I wonder what the Oilers were thinking as they watched the 2nd period onslaught?

Brendan

November 14th, 2009
11:27 am

Zach Bogosian is on pace … for 35 goals??? It’s true. He’s 7 goals in 16 games. Don’t look now, but Toby Enstrom has 12-pts in 16 games. He’s on pace for 62-points, on the year. Imagine if we could get Bryan Little and Slava Kozlov going?

Imagine if Bogosian actually got 35 goals? (Covering my face, with a worried look.) How much is THAAAAT gonna cost us? We could be talking Pronger money. Seriously, I think Bogosian could actually wind up with 20 goals, on the year. What a bonus! I’m happy for a 20 goal output from someone like Max Afinogenov or Colby Armstrong. I certainly don’t expect it from a blueliner.

The Earl of Bud

November 14th, 2009
12:47 pm

MB, now you are understanding us. The guy has got more talent than you can imagine. Last night he actually USED it to do things like drive to the net rather than skate in circles, he actually backchecked. He did have some of his typical turnovers but after splitting those two defensemen the way he did I forgive. If he keeps this up I might have to find a new whipping boy. Now let’s just hope he doesn’t get injured, that will be just our luck as he has had more injuries than Gaborik.

Sisu, I never even see those because I am either just getting to my seats or if already in my seat I am talking with people until the puck drops. I am not one of those who shows up 10 minutes late, but I’m just getting there and even if I am early like I say, we are usually talking until puckdrop. That’s the beauty of watching at home though, you have all that info at your fingertips being fed to you or you just look up the internet box score right then and there.

Chris, I would still love to know more about why Little was sat instead of Slater.

Brendan, I saw the Nash goal this morning on the web. I think it was so odd that the goalie just didn’t know what to do or how to react and it was a piece of cake for Nash to just flip it to the corner. I will say though, 3 words in sports that I cringe at are “on pace for”. But like you even if Bogosian gets 20 I am thrilled. As for you comments about Miller, I totally concur, that’s why I was talking about them needing Biron back on one of the past blogs if you recall.

MB

November 14th, 2009
1:06 pm

EOB, my guess is you look at Max the way I used to look at Ex, and if that’s the case, then I can certainly understand your frustration. It seems to me that a lot of Max’s turnovers come when he’s trying to thread the needle to make a perfect play when a more straight-forward, conservative play might be the wiser option.

By the way, did you guys notice that both Max and Kovy stayed in the locker room when their names were called for the third and second stars of the game, leaving the spotlight for Ondrej? Classy, smart move to leave all the cheers for the youngster in honor of his first NHL shutout.

The Earl of Bud

November 14th, 2009
11:44 pm

MB, if you really want to analyze it, I think right now it is because Max has been injured so many times that he refuses to drive to the net because he is guaranteed to draw contact and thus risk getting injured again. So, instead of going hard and uses his skill and speed to create a scoring chance, he will circle back to the blueline, dipsy-doodle all over the zone, up until he turns the puck over because even Mario Lemieux can’t play keep-away forever. Or he is just rushing around so much that he is about to get cornered and then like you say he eventually makes a bad pass to get out of trouble only to give it away and start trouble going in the other direction right towards Pavelec.

Now that doesn’t explain it perfectly because he has had the crazy legs since day 1 in Buffalo, but it makes more sense now.

Either way, he is scoring now so people forgive but when he hits a slump and misses the wide open net like the other night or worse the wide open net to tie the game in the 3rd a la the Caps game then comes the frustration. Also too because the guy has the skill and just does all these dipsy-doodle plays instead of giving us a great scoring opportunity then it will just get to you.

Also too, the group of you on these blogs that are more astute are picking up on this after just a month or two, imagine going through it for 10 years and the mileage adds up. To top it off to have him come down to your new favorite team in Atlanta then you can get a picture of why I go on these rants. Forgive me.

If you really do get irked by Ex’s bad habits and I can understand your points there, but then imagine you moved to Toronto 2 years ago, while you are still routing for your Thrashers going on 10 years of watching them, but you start to adopt the Leafs as your favorite team and then they all of a sudden trade for Exelby ;)

Hockey Biltong

November 15th, 2009
11:25 am

Yeah , Max has to watch where he passes. A lot of giveaways.But damn , he had a great goal the other night.

Brendan

November 15th, 2009
12:03 pm

Well folks, the Oilers are 2-6-1 on the road, and they’re coming into Philips Arena 2-7-1 in their last 10. They rank 23rd in the league, in terms of points.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=lea#&navid=nav-stn-league

Let’s go Thrashers!

Jameson

November 15th, 2009
1:47 pm

Brendan- I think I may have just noticed what could be at least part of the problem in Carolina. Who’s leading their team in PIM? Eric Staal with 34. Which is one less than our own Eric Boulton.

MB

November 15th, 2009
5:23 pm

And another great goal today for Max, Biltong.

Odd game…what I saw of the first was lackluster; Oilers seemed to hold sway in the second, but then Max tied it up with less than a minute left; Thrashers were dominant for much of the third, though Edmonton put on good pressure in the closing minutes.

Moose stood strong and…get ready for it…Slava got off the schneid!!!! Quick one-timer from White after Todd and Peverley did some nice work behind the net…Slava moved to the slot and buried it. Sweet. Hope that gets him going.

Oh, and Cogliano (sp?) for Edmonton can flat out fly.

Another home win, which I think evens up our record at Philips.

Brendan

November 15th, 2009
5:26 pm

James, YIKES for Carolina, on the PIM front. But they did get a win today, 5-4, in the shootout, over Minnesota. And really, good for Carolina. I mean, as a division rival, we do root for their demise. But I’m tellin’ ya, I don’t want Jim Rutherford owning the 1st overall pick in the draft, either.

Shifting gears, what a great afternoon of hockey!! Woo-hoo!! EOB is gonna rail against me on this one, but that goal, by Finny, as the 2nd stanza came to a close, was ELECTRIFYING!! It was HUUUGE. There’s a nice difference between heading into the 3rd down a goal, compared to even.

Congrats to the PP unit, for going two outta three (2/3) today. Bogosian got his 8th. (On pace for … just KIDDING! Just Kidding.) :razz:

What else? Another day at the office for Rich Peverley. Two assists there. And finally, Slava Kozlov gets off the Schneid, tipping the ferryman, for the ride. Congrats to Kozlov, for the 1st of the season.

At +1 today, were White, Enstrom and Kozlov. At -1, were Boulton, Slater, Thorburn, Armstrong, E.Kane, and Bogosian. At -2, was Ron Hainsey. But Hainsey played the most minutes of our blueliners, at 24:42. Enstrom was next, at 24:19. Then Enstrom, at 19:31. Followed by Schubert, at 18:15, Popovic, at 15:54, and Salmela, at 12:26. Popovic, Schubert, and Salmela were all “even” on the plus-minus today.

Kovalchuk had an assist, while playing 23:18.

Remember our ol’ friend and Captain, Steve Staios, for the Inaugural season and Year Two? Well, he was in the sin bin when Bogosian tallied. :grin: But if you’re thinking Staios is irrelevant in today’s NHL, gaze at his minutes played this afternoon: 20:38. That’s not too shabby. I always liked Staios. He was no “franchise player,” but it wouldn’t have killed us to retain him a while longer than we did. Bygones.

MB

November 15th, 2009
5:31 pm

BTW, two nice articles on Kaptain Kovy on NHL.com from our old pal John Manasso:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=506116&navid=DL|NHL|home

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=506012&navid=DL|NHL|home

Brendan

November 15th, 2009
8:59 pm

Correction, the 24:19 played today was by Bogosian, not Enstrom. Enstrom played 19:31. I loved Peverley’s play this afternoon. Just finished watching the replay on Center Ice.

Brendan

November 15th, 2009
9:01 pm

By the way, on Comcast Channel #774, they’ll show the replay of Atlanta vs. Edmonton again. If you want to see it again, or DVR it, or TiVo it.

The Earl of Bud

November 15th, 2009
9:42 pm

Well I have heard the saying before, it’s nice when you can win games 6-5 and win them 2-1. In our case we can win them 7-0 and the 3-2 yawners. So it’s great right now to be a fan of Thrasherville.

Yes Brendan, Max got a nice goal. What I thought was nice about it though is how he was on the same page with Peverley. If you didn’t dvr it, watch it on the nhl.com if they show the whole play. As soon as the puck was going towards Peverley, Max took off and that got him open. Kudos to Peverley for feeding him that breakaway.

I got to admit Brendan, when Bogosian got that goal, the FIRST thing I thought of were those three dirty words. I asked myself “gee, how many goals is this guy on pace for”?

We did give up more SOG again, but all this is doing at this point is instilling my confidence in Pavelec (even though yeah it was Moose today). But the big thing people said about Lehtonen was “well he takes on 30+ shots/game!” Even though most goalies in the league do that, now our own Thrashers goalies are doing it AND winning.