It was not a difficult decision to start Johan Hedberg in goal against the Rangers tonight.
Hedberg, who said he grew up a Rangers fan, is 2-0 against the New Yorkers this season. He had 33 saves in a 5-3 win on Nov. 12 and 46 saves in a 3-2 shootout win on Dec. 14.
Coach John Anderson has another reason to start Hedberg.
“I just think he’s been playing pretty good as of late,” Anderson said Thursday morning. “He does have the highest winning percentage of our goalies right now.”
Mired in a nine-game losing streak (0-6-3), both Anderson and Hedberg used the word desperate to describe the Thrashers.
“We are a really desperate team and hopefully we’ll play that way with desperation and control,” Hedberg said before the game. “We’ve got to put a string of wins together to get back on track.”
“We’ve got to take it on a game-by-game basis but there is a desperation around us,” Anderson said. “Teams around us [in the standings] are winning. … Nothing