Bryan Little and Fredrik Pettersson both had a goal and an assist but the Thrashers dropped their exhibition opener 5-2 to Columbus Tuesday at Philips Arena.
As the final score indicates, more went wrong than went right.
Columbus jumped to a 2-0 lead early in the first period with goals coming 28 seconds apart.
“Our breakouts weren’t good enough,” coach Craig Ramsay said. “We’ve worked at it a bit but we have to get back, we have to change sides. On one of their goals the goaltender threw it up past our D on the short side and you can’t do that in the National League. Those are little details that we have to work on. There is some communication that has to happen under circumstances like that. … I hate to say it, no excuses, but we looked a little tired. We wanted to change fast and keep up the pace but we looked a little tired. We know they’ve put in the effort the last couple days.”
Ramsay singled out the Nigel Dawes-Little-Pettersson line as a