There was so much to cover last night in the 2-1 loss to Florida Wednesday that I neglected to mention one noteworthy sequence by forward Chris Thorburn.
With less than two minutes to go in the first period, and soon after Dustin Byfuglien left the game for good with a lower-body injury from blocking a shot, Thorburn stepped in front of a Florida shot. He also took the shot off the left leg.
For more than 30 seconds Thorburn stayed on the ice, without his stick, and several more times limped in front of a Florida shooter in an effort to block another shot.
“It just hit me in a bad spot,” Thorburn said. “Nothing unusual. It obviously didn’t hit my padding and my leg went numb. It was anything to put me out of the game.
“I was into it. I felt it. I just tried to finish off the play. The worst thing you can do is block a shot and have them score after it. I was trying to do my part to keep them from doing it. They still got a shot away and [Ondrej Pavelec] made a great save.”
Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay took notice.
“That was a tremendous effort by him,” Ramsay said. “We’ve got people that are committed. There is no question about it, but you need 20 on each and every night. You need the whole team to be willing to put themselves on the line to win. Thorby did it and then he kept fronting him all the way across willing to do it again. And Thorburn got his ice time in the third period and played very well for us.”
I thought I would get this blog up early, to allow you to comment on last night’s game. Today’s practice does not start until noon or so. I will see if there is an update on Byfuglien.