The Greek Gods are back together – and they are making the most of the reunion of late.
The line of Eric Boulton, Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn scored the opening goal against Detroit Wednesday and set the tone for the 5-1 win. Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay was intent of making sure his team didn’t fear the Western Conference leading Red Wings.
“We like to play four [lines],” Ramsay said. “To have them go out and set a big goal and put us ahead of the Red Wings was a really a great thing for our team. It was great for the fans that were at the game. Suddenly, we are not afraid of the Red Wings. That was one of the key issues, are you going to go in play afraid? That line established offensive zone time, not just on that shift but throughout the game on their shifts they played in the offensive zone and created chances for themselves. They gave us confidence that we could play in the offensive zone against the Red Wings.”
Thorburn scored the goal after Slater got the puck out of the corner, got it to Boulton behind the net. Thorburn one-timed the pass from Boulton for the first goal.
“We are capable of scoring,” Thorburn said. “We know that. We get our chances it’s just being able to put the puck in the back of the net on a consistent basis. As long as we are getting our chances, they are going to go in. We worked hard to get one versus Detroit and hopefully it continues.”
The line has not always got a lot of ice time this season. Over the past four games they have averaged 10 minutes a game.
“It’s tough at times, especially when he calls your line up and you don’t go,” Thorburn said. “[Ramsay is] doing a great job matching lines. There is always a game plan. We kind of know when we see their players go on the ice, that’s our first hint that we might miss a shift. He gets us out there when he can. He’s been doing it a lot lately. We’ve been averaging a ton of ice time on even strength.”