PHILADELPHIA – The Thrashers will likely rotate goaltenders for the final games of the season, according to coach Craig Ramsay.
Chris Mason started in goal Thursday against Philadelphia. That would mean Ondrej Pavelec could start Saturday in Boston and Mason would return to face his former team in Nashville next week.
“Right now it would be nice if we just alternated,” Ramsay said Thursday. “I want to give everybody a chance to play. I think that is really important right now that everybody feels part of it and we continue to build that team atmosphere.”
Earlier this week, Ramsay said he wanted to send a message to his entire team by starting the veteran Mason three straight games. He wanted to reward a season of hard work and show that such an attribute is a necessity.
Ramsay said he has seen signs that message was received.
“I thought we’ve had some fire on the bench,” Ramsay said. “We had guys yelling at each other on the bench, coming off [the ice] and making statements. While you don’t want your team to be going after each other on a consistent basis, you need them to have some fire. You need them to hold each other accountable. I’ve seen that the last couple of games. I’ve liked it. I told them so. Guys are demanding things from each other. That’s what we are trying to accomplish.
“Mason is a veteran player. He’s been around and he still plays hard, practices hard. He’s a good example to a lot of the other players.”
With the season winding down, you can expect to see players, especially the young ones, getting extended looks and expanded roles.
Ramsay said he was been impressed with the play of Ben Maxwell since being inserted into the regular lineup the past six games. Maxwell was used on the penalty kill Tuesday at Montreal. Ramsay said he would like to see Maxwell on the power play at some point over the remaining games with an eye toward the future.
Stewart back in
Anthony Stewart rejoined the Thrashers in Philadelphia after missing Tuesday’s game in Canada due to a travel documentation issue. The forward was back in the lineup for Radek Dvorak who suffered an upper-body injury in the first period against the Canadiens.