Hey guys, do us all a favor and make sure you bring some of that high-powered O-fense back to Blueland with ya next week, OK?
Jumping out to a 3-0 lead, as they did in Lala-land, always helps the cause. In the first 7 minutes and 41 seconds, Bryan Little, Ilya Kovalchuk and Todd White had scored goals to give the Thrashers an early lead. It also made for a quick exit for Kings goalie Jon…well…Jon Quick.
After leading 3-0, 4-1 and 6-3, the Thrashers saw their early success evaporate as the Kings scored three straight in the third to tie the game and send it to overtime. The tying goal was Anze Kopitar’s second of the game to go with two assists and came with exactly 5 seconds left on the clock. At the time, Ron Hainsey was serving a delay of game penalty…his second of the game. Kopitar’s goal came on LA’s 19th shot of the period, 43rd of regulation.
After the teams split four shots in the overtime period, Kopitar scored on LA’s first chance…Little rang the puck off both side posts for a miss…Moose saved Jack Johnson’s shot…the Slavanator blasted one past Erik Ersberg…Moose stopped Dustin Brown…Kovy missed…Patrick O’Sullivan’s shot was stopped by Hedberg…then Erik Christensen’s right to left move fooled Ersberg for the win.
Moose finished the game with 39 saves on 45 shots. Atlanta took 27 shots…12 in the first, 9 in the second, 4 in the third and a pair in OT.
Two games out west…fourteen goals scored…fifteen if you count the shootout “goal”…and most importantly, four points in the standings!
Kovy = 2 g, 1a, +2, 4 SOG
Bogey = 3a, +2
Little = 1g, 1a, +2, 2 SOG
Reasoner = 1g, 1a, +1, 3 SOG
White = 1g, 1a, +2, 2 SOG
Kozlov = 2a, E
Stuart = 1g, E, 4 SOG
In Monday’s win in Los Angeles, the Thrashers went 2-3 on the power play. In the two games played so far on the west coast swing, they have 4 power play goals on 9 man advantages. In the past five games, they have netted seven power play goals.
Four of those have been scored by Kaptain Kovy.
The Thrashers did allow four power play goals on eight kill attempts in Los Angeles.
Since being called up from the Wolves, Colin Stuart has scored three goals. All three have while the Thrashers were killing off penalties.
Therefore, as the host of this blog thingy, I declare Stuart’s nickname to be…Shorty.
Rookie Zach Bogosian pick a great time to come up with a three-point performance. Monday night at Staples Arena was Armenian Heritage Night. As you may know, Bogie’s family is of Armenian descent and he did receive a good deal of cheers from the crowd for his play.
Ya know…if indeed the aliens have returned to play in Thrashers uniforms, you think maybe we should have an Extraterrestrial Alien Appreciation Night at Philips?
Recently the good people at Illegalcurve.com asked me to jot down a few words regarding what the upcoming trade deadline could hold for the Thrashers. They did the same for other writers that are familiar with the teams they cover.
Anyway…here is a link to that piece …mine is at the bottom. It looks like I was the first to successfully predict a trade…blowing on fingertips.
Also, I found the other comments very interesting indeed.
The lateness of last night’s game reminded me of those nights in the early ’90s when the Braves were beginning their run of success. Back then, the Braves were in the NL West and had to make several trips out there for games during the season. The following morning always made for interesting conversations at the coffee pot from those of us suffering from B.F.S., (Braves Fatigue Syndrome).
I was one of those staying up late at night to follow the team…normally rocking one of the boys back to sleep with a bottle…for the kid, not me!
Anyway, Tuesday morning is gonna feel much like that again…I’m sure Trixie will have a nice hot pot of strong, black coffee waiting for me on my desk when I drag myself in.