Kari Lehtonen stopped all 35 shots he faced in Denver, Colorado Tuesday night to earn his third shutout of the season…his second in the last three games. The Thrashers score three times on 36 shots on goal to get off to a good start on this three-game road trip.
Hmmmm…and what happened to Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau a few days after the Thrashers blanked the Habs 2-0 last Friday? Be afraid Tony Granato…be very afraid!
In the past three games, the Thrashers have outscored their opposition 10-2 and Kari has stopped 87 of 89 shots that he has face. Boys and girls…that’s a .977 SV%.
Scoring for Atlanta on this winning night was Zach Bogosian, Todd White on the power play with only 0.6 seconds left in the second period and an empty-netter by Rich Peverley. For Bogey, it was his fourth of the season…for White, it was his 18th and 11th on the power play…for The Peever, it was goal number 12 this season, 10th since being plucked from the waiver wire by the Thrashers.
Ilya Kovalchuk had a pair of assists on the night. Kovy now has 36 goals and 78 points for the year…which is only nine points shy of last season’s 87.
At the beginning of the season, I felt that what was important was to see how the Thrashers played in February and March as opposed to October and November. Well, since beginning the month of February with a 2-1 shootout win in New York, Atlanta is 9-6-1and are 7-3-1 in their past eleven games.
Now with 58 points on the season, the Thrashers are only four points behind Ottawa for 12th place in the conference…though the Senators have a pair of games in hand. However, the Thrashers are but a single point behind Colorado, who holds the 27th spot in the league. They are four behind Phoenix and Ottawa who are in the 25th and 26th spots in the league.
What that means is that Atlanta is only four points away from being a non-lottery team.
NHL Putting A Lid On Fighting?
Fighting in NHL hockey games has begun to get some more attention these days…specifically, the practice of dropping helmets as well as the gloves. The discussion has been fed by two incidents that happened during minor league games. One led to a half minute long seizure and head injury…another led to the tragicdeathof 21-year old Don Sanderson. In both instances, the players lost their helmets during the fight.
In this article by Tom Ferda, Scotty Bowman, now a Senior Advisor for the Chicago Blackhawks, and Atlanta Thrashers forward Eric Boulton take opposite viewpoints on the possibility of requiring players to keep their protective headgear on when fights break out on the ice.
Also, what is trying to be stopped is the so called “stage fights” in which players are simply looking to pump up and energized their team.
What say you?
Friday Nights = Man Plan In Blueland
OK, now the Thrashers sales and marketing folks are starting to make some sense. Friday nights now come with the ability to get into Thrashers games by way of the Man Plan. The deal provides a ticket to the game, unlimited hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, soft pretzels and fountains drinks. It also provides a chance to meet and have photos taken with members of the Blue Crew. Man Plans start at $32.
Oooohhhhhhhh YEAH!! This is a great idea!
Now, in the name of fairness and equality…do you ladies think that another night of the week should be set aside for similar type deals. Only, along with the seats to a game, you get unlimited amounts of selected foods and an opportunity to meet Atlanta Thrashers players?
Maybe call it the Chicks Tix plan?