“I won’t lie. I wanted to score the 50th goal at home. But apparently, God wanted me to score it in the game against Atlanta” – Alex Ovechkin.
And somewhere in the heavens, when informed of Alex’s declaration, the Lord God exclaimed, “Oh no he did NOT just say that”!
Um…sorry there Alex, my boy. But it looks as though The Great Thunder-Maker In The Sky didn’t get the memo…didn’t he? Unless, of course, you meant the next game you’ll play in Atlanta three weeks from now!
Kari Lehtonen stopped 49 of the 50 shots that he faced in the Thrashers 5-1 smack-down of the Washington Capitals Monday night…a victory that was made all the much more sweet given that it was on national TV, being aired on the Versus Channel. Of course, you remember the last time the Thrashers were featured on Vs, don’t you? That was back on October 28th when the Flyers beat the pure holy stuffing out of us 7-0.
But these are not those Thrashers…not by a long shot.
Why, even brother Anssi joined the Church of the Lamplighter’s Congregation on this victorious night. Yes, rejoice…it’s true. Let it be written that Washington’s goalie Jose Theodore came down with the first recorded case of Salmela poisoning. It was at the 7:18 mark of the second period and really never recovered. The unassisted power play goal was the first ever for the young Finn who played 21:50 and finished a +2.
Five minutes and forty-one seconds later, Toby Enstrom unloaded a blast from just inside the blueline to make the score 4-0 and Theodore’s night was over…giving up four goals on but 19 shots. Monday night in the nets, Jose was less of a lion and more like a…pussycat. sorry
When Washington finally got around to actually scoring a goal…with a minute and fifteen seconds left on the clock…the Caps fan sitting near us in 119 stood up and loudly voiced his approval. Yup…then Sandra and the rest of us let him know just how nice it was that his team could actually get one past our goalie…AND IT ONLY TOOK THEM 48 SHOTS TO DO IT!
So…maybe if they got off another…oh, say…196 shots, they might have caught up!
Call the goal a nice parting consolation gift…buh-bye now. Your team will probably go far in the post-season…and God bless ya then, brother…but tonight, they got nothin’ but the cold back-of-the-hand from the hockey gods.
That, plus a healthy dose of Mr. Lehtonen’s glove!
The win set a Thrashers franchise mark for most consecutive wins at six, a feat Blueland Billy said he was looking forward to see prior to the game’s start. It was also their 7th win in their past 8 and 8th in their last 10 games. This team is 17-14-1 since we popped the champagne to welcome in 2009!
Yes, kids, six wins in a row…and on the seventh game, God gave us Penguins!
Also, the victory now gives Atlanta 64 points for the year…which is one more than Colorado as the Thrashers now hold the 26th overall spot in the NHL standings. It leaves them only 2 points away from 25th place Ottawa, though the Senators do have 2 games in hand.
Forget the aliens… I’m looking for locusts and the four horsemen of the apocalypse! This winning by the Thrashers is reaching biblical proportions.
Now…not to pour any cold water on the evenings festivities…but it must be pointed out here that the defense did indeed allow 50 shots on goal. That’s a FIVE and a ZERO…and this is very un-good. But Kari Lehtonen was more than equal to the task on this night. Anything less out of him in this game, and the masses in the Philips Cathedral would have all been brought to their feet crying out the Lord’s name on several occations!
But instead, it was a player wearing a #8 on his back that was left looking to the heavens… asking why the 50 on the stat sheet was only his team’s SOG total…and not his season goal tally.