There haven’t been too many times lately tha the Thrashers have just…well…stunk on ice. But Friday night’s 6-3 loss to The Big Red Borg could definately be classified as just that. Detroit just outplayed Atlanta…controlling the puck, taking advantage of the opportunities they created and just worked harder than the Thrashers.
Some of the low-lights include, but are not limited to…Henrik Zetterberg’s four-assist night…Marian Hossa’s 1-goal, 3-point night…six Wings goals by six different scorers…Detroit out-faceoffing Atlanta 44-26…ugh, I can’t go on anymore!
Nope, just not a lot of good things coming out of this game. However, some of the highlights did include Bryan Little continuing ability to score goals…#31 on the season. Plus, there was Slava Kozlov’s 1 goal, 2 point night. And who could forget the hit by Marty reasoner that de-helmeted Tomas Kopecky in the first. OW-ich!
All that, plus I did get to meet Paminski…that was good.
Kari Lehtonen had a less-than-stellar outing…giving up six goals on 38 shots. Ya know, the way he had been playing, if you had told me before the game started that the Thrashers would net three goals against the Red Wings I would have thought we would have won or been withing a goal of doing so…but not on this night. And let’s be honest…although Kari has been outstanding of late, there were a few of those that were just soft.
And this just after I write something so nice about him!
As lopsided as the score looks, truth be told, the Thrashers were indeed in this game halfway through the second. With about eight minutes to go in the middle frame the Thrashers were down by a score of only 1-0…despite having been outshot 25-12 at that point. Ilya Kovalchuk’s wrister looked like it had tied the score, but went just wide. By the time Thrashers fans had planted their butts back in their seats from the near miss…Pavel Datsyuk put the Wings up 2-0.
Excacly two minutes later, at the 14:04 mark of the second, Jiri Hudler made it three-OH…and that was pretty much your game, folks.
Now, make no mistake, this Detroit team is good…real good, (DUH5). They have the ability to make any team look bad, so one has to bring their A-game to play them. And sometimes that’s only good enough to not get embarassed. Clearly, the Thrashers did not bring their A-game.
Consider what the players had to say about the Thrashers and their Red Winged opponents…
“They control the puck so well, sometimes it feels like we are on the penalty kill all the time that we’re not,” Kari Lehtonen said. “It was a good learning experience for everybody that we have to be better.” …Yup, the Thrashers got schooled alright.
Said Slava Kovzlov, “That was a good test for us, I think, We didn’t pass it.”…Um nope, no even close!
“They’re at a different stage,” John Anderson said. “We’re still in the growing stage, and they’re grown up.”…Very true. Although I had thought we were abit more grown up than we showed Friday night given the play of late.
Marian Hossa enjoyed his return to the comfy confines of Philips Arena. “I enjoyed the atmosphere…I think it’s good for every player to score against a former team.” How very special, indeed.
Of course, with so many Red Wing jerseys in the house, I’m sure all of the Detroit players enjoyed it.
Fortunately for Atlanta, they get a chance to put this one behind them right away as they play down in Tampa tonight.