The Florida Panthers played in Atlanta Thursday night and were eliminated from the playoffs. Unfortunately…it wasn’t because the Thrashers beat them, it was due to the New York Rangers defeating Philly 2-1 and Montreal gaining a point in their 5-4 overtime loss to Boston. Both of those teams now have 93 points and the Panthers have 91. Each team has one game remaining but the Rangers and Habs own tie-breakers against Florida.
The Cats skated away 3-2 winners despite a Big Zach Attack as rookie Zach Bogosian scoring both Atlanta goals. One was on the power play, the second was of the short-handed variety. Bogey now has 9 goals on the season to go with 8 assist…he’s also now a +12. The power play goal by Bogosian ended an 0-21 stretch in which the Thrashers failed to convert on the man advantage.
The season will come to an end Saturday night when the Tampa Bay Lightning come to town.
Congrats To Marty, Kovy, XLB & Bolts
Thrashers captain Ilya Kovalchuk won the Heineken Three Stars Award for the season. It was his second consecutive and third overall such award. The captain had been named as the games first star eight times, second star six times and the third star nine times. Kari Lehtonen came in second with ten first stars, two second stars and one third.
Garnet Exelby and Eric Boulton shared the Gilner-Reeves Community Service Award presented prior to the game. Both XLB and Bolts have been very generous with their time in the Atlanta community and many people…escpecially children…have been blessed by such kindness and giving of self. These truly are two fine gentlemen and I’m sure you will all join me in giving them both a big cyber-slap on the back.
Marty Reasoner was presented with the Player’s Player Award…voted upon by the members of the team. There are a few players that could have won this…Hedberg, Armstrong…of course Kovy. But Marty’s selection really comes as no surprise. He has been a very solid 3rd line center…very responsible on the defensive end of the ice and a great help on the penalty kill. For the season, Reasoner has 13 goals, 14 assists and is a +9. And obviously his presence in the locker room has had a positive affect.
Reasoner has made it very clear that he wants to remain a Thrasher beyond this season…and it is now very apparent that his teammates want him around as well.
Now all Don Waddell needs to do is sign him.
McCabe Feels The Wrath Of Kovy
The captain is definately willing to stick up for himself as well as fight for his crew.
Halfway through the second period Ilya Kovalchuk took exception to Bryan McCabe’s antics and the two dropped gloves in front of the benches. Kovalchuk then dropped McCabe to the ice…not once but twice.
On his way off to the box, Kaptain Kovy then played up to the crowd at Philips Arena who were just loving it!
McCabe was probably surprised to find out Kovy didn’t help him sit down in the box…I mean, he had already helped him off his feet twice just moments earlier.
And Finally…A Couple of Hellos
Thank you PUCKHEAD for flagging me down and introducing yourself to me. It was a pleasure to have met you and your son. Also, it was my pleasure sitting next to Jessica and Jessica. The first Jessica turned out to be a friend of a friend of mine…the second Jessica being a Florida State University cheerleader and was attending her first every NHL hockey game. The two sat just to my left and just behind Hockey Biltong and the lovely Mrs. Biltong…so they certainly got an earful of Thrashers Hockey 101.