22-18-1…That’s the record the Thrashers played to in the second half of the season…capped off with a 6-2 B-slappin’ of the Tampa Bay Lightning! After winning months in February and March, the team went 3-3 in the short-scheduled month of April.
Atlanta finishes the season with a G/G stat of 3.05, (9th in the NHL)…a 3.40 GA/G, (29th)…they averaged 28.1 S/G, (26th)…32.7 SA/G, (27th)…a power play that scored 19.3% of the time, (11th)…and a 76.0% efficient penalty kill, (29th). Oh, and when leading after two periods, the Thrashers held on to win 91.7% of the time…which was the 6th best in the league.
Colby Armstrong began the night by being awarded the Dan Snyder Award, given as the unsung hero of the team. He celebrated by taking to the ice and scoring twice on seven shots on goal!
Unless Eric Perrin has a huge change of heart this summer, we saw him play his last game in an Atlanta Thrashers jersey. If so, he went out in style, scoring a short-handed goal in the first period.
After three fights in the first period of the game…Boulton vs. Konopka, Thorburn vs. Artyukin, Bogosian vs. Pettinger…the sin bin was so full that it was a good thing Martin St. Louis was the next Lightning player whistled for a penalty. Anyone taller wouldn’t have been able to squeeze in. Fortunately, someone was able to find the step-stool and he was able to climb into the box.
Kari Lehtonen returned to action after bumpin’ the ‘ol coconut in the Rangers game. He performed well, stopping 33 of 35 shots faced. Kari finished the season with a record of 19-22-3 to go along with a 3.06 GAA and .911 SV%. Considering that at the mid-point of the season he was 5-11-2 with a .900 SV% and 3.41 GAA…that’s darned good.
If there was an Assist of the Season award, it just might go to that spin-o-rama move by Marty Reasoner over to Colin to close out the scoring in the third period. For the night, Marty had a pair of helpers as did the Pevs Dispenser.
Speaking of Reasoner…after being presented with the Player’s Player Award earlier in the week, he commented, “To be voted by your teammates is a big thing. You play with these guys all year; you play for them. There’s a lot of guys on this team that are deserving to be recognized. It’s just an honor that the guys did that.”
I have been told by a reliable source…and I’ve been waiting for two years to type that phrase…that Don Waddell and Marty Reasoner’s agent have begun talks to re-sign the centerman. Get-’er done, Don!
Wedding bells will be ringing for three Thrashers this summer. Colby Armstrong and Chris Thorburn will join the ranks of marital bliss on June 19th. Nathan Oystrick will do the same on the 17th of July. Congrats guys!
The Nasty Nest crowd burned a Christmas tree down in the gulch after the game…an end-of-season burnt offering sacrifice to the hockey gods. You should have seen me trying to explain to The Divine Mrs. R why I and the boys smelt of burnt Christmas tree when we arrived home. That we left before the couch was thrown onto the flames impressed her not.