Three games played…five goals and six points for Ilya Kovalchuk. Let’s see, that puts him on pace for…what…137 goals and 164 points?
Yeah, I’ll take that!
Unfortunately, unlike the first two games, the captain’s efforts did not help the Thrashers to a win as Atlanta fell to the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Saturday night. Video highlights can be seen here.
Things did not exactly start off swimmingly in Canada’s capital…the Thrashers falling behind 2-0 with only 145 seconds having elapsed from the game clock. Alex Kovalev was first to score only 43 seconds in when, according to Dan Kamal, Ondrej Pavelec was “out of position”. Jarkko Ruutu then made it 2-0 Senators at the 2:25 mark of the first…it was just Ottawa’s third shot of the game.
For the night Pavelec stopped 30 of the 34 shots faced in the loss…for the season he has allowed 9 goals on 104 shots faced, (.913 SV%).
But give Opie some his due…the kid stymied the Sens for the rest of the period, stopping the next seven before the break, and allowed the skaters in front of him the chance to get back into it. This is in stark contrast to the Pavelec of last year when he couldn’t seem to put early goals behind him and allowed games to get out of hand.
See also the brutal Boston beating and pathetic Penguins performance in December.
Kaptain Kovalchuk led the charge for Atlanta, taking a Nik Antropov pass and burying it from the left circle. Kovy’s goal was his fifth of season and big Mo seemed to swing the Thrashers way. Defenseman Ron Hainsey then notched his first of the season to tie the score at 2 each with just 1:52 left in the opening stanza. Bryan Little and Pavel Kubina were credited with the assists…for Little, it was helper number four and for Kubina it was his third. Both have at least one point in each of the three games played so far.
Maxim Afinogenov was denyed a chance to score his first goal as a Thrasher when Senators goalie Brian Elliott robbed him from point blank range.
The Thrashers outshot Ottawa 12-10 in the first period…the first time they have taken more shots in a period than they allowed all season.
Ottawa reclaimed the lead early in the second on a power play goal by Mike Fisher…Anssi Salmela took the skate of shame as he was called for interference. It was the Senator’s first goal while on the man-advantage this season. Atlanta then fell again into a two-goal hole when Chris Neil beat Pavs at the 5:12 mark of the third.
Midway through the third, Slava Kozlov knocked the puck into the net, but it was he ruled played it with a high stick. To listen to Dan Kamal and Darrin Eliot tell in on the radio feed, it did appear that the stick was slightly below the crossbar, but the refs ruled otherwise.
Atlanta was again outshot for the game…this time by a 34-28 count. For the season, they have allowed 104 shots on goal while getting off a total of 77 on opposing goalies. That equates to an average of 25.6 Shots for and 34.6 shots against so far.
And now, we wait…again…for the next Thrashers game which will come next Friday in New Jersey. It’ll be the front end of a back-to-backer and will be followed up the next night in Buffalo when we’ll gather at TJ’s to watch the Thrashers take on the Sabres.
Give Blood, Watch Hockey
You know the old saying…Give Blood, Play Hockey. Well the Gwinnett Gladiators would like for you to give blood and then watch some hockey.
Monday October 19 is the date for the Gwinnett Gladiators Ghoulishly Good Blood Drive, which will be held at The Arena at Gwinnett Center from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Participants will be able to win some great Gladiator prizes and team members will be available to sign autographs from 4 to 6.
For more information…click here.
October 10th marked the second anniversary that the knuckleheads at the AJC got the bright idea to hand this little blog thingy over to yours truly. This, of course, means that we are entering into the third year of me hosting the Iceman Bloggeth…Rawhide 3.0.
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who make this forum all that it is…both those who contribute frequently with your comments and those who simply pop in to read the ranting and ramblings of a simple Thrashers fanatic.
Since that initial entry…which was posted just prior to a 3-1 loss to Ottawa in the second game of the 2007-08 season… there have been 405 blogs posted which have included a total of 594,290 words…most even spelled correctly.
You, on the other hand, have helped contribute to 32,596 comments posted, which is an average of 80.5 per blog and 313.4 per week. Just since this past July 1, those numbers are 135.82 average number of comments per blog and 443.67 per week.
You guy have a lot to say…don’t you?!
Seriously, I have always told people that the best stuff that happens on this site can be seen below what I happen to opine. There are countless numbers of fans who possess endless knowledge and a deep understanding of this game that contribute regularly here. Most of you can even present your opinions and observations in an entertaining fashion and with a sense of humor that makes it all the more fun for everyone who enjoys reading…myself included.
On behalf of myself, and my lovely cyber-secretary Trixie, I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for helping to make this such a fantastic place to discuss the Thrashers and the sport of ice hockey!