Last Thursday the Thrashers outshot the Washington Capitals 41-32 and lost.
Last Saturday they outshot San Jose 27-24…and they lost.
Failing to win by the more traditional route of holding the opponents to low shot counts and taking more than they give up…the Thrashers returned to their tried and true method of being grossly outshout to procure a victory.
And it worked, by golly!
They depart Canada’s capital with a much needed 3-1 victory regardless of the fact that the Senators got away 51 shots on Ondrej Pavelec. 25 came in the third period alone…which was four more than the 21 shot Atlanta was able to get off on Ottawa’s Pascal Leclaire for the entire game.
Obviously, the story on this winning Halloween afternoon was Pavelec who all but single handedly stole the two points for his teammates. His positioning was outstanding…his rebound control was excellent…and he flashed some fine leather all game long.
One of the saves in the third period came as Opie was mask-less…taking the puck off of his shoulder and and up to his chinny-chin-chin.
The Thrashers actually held a 13-8 shots advantage after the first 20 minutes as they distanced themselves from the poor starts that had plagued them at home during the Oh-fer-three homestand. Opie was the subjected to an Ottawa onslaught the rest of the way as the Sens took 43 of the 51 shots during the second and third periods.
The only goal he eventually surrendered was during a 5 on 3 Ottawa power play when Mike Fisher was able to cram home one from the left post with 4:27 left to play…cutting the score to 2-1.
In the box at the time was Maxim Afinogenov with an obstruction/cross-checking/hit-from-behind/here-let-me -help-you-into-our-goal type of penalty and Pavel Kubina, who dislodged the goal from it’s moorings during a scramble in front of the net.
Afinogenov atoned for his transgressions just minutes later when his backhander beat Leclaire while he was on a breakaway, providing the eventual winning margin.
Defenseman Zach Bogosian gave the Thrashers an early 1-0 lead when his shot from the blueline rattled off a stick or two on its way into the goal at the 12:13 mark of the first. Rich Peverley scored his sixth of the year in the second…deflecting home a Nik Antropov shot from the right side.
Both Peverley and Bogosian’s goals provided their respective parents with Halloween treats as they were in attendance in Ottawa. I guess it is only fair to point out that Fisher’s fifth goal of the season was witnessed in person by his girlfriend, Carrie Underwood…as the CBC cameras showed us several times.
For Peverley, he now has 12th overall point of the year…a total that leads the Atlanta Thrashers. It’s been a pretty good 2009 for that young man, eh?
Atlanta finishes the month of October with a winning record, going 5-4-1 heading into November.
Halloween Costumes Around Hockey
What was scarier this Halloween?
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Tonight I’m sure you’ll all be visited by the little goblins of the neighborhood in search of Halloween candy and treats. And, as is the norm, part of the fun as adults is getting to see the little tykes in their costumes.
But there are some hockey teams around North America that are treating their fans to some horrifying get-ups of their own.
Case in point, the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL Friday night donned these jerseys that paid tribute the late Michael Jackson…you’ll note the suspenders and the King of Pop’s trademark hat worn by the Condor. Also, the Condors wore one white glove with these jerseys as well to complete the look.
As aesthetically unpleasant as some my find Bakersfield’s Halloween costumes…it doesn’t hold a candle to the Don Cherry plaid suit jerseys worn by the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL earlier in the month.
Now that’s down-right disturbing!
With that being said, however…the Candian hockey icon did autograph each one of the jerseys worn that night and they were made avaialble to be auctioned off with the proceeds going to Soldier On.