Matt Moulson’s hat trick Thursday night propelled the Islanders to a 4-1 win over the Thrashers…the loss leaves Atlanta with a record of 14-8-3 and sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Things started off fairly well for Atlanta as they jumped on top 1-0 thanks to Slava Kozlov’s fifth goal of the season. It was set up nicely by a great move by Bryan Little on the left side, sliding by an Islander defender to feed Kozzy on the far post.
Todd White was awarded the secondary assist…so it’s nice to see that line get something going after struggling for the most part this season.
Little almost got the Thrashers their second goal of the night a few minutes later, but his shot from close range clanked off the pipe.
But that’s when they were given three servings of Moulson and it proved to be too much for them to handle…and it caused the fans in Thrasherville to feel a little sick to their stomachs.
“I love scoring. I love winning. It’s huge, especially against Atlanta, who is playing real well,” Moulson said after the game. “To hold them to one goal says a lot about our defense”.
Moulson scored his three goals on five shots. Top draft pick John Tavares finished off the scoring with an empty-netter that crossed the lines moments before the final horn blew.
Ondrej Pavelec returned started in goal and took the loss…he’s now 8-6-3 with a 2.86 GAA and .919 SV% for the season. In his last two games he’s allowed a total of seven goals. In his past five games, he shut out the Detroit Red Wings, but allowed 14 goals the other four. However, he has a .921 SV% in those five games having faced a total of 184 shots…an average of 36.8 per game in that span.
The Thrashers will now embark on a four game road trip that’ll take them to such places as sunny south Florida, cold and snowy Toronto, the Rocky Mountains and Calgary, then off to the Pacific Northwest to play the Vancouver Canucks.
The road has been good for this team so far…they are 8-2-1 away from Philips Arena.
They will return next Saturday to face the Montreal Canadiens before heading back out on the road for two more games…in New York against the Rangers and back to Florida.
Weekend Reading Assignments
Some coaches are finding a certain level of success in their second year behind the bench, as Darren Eliot points out. One of those sophomore coaches is, of course, our very own John Anderson.
Tom Ferda provides his thoughts on the Thrashers’ good start.
The Thrashers and Rich Peverley provided Tom Grigg with his top two “What’s Up With That” spots.
Who were the top-ten NHL coaches of the past decade? Well, here they are according to Puck Daddy’s Sean Leahy.
December is going to be a very busy month…as Daculafan opines over at FanThrashtic. And we aren’t just talkin’ about the holiday gift-buying rush!
Patrik Stefan, meet Rocky Baptiste. Rocky Baptiste… Patrick Stefan.