Just a real quick entry here to recap the 3-1 loss in L.A.… then it’s off to bed as it’s already well past one o’clock am hear on the east coast. Bottom line here is that the Thrashers dropped one of those games that we’ve discussed they need to find ways to win if they’re to be successful this season…low scoring and physical.
According to the King’s TV play-by-play guy, (sorry, didn’t catch the name), the Atlanta Thrashers were 19-0-4 last season when leading after two periods of play. However, they weren’t able to convert a 1-0 lead going into the third Tuesday night as L.A. dominated play in the first several minutes of that final frame.
Ryan Smyth tied the score at the 3:53 mark by whacking home the puck in the middle of heavy traffic in front of Atlanta’s net. Two minutes and seventeen seconds later it was Jarret Stoll giving the Kings the lead as his shot from the right circle came off Ron Hainsey stick as the defenseman was reaching in to try and poke away the puck. His efforts served only to redirect the puck past Chris mason glove-side.
Smyth added an empty netter with 30 seconds remaining to finish out the scoring.
Chris Thorburn had given Atlanta the lead early in the middle frame when he collected the puck following a center-ice face off, split two Kings defensemen at the blueline then, after Jonathan Quick kick out his first shot, Thorns knocked home his own rebound. The unassisted tally was his second of the season and he needs but two more to equal last years total.
Thorburn and his linemates Burmistrov and Eager were once again the line that played with the most chemistry.
Mason came into the matchup with a career record of 8-3-1 with 1.95 GAA, .933 SV% and 4 shutouts against the Kings. He played a solid game between the pipes, stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced. Quick was outstanding on the opposite end of the ice saving 31 of the 32 shots he faced.
The Thrashers’ power play was as bad as the 0 for 5 stat would indicate. The had issues keeping the zone and the Kings never really allowed the Thrashers to get comfortable in their zone while killing off all five penalties. I’d expect some changes here when they play the Ducks and Sharks.
In allowing 35 shots against, Atlanta has surrendered 102 so far after three games, an average of 34 per game.
And finally, for what it’s worth, the Thrasher that was on the ice when all three Kings goals were scored…Anthony Stewart.