Top-Seeded ’06-’07 Thrashers Open QT by Over-Powering 8th-Seeded ’02-’03 Thrashers in Five Games

The opening series of the 2015 Atlanta Thrashers Qualifying Tournament begins with the top-seeded ’06-’07 Atlanta Thrashers simply over-powering the 8th-seeded ’02-’03 Atlanta Thrashers. Marian Hossa was too much for the ’02-’03 Thrashers in Game 1 as he totaled four points (2 G, 2 A). The ’06-’07 Thrashers took that opening game 6-2 and really dominated Game 2, but goaltender Pasi Nurminen was a brick wall i net for the ’02-’03 Thrashers making 64 saves on 68 shots. However, three goals over a span of just over two minutes late in the second period gave the ’06-’07 Thrashers a 4-1 lead heading into the third. Ilya Kovalchuk and Dany Heatley both scored for the ’02-’03 Thrashers in the third to make it a 4-3 game, but they could never get the equalizer.

In Game 3, the ’06-’07 Thrashers dominated by outshooting the ’02-’03 Thrashers 72-39, but yet again, Nurminen was great in net. He posted 70 saves on 72 shots against for a .972 save percentage. Meanwhile, Marc Savard and defenseman Chris Tamer, along with Heatley, scored for the ’02-’03 Thrashers to give them a 3-2 win. At some point, the ’06-’07 Thrashers’ dominance would catch up with the lower seed and it did in Game 4. A hat trick from Hossa led the way as the ’06-’07 Thrashers took Game 4 by a final of 6-2. Then, in the series-deciding Game 5, two goals apiece from two unlikely contributors, Glen Metropolit and Keith Tkachuk, led the ’06-’07 Thrashers to a 5-1 win and a spot in the Semifinal.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’02-’03 Thrashers 1 0 1 2
’06-’07 Thrashers 2 3 1 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’06-’07 ATL – 6   ’02-’03 ATL – 2   (1-0 ’06-’07 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Marian Hossa (’06-’07 ATL) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +3   9 S

2nd Star: LW – Ilya Kovalchuk (’06-’07 ATL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   11 S

3rd Star: G – Pasi Nurminen (’02-’03 ATL) – L   5.00 GAA   .912 SV% (52 SV’s)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’02-’03 Thrashers 1 0 2 3
’06-’07 Thrashers 1 3 0 4

GAME SUMMARY: ’06-’07 ATL – 4   ’02-’03 ATL – 3   (2-0 ’06-’07 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Eric Belanger (’06-’07 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   5 S

2nd Star: G – Pasi Nurminen (’02-’03 ATL) – L   4.00 GAA   .941 SV% (64 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Dany Heatley (’02-’03 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   6 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Thrashers 0 1 1 2
’02-’03 Thrashers 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’02-’03 ATL – 3   ’06-’07 ATL – 2   (2-1 ’06-’07 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Pasi Nurminen (’02-’03 ATL) – L   4.00 GAA   .941 SV% (64 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Scott Mellanby (’06-’07 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   3 S

3rd Star: RW – Dany Heatley (’02-’03 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   5 S   2 PIM

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Thrashers 2 2 2 6
’02-’03 Thrashers 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’06-’07 ATL – 6   ’02-’03 ATL – 2   (3-1 ’06-’07 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Marian Hossa (’06-’07 ATL) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +2   13 S

2nd Star: LW – Slava Kozlov (’06-’07 ATL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   6 S

3rd Star: LW – Ilya Kovalchuk (’06-’07 ATL) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   7 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’02-’03 Thrashers 0 0 1 1
’06-’07 Thrashers 2 1 2 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’06-’07 ATL – 5   ’02-’03 ATL – 1   (4-1 ’06-’07 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Glen Metropolit (’06-’07 ATL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   4 S

2nd Star: LW – Keith Tkachuk (’06-’07 ATL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   6 S

3rd Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’06-’07 ATL) – W   1.00 GAA   .973 SV% (36 SV’s)

Next up is the 4-5 matchup between the ’10-’11 Thrashers and the ’03-’04 Thrashers!

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