2nd-Seeded ’05-’06 Thrashers Begin Repeat Attempt with Sweep Over 7th-Seeded ’07-’08 Thrashers

The reigning representatives, the ’05-’06 Atlanta Thrashers, needed an overtime winner from Vyacheslav Kozlov to take the opening game of the series. Then, in Game 2, they began to exert themselves and took Game 2 by a final of 6-2. Kozlov posted two goals in the 6-2 win just as he did in Game 1. Ilya Kovalchuk had another good game for the ’05-’06 Thrashers as he put up two goals and one assist in Game 2. Kozlov, also on the ’07-’08 Atlanta Thrashers’ roster, scored an early goal for the lower seed just over a minute into Game 3, but they could not carry that momentum into a win. The ’05-’06 Thrashers took Game 3 by a final of 6-3. Kozlov, again, led the way with two goals and two assists. Peter Bondra also pitched in a goal and two assists. With their backs up against the wall in Game 4, the ’07-’08 Thrashers put 54 shots on goal, a series high for them, against goaltender Kari Lehtonen, but he stopped 53 of them. Marian Hossa led the ’05-’06 Thrashers, along with defenseman Greg de Vries, offensively as they both registered a goal and two assists as the ’05-’06 Thrashers completed the sweep with a 4-1 win in Game 4. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’07-’08 Thrashers 2 0 1 0 3
’05-’06 Thrashers 1 2 0 1 4

GAME SUMMARY: ’05-’06 ATL – 4   ’07-’08 ATL – 3 (OT)   (1-0 ’05-’06 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Vyacheslav Kozlov (’05-’06 ATL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   8 S

2nd Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’07-’08 ATL) – L   4.00 GAA   .951 SV% (78 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’05-’06 ATL) – W   4.00 GAA   .936 SV% (44 SV’s)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’07-’08 Thrashers 0 1 1 2
’05-’06 Thrashers 1 3 2 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’05-’06 ATL – 6   ’07-’08 ATL – 2   (2-0 ’05-’06 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Ilya Kovalchuk (’05-’06 ATL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   10 S

2nd Star: LW – Vyacheslav Kozlov (’05-’06 ATL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   4 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: C – Marc Savard (’05-’06 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   5 S   2 PIM

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Thrashers 2 2 2 6
’07-’08 Thrashers 2 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’05-’06 ATL – 6   ’07-’08 ATL – 3   (3-0 ’05-’06 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Vyacheslav Kozlov (’05-’06 ATL) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +3   7 S

2nd Star: RW – Peter Bondra (’05-’06 ATL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   3 S

3rd Star: C – Bobby Holik (’05-’06 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   3 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Thrashers 3 1 0 4
’07-’08 Thrashers 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY: ’05-’06 ATL – 4   ’07-’08 ATL – 1   (4-0 ’05-’06 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’05-’06 ATL) – W   1.00 GAA   .981 SV% (53 SV’s)

2nd Star: D – Greg de Vries (’05-’06 ATL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   3 S

3rd Star: RW – Marian Hossa (’05-’06 ATL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   8 S   2 PIM

Just one more matchup in the 1st Round of the 2015 Atlanta Thrashers Qualifying Tournament. It’s coming up next and it’s the 3-6 matchup between the ’09-’10 Atlanta Thrashers and the ’08-’09 Atlanta Thrashers.

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