Offense Sputters for Reigning Representatives as 2nd-Seeded ’05-’06 Thrashers Eliminated in Six Games by 6th-Seeded ’08-’09 Thrashers

The 2nd-seeded ’05-’06 Thrashers got off to a good start offensively in Game 1. However, inconsistency afterwards would lead to just plain poor. They took Game 1 by a final of 5-1 with Bobby Holik‘s two goals and three points leading the way. In Game 2, the 6th-seeded ’08-’09 Thrashers returned the favor with a 5-1 win of their own. Rich Peverley scored two of their goals in the win. The offense returned for the ’05-’06 Thrashers in Game 3 as they won 4-2. Four different goal scorers and a .938 save percentage from Kari Lehtonen helped them take Game 3. That would pretty much be it for the ’05-’06 Thrashers in the series as they would not win another game.

The ’08-’09 Thrashers exploded for eight goals in Game 4 from six different players. Vyacheslav Kozlov and Colby Armstrong both potted two goals apiece. 11 players registered a point for the ’08-’09 Thrashers in their dominating win. Then, a goal each from Kozlov, Ilya Kovalchuk and Bryan Little in the first period, was all the ’08-’09 Thrashers needed to win Game 5. Lehtonen, the starting tendy for both teams, stopped 39 of 40 shots for the ’08-’09 Thrashers in that fifth game and then he stopped 25 of 26 shots in the series-deciding Game 6. The ’08-’09 Thrashers more than doubled the ’05-’06 Thrashers in shots as they took Game 6 by a final of 5-1. Kozlov and Peverley both totaled three points in Game 6 to lead the way.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Thrashers 1 0 0 1
’05-’06 Thrashers 3 2 0 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’05-’06 ATL – 5   ’08-’09 ATL – 1   (1-0 ’05-’06 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

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

2nd Star: RW – Marian Hossa (’05-’06 ATL) – 1 G   1 A    2 P   +2   7 S

3rd Star: LW – Vyacheslav Kozlov (’05-’06 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   5 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Thrashers 2 2 1 5
’05-’06 Thrashers 0 0 1 1

GAME SUMMARY: ’08-’09 ATL – 5   ’05-’06 ATL – 1   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’08-’09 ATL) – W   1.00 GAA   .976 SV% (41 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Rich Peverley (’08-’09 ATL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   8 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: RW – Bryan Little (’08-’09 ATL) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   6 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Thrashers 1 1 2 4
’08-’09 Thrashers 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’05-’06 ATL – 4   ’08-’09 ATL – 2   (2-1 ’05-’06 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’05-’06 ATL) – W   2.00 GAA   .938 SV% (30 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Scott Mellanby (’05-’06 ATL) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +2   1 S

3rd Star: D – Jaroslav Modry (’05-’06 ATL) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   3 S   2 PIM

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Thrashers 1 0 1 2
’08-’09 Thrashers 1 5 2 8

GAME SUMMARY: ’08-’09 ATL – 8   ’05-’06 ATL – 2   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Colby Armstrong (’08-’09 ATL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +5   4 S

2nd Star: LW – Vyacheslav Kozlov (’08-’09 ATL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +5   7 S

3rd Star: D – Ron Hainsey (’08-’09 ATL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   4 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Thrashers 3 0 0 3
’05-’06 Thrashers 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY: ’08-’09 ATL – 3   ’05-’06 ATL – 1   (3-2 ’08-’09 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’08-’09 ATL) – W   1.00 GAA   .975 SV% (39 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’05-’06 ATL) – L   3.00 GAA   .940 SV% (47 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Ilya Kovalchuk (’08-’09 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   10 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Thrashers 1 0 0 1
’08-’09 Thrashers 1 2 2 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’08-’09 ATL – 8   ’05-’06 ATL – 2   (4-2 ’08-’09 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Rich Peverley (’08-’09 ATL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   8 S

2nd Star: LW – Vyacheslav Kozlov (’08-’09 ATL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   8 S

3rd Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’08-’09 ATL) – W   1.00 GAA   .962 SV% (25 SV’s)

The Final of the 2015 Atlanta Thrashers Qualifying Tournament is set! The top-seeded ’06-’07 Thrashers will face the 6th-seeded ’08-’09 Thrashers for a spot in the 2015 Ultimate NHL Playoff.

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