Top-Seeded ’06-’07 Thrashers Clinch Spot in Qualifier Final by Sweeping 4th-Seeded ’10-’11 Thrashers

The top-seeded ’06-’07 Atlanta Thrashers started the series off with a bang. They potted seven goals in the opening game of the season with Ilya Kovalchuk the only one to score more than once. Defenseman Alexei Zhitnik tallied three assists in their 7-3 win. In Game 2, goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 41 out of 42 shots for the ’06-’07 Thrashers and Vyacheslav Kozlov totaled two goals and one assist as the ’06-’07 Thrashers won 5-1. Then, three goals in the first period for the ’06-’07 Thrashers led them to a 5-3 win in Game 3. Kozlov, again, potted two goals. The 4th-seeded ’10-’11 Atlanta Thrashers finally showed up in Game 4. They got two goals from Rob Schremp of all people and one of them tied the game at three in the third period. The game went into overtime, but Marian Hossa ended the game and the series just over three minutes into the overtime period.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Thrashers 1 2 0 3
’06-’07 Thrashers 2 3 2 7

GAME SUMMARY: ’06-’07 ATL – 7   ’10-’11 ATL – 3   (1-0 ’06-’07 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Ilya Kovalchuk (’06-’07 ATL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   7 S

2nd Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’06-’07 ATL) – W   3.00 GAA   .942 SV% (49 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Alexei Zhitnik (’06-’07 ATL) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   5 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Thrashers 0 0 1 1
’06-’07 Thrashers 3 0 2 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’06-’07 ATL – 5   ’10-’11 ATL – 1   (2-0 ’06-’07 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Vyacheslav Kozlov (’06-’07 ATL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   7 S

2nd Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’06-’07 ATL) – W   1.00 GAA   .976 SV% (41 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Scott Mellanby (’06-’07 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   5 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Thrashers 3 0 2 5
’10-’11 Thrashers 1 2 0 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’06-’07 ATL – 5   ’10-’11 ATL – 3   (3-0 ’06-’07 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Vyacheslav Kozlov (’06-’07 ATL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   8 S

2nd Star: C – Niko Kapanen (’06-’07 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   2 S

3rd Star: D – Dustin Byfuglien (’10-’11 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   5 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Thrashers 1 1 1 1 4
’10-’11 Thrashers 2 0 1 0 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’06-’07 ATL – 4   ’10-’11 ATL – 3 (OT)   (4-0 ’06-’07 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Marian Hossa (’06-’07 ATL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   4 S

2nd Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’10-’11 ATL) – L   4.00 GAA   .938 SV% (60 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Rob Schremp (’10-’11 ATL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   4 S

So, one spot in the final is take. The other is up for grabs between the 2nd-seeded ’05-’06 Thrashers and the 6th-seeded ’08-’09 Thrashers.

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