6th-Seeded ’08-’09 Thrashers Upset Top-Seeded ’06-’07 Thrashers in Five Games; Will Make UNP Debut

The 6th-seeded ’08-’09 Atlanta Thrashers staked an early claim for an upset over the top-seeded ’06-’07 Atlanta Thrashers in Game 1. Four goals in the first period from four different players for the ’08-’09 Thrashers made it pretty easy for them. They eventually won Game 1 by a final of 5-1 and Rich Peverley and Bryan Little lead offensively with three points each. The ’06-’07 Thrashers rebounded with a 3-2 win in Game 2, but needed three goals in the third period in order to do it. However, the ’08-’09 Thrashers took Game 3 5-1 with no player scoring more than one goal, again. Peverley totaled three points, just as he did in Game 1. The ’06-’07 Thrashers came out fast in Game 4 by doubling the ’08-’09 Thrashers in shots in the opening period and lead 2-0 going into the second period. The ’08-’09 Thrashers scored three consecutive goals in the second period after the ’06-’07 Thrashers made it 3-0. Game 4 went into overtime and Todd White became an unlikely hero for the ’08-’09 Thrashers as he scored the game-winner just over two minutes into the overtime period. In Game 5, the ’08-’09 Thrashers scored four goals in the opening period. They finished with six goals, including a hat trick from Little, and Kari Lehtonen stopped all 30 shots he faced as the ’08-’09 Thrashers finished off the upset in Game 5. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Thrashers 4 0 1 5
’06-’07 Thrashers 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY: ’08-’09 ATL – 5   ’06-’07 ATL – 1   (1-0 ’08-’09 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Bryan Little (’08-’09 ATL) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   7 S

2nd Star: C – Rich Peverley (’08-’09 ATL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   4 S

3rd Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’08-’09 ATL) – W   1.00 GAA   .974 SV% (38 SV’s)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Thrashers 1 0 1 2
’06-’07 Thrashers 0 0 3 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’06-’07 ATL – 3   ’08-’09 ATL – 2   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’05-’06 ATL) – W   2.00 GAA   .944 SV% (34 SV’s)

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

3rd Star: RW – Bryan Little (’08-’09 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   6 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Thrashers 1 0 0 1
’08-’09 Thrashers 1 2 2 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’08-’09 ATL – 5   ’06-’07 ATL – 1   (2-1 ’08-’09 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

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

2nd Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’08-’09 ATL) – W   1.00 GAA   .973 SV% (36 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Bryan Little (’08-’09 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   4 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Thrashers 2 1 0 0 3
’08-’09 Thrashers 0 3 0 1 4

GAME SUMMARY: ’08-’09 ATL – 4   ’06-’07 ATL – 3 (OT)   (3-1 ’08-’09 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Ilya Kovalchuk (’08-’09 ATL) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   12 S

2nd Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’08-’09 ATL) – W   3.00 GAA   .939 SV% (46 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Bryan Little (’08-’09 ATL) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   3 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Thrashers 4 0 2 6
’06-’07 Thrashers 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY: ’08-’09 ATL – 6   ’06-’07 ATL – 0   (4-1 ’08-’09 ATL)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Kari Lehtonen (’08-’09 ATL) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (30 SV’s)   SO

2nd Star: RW – Bryan Little (’08-’09 ATL) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +3   12 S

3rd Star: LW – Vyacheslav Kozlov (’08-’09 ATL) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   5 S

The ’08-’09 Atlanta Thrashers are now the 11th team to qualify for the upcoming 2015 Ultimate NHL Playoff! They are also the fourth team of those 11 who will make their UNP debut! Up next is the 2015 Quebec Nordiques Qualifying Tournament!

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