Maniago and 28th-seeded ’72-’73 North Stars Shut Down 37th-seeded ’08-’09 Thrashers in Sweep

A combination of the great flow and the great goalie masks of the '70s, well done Manny. (via myhockeycardobsession.com)

A combination of the great flow and the great goalie masks of the ’70s, well done Manny. (via myhockeycardobsession.com)

This was a really boring series to handle…..in the four games there were a combined 19 goals and the 37th-seeded ’08-’09 Atlanta Thrashers only accounted for five of those 19 goals. I can’t really see the 28th-seeded ’72-’73 Minnesota North Stars going any further in this tournament.

I will give the North Stars this; they did have good offensive balance. Only two skaters did not register a point over the four games. Bill Goldsworthy was the overall scoring leader for Minnesota with seven points while his linemates, Dennis Hextall and J.P. Parise were tied for second at five points. Goldsworthy and Hextall were tied for the team lead in goal-scoring with three goals while Buster Harvey was second with two. Six other North Stars all scored once. Goldsworthy also finished atop the North Stars’ assist leaderboard with four, which he tied with Parise. Defensemen Ted Harris and Tom Reid were tied for second with three assists. In goal, it was Cesare Maniago who shut down the opposition for Minnesota. It wasn’t always either for Manny either because the Thrashers did average 33.0 shots on goal per game. Manny finished the series with a 4-0-0 record with a 1.25 goals against average along with a .962 save percentage. He posted a 45-save shutout in the series-clinching 3-0 win in Game 4.

There really isn’t much to talk about here for the Thrashers. Only Ilya Kovalchuk and Todd White posted more than one point. Kovy tallied two helpers, a team-high, while White posted a goal and an assist. Nobody scored more than once for Atlanta and as I said earlier, they only had five goals all series. 10 other players did register a point for the Thrashers in the series, but no more than one. That included Rich Peverley, Bryan Little and defenseman Mathieu Schneider. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen had his moments in this series, and he certainly wasn’t bad. It’s just he wasn’t Manny. He posted a 0-4-0 record with a 3.50 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. MNS – RW – Bill Goldsworthy – 4 GP   3 G   4 A   7 P   +5   29 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   6 Star Points
  2. MNS – LW – Dennis Hextall – 4 GP   3 G   2 A   5 P   +5   13 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   5 Star Points
  3. MNS – G – Cesare Maniago – 4 GP   4 GS   4-0-0   1.25 GAA   .962 SV%   1 SO   4 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#37 ‘08-’09 Thrashers 1 0 0 1
#28 ‘72-’73 North Stars 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘72-’73 MNS – 3   ‘08-’09 ATL – 1   (1-0   ‘72-’73 MNS)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MNS – 0:10 – MNS: D. Hextall (1) assisted by J. Parise (1)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 16:18 – ATL: J. Slater (1) assisted by E. Boulton (1), R. Hainsey (1)

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 1 MNS – 16:09 – MNS: D. Prentice (1) assisted by B. Goldsworthy (1)

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 1 MNS – 0:53 – MNS: D. Grant (1) assisted by D. Hextall (1), T. Harris (1)

TEAM STATS:

#37 ‘08-’09 Thrashers

#28 ‘72-’73 North Stars

1

Goals

3

26

Shots

45

0/5

PP

SH

5/5

0%

PP%

PK%

100%

GWG

D. Prentice (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Dennis Hextall (MNS)
  • 2nd Star: Kari Lehtonen (ATL)
  • 3rd Star: Cesare Maniago (MNS)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#37 ‘08-’09 Thrashers 0 1 1 2
#28 ‘72-’73 North Stars 0 1 3 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘72-’73 MNS – 4   ‘08-’09 ATL – 2   (2-0   ‘72-’73 MNS)

1st Period:

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 0 MNS – 13:24 – MNS: J. Parise (1) assisted by B. Goldsworthy (2)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 17:45 – ATL: T. White (1) assisted by I. Kovalchuk (1)

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 1 MNS – 9:55 – MNS: C. Burns (1) assisted by B. Goldsworthy (3), B. Gibbs (1)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 12:45 – ATL: R. Peverley (1) assisted by C. Armstrong (1), M. Schneider (1)
  • 3 – 2 MNS – 17:45 – PP – MNS: D. Hextall (2) assisted by J. Drouin (1)
  • 4 – 2 MNS – 18:1 – MNS: B. Goldsworthy (1) assisted by D. Hextall (2), J. Parise (2)

TEAM STATS:

#37 ‘08-’09 Thrashers

#28 ‘72-’73 North Stars

2

Goals

4

30

Shots

47

PP

1/2

1/2

SH

PP%

50%

50%

PK%

GWG

D. Hextall (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Bill Goldsworthy (MNS)
  • 2nd Star: Dennis Hextall (MNS)
  • 3rd Star: J.P. Parise (MNS)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#28 ‘72-’73 North Stars 2 1 1 4
#37 ‘08-’09 Thrashers 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘72-’73 MNS – 4   ‘08-’09 ATL – 2   (3-0   ‘72-’73 MNS)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MNS – 3:08 – MNS: B. Goldsworthy (2) assisted by T. Reid (1)
  • 2 – 0 MNS – 9:58 – MNS: B. Harvey (1) assisted by J. Parise (3), T. Harris (2)
  • 2 – 1 MNS – 13:44 – ATL: J. Williams (1) assisted by M. Reasoner (1), N. Oystrick (1)

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 1 MNS – 3:30 – MNS: B. Goldsworthy (3) assisted by D. O’Brien (1), T. Harris (3)

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 2 MNS – 0:18 – ATL: B. Little (1) assisted by T. White (1), I. Kovalchuk (2)
  • 4 – 2 MNS – 6:21 – MNS: D. Hextall (3) assisted by T. Reid (2), B. Goldsworthy (4)

TEAM STATS:

#28 ‘72-’73 North Stars

#37 ‘08-’09 Thrashers

4

Goals

2

39

Shots

31

0/2

PP

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

PK%

100%

B. Goldsworthy (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Bill Goldsworthy (MNS)
  • 2nd Star: Ted Harris (MNS)
  • 3rd Star: Tom Reid (MNS)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#28 ‘72-’73 North Stars 2 0 1 3
#37 ‘08-’09 Thrashers 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘72-’73 MNS – 3   ‘08-’09 ATL – 0   (4-0   ‘72-’73 MNS)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MNS – 6:47 – MNS: T. Harris (1) assisted by D. Prentice (1), B. Gibbs (2)
  • 2 – 0 MNS – 8:19 – MNS: J. Drouin (1) assisted by D. Grant (1)

2nd Period:

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 0 MNS – 11:19 – MNS: B. Harvey (2) assisted by J. Parise (4), T. Reid (3)

TEAM STATS:

#28 ‘72-’73 North Stars

#37 ‘08-’09 Thrashers

3

Goals

0

40

Shots

45

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

T. Harris (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Cesare Maniago (MNS)
  • 2nd Star: Kari Lehtonen (ATL)
  • 3rd Star: Ted Harris (MNS)

The ’72-’73 North Stars are the third different team to represent Minnesota’s first NHL franchise in the UNP. However, all three reps have been able to advance from the First Round, but neither of the previous two have then gotten out of the Second Round. In said Second Round, the ’72-’73 North Stars will face the 5th-seeded ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks, who are making their second UNP appearance after missing out last year. The ’08-’09 Thrashers were making their second straight UNP appearance, but will continue to look for their first UNP series win.

Next up in the First Round, the 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres take on the 42nd-seeded ’22-’23 Hamilton Tigers!

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