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Atlanta Thrashers

January 16, 2009: Toronto Maple Leafs

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This is one of the best games the Thrashers played all year. With the return of Zach Bogosian and Peverley's second game as a Thrasher, things were starting to look up.

In the opening frame, the Leafs got on top at 12:53 with a goal by L. Stempniak (TOR), his 7th on the season on the Leafs power play. Then at 18:44, the Leafs added another goal to the 1-0 lead by D. Moore (TOR), his 9th on the year to make it 2-0. Almost instantly, N. Hagman (TOR) added his 13th goal on the season at 19:40 to make the leade 3-0. The period ended with the score at 3-0, and Thrasher goalie J. Hedberg (ATL) would not return to the game.

The middle frame got underway with K. Lehtonen (ATL) in the goal for the Thrashers. At 1:10, Thrasher Captain I. Kovalchuk (ATL) scored his 17th goal on the season to make the lead 3-1 Leafs. This goal gave R. Peverley (ATL) his 8th assist on the year and first point as an Atlanta Thrasher. Scoring ceased for another 14 minutes until B. Little (ATL) scored his 20th goal on the season at 15:38 to cut the lead to 1 goal, at 3-2 Leafs. It seemed that the goalie change at the first intermission was paying off heading into the 2nd intermission.

The 3rd period got underway with almost no action. Both teams played hard and tough until I. Kovalchuk (ATL) scored his 18th goal on the year at 15:08, with an assist again from R. Peverley (ATL), to tie the game at 3-3. This was a huge comeback for the Thrashers, and they hoped to take the game into overtime.

Overtime began with the Thrasher fans on their feet, screaming for their team to score the last goal. Finally, at 3:51, R. Peverley (ATL) scored his 1st goal as a Thrasher, his 3rd goal on the year to give the Thrashers the win at 4-3 Thrashers in OT. I watched the game, and the goal came off of a faceoff win one-timer, that rebounded straight to Peverley who put it in the net. It was one of the most exciting times in the entire season.

The Thrashers improved to 15-25-5 on the year, with their next contest Saturday, the 17th as R. Peverley (ATL) returns to his previous team the Nashville Predators for the game at 8 P.M.

Collector Summary:
Zach Bogosian: 15:46 on ice, 3 shots, 2 hits given, 3 takeaways

Jim Slater: 11:24 on ice, 3 shots, 3 hits given, 3 blocked shots, 3 faceoffs won, 1 faceoff lost


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