Atlanta Thrashers Schedule: Boston Bruins Wrap Up Homestand

The Thrashers end their homestand with a decisive 4-1 victory and look to take their winning ways on the road.

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Atlanta Thrashers Defeat The Boston Bruins 4-1; Byfuglien Scores Game Winner Yet Again

Dustin Byfuglien’s five game winning goals leads the league among all skaters. To find another defenseman on that list, you have to scroll down to number 21 where Buffalo’s Tyler Meyers sits with three. Byfuglien tied a Thrashers record tonight for points in a game for a defenseman with four, and tied a personal marker as well while working his way atop the list of goals and points for a defenseman. Byfuglien has 25 points on the year, good for 16th in the league. He had 39 points total last season. Buff also leads defensemen in shots with 93, which is twenty shots ahead of the number two defenseman, Shea Weber. In fact, about the only category that Buff doesn’t lead league defensemen in is +/-, and at the end of this homestand that’s improved from a -2 to a +4.

Apparently Buff makes a difference. Not all of the offense comes from him, however. Fourteen different Thrashers scored during this six game homestand, and during the five game win streak the team outscored their opponents 19-3. Tonight was the first game where they were outshot by their opponents in the win streak, and thanks to Ondrej Pavelec, it didn’t matter. Pavelec has a .949SV% this season, which is third in the league. His goals against average is a tiny 1.62, also good for 3rd in the league.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and the six game homestand is over. The Thrashers next play Tuesday night at Colorado; the puck drops at 10:00 Eastern Time. Here’s to continuing the win streak up to a franchise record six.

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Bruins and Thrashers Each Score Once In Second Period

The Bruins finally got on the board in the midst of a fairly flat second period, squeaking one by Pavelec. At 12:22, Blake Wheeler took a wrist shot a bit out that Pavs put a pad down on but didn’t get all of it. Neither team was playing with much oomph in the second period; even the scrap between Eric Boulton and Shawn Thornton seemed drawn out and tired (the fight between Evander Kane and Matt Hunwick, however, was different).

A boarding hit on Alexander Burmistrov from Daniel Paille sparked the team, and not just Ben Eager, who got a roughing penalty jumping in post-hit. A minute and a half after the hit on Burmistrov, Dustin Byfuglien snagged his fourth goal of the night on a Niclas Bergfors re-direct right before the buzzer to put the Thrashers up 4-1.

It’s exactly three years to the day since Byfuglien scored his first four point game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Atlanta Thrashers Score First On Boston Bruins

Dustin Byfuglien continues to add to his lead leading point totals, dragging a puck up ice and passing it to Anthony Stewart, whose shot is conveniently close to Evander Kane’s stick. Kane redirects and taps it home to make the score 1-0 Thrashers. That was Kane’s 9th goal on the year and 16th point. The assist was Byfuglien’s 22nd point, and the assist was Stewart’s 7th on the year.

Speaking of goals, Dustin Byfuglien completely undressed fellow defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. Thanks to assists from Burmistrov and Oduya, and an uncredited one from the boards he bounced the puck off of to loop around Seidenberg, the Thrashers found themselves up 2-0 with about six to play in the first period.

A little over two minutes later, Jim Slater scored on a pass from Dustin Byfuglien, dragging the puck across the front of the crease and knocking it in over Rask’s blocker. That made Byfuglien’s third point on the game, pushing him into the team lead for points and past John-Michael Liles for the lead league in points by a defenseman.

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Boston Bruins at Atlanta Thrashers: Dollar Hot Dogs And Falcons Fans

An early game start time and a quick Falcons game might make for a decent end of a double-header crowd here at Philips Arena tonight. The pre-game chat with Rich Peverley and a discussion with Matt McConnell had one unifying theme (and one thing that I could take away with me – thanks to my constant bronchitis level coughing I was unable to ask much). That theme was that this might be the best and most consistent Thrashers team in recent memory.

I did ask about Chris Mason hopping off of the bench sometime soon, and (as expected) the reply was that Masonry’ll probably be used in one of the back to backs that the Thrashers have coming up in December, but it’s best not to break up Ondrej Pavelec’s mojo.

The Carolina Hurricanes took out the Bruins Friday night with just 21 shots on goal by a score of 3-0. Tim Thomas let three go by him. His last start, Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on 36 shots to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins lost, 3-1. The Bruins haven’t scored four goals since November 18th. Way to win? Give Pavelec goal support that Rask probably won’t get from his own team.

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