Atlanta Thrashers Reign on Tampa Bay Lightning in Home Opener

Peter BojarinovAnalyst IOctober 8, 2009

RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 25: RIch Peverley #47 of the Atlanta Thrashers handles the puck during the NHL preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center on September 25, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes won 4-3. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

On Wednesday Oct. 7, the Atlanta Thrashers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 6-3 score.

In the Home Opener in Philips Arena, the native team gave fans an insight into what is to come in this upcoming season. An Explosion of offense, a run and gun exciting game by more then one line of forwards, and a bigger and badder defensive team.

Atlanta jumped to a four to nothing leads with a beverely of goals, from the usual loaded gun Ilya Kovalchuk, cannon of defense Antti Salmela and Zack Bogosian, and the under-rated Rich Peverely.

Then the weaknesses of the young Thrashers were pointed out by the diminutive yet still amazing Martian St.Louis with two goals of his own and Andrei Meszaros.

Hotlanta’s juggernaut of offense showed up again in with two strong goals from Peverley and Kovalchuk with each of their 2nd of the night.

In net tonight was Ondrej Pavelec, who made 36 of 39 shots, most shots were from the perimeter, which made shots easier to play.

This game could sum up a lot of what I feel the Thrashers will be bringing this season. Look forward to this fans, it should be an interesting season.


BRIGHT STARS: Peverley, Little, Enstrom, Kovalchuk


BLUE COLLAR: Antropov (who played more defensive, gave room for his teammates and let his skilled forwards to the damage), Boulton (who initiated and won a fight with Fedoruk after Tampa had just scored three goals, this turned the game back in Atlanta’s favour).