While the Atlanta Thrashers played hard and “did everything we asked them to do” said Coach Ramsay, at the end of the second, Atlanta was still scoreless while Philadelphia held a 3 goal lead. We had dominated in shots so far for the night, but had, as usual, nothing to show for it. The odds were not looking so hot. We were in the final 20 minutes against #1 in the conference.
Craig Ramsay handed the torch over to Clint Malarchuk in between the two periods to talk to the team because Ramsay, “Had nothing left to say. I had already said it all.” They decided that Chris Mason would take over in the third and hopefully “shake things up a bit”.
Just 1:09 into the 3rd period, Evander Kane who was carrying all of the blame from Friday night’s overtime loss, with a pass from Hainsey, shot a wrist shot to light the Thrashers chances. With complete possession of the puck, just s short time later, Zach Bogosian would add another point to the Visitor’s scoreboard, with the assistance of Blake Wheeler and Captain Ladd bringing the game to within 1 goal and less than 8 minutes to play. Mark Stuart would,shortly thereafter, get a cheap broken stick penalty that, unfortunately would end with Ville Leino scoring the 4th goal for the Philadelphia Flyers and he nabbing the Hat Trick.
You would think we were beat. You would think the Atlanta Thrashers, from that moment, just tucked their tails and putted around until the final whistle blew. But, with 4:10 remaining in regulation, Kris Versteeg got an interference call on him, tossing him into the penalty box for 2 minutes. Within 11 seconds, Tobias Enstrom notched his 10th of the season with assists from Stewart and Antropov. The Atlanta Thrashers were not ready to give up yet. With less than 1 minute remaining in regulation, Andrew Ladd woke up and, with the assistance of Brian Little, scored the 4th goal of the period to tie the game. There was no way the Atlanta Thrashers were letting this one slip out of their grasp.
1 minute ‘intermission’ and overtime, for the 4th time in 4 games, began. The momentum charging this time was like I haven’t seen in a long time, probably since mid December. Within just 1:17, Ron Hainsey, for the second time in 2011, was there to tip-in the puck for an Atlanta Thrasher victory. Wells Fargo was silent. The Atlanta Thrashers had come back in just over 20 minutes, on Fan Appreciation Night, from a 3-0 deficit, watched the Flyers rack up a Hat Trick and walked away with the win.
PERSEVERANCE, my dear fans. Perseverance.
In the last 4 games, the Atlanta Thrashers have already netted more points than we did the entire month of February. The Atlanta Thrashers took my game plan and did (almost) exactly what I asked them to do. Not in regulation, but definitely not complaining here! I am still puzzled to know how my Bambinos slept through that last 5 minutes. The only other team to fully co-operate with my general game plan was the Columbus Blue Jackets, taking a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Check out the full report with Columbus’ – Fire That Cannon
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