Brief game summary today since there is another game this afternoon! How about my bold prediction yesterday? From my pregame blog:
Just two seconds later, Darcy Hordichuck and Eric Boulton dropped the gloves. They had some extra time to chat as the goal was being reviewed and decided to get the heavyweight match on right as the puck dropped. Hordichuck, the former Thrashers tough guy, had his right hand free the entire round, and while he went down to the ice first, he clearly won the fight.
Neither team could carry that momentum, however, and all was quiet until 43 seconds into the second when recently acquired Blake Wheeler poked home a rebound off of Tomas Vokoun from the right side of the goal mouth. His 13th goal of the season tied the game at 1. Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd assisted on the goal.
And they were not done. Wheeler scored his second goal, and 14th of the year, at the 6:30 mark. Byfuglien rushed up the ice and his hard shot was stopped by Vokoun. Everyone thought he had it between his legs and a whistle had blown...except Wheeler and the referee. Wheeler capitalized and pushed the loose puck into an empty net to put Atlanta on top 3-0
Before anyone could even breathe in the overtime, Ladd passed the puck the Byfuglien in the nutural zone, and he got around has man to the right wing side, passed the puck through the crease where Ladd just tipped the puck in to end the game 25 seconds in at 4-3. Brian Little also got an assist on the game's final goal.
CAT BITES: Pete DeBoer remains 1 win away from 100. 15,799 showed up in Downtown Atlanta on a Saturday night for hockey.