October 17, 2009
Despite the slow start (outshot 15-4 in the opening period), the Thrashers awoke with three third period goals en route to a 4-2 win over New Jersey. Last season's waiver wire gem, Rich Peverley, scored two power-play goals to improve Atlanta's record to 3-1-0. The Thrashers finish out their five-game road trip on Tuesday after visits to Buffalo and Montreal.
After allowing 12 goals in his first three starts, Thomas was due for a performance that reminded people why he was the deserved winner of last season's Vezina Trophy. Stopping 27 shots for his first shutout of the season, Thomas blanked the Dallas Stars 3-0 in a game that Claude Julien hopes can spark his club who are off to a inconsistent start.
Through Edmonton's seven games thus far, Brule and Penner have been the main sources of offense. The duo are responsible for nine of Edmonton's 28 goals, including four in their 5-2 win over Minnesota. Both scored in the second and third period as the Oilers won for the third time in their last four games.
Honorable mention: While John Tavares(notes) (goal tonight) may be grabbing the headlines on Long Island, Matt Moulson(notes) has been a pleasant surprise. The 25-year old scored a goal and an assist in a 6-3 loss to the Sabres, increasing his season point total to six, tying Tavares for the Islanders team lead ... Rookie Tyler Myers(notes) continues to impress for the Buffalo Sabres. The 19-year scored his first NHL goal and assist and finished with a plus-2 ... Clarke McArthur scored his third goal of the season on a nifty penalty shot ... Ondrej Pavelec's(notes) 28 saves paced the Thrashers over New Jersey ... Radek Dvorak's(notes) shorthanded goal in the third period turned into the eventual game-winner as Florida defeated Phladelphia 4-2 ... Marc Savard(notes) scored a pair as Boston shutout the Dallas Stars 3-0 ... Edmonton's Ryan Stone(notes) assisted on both of Gilbert Brule's goals, including the game-winner in the second period.
Dishonorable mention: New Jersey's power-play couldn't manufacture a goal and went 0-for-6 ... Roberto Luongo(notes) shaky start continued as he allowed five goals in 19 shots and was pulled after the second period. It was the fifth time in sixth starts this season that Luongo has allowed three goals or more ...Dwayne Roloson(notes) had goaltending troubles of his own allowing four goals on 12 Buffalo shots before giving way to Martin Biron(notes). It was Roloson's first loss in regulation this season for the Islanders.