Where were you/When Eric Boulton scored his first hat trick?
My butt was, proud to say, in section 113, getting pelted with hats. My full-game re-cap's over on SB Nation Atlanta, of course, and it's fairly formal as it should be. Here, however, formality tends to go out the window. So please allow me to say that the Greek Gods are currently probably the hardest working and well rounded line in hockey. They finished the night with four goals, three assists, and were a +11. The Thrashers absolutely pounded the New Jersey Devils into the ice, and I know that I said before the game not to get all "nyah nyah" about things, well, forget that. That was before the game, and I didn't want to jinx it. Now? Yeah, say it. NYAH.
The Thrashers are playing the best hockey in their franchise's history, and the Devils are playing some of their worst hockey since the franchise moved to New Jersey in 1982. The kicker is, of course, that their team is trapped in cap nightmare hell courtesy of their signing of too many expensive players to inappropriate contracts, which culminated in their deal with Ilya Kovalchuk. They have top-tier talent, and should not be 9-21-2, but there they sit, just two points better than the New York Islanders and two points away from the bottom of the league. Where's Atlanta, you might ask? Oh, just in first place in the Southeast Division, that's all:
This might not last long, depending on if the Capitals can actually break their eight game losing streak against Ottawa on Sunday. But that's not the point. The point is, the Thrashers can do it, and they can draw a crowd of over 17,000 people to watch them do it. Atlanta's a weird sports market that a lot of people don't understand - heck, being from St. Louis and watching the Cardinals sell out regardless of how well they play, I still don't understand Atlantans. But I have a feeling that this'll probably happen again soon. Not Tuesday night against the Blues (more later on my usual nervous breakdown enducing nightmare of a game) but it'll happen.
Something else we'll probably see a bunch more of? These kinds of headlines all over NHL.com: