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04-02-2004, 09:55 PM
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Kovalchuk gets huge minutes...

34:05, in fact. He played almost 27 minutes of even strength time. Watching the Thrashers-Pens game, I knew he was out there a lot, but I've never seen a forward (in regulation) get minutes like this. They really wanted him to score, I guess it paid off. He is going to sleep well tonight.

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You could tell they wanted him to score more than they wanted the win. The Thrashers passed numerous golden scoring chances in order to feed it to Ilya.

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Guess he didn't

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14 shots on goal by himself!

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Guess he didn't
Go figure, after the two sure-fire chances, he scores on the backhand.

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Just kinda makes me laugh that he scored with 5 seconds left...after the Penguins scored an empty netter to make the goal meaningless.

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Well, atleast we know that there was no clause in his contract that paid him extra for winning the Richard Trophy. Otherwise, orders would have come from up high to ease off on his minutes.

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Well, atleast we know that there was no clause in his contract that paid him extra for winning the Richard Trophy. Otherwise, orders would have come from up high to ease off on his minutes.
He isn't playing for the Hawks...

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He isn't playing for the Hawks...

:lol

I know. But you cant put it past some teams to do something along these lines.

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I think it's nice to see the team actually cares about one of their team mates and they give him full support, most importantly the Head coach gives his full support by giving him a lot of minutes, sadly Ilya only managed 1 goal, the team is out of the playoffs so why not at least help a team mate win the scoring race, this is a very nice thing to do.

How many more games do the Thrashers have? I expect the same amout of ice time for Ilya.

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I think it's nice to see the team actually cares about one of their team mates and they give him full support, most importantly the Head coach gives his full support by giving him a lot of minutes, sadly Ilya only managed 1 goal, the team is out of the playoffs so why not at least help a team mate win the scoring race, this is a very nice thing to do.

How many more games do the Thrashers have? I expect the same amout of ice time for Ilya.
I think it may be important for them in the process of building a team. They have a couple of franshise players and the more those guys feel like they are franshise players the better the team will be off in the long run.

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I think it's nice to see the team actually cares about one of their team mates and they give him full support, most importantly the Head coach gives his full support by giving him a lot of minutes, sadly Ilya only managed 1 goal, the team is out of the playoffs so why not at least help a team mate win the scoring race, this is a very nice thing to do.

How many more games do the Thrashers have? I expect the same amout of ice time for Ilya.
IMO, it is far worse that the Thrashers basically threw the game in an effort to get Kovalchuk his goal. Even when you arent making the playoffs, the team still has to have more importance than the individual.

Atlanta had better hope that fatigue does not lead to a serious injury either.

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IMO, it is far worse that the Thrashers basically threw the game in an effort to get Kovalchuk his goal. Even when you arent making the playoffs, the team still has to have more importance than the individual.

Atlanta had better hope that fatigue does not lead to a serious injury either.
The Thrashers didn't throw the game. Aubin was simply great, that is all. Thrashers had like 39 shots on goal, 14 of them by Kovalchuk alone (very nice of his teammates to feed him the goal so often).

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The Thrashers didn't throw the game. Aubin was simply great, that is all. Thrashers had like 39 shots on goal, 14 of them by Kovalchuk alone (very nice of his teammates to feed him the goal so often).
I'll agree that Aubin was great but the game pretty much was thrown.

I mean not in the tanking essence since they have no reason, but they threw away golden oppertunities to get the puck to a double-teamed Kovalchuk.

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IMO, it is far worse that the Thrashers basically threw the game in an effort to get Kovalchuk his goal. Even when you arent making the playoffs, the team still has to have more importance than the individual.

Atlanta had better hope that fatigue does not lead to a serious injury either.
This is a joke, right? The whole future of the Atlanta franchise has been thrown down the drain because they blew a meaningless game to get their star player a scoring title? Next year the team chemistry will be completely shot because of this moment, that's assuming that Kova doesn't suffer a career ending fatigue injury?? :lol

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there is nothing wrong with trying to hook up a teamate - yes they got cariied away, but for the right reasons. i dont think this team has been anything but selfless this season - and it showed tonight. they dont care if you didnt like it.

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Come on... Nobody complained when Kovalchuk passed up on good shooting opportunities to set up Heatley when he first came back. After all, what's wrong with trying to ease Heatley back into the NHL, right? Now that Kovalchuk is on the receiving end of a favor, things are downright criminal. Can't we just be happy for a kid who had a *great* season under difficult circumstances?

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Come on... Nobody complained when Kovalchuk passed up on good shooting opportunities to set up Heatley when he first came back. After all, what's wrong with trying to ease Heatley back into the NHL, right? Now that Kovalchuk is on the receiving end of a favor, things are downright criminal. Can't we just be happy for a kid who had a *great* season under difficult circumstances?
*Very valid point*

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Thrashers seem like a very tight group. It's nice that the team wanted to do something for Kovy. It speaks volumes about the team, and Kovalchuk's place on it. He worked hard all season, supported Heatley 100%, and was a true leader on the ice. Nothing's wrong with a little "thank you".

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Come on... Nobody complained when Kovalchuk passed up on good shooting opportunities to set up Heatley when he first came back. After all, what's wrong with trying to ease Heatley back into the NHL, right? Now that Kovalchuk is on the receiving end of a favor, things are downright criminal. Can't we just be happy for a kid who had a *great* season under difficult circumstances?
^Because his name is Ilya Kovalchuk, because he's not passive or easy, because he tainted himself by usurping Canadians, and because he's from a place called Tver, Russia.

But anyways, I thought it was really nice of his teammates to try and give him his 40th goal. They sound like an 'all for one and one for all' kind of team. 34 minutes and 14 shots on goal for Ilya last night = Hey btw, they're on US national TV tonight (ESPN2) for all whom are interested in watching.

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This is a joke, right? The whole future of the Atlanta franchise has been thrown down the drain because they blew a meaningless game to get their star player a scoring title? Next year the team chemistry will be completely shot because of this moment, that's assuming that Kova doesn't suffer a career ending fatigue injury?? :lol
When you have the intelligence to counter what was actually written, feel free to come back.

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Number 41 for Ilya! Tied up with Nash ... again!

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