Dustin Byfuglien is a huge part of the Thrashers' success so far.
Having spent the last three days at Steamboat, skiing in pristine powder it’s safe to say I am experiencing a Rocky Mountain High. Looking at the Thrashers’ recent record — five straight wins — makes this heady feeling even stronger.
I’m hanging around a few extra days to see the team in action at the Pepsi Center in Denver where they’ll be taking on Goddess Sasha’s Avs. Historically the Thrashers have faltered upon reaching five wins, which (naturally) leads me to fear I’ll be watching them hit yet another roadblock. But you know, this isn’t the Thrashers team of old. Far from it!
What the team lacks in big names (no Hossa, Kovalchuk, Savard, Heatley, et. al.), they make up for in workers. Not worker bees in the drone, going-through-the-motions sense, but guys who come to win every night. That’s a serious change from previous years in which the entire team seemed to ebb and flow with a Kovalchuk streak or skid; or Kari Lehtonen’s groin. It was almost as if they were waiting for permission or for the time to be right to step up. Or that the league had counted them out so often they started to believe they were, and could be, nothing more than a mediocre team. But that was yesterday. Perhaps it’s just the right combination of youth and experienced leadership. Whatever it is, the team is just looking great.
Now is the time for the Thrashers to go over the top, to break through the five-game stumbling block, blaze past their six-game win-streak record and keep on going! Let’s go Thrashers! And when the team returns home, fans, let’s get our buns in the stands and support this team. They deserve it.
Photo: Dustin Byfuglien from Getty Images.