Kovalchuk’s Cap Collection

Geez. The Thrasher’s season looked over before it started, what with the death of Dan Snyder and Dany Heatley’s involvement.
But the personal horror of it all aside, Atlanta is hot. They’re undefeated at home. And Ilya Kovalchuk put up his second hat trick of the week against the Predators.
His last one was October 18 against the Blackhawks.
I, like a lot of other people, thought the Thrashers would crash due to a leadership vacuum. Instead, Kovalchuk has stepped into Heatley’s skates big time. True, it might be an emotional rush from a very trying season. But I think it has more to do with Atlanta coaches, past and present, trying to teach Kovalchuk defensive responsibility. It seems to be keeping his head in the game more.
Oh. And Kovalchuk didn’t have the only hat trick last night. Peter Forsberg also took one home, as the Avs beat the Oilers 6-1.
I guess they’re not missing Paul Kariya yet.