The Atlanta Thrashers hopes for the postseason were dashed rather quietly on Tuesday night as the team fell to the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on home ice. Ilya Kovalchuk promised to do something in his return to Atlanta, but in the end, the biggest story of the night was likely Martin Brodeur's 600th career win.
The Thrashers were a long shot for the playoffs anyway, especially once the New York Rangers took ninth place from them late last week. Tonight's game was essentially just a technicality, as many in town had given up hope for the postseason. Still, it's a shame to see a franchise that could use the postseason so badly come this close without making it.
Only one team currently outside the playoff picture is still alive at this point. The New York Rangers sit in ninth place, three points behind eighth place Boston.