1) Firstly, thank you to all the folks who turned out at the Hard Rock. We all had a blast! We didn't expect much of a turn out in Atlanta. Often the south isn't thought of as a hockey hot bed, so we didn't have high expectation, but we were pleasantly surprised!
2) A special thanks to Mr & Mrs Tom Burns for their 'round of adult beverages. The Phillips arena was a beautiful edifice and the inside was top rate. Our seats were in the 113 section and had great site lines for the fans. $86 for such a seat is a good deal in this day and age of sky rocketing ticket prices, though for a family of 4 on a budget it still might be a bit pricey.On that note the crowd size was a bit of a disappointment. Empty seats all around us. Especially to see a first place/exciting team like the Thrashers!
3) As for the game. We were excited to see 3 of the top Russian players in the league today in Kovalchuk, Ovechkin, and the new kid, Semin. They didn't disappoint. The Ilya and Marion Hossa combo is deadly! You can see the two have developed quite a bit of chemistry.
4) Overall it was a great experience and would recommend to any hockey fan who lives in the SE U.S. to check out the Phillips arena for a game. You won't be disappointed