The Thunder were presented with a big test on Sunday night as the Colombus Chiefs, who currently sit 3rd in the conference came into Toronto to challenge the Thunder, who were on a modest 2 game winning streak.
This game saw 2 of the all-time great goalies go head to head in Dominek Hasek and Patrick Roy, so noone in the buidling would be expecting a shoot-out and fans weren't wrong.
The Chiefs opened the scoring when brutal LW Toby Peterson scored his 1st goal of the year when he banged home a loose puck in the crease.
The Thunder bounced back midway through the 1st when RW Viktor Kozlov dropped it for Markus Naslund who found LW Alex Tanguay at the side of the net for his 14th of the year on a tap in.
The Chiefs came out quickly in the 2nd period as a Tommy Albelin slapshot found its way through a crowd for his 2nd of the year.
Not to be outdone the Thunder notched a goal of their own 3 minutes later when LW Curtis Brown tucked a snap shot just inside the post for his 6th of the year and 2nd with the Thunder. This goal got the fans back into the game and the 6th man helped out the Thunder.
The 3rd period was all Thunder as they outshot the visiting Chiefs 10-2. The Thunder got the eventual game winning goal when D Alexander Karpotsev one timed a Tom Poti pass for his 7th of the year. C Joe Thornton capped off the scoring when he intercepted a Frantisek Kaberle pass and went in on a breakaway from his own blueline. Thornton made no mistake as he faked forehand, went backhand and flipped it up over a sprawled out Dominator for his 8th of the year.
The defense and Patrick Roy held on from their as the Thunder held on for a 4-2 win and extended their winning streak to 3 games.
Ted Nolan-"This was one of our best games of the year, we capitalized on our chances when we had them and we limited their opportunities to almost none. When a top team like the Chiefs come in its nice to get the 2 points for sure, now we have to go into Colombus and try to sweep the home and home."
Attendance was up somewhat in this game as 14,853 fans showed up to see this great game, still not enough fans for what management would like but the team is playing better now and the fans are starting to respond.