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Kovalchuk is called upon to lead focused Thrashers

...it won't be easy for Atlanta to repeat as division champion or even return to the playoffs. The Thrashers lost forwards Scott Mellanby, Keith Tkachuk, Eric Belanger and Jon Sim and defensemen Greg de Vries, Andy Sutton and Shane Hnidy.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/10/04/hoc_146188.shtml
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Rangers in control as they head to Big Apple

...Fedor Tyutin held in the puck at the blue line and fired a shot toward the net that was blocked by Atlanta defenseman Greg de Vries. But the puck deflected to Avery standing deep in the left faceoff circle. He glanced at Martin Straka breaking toward...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/04/16/hoc_124847.shtml
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Thrashers down in a hole

...in the third period. From the blue line, Fedor Tyutin fired a shot that was blocked in front by Atlanta defenseman Greg de Vries. But the puck deflected to Avery in the faceoff circle, and he initially looked toward Martin Straka before spotting...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/04/15/hoc_124777.shtml
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Thrashers end losing streak with shootout win

...convert on the first power-play opportunity but did on the second, with 5 seconds to spare. Atlanta defenseman Greg de Vries fed a cross-ice pass to Glen Metropolit at the left post for a 2-1 lead with 62 seconds left in the first period...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/01/14/hoc_112488.shtml
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Vanek, Sabres top Thrashers

...Buffalo's lead to 2-0 with his 18th of the season with 3:15 left in the second period. After Atlanta defenseman Greg de Vries was caught pinching in from the right point, the Sabres broke away on a 3-on-1, with Vitaly Vishnevski the lone...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/12/31/hoc_110698.shtml
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Thrashers win easily over Devils

...lead 6:42 into the second. Hnidy, a solid defenseman who lacks the skills of frontliners like Niclas Havelid, Greg de Vries or Vitaly Vishnevski, beat Martin Brodeur over the left shoulder with a wrister from outside the top of the right...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/12/24/hoc_109830.shtml
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League suspends 3, fines 2 after fight

...eventually flowed. Jon Erskine went after Atlanta forward Marian Hossa while Matt Bradley fought Thrashers defenseman Greg de Vries. On the next faceoff, Sutherby instigated a fight with Brad Larsen. On the ensuing faceoff, Mellanby provoked a...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/11/24/hoc_105703.shtml
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Thrashers' next foe one win from NHL record for best start

...Atlanta. "Oh yeah, if you think you're a good team, this is the team to play against," Thrashers defenseman Greg de Vries said. "Obviously, they're the hottest team in the league.... It's a great test for us." The Sabres have...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/10/28/hoc_102304.shtml
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Blackhawks nip Thrashers in overtime

...in the game." After Kovalchuk and Marian Hossa scored in the first two rounds of the shootout, Khabibulin stopped Greg de Vries, Savard and Slava Kozlov. "We played well for 50 minutes of the game," Savard said. "At least we got a point...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/12/12/hoc_31814.shtml
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Kovalchuk hopes to play against Montreal

...in 2001, averaged over 31 assists during his last eight NHL seasons. Marian Hossa, acquired along with defenseman Greg de Vries in the Dany Heatley trade Aug. 23, had a career-high 46 assists and led the league in power-play points in '03...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/10/12/hoc_11573.shtml
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