So close, yet so far in Atlanta

Updated: March 24, 2010, 9:45 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- This is life in the shadows of the NHL universe.

The Atlanta Thrashers traded away their lone superstar, Ilya Kovalchuk.

They have endured a six-game, post-Olympic winless streak.

They have lost promising rookie Evander Kane to injury.

And yet here they were Tuesday night, riding a four-game winning streak, including a weekend sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers.

They were hosting the Boston Bruins, who were in eighth ...

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