That's the only explanation. Niitty had a little help in this battle from the refs and the Thrashers themselves. Bergfors kept up the good work scoring first in the game. The rest of the period was all Tampa Bay. Armstrong struck back in the second period. Then there was a bullshit penalty shot awarded to Purcell and that pretty much sucked the will to live right out of the team. Horrendous officiating.
Niittymaki is now tied with Chris Osgood for having the longest winning streak over one team. Niitty has now beaten the Thrashers 17 times in a row, congratulations you bastard. As a goalie girl, I'm impressed by this record, as a Thrashers fan, I'm incensed.