Happy homecoming, so far

After going 2-1-1 on their longest road trip of the year, the Thrashers lead 3-1 through one period of Tuesday night’s home game against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Kings, Red Wings and Blackhawks are here scouting this one.

The Thrashers looked shaky defensively in the first 90 seconds but then, bang-bang-bang built a 3-0 lead, before giving up a power play goal near the end of the period.

Atlanta goals by Enstrom, Kovalchuk and Reasoner. Colorado goal by Hejduk.

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stendek

February 24th, 2009
8:32 pm

The Toiletlids gave son of a betch Finn Kari Letemin a 3-0 lead. Late whoopsy (monkey puck?) goal made it 3-1. That was followed by a second period marshmallow whiff (sun in his eyes?). Now a single goal lead. Doubt very seriously the team will be able to overcome the untalented piece of shet between the pipes. How many goals do they have to net for this worthless oxygen waste mother (X)? Damn! Now 4-2. Will it take another six or more goals to secure a rare as Yeti sighting home victory?

B. Thenet

February 24th, 2009
9:46 pm

Nice to see the Thrashers converting twice on the PK.

Has the team turned a corner? This season may be over, but things might be looking up for next year.

Wayne

February 24th, 2009
9:48 pm

I didn’t turn on the game until late in the 2nd period; did Eliot and the third-best soccer announcer ever talk about the ice conditions?

mknobler

February 24th, 2009
10:14 pm

That’s 3-1-1 in the last five games and a Thrashers team that is suddenly playing a lot better than its record, and doing it consistently. John Anderson said one of the keys is that they’re successfully making adjustments for every game. Clearly, all the shorthanded goals have been huge, and so has the Ilya Kovalchuk hot streak. That’s 10 goals in his last eight games and 20 in his last 24.

Reality check: Yes, the Thrashers have seven points in their last five games. All of those points came against teams that wouldn’t be in the playoffs if the playoffs started today. Still, a hot streak against anyone is a refreshing change for this team.

Kaat

February 24th, 2009
10:19 pm

I don’t remember either of them addressing ice conditions, Wayne, but Adrian Dater of the Denver Post did in his blog today. Said ice not ready because of circus. That the Avs were offered use of another rink for Morning Skate, but opted not to. The Thrashers did their MS in Duluth.

Midfield

February 24th, 2009
11:06 pm

Lehtonen should not allow goals like Hejduk’s. Hajduk had no other play but a shot from a blue line and Lehtonen let it go by. Unexcusable.

fiveholewillie

February 24th, 2009
11:26 pm

Wow – can we do that first period every game????

OK, I’m sorry, but I just need to say this:

Christi Paul’s National Anthem sucks.
Find a note, and STAY ON IT.

Way not to lose, blueland!

Brendan

February 25th, 2009
12:27 am

Christi Paul’s just so pretty, though. CNN didn’t give her a job for her lovely singing ability. Truthfully, William Hung wishes he could sing the National anthem so well!

Nice to see a win, tonight. And 3-1-1 for seven-points of a possible ten (7/10) is a deal any of us would take. Kari did look bad on that Hejduk goal. But Peter Budaj began the evening by giving up three goals on eight (3/8) shots. That’s why the Avs lost. And two of those goals were ones Budaj just plain, flat-out, has to stop.

Nice to see such good special teams production, too.

If the Thrashers could play 3-1-1 for every five games … projected over 82 games … they’d be a better team. Bah-dum-bum. But they’re not a better team. They are what their record indicates. And they’re “not close, real close” to doing anything but finishing in the lottery draft. Ignore the propaganda, and just look at the results. That’s what tells the story. More specifically, look at the Goals for and Goals Against. Those don’t lie. No team can fudge those stats. They are what they are.

Supes

February 25th, 2009
12:38 am

Thrashers win and STILL some of you find the NEGATIVE. It’s a win. How about that. 3 points. Who cares how it went down, if Kari doesn’t get torched on a blog it’ll be a record. Let it go…enjoy the recent wins/good results. In this miserable season what else is there to do?

Thrashy Thrashy

February 25th, 2009
2:31 am

Knobs,

Biggest reality check:

Ze Trash took 7 out of 10 points in five games and are still second-worst in the league.

Toby

February 25th, 2009
9:35 am

How come none of Atlanta’s media outlets are reporting on one of Atlanta’s biggest sports stories in years…the ASG trail??? I don’t get it. Doesn’t this trial take a giant step towards deciding the fate of 2 of our major sports franchises? Maybe I’m wrong. I don’t get it.

GaVaHokie

February 25th, 2009
9:48 am

Mike… do you get any feel for who the scouts are looking at? Do you see them making notes, or pay attention a little harder when a certain player is on the ice?

Alan

February 25th, 2009
9:59 am

Supes: Some people are just too critical of what we have. This team doesn’t perform well, but I’m always hoping they win anyway. Wins are a big morale boost, both for the team members, and for the fans.

On that note, FIRE WADDELL,

Toby: It was touched on last week. However, I know nothing of this week so far, which is quite bothersome. We, as people who enjoy one or both Atlanta sports franchises are quite interested in the business side of the operation of the franchises and arena, since the owners allowed the business side of things to interfere with their decision making process as it pertains to the performance of the teams. Full disclosure. We fans should demand nothing less from this group of individuals.

Lastly, that was a nice game last night. It was spectacular to get the win at home, and great to see us light ‘em up for a couple shorties, too. .

GaVaHokie

February 25th, 2009
10:01 am

Okay, I’ll speculate a little bit, just to keep things interesting.[ If this story is true on FourthPeriod](http://thefourthperiod.com/news/chi090225.html), then I’ll say Chicago was in the building looking at Reasoner.

ThrasherFan

February 25th, 2009
10:20 am

I think this team is playing better because they have no pressure on their shoulders to win. They look very loose, are playing a better team game and look to be having some fun. Maybe JA has tweaked a few things in his system as well?

A win is a win and it’s been a rough year but if they are clicking now and can keep most of their strong pieces for next year, maybe they have a go at the playoffs?

NASCAR Dave

February 25th, 2009
10:33 am

FIRE WADDELL!

HOKIE – I would keep REASONER and dump PERRIN/CHRISTENSEN/SLATER… Would rather have STUART/REASONER on the PK…

GaVaHokie

February 25th, 2009
10:50 am

Dave… just speculating as to why Chicago scouts were in the building… could be Christensen, but Slater hasn’t played in awhile.

Reasoner can always resign with Atlanta in the summer… UFA.

NASCAR Dave

February 25th, 2009
11:51 am

Yeah HOKIE, I think REASONER will take better money elsewhere this summer, but I wouldn’t mind him coming back. PERRIN is an expiring contract, you definitely trade him before the deadline. The Goalie I would move is MOOSE, the D-Men I would move are HAVELID (expiring contract) and OYSTRICK… Forwards I would move are CHRISTEN/SLATES/PERRIN/THORBURN… The only RFA’s I re-sign are LEHTS/ARMSTRONG/LAVALLEE…

But, that’s just me…

Tony C.

February 25th, 2009
12:19 pm

ALAN(and anybody else interested) Falconer posted some nice excerpts from a John Manasso (remember him?) AtantaBizChron article…. hang on for the link:

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2009/02/23/daily4.html

Also, Falconer moved his blog. Good stuff as always though:

http://www.birdwatchersanonymous.com/

Dwayne Johnson

February 25th, 2009
12:24 pm

can we get a do-over and restart the season from February to now?
KL deserves better than a 3+ gaa. (fire) waddell must resign him. i do not want to be proven wrong here. but if he leaves, the team who gets him will have a # 1 who could carry them to the “CUP” next year

Tony C.

February 25th, 2009
12:25 pm

Oh, and if yall thought FUBAS was bad before… I don’t think they even qualify as “the gang that couldn’t shoot straight”…. more like “the gang that constantly shoots themselves in the foot”

Midfield

February 25th, 2009
1:47 pm

Dwayne, are you saying that KL would win the cup with any team he sign with, except for Thrashers? If so, do you want to resign him to deprive him of the cup? Or, you’re saying that Thrashers will win the cup next year, if KL resigns? Personally, I don’t think he will ever win a cup for any team if he continues to allow goals like Colorado’s second last night. But that’s just me.

Russian

February 25th, 2009
2:12 pm

Kari is good Goalie. We have to keep him. I like to resign him for two years around $6 mln total. Next year Kari and Moose will play together, then Kari and Pavs are coming. Hopefully Don Waddell willbne fired after this year and New GM will bring Good D-men in a team. Our D-men is biggest problem for Atlanta. They are not helping Kari, Moose or Pavs.

GaVaHokie

February 25th, 2009
2:24 pm

Gotta remember Lehtonen is only 25 years old… you don’t necessarily want to give up on a guy with his potential this early… even the best went through the growing (groin) pains.

Just frustrating for us to watch, because Atlanta spent a first round pick on him and we’ve been watching him since he was 19 years old.

Just consider how long it took guys like Tim Thomas and Niklas Backstrom to produce.
Manny Fernandez, a 3rd round draft pick, took 8 years to earn a starting role… he had to go to Minnesota to do it (Dallas trade).

Ryan Miller was 24 when he got the starting role in Buffalo.

MB

February 25th, 2009
2:48 pm

Amen, fiveholewillie, on a truly terrible rendition of the anthem. I had to wonder whether or not she’s ever heard it before. Aside from the fact she sings at a high school talent show level, her phrasing was all over the place. Yeah, she’s nice to look at, but if you’re going to have her “perform” the anthem, at least have the good sense to have her lip synch over a respectable version of it. Are times so tough they can’t afford to bring in Keith or Libby?

Sorry, little bit of a rant there. Good first period, courtesy of Mr. Budaj and some golden transitional opportunities blown by the Avs. But a win’s a win, and overall the boys played a pretty decent game.

Scott

February 25th, 2009
3:01 pm

Anyone know what happened to Rawhide or where he can be found on line?

I spotted him at the game last night from a couple sections over.

Dwayne Johnson

February 25th, 2009
3:27 pm

no, i should have said, if he goes to a contender this year.

Dwayne Johnson

February 25th, 2009
3:33 pm

Midfield he faces so many shots per night, letting one softie in every now and then isn’t to bad. considering the d he has in front of him. but they have been getting better. last nights softie would not have looked so bad had everyone play d on the 3rd goal. remember who was cherry picking on the 3rd goal??

Brendan

February 25th, 2009
11:59 pm

Kari has his shortcomings. Definitely. But, he’s still the best goalie Atlanta’s got. But a one-year deal isn’t much of a solution. In fact, it’s more a distraction. “Will he, Won’t he” re-sign. Kari’s contract then starts to be a trade deadline matter in the 2010 season. Add that to a potential problem with Kovalchuk’s contract. Who needs that? Might as well make a “compromise” deal, 3-years/$10 million. And hope Lehtonen signs it. If he does, and he winds up on the wrong side of a “drool cup,” at least it hasn’t DEVASTATED our salary cap situation, “Holik-style.” Sorry, Bobby Holik is long gone. I should let that one go. Please ignore that comment.

Not only that, a $3.0 to $3.5 million cap hit, for Kari, for the next few years, makes him attractive for a potential trade. That’s not “so much salary” that no team would touch him, if he isn’t regarded an as elite goalie.

Hey, if Damian Rhodes can get 3-years/$10 million out of Waddell, then surely Kari deserved at least that much from the Wadster, 10-years down the road from the Rhodes contract signing. If you’ll recall, that was Don Waddell’s first-ever Atlanta Thrashers contract signing.