Live from Philips Arena: Thrashers vs. Lightning

We are settled in high above the ice about an hour before game time.

A couple of notes from last night’s game:

* Max Afinogenov extended his point streak to five games with his goal in the final seconds Saturday. He has nine points in the run – six goals and three assists.

*Rich Peverley had an assist to up his team leading total to 24 points – eight goals, 16 assists – in 19 games.

* The Thrashers hold a 28-19-10 edge in the all-time series against Tampa Bay. They are 18-6-5 at Philips Arena.

The gates are open and the crowd is starting to filter in.

Let’s get this blog posted. Perhaps I can answer some questions for the puck drops.

192 comments Add your comment

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:30 pm

need that first goal

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:31 pm

5:40 left in first

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:31 pm

Time out. I’m switching from the wireless here. I keep losing connection. Be back in a sec.

MB

November 22nd, 2009
5:31 pm

Thought that the Litte-White-Kozlov line had some decent jump last night and created some good opportunities…maybe they’ll convert on some chances today.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:32 pm

This is ok, Thanks Chris….beats looking at the espn sports ticker

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:33 pm

MB, those 3 guys seem snake bit….

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:34 pm

We are back. Didn’t miss much. Peverley had a good chance.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:34 pm

Chris, crowd picking up?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:35 pm

Kozzy just missed on a White rebound.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:36 pm

Kovy stopped on a breakaway after Pavelec turned away two shots. Play starting to even out.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:36 pm

Kozlov has got to cut the head off of live chicken to take that curse off of his stick.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:37 pm

Pavelec stones Hedman.

MB

November 22nd, 2009
5:38 pm

No doubt, Dwayne. Previous games they’ve looked out of synch with each other, but last night, to me at least, they seemed to put together some nice plays. Would love to see those guys get going…

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:38 pm

under 2 minutes

MB

November 22nd, 2009
5:39 pm

Good stuff, Matt…makes me think of “The Deep,” which makes me think of a young Jacqueline Bisset, which makes me think…oh yeah, hockey game. Sorry about that.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:40 pm

Stamkos fires high. 1:12 left in first. TB holds 15-7 shots lead.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:40 pm

Chris, how do they look? Do both teams look like they played yesterday?

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:40 pm

Currently 14 to 7 for Tampon for shots, but I will say that theirs seem to be generally more outside of the circles.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:41 pm

Kozzy makes great move, but gets stopped. Lecavlier will go to the box.

Tom

November 22nd, 2009
5:41 pm

Oh yeah, I hate Nittimaki. #justsayin.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:41 pm

MB, actually I was thinking more Bull Durham

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:41 pm

vinny gone for the last 44 seconds

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:42 pm

Break the curse…Break the curse…Break the curse.

Dan

November 22nd, 2009
5:42 pm

Went to the Thrashers game last night against Pittsburgh. You know I find it very very hard to believe that there are that many transplants from Pennsylania at the game. I mean I can see a little kid jumping on the bandwagon of super star player like Crosby but grown adults? WTF? If you never lived in Pittsburgh please explain to me why your a Pittsburgh fan? Just cant believe all those guys having man crushes on Crosby?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:42 pm

Period over.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:44 pm

Chris, is there any way to make the blogs work so that each time you refresh the page that you DON’T go back to the top of the page? It’s annoying to have to scroll down each time.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:44 pm

Some good back and forth. Pavelec is sharp. Made some big saves. Niittymaki not challenged as much. Good amount of action in Thrashers defensive zone, but the Thrashers had a few chances on breakaways.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:45 pm

Any Pen-gwen fan is gay.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:45 pm

Matt: I don’t know about all that. Much too technical for me. I can ask the Tech department next week.

MB

November 22nd, 2009
5:47 pm

Matt, “Bull Durham” or “Major League?” Regardless, it’s always good to reminisce about the young Jackie B.

Tom

November 22nd, 2009
5:48 pm

Waddell was just on the radio saying they would prefer to play all 82 games on the road. hahaha… Basta…

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:53 pm

Is this working out folks?

Tom

November 22nd, 2009
5:54 pm

Waddell says they are just starting to talk Term of deal with Kolvy’s agent. WTF! He has been in talks with the agent for 3-4 months and they are just starting to talk about term of the deal. What have the purported great discussions been about so far? The weather, or how Ilya’s car is driving?

Seriously, Chris, this is the stuff you should be asking and digging into.

As a fan, the negotiations should be how long do you want? How much? Fine, sign here. Kolvy is much too important to the franchise.

As a businessman the questions should be we can pay XXX for X years. Or YYY for Y years. We want you, if not what do you want? Does this work? Yes, sign here. No, trade him and get value while we can.

Not freakin rocket science.

Jameson

November 22nd, 2009
5:56 pm

Matt- Use Firefox

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:58 pm

Yes…It is working.

Tom

November 22nd, 2009
5:58 pm

Matt – Shift Page Down works well too.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:00 pm

Second period underway.

Thrashers27

November 22nd, 2009
6:00 pm

Remember last time a Thrashers game was knotted up @ 0-0 going into the second? Let’s hope this one turns out the same.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:00 pm

Nit pad save on Kovy blast.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:04 pm

Schubert going to the box.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:04 pm

Boarding. Steve Downie was very slow to get up.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:06 pm

Two big saves and a post for Pavelec.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:06 pm

Penalty over, but not before a crossbar.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:07 pm

Thrashers couldn’t clear zone. Goal.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
6:07 pm

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:08 pm

Goal to Stephane Veilleux.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
6:08 pm

wake up Thrashers

scottbravesfan

November 22nd, 2009
6:09 pm

Would be nice to actually be able to watch the game. Guess it’s XM radio again. Atlanta Spirit needs to get a contract with a channel that actually wants to show all the games. They didn’t show the home games in Chicago for years and you saw what happen, 8,000 people at the games and most of them were rooting for the opposing team, sound familiar?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:10 pm

Thrashers top line can’t clear the zone.

scottbravesfan

November 22nd, 2009
6:10 pm

There were a lot of Steeler fans at the Dome a couple of years ago when the Falcons played them. The Steelers have a ton of bandwagon fans though, even more than the Cowboys. I guess the Penguin bandwagon fans from the early 90s are back on the wagon now that they are good again. It was just a few years ago that they drew worse than the thrashers and the team was going to move.