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

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:17 pm

Hey, at least the football game is over. Falcons lose in OT, 34-31.

John Lucas

November 22nd, 2009
4:18 pm

Starting goalies ?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:20 pm

Don’t know the goalies yet. There was no morning skate. I’m watching for them to take the ice for warmups. I imagine Pavelec for Thrashers.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:29 pm

Pavelec vs. Niittymaki in goal.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm

i’m ready for some hockey

Thrasher_Ed

November 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm

Great it’s Nitty in Goal. How do you think the Thrashers respond to the Captains physical outburst last night?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:35 pm

Bogosian and Kozlov wearing the A.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:37 pm

Thrasher_Ed: According to recent history, we’ll know if the first half period.

Mac

November 22nd, 2009
4:38 pm

Chris,

First off I would like to say great job and thank you for the work you put into these blogs. This may be a stupid question, but I was wondering if it is a foregone conclusion that Illya and the Thrashers will not be able to reach terms on a new contract?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:39 pm

I’m told that Niittymaki is 13-0 against the Thrashers.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:41 pm

Mac: I have no indication that there is an impasse. I think now that we are 20 games into the season, you’ll see talks starting to heat up. Just my best guess.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:45 pm

We are getting close. Warmups over. Max fires his three pucks in from the faceoff circle before leaving ice.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
4:50 pm

no radio either?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:52 pm

Should be on 680.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
4:55 pm

Popovic and Slater are the scratches.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
4:57 pm

It is MORE than time to break the “Nitti Curse” on this team. Thrashers need to come out strong in the 1st and take the play to the Dolts. I want to see a complete 60 minute effort from these guys tonight.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:05 pm

Thrashers start with Enstrom, Kubina, Kane, Armstrong and Peverley.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:08 pm

Puck dropped.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:10 pm

Max just saved a goal by scooping up a rebound off Pavelec’s pad.

mutton

November 22nd, 2009
5:11 pm

Just curious. If the Thrashers seem to start slowly every home game, why not start the 4th line for a game or two and see what happens?

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:13 pm

Mutton-and starting the 4th line proves or does what exactly?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:13 pm

Sparse crowd.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:15 pm

must be the traffic
or the Falcon game
or the homeless
or (insert excuse)

mutton

November 22nd, 2009
5:15 pm

Matt – The 4th line is supposed to be the energy line. Go out, bang some bodies to get the momentum going our way. Just get everybody fired up a little bit.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:15 pm

Arggggggghhhhh, I hate that damm delay of game penalty.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:16 pm

Lost connection for a bit. Thrashers kill off penalty to Boulton. Delay of game. Clearing puck went into stands.

mutton

November 22nd, 2009
5:16 pm

There I go saying start the 4th liners and then one of em chips it over the glass…

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:17 pm

looks like a slow start again, only i shot on goal by thrashers

mutton

November 22nd, 2009
5:17 pm

Dwayne – or the fact that the Thrashers often don’t really show up until the end of the first, so there’s no real rush to get there on time some nights.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:18 pm

Being horribly outshot already, SIGH… so what else is new?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:18 pm

Pavelec stops Malone on breakaway.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:19 pm

1 shot…kubina, 2 mins hooking

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:19 pm

It’s been a bad ATL weekend for sports, Hawks lose, Thrashers lose to Pitt, Falcons lose, and the Dogs lose. That’s just pitiful.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:19 pm

what tb pp look like?

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:20 pm

Kubina gone for hooking.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:21 pm

lets go Thrashers,,clap clap clap clap clap

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:21 pm

And the weather is just dreary today. Would have actually been a perfect day to go an watch the game at the Bulb.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:22 pm

sitting by myself in my computer room, feels like im there in person

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:22 pm

Penalty killed off.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:22 pm

Seems like most of the regulars are not posting today, is everyone AT the game?

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:23 pm

killed off the penalty

MB

November 22nd, 2009
5:23 pm

Sounded like a solid kill. CV, I know it’s hard for us to get any momentum with two kills already, but do the guys seem to have any jump today?

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:23 pm

10 minutes left in the first

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:24 pm

Matt, I hope they are

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
5:24 pm

Ohhhhh, shots on the power play. Come on O.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:25 pm

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:26 pm

Thrashers on power play.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
5:27 pm

put the buiscit in the basket

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:28 pm

Kovy misses a blast.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
5:29 pm

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.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:10 pm

TB really putting the pressure on.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:11 pm

Thrashers are 3-7-2 when opposition scores first.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:14 pm

Kane fires long shot that Nit glove saves.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:14 pm

Again from Bogosian off faceoff.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:17 pm

Shots are 21-12.

Thrashers27

November 22nd, 2009
6:18 pm

Hey, maybe we’ll only need one goal to catch up in the third tonight!

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:18 pm

Get ready for Boulton vs. Downie. There are talking.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:19 pm

Boulton gets worse of check run at Hale. Went to locker room.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:20 pm

Max in the box.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:20 pm

Interference.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
6:20 pm

Atl. needs to kill this penalty

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:21 pm

Pavs a big pad save.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:22 pm

Penalty over.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
6:22 pm

penalty over

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:22 pm

Penalty is over.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
6:22 pm

UpperDeck4Life

November 22nd, 2009
6:23 pm

Chris thanks for the play by play. Is it just me or do kane, kozlov, and even Bolton seem to drop futuer back down the wall to help clear out pucks then kovy does?

On a seperate note, I am getting tired of falling behind, making a come back, only to fall short by a goal pattern.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:24 pm

Glove save on White. Uh oh, time for Kiss Cam.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
6:26 pm

Thanks for the tech input guys. As for the Chicken bit, it could have been either movie, but I was thinking the scene on the mound where Hector says his GF put a curse on his glove.

A27

November 22nd, 2009
6:27 pm

Your doing a great job Chris!!! Sorry I don’t post much. I’m just a lurker… of sorts.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:27 pm

Thrashers getting more pressure on goal.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:28 pm

TB hits a post.

Coach

November 22nd, 2009
6:30 pm

I feel Kovy is an offensive minded offensive player. If they would move the defensive zone a little closer to the offensive zone, then we could say Kovy is a offensive minded defensive player in the offensive zone.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:30 pm

1:25 left in the period.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:31 pm

Pavs a glove save on Malone.

Darkhorse

November 22nd, 2009
6:32 pm

I don’t get why this team is so up and down in its effort. No sustained sense of urgency, especially at home, at least until halfway through the third.

Someone on the team needs to fire his teamates up, don’t care who….

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:32 pm

Armstrong puts a shot into Nit’s midsection with 35.7 left.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:33 pm

Beautiful goal my Malone.

Coach

November 22nd, 2009
6:34 pm

what??? a 47 ft wrister??? was it tipped in???

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:34 pm

Nice pass from Stamkos to St. Louis to Malone for the blast. Beat Pav to glove side.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:34 pm

Second period over. Time for my third Coke.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
6:34 pm

2 nuthin….we got them whee we want them…

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:45 pm

Thrashers 1-7-2 when trailing after two periods.

Matt

November 22nd, 2009
6:46 pm

man, this weekend just is NEVER going to any better is it??

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
6:48 pm

bad weekend, actually looking forward to work…

ice ice baby

November 22nd, 2009
6:50 pm

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:51 pm

Third period underway.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:52 pm

Kovy stopped on a breakaway right off the faceoff.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:53 pm

Nit just gets a glove on Kubina blast.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
6:53 pm

ice ice…what a joke

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:55 pm

Boulton back on ice.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
6:55 pm

not the Tech football team, they are darn good, its the white kids rapping thats the joke

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:57 pm

Thorburn has words for Konopka. Nothing further.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:58 pm

Kovy shifting with Little and White.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
6:59 pm

Now Kozzy with Antro and Max.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
6:59 pm

where is Max and Kovy tonight?????

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
7:00 pm

Toby scores.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:00 pm

woooooohooooo goal

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:01 pm

here we go nittyspanki is fixin to feel the heat

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
7:01 pm

Kozzy and Antro get the assists. Kozzy got him the puck in front of the net and he snapped a wrister high to the stick side of Nit.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
7:04 pm

White in the box.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:04 pm

TB on the PP

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:05 pm

need a shorty

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
7:05 pm

Great clear by Thorburn

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
7:06 pm

Great save by Pavs. Malone pushing and shoving with Schubert and Kubina.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
7:07 pm

Reasoner was just HUGE. Blocked a shot with stick – it broke – and then immediately stopped another by sliding in front of shot.

MB

November 22nd, 2009
7:08 pm

That ice ice troll has been posting that stupid video for a week or two now…what a pill.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:08 pm

why a rink repair??

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:09 pm

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
7:09 pm

Power play goal by Foster. Pav had lost stick.

MB

November 22nd, 2009
7:10 pm

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
7:11 pm

Nit makes big save on Peverley.

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:12 pm

it aint over yet…Max got some magic left in the stick.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
7:14 pm

Thrashers just offsides on a breakaway.

MB

November 22nd, 2009
7:15 pm

Let’s hope somebody does, Dwayne…it’d be nice to end this weekend on an up note

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
7:15 pm

Thrashers get a power play.

MB

November 22nd, 2009
7:16 pm

Make ‘em pay right here, boys!

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
7:16 pm

Tanguay goes for cross checking.

LAC

November 22nd, 2009
7:16 pm

Glad this is NOT on TV, another AWFUL home game, no wonder nobody wants to come, I don’t want to see this type lazy play… This fast start of this “new” team is fading into a distant memory, they better make changes and FAST, get RID of little & white for starters they are worthless and some oher guys better pick it up !

Some SOLID D’men would be nice, I’d rather win 2-1 than losing
under this system, look at NJ, may be a bit boring… But They WIN…
We do not !

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:17 pm

come on score!!!!

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
7:17 pm

Stamkos steals one from Kovy and fires into Pavs stomach.

Chris Vivlamore

November 22nd, 2009
7:18 pm

Power play over.

Enjoyed it folks. Five minutes left. I have to gather things and get downstairs for interviews after game.

MB

November 22nd, 2009
7:21 pm

There you go, Kozzy! Time to rally, T-Birds!

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:21 pm

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:21 pm

kozzy from Antro 3-2

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:23 pm

under 3 min left

MB

November 22nd, 2009
7:23 pm

Suhhhhhh-weet!!!!!!!!!!!

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:24 pm

tied 3-3 Kane

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:31 pm

ot— salvaged a point, play one period, get a point

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:32 pm

ot to start now

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:33 pm

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:35 pm

Dwayne

November 22nd, 2009
7:35 pm

over..stamkos

A27

November 22nd, 2009
7:39 pm

DAMN IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tom

November 22nd, 2009
8:22 pm

I want the Thrashers to learn that if they played a game in the first 5 minutes like they did in the last 5 minutes life would be much easier.

Pass the tums.

HNIC

November 22nd, 2009
8:44 pm

Great point scottbravesfan……………go thrashers..they showed lots of character

reunite on ice...nice

November 22nd, 2009
9:38 pm

LAC

November 22nd, 2009
9:49 pm

Another good move would be to trade Ron Hainsey, he is becoming a liability more than anything else…

R. Stroz

November 22nd, 2009
9:55 pm

Kovy’s -3 was indictative of his play, no hustle, no backchecking, and no fortitude. When the overtime goal went in the net, Kovy was coasting back on defense, his feet side by side, just watching.

That was probably the worst game I’ve seen Kovy play in a long time.

Brendan

November 22nd, 2009
10:05 pm

Here’s the boxscore from this afternoon’s affair. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020326. Troubling is Kovalchuk’s -3 for the game. Once again, Atlanta is held scoreless until the midway point of the game, or 3rd period. Why are the first 40 minutes so challenging for this club??

I guess there’s another way to look at that. We ARE a pretty impressive 3rd period team. We pour it on late. Salvaging a point here was pretty good. Otherwise, it’s a 4-point swing to a division rival, whom we’re chasing.

So, 40 shots against. Tapping my fingers on the countertop. It’s a bit of a broken record now. If this team makes the playoffs, and is still giving up 40 shots a game, don’t expect too many wins in the postseason. At what point … do we start to ‘tighten up?’

But hey, that’s 4-1-2 in the last seven, good enough for ten points out of a possible fourteen (10/14). Technically, it’s three-straight losses. But we’re 0-1-2 over that stretch.

Brendan

November 22nd, 2009
10:19 pm

On the Tampa Bay side, former Thrashers Kurtis Foster has a bit of a “Homecoming.” One goal and one assist. Foster was one of the stars of the game. Did y’all check out the minutes played by Marty St. Louis? 26:50. That’s ten seconds shy of 27-minutes … played by a forward. Look at Stamkos’ minutes!! These guys are logging minutes typically reserved for blueliners.

I do want to give credit to Enstrom for a goal and an assist. And, to be fair, Kozlov had a goal and a helper, too. I know. You’re all stunned that I offered something positive to say about Kozlov. Hey, I wish him well in his post-Atlanta career. I’m appreciative for what he’s done, for the Thrashers, through the years. I still think Kozlov can have a productive hockey career as his 40’s approach.

What can we say about the timeliness of a few of Kane’s goals this year? He’s proving that he belongs in the NHL. Good for him. My concerns about him weren’t “talent related,” but rather, that he had just turned 18 in August, playing in a league full of grown men.

Nate

November 22nd, 2009
11:03 pm

This s@#t is getting old… :(