D-men log the minutes

Perhaps overshadowed in Tuesday’s win over the Senators was the fact that the Thrashers did it with just five defensmen for the bulk of the game.

With Christoph Schubert called for a game misconduct penalty 5:01 into the game, the pressure was one the defense. Ottawa managed 30 shots, but just the one goal.

Look at the playing time numbers for the blue liners:

Zach Bogosian played 26:50; Pavel Kubina played 24:49; Ron Hainsey played 24:13; Tobias Enstrom played 22: 10; Boris Valabik played 17:02.

As for the morning report:

Schubert, Mark Popovic and Kari Lehtonen were going through conditioning drills a half hour before the start of practice. All remained for practice.

Todd White, who injured his right knee in Tuesday’s game, did not practice.

Here are the line combinations:

Blue: Kovalchuk-Peverley-Thorburn

Orange: Kane-Slater-Little

Gray: Armstrong-Antropov-Afinogenov (The All A’s line)

Red: Kozlov-Reasoner-Boulton

All eight defensmen on the ice.

11 comments Add your comment


January 13th, 2010
11:13 am

Was this a kind of punishment for Schubert? I didn’t see anything wrong with the hit on Cheechoo – did Shoes run his mouth on his way to the box?


January 13th, 2010
11:27 am

Cheechoo should have known better than to face the boards while holding the puck… but, giving Schubert the misconduct was probably to keep the game from getting out of hand… Ruutu, Carkner and Neil would have been gunning for him all game.

Alan R.

January 13th, 2010
12:02 pm

but, giving Schubert the misconduct was probably to keep the game from getting out of hand

Instead, the game got out of hand in a purely favorable way.


January 13th, 2010
12:52 pm

Couple of factors were involved…one he hit him from behind right between the numbers and also the player was injured…

Hockey Biltong

January 13th, 2010
1:03 pm

Cheechoo missed an easy shot later. Thanks to Shoey…


January 13th, 2010
1:32 pm

The hit was unfortunate, but it was certainly not dirty. Hell, Schubie could’ve hit him much harder. Replay made it seem he was going for the hard squeeze to the glass. Definitely boarding, but not worthy of a misconduct. However, I think the adversity actually helped in this instance. It forced the other D-men to really step up their focus.

Chris Vivlamore

January 13th, 2010
2:15 pm

Nik Antropov should play Thursday vs. Sabres. Went through full practice today. John Anderson said Antropov wanted to play Tuesday vs. Senators. He missed four games with hip injury.

Todd White is having his right knee examined by doctors today. He did not practice today. He did return – and scored a goal – in the second period last night.

That’s the news from Duluth. I talked to Kovalchuk about contract situation. Return later for a new blog.


January 13th, 2010
2:25 pm

Smoothie – Yea, I’m with you on that. Looking back, I may have skipped a couple of sentences on my initial comment…
I was wondering if the extra “conditioning” was because Schubert got the misconduct. I don’t think there was enough time for Schubert to pull up after Cheechoo spun to his left. I didn’t see anything really wrong with Cheechoo. It kind of looked like the injury diagnosis went a little like this:
Ref:”Cheech, you hurt?”
Cheechoo: “Um…. yea. I’m still on the ice, aren’t I? Ow.”
Ref:”Toss him!”
I just thought that maybe Shoes got a little lippy on his way to his five minutes of shame.
But good job to the PK for killing the major – they looked really fluid and in sync with each other.

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January 14th, 2010
4:36 am

It looked like Cheech (not Chong) got hurt because he didn`t brace himself when close to the boards. After they scraped him off the ice he returned and played the rest of the game. A good example of phony whiplash.

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