Thrashers not getting caught up in the moment

The Thrashers play their biggest game of the year tonight against Boston. Win, and they are back in playoff position with nine games left.

For their part, the Thrashers know the importance of the game, but are not letting themselves think too far ahead.

Here is what some of them said this morning after morning skate:

Todd White: “I think that for us we have to worry about how we play and don’t worry about the result. I think we played a lot better the last four games and the results took care of themselves. We have to get off to a good start. In the other games, we’ve gotten off to a good start and put pressure on the other team. That will be key for us.

“I think the biggest thing is how we start the game. When we were losing those games we were sitting back and waiting for bad things to happen instead of going out there and initiating. Lately we’ve done a lot better job of trying to make good plays and get good chances early in the game.”

Rich Peverley: “We have to focus on having a good first period. We’ve done that in the past and been successful. Right now, we are just looking at having a good first period.”

Johan Hedberg: “It’s an exciting, positive thing for the Thrashers to have this opportunity. We have to be surrounded by positive thoughts. This is what you ask for. You ask for a chance to at least decide your own destiny. I think we do have that chance. It’s up to us to grab that opportunity. It is fun. There is a lot of positive motion. The guys are excited about it. Hopefully, all our fans are too.”

John Anderson: “We don’t think about the implications of the game. We worry about how we play. We need to come out hard and do all the things that we want to do as a team. Whatever happens, happens. I don’t want us to dwell on the fact that it’s a huge game because then you start to squeezing your stick a little tight. We just have to play the game the way we want to play it”

I then asked Anderson if he preached that idea to his team,

“I told them that this morning. I put my collar on.”

Notes from this morning’s pre-game skate (also sent out on Twitter @ajcthrashers):

* Hedberg gets the start in goal.

* Same lineup. Chris Thorburn, Slava Kozlov (both nursing injuries) and Chris Chelios are the scratches.

*Thorburn was on the ice before the skate working with the head trainer on some drills. He is having lower-back issues. He came back for part of the pre-game skate. Kozlov, who was hit in the cheek with a puck at Saturday’s pre-game skate, did not participate.

60 comments Add your comment

Terrel

March 24th, 2010
10:25 am

The team better clean up their drawers that they crapped.

Kovy's Agent

March 24th, 2010
10:52 am

This is a franchise in it’s death throes. I went to the game, seduced against better judgment, that they could actually deliver when their brief history says anything but. For such an important game, the fact they had to practically give away tickets (I got a $10 deal and it was a damn good seat) and yet the arena was still just 3/5ths full speaks volumes where the populace is with this team at present. No buzz, no electricity and when the first goal went in, the air was let out of any remaining enthusiasm almost completely. It didn’t help that the Bruins played a tight, aggressive forechecking game that further anesthetized the crowd (as well as the Thrashers apparently) as legit scoring chances were few and far between. How many times in the history of this franchise do they play Lucy to our Charlie Brown pleading they won’t pull the football away and get us believing, but alas we again end up on our butts? I’m afraid to say it but this has been a star-crossed franchise since the Heatley accident and I don’t see any exorcism that will lift the spell before it’s too late.

Terrel

March 24th, 2010
11:16 am

On the upside, I see Kovy needed two in the Devils win last night.

j

March 24th, 2010
12:37 pm

i agree, one loss isn’t the end of everything … sage is no sage, thats for sure

Frustrated, Inc.

March 24th, 2010
1:04 pm

Did I strike a nerve there, Ms. Waddell? Instead of projecting your anger on me because I had the forsight to see this coming down Peachtree Street, perhaps you should lay it at the feet of the Atlanta Spirit Group? Just a thought.

I’ll ask again…why does Waddell have a job again?

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You Guys Are PATHETIC!

March 23rd, 2010
11:29 pm
You sit around at your keyboards and actually pull for the Thrashers to lose so you can get on here and b!tch and moan! Frustrated, Inc is especially proud of himself for “predicting” tonight’s loss! Utterly PATHETIC!! You should go to a mirror and punch yourself in the face out of self-respect.

GaVaHokie

March 24th, 2010
1:13 pm

Here’s the next four game match-ups for…

Atlanta… TOR, CAR, CAR, TOR
Boston… TB, CGY, BUFF, NJ
Montreal… BUFF, FLA, NJ, CAR
Philly… MINN, PITT, NJ

Montreal and Philly still play each other again in April.

BUT, if we drop any of those games against Toronto and Carolina, we don’t deserve to be in the playoffs, and certainly won’t be.

Russian

March 24th, 2010
1:25 pm

**to Hokie**
Correct. If Atlanta will not get 8 points for next 4 games. Thrashers will be out of Play Offs. I can take any combinations for this 4 Games -Regular time, OT, SO, pay extra money for Toronto and Carolina Goalies. WE HAVE TO GET 8 POINTS. End of Story :-)

EA

March 24th, 2010
1:55 pm

The Boston Bruins outplayed the Thrashers last night. It happens every night in the NHL. One team is better than the other. No team needs fans like some of you. Go Thrashers!

JR

March 24th, 2010
1:56 pm

the goal that killed them was number 3 with seconds left in the second period. any illusion that they could make up the two goal deficit was shattered. what caused the goal? a poor decision to ice the puck [not sure who]. another lost faceoff. you fill in the rest.

second verse, same as the first.

GaVaHokie

March 24th, 2010
2:06 pm

It’s easy to panic, but every year it seems some team is pulling their goalie in the 3rd Period of the last game to not only get the needed 2 pts, but also get enough goals to get the tie breaker.

This is the time we weigh the Possibilities vs. the Probabilities, but it’s certainly nothing definitive yet.

It’s already looking like the 8th team will have somewhere around 88-90 pts… fairly low.

Thrashers will need 15 of the possible 18 pts to squeak in.

Possible? Yes… Probable?… hmm.