Thrashers fall to Hurricanes, 1-0

Craig Ramsay had a list of things he wanted to see in the Thrashers second exhibition game.

1. Cycle the puck.

2. Offensive zone pressure.

3. Defensemen join the offensive rush.

Ramsay saw a lot of good – in stretches and sometimes to a fault. However, the result was a 1-0 loss to Carolina, dropping the Thrashers to 0-2 in the preseason.

“Much better,” Ramsay said of the Thrashers play, one game after a 5-2 loss to Columbus. “… Our defensemen did a great job of jumping up the ice, almost to a fault. You’ve got to start somewhere. We just didn’t finish. We missed our chances when we had them. More shots, more opportunities to score goals but we’ve got to get one to go in. They got a funny one and we ended up losing.”

Ramsay said he felt the Thrashers cycled the puck in their offensive zone and kept pressure on the Hurricanes for “extended periods of time.” That was an improvement over the exhibition opener.

Jeff Skinner scored the game’s lone goal for the Hurricanes. It came 1:17 into the third period after a breakdown between defenseman Zach Bogosian and goaltender Chris Mason. The puck rolled off Mason and in front of the net where Skinner knocked it in.

Just 38 seconds later, Carolina’s Sergei Samsonov slammed into the boards after a tripping call on Thrashers defenseman Dustin Byfuglien. Samsonov hit head first and initially was on his stomach and kicking his feet. After being motionless for several minutes, he was placed on a backboard and removed from the ice on a stretcher. The left wing was taken to an undisclosed hospital for precautionary tests. According to the Hurricanes, Samsonov had sensation in all his extremities after reportedly suffering a sprained neck.

“I poked at the [puck] and I turned,” Byfuglien said. “I don’t think I hit him bad. It was kind of a toe pick and he went into the boards funny.”

Mason, who stopped 28 shots, called the game-winning goal a miscommunication.

“I put [the puck] back in the corner and it came back out and went to their guy right in front,” he said. “… We want to get those out of the way early. This was the first time we have played together, so we are working on our calls and our communication. Better know then two weeks from now.”

Ramsay said the goal was an issue with defensive position on a breakout play.

“The goal was very unfortunate,” he said. “Another breakout play that didn’t work. I thought our defenseman didn’t follow through the way they were supposed to, they didn’t go to their positions, so [Bogosian] had to go on his backhand and we mishandled the puck and it ends up in the net. I thought we were in great shape and suddenly it ends up in our net. Those breakouts we work on the just about every day and we will continue to do that so we try to eliminate those errors.”

Cam Ward stopped 32 shots for the Hurricanes.

The Thrashers compiled 11 penalties, but the Hurricanes were 0-for-8 on their power play chances. Ramsay mixed the combinations of the penalty-kill unit with nearly every player seeing short-handed ice time. The Thrashers failed to convert on five power-play chances in a game that featured a combined man-advantage time of 20:08.

“Our guys worked really hard,” Mason said. “This was a typical preseason game. We still have some things to work on, but I thought the guys really worked hard. We’re picking up some of the systems here, but we still have work to do.”

25 comments Add your comment

js

September 25th, 2010
11:28 pm

Much better than game one. If this is going to be the style we play it will be a fun season. For those worried about Buf on D; hold your thoughts. He looked pretty good and definitely had their wing playing scared when he was on the ice. He also cleared our crease a few times which was a nice sight for a change. We had our opportunities to score we just need more time to create the chemistry. We also only gave up 29 shots, even with 8 penalty kills and one of them being a 5 vs. 3. if they continue to improve they will be competitive every night.

Brendan

September 26th, 2010
12:11 am

Well, one (1) goal against is much better than five.

Flames

September 26th, 2010
12:52 am

I liked what I saw! This is going to be an exciting year…..We just have to start out fast and then jell along the way

Smoothie

September 26th, 2010
12:59 am

I was immensely impressed with Byfuglien on the blueline. Looked like an old, savvy vet, with some serious jets up the ice by the way, out there. Don’t really recall any real gaffes from him save for the unfortunate dumping of Samsonov into the boards, which was completely accidental. Go Buff!

Nate

September 26th, 2010
1:41 am

Hold those thoughts on Buff. He’ll disappear for 10 game stretches and then re-emerge. It’s quite mind boggling and very frustrating to watch. Still wish they’d left him at forward.

liquid fart

September 26th, 2010
4:40 am

any fight recaps ? how did Eager do ?

Jlew

September 26th, 2010
7:45 am

I wouldn’t worry too much about the lack of chemistry from the offense. None of those lines will be intact in the real season. I don’t even think Ramsay was trying the lines out. I think he was trying out potential roster slots and depth players on every line. The power play units just looked like the regular lines for the night, so we can’t evaluate the power play too carefully either. The defensive pairs could look like last night if you replace Welch with Hainsey. That’s a much better indication.

Chief of Smoke

September 26th, 2010
9:05 am

I thought Buff was outstanding at defense. Also likeed Peverly, Modin and Pettersson line

AtlFlamesFan

September 26th, 2010
9:10 am

Chris, Could you find out what the NHL’s policy is with respect to an injured linesman? When the linesman got hurt last night, I assumed that the officials would convert back to the old 1-ref/2 linesmen system. However, it appeared that they went with 2 refs and 1 linesman. They looked totally confused and the linesman was never in position to make an offside call.

The Real Thrash

September 26th, 2010
9:13 am

Yeah, Buff. No matter what the haters say!

Sean Grace

September 26th, 2010
9:48 am

Did anyone else notice how nasty the Ref’s finger dislocation was?

Buff is a force. I was very impressed to see Ramsey’s style of play executed so quickly. Mason also impressed, he’s a pro. My concern is still goal scoring.

SCHUBERT

September 26th, 2010
10:27 am

I covered the game for the Hockey North newspaper.

Bogo needs to go to the minors to relearn the game. I predict that #33 will be playing forward when the team’s inability to score becomes so obvious after about 10 games. They will then re-sign Schubert [oh, that's me]. Perhaps one of the permanent denizens of the pressbox will cover for me [for the newspaper].

NHL Ready

September 26th, 2010
11:22 am

It was a great game last night good to see the new Chicago (Blackhawks) Thrashers on the ice. I was behind the Goal last night when they (Canes) went after Eager for rolling on Ward. Big Mistake Eager is one Bad A**. I was impressed with Chris T. at center he has great jump and can play Center. I think they all looked pretty good nice to have a real Goalie. I am NHL Ready for the season to start and by the way Big Buff on D is the right move. He can take the body on these big wingers unlike Big Stick Enstrom he is way to weak to stop a Sid or Ovey and now we need to stop Kovy. Buff can do it no problem.

kracker

September 26th, 2010
12:27 pm

MUch better game last night tnat VS the CBJ. The lone goal was unfortunate but stuff happens in hockey games. Mason should have had the shut out. I’m feeling confident in goal already with Mason. Ward was quite good, too. Now if we can just get Pavs working Wednesday night…Chris, do you know if Malarchuk is working with the team and with Pavs in particular?

Thorburn, yes at center, so far. I have always thought he had more potential than was being tapped by the previous coaches. Overall, the effort was just so darned effective last night compared to the first game. I hope for more improvement in the games (4) this week as the roster gets pared and the guys get used to each other and with Ramsay’s schemes. Although 4 games in 6 days in 4 cities doesn’t leave much time for practice and instruction.

kracker

September 26th, 2010
12:28 pm

gee….tnat = than

World Be Free

September 26th, 2010
1:24 pm

I need to get me a Buff jersey

kracker

September 26th, 2010
2:56 pm

Oh…duh, Pavs should start tomorrow in Nashville. I was thinking the nest home game.

Jack

September 26th, 2010
5:15 pm

welll sounds like we will be 0 and 3 since pav is starting. However this team is making great strides.

Wayne stuck in AL

September 26th, 2010
8:54 pm

“I need to get me a Buff jersey”

I hope the name will be removable, as he’ll be somewhere else next year; bet on it.

kracker

September 26th, 2010
9:19 pm

You are saying that Buff will definitely get traded during the season, eh, Wayne? Why, I am curious as to your reasoning? He is the big piece we acquired in the off season trade w/ the ‘Hawks. Why on earth would we trade him??

Eugene

September 26th, 2010
11:25 pm

The score was generous for the Thrashers. The Canes had several really good chances. They had the goalie completely beat at least 3 times, hit the post once, shot wide on the others. They need a skilled center who’s also responsible on the defensive end, a guy like Brendan Morrison would help the Thrashers immediately and he’s playing without a contract for the Canucks. If the Thrashers continue to play like this, they’ll be lucky to get even 20 wins this year.

Wayne stuck in AL

September 27th, 2010
1:19 am

To kracker:
If the Thrashers are not in the thick of the playoff hunt at the deadline, The Dudley Boyz will definitely trade him as Buff has only one year left on his deal (I don’t know if he’ll be a UFA or RFA)and has plenty of value; and even if he’s not traded then, if he is a UFA, he’ll certainly walk (like so many others have from this franchise).

World Be Free

September 27th, 2010
5:38 am

Wayne=not sure what the future holds for him but I hope you are incorrect

kracker

September 27th, 2010
7:21 am

Wayne, Buff will be RFA. The team is building through the draft and by adding young players acquired via trades. The last thing they should want to do is trade away a huge young asset. I suppose anything can happen but that is pretty far down the list of possibilities, IMO.

Mike

September 27th, 2010
10:45 am

Anyone know if the guys who had to clear waivers to go to Chicago, cleared? Thanks.