Updated: No power in Thrashers’ power play

Los Angeles – There is no advantage to the Thrashers’ power play.

And that’s a problem.

Atlanta failed to score on five man-advantages in Tuesday night’s 3-1 loss to Los Angeles. That is bad.

Through three games, the Thrashers are 1-for-14 on the power play – a seven percent success rate. Their lone power play goal came on a 5-on-3 situation. That is worse.

The Kings scored three third-period goals, two by Ryan Smyth, for a come-from-behind victory over the Thrashers (1-2) at the Staples Center. Atlanta became the second straight victim of an opponent’s home opener.

Prior to the game, Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said he was encouraged by the progress of his power-play unit. They were creating chances. The scoring would come.

Ramsay could not say the same following the game.

“That was not a good effort by our power play,” Ramsay said. “Our speed up the ice, at times, was just not good enough. Our entries were not good enough. … [The Kings] did a real good job on us and we didn’t recognize that our points were open. We didn’t get our shots through. We didn’t take shots when we had them. When you get a puck in the offensive zone and you get outworked on it, that’s not good enough. It’s a privilege to play on the power play. I put [Alexander] Burmistrov’s line out there with 30 seconds to go and they had the best entry of the night and that tells you how it works when people are really committed.

“Tonight they outhustled us down deep in our zone. We had opportunities to win battles and get it to the point and we didn’t get that job done. We’ve got some pretty good shooters back there but if you are not getting them the puck it doesn’t do you any good.”

The Thrashers had three first-period power plays and managed a total of two shots.

Three games into the season, the Thrashers have failed to score over 13:29 while skating with a 5-on-4 advantage (0-for-12).

Two of the Thrashers power plays Tuesday were cut short by their own doing. They took two penalties while they were on the man-advantage.

“One thing you can’t do in this league is nullify your power play and I think we took a couple penalties when we were on the power play that hurts the momentum,” said goaltender Chris Mason, who stopped 32-of-34 shots. “You have to cherish those power-play opportunities and we kind of took that away from ourselves tonight.”

The Thrashers jumped to a 1-0 lead with Chris Thorburn’s unassisted goal early in the second period. Thorburn, tied for the team lead with two goals, took control of a center ice faceoff and raced in on Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. He fired a shot the Quick kicked aside but knocked in his own rebound 2:26 into the period.

“It was just a broken play. I don’t know what happened but their D just split and I went up the gut,” Thorburn said. “I was able to get a second opportunity on my first shot and put it in.”

The Thrashers took the one-goal lead into the final period but could not hold it.

With Justin Williams in the goal crease battling Mason for a loose puck, Smyth swept in and knocked it in the net 3:53 into the final period. Just over two minutes later, Stoll beat the Thrashers’ Ron Hainsey wide enough to get off a shot that deflected off the defensman’s stick and beat Mason to his right. Smyth added an empty-net goal with 30 seconds left to ice the game.

“To be honest, I think they took it to us,” Evander Kane said of the third period. “We came out flat. They played a lot in our zone and that’s what’s going to happen. You are going to get scored on. They definitely played better than us in the third period.”

The Thrashers concluded a three-game West Coast trip on Friday in Anaheim and Saturday in San Jose.

29 comments Add your comment

Flagstaff

October 13th, 2010
1:17 am

B. Thenet

October 13th, 2010
1:23 am

The Power Play is a total nightmare. The only real scoring threat for us is Enstrom. Bogosian and Buff can’t hit the side of a barn from the blueline, and our forwards are useless.

Still, the team D has improved. Clutch goaltending still eludes this franchise, a decent starter would have gotten us at least to OT tonight.

Barry

October 13th, 2010
3:32 am

Ya I’m really not seeing any kind of plays with our forwards. It’s point shots when the defensemen can’t get them through and then rest of the time it’s just passing along the boards. There really isn’t much created in the middle of the ice at all. Everyone is too stationary against the boards. You are limiting your ice when you back yourself up against the boards or the bluelines. You gotta move around and cycle guys. You have 5 guys to their 4. They can’t cover everyone if you move around but they can if you just stand still!!!

Barry

October 13th, 2010
3:34 am

Everyone needs to stop bashing our goal tending. Mason is much better than anything we’ve ever had. Mason is not to blame for these goals. Tonight Bogosian is to blame on the first goal. The second goal was just a lucky partial block/deflection knuckling curve puck Mason had no chance on.

TrueBlue

October 13th, 2010
7:33 am

Anyone that blamed last nights loss on goaltending doesn’t know crap about hockey. Mason was posting a shutout through 2 periods. Their first goal was, AGAIN, a man left ALL ALONE on the doorstep. He must have had 3 or 4 whacks before Bogosian finally skated over and tried to hit him. The second goal was a garbage redirection by our own man. Let me guess, the empty net was his fault too? So glad I didn’t stay up past the 2nd period. They were still winning then. haha

Midfield

October 13th, 2010
8:09 am

This was the first game in my memory where Kane looked undisciplined and not focused. I hope it’s just a fluke.

Old Time Hockey

October 13th, 2010
8:39 am

I would be very happy to never hear the phrase “we came out flat” again. Professional athletes…all the preparations to get ready for the game, how on earth do you come out flat?! Bad bounces, bad calls, great plays by your opponenet are all part of the game. The one thing you control completely is your preparation, so if you “come out flat”, you were not doing your job, and as a fan that pisses me off.

Joe Friday

October 13th, 2010
8:45 am

I had a dream last night. There was this team wearing a big Indian head on their sweater who moved this big imposing dman with soft hands up to the forward position. And he created space for the smaller skilled forwards they had allowing them to get loose. And get this, they also moved him right in front of the goalie on the PP and you know what, it worked and they wound up skating with a Cup over their heads.

Man, what a dream . . .

Smoothie

October 13th, 2010
9:27 am

Joe – I didn’t have that dream but I envisioned it in the wake of that 3 – 1 debacle in LA. The combo of Kane & Pevs could be very effective, but they have the wrong light-skinned black guy playing RW for that line. Stewart works hard and tries his best, but he is just no threat to score. Perhaps we can swing through Colorado on the way home and kidnap his brother Chris, who was blessed with the soft hands. Perhaps the ‘lanche won’t notice as the two of them look pretty damn similar.

smokeybear

October 13th, 2010
10:39 am

I hate the Thrashers they make Hockey look bad in an already prejudice town.

BLUELAND

October 13th, 2010
11:19 am

we call it the FLOWER PLAY or POWER PASSS

BLUELAND

October 13th, 2010
11:19 am

Yes, smokeybear the Thrashers are racist.

Zombie Steve

October 13th, 2010
11:25 am

you make living look bad.

Lebron James

October 13th, 2010
11:26 am

Lebron James

October 13th, 2010
11:26 am

wait… I wasn’t actually first?!!! YALL RACIST!

KnightInATL

October 13th, 2010
11:30 am

Apologies that I am not on topic here, but with the Braves season done I figured I’d catch the Thrashers game last night. Bear in mind, I am a casual Thrasher fan at best and saw maybe 7-8 games last year. However, I was disappointed to find out that SportSouth or FSS did not bother to air last nights game. After looking further, it looks like they won’t air ANY of the games from this west coast trip. And after looking even further than that, it looks like there are 15 games that won’t be broadcast on tv this year. Forgive my math, but that is nearly 20% of the season! Needless to say, it was pretty disappointing.

Is this the norm for NHL teams nowadays, or has interest in the Thrashers dwindled so much that FSS won’t even bother?

Thrashers27

October 13th, 2010
12:06 pm

Knight,

Take it for what it’s worth, but FSS actually says they’re broadcasting more games than in any other season this year. They’ve never broadcast every single game. I suspect if the team were to begin to be a perennial winner FSS would give them top to bottom coverage.

Smoothie

October 13th, 2010
12:09 pm

Knight – do you have Comcast? If you do, the west coast games on Fri and Sat should be available on the CenterIce preview in the 770s tier on the cable receiver. Yes, we have about 15 games that aren’t broadcast, but 65 total for SportSouth is actually up from previous years of 60 or 61. Plus, ALL games will be in HD, well at least 720p, which I really like for hockey cuz the brightness isn’t too high and the picture not as shaky. Lastly, they traditionally televise fewer games early on because of the heavy allocation of resources to college football…trucks on the road to college towns.

liquid fart

October 13th, 2010
12:22 pm

it boggles my mind why one of the best power forwards in hockey can’t play D. oh wait..

smokeybear

October 13th, 2010
1:18 pm

Prejudice doesn’t mean racist. You morons.

You guys also make Hockey fans look like idiots. You keep on yelling Nights during the national anthem. Get over it you disrespectful, uneducated, losers!

Smoothie

October 13th, 2010
1:56 pm

Wow smokeybare ur ass, ur a bigger tool than I thought! First I thought u were a joshin’, trollin’ jokester! But now I see ur sincere! What a jackalope! The Thrashers are so prejudiced! Against what? Winning!?

Flagstaff

October 13th, 2010
2:03 pm

…It’s not “Nights”. It’s “Knights”.

Hockey Biltong

October 13th, 2010
2:24 pm

So after watching the whole game last night, I realised that we were just pawns of “Home Opener Syndrome” or HOS(e), where the home team is expected to outhustle the visitors and eventually win. Outcheck and play with crisp passing are byproducts of teams facing teams with
HOSe).
The Thrash are getting better at D but as shown last night, are not there yet.Too many shots from the point, and the crowd in front of the goalie was chaotic.Better spacing and reading defensively will cure this, soon I hope.

Thrashers27

October 13th, 2010
2:33 pm

Yes, good point, Smokey…the team with probably the most players in the league with darker skin pigment is racist. That’s sound reasoning if I’ve ever heard it.

Thrashers27

October 13th, 2010
2:35 pm

Flagstaff,no matter if they scream “NIGHTS”, or “KNIGHTS”, either way it’s just dumb.

Flagstaff

October 13th, 2010
3:31 pm

To be fair, it’s not as dumb as when Carolina and Washington fans yell “RED!”.

Thrashers27

October 13th, 2010
4:14 pm

Ooh, that is dumb…I said at the end of last season that we should take up the tradition of Chicago and all cheer during the entire anthem so as to drown out the tardos that like to yell “knights”.

Flagstaff

October 13th, 2010
5:03 pm

Thrashers27– Well, we did take 1/6 of their roster and an assistant coach…

smokeybear

October 14th, 2010
9:20 am

You guys are so stupid you dont even read the post and then you comment on them.
I said the this town, meaning ATLANTA, is prejudice against hockey.