Eager takes two high-sticking penalties

Ben Eager took two high-sticking penalties against Buffalo Wednesday, including a double-minor with 3:46 remaining in the game. The Thrashers played short-handed the rest of the way.

I asked coach Craig Ramsay following the game if that was a concern.

“Benny has played extremely well. With a guy like Benny sometimes he just gets so excited he tries a little bit too hard. We want to be disciplined. We are not condoning high sticking in any way. But he’s such a great competitor that he’ll get over that. That’s a one-time thing. A lot of the things that happened tonight we hope are one-time things. ”

Here are some quotes from on whether the return from a West Coast road trip affected their play:

* “A bad game coming off that trip we had a built-in excuse and we used it,” Ramsay said. “Excuses are not going to be acceptable any more.”

* “That’s a typical excuse you can use,” goaltender Chris Mason said. “The travel in this league, everyone has to do it. There is no reason. Maybe the first couple of shifts, but there is no reason to have a whole game like that.”

* “No. You can look around and find excuses for anything but we just didn’t play up to the point where we need to be,” forward Fredrik Modin said.

Here’s a final quote from Ramsay on the team’s lack of shots on goal. They finished with 18, compared to 42 by the Sabres.

“When players don’t score, they shoot less and not more,” Ramsay said. “They look for something better. I think that’s where some of our people are. They look for one more pass instead of just throwing the puck at the net.”

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October 21st, 2010
8:11 am

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October 21st, 2010
8:11 am


October 21st, 2010
8:13 am

I tuned in for my first “TV” product of the season and what I saw did not get me very excited. Pathetic line changes, coupled with errant passes, we looked like little deer in the headlights at time last night. What explains that?

Alan R.

October 21st, 2010
8:40 am

Listen to Ramsay’s presser. You can find it on the Thrashers web site. You can tell Ramsay is very unhappy, and he addressed a lot of what I saw last night. No focus, undisciplined, horrid line changes, etc. He sees what’s wrong, and practice today ought to be interesting, to say the least.

Sopel and Hainsey need to get it together. Of all our guys, those two looked the worst. They were both -3 last night, if I recall correctly.


October 21st, 2010
8:54 am

Eager was just doing his job. He was the only one out there other than Mason who was even aware that he showed up to work that day. He’s a tough guy, and he played the part last night.

Ryan C.

October 21st, 2010
10:04 am

Mike, I disagree with that statement, I was at the game and Johnny Oduya was playing great D, he sold out twice to help the team on the PK and looked solid, Big Buff played tough, Kane played tough, and Peverly played well except for the wide open no shot on a Kaner pass. Ladd looked good, Burmy looked HORRIBLE and lost. The team looked disintrested and slow and the passing was horrible. By the way Phillips fans, when the whole team is supposed to jump into the play, they all head up ice, when the passing is bad it shows in odd man rushes. I can’t stand going to a game and listening to people bitch about what they apparently don’t understand. Also Buffalo fans, okay to cheer when you score, NOT okay to sing and chant after the game in the hallway, here’s a dollar, go buy some class. Oh, and I’m from WNY.

Stat Man

October 21st, 2010
11:51 am

First, I was disgusted to look around me and see nothing but empty seats. I don’t know what the attendance was announced as, but if there were 7000 there (1000 Sabres fans), I’d be stunned.

Anyway, that game brought back so many awful memories of last year when they just played like they didn’t give a crap.

TWO shots on goal in the entire first period, and none for the first 15 minutes of the period. My God.

Oh well, I thank the team for saving me money, because the thought of going Friday has been totally erased.

They played well enough on the trip to justify a good crowd (that didn’t show up), but last night, they played bad enough that they don’t deserve my money!

liquid fart

October 21st, 2010
12:06 pm

burmy and hainsey stuck out to me as being the most putrid thrashers on the ice last night..and the rest of em weren’t that much better. eager and mason at least showed up for the 9 or 10 fans that were there.

Hockey Biltong

October 21st, 2010
5:19 pm

Ladd had a dumbass penalty and Eager had two highsticking penalties called on him.
I wish we would score when we had the man advantage…..

Hockey Biltong

October 21st, 2010
5:20 pm

I’m hoping Friday brings some change to this slackass play…

Zombie Steve

October 22nd, 2010
9:36 am

Indeed – I’ll be there!