Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay reunited the line of Chris Thorburn, Jim Slater and Eric Boulton for Thursday’s game against Minnesota. The coach was looking for another energy line by putting together the three – known as the Greek God line in the past.
“It would be great if they could get it in, run some cycles, playing a little in the offensive zone, maybe bang a few bodies,” Ramsay said. “The fact that they have played together may spark that up. … [Line combinations are] going to change throughout the season. This one was good to go back to.”
One player Ramsay is looking to get a spark from is Thorburn. The coach said he recently took the forward aside because he needed to play the way he did early in the season. He was concerned Thorburn was thinking too much and not being the player who started the season with something to prove.
“The last five games for me personally … are not where I wanted to be,” Thorburn said. “I had a good start and these last games I haven’t been where I need to be as a teammate and I’ve got to bring more to the table. I need to limit my mistakes, have confidence from the coach to put me out there in desperate times because that’s the type of player I want to be. That’s what I want to bring to the team. I have to have a good game and rebound and build off one good game at a time, one good shift at a time.
Thorburn had three goals and an assist in the first five games. He has not had a point in the past 10 games.
In addition to pulling him aside recently, Ramsay put his arm around Thorburn on the bench against Ottawa on Tuesday to offer a technical tip – and moral support.
“He’s trying to keep me positive because hockey is full of ups and downs,” Thorburn said. “You can’t feel sorry for yourself, but at the same time it’s easy to get negative. That’s what he’s trying to keep us from. In Ottawa, he was giving me a tip about what to do in that certain situation. It makes sense after the fact but hockey is so fast and you have to be a step ahead and that’s where I’m not. I’m thinking way too much which puts me behind the eight ball. I have to go out there and start having fun like I did the first six or seven games.”