Enstrom and Byfuglien not an odd couple

Tobias Enstrom got a small taste of what it is like to be Dustin Byfuglien.

While killing a penalty Thursday against Minnesota, Enstrom jumped up on a short-handed rush. He raced deep into the Wild zone before sliding a pass that Fredrik Modin buried for a goal.

“He came back to the bench and I was like ‘It feels pretty good being up there, doesn’t it?’’ Byfuglien said. “He cracked a pretty big smile.”

Byfuglien, the former forward, entered Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh tied for the NHL lead in points by a defenseman (16). He was also first in goals (5), game-winning goals (3) and is tied for seventh in assists (11).

The willingness to cover for each other has made the duo so effective.

“If he wants to go up, I’m happy,” Enstrom said. “He can go whenever he wants. I told him. I will cover him up.”

Enstrom was tied for fourth in the league in assists (12) among defensemen and fifth in points (14).

Enstrom and Byfuglien may seem like an odd paring but they have proven to be the Thrashers’ top defensive combination this season.

Enstrom (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) and Byfuglien (6-5, 225) were the only two Thrashers named to the fan ballot for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. Each said they were honored by the nomination, but were much more concerned with the Thrashers.

“It’s always fun to know that people appreciate what you are doing out there,” Enstrom said.

Through 16 games, each have a minus-2 rating.

“It seemed to be something that fit right away,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said. “They worked well together. Toby has been excellent. He’s a guy that saved Buff a bunch of time when Buff is jumping up ice. And in reverse, I think Buff has done a very good job with his stick in our zone. At times, he’s the big, strong body that can bounce people off the puck, come up with it and make plays. Together they are an excellent combo.”

48 comments Add your comment

Scott

November 13th, 2010
6:21 pm

Love that combo! Hope they can keep it up!

Brendan

November 13th, 2010
10:48 pm

If jt works, great. But if not, Byfuglien should play foward.

stendek

November 13th, 2010
10:58 pm

Did Thrashers provide Vaseline too? These gutless wonders were reamed once against on home ice. What a damn surprise! By the untalented Pittsburgh Tuxedobirds of Cynthia Crossdresser. Hope all the quitters in blue are damn happy. Any idiot who paid good money to see that shet, not rooting for Penguins, should seek qualified medical help. Total bullshet once more in critical home appearance. So much for building fan base huh Zach? Guess what? Pathetic Pavs is back! Along with no score offense of Craig Petrino. Clueless uncaring scum! Total shets! To Hell with em. STENDEK

stendek

November 13th, 2010
11:14 pm

I am totally outraged by the following. This a$$hole needs to be fired now. Damn clueless jerkoff bestard!…

“Just very frustrated after that (yet another total bullshet giveup debacle on home ice),” Thrashers coach Craig (Petrino) whined. “I thought we played very well (well enough to lose at home yet again right a$$hole). We battled (to get home as quickly as we could after game). We created chances (to solicit Atlanta hookers I guess) and we just gave up (only honest thing liar said) a couple (couple times two as in four goals moron). … We did a good job (glad you love losses so damn much scumball). I think in this case we deserved a better result (got one lazy uncaring team deserved jacka$$).”

So shove your transparent excuses wanna be coach. Heard all of em before! STENDEK

sisu

November 13th, 2010
11:26 pm

Stendec, did u attend the game or did u sit at home bitching????? If you sat at home, quit crying!!!!! support the team or don’t bother….too many Pens fans tonight!

pensfan

November 13th, 2010
11:31 pm

So happy that Cooke did not get hurt by Kane, he was a mean player hurting our girlyman!!!! Thanks goodness Crothby did not have to hit anyone between the legs, he did carry his purse nicely

stendek

November 13th, 2010
11:33 pm

You like losing too huh sisu. No time for uncaring fans like you who demand no accountability! Money well spent huh? Yet another home defeat. You must be so proud! STENDEK

razorneck13

November 14th, 2010
1:21 pm

People complaining about outspoken fans like Stendek need to chillax. Just agree to disagree. I personally dig that we have some people in this town with a rabid Boston-ish/Philly-esque attitiude, we need more of that and less apathy or complaceny or whatever.

That said, I’m not saying I agree with him entirely, but I get it and take no offense to it. We have a good market for hockey, but the needed northern transplants aren’t gonna cross over until results consistently happen, ditto for the natives uninitiated or otherwise. This team needs fans of any and all kinds. Hopefully somone in the ASG or way up in the NHL is paying attention to the years of venomous comments on AJC posts, etc. and it becomes a priority to reverse the trend.

stendek

November 14th, 2010
4:02 pm

So glad to read these comments from braindead Thrasher apologists. I was under impression the Pittsburgh Penguins won at Philips Arena in regulation. Blocking home team from any points. See it was another victory. Wow. Thanks for setting me straight intelligent ones. Most of you will wonder why Thrashers come up just short of playoffs. Few will truly realize it is from choke jobs like that one. Thanks again for filling me in on how wonderful guys in blue performed. Such wise fan base. Glad both Thrasher fans were in attendance! So proud to see Craig Petrino is a member of the I Love Cynthia Crossdresser Fan Club. Cheez! No wonder the Thrashers were in awe of the mighty ones. Hey coach. We were supposed to beat the bestards not kiss their candy a$$es! What a putz you have turned out to be. Hope you can put your hero worship aside this afternoon. This is a damn critical game for losers! Fans will stay away as long as home ineptitude continues. Sorry Zachster! Just a fact of life in professional sports. GO FALCONS! STENDEK PS – Someone please make sure Petrino gets Alex O autograph! Hero worship you know.

stendek

November 14th, 2010
4:25 pm

Chris. Hope all is well with you and yours pal. Hope Thrashers bring their A game today. Need success to entice fans to Philips Arena. Also need points just for sake of points. Points lost at home particularly distress me. As you have guessed. Oh well. Drop the puck already! STENDEK

stendek

November 14th, 2010
5:37 pm

Talk about uncaring shets! Please stay the Hell away from Philips Arena. These scum are simply not worth fan support! Hero worship of Alex O and Crapitals taken to new heights. First damn sieve marshmallow Mason slips puck into his own net. Just over a minute in. Then another Thrasher directs puck into net past Mason on Crapital power play. Way to go a$$holes. Zach happy stands are full. Of Crapital boosters. Plain to see fix is in! Should have stayed in Atlanta. Total shet! Thanks for nothing damn quitters! Studio hockey for you bums. Now to Dallas-New York football for a bit. Two real teams! To Hell with this shet. One day real hockey will return to Atlanta. Until then we have these ice follies! STENDEK

stendek

November 14th, 2010
6:52 pm

Just tuned back in. Between periods. See Crapitals lost interest after they went up by two goals. From highlights Marshmallow Mason looked abysmal. Again. Ship him. Goalie at farm club can be no worse! Look for Pavs to make several magical saves in third period but allow winner on whiff job. Believe Thrasher offense is through. Fans here will cry moral victory. In reality it will be no points. Again! With losing streak intact. Hope I am wrong. Really do! STENDEK

stendek

November 14th, 2010
7:05 pm

Guess Falcons are NOW top NFC team huh? Thanks Cowboys! STENDEK

stendek

November 14th, 2010
7:47 pm

Was I right huh? In my estimation Pathetic Pavs is no better than Marshmallow Mason! Know what apologists? A loss is still a damn loss. Guess that idiotic clueless moron Craig Petrino will cry that Thrashers deserved a better result. QUITTERS DID NOT! Bums are losers and will always be losers. Hope Crapitals put dozen on em at Philips Arena. No guts. No pride. No heart. No toughness. No character. No points. NO CHANCE! To all who wish to defend that two goal loss debacle. Shut the Hell up. No excuse for that shet! PERIOD. STENDEK

stendek

November 14th, 2010
7:55 pm

I am going to print up a tee shirt along with some bumper stickers that say I HATE THE THRASHERS! Quitters really gall my a$$. Apologists line up. What just happened? Thrashers extend losing streak! Thrashers get no points. Six more goals against to maintain that 6.0 GAA. So screw all of you sunshine and lollipops delusionists! Way to go Pathetic Pavs. Who needs Sori Letemin with YOU between pipes? Damn choking bestard! Hope attendance figures pleased Zach. Damn loser! Uncaring scumballs. To Hell with em all. Better yet, to Hamilton with em! ASAP. STENDEK

ron mexico

November 14th, 2010
8:06 pm

any news on the boulton injury ???

stendek

November 14th, 2010
8:11 pm

Thrashers just alienated their two remaining fans. Hear there is a solid hockey fan base in Hamilton! Listening quitters? STENDEK

stendek

November 14th, 2010
8:17 pm

Can Thrasher apologists handle truth? Here it is. Crapitals went into cruise mode after lead swelled to two goals. Once Thrashers tied score the home team knew no other Thrasher goals were forthcoming. Just a matter of waiting for soft goal to go in. Strategy successful. That is the truth. Either believe it or get screwed! Makes no difference to me. I truly hate these bestards! STENDEK

stendek

November 14th, 2010
10:07 pm

This was posted PRIOR to third period Smoothie. Forgive me for knowing Thrashers much better than you do or ever will! Be awaiting your next sermon friend…

Look for Pavs to make several magical saves in third period but allow winner on whiff job. Believe Thrasher offense is through. Fans here will cry moral victory. In reality it will be no points. Again! With losing streak intact. STENDEK

stendek

November 14th, 2010
10:30 pm

For Hockey Biltong and Rev Smoothie…

From the mouth of Craig Petrino himself:

“We (must not mean Thrashers) talk so often about those neutral zone turnovers (must because you losers do em so well), dumping (what team should be) the puck in the middle (prime scoring area for opposition), especially on our backhand (any damn hand moron), It’s become a focus (glad to hear and see it bonehead). We (poker playing buddies perhaps) talk a lot about it (sh at front I suppose). The players (term used laughingly) talk a lot about it (sex with hookers maybe). Every once in a while it raises its ugly head (how about several times per game jerkoff).”

Brainless baldheaded buffoon! STENDEK

BlueSpark

November 14th, 2010
10:49 pm

C-Viv: there’s no way Byfuglien weighs 225. Typo, I presume.

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
9:35 am

With each passing game, Byfuglien seems to gain a few extra pounds. Saturday night, he was 260. Last night, he was 265. He started the season at 240.

NHL Ready

November 15th, 2010
9:52 am

Chris you need to write a blog and name it stendek hockey comments. A little out spoken but a loss is a loss and this team needs to start winning.

stendek

November 15th, 2010
10:45 am

My morning was really starting off poorly. Sort of like way Thrasher night ends. Not going SMOOTHIE at all. Thanks for post NHL Ready. It truly brightened my day. Be well. God bless. :) :) :) STENDEK

Puck Like A Porn Star

November 15th, 2010
12:01 pm

Coming back from two deficits against the Pens is hardly quitting. I hate seeing them lose as much as any real Thrashers fan, but this game was far from a terrible effort. The loss at home to Buffalo earlier this year? Now THAT was an embarrassment!

smokeybear

November 15th, 2010
12:09 pm

LETS GO PENS!

stendek

November 15th, 2010
1:07 pm

stendek

November 15th, 2010
1:09 pm

Puck Like A Porn Star…your stage name says it all. :( STENDEK

thrash head

November 15th, 2010
3:35 pm

Hey “Shortdik”, oops I’m sorry. I meant to say “Stendek” – write your own blog and quit filling the entire comments page up with you idiotic rambling.

alex

November 15th, 2010
5:49 pm

proud to say yes stendek i am thrasher apologist, they should be out off race long time but they still in a fight for playoff spot, chance small and slim but we still have a chance. you right stendek goalie is a problem, so why prior to the season you not ask asg sign nabokov, i forget decent goalies cost money, but asg and stendek like to get good team with no money spend. where you got you meal stendek. i bet at least at grocery store not from garbage dumpster. ours payroll second from the bottom we are should be 29 team far behind pitsb. and wash. they outspend us 15 mil. it’s 4-5 top players with star power. and like i said we still here. go check stendek where nyi and oilers. coaching stuff doing excelent job with this cheap product they got from this asg clowns. can you bake a pie from sh… stendek. this is last time i speaking directly to you stendek because for some unknown reason you don’t understand obvious. bye, bye.

stendek

November 15th, 2010
7:03 pm

I and most Americans in my financial distress are outraged by your post Alexander! You sound like a damn foreigner anyway. So screw you! Professional athletes are vastly overpaid. I have no say whatsoever in regard to what Thrasher management does or does not dole out to players! I think the uncaring sons of betches should be making minimum wage. Would still be overpaid for performance! My wife and I are forced to raise a child, we are both disabled, in an entire month on what one Thrasher player, according to what was written, draws in one minute. ONE MINUTE! The present corrupt Barack Hussein Obama administration has cut food stamps and continues to do so. I personally feel checks are next. Only one disability check per household! Fed gov told us increases were frozen because inflation did not go up. Uh huh! So never tell me about financial hardships of professional athletes a$$hole. Being a professional athlete is a privilege not a guaranteed right! Where else is one rewarded for continued failure? I do not know from whence cesspool country you came but go the Hell back there! As for not addressing me directly again I thank the good Lord for all blessings big and small. You can just drop dead Thrash Head! Damn censorship advocate. You jerks make Smoothie seem like a saint! STENDEK

Pissed Off

November 15th, 2010
7:14 pm

Attandance sucks!! I want my bobblehead dammit!!!

stendek

November 15th, 2010
7:23 pm

I called third period collapse against Crapitals people. Was I the only one who saw it coming? Only one to see continual slide into oblivion by uncaring and disinterested Thrashers? If so I am truly saddened. Did all fans with hockey intelligence depart when Flames left Atlanta? Sigh. STENDEK

alex

November 15th, 2010
8:46 pm

stendek are native american you sound like a natural fascist and foreign haters. common world war II is over and problem of nationalism resolved. i lived in this country more then 2 decades working hard and making my share off contribution and proud to be american. any way i am not going to educate you because you stupid and ignorant but better not let you hatred over well you it’s bad for you health like i said you stupidity have no limit. go get you prescription.

stendek

November 16th, 2010
1:49 am

Remember this Alexandria?

…this is last time i speaking directly to you stendek …

STENDEK

Einar

November 16th, 2010
4:33 am

“My wife and I are forced to raise a child, we are both disabled, in an entire month on what one Thrasher player, according to what was written, draws in one minute.”

Ron Hainsey makes 4.5 million dollars per year according to capgeek.com. I’m not going to count the taxes while doing this.

4,500,000 / 365.25 = Daily wage
Daily wage / 1440 = Wage per minute
4,500 000 / (365.25 * 1440) ≈ 8.5 dollars per minute.

Math is fun.

stendek, if you’re going to spend so much time whining on this board, at least do it correctly. If you really is raising a kid on less than 9 dollars per month, then you should probably start selling lemonade in your neighborhood instead.

And yes, I am a “damn foreigner”, and am looking somewhat objectively on the situation the Thrashers are in now. Imagine that.

Jimbo

November 16th, 2010
7:21 am

We are terrible on D. Is it the players, lack of experience, system?

lordstan57

November 16th, 2010
7:31 am

Looking forward to the next few stretch of games. Some entertaining match-ups.
W/ a Sun Matinee also.

GO THRASHERS!!!!

stendek

November 16th, 2010
8:27 am

GET IT RIGHT EINAR! ONLY IN SEASON TIME COUNTS NOT OFF SEASION! MORON!!!!!!! STENDEK

stendek

November 16th, 2010
8:28 am

SEASON!!!!!!! STENDEK

stendek

November 16th, 2010
8:48 am

Since many of you apologists prefer to attack me personally when I warn of the to Hell as fast as they can get there direction team is now heading I will use numbers instead.

As brown nosing homer announcers are found of saying YOUR Atlanta Thrashers have:

Lost five of the last six games with half of those being on Philips Arena ice.

Scored 29 times for just under three goals per game but toss out the one five goal effort to get more a representative 2.4 goals per game ratio.

Allowed 24 goals for a straight four goals per game overage or just over one per period.

Thrashers have secured two points out of a possible dozen.

Goaltending continues to be worst in NHL by numbers.

Digest those numbers apologists.

Have Pepto nearby when you do. They WILL NOT get any better!

STENDEK

stendek

November 16th, 2010
9:02 am

I personally do not believe ANY Thrasher should be named or even considered for All Star Team. None of them have stood out. Just my view. STENDEK

smokeybear

November 16th, 2010
9:04 am

LETS GO PENS!!

smokeybear

November 16th, 2010
9:11 am

I think it’s funny that fox sports south turns down the arena mic volume when other teams score against the thrash.

Matt

November 16th, 2010
10:59 am

Wow, such anger over a game…

I can’t wait to see how certain individuals act if/when the Thrashers ever win anything.

alex

November 16th, 2010
11:26 am

it’s free country and i take one more hit on the man with name stendek pretended to be native Indian American but failed to english on his hatred mail. you pointed on distress your current status and seems to me blaming obama for that. i am no obama supporter neither i voted for his opponent because i felt both been not qualified for this job, first inexperienced over hyped, second to old with vice nominee no brain at all. you bad current status because you previous president bush almost destroyed this country with in and foreign policies and unnecessary expensive wars. you saying you disabled, go ask thousands 30 years younger. what reason there’s distress. bush totally ignored his loyal poor stendeks supporters, so blame him. secondary back to hockey we got below average goalies and defence, we have a lot off holes in offencive. you totally wrong that be hockey players is privilege to be and they over paid, some does majority not. be pro it’s god given gift, it’s talent, they generate tons of money and there’s salary well deserved. only some chosen one can be in pro sport. i tried and fail. go try to play hockey stendek. even if you healthy you going to fail. we got millions clerks and workers but just around 600 hockey pro. so couple good goalies been available, we choose cheapest. one of ours 6 top offencive got picked up from waivers, our best supportive forward total don 1 pick failure, ours second best supportive player man not qualified to play even on weak florida team with total 4 goals in four years, our third best supportive player old man with best years far behind. you got it, owners not committed. it’s fair to demand results if you spend to the cap and players under performing. we got some guys to pretend be pro but they are not they at best on ahl level. i got better results when been young and played soccer and follow best closely, so failure in man. city good reason to revolt against coach and players because owners with middle eastern deep oil pockets overspend everybody by 100000 pounds chasing all stars from any place in the world and they under performing. asg cheap so not enough talent, so no results. again ram doing best with product he got from owners. last one it’s personally for you stendek. did you heard world Stalingrad, my father been here in 1943 and he and comrades withstand fiercest attack in world history and they won. i am not strong like father but got his blood and promise can withstand any stendek anytime.

Einar

November 16th, 2010
11:56 am

stendek, are you really under the impression that the players just slack off and does nothing during the off-season?

NHL Ready

November 16th, 2010
1:15 pm

I wish the Thrashers had this much fire power Alex vs Stendek at BlueLand. Probably draw a bigger crowd.