Updated: Thrashers dominate Red Wings for third straight win

Now this is a win streak.

The Thrashers won their third consecutive game with an impressive 5-1 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night at Philips Arena. They had won two in a row once before this current run.

The Thrashers (10-9-3, 23 points) outplayed the Red Wings, scoring twice in the first and second periods to build a comfortable lead against the NHL’s top scoring team. The Red Wings entered the game with a 3.67 goals-per-game average and were limited to a lone power-play goal. The Thrashers are now 3-1 after the fourth of their six-game homestand.

“I’m enjoying the heck out of this particular moment and so are our players,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said. “You want to do that. This game is supposed to be fun. We talked about not being afraid of this team, of not being afraid of winning. Now, we can enjoy the win. In this business it’s so difficult because you must understand how you won and carry it forward to the next contest.”

The Thrashers handed Detroit (13-4-2, 28 points) its first regulation loss in the past seven games. It was only the second regulation loss for Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard in the past 30 regular-season games (24-2-4), dating to last season. The Thrashers held the Red Wing’s Pavel Datsyuk without a point for only the fourth time this season.

Ondrej Pavelec has won three consecutive games in goal for the Thrashers. Over his past four games, Pavelec has stopped 121 of 125 shots (.968 save percentage), including 32 Wednesday and allowed only four goals. He is third in the NHL  in both  save percentage (.942) and  goals-against average (1.84).

“We know we can beat those guys,” Pavelec said. “We played the last couple games against good teams like Washington and Detroit and we showed a lot of character. If we play our style, we can beat those guys.

“I just tried to see the puck well and get the first shots. Sometimes I had no idea how I stopped it. The puck just hit me. The guys in front of me, our defense, did a great job of getting the rebounds and clearing the crease.”

The Thrashers have outscored the opposition 12-2 during the three-game streak, including wins over Washington (5-0) and the New York Islanders (2-1). The Thrashers have outscored powerhouses Washington and Detroit 10-1.

The origin of the win streak may have come in the second period of last week’s game against Florida. Ramsay said he thought his team “quit” during the second period of the 2-1 loss. The Thrashers outshot the Panthers 18-3 in the final period but could not score. They carried that period into the current win streak.

“Part of that comment was for them to take charge,” Ramsay said. “They have. They did it then. It showed in the third period and since then they’ve continued to do it. When we’ve had our sags, we’ve fought. We didn’t feel sorry for ourselves. We fought back.”

The Thrashers took a 2-1 lead after the first period. Chris Thorburn started the scoring with his fourth goal of the season 2:39 into the game. Thorburn was on the receiving end of an Eric Boulton pass from behind the net and beat Howard. It was Thorburn’s first goal in 18 games and marked the seventh time in the past nine games that the Thrashers have scored first.

“It’s been a while,” Thorburn said between periods. “I forgot what the feeling was like.”

Earlier in the day, Ramsay praised the line of Boulton, Thorburn and Jim Slater. He did so again following the game.

“We are getting a lot of ice time,” Boulton said. “He’s putting us out in good situations. We are definitely getting a lot of chances. Over the years we’ve had our fair share of chances and we’ve put a couple in, but we should have a lot more. We got it done tonight.”

The Thrashers went up by two goals when Andrew Ladd scored his second short-handed goal of the season. Rich Peverley robbed Datsyuk in the neutral zone. Peverley hit a streaking Ladd with a perfect pass, and Ladd buried the puck in the back of the net at the 11:59 mark. It was Ladd’s eighth goal, tying him with Evander Kane for the team lead.

The Red Wings cashed in on their man-advantage 19 seconds later when Todd Bertuzzi scored to make it a one-goal game.

“They like to drop pass on the power play and I kind of read it a little bit,” Peverley said. “I was lucky to get a piece of it. He is such a dangerous player that you want the puck away from him.”

It didn’t take long for the Thrashers to get back the two-goal lead. The Thrashers started the second period with 1:53 of power-play time. With three seconds left, Bryan Little threaded a pass through the crease that Anthony Stewart easily knocked in for a 3-1 lead. It was Stewart’s sixth goal of the season. The assist was the 109th point of Little’s career, tying him for with Andrew Brunette for 10th on the all-time franchise list. He would own the position later in the period when he scored his fourth goal of the season. Little raced into the offensive zone and wristed a shot past Howard high to the glove side for a 4-1 lead. It was Little’s fourth goal of the season.

“I didn’t even look at the net,” Little said. “I just shot it as hard as I could.”

The Red Wings replaced Howard with Joey MacDonald to start the final period. The Thrashers got one past him as Dustin Byfuglien blasted a shot from the point on a 4-on-3 power-play at the 14:19 mark. It was Byfuglien’s third consecutive game with a goal and his eighth of the season, tying Ladd and Kane.

“We are not worried about our offense,” Ladd said. “We’ve proven this year we can score. Our focus is being sound defensively. It’s the little details on the defensive side that lead to turnovers and offensive play and we were able to capitalize on them.”

The Thrashers continue their homestand against Montreal on Friday and end it with Boston on Sunday. They then leave of a six-day, three-game road trip to Colorado, Pittsburgh and Washington – three more top teams.

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November 24th, 2010
10:08 pm


November 24th, 2010
10:19 pm

Hi Chris. The Thrashers brought their A+++ game to Philips Arena when the Detroiters came to call for a Thanksgiving Eve visitation. It was all blue from start to finish. A quick 2-0 lead was cut in half on a Red Wing power play. Pavs then put the turkey on at the same time he said enough was enough. The bird was then replaced with wings complete with all the holiday trimmings. The home guys added three more goals before all was said and done. Thrashers WANTED to be on the ice against the omni powerful Red Wings. Players were chomping at the bit to get over the boards. Wonderful to see. A complete game? Far more than that. An overpowering performance. Were visitors flat? Maybe. Would not have mattered this night had the rivals brought their A game from Michigan. All Thrasher evening. For at least one glorious 60 minute segment. The 5-1 final may just as well have been 10-1. Had Thrashers converted a few fantastic opportunities it would have been. Now for consistency. Bank points now. If the Thrashers play like they did the points will take care of themselves. Fab night to be gear Thrasher watcher. Squa tront. STENDEK


November 24th, 2010
10:26 pm

Spot on analysis !!!


November 24th, 2010
10:29 pm

Believe in Blueland now?


November 24th, 2010
10:34 pm

This game was a thing of beauty!!!!!! Great team effort!!!!!! Keep up the hard work guys and the payoff will be more games like this!!!! Job well done!!!!!!!!!!


November 24th, 2010
10:54 pm

In three games the Thrashers have faced 5 goalies and we have scored on all 5 of them.

Gwinnett Fred

November 24th, 2010
10:58 pm

I’d say I’ve gone to maybe 75 Thrashers games and I cannot remember a single time I saw the team play this well for the full 60 minutes.

They out-hustled them, they out-played them and to me the most important thing was they OUT-PESTERED them. Contested every pass, hustled to every puck and was all over every defensive rebound to avoid a stick back. Just a beautiful exhibition of hockey.

Now then – does anybody know why the 400 level was curtained off??? I have never seen that before.


November 24th, 2010
11:14 pm

Great game! Thrash are the real deal!
It is sad they are moving to Quebec


November 24th, 2010
11:19 pm

Great job Thrash! Keep it going!


November 24th, 2010
11:25 pm

Just home from the game. AWESOME! The boys played intense for nearly the entire 60 minutes. I think the teachings of Coach Rammer are finally sinking in. The boys were on the puck all night….poking and nudging and just great old time hockey playing. I have been attending games since the first one played at Philips and this was just about the best I have ever seen them play. And to the jerk Wings fan in the henley in front of me whining all night and commenting about how this was some sort of gift to the Thrashers and the Wings must be sick or something…SUCK IT….we played THAT well, that was all. GO THRASHERS!!!


November 24th, 2010
11:30 pm

Hi Cornbread. I am not completely sold just yet. Spectre of stinkers like Columbus Blue Jackets you know. Am becoming convert though. Thrashers can be best of NHL on given night. When they go from nights of not performing as worst they will be okay. I am damn proud right now. Happy Thanksgiving Cornbread! For that matter, Happy Thanksgiving all. Y’all be safe ya hear. See all of ya soon. Figuratively speaking of course. STENDEK


November 24th, 2010
11:32 pm

An aside. I watched Flames in Omni for years. Very rarely did I witness such a dominant performance like the one the Thrashers laid on Detroit. This coming from maybe the first Flames fan in Georgia. That says quite a bit. :) STENDEK


November 24th, 2010
11:34 pm

:) :) :) :) :) HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Red Wing was served at Phuilips Arena. Well done! STENDEK


November 24th, 2010
11:45 pm

Atlanta got a lead, added to it, and protected it all game long. I have to say, “Wow.” It’s great to see.

Alan R.

November 24th, 2010
11:56 pm

And to the jerk Wings fan in the henley in front of me whining all night and commenting about how this was some sort of gift to the Thrashers and the Wings must be sick or something…

…then he won’t be happy to read the post game from MLive’s Ansar Khan.



November 25th, 2010
12:18 am

It’s time for fans to get back to Philips Arena. Reclaim this team and show the fans in other cities they can’t have OUR Thrashers.


November 25th, 2010
12:31 am

Was at game tonight, awesome how good it feels to see a win like that against a good team like detroit. Pavelec was outstanding tonight, he flat robbed a couple in the 1st period and was great all night. Ladd’s shortie was a thing of beauty. We had good energy the whole game, we were up for it, and we kicked them in the nuts tonight. Good crowd tonight, i’d say 50 50 wings and thrashers, but a good size crowd and everyone was into it. Good vibe. Awesome game. Montreal next!

English Teacher

November 25th, 2010
12:49 am

Great team effort tonight! The more I see him, the more I absolutely love Burmistrov. That kid is all hustle, all the time. I’ve seen that in Little and Kane for a while, but it seems like everyone on the team is starting to have the heart we saw in Marty Reasoner or J.P. Vigier, only now there’s more talent to go with it.

Is Pavelec finally starting to live up to the hype?

Puck Like A Porn Star

November 25th, 2010
1:25 am

That was one HELL of a win!! These guys played hungry, and shot like crazy!!

Play like this for 20 games, and the team will really see the lamp get lit (at the ticket office!)


November 25th, 2010
4:44 am

Me thinks me last post to me friend Stendek has gone to Comment Purgatory. A little help anyone…


November 25th, 2010
6:29 am

WOW! That was a great atmosphere last night at the Bulb… The guys played physical last night. They were all over the puck and punishing players against the boards. I could really get use to this. I really hope all of you guys have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Go Thrashers!


November 25th, 2010
7:00 am

WOW IS RIGHT!! I had commented to some friend’s during the cap’s game that our play reminded me of the red wings,in that our passing,taking the puck away & hustle was done in a domainate fashion & would = BIGTIME WIN’S!! KUDO’S TO THE TEAM TOP TOP BOTTOM!!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!!


November 25th, 2010
7:01 am


Putting On The Foil

November 25th, 2010
7:30 am

Happy Thanksgiving to all from Sylvania, Ga this morning. As for last night, Saaweeet. Great team effort from top to bottom. Loved seeing all those red jerseys sulking in their seats. Great to see the guy who does so many things right, but can never seem to bury a puck in the back of the net, get him one last night. Also, glad to see the hat trick guy with the big body and speed use that big body and have himself a game that hasn’t been seen in two or three weeks. No names given due to such a great TEAM effort. Hope everyone has a blessed turkey day. The Thrasher’s gave us one more thing to be thankful for last night.

Putting On The Foil

November 25th, 2010
7:32 am

Alan R.-Thanks for the link. It’s nice to see some respect from the opposing crowd and media.

five hole

November 25th, 2010
9:51 am

Can we switch into the western conference? I’d like a chance to play the red wings 8 times/season. Outside of a couple of mistakes, this was the best game I’ve seen them play in quite a while.

When marginal players like A. Stewart score against them, you’ve got to wonder what’s wrong with Detroit.

A Happy Thanksgiving to all.


November 25th, 2010
9:57 am

That was the best game we’ve played this year.


November 25th, 2010
10:17 am

Sounds simple but Ramsey has them doing the basics; fore checking, back checking and putting the puck on net. I love seeing the D step up to keep the puck in the zone as well as rotate with the O to create scoring chances. The one thing I think we are still missing is a net minder who can play the puck. Yes, I am good with him keeping the puck in front of him but it would be great to create scoring chances on PP with a nice pass from the goalie.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and we will see you tomorrow night.

cousin Eddie

November 25th, 2010
10:23 am

Missed the game last night. Waiting on the replay at 11AM to see how they managed to beat the almighty Red Wings.


November 25th, 2010
10:40 am

Great game last night! Pavs has played fantastic and the play in front of him has been stellar. Full ice effort. This is the first game I can think of where I could show my 7 year old all of the right things being done by the Thrashers…backchecks, forechecks, timely hits, hustle, emotion, tape to tape passes, and battling for every puck. It was fun to watch and even more fun to hear Wings fans whine (some of them at least)….yeah yeah yeah, I get it, you have won many cups…good for you…but last night? you lost, and you lost big, and the Thrash beat you all night long. If this team can play like this 4 out of 5 nights, we will be in the top 4-5 spots in the East. If Spirit were smart (which they are not) they’d run a ton of commercials showing the record of Wings and Caps and then show highlights and the score from those games…THAT is how you start getting people excited. Great win, and hopefully we can give 2 more good efforts on Friday and Sunday…..THEN the rest of the league will take notice. Go Thrash!


November 25th, 2010
11:22 am

:) :) :) :) HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! :) :) :) :)

Alan R.

November 25th, 2010
11:49 am

I seem to have a lot of comments being marked as spam lately. What gives?


November 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

Welcome back to the NHL Thrash. We have a team that can play with anyone. Fun to watch and able to shift gears when needded. Pavs is at his best right now. Keep it up.

Puck Like A Porn Star

November 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

The Thrashers lit the lamp so much last night that they had to replace some bulbs at The Bulb.

See what I did there?

Joe Tess Fish House

November 25th, 2010
2:10 pm

N E 1 thing the Thrasers should not of have traded Kolvuchock? This team is not the same with out him. I dout they make the post session.


November 25th, 2010
2:29 pm

Gwinett Fred: The 400 section has been blocked off all season. Unfortunately, the attendance has been so poor this year that there is no need for those seats. If this continues, they may be able to curtain off the whole upper bowl. Hopefully, the fans will return in response to the great play of late, and maybe we can even get those curtains removed. Remember the days, not too many years ago, when Philips was almost full for every Thrashers game? I wish those days will come back soon. They way they are playing, the players deserve a packed house.

Chris Griffin

November 25th, 2010
2:42 pm

Anyone else think coach Ramsey looks like Mr Herbert?

Alan R.

November 25th, 2010
4:09 pm

This team is not the same with out him

This is true. The team doesn’t seem to coast, and the only time they really gave up was when Byfuglien was out during the Florida game. The team is now hard working, and produces well on the scoreboard. The team works as a cohesive unit, protects each other, and takes responsibility for their actions. The team has grit and personality now.


Puck Like A Porn Star

November 25th, 2010
4:40 pm

Now Joe Tess Fish House is branching into hockey?

Not that I like trolls, but at least he acknowledges we have a hockey club, unlike most of the metro area!

Joe Tess Fish House

November 25th, 2010
5:20 pm

U callin me a troll? All I did was aks if N E 1 think Kolvachock should of had not been traded.

Hockey Biltong

November 25th, 2010
9:24 pm

You is a Troll. lol.
Commented that the team wont make the post season…bringing up Kovalchuk…too much mercury between your gills…not paying attention… must be the flakes you are fed…

Gwinnett Fred

November 25th, 2010
10:11 pm

Thanks ATLFlamesFan – guess that makes sense.
But absolutely those come down if the team keeps playing hockey anything close to last night. That would have been an impressive performance against a Islanders quality team, but to do that against Detroit – just plain awesome. I guarantee I’m far more likely to go back after that game, probably even this Sunday to see them dust off another Original-6′er!

Gwinnett Fred

November 25th, 2010
10:16 pm

Joe Tess Fish House ::

Yea, we are REALLY missing Kovy – we need a good winger on our THIRD LINE.

BTW – Kovalchuk would be tied for SEVENTH on the Thrash with Fred Modin & 3 others with four goals so far this year. Oh yea, he’s a fantastic MINUS 10 on the fabulous Devils team. Those things happen when you never bother to play any D.

Joe Tess Fish House

November 25th, 2010
11:07 pm

Hay he was good win he was hear. I bet me miss Altanta is all.


November 25th, 2010
11:58 pm

Don’t feed the trolls.


November 26th, 2010
2:29 am

We won’t be sneaking up on anybody now. The league has taken notice of the attitude change here in the ATL. Les Habitants will be a huge test for our boys…. We must support them LOUDLY regardless of turnout. THESE GUYS are not responsible for the sins of the past.

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