Greek Gods getting more ice time

The Greek Gods are back together – and they are making the most of the reunion of late.

The line of Eric Boulton, Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn scored the opening goal against Detroit Wednesday and set the tone for the 5-1 win. Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay was intent of making sure his team didn’t fear the Western Conference leading Red Wings.

“We like to play four [lines],” Ramsay said. “To have them go out and set a big goal and put us ahead of the Red Wings was a really a great thing for our team. It was great for the fans that were at the game. Suddenly, we are not afraid of the Red Wings. That was one of the key issues, are you going to go in play afraid? That line established offensive zone time, not just on that shift but throughout the game on their shifts they played in the offensive zone and created chances for themselves. They gave us confidence that we could play in the offensive zone against the Red Wings.”

Thorburn scored the goal after Slater got the puck out of the corner, got it to Boulton behind the net. Thorburn one-timed the pass from Boulton for the first goal.

“We are capable of scoring,” Thorburn said. “We know that. We get our chances it’s just being able to put the puck in the back of the net on a consistent basis. As long as we are getting our chances, they are going to go in. We worked hard to get one versus Detroit and hopefully it continues.”

The line has not always got a lot of ice time this season. Over the past four games they have averaged 10 minutes a game.

“It’s tough at times, especially when he calls your line up and you don’t go,” Thorburn said. “[Ramsay is] doing a great job matching lines. There is always a game plan. We kind of know when we see their players go on the ice, that’s our first hint that we might miss a shift. He gets us out there when he can. He’s been doing it a lot lately. We’ve been averaging a ton of ice time on even strength.”

29 comments Add your comment

buzz

November 26th, 2010
2:13 pm

Why are they called the Greek gods line?

Thor was a Norse god.

I have never heard of a Greek god named Slater or Boulton.

Thrashers27

November 26th, 2010
2:34 pm

It’s because of the hair, Buzz.

Sean

November 26th, 2010
2:40 pm

I think it was a joke b/c they were working out a lot and built like Greek gods. The Thor thing threw me off too.

wvubru

November 26th, 2010
3:00 pm

Their nicknames of Thor, Boults, Slates sound Greek-godlike. Doesn’t have to be all that literal.

Sara

November 26th, 2010
3:15 pm

Slater is a former MSU Spartan .. ie warriors from Greece. Boults – as in Zeus’ thunderbolts. And then Thor. That’s the origins – though the guys do in fact joke that it’s because of their impressive physiques. ;)

East Point Bob

November 26th, 2010
3:47 pm

Who cares about names… JUST WIN !

Brendan

November 26th, 2010
4:46 pm

Where was Troy, exactly? And can we get a link to a picture of the lovely Helen?

luangtom

November 26th, 2010
5:24 pm

Greek gods Roman gods, who cares as long as they keep playing like they did against Detroit and Washington? Ten goals for the Thrashers and one for the opposition…..downright impressive. Keep it up, Thrashers!!!

Dwayne

November 26th, 2010
5:30 pm

I am a member of the “soup” line, or the “chow” line, maybe the “chorus” line.

eng teets

November 26th, 2010
6:44 pm

..said it was because of their greek god-like physiques..and that was according to Boulton of course, lawlz.

buzz

November 26th, 2010
8:08 pm

Yeah, as long as they win I don’t care if they have a Merengue Line. Looks good so far in 1st Q. I like that we are facing Auld.

Puck Like A Porn Star

November 26th, 2010
8:41 pm

Did the meat and potatoes lines leave Atlanta with Frankenbobby?

Puck Like A Porn Star

November 26th, 2010
9:05 pm

Unbelievable game, Thrashers!

stw

November 26th, 2010
10:06 pm

I’ve been waiting 35+ years for the Flames/Thrashers to become a team to contend with. This is good….

stendek

November 26th, 2010
10:08 pm

Thrashers shut out Canadiens 3-0 at Philips Arena. Congratulations blue guys! Way to fight for shutout Pavs. Exceptional performance from start to finish! Habs deflated with Thrasher tally in closing seconds of opening period. All wind went out of Montreal sails when second goal floated into net. Third marker just for good measure! The Thrashers are playing defense. Well! Imagine that. Vaunted Hab road penalty killer dented once. Wonderful stuff. Maybe home ice mentality taking hold of Thrashers! Certainly hope so. Kudos all around! Keep up great work fellows. Nice post Thanksgiving treat. Thanks! STENDEK

stendek

November 26th, 2010
10:25 pm

siberian bullshet

November 26th, 2010
10:46 pm

The Habs are oxygen wastes and quitters!!!

stendek

November 26th, 2010
10:59 pm

I feel your pain Siberian! Felt that way about Thrashers on more than one occasion. :( STENDEK

MM

November 26th, 2010
11:03 pm

Legit…..it is time for atl hockey fans to get over their bitterness regarding Wadd and get back to BIG BUFFLAND or face the prospects of the Quebec Thrashers

MM

November 26th, 2010
11:05 pm

Michael

November 26th, 2010
11:06 pm

great last few games. btw anyone noticed how pissed bogey was with subban? i know pk had some drama with mike richards awhile ago about being disrespectful or something like that.

Michael

November 26th, 2010
11:09 pm

relocation rumors are hogwash.

Cousin John Thrasher

November 26th, 2010
11:15 pm

BELIEVE IN THRASHERVILLE!!!

stendek

November 26th, 2010
11:29 pm

Love this comment from another site :)

…what the hell is going on in new jersey and how long until all the wheels come off. i can’t begin to tell you how happy the kings didn’t sign kovy, and im sad for devils fans that have to put up with him for a long long time…

Love it! STENDEK

Brendan

November 26th, 2010
11:33 pm

Another great win! Team effort. Got the lead, kept the lead, built on the lead. There was even a PPG! That’s four in-a-row! Let’s make it five!

stendek

November 26th, 2010
11:34 pm

Anyone still miss old Make-U-Illya what’s his name? :) Did not think so! STENDEK

stendek

November 26th, 2010
11:35 pm

Late and early goals are deflaters! Ask the Habs. :) STENDEK

stendek

November 26th, 2010
11:37 pm

Nice to see late goal FOR Thrashers! Sure beats other way around. :) STENDEK

stendek

November 26th, 2010
11:41 pm

Just proud to see goals against dip dramatically Brendan. A shutout can at worst only result in one point then perhaps a shootout defeat. Pavs on fire! Knew Thrashers would win when goal scored in final 20 seconds. Love those FOR but hate those AGAINST! Better team without Kovalchuck and Lehtonen? I certainly think so! :) STENDEK