Thrashers get physical in win over Canadiens

Here is my updated game story from Friday’s 3-0 over Montreal for those who would like to comment.

The Thrashers are on a roll.

Rich Peverley scored twice, and Tobias Enstrom had a goal and an assist as the Thrashers turned in another dominant performance — this one a 3-0 victory over Montreal on Friday night. The win was the fourth consecutive for the Thrashers, a season high, all coming at Philips Arena. The Thrashers are 4-1 on their six-game homestand, which concludes Sunday.

The Thrashers (11-9-3, 25 points) have outscored their opponents 15-2 in the four wins, three of which have come against division leaders (Washington, Detroit and Montreal). Ondrej Pavelec was again strong in goal, stopping all 25 shots. The goaltender has stopped 114 of 116 (.983 save percentage) shots during the win streak. It was his fourth career shutout, the second in a week.

“There is no question you can see an attitude about him,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said. “Just the way he looks, the way he walks. He’s feeling good about himself.”

The Thrashers also took charge physically as both Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian were involved in fights 12 minutes left in the game. Kane took exception to Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec horse collaring him in front of the Canadiens goal.

“Somebody grabs you from behind and you turn around you expect he wants to do something about it,” Kane said. “I turned around and he skated away and let his teammates fight his battles for him. I don’t appreciate getting grabbed right around the neck.

“I was frustrated that he grabbed me from behind and skated right away from it. That doesn’t seem tough to me at all. I was more prepared to do something about it and I wanted to. He obviously had no interest.”

As the players were mulling around, Bogosian and P.K. Subban got tangled. Bogosian even knocked Subban’s helmet off to get the fight started.

“I’m keeping it on the ice,” Bogosian said. “Everyone knows who he is, his act. That’s all I’m going to leave it at. I’m not going to sit here and be a tough guy in the media. What happens on the ice stays on the ice.”

Kane and Bogosian stood in the penalty box and continued yelling at the Canadiens. When all was said and done, the Canadiens had a power play as Kane four minutes for roughing, compared to two for Plekanec.

While not entirely happy with the incident while holding a three-goal lead, Ramsay understood his players’ motivation.

“At 3-0, I’m just not inclined to have that,” Ramsay said. “But the most important thing is the players have to police themselves. There was some chippiness going on and the players felt they had to respond. … The guys on the bench liked it, but, for me, I just as soon not be shorthanded.  I never can knock when a team stands together.”

The Thrashers’ penalty-kill unit has killed 15 of 16 chances during the win streak.

Montreal (14-8-1, 29 points) lost for only the third time in the past nine games.

Peverley opened the scoring with 18.2 seconds remaining in the first period. He beat Canadiens goaltender Alex Auld, who was making only his second start of the season in place of NHL wins leader Carey Price. The goal marked the eighth time in the past 10 games that the Thrashers have scored first.

The Thrashers scored twice in the second period, as they outshot the Canadiens 23-4. The 23 shots were one shy of the franchise record for shots in a period. Enstrom scored an unassisted goal at the 8:52 mark, and Peverley added his fifth goal of the season, on the power play, at the 15:35 mark.

The four consecutive wins all have come since Andrew Ladd was named captain and Dustin Byfuglien and Enstrom were named alternates. In the four games in their new roles, the trio has combined for five goals and 10 assists.

“We are playing a full 60 minutes,” Peverley said. “In the past we’ve had some lulls during periods and we’ve done a pretty good job of maintaining our consistency and our focus.”

44 comments Add your comment

Michael

November 26th, 2010
11:12 pm

geez no player seems to likes pk subban im more curious how he pissed off everybody. great win.

Smitty

November 26th, 2010
11:17 pm

I think Subban is going to have to get used to this type of treatment from opposing players if he keeps his yapping up. Bogey did pretty good. Kinda looked like he was expecting a sucker punch from Subban. Great effort tonight.

The Real Thrash

November 26th, 2010
11:20 pm

Way to play!!
Now let’s sign some contracts and keep this team together.

Thrashy Thrashy

November 26th, 2010
11:20 pm

Didn’t really have our mature fellas out on the ice during that scrum, but it was nice to see the young guys willing to mix it up. This team has a lot more grit than recent Thrasher clubs.

Gwinnett Fred

November 26th, 2010
11:31 pm

I just keep thinking back to the Eastern Finals last year.

Play gritty with some spectacular goaltending amd the 7 & 8 seeds played in the finals. That is the way the Thrash are playing right now!

cousin Eddie

November 26th, 2010
11:34 pm

Enjoyed the win so much, I’m watching it again on the replay! I knew this team would start coming together under the great almight Ramsay. He is hockey intelligent beyond any other coach in the league.(Just my opion)

hoosier_hoser

November 26th, 2010
11:41 pm

No disrespect to Enstrom, but I had Kane for the 3rd star. He skated hard, attacked, back-checked, won puck battles, played tough and threw down. May he play every match as well. As he gets scouted more, defensemen will overplay his burst to the outside. He should add Kovalchuk’s pull up move to his tool box.

East Point Bob

November 26th, 2010
11:47 pm

What can you say ? 4 GA in 5 games ! The best team efforts in the team’s history. keep it going !

Wad

November 27th, 2010
12:02 am

Wad

November 27th, 2010
12:03 am

stendek

November 27th, 2010
12:05 am

:) :) :) :) Maybe soon foes will not relish visits to Philips Arena! Is that Santa Claus I hear firing up the zambonie? :) STENDEK

Brendan

November 27th, 2010
12:07 am

Beautiful win. Montreal doesn’t stink. Washington doesn’t stink. The NYI, well … they’re less than gifted, but they just blanked New Jersey, 2-0, to get off the schneid. Wow, what has happened to the Devils?? I’m sure Kovy feels bad, too. Anywho, Detroit doesn’t stink, either.

This … is a team coming together. Ladd, as Captain, seems to have been the right decision. Pavelec, 5-years after being drafted, is the new #1 goalie? It would appear so, anyway. It’s coming together, as Dudley and Ramsay envisoned. I’m curious to see where we are on New Year’s Day.

Brendan

November 27th, 2010
12:12 am

By the way, “On The Fly” is singing the Thrashers praises. Our shots. Pavelec’s save percentage. The 15-2 goal differential in the 4 game winning streak. The quality of opponents faced. The raiding of the Blackhawks, etc. It’s all position, on the desk tonight. That’s good to see.

One other thing, they mentioned specifically, “In years past, Atlanta relied primarily on one guy to score. Well, when you don’t have to rely so much on one player, it’s a whole lot easier to sustain your success. The Thrashers are rolling 3-4 lines now, getting contributions from many others.” Yes, that’s rather obvious. But it’s nice that it’s being said on the National Forum that is OTF. :)

Crystal

November 27th, 2010
12:38 am

Relocation rumors are dumb, Wadd.
The Thrashers are here to stay :)

Thrashers27

November 27th, 2010
12:46 am

Wow! Just Wow! This is the BEST Thrashers TEAM effort we have ever witnessed and I applaud them. I have never been more proud to be a Thrashers fan. THANK YOU COACH RAMSAY!!! You rock!

Anybody else get the impression that Kane is chompin’ at the bit to drop somebody else to the ice, but nobody wants to drop the mitts with him?

Subban is a punk. I was glad to see Bogo force him to go. PK just wanted to bump his gums ’til Zach ripped his bonnet off. He had no choice at that point and realized that he would look like a complete fool if he didn’t throw down. I’d bet money that he’s not so mouthy now…at least for awhile.

Can’t wait to take on the Habs again.

Keep up the incredible work boys!!!

Thrashers27

November 27th, 2010
12:51 am

PS: The team now has a +2 goal differential. When’s the last time we saw a “+” goal differential?

Darth Fornicator

November 27th, 2010
12:52 am

Finally, in 2010, Atlanta has a Pro Hockey T-E-A-M , not just a collection of pro hockey players.

Burn in Eternal Calgary Flames, Kovalchuk.

Nate

November 27th, 2010
12:59 am

Two goals allowed in the last four games!?! Who the hell are you guys and what have you done with the Thrashers???

razorneck13

November 27th, 2010
1:00 am

This team’s got Moxie! These last few games especially tell me that they can have a good playoff run if they stick with this program. I just hope they keep this momentum up. Damned fine team lately and I’m proud of em..

LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!

Puck Like A Porn Star

November 27th, 2010
1:38 am

Today, it looks like the only thing the Falcons have that the Thrashers don’t is great ownership. Sell this team to a local hockey loving millionaire, and bring that sacred Cup to Peachtree Street! By then, the Lombardi Trophy will already be here!

Puck Like A Porn Star

November 27th, 2010
1:39 am

Make that a multi-multi-millionaire, just to be on the safe side!!

Wayne stuck in AL

November 27th, 2010
2:40 am

“Sell this team to a local hockey loving millionaire…”

If you were a millionaire (hockey-loving or not), would you blow your fortune on a big-league sports team?

Wayne stuck in AL

November 27th, 2010
2:41 am

I should add to the above: in this economy?

ME!

November 27th, 2010
2:47 am

RT: Way to play!!
Now let’s sign some contracts and keep this team together.

(can u retweet on ajc.com? lol)

ME!

November 27th, 2010
2:49 am

Can this team get some front page presence?

We are playing great but we aren’t mentioned on the front page at all :(

HonkyTonkHero

November 27th, 2010
3:00 am

We were already up 3-0 and Ben Eager chased down a potential icing and beat the Habs player. It was a small play like that that let me know this team is for real. You make a play like that because your proud of your team and you realize that a defensive zone faceoff may lead to a goal and blow your goalies shutout. Good job guys! Keep it up!

Dwayne

November 27th, 2010
8:22 am

I even heard Matt McConnel state that islanders beat NJ by saying the NY has gotten off Schnied Island.

georg

November 27th, 2010
8:38 am

To say the least this team is on its way to becoming a respectful and powerhouse in the NHL, I’am a big Canadien fan but the way they played it is disgraceful.
Q. Can the Trasher continue to play like this if so have a very strong contender

Jimbo

November 27th, 2010
8:52 am

Brendan- c’mon guy, one game at a time. 23-4 shots on goal in the second. Now that is dominating a very good team. Way to go guys. Fun to be there with a decent crowd.

jen

November 27th, 2010
9:44 am

This is really becoming a fun team to watch. I have a feeling PK Subban is and Avery putz in training….however I like how Zach kept it on the ice and didn’t try to fight his battles through the media unlike some other players (cough RICHARDS cough). Didn’t like his sucker punch antics at all.
Thrash are playing some great hockey….Isles was a trap game between a lot of top teams, and they found a way to pull it out. Detroit was a masterpiece. This is payoff for putting up with years of bad hockey

five hole

November 27th, 2010
10:31 am

Loved watching them play with confidence. They had a chip on their shoulder last night, and they weren’t going to let Montreal knock it off.

One of the big differences has been the lack of penalties we’re taking. They’re playing very disciplined hockey.

And I gotta say I was wrong about Ondrej; he’s certainly been playing like a #1 netminder.

Puck Like A Porn Star

November 27th, 2010
10:36 am

@Wayne stuck in AL: HELL YES!!

I would have my BEST chance to buy my hometown team at a lower price “in this economy!”

Let them Eat Cake

November 27th, 2010
10:58 am

It’s like Groundhog Day on all these other teams’ fan forums after a Thrasher game now, and it’s beautiful reading! “Our Canadiens, Wings, Craps didn’t show up. Our Canadiens, Wings, Craps laid an egg to the Thrashers of all teams. I can’t believe we played so bad!” Waaaa, Waaaa, Waaaa! Gotta love it! Keep on countin’ us out. All the way until JUNE!!!

BOSTON….. you are NEXT.

Midfield

November 27th, 2010
11:22 am

This looked as one of the best games by Kane to me. Although he did not score, he rattled the entire Habs cage senseless. Plecanec looked like he forgot what he was dressed for.

ATLFlamesFan

November 27th, 2010
12:08 pm

Yes, Kane was possessed last night. And I don’t see why he got the double minor. If anything, the Habs should have gotten a 3rd man in.

Section 222

November 27th, 2010
12:54 pm

I Went to my first thrashers game 4 years ago and have been kooked ever since. 3 year season ticket holder now and this stretch is the best hockey I have seen the Thrashers put together. Complete and dominant team game.

kracker

November 27th, 2010
1:13 pm

The Thrashers are scoring post-IK. Eight players have 11 points or more. Two more are at 8 amd 9. Thirteen players have scored between 3 and 8 goals. Scoring by committee is more difficult to shut down and it should provide a more even scoring pace instead of 6 goals one night and 1 the next. If the D, which includes in goal, continues to solidify and they can avoid the long injuries, I have to like our chances to compete for the playoffs until the final games.

Joe Tess Fish House

November 27th, 2010
1:33 pm

THey could of had scored more golds if Kolvachock was stil hear

Section 222

November 27th, 2010
1:43 pm

Sure Kovy is an elite talent but the point is that the Thrashers are now playing as a team and not standing to watch Kovy do his thing. Only the caps and flyers have scored more goals in our conference.

Alan R.

November 27th, 2010
2:08 pm

Kovalchuk hasn’t scored a goal since 12 November, and hasn’t scored goals in back to back games since 13-15 October.

Rain Man

November 27th, 2010
4:06 pm

Kovalchuk Sucks.

Midfield

November 27th, 2010
4:35 pm

Coaching is the difference maker, without any doubt. They look prepared, aware of the plan and re-adjusted from prior hiccups with more and more consistency. Kudos to Ramsey and co. That’s impressive work.

Neely

November 28th, 2010
12:19 pm

Watch out the Bruins are coming to town!!

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