Eager gets attention with hustle

One of the highlights for the Thrashers in Friday’s 3-0 win over Montreal was not a goal.

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay noted a play by Ben Eager in the post-game press conference and again on Saturday. Late in the third period, with the Thrashers leading by the three goals, Eager raced down the ice to touch up a puck and prevent an icing call.

“Our bench went crazy,” Ramsay said Saturday of the play. “I certainly did. All the players loved that. … That’s the commitment it takes to win. You can win an individual game but if you are going to win consistently, if you are going to try to be that team near the top, those little plays are everything. That shows what he’s willing to do for the team. The boys got a charge out of that.”

19 comments Add your comment

eng teets

November 27th, 2010
5:05 pm

Lock him up lock term. Great player.

eng teets

November 27th, 2010
5:05 pm

long term* doh.

Thorpe

November 27th, 2010
5:33 pm

Eager is the man.

Too bad there is no TV for the Bruins game.

The Thrashers’ owners are the only thing standing in the way of prosperity. Going to a game at Philips arena is depressing. The concessions are closed or understaffed. Half of the light bulbs on the scoreboards are out. The “gameday experience” is a joke. The team and the fans deserve better.

Go Thrashers.

Big Momma

November 27th, 2010
6:00 pm

I love Eager – he is so surprisingly speedy and willing to throw his body around.

And I love going to games at Philips – the atmosphere is awesome and the place can get loud. I don’t notice the other stuff, just the product on ice and lately it has been awesome!

Curly

November 27th, 2010
11:01 pm

Has anyone noticed that the scoreboards above the club suites haven’t worked since the start of the season? What’s up with that?

I saw that Eager play to prevent the icing (from the opposite side of the rink)… The crowd went bonkers for the effort. It seemed like there were more than 13,000 in the Arena; an electric atmosphere (except for the missing electricity in the scoreboards).

Flagstaff

November 28th, 2010
12:21 am

Curly — did they go… Kooky Balonkers?

Kaiser Souze

November 28th, 2010
10:15 am

Kudos on the Thrashers and their play. Love the game and the way they play it. Curly, your right about the scoreboards, many have been out for years including the big one as you enter from CNN. What’s up with that? My family and I have a standing wager when it will be in operation, going on 6 years and the pool is over $600.
Thorpe, as a season ticket holder I have also noticed closed concessions but my family and I have to commend and we always patronize the, Wetzel Pretzels, Pricci’s, Dip n Dots and Nuts about Georgia, various beer stands and a couple of excellent bartenders around the building. The game experience begins with the play of the team and the Thrashers have shown some serious play.Throw in a Coors Light, a salted pretzel sans butter, a lb. of cinnamon almonds, rainbow dots and a sausage pizza and bring on the Bruins! Selah!

PS Top flight Team Gear Store, always find what we want and good sales too. Excellent staffing too.

cousin Eddie

November 28th, 2010
11:07 am

All the concerns (attendance, arena issues, ASG) will be addressed with winning and the winning is beginning!

kracker

November 28th, 2010
12:20 pm

Keep the effort coming! To me, the team started coming around, though inconsistently, in late October. The effort continued and then the stellar play of Pavelec was a real boost for everybody (duh). More tough games are upcoming on our schedule but ya know what? The Thrashers are beginning to look like a tough game on the other teams’ schedules.

Alan R.

November 28th, 2010
1:36 pm

All the concerns (attendance, arena issues, ASG) will be addressed with winning and the winning is beginning!

I don’t wanna put the cart before the horse or anything, but you’re right. The winning is beginning. I just hope it’s sustained. Four games is nice, and if we win four to every one loss, we should be in damn good shape come April.

But it’s going to take more than a season of winning to get fans back. The winning needs to be sustained year after year.

A lot of us have said what you did, and now we may finally get to see it proven.

PhoenixCoyoteFan

November 28th, 2010
3:19 pm

Why does Atlanta hate the Thrashers ? Your attendance is the joke of the league.

Brendan

November 28th, 2010
6:51 pm

PhoenixCoyote Fan, Atlantans don’t hate the Thrashers. They hate the ownership, which has largely ignored the team in every way a team can be ignored by an ownership group. But with wins, the fans will come back.

It’s 4-1, Thrashers, going into the 3rd period. I think Byfuglien has points on all four goals. But, to the blog topic, Ben Eager was the first to respond to the thuggish hit by the Bruin play on Burmistrov. That shouldn’t be ignored. Eager came to the IMMEDIATE physical defense of the young Russian. In previous years, sometimes, a hit like that would go un-answered by Atlanta players. We may be witnessing a culture change in the dressing room … of the Atlanta Thrashers, led by their Captain, Andrew Ladd.

Kaleb

November 28th, 2010
7:05 pm

Isn’t Phoenix fighting attendance problems too? They were fighting financial issues last year at least. Worry about your own franchise first buddy.

Gwinnett Fred

November 28th, 2010
8:13 pm

All I know is this is the best 10 day stretch of hockey played in Atlanta EVER.

Nothing short of AMAZING!

JR

November 28th, 2010
11:34 pm

Enter your comments herewhat happened to carvel? it always seemed to be the busiest concession stand.

TheAntiMe

November 29th, 2010
12:12 am

It looks like the Falcons aren’t the only team around here with a five game win streak. Nice going, Ice Birds! You don’t need no Matty Ice!

DawgDad

November 29th, 2010
12:58 am

I threw in the towel on this team a couple of years ago, really just getting back into following the Thrashers. First game I went to this year was the home loss to Florida, where the team played very disciplined but uninspired hockey except for the two consecutive shifts in the second period which were about as bad as hockey can get at ANY level.

The transformation of this team over the past week and a half has been simply astounding. Everybody’s putting out maximum effort at both ends of the ice, but playing completely within the system. To see the Thrashers of all teams actually playing disciplined hockey, backchecking ferociously, winning the loose puck battles, covering up defensively, not coughing up the puck, not floating around aimlessly waiting for a one-time setup, well, it’s something I thought would NEVER happen here. And on top of that Pavelec has been phenomenal.

If the team keeps playing this type of hockey into the playoffs the fans will come back. It may take a playoff appearance to get the fans back, but once hockey fans tune in and see the team play like this they will come back.

They now have to prove they can sustain the system and energy on the road. They still have to prove they can play through the tough losses and bad bounces and tired leg nights that inevitably will come. The kids have to resist the urge to freelance, and the leaders have to keep their heads on straight. For now, I’m just thrilled real NHL hockey has finally arrived in Atlanta.

stendek

November 29th, 2010
8:30 am

Win on home ice. Check. Play with fire in gut. Check. Play defense. Check. Score timely goals. Check. Do not allow untimely goals. Check. Leave nothing on ice. Check. Santa Claus filled my Christmas list early this year. Go Thrashers! STENDEK

Zombie Steve

November 29th, 2010
10:56 am

lock term = for life?? =D