Thrashers fall to Bruins in fight-filled affair

Here is my game story, with quotes, from Thursday’s loss to the Bruins for those who would like to comment.

I will be off for the next two days. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours. We’ll pick it back up Sunday against the Lightning.

BOSTON – Stake Tim Thomas to a lead and often that’s enough. Surrender a short-handed goal and you are just asking for trouble.

The Thrashers gave up a goal while on a power play just three minutes into Thursday night’s game against Boston. The Bruins’ goaltender made it stand up in a fisticuffs-filled 4-1 victory over the Thrashers at TD Garden.

The Thrashers (19-13-5, 43 points) lost for the second straight time and are 2-2-2 in the past six games. They remained in third place in the Southeast Division standings behind Washington and Tampa Bay.

Thomas came into the game leading the NHL with a 1.70 goals-against average and .948 save percentage, and padded those numbers for the Bruins (18-11-4, 40 points).

Fourteen seconds into a hooking penalty on the Bruins’ Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron converted a breakaway chance. The Bruins forward beat Dustin Byfuglien to a pass around the boards and took it up the ice, easily beating Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.

“There was still a lot of time,” Pavelec said. “They scored on their first chance, but I think they were more hungry for the two points.”

The Bruins added to the lead with two second-period goals, coming 56 seconds apart. Michael Ryder wristed a shot past Pavelec for a power-play goal 50 seconds into a hooking penalty to Andrew Ladd. It was the Thrashers’ fourth penalty in the first 24 minutes of the game. Shawn Thornton scored on a wrist shot less than a minute later and the Bruins had a 3-0 lead. It was his first of two goals.

A 10-man fight broke out with 4:06 left in the game. The Thrashers’ Freddy Meyer delivered a high check on Milan Lucic and he was jumped by Adam McQuaid. In the end, Atlanta’s Evander Kane fought Nathan Horton, Bryan Little took on Marc Savard and Anthony Stewart squared off with Andrew Ference. Meyer was given two minutes for elbowing and two minutes for roughing. Kane got a fighting major and Little and Stewart were given fighting majors and game misconduct.

“I don’t really know what happened,” Meyer said. “I was playing the rush and felt I got a pretty good hit on Lucic. Next thing you know everything broke loose. I thought I got him pretty clean.”

Among the Bruins penalties was a match penalty and game misconduct to Lucic, who sucker-punched Meyer during the fray.

“It was a good hit,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said. “That’s what happens. You throw a big hit and you have to have a fight. We are taking hitting out of the game. He takes a penalty for a good hit. They started all the fights. I think we should have had a power play for the rest of the game maybe a two-man advantage because our guys just responded. That was disappointing. Our guys all stood up for each other. You have to respond as a team and our players did a very good job of sticking up for ourselves.”

Kane said he tangled with two players before finally taking on Horton.

“Originally I had Savard,” Kane said. “Then I went over and grabbed Ference and then I looked over to my side and Horton was switched off and we just started going. It was disappointing to lose. Freddy made a great open-ice hit and guys apparently tend to go after you when you make a good hit. We are going to stick up for each other.”

Byfuglien scored at the 11:20 mark of the second period, netting his team-leading 13th goal. It was also his 37th point, a single-season high for the defenseman. In two games against the Bruins this season, Byfuglien has two goals and three assists. Kane and Little assisted on the goal. Kane has six points (two goals, four assists) in the past five games. Little extended his point streak to three games (one goal, three assists).

The Bruins improved to 15-0-0 when leading after two periods.

Thornton converted a give-and-go breakaway with Daniel Paille 4:54 into the third period to ice the game.

Eric Boulton tried to spark the Thrashers to start the game. He and Thornton dropped their gloves two seconds for a heavyweight bout. Each landed several big blows. The two also fought earlier this season, drawing fighting majors in the Nov. 28 contest.

54 comments Add your comment

ken

December 23rd, 2010
10:56 pm

We got our butt kicked tonight. This team really needs a rest and chance to regroup as they are running on empty.

Marcus Valdes

December 23rd, 2010
11:18 pm

What’s wrong with Antropov?

BigWeek

December 23rd, 2010
11:24 pm

we just looked like we fell short on talent. not effort… eager didn’t impress I’m sorry to say

BigWeek

December 23rd, 2010
11:26 pm

with all the fights and the shallacking it makes next weeks game at home a must not miss..

Freddy Meyer

December 24th, 2010
12:05 am

Did you really think Milan knocked me down and out at the end? He didn’t, I’m a wimp, and fell down so that he’d stop. Jackie Parker taught me that move.

stendek

December 24th, 2010
12:12 am

Thrashers did not bother to show up in Beantown. Sans my comments. Not worth any words. STENDEK

Cornbread

December 24th, 2010
4:50 am

I was thinking about going to the rematch next Thursday; now, I am definitely going.

Milan Lucic is 6′4″ 220 pounds and 22 years old. The punk-ass kid came in disrespecting the 30 year old vet and 5′10″ 185 pound Freddy Myer. He had his head down and got it rung. That was not a cheap shot folks. That was a clean hit. What was a cheap shot was the 6 inch plus 35 pound plus Lucic – after picking himself off the ice and taking a run at Meyer – sucker punches him knocking him down.

The team responded the right way. I would have liked to have seen Stewart pummel Lucic at that point but I think he was as shocked as anyone. The refs jumped right in but they may have let this one get out of control. Stewart did bloody Ferrance after just a couple of uppercuts and then showed mercy. Good on Kane and Little.

Lucic’s actions and Match Penalty should lead to a three game suspension. It was his mistakes and punk attitude that led to the donnybrook. Nice to see that happen once in a while in the NHL. Nicer still to see the Atlanta Thrashers involved. Keep building the hype boys! See you on Sunday and Thursday. I expect two wins.

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91

December 24th, 2010
8:38 am

Did you see Savard whine like a little girl to the ref after his ‘fight’ with Little because he has a visor?

With his recent concussion, and dancing with a non-fighter like Little, Savvy should have just been happy to simple hold on to Little until it’s all over. But he kept trying to spark something until Little decides to try to make it a fight as best as he can.

And then, Savvy cries like a little girl!

Chris Vivlamore

December 24th, 2010
9:02 am

On update on Christmas eve before I shut down for two days. Following the game, Ramsay said Antropov is still feeling the effects from crashing into the net during Monday’s game in Toronto.

Wad

December 24th, 2010
9:14 am

Just a complete disaster. Turnovers all over the place, fanning on easy shots on goal, and I’m not sure we had our best team on the ice against the much bigger and stronger Bruins. I say we call up the Hanson brothers from the iron league on Thursday and sit Stapleton, little and Burmi. I move the Greek Gods up to the third line and let the Hanson teach that punk Thorton a thing or two.

nathan horton

December 24th, 2010
9:17 am

While taking shots at Holyfield Kane (which I believe I won by a 10-9 decision), I did thank him for the effort vs. Matt Cooke last year. Big question is whether Hit Him High Freddy will fight ………….Savvy – that’s the match-up to watch. See ya’ll in Atlanta next week.

Nathan H.

December 24th, 2010
9:36 am

Btw, did anyonce notice how the Atlanta players wanted NO PART of either Milan Lucic or Adam McQuaid? LOL. Instead they go after Savvy and Ference. Roar!!

East Point Bob

December 24th, 2010
9:45 am

Beginning of the end… No playoffs following these past two bombs !

Hammering Hank

December 24th, 2010
9:48 am

We got our butts kicked in the game and the fights. The guys on the NHL network said Freddy will be fined and most likely suspended for the Lucic hit and a dirty hit on Lucic earlier in the game. Lucic gets an automatic 1 game suspension pending a revue by Colin Campbell. Don’t forget Cambells son Greg plays for the Bruins so I think the Bruins get off easy.

stendek

December 24th, 2010
9:59 am

The Thrashers are in third place and sinking fast. Washington and Tampa Bay are cream of division. Thrasher team goals against average skyrocketing faster than mercury in a Death Valley thermometer. Sanity has been restored in NHL. So it is, so shall it ever be. Extended losing streaks kill untalented teams which quit trying. The Thrashers have been AWOL for the last six or so periods. Goaltending has gone from penthouse to outhouse. Offense has disappeared. Power play laughingstock. Worth ethic resembles that of Peggy Bundy. Craig Ramsay system has not failed fans. Players unwilling to work have failed fans. That last line will be team epitah when relocation occurs. Beaners kicked Thrasher a$$ every way possible. Flames would not have put up with that shet. Of course the Flames possessed pride. Thought these Thrashers did too. Was sadly mistaken. Sigh. By the by. Merry Christmas everyone. Be blessed. STENDEK

Not Blind

December 24th, 2010
10:04 am

Peverly is looking more and more like Kozlov. He WILL NOT engage the puck carrier. He skates at them and if they don’t pass the puck he circles away. He will not engage in physical play in his own end. In the locker room I don’t see how he can look the other players in the eye. Time to sit him and bring up somebody.

The Real Thrash

December 24th, 2010
10:10 am

For all those Eager fans:
0-Shots on goal.
-1-+/-
1-Faceoff lost

The Real Thrash

December 24th, 2010
10:11 am

This is NOT the beginning of the end.
Anyone who says so is a bandwagon fan.

stendek

December 24th, 2010
10:12 am

Would have posted this much earlier but Thrashers purely made me sick with that debacle in Massachusetts. Since no Thrasher gave any damn effort whatsoever I posted mug shot of one of Bruins. Squa tront…

http://stendek77.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/thrashers-continue-freefall-in-tko-loss-to-bruins-in-boston/

Merry Christmas friends. STENDEK

stendek

December 24th, 2010
10:14 am

To The Real Thrash. Sigh. Bless you pal. I, uh, how, oh well. Whatever. :( STENDEK

stendek

December 24th, 2010
10:17 am

Thrashers need toughness. Now. Anyone have number for Hanson Brothers? :) Do not get reamed on scoreboard AND in fights too! Unacceptable. :( STENDEK

DZ

December 24th, 2010
10:34 am

So the Thrashers lose two in a row and the season is over?

Why don’t you obnoxious bean-eating, Kennedy-voting liberals leave our beautiful city of Atlanta and go back to your frozen overpriced segregated crudhole and pahk ya cah in Hahvahd Pahk.

Stendek, I thought you said it was “Not worth any words”.

Hammering Hank

December 24th, 2010
10:39 am

I thought Kane was supposed to be tough. Horton destroyed him.

eddie shore

December 24th, 2010
11:01 am

Kane wasn’t destroyed and Colon Campbell won’t be doing the review of the hit either. Try again. Campbell does not review Bruins games for obvious reasons. Horton is Rambo when Boulton, Eager and Thor aren’t on the ice, likewise for the Hunchback of Boston, Milan Lucic.

Whatever dot com

December 24th, 2010
11:10 am

Wow, prophets of doom already. Bad game, tired team, holes in Thrash game. But hardly “it’s over”. Thrashers DO need more toughness, trade Bergfors, Modin get decent 2-way player. Go post on your own team’s blog, trolls.

Fan from Carolina

December 24th, 2010
11:14 am

Stendek: “Worth ethic resembles that of Peggy Bundy”. That has to be the best line of 2010. Seriously though I believe many fans saw this one coming after the Bruins were embarassed at home by the Ducks. That’s the way it works. The Thrashers just happened to be the unlucky ones on the schedule. The ship can be righted Sunday but a really tough club coming in. No doubt about it.

Tom Lysiak

December 24th, 2010
11:21 am

Let’s add more toughness. Call up Cormier and see if he is ready.

Out of gas...

December 24th, 2010
11:28 am

Thrashers are not conditioned well. They are out of gas and fading fast.

Whatever dot com

December 24th, 2010
11:30 am

“The ship can be righted Sunday but a really tough club coming in. No doubt about it.”
Exactly right. Tampa will be determined to keep us in 3rd. I’ll be there, not bringing my jinx friend this time. Hopefully Ramsay can get them back in the right direction like he did after that Florida game several weeks ago.

Hammering Hank

December 24th, 2010
11:30 am

Everone will have to excuse Eddie. He gets a little defensive when our flames get beat up as badly as they did last night. Kanes face looked like he was using it to block several shots with it. Hopefully this fires the team up. They have been very sluggish lately.

A27

December 24th, 2010
11:37 am

This is hockey my friends… you are going to lose some games on the road. SHEESH!!! I would start worrying if we start having a losing streak like the Capitals just had. which i think shouldn’t happen. until then lets take care of the Bolts in our house and go from there. GO THRASHERS!!!

Alan R.

December 24th, 2010
11:54 am

I’m with A27 here. We just endured a grueling part of the schedule. The team got slow and sluggish, but I think it’s more a result of playing so many in so little time. We lost a couple we deserved to win, won a couple we deserved to lose… and then, there was last night’s debacle.

You pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and come ready to play the next night. These boys know that.

Jimbo

December 24th, 2010
12:00 pm

Twol losses to two good teams and it’s DOOMSDAY for a few. Hammerin Hank- What fights were you watching? You must have flipped over the a cage fighting station. Horton flailed with his arms- no force behind them and most hit the shoulders. He’s a wus.

stendek

December 24th, 2010
12:20 pm

Want to see what two do not give a damn efforts did to pretender Thrashers? Will translate following standings…

Tampa Bay 35 20 10 5 45 109 114 10-2-2 10-8-3 6-2-2
Washington 37 20 12 5 45 111 103 13-4-4 7-8-1 2-5-3
Atlanta 37 19 13 5 43 118 108 10-7-2 9-6-3 5-3-2

Losers dropped from first (forever) to third in division. Have scored 118 goals but only three in last six periods. Frontrunners less than nine goals off that total. Thrashers have allowed 108 goals. Compared to 103 for Caps and 114 for TB. Thrashers have been gutted for eight goals in the last six periods. Thrashers are a minus one (-1) on toughness scale. Were beaten like betch dogs by Bruins in all fights. Ashamed to say these quitters were representing Atlanta. Heartless and gutless. Thrasher power play scares Hell out of me. More apt to SURRENDER goal with man advantage. Thrashers consistently choke in goals with two man edges. Have NEVER seen a team that putrid before. That covers half a century of hockey watching. Bums should STILL be skating Herbies. Playoffs? When Satan requires a winter coat!

Squa tront. Yrrem Samtsirhc all! :) STENDEK

stendek

December 24th, 2010
12:24 pm

Hello A27. The Capitals PROVIDED teams an opening with that losing streak! Which team capitalized? Check top of standings. Do you truly consider a home loss to the St Louis Blues an unavoidable occurance? If so…STENDEK

stendek

December 24th, 2010
12:31 pm

One more thing. This pi$$es me off more than anything. I hated looking at standings only to see Thrashers far and away worst in goals against. Season in and season out. Understand Sori Letemin was on roster but even that was no real excuse. Trend I am witnessing now seems to foretell return to those damnable days. Marshmallow Mason completely worthless. Hope Pavs did not go through rare hot streak only to return to inconsistent ways. Has Pavs EVER stopped a breakaway attempt? EVER? Sigh. Suit up five Hanson Brothers when the Beaners come calling. Do not forget the foil! WERCS SNIURB! STENDEK

Mauro G

December 24th, 2010
12:36 pm

I like everytime we lose a game … everybody says the season is over(stednek, East point bob). is just 2 games with a really tough strecth of games… almost back to back… we are 9 points above from the closest Team trying to make the playoffs …. don`t panic people … panic if we lose 10 games straight … when Pits lost 2 straight nobody blinked… so stop crying we got a good team…

michael

December 24th, 2010
12:53 pm

seriously…2 games? god forbid we lose two games in a row in december. game wasnt very good besides the fights. luckily i got my tickets for the rematch already. whoever said call up cormier is right the kids actually being a real solid player in chicago. Little gets props for being forced into a fight with savy he didnt wanna cream him but he wasnt gonna fall when savy tried to just throw him down.

eddie shore

December 24th, 2010
1:00 pm

Kanes face? He had a visor on the entire time. did you see the interview with Ference? Ference looks like someone hit him with a frozen shovel, I guess when Anthony Stewart wasn’t watching Lucic sucker punch Meyer, Stewart apparently hit Ference, Ference will have a scar. Defensive? My life doesn’t revolve around a pro hockey team losing a game in a long season, life will go on for your pal eddie. I’m a Thrasher fan..I’ve seen this team lose before obviously. It’s not the end of the world, who are you ..Stendek’s deformed kid?

georg

December 24th, 2010
1:08 pm

To all you wussy’s out there dont know what ya talking about Hockey try to support the team more when they play at home and stop complaining about certain players……go out and play if you can and we’ll see how good you really are. The Trashers are a fine team under coach Ramsey so hang in there so sorry asses and say something nice for a change

Jimbo

December 24th, 2010
2:00 pm

Gang- Merry Christmas. Let’s go Thrash the Bolts. Stendec- take your meds.

Barry

December 24th, 2010
2:07 pm

That ice was terrible but the Bruins found a way to win despite it. The Thrashers weren’t playing like the team they have been. Maybe it’s fatigue from all these games, but looked way too passive especially on defense. I know they have hardly had any practice time to work on things in between games, so hopefully this Christmas break will give them time to recharge.

Too many turnovers again…especially in our own zone. Very passive defense in front of Pavelec. The team left Pavelec out to dry on goals 1 and 4. Goals 2 and 3 should have never been allowed if the Thrashers had actually played tighter defense instead of letting the Bruins just skate down, pick a spot, and have all day to shoot. Eager made some bone headed plays in the defensive zone. One time he just chips the puck to the side boards where 2 Bruins were. Burmistrov needs to sit a game or two. He is still holding onto the puck too long and trying to make fancy passes in the defensive zone. I thought Meyer played fine. He was aggressive and engaging. Thrashers forwards didn’t seem to try to drive the net any. Most of the forward play was along the boards and passing it up top for point shots. That was just playing right into the Bruins hands. Byfuglien scored his goal why….because he drove the net. Case and point. Thrashers woes on the powerplay is hurting right now. They need to find a way to get back at being good on the powerplay.

geoff

December 24th, 2010
3:13 pm

Hope Trashers will move to Quebec city in 2011 !!!!! where they have real fan !!!

Fan from Carolina

December 24th, 2010
3:41 pm

Everyone has short memories and there just is no need to panic. It was just 3 weeks ago on Dec 2 when Tampa Bay lost 8-1 to the Bruins up there. Who’s in 1st place?

stendek

December 24th, 2010
3:52 pm

My prediction is that Thrashers will have third place in division firmly strongholded by start of 2011. Team will never rise higher despite excellence of Craig Ramsay. Too many losing streaks. Too many nights when players take off effort wise. These are not the Falcons people. Oh well. Merry Christmas friends and enemies alike. Be blessed. EVOL AY LLA! :) STENDEK

iamtheratio

December 24th, 2010
5:55 pm

Stendek you are a moron and it would be the best christmas gift ever if you forgot this website existed so I never had to read another one of your asinine comments again. You sir are the biggest and I mean BIGGEST fairweather fan and you do not deserve to even watch this team play hockey.

sccannonball

December 25th, 2010
11:40 am

Lucic is a 22 year old “BEAST” the only way your going to hurt him is on a CHEAP SHOT. The “BEAST” draws blood on most of his fights without hitting a nose. Before this year Lucis was known as a Enforcer on the team. Now……he is the top scorer on the team and someone has to knock out the BRUINS top scorer…ie::::: Bergeron…Savard….and now Lucic..he has his big hit on him. BEWARE OF THE BEAR ….The “BEAST” still lurks and will DESTROY ATLANTA 12/30/10….thank you Atlanta for waking up the “BEAST” CANNONBALL

Joe Tess Fish House

December 25th, 2010
1:07 pm

This team is domed without Kolvochock.

hey stendek

December 25th, 2010
4:55 pm

you are mentally handicapped. get off the internet.