Bad penalty leads to Thrashers ninth straight loss to Lightning

Here is my game story from the Thrashers loss to the Lightning Sunday night for those who would like to comment.

The Lightning have the Thrashers’ number – and it’s a big one.

Tampa Bay defeated Atlanta 3-2 in overtime on Sunday night at Philips Arena for its nine consecutive win, including all four meetings this season. Vincent Lecavalier scored his second goal of the game, on a power play, at the 1:13 mark of the extra period for the win.

The Lightning now own the NHL’s longest active consecutive win streak by one team over another. The last Thrashers’ win came Oct. 3, 2009, in the opening game of last season. That broke a three-way tie for league dominance; San Jose has beaten Philadelphia eight straight times and Boston has done the same to Edmonton.

The Thrashers (19-13-6, 44 points) lost for the third straight time. Since a 10-2 streak, the Thrashers have lost five of seven games (2-2-3).

The Lightning (21-10-5, 47 points) kept the lead in the Southeast Division with their second straight win. They have compiled points in their past eight games (6-0-2) and are tied with Washington.

The game-winning goal came with the Lightning skating 4-on-3 in the extra period after a boarding penalty to Dustin Byfuglien with 10.3 seconds left in regulation.

“Yes,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said when asked if it was fair to call it a bad penalty taken by Byfuglien. “He knows he made a mistake. Unfortunately it cost us. We still managed to get a point. We have to be smarter. We talk a lot of discipline. We’ve had it but we have to stay disciplined throughout the game no matter what’s happening around us.”

The Thrashers got a late goal from Fredrik Modin — with 3:43 left in regulation — to tie the game at 2-2 and send it to overtime. The forward saved the Thrashers by backhanding the rebound of a Jim Slater shot past Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis for his seventh goal of the season.

Ondrej Pavelec said the Thrashers wasted the opportunity after tying the game.

“We had a big chance to win the game and we just gave it to them,” said the goaltender, who faced 34 shots. We gave them two points.  “4-on-3 you usually score. 4-on-3 is pretty tough [to stop].”

The Lightning opened the scoring on a goal by – who else? – Steven Stamkos. The forward pounced on a rebound as Ryan Malone rushed the net and forced a shot at Pavelec. It was Stamkos’ 28th goal of the season, coming at the 8:14 mark of the first period.

In four games against the Thrashers this season, Stamkos has eight points (six goals, two assists). That brought his career total to 22 points (13 goals, nine assists) in 16 games against Atlanta, his highest point total against any NHL team.

The Thrashers’ Zach Bogosian tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period, the beneficiary of two drop passes. Bryan Little skated with the puck into the offensive zone and left the puck for Anthony Stewart, who dropped it for a streaking Bogosian. The defenseman blasted a shot past for his third goal of the season. The game-tying goal came at the 6:03 mark. With the assist, Little extended his point streak to four games with one goal and four assists.

It took the Lightning just 3:01 to regain the lead on another rebound. Simon Gagne took a shot that Pavelec initially stopped. However the puck bounced right to Lacavalier, who buried the puck in the back of the net.

The Lightning thwarted the Thrashers’ offense by clogging the neutral zone, a point that Ramsay admitted frustrated his team.

“It’s something we’ve got to figure out,” Modin said. “We’ve got a couple of other cracks at them.”

The Thrashers killed off nearly four minutes of penalty time midway through the period. A questionable tripping penalty to Johnny Oduya and a holding call on Modin overlapped by nine seconds. The Thrashers allowed just two shots, late in the last power play, to keep it a one-goal game heading into the final period.

The Thrashers power play dropped to 2-for-29 over the past 10 games. They had one power-play chance, but it lasted just 48 seconds when a hooking call to Tobias Enstrom nullified the man advantage. They had another over the final 1:13 of regulation, but that was negated on Byfuglien’s boarding call that carried over into overtime.

“It is undisciplined,” Ramsay said. “We talked so much about that. Our penalties are down significantly. But you can’t let frustration dictate how you play.”

The Philips Arena crowd was announced at 14,610 making it the third straight home game with more that 14,000 in attendance.

62 comments Add your comment

Brendan

December 26th, 2010
10:54 pm

This game was surely a Christmas present for many hockey fans tonight. It’s important for the team to play well in front of larger crowds, to get them to return to the arena.

That’s late goal salvaged a point. We needed it. Atlanta cannot afford to fall outside of playoff position.

stendek

December 26th, 2010
11:01 pm

Losing streak is now at three with no end in sight! Another morale loss to keep brainless apologist fans happy and delusional. Another giveup job on home ice. Gave one away which team could not afford to give away. No heart. No pride. No fire. No fight. No hope. Strategy fine Craig Ramsay. Require players who give a damn to make it work. Not these uncaring bums! Saw smiles on faces of losers following debacle. That pi$$ed me off worse than shet defeat! Third place now but cellar not that far away. Offense is gone. Pavs has become human. Worth ethic is shot. Losing streak certain to be a long one. Wonder how cold it is in Hamilton? Damn this crapola! STENDEK

Zombie Steve

December 26th, 2010
11:02 pm

The Lightning are quickly becoming my most hated team. Why can’t we beat these guys?

stendek

December 26th, 2010
11:09 pm

We had a big chance to win the game and we just gave it to them…

Just who, exactly, was in goal when OT goal allowed Mr Pavs? Jerk! STENDEK

East Point Bob

December 26th, 2010
11:34 pm

Tough game… I do not understand why we cannot whip these guys. Got a point, but need a lot more. Not happy with three losses…

Smoothie

December 26th, 2010
11:39 pm

“Pavs has become human”

Seriously???

stendick, you are the biggest moroon to ever grace the blogs of the AJC, and that’s saying something. Pavelec single-handedly kept us in this game thwarting choice chance after choice chance everytime boneheaded Byfuglien committed a stupid gaffe with the puck or made an errant, careless pass to a Tampa forward. Wanna blame someone, then blame Dustin cuz he was absolutely wretched tonite and yet we nearly overcame his terrible play anyway. Too bad his poor decision-making cost us in OT despite a spirited effort at 3 v 3 by Pevs and Ladd.

Stop posting your mindless drivel and take a chill pill you idiot. Watch the replay, collect your thoughts and then post your thoughts. It would give all of the rational fans a chance to have their say before you get on here and crap all over the page, you selfish lout!

Kovyoverrated

December 26th, 2010
11:44 pm

Every December 26th for the past 10 years, there has been no hope, no vibe, no expectation in Blueland. Now there is. Duds will add some pieces and we will see playoff hockey in Atlanta this April. I would love to see a “bad” penalty taken against Stendek and the other naysayers!

Marcus Valdes

December 27th, 2010
12:02 am

Glad we snagged at least one point. The officiating seemed really one sided to me…..

Donovan McNubb

December 27th, 2010
12:12 am

Stendek, I usually love to read your entertaining posts … but you got it wrong tonight brother. Pavelec was amazing. He pretty much stole us a point with all those point-blank saves. Any other goalie in there and we lose by two or three goals easy.

Props to the Greek Gods line for being our best tonight. Slater and Thorburn were all over the place, creating havoc and goal-scoring opportunities.

Eon Rodeo

December 27th, 2010
1:25 am

Far from time to panic, Thrashers fans. Go Leafs Go!

Michael "The Abbreviation"

December 27th, 2010
1:56 am

Well im panicking… 3 losses in a row, and when will it stop? They gonna beat Tuxedo birds on the road? EHHH, wrong.. They gonna beat Boston after that…I think not.. Stendec is right, it’s time to panic Blueland cause I fear we will be staring down a 5 game losing streak..Lets face it, we can’t beat Tampa so we won’t win the division.. Now we cant score, Pavs is still good but not unstoppable.. He gave up two weak rebounds for goals instead of handling and smothering them like his counter part Ellis.. Come on, wake up fans, follow Stendec and me, we will show you the light..

Cornbread

December 27th, 2010
2:47 am

Ugly game tonight and it all stemmed from the style of play of the Bolts. Sticks in lanes, traps, clogging the middle and putting four guys lined up in the neutral zone equals ugly boring NJ Devils hockey of old. Only problem is the bolts don’t have the D or goalie that NJ had. But they made the most of it. That folks is good coaching and team play on their part.

Atlanta had their chances but didn’t get the bounces to go their way. They also couldn’t establish their game of getting it deep and cycling it to create more scoring opportunities. For the most part, Tampa gave them time and space to come out of their zone unlike the last two games against the Blues and Bruins who pinched and took away the half wall. The Thrashers also did a better job of keeping the third man higher in this game, something I thought they got away from in the past few.

Nice to get a point. It sucks that we gave two to Tampa. Buff and Toby did not have a good game. Buff was clearly frustrated. That penalty late in the third cost his team, as did Tampa’s first two goals where he failed to pick up his man. They’ll come back with a stonger effort versus the Pens.

Good crowd tonight but they were pretty well taken out of it watching an ugly and boring hockey game thanks to Tampa. That really sucks for ATL and the NHL. But, it could have been worse; the Habs lost to the Isles 4-1. Now that’s bad.

Stendek, you really have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to hockey do you?

swede

December 27th, 2010
5:10 am

Just too bad Buff couldnt cover up his marking on their first and second goal. He was just looking at the puck..

Sage of Bluesland

December 27th, 2010
7:50 am

Some idiot (I think it was Smoothie) said that Tampa was overrated, “Smoothie’s”-Gold, if you will.

Uh-huh. Nice call. I’ve come to expect nothing less.

Stick to dweaming about being buddies with Don Waddell and yelling “Knight!” during the national anthem…

hotrod

December 27th, 2010
8:08 am

I am giving Buff a pass on this one. He would take that hit back if he could. It just came at a bad time. At least it was a hit and not a delay of game flipping the puck over the boards like Tampa did. Thats when we should of made hay but Tampa worked harder on the kill while we were chipping away just to keep it in the zone.

We got a point and this is still a good/great season so far.

Mike W

December 27th, 2010
8:16 am

Once again Stednek only posting after a loss. Last time you said Pavs should have been in net when Mason lost, now you say what you did about Pavs. Are you really that mentally retarded that you slap the blame on Pavelec? Did you even watch the game? Because anyone who did would have blamed it on Byfuglien for taking that penalty, or on Oduya for just standing in the crease instead of clearing it of the TB players. You sir, are the definition of a moron, and I hope for the sake of yourself that you don’t get out much, because its a hazard to the general public.

They played like crap, no excuses. No jump in their game like we know they have somewhere inside them. Let’s hope they can bounce back these next couple of games.

ward

December 27th, 2010
9:04 am

Stendek is Scrooge dressed up in the visitor’s uni top at each home game. Being a fan and loyal supporter means a person weathers these losses and hopes for better games. Consider fans in cities like N.J. and N.Y this season. Or try being a Cubs fan in baseball…(or Braves fan for previous several seasons) Stendek is not a “fan”…merely an observer…..and gets it wrong often. Thrashers are in 6th overall this morning and we all would have been pleased with that when the season began. Go Thrashers.

Hockeynut

December 27th, 2010
9:15 am

Good game but still not enough effort to win…we must play harder and faster to beat any of these great teams, first time Bogosian gut of his duff and scored how lucky otherwise he is a dud just not agressive in the endzone. We must come together as a team and wake up before the season is over.

Fan from Carolina

December 27th, 2010
9:30 am

Pavelic earned the point all by himself. He stole it by stoning both Bergenheim on that 2 on 1 and the Malone shot. This easily could have been 4-1 or 4-2 for the Bolts. Buff, very poor discipline, and he knows it. As much as Pavelic stole the point, Buff gave it away. I haven’t heard many positive comments about the outstanding penalty kill. The Lightning did absolutely ZIP on the PP all night until the 4 on 3 in OT.

Not Blind

December 27th, 2010
9:31 am

I actually like the way TB plays. The main thing they do is HUSTLE HUSTLE HUSTLE !!!!!!!!! The second they have the puck GO GO GO GO !!!!!! The Thrashers do not have an effective breakout. They get control of the puck in their own end but the rest of the team doesn’t get going to give the guy an open outlet. They stand there looking at the guy which makes it easy for the other team to dictate play. If not for Pav the Thrashers would be vying with NJ. It seems like the Thrashers do this every year. Come out strong but after a couple of months the other teams have tape and can easily figure out how to beat Atlanta. This year’s team is light years better than any before but they still don’t seem to have the ability to ratchet up their intensity when they need to.

Ramsey knows what the problems are and even said they have to work on the system to take that next step. This can be a great team just got to steepen the learning curve..

Martin Beck

December 27th, 2010
9:32 am

Is it time to bring up Patrice Cormier to re-inforce troops?

Shivarmee Timbers

December 27th, 2010
9:49 am

The Thrashers will have to win a playoff series this year to fill the seats for the next round. There seems to be little hope for the franchise to remain in Atlanta. People in this town don’t drive to the dirty downtown to watch bridesmaids or rebuilding projects play. In order for sports fans to suffer the traffic and the one-way streets of our wonderful city, in the words of Mr. Singletary, WE NEED WINNERS.

I for one am trying to care but am losing the battle with myself on this sport.

stendek

December 27th, 2010
9:54 am

I see I struck a nerve! Oh well. Example. Suppose Falcons lose to Saints tonight at Georgia Dome. Apologist fans will shrug it off. Look at great season they will chime. Defending Super Bowl champions blah, blah and blah. Okay. Suppose Falcons then lose to Panthers. Not defending Super Bowl champions last time I checked. Team surrenders division title in finale. Backs into NFL playoffs as wild card. Bye bye home field advantage. Would everything still be sunshine and lollipops people? I do not think so. Impossible? Not gonna happen? How many envisioned a lengthy losing streak for Thrashers in lieu of recent play? All started by, I choke as I type this, the not worth a shet Saint Louie Blues! By the way. That is MISTER Ebeneezer Scrooge to my critics! Still believe in Thrasher magic? Raise hand. I thought so. :( :( :( :( STENDEK

stendek

December 27th, 2010
10:03 am

Posted above…

I for one am trying to care but am losing the battle with myself on this sport. (ST)

Give it up friend. Hard to stay excited when every home game is a damn loss! :( :( :( :( OT losses are losses. Screw the damn pity point! Decent teams WIN in their own building. STENDEK

stendek

December 27th, 2010
10:15 am

Can I obtain a pair of the rose colored glasses simplistic Thrasher fans gaze through? No time to panic? Wow. Three straight defeats! Thrashers failed test on home ice in their most critical showdown. EVER! Offense has completely disappeared. Hell just pass puck to, what, oh yeah, I remember now. Pavs human not superman as he was weeks ago! Buffalo has been reading too many of his press clippings. System is winning one. Thanks Craig Ramsay. Players are not winners! Where is team pride? Plover lose to one team nine times in a row? NINE! You ask me to keep the faith. Have confidence in players. Be optmistic. Screw you! HAPPY NEW YEAR. :( :( :( :( STENDEK

steve brown

December 27th, 2010
10:17 am

can stendek be traded for a jock strap warmer?

stendek

December 27th, 2010
10:21 am

Intelligent post Shivarmee Timbers. Love that name. I have been preaching that sentiment since Thrashers evolved. Talk is cheap. Morale victories should be left in fantasy sports fiction tales. There are no feel good defeats in professional sports. Men are overpaid to WIN! Not show up. Not compete. Not sign autographs. WIN! Thrasher fans will never understand that unalterable fact of life. I did when my beloved Flames were kicked northward to Calgary. Thrasher fans may when team is relocated to Hamilton. Maybe not. Happy New Year pal. God bless. :) :) :) :) STENDEK

stendek

December 27th, 2010
10:23 am

Steve Brown cannot handle the truth! Oh well. :0 STENDEK

stendek

December 27th, 2010
10:26 am

Chris. This is serious question. How many consecutive defeats are required before it just might be time to panic or at least make some major adjustments? Streak now at three! Just curious. Lost points can never be retrieved! STENDEK

steve brown

December 27th, 2010
10:27 am

Ok, Ok a jock strap warmer and a mounted moose head.

cousin Eddie

December 27th, 2010
10:32 am

Was very impressed with Tampa last night, especially their coach. He had the players all on the same page and knew how to beat us before the game even started. I thought our break out was good. We were patient, waiting for our players to be in the right spot instead of forcing a play out of the zone and there could of been much more turnovers if it wasn’t for the patience. What got the thrashers was the cycle in the offensive zone. Tampa’s forwards cut off the drop pass to the point which cut off the point shot from the defense. Our forwards were our only offensive weapon last night and they could not handle the tenacity of the Tampa players. The Thrashers are built to include the defense in the offensive production. Tampa has learned to prevent this and subsequently can beat us everytime with it. I thought Buff was horrible last night(cant expect him to be perfect every night), and so was Modin(always bad positionally), and so was Kane. Kane is really started to become my most hated player. Tired of seeing him try to do everything by himself. One time he went down the left side in the third period and never lifted his head to see that Stewart was wide open in front of goal. Instead he drove to the net and lost the puck, never putting a shot on goal. I feel bad for Stewart and Little, it’s like playing with Kovulchuk, but at least Kane plays some defense. Would really like to see Burmistrov with some linemates that can really play. I feel like he is getting the shaft with the players he has been playing with the last week or two.

shart

December 27th, 2010
10:32 am

I’d love to see Cormier up here and for Stendek to swallow cyanide since he can’t take a 3 game losing streak because it’s the end of the world obviously.

Twisted Wrister

December 27th, 2010
10:33 am

Ignore stendek, anyone that whines about not getting enough food stamps or his federal disability check contributes NOTHING to society, in as much as he contibutes NOTHING to this blog.

The only thing stendek does is stiffle coherent dialogue.

stendek

December 27th, 2010
10:35 am

A dear friend of mine conceded he would be proud if Thrashers lost in six overtimes in seventh game of Stanley Cup final. I told him he would be the only one to remember it was Thrashers who lost to champions years from now. He still does not get it! He also believes in Thrashers. I told him champions have a plan. Craig Ramsay system can be successful. Players not in place willing to make system work. What about streak he countered. Only streak I am interested in is one presently at three! I always contend that losing breeds losing. Thrashers living proof of that sports truth! STENDEK

cousin Eddie

December 27th, 2010
10:36 am

Dont look now but Florida and Carolina are two points back if they win their games in hand. Not saying the sky is falling, but building a fall out shelter wouldn’t be too bad of an idea. We have 5 games in hand on some teams and we could drop out of the top 8 within a week or two if this play continues.

stendek

December 27th, 2010
10:43 am

Twisted Wrister. I do not know what you do for a living. I worked in journalistic field for almost half a century before my eyesight failed. If God has blessed you so be it. I ask nothing for myself. It is my grandchild and disabled wife who I am concerned about. Initially I was going to say that I wish you were stricken blind. I could not wish that on anyone. EVEN YOU! There is still freedom of expression on Chris blog. Not Rawhide. I have never pitied myself nor will I ever do so. I do pity you. STENDEK

stendek

December 27th, 2010
10:46 am

Shhhh Cousin Eddie! Apologists do not want to hear that. Just continue to say everything will be fine. Same ones that would crucify truth teller Jesus Christ will be after you. Nails in hands! :0 STENDEK

Shivarmee Timbers

December 27th, 2010
10:48 am

STENDEK, I said I am losing the battle, I didn’t say I was a wacked out turd-throwing bassinet shaker such as yourself. Calm down STENDEK you make more sense in the Bird Cage.

stendek

December 27th, 2010
10:51 am

Stick to FB ST! STENDEK

cousin Eddie

December 27th, 2010
10:57 am

I see both sides. I want to have faith in Ramsay and the boys that they will pull through this rut that’s been going on for about 2 weeks. On the other hand I see the standings and the potential standings come the first week of New Year.

Sure Stendek goes on these mindless rants sometimes, but he still provides useful points to the blog. If you dont like Stendek’s post, just skip over them. Attacking a blogger is only going to make things worse. Its the holidays and be thankful your not a Devils fan!

stendek

December 27th, 2010
11:00 am

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!! :0 :) :0 :) :0 :) :0 STENDEK

brett

December 27th, 2010
11:17 am

how are some of you guys giving up already? 0-2-1 in 3 games…BIG deal…hockey teams go through a couple bad stretches, thats the game..look at that skid washington had. if we run into one of those, i might be worried, but the 9th place team in the conference is still 8 points behind us. Not to mention weve played the most games in the nhl besides anaheim…we need some more rest, and our schedule isnt exactly ideal..january is looking a lot easier.

Twisted Wrister

December 27th, 2010
11:18 am

I worked in journalistic field for almost half a century

Where, pray do tell?

brett

December 27th, 2010
11:20 am

and yes i agree with whoever said that kane is becoming a player they dislike. i understand you have to dump the puck into your zone to yourself every once and while, but he does that same dump in play every SINGLE time and never passes it into the shooting lane.

stendek

December 27th, 2010
11:25 am

THRASHER REPORT CARD THROUGH 2010:

COACHING: A+.

OFFENSE: B-.

DEFENSE: B.

GOALTENDING: A. (PAVS A+)

POWER PLAY: D-.

PENALTY KILLING: A-.

ON ICE DECISIONS: F.

INTANGIBLES: F.

STENDEK

cousin Eddie

December 27th, 2010
11:31 am

Brett- I’m not worried about Ottawa. I’m worried about Carolina and Florida, who could have 42 points with their games in hand. That’s 2 points behind us. That means we can’t afford to go on a bad streak like Washington because we are truly not ahead by 10 points or more.

ThrasherTim

December 27th, 2010
11:33 am

#1 reason the team has struggled lately is the lack of production on the power play. Otherwise, this is basically the same team as during the winning streak.

Shivarmee Timbers

December 27th, 2010
11:35 am

Faceoffs: C

Plus/Minus: B+

Actually STENDEK our Power Play stats are #8 in the league (B+).

cousin Eddie

December 27th, 2010
11:36 am

^ Bingo!- Scoring on the powerplay on a consistent basis can easily hide your goof plays.

gcs

December 27th, 2010
11:42 am

At least they got 1 point.

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