Ramsay: Keep it simple on the power play

The Thrashers enter Tuesday’s game at Pittsburgh with a power play that is struggling. The unit is just 2-for-29 over the past 10 games.

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said the key to returning the unit to its previous success is to keep it simple.

“The entries have to be good,” Ramsay said. ” More importantly, you have to be able to deal with the pressure that teams bring. It’s moving it quickly and not trying to be fancy and making the simple plays. When a power play struggles, the most important thing to do is keep is simple. Get it down low, throw it to the point and shoot it. If you can get those point shots to go through then suddenly good things start to happen. You can get tips, you can get rebounds.”

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Brendan

December 29th, 2010
12:24 am

Folks, all that happened was that we got undressed by probably the BEST team in the National Hockey League, in their rink. Is that so horrible? C’mon. Think about it. Would you bet six month’s worth of paychecks AGAINST the Penguins winning the Cup? I wouldn’t bet even one paycheck against it. That’s why this loss doesn’t have me in fits of hysterics.

Neither does it particularly fill me with glee. This is four losses in-a-row, for only one point out of a possible eight (1/8). That’s not how to go into the new year with momentum. But all is not lost. The eighth playoff spot is not hopelessly out of reach. And there’s roughly half a season to go. The Thrashers are on pace for about 86-90 points. That’s not a sad, pathetic season. It might even be enough to make the Dance.

Let’s try to keep some perspective in the coming days. Coach Ramsay is not a moron. Rick Dudley is not an idiot. The Thrashers will fix their powerplay. I can’t decide what the worst moment of this game was. (1) Penguins scoring 9 seconds into the 3rd period, to demoralize the bench. (2) Burmistrov being manhandled after a whiff clearing pass, that resulted in just a horribly embarrassing goal. Or (3) that 5-on-3 PP, when there was still a chance to get back in it, when the Penguin player flipped the puck up over the glass for an automatic penalty. There was lots of ice out there, but “stationary” Thrashers, telegraphing plays and passes. The worst thing a team owning a 5-on-3 manpower advantage can do, aside from giving up a “shorty,” is to STAND STILL. That’s just what the defense wants you to do. Gotta keep those feet moving, to keep the plays fluid and the chances coming. They will work on 5-on-3 PP’s in the coming days. I’m sure of it.

BLUELAND

December 29th, 2010
6:48 am

First off I think Pits is one of the best teams in the NHL. That said, it looks like Bogo doesn’t know what the hell he is doing – Nervous. He has defintely taken a step back.

lakelanier

December 29th, 2010
8:25 am

i was hopin a spark from cormier would help, bogo is lost. no one challenges asham after a rough hit on kane and then he ran over pavs. too many stewarts on the team, they just stand there, peverley, ladd.. especially ladd..he is the captain and he has zero grit. i’m sick of eliot and MM’s love fest with crosbaby. go call their games if you love horse teeth so much. bring back dellacamera.

Fan from Carolina

December 29th, 2010
9:18 am

Everyone will feel better after Thursday. The B’s are on one VERY fortunate win streak right now. The shootout win against the Panthers and last night’s bogus ref call against Stamkos at the end of the game (Campbell’s kid was the victim if you didn’t see it). It all ends at about 10:00 p.m. Thursday night.

Joe McGrath

December 30th, 2010
11:11 am

Spike Gatorade with Five Hour Energy.

Flagstaff

December 30th, 2010
5:27 pm

The one thing worse than Stendek… a Stendek kiss-up/wannabe.