I caught up with Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay after Saturday’s 5-3 loss to Edmonton – a game the Thrashers led 3-1 before allowing three third-period power play goals to rookie Taylor Hall. Tobias Enstrom was called for hooking and slashing penalties, Chris Thorburn was called for tripping and Nik Antropov got a double minor for high sticking in the third.
Here’s what Ramsay had to say:
“I thought we played extremely well and unfortunately it came down to special teams again – 4-on-3s and walking out of corners for goals. There were goals that should be prevented. It’s something we’ll look at again. It shouldn’t be happening this time of year, but it did. We’ll discuss it and walk the guys through it [Tuesday] because the low walk goals are the ones you don’t expect. Our defense got on the far post. We like them on the near post. It’s strange.
“We had the game. We took some crazy penalties. We need to be a team that’s known for its discipline. We can’t afford to take penalties. Some can be beyond your control if you are saving a goal, but we can’t afford to take penalties. We want to play with discipline. We want to keep our sticks off people. We don’t want to high-stick or hook or hold or do any of that stuff. We want to play with discipline, physically, contact, separate people from the puck but can’t afford to take penalties. It’s not good enough. When we get ahead in the game, we can’t panic. To suddenly take those penalties was really awkward.”