Playoffs have already started for Thrashers

The Quote of the Day comes from Thrashers captain Andrew Ladd. I asked Friday if the must-win situation the team finds itself in – along with playing tight games – will help if/when the Thrashers make the playoffs.

“Philadelphia last year was playing playoff hockey the last month [of the season],” Ladd said. “It translates and keeps moving all the way through. Sometime you are better off that way. In Chicago [last season's Stanley Cup winner], we weren’t playing our best hockey even in the first round. It took us a round to get going. Sometimes it’s better to battle your way in it and already be in that playoff mode.”

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Riddle me this

March 18th, 2011
7:40 pm

thrash head

March 18th, 2011
9:27 pm

Never know where the big MO will take you. Beat the Sabres tomorrow night in Buffalo and it will be back in our camp

GO BIRDS!

March 18th, 2011
11:14 pm

Beat Buffalo

East Point Bob

March 18th, 2011
11:21 pm

If we win, we tie Buffalo & Carolina, however they each hold the tiebreaker
over us, and we have a pretty rough final ten games…

Wrath of Thor's Jaw

March 19th, 2011
5:55 am

Even though our bald, fearless whisperer seems to think Burmistrov shouldn’t focus on hitting people and playing with any sort of intensity, I hope the players do not listen to this Johnny Anderson clone and go out there and play hard like they did against Filthydelphia. It’s sad that a coach would say that considering this is playoff hockey for the Thrashers.. it’s that crucial time when you need everyone giving all they have and that includes future stars of the NHL not playing ’safety first’ and hitting people and willing to win battles. Imagine where this team would be if they played hard all season, even Antropov had a few hits the other night, his first hits of the season! I’m sure Rammy tapped him on the shoulder and said to not do that as well.

Buzzeng

March 19th, 2011
7:56 am

It would be nice to see the Thrashers (or any ATL team for that matter) show up and win a “must-win” game. Traditionally, our teams fare poorly under these circumstances.

Break with tradition, Thrashers! Clobber the Sabres!

Go Thrashers!!

Dwayne

March 19th, 2011
8:05 am

When the team holds players only meetings, they all agree to “not listen” to the the ghost whispering coach and hit every time they have a chance.

Wrath of Thor's Jaw

March 19th, 2011
9:31 am

I’ve given Ramsay a chance, but I will not be sad to see him go next season during one of our typical month + long losing streaks, I think the fact that this is his first season is what saved him this year when the team hit rock bottom. The passive approach does not work, look at the one team we’ve had that actually went to the playoffs. They hit and were held accountable by a coach who didn’t “coddle” them. In fact I am pretty sure that coach said it wasn’t “ROMPER ROOM” meaning they weren’t babies and they’d be okay if he yelled at them and made them work hard. Of course that will get you fired in Atlanta when you had a superstar who played hard only when he felt like it, likewise for the type of players we normally attract. Now we have a passive coach who whispers that a young player shouldn’t play physical? Seriously, that’s what is appealing about Burmy, that kid plays all out, he is a warrior and the team is better with him playing his style. Why on earth would any coach tell him to change his style? I don’t think Burmy is trying to replace Boulton as the Enforcer, let the kid play his style, yikes. In fact maybe it will rub off on some of the soft players like Anthony Stewart and Antro. Imagine if our entire team gave the effort Burmy does.

That old mindset has to go, I think Dudley is changing that slowly but surely. I am so glad Wheeler and Stuart are changing the mentality as far as the on ice play goes regarding Atlanta hockey. No one would have fought Carcillo on previous Thrasher teams, no one would have taken notice he was trying to intimidate and rough up an injured player. Mark Stuart brings the character this team has sorely lacked for a very, very long time, likewise for Burmistrov. He doesn’t float and takes shifts off, he keeps hitting regardless of what Ramsay says.

upnorththrasher

March 19th, 2011
11:07 am

Scary quote of the year “hitting is overrated” Rammer….. Maybe this why the Thrasher don’t hit.. lets hope if they make the playoffs this philosophy changes, cause EVERYBODY hits in quest for the cup.
Maybe he is too soft to coach in the NHL.

Rammer is Staying

March 19th, 2011
3:11 pm

He is going nowhere. You do not fire a coach after one year, especially when he is coaching a team with one of the lowest payrolls in the NHL.

I wish him and the team luck tonight – Go Thrashers!

East Point Bob

March 19th, 2011
8:07 pm

24 seconds in and we are losing, now 20:00 in and we are losing 3-1, and this was to be the game of the season, from the way they are playing, it appears to be the first pre-season game of the season. They look awful and with a loss here, playoff chances gone for good. This is not a quality team and has many many flaws that have to be addressed. A number of players need to be replaced with better ones, I believe the first to be moved should be Little, then Zach, they just are not up to NHL quality and we need to get something for them while we can. To think Boyes could have been had for a second, where was our GM ? Out to lunch I assume !

kovyoverrated

March 19th, 2011
9:01 pm

I admit it. I got back into this deal and the “BIG BUFFALO GAME”, and was drunk with hope………again. What a waste of time………again. Buff, Ladd, Toby, and Kane are the only players that ANY OTHER TEAM would want. This team is crap, the coaches are crap, and this franchise is crap. Curse me for getting suckered back into wasting ANOTHER MARCH SATURDAY NIGHT WATCHING THIS FU*&)#NG TEAM!!!!

kovyoverrated

March 19th, 2011
9:06 pm

ALSO- If Bogosian isn’t on a plane to Chicago, or some freakin’ po-dunk town in Manitoba, I’M DONE!!!!!!

kovyoverrated

March 19th, 2011
9:47 pm

This game was so freakin important, that the score, or a story, isn’t on the front page of the AJC sports website. Don’t blame them. I wouldn’t claim this team either. 8-2, are you for real!?! Your “BIG F”ING GAME” and you give us this? We bought a lottery ticket last night and my son said if we won we could buy the Thrashers. We laughed and thought it would be cool. Then he got a serious look on his face and said “first thing we do is fire Bogosian”. Not bad for a 12 yr old.

Gwinnett Fred

March 19th, 2011
9:56 pm

Same as last year.

2010: Win 4 straight, including a home & home vs Flyers to put ourselves in it then play a team we must pass to get in and fall flat on our faces, losing 4-0 to the Bruins.

2011: Go 4-1-1, including a home & home vs Flyers to put ourselves in it then play a team we must pass to get in and one again fall flat on our faces tonight.

Guess Anderson wasn’t the problem after all.

Midfield

March 19th, 2011
10:03 pm

Bogo really looked like he had had too much fun with his hometown friends last might.

East Point Bob

March 19th, 2011
10:38 pm

Zach Bogosian has got to be traded, at this point, why doesen’t the great Dudley get a fifth round pick for him, his play dictates it, period. This kid is washed up before 25, he has no future and if he does, it needs not be in Atlanta. After all these years of losing, I really don’t care if they sell the team and move, I have had enough of the Thrashers to last a lifetime.

oh well

March 19th, 2011
10:54 pm

WOW. Fantastic hockey. End to end rushes. Magnificent saves. Glorious scoring chances. Passion. Heart. Desire. Determination. Pride. Love it. Nothing like college championship ice hockey. Anyone know when the worthless Thrashers play another completely meaningless game? Will not watch. Just curious. Kind of. I lied. Could care less.

oh well

March 19th, 2011
11:26 pm

Surprised goaltender wannabe Marshmallow Mason was in a holier than thou mood with some fire and brimstone comments. How many goals did this sieve allow again? Oh well. Glad at least one Thrasher is willing to call crap, well, crap. Far too kind a word for that debacle. Time for another team meeting again? Those things seem to really get results. :(

upnorththrasher

March 20th, 2011
12:42 am

Who really thought the the Thrash would stand up be tough? Really when have they ever done that?
Changes coaches… change rosters…. change mentality. ATL is a not a hockey town and for sure not a winning hockey town. Pack’em up and send them to Canada, maybe then they will take pride in themselves. What is the saying… “Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it.” They weren’t ready..and the blame starts at the TOP!!! I am done with Rammer’s stock answer of “they do everything we ask and or just not getting rewarded…they got rewarded tonight, right out the door!!
No playoffs again tis a shame we lose to a team with a new owner with a commitment to winning. Isn’t that funny, you commit to win, and you actually Win!!! It’s cool, Bulldog spring practice starts in few weeks!!!

Brendan

March 20th, 2011
2:30 am

Six wins in 27 games earlier this season … did this team in. Can’t win, when your Atlanta Thrashers are UNPREPARED TO PLAY for 20 out of the 82 games. Who can take a fourth of a season off, and still expect to be in the playoffs.

The coach must have his players prepared to play. So, a lot of this, believe it or not, does fall on coaching. Not just Ramsay, but Torchetti, too.

Icemelter

March 20th, 2011
8:01 am

Dudley, this disaster of a team is on your back! Ramsey was your choice and he is a powder-puff. Clean house or the house will be moved!

Riddle me this

March 20th, 2011
4:31 pm

Ramsey said Burmie sure looked good out there.

Cornbread

March 20th, 2011
11:53 pm

I’m really quite amazed at the majority of comments coming from long time posters. Do any of you play the game? Have any of you ever played? Is it just frustration on your part that your team is not winning? You blame everyone from Bogosian, to Stewart, to Dvorak, to Ramsay for this and every other recent loss. The Thrashers aren’t pointing fingers. Not one of you has stated what the real reason is, goaltending.

Take a look at the past 10 games. Bogosian has played the best of his career yet last night he ends up a -3 and all of a sudden it’s his fault and the “trade him now” crowd once again emerges. Take a look at Pavelec’s last 10 games, or since the beginning of 2011 for that matter. The kid is not getting it done. It’s a huge pressure on a 23 year old goaltender trying to lead his team into the playoffs. He is good and is only going to get better. I believe that from what I’ve seen yet no one has mentioned that the biggest reason the Thrashers are not winning like they did in November and December is because they are now getting below NHL average performance in net. I can’t tell you how deflating that can be for a team if you have not been there yet none of them are going to point the finger because they are class acts. To do so would be the death of them as a team and the death of their franchise goalie’s future confidence. They continue to support him and everyone else who makes a mistake. It’s what good teams do.

If there is one problem I have with Coach Ramsay over the past couple of weeks it’s not starting Mason in net more often or giving him the number 1 job. He has been there and proven that he can bring a team that is struggling into the playoffs. Hard to believe, but since the end of February he has been the better net-minder.

The Thrashers are playing very good team hockey even in many of their losses. They have all year. They are either not scoring or getting the goaltending they need in every game to get them over the hump in tight games. Over a month ago when Bogosian started to find his game again I stated to look out for the Thrashers if Bogo and Pavs ever put it together at the same time. I was mocked by one SOB yet the reality is one of them has the other has not. We see the results.

Cornbread

March 21st, 2011
12:08 am

And to the idiot troll from Buffalo who doesn’t know what a snowman is. I watched a lot of Buffalo games in the first half of the season when your team was not getting it done. You sucked worse than at any point the Thrashers have all season including last night’s game. Your team was horrible and couldn’t break the puck out of its own end and when it managed to do so put anything on net. Talk about AHL caliber teams. Then, a couple of saviors came along in the names of Miller and Pegula. You still don’t have anything beyond them.

WOW

March 21st, 2011
7:40 am

Got to drink the Kool Aid.

Brendan

March 21st, 2011
1:08 pm

Cornbread, let’s go easy on folks who are unfamiliar with golf terms. I, myself, just found out that a ‘threesome’ is golf term. I even looked it up. Apparently, there are strict rules about the alternative stroking of balls, depending on the hole. It’s a bit complicated. Blushing, I just closed my dictionary, unable to read further.

Bob Cole

March 22nd, 2011
9:53 am

I’m just writing to let you know (in case you didn’t) that here in Quebec City, there is a group planning to televise the next Thrasher-Canadiens game on the big screen at the Colisee. So far 14,000 tickets have been sold ($10.00 per), the plan is to show the NHL (Gary Bettman) that the people in Quebec deserve a hockey team. My only hope is that it’s not at the Thrashers expense.