Shootout In LA…Literally

When the Atlanta Thrashers hitched up the ‘ol covered wagon and moseyed on out west, they had gone eight games in which they had only score 12 goals. When the horn sounded to end the first period in Monday night’ 7-6 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings, they had scored twelve goals in the first four periods played out on the left coast.

Hey guys, do us all a favor and make sure you bring some of that high-powered O-fense back to Blueland with ya next week, OK?

Jumping out to a 3-0 lead, as they did in Lala-land, always helps the cause. In the first 7 minutes and 41 seconds, Bryan Little, Ilya Kovalchuk and Todd White had scored goals to give the Thrashers an early lead. It also made for a quick exit for Kings goalie Jon…well…Jon Quick.

After leading 3-0, 4-1 and 6-3, the Thrashers saw their early success evaporate as the Kings scored three straight in the third to tie the game and send it to overtime. The tying goal was Anze Kopitar’s second of the game to go with two assists and came with exactly 5 seconds left on the clock. At the time, Ron Hainsey was serving a delay of game penalty…his second of the game. Kopitar’s goal came on LA’s 19th shot of the period, 43rd of regulation.

After the teams split four shots in the overtime period, Kopitar scored on LA’s first chance…Little rang the puck off both side posts for a miss…Moose saved Jack Johnson’s shot…the Slavanator blasted one past Erik Ersberg…Moose stopped Dustin Brown…Kovy missed…Patrick O’Sullivan’s shot was stopped by Hedberg…then Erik Christensen’s right to left move fooled Ersberg for the win.

Moose finished the game with 39 saves on 45 shots. Atlanta took 27 shots…12 in the first, 9 in the second, 4 in the third and a pair in OT.

Two games out west…fourteen goals scored…fifteen if you count the shootout “goal”…and most importantly, four points in the standings!

Stat Sheet Highlights From LA

Kovy = 2 g, 1a, +2, 4 SOG

Bogey = 3a, +2

Little = 1g, 1a, +2, 2 SOG

Reasoner = 1g, 1a, +1, 3 SOG

White = 1g, 1a, +2, 2 SOG

Kozlov = 2a, E

Stuart = 1g, E, 4 SOG

Power Surge

In Monday’s win in Los Angeles, the Thrashers went 2-3 on the power play. In the two games played so far on the west coast swing, they have 4 power play goals on 9 man advantages. In the past five games, they have netted seven power play goals.

Four of those have been scored by Kaptain Kovy.

The Thrashers did allow four power play goals on eight kill attempts in Los Angeles.

Just Call Me,,, ”Shorty”

Since being called up from the Wolves, Colin Stuart has scored three goals. All three have while the Thrashers were killing off penalties.

Therefore, as the host of this blog thingy, I declare Stuart’s nickname to be…Shorty.

Timing Is Everything

Rookie Zach Bogosian pick a great time to come up with a three-point performance. Monday night at Staples Arena was Armenian Heritage Night. As you may know, Bogie’s family is of Armenian descent and he did receive a good deal of cheers from the crowd for his play.

Ya know…if indeed the aliens have returned to play in Thrashers uniforms, you think maybe we should have an Extraterrestrial Alien Appreciation Night at Philips?

 Shameless Self-Promotion

Recently the good people at Illegalcurve.com asked me to jot down a few words regarding what the upcoming trade deadline could hold for the Thrashers. They did the same for other writers that are familiar with the teams they cover.

Anyway…here is a link to that piece …mine is at the bottom. It looks like I was the first to successfully predict a trade…blowing on fingertips.

Also, I found the other comments very interesting indeed.

Thrashers Fatigue Syndrome

The lateness of last night’s game reminded me of those nights in the early ’90s when the Braves were beginning their run of success. Back then, the Braves were in the NL West and had to make several trips out there for games during the season. The following morning always made for interesting conversations at the coffee pot from those of us suffering from B.F.S., (Braves Fatigue Syndrome).

I was one of those staying up late at night to follow the team…normally rocking one of the boys back to sleep with a bottle…for the kid, not me!

Anyway, Tuesday morning is gonna feel much like that again…I’m sure Trixie will have a nice hot pot of strong, black coffee waiting for me on my desk when I drag myself in.

Yeah…right! :roll:

35 comments Add your comment

GTthrashfan

February 17th, 2009
3:50 am

Amen for the aliens and their newfound friend Shorty! Maybe this roadtrip won’t be a total bust afterall. But just a heads up while you’re suffering from TFS there Rawhide, just because Glavine is NHL talent doesn’t mean the rest of the Braves were in the NHL West hah. Can you imagine seeing Maddux on skates? Bobby Cox behind the bench getting thrown out every few games? Although…..Deion Sanders would probably be a damn good winger, anyone got a way to hop over to alternate universes?

Stevo

February 17th, 2009
7:49 am

What a great hockey game last night. There were a lot of good and bad things to take away from it for the Thrashers, but I’m happy to get two points out of it. Well worth staying up until 1:30 a.m. for. For whatever reason I had a feeling it wasn’t safe to go to bed when it was 6-3 and sure enough the un-good part of the Thrashers showed up, but ultimately got it done. I know some people are going to be complaining about the win (there goes our shot at Tavares), and maybe it’s just me, but I hate to lose. I would rather see the boys in blue finish on a high note and rattle off a bunch of wins and a row rather than to lay down and be an easy win for teams trying to make the playoffs. If we can’t make the playoffs then I say lets screw over everyone else in the process! FIRE WADDELL!

NavyThrasher

February 17th, 2009
8:37 am

I don’t like how it’s overlooked that we dropped a 3-0, 4-1, and 6-3 lead. Yeah, great job in the offensive zone guys. But does it really overshadow the soft goal tending that much?

Rawhide

February 17th, 2009
9:10 am

GTthrashfan – Um…yeah, that would be the NHl West, now wouldn’t it? Thanks.

Now, for that 3rd cup of coffee….

Stevo – I could not agree with you more. The morning after staying up ’til 1:30 am is a bit easier after a win.

NavyThrasher – Good point. The fifth goal was a bit of a fluke, deflecting in off Christensen’s backside…but there are a couple of those that Moose wishes he had back.

BTW…anyone else notice that the Thrashers are riding a 4-game road winning streak? Of course, they also have dropped the last 4 at home…but they can’t do anything about that ’til next week.

ben

February 17th, 2009
9:21 am

great game. good building for next year.

Bob

February 17th, 2009
9:27 am

Damn, these guys are certainly playing hard for the scouts, eh? They’re all like, look at me, pick me, pick me!

Moose looked awful in the parts of the game I watched, what a back and forth shoot out. Who was Bogosian paired with?

Ron

February 17th, 2009
9:32 am

Did not see the game, past my bedtime. Any win is a good win but WAAAYYY to many shots on goal. The D system has got to find a better way to limit the rubber thrown at our goalies.

R. Stroz

February 17th, 2009
9:37 am

“Who was Bogosian paired with?”

Oystrick

Alan

February 17th, 2009
9:57 am

Hedberg looked out of place during much of the game, and out of position far too often in the third period. Defense should have stepped up their game in the third, as well. Especially after Kovalchuk buried his second of the night. Allowing almost 20 shots in the third period (while taking a mere four for ourselves) is exactly why we had three goals scored against us.

Otherwise, it was nice. Having stayed up until 130am, I would have been mad at myself if we didn’t come out on top.

Now a question. On the LA feed last night, the commentators mentioned something about the Thrashers setting some kind of record for most goals scored in a back-to-back last night. Did I really hear that? If so, is there any truth to that?

Jimbo

February 17th, 2009
9:58 am

We need more Armenian nights. Bogosian continues to improve and will be a really good one. Donnie Brilliance will probably claim that he needs more experience packing and unpacking bags and will send him off to Chicago next year. And then, off on a trade for some againg defenseman, probably Schneider. Boy, would Bogosian and Coburn have been a duo on the Blue LIne. Stuart is proving what many posters have said all along, you need, big,aggressive, speedy guys on the PK, not passive midgets like Perrin and White. Dupuis and Belanger were both good size and very active. All Perrin does is back up and take up space. He doesn’t ever block a shot. The LA penalty killing forwards were fun to watch. They gave us fits trying to set up. C’mon DB keep the “deadwood” moving- Exelby, Perrin and Christensen.

Midfield

February 17th, 2009
10:12 am

I’d say, Moose probably wants two goals back, but both of those were on a weak side – strong side pass to an open shooter, so those weren’t easy saves to make. Enstrom looked terrible. He definitely looked tired all game long – more so toward the end, and, man, for the guy of his size it sure sucks not to be able to skate well. But, of course, the biggest problem Anderson needs to address is undisciplined penalties by Peverly, Little and Armstrong. You can’t have those on the back-to-back road game.

Spud Webb

February 17th, 2009
10:42 am

Wow, I am speechless. Not sure what to say or think about the last two games!!!

Smoothie

February 17th, 2009
10:44 am

Midfield, are you serious about Enstrom? Yes, he may have gotten worn down by the end of the game, but who didn’t? Need I remind you he is 5′ 9″ going against forwards 4, 5 and 6 inches taller than him all night? And who hustled his tail off to keep the play alive on the short-handed goal by Stuart to give us back a crucial 2 goal margin? Yes, that Enstrom who “doesn’t skate well”. I would say that skating is one of his best attributes. In fact, he’s probably better suited to playing wing than D since he skates so well and elusively.

Midfield

February 17th, 2009
11:16 am

Yes, Smoothie, he played badly – quite obviously tired. Stationary on PK – no pressure at all on the opponent winger and that’s what allowed weak side – strong side leathal passes on the tape, losing practically everything at the boards, got beat in open ice during OT almost giving away a clean break away chance, etc, etc. I did not say that skating is not his best attributes. I said that it sucks when you small and can’t skate fast, as he could not last night.

Hockey Biltong

February 17th, 2009
11:26 am

Third period everyone looked tired. Enstrom really got wacked in Anaheim,too.Hainsey is getting good at delay of game penaties. We hold out till 5 seconds left. What a pisser!

B. Thenet

February 17th, 2009
11:31 am

Remember that Enstrom took a pretty viscious elbow to the face from Kopitar in the 1st period, that could have had an effect on his play later in the game.

Back to back wins, on the road, on the West Coast? Very nice.

Stevo

February 17th, 2009
12:25 pm

Generally, I like Enstrom. I believe he is a solid offensive minded defenseman who should be able to contribute to the scoring and help on the PP. That being said, I do not think he should be on the PK. On every single Anaheim PP they would camp a big bodied forward right in front of Moose, which is fine. But we had Enstrom killing penalties and he couldn’t move these guys out of the way. It is the job of one of the defenseman to clear the crease so the goalie has a good view of the play, but that didn’t happen last night. I would play Bogosian on the PK in place of Enstrom.

Rawhide

February 17th, 2009
12:33 pm

Everyone… I just revised the above post for a little shameless self-promotion. I invite you to check it out…

Jimbo

February 17th, 2009
12:36 pm

Stevo and others: Right on about removing Enstrom from the PK. Both he and Havelid, while good, smart players, are simply not strong and physical enough to move players out from in front of the net. I think that if we charted the goals against on the PK, the majority would come from scrums in front of the net. It doesn’t help when we move the box and Perrin or White are forced to take a spot in front of the net. They too are not physical enough to move anyone. Give Bogosian a shot or Oystrick or Valabik.

Frosty the snowman

February 17th, 2009
12:52 pm

Rawhide, I would have to strongly disagree that Peverley is the answer to the top line center.

Rawhide

February 17th, 2009
1:01 pm

Frosty – First off, glad to see you made it through the mini heat wave last week. Temps in the high 60’s could not have done you any good at all!

Yeah, I hear ya… that’s why I still placed it on the priority list. It’s just that I think Peverley has been as “close” to being a real #1 center as anyone else we’ve placed there since Savard’s departure. That he can play well on wing too is even that much more of a bonus.

FormerIslesFan

February 17th, 2009
1:15 pm

**RH** (he says using old-style formatting b/c he has no idea if it will work in the new, fancy blog),

I am very surprised with an “LA Shootout” type title that you did not reference the band “LA Guns” anywhere in your blog. You’re showing your age, my friend.

Did I miss something here or was Hainsey’s delay of game penalty in the third period his SECOND penalty of that nature during the game? And…didn’t LA score on both those penalties? Just sayin’

I think there is something to be said about our guys being fatigued in the third period last night. Cross-country road trip, back to back games, both games very hard hitting (especially the Ducks game). Not making excuses, just positing a thought.

Darren Elliott said something near the end of the first period that we have been screaming here about for months when he said the Thrashers are going to the net more and getting second-chance opportunties.

Sigh. Isn’t that Hockey 101?? In my book, an ugly goal scored by sweeping in the trash rebound from 3 feet counts the same as a pretty goal.

Rawhide

February 17th, 2009
1:28 pm

FIF – The BOLD and italics either don’t work yet or may not be a part of the new format. There are some things still being “worked out”, as it were.

But you are corrected, my friend, that Hainsey’s puck-over-the-glass delay of game in the third was his second of the game. The other one came in the first when he had pressure applied to him near the goal and he flipped it over and out in a rush.

Married a Swede

February 17th, 2009
1:56 pm

Certainly its just coincidence that the higher the number of scouts at the game, the better our guys play, right? Just sayin …

Midfield

February 17th, 2009
4:02 pm

Rawhide, is that the Thrash in an open cleavage dress?

Stevo

February 17th, 2009
5:56 pm

Rawhide, you are really enjoying the features of the new blog aren’t you?

MortimerPeacock

February 17th, 2009
6:21 pm

Rawhide-

Great analysis and all, but more importantly: God bless you for using a still from History of the World, Part I.

Dwayne Johnson

February 17th, 2009
7:55 pm

no one mentioned the kings goal that was kicked in??? the nutbars in toronto missed another one. they hate us don’t they. its hell staying up till 1:30 am when you gotta get up at 4:30 am for a 12 hour work day…well, at least the Thrash won. Do yall think the Thrashers are playing with this much fire because they wanna be traded? does that include Kovy too? how bout: they are playing better on the road because of all the distractions at Philips?? all the fire don chants..the one paper bag dude, which was awesome, hope to shake his hand march 6th. and to the bloggers who think Moose is aweful, remember the defense he has in front of him, they aint too good are they, yes..i know..he let in 2, probably, that he wants back, AND THEN THERE WAS THE ONE THAT WAS KICKED IN!!!!!!!

LAC

February 17th, 2009
8:05 pm

I read with interest the first reports about the law suit.

So these clown owners think Bilkin is EVIL ???? Well if he is… They are the most STUPID COLLECTION OF MORONS ever assembled, and that is being nice.

This pathic display of stupidity is just amazing to see, I still have to wonder how did this collection of KOOKS, ever get the money to buy these teams, amazing !!!!! Because I am surprised they can even go to the bathroom without assistance !

Glovesave29

February 17th, 2009
8:10 pm

Jeez, I go outta town for a few days with the family and I come back to a new format, a trade and a new-found offensive spark. I did get to listen to NHL Centre Ice on XM on the drive…can’t remember who said it last Thursday, but one of the hosts said he didn’t blame Thrashers fans for staying away considering what has been put on the ice…that Waddell should have been fired last year after taking over for Hartley and making us a laughingstock, and that he still thinks Atlanta is a good market. Some yahoo from Ontario calls and questions him, to which he asks if he has ever been to Atlanta, or is he merely relying on the slanted Toronto media. I about drove off the road, which would have sucked because I was on I-95 and would have made the car into a u-boat.

Dwayne Johnson

February 17th, 2009
8:32 pm

one more thing about last night…did yall notice Atlanta sending 2 men in when l.a. was leaving their zone to attack?? didn’t Atlanta handle the ducks by sending one man in and trapping with the other 4 to create turnovers? is JA hard headed just enough to mess with something that work one night, to change it the next game?

Rawhide

February 17th, 2009
8:38 pm

Dwayne Johnson – Every goal I have seen kicked into Atlanta’s goal has been ruled a good goal by Toronto. In fairness, almsot every goal I have seen all year that was kicked in has been allowed…regardless who did so.

The way the rule is stated now, a player has to do a full soccer bicycle kick or it’s going to be allowed.

Dwayne Johnson

February 17th, 2009
8:49 pm

fair enough. i think i’ll try to get on the air with Gary Bettman thursday on xm radio and ask him about that “distinct” kicking motion.

Jason

February 17th, 2009
10:39 pm

Dwayne Johnson- If you get to speak with Bettman on Thursday, remind him there are plenty of people still around in Atlanta that are willing to support NHL hockey longterm. Don’t let anyone move the franchise. We are just being held hostage and made to look like a laughing stock down here due to Waddell’s ineffectiveness and our idiot ownership.

Alan

February 18th, 2009
12:54 am

The league knows Atlanta is a market that is worth having a team in. No need to tell Bettman anything about the on-going clusterf- that is our ownership and front office personnel. I’m more interested in the “distinct kicking motion” thing, myself.

Also, Dwayne, Anderson is still a first-time NHL coach. He’s fighting to find what works, and experimenting with his system. We bloody suck this season, so it’s not like we’re going to squeak into the playoffs anyhow. Just go with it. With time comes improvement, and with improvement will come wins.

You know, so long as D-Wad gets flushed. If he’s not out during this coming off-season (at the latest), all bets are off.