Kari Drops Goose Egg On Avs

Kari Lehtonen Stopped All 35 Shots Tuesday Night

Kari Lehtonen Stopped All 35 Shots Tuesday Night. AP Photo

Kari Lehtonen stopped all 35 shots he faced in Denver, Colorado Tuesday night to earn his third shutout of the season…his second in the last three games. The Thrashers score three times on 36 shots on goal to get off to a good start on this three-game road trip.

Hmmmm…and what happened to Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau a few days after the Thrashers blanked the Habs 2-0 last Friday? Be afraid Tony Granato…be very afraid!

In the past three games, the Thrashers have outscored their opposition 10-2 and Kari has stopped 87 of 89 shots that he has face. Boys and girls…that’s a .977 SV%.

Scoring for Atlanta on this winning night was Zach Bogosian, Todd White on the power play with only 0.6 seconds left in the second period and an empty-netter by Rich Peverley. For Bogey, it was his fourth of the season…for White, it was his 18th and 11th on the power play…for The Peever, it was goal number 12 this season, 10th since being plucked from the waiver wire by the Thrashers.

Ilya Kovalchuk had a pair of assists on the night. Kovy now has 36 goals and 78 points for the year…which is only nine points shy of last season’s 87.

At the beginning of the season, I felt that what was important was to see how the Thrashers played in February and March as opposed to October and November. Well, since beginning the month of February with a 2-1 shootout win in New York, Atlanta is 9-6-1and are 7-3-1 in their past eleven games.

Now with 58 points on the season, the Thrashers are only four points behind Ottawa for 12th place in the conference…though the Senators have a pair of games in hand. However, the Thrashers are but a single point behind Colorado, who holds the 27th spot in the league. They are four behind Phoenix and Ottawa who are in the 25th and 26th spots in the league.

What that means is that Atlanta is only four points away from being a non-lottery team.

NHL Putting A Lid On Fighting?

Fighting in NHL hockey games has begun to get some more attention these days…specifically, the practice of dropping helmets as well as the gloves. The discussion has been fed by two incidents that happened during minor league games. One led to a half minute long seizure and head injury…another led to the tragicdeathof 21-year old Don Sanderson. In both instances, the players lost their helmets during the fight.

Thrashers Enforcer Eric Boulton

Thrashers Enforcer Eric Boulton. AP Photo

In this article by Tom Ferda, Scotty Bowman, now a Senior Advisor for the Chicago Blackhawks, and Atlanta Thrashers forward Eric Boulton take opposite viewpoints on the possibility of requiring players to keep their protective headgear on when fights break out on the ice.

Also, what is trying to be stopped is the so called “stage fights” in which players are simply looking to pump up and energized their team.

What say you?

Friday Nights = Man Plan In Blueland

OK, now the Thrashers sales and marketing folks are starting to make some sense. Friday nights now come with the ability to get into Thrashers games by way of the Man Plan. The deal provides a ticket to the game, unlimited hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, soft pretzels and fountains drinks. It also provides a chance to meet and have photos taken with members of the Blue Crew.  Man Plans start at $32.

Oooohhhhhhhh YEAH!! This is a great idea!

Now, in the name of fairness and equality…do you ladies think that another night of the week should be set aside for similar type deals. Only, along with the seats to a game, you get unlimited amounts of selected foods and an opportunity to meet Atlanta Thrashers players?

Maybe call it the Chicks Tix plan?

86 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

March 11th, 2009
11:05 pm

Just when I was starting to get enthused about the Thrashers prospects next season based on their performance the last month, Bruce Levenson essentially says that the Thrashers payroll numbers will be hovering around the salary floor again.

UP YOURS BRUCE.

Spud Webb

March 12th, 2009
9:10 am

Levenson is such a tool. So we are going to be near the floor again next year, then how does he expect to sign Kovy??? Or a number one center? Or since we didnt get a legit #1 Dman as promised a year ago?? UGH, man i get so worked up. Love this crap…”The lawsuit is about buying out a partner. There will be an end to that process, and there will be a buying out of that partner. We have begun to have conversations with people about the possibility of them coming into our group and buying out that interest. That may or may not happen.

So does that mean we will have another jack&ss as an owner? Wonderful, throw one more idiot into the mix.
And the talk about Waddell, “we have a great working relationship”. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE????????????????? With the product that DW had produced, Levesnon as his BOSS should be PISSED and fire the guy. What is that? A great working relationship, well woooopy, who gives a flip.
Sorry, just frustrated.

Alan

March 12th, 2009
10:10 am

LAC

March 12th, 2009
12:01 pm

Right Spud.. It is awful to watch them be in control !

Russian

March 12th, 2009
12:23 pm

**to Alan**
It is intresting Game. I never saw it before. I guest we have to send Don Waddell to this prison and recrute couple forwards. :-)

Bob

March 12th, 2009
12:36 pm

Good letter, David! Have you rec’d any response to it?

**So we are going to be near the floor again next year, then how does he expect to sign Kovy???**

Come on now, we spend $10m on Kovy and then we have Peverly and White as our top 2 centers, Little as his RW and Armstrong at RW, they only spot I see them replacing is Havelid and I expect another Hainsey type signing, leaving us yet again without a true #1, but mabye Bogosian can grow into that quickly?

Mr. Heat Miser

March 12th, 2009
1:33 pm

Levenson couldn’t find his ass with two hands and a hunting dog.

Tony C.

March 12th, 2009
2:38 pm

from PuckDaddy:

http://www.faniq.com/blog/Video-Miss-Virginia-Tara-Wheeler-Interview-Blog-20461

Kinda hard to believe nobody would sponsor her helmet being painted don’tcha think?

Rawhide

March 12th, 2009
5:11 pm

Just an FYI in case you haven’t heard…tonight’s game in Edmonton has been change to a 9:30 face off. It had originally been slated for a 9:00 start.

Alan

March 12th, 2009
8:44 pm

Slater with yet another goal to start this tilt off. 1-0 Thrashers.

Brendan

March 12th, 2009
9:08 pm

Slater’s 7th??

I hope he can pot 10 goals this year. He’s trying to cement his role on this team. I wish him luck. People sometimes forget … Jim Slater was a 1st round draft pick, in 2002. He was the “inducement” Atlanta received to not select Bouwmeester with the 2nd overall pick, from Florida. I think that 30th overall pick was originally the Detroit Red Wings’. Then Detroit gave it to Buffalo as part of the Hasek deal. (Sabres got Slava Kozlov.) In an unrelated trade, Buffalo moved that 30th overall pick to Columbus. Columbus leveraged that 30th overall pick to Florida to get the 1st overall pick, in 2002. Florida then simply passed that 30th overall pick to Atlanta, on the condition that Atlanta not select who Florida wanted (Bouwmeester).

Atlanta got Kozlov from Buffalo at the 2002 Draft, along with Buffalo’s 2nd round pick in 2003, in exchange for Atlanta’s 2nd round pick in 2003 and Vancouver’s 3rd round choice, previously acquired, in 2003.

It’s now, 2-1, Atlanta, thanks to a backhand goal by Bryan Little, his 29th of the season. Bryan Little’s agent is waiting to uncork the champagne when goal #30 is deposited. Cha-ching!

Smoothie

March 12th, 2009
9:25 pm

This just in: Bogosian is special. Wow is this kid gonna be good…wait, check that, he IS good. 1 more for B-Litts on a pretty transition play. Reasy was robbed by Rolly; I hope Marty gets on the scoresheet by the time its all said and done.

Rawhide

March 12th, 2009
9:29 pm

Smoooooothie – Amen THAT regarding Bogey. This kid is really starting to find his groove. I love his speed and puck handling skills. Oh…and his play on D ain’t too shabby either, eh?

Smoothie

March 12th, 2009
9:40 pm

Rawhiiiiide!!! Uh oh, Kovy may be out with a muscle strain and his absence may be leading to some letdown flatness for lack of a better phrase. 3 to 2 EDM now, darn it.

Rawhide

March 12th, 2009
10:00 pm

Uhhhhhh…speaking of Bogosian….WOW!!!! What a bullet shot for a PP goal to tie the game!

Smoothie

March 12th, 2009
10:00 pm

Bogo with the missile launch rocket slapper. Tied at 3. Doing his best Kovy impression, kid is stone cold.

Brendan

March 12th, 2009
10:01 pm

No, it’s 3-3. Bogosian just scored his 5th of the year, on the PP. Is Kovy done for the night?

Smoothie

March 12th, 2009
10:07 pm

I think they need to review that goal as the replay made it look like Litts redirected it. 30th for Little??

Smoothie

March 12th, 2009
10:35 pm

Good third period of hockey so far, on both sides of the ledger. Two good young teams, doing a lot of the little things u need to be successful.

Tony C.

March 12th, 2009
10:49 pm

PLEASE tell me #17 isn’t hurt bad!!!!

I just got home and turned the game on-DE was talking about guys having to “pick up Kovy’s slack”-what happened?

Brendan

March 12th, 2009
10:51 pm

Smoothie, I saw it the same way. I thought Little redirected it in, on that PPG. Hey, Bryan Little is gonna get that 30th. And I doubt it matter much to Zach if he gets a goal or an assist on that play, but it’ll be interesting to see how they “officially” score it by the end of the night. They may even have 24 hours to change it. Or something like that.

Thrashers on the PP, with 6:00 left in regulation time. Very exciting! Edmonton needs these two points badly. They must, at least, come away with one-point. Side note, the NY Islanders won and so did the Tampa Bay Lightning. Nobody’s “tanking it,” from where I sit.

Brendan

March 12th, 2009
10:56 pm

There are times when I just want to choke Darren Eliot. But then, there are times when he makes a really poignant comment about Valabik needing to learn some veteran moves, like moving his feet to force the opposing Center to play him more closely, before he clears the defensive zone.

It tells me … Darren Eliot is no idiot. He’s just an Atlanta Spirit, LLC, paid employee. I wish Eliot could be unshackled, in terms of delivering a candid opinion on the franchise.

Rawhide

March 12th, 2009
10:56 pm

Tony C. – Don’t know the answer to your question. Kovy came off after his first shift doubled over. Went to locker room after a brief stay on the bench. I heard it was a muscle strain…looked like either his back or ribs.

Tony C.

March 12th, 2009
11:01 pm

Mr. T.-Thx, I’m still holding my breath….great action tonight-love this “new” team.

Is it just me or does it seem like 85% of the guys all pulled their head out at the same time???

Also, just thinking out loud here, do we call Sterling up even though Chicago is about to embark on their playoff run?

Brendan

March 12th, 2009
11:06 pm

Hey Ranallo, Patrick O’Sullivan got his 1st goal as an Oiler tonight. O’Sullivan and Bogosian/Little were just mixing it up in the overtime. Thrashers are actually gunning for 4 wins in-a-row, right?

Brendan

March 12th, 2009
11:08 pm

MArty Reasoner stings his former team!! Thrashers win!! 4-3, in overtime!! Reasoner’s 200th point of his career.

Brendan

March 12th, 2009
11:09 pm

Has Reasoner been re-signed yet? Or are we waiting ’til the middle of June to go about doing that? Four wins in a row now, correct?

Tony C.

March 12th, 2009
11:20 pm

Ok my neighbors are knocking on their ceiling….but WOW!!!

As soon as I saw the lob-pass and it lands in front of Marty, I was on my feet…seconds later I was waking up my downstairs neighbor!

Kismet that Reasoner gets his 200th as the Game-Winner in his old barn. “I dunno what happened, I think I blacked out and the next thing ya know it’s in” -Nice quote eh? re-sign my boy right now.

from the clip, of #17 trying to work it out, I’m hoping he just pulled his back a little.

Great win “we can play effectively without such a big factor [Kovalchuk]-gives us a lot of confidence”-paraphrasing Reasoner’s post game remarks… he also intimated that there seems to be a big dose of “Multiplication by subtraction” going on in the room now…

Wow. Great win.

Mr. T. I expect some nice work about how marty “greased” the game-winner past Rollo for the big win against the OIL.

GO BLUE !!!

P.S. Anybody else seen the 10th Aniversary logo? IMO, it’s hideous.

Tony C.

March 12th, 2009
11:23 pm

Also, Classy folks up in Edmonton had two Thrashers as “stars of the game”; Kozlov & Reasoner.

R. Stroz

March 12th, 2009
11:24 pm

WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW!

That was worth the afternoon nap so I could stay up later than normal.

Alan

March 12th, 2009
11:33 pm

Stroz – I stayed up, and I didn’t even get an afternoon nap! Well, I sorta did. Work is hideously slow. That was a very well earned win against a team poised to make the playoffs. These Thrashers have taken on the role of ’spoiler’ and embraced it with full force.

Kovalchuk’s injury has been described as the ever-evasive “upper body” injury. It looked to me like he pulled a muscle in his back, and I’m optimistic he’ll be in the game in Buffalo. You know, unless it’s worse than just a pulled muscle. *knocks on wood*

Smoothie

March 12th, 2009
11:37 pm

Congrats Marty! I hope DWad brought ur new 3 yr contract to the lockerroom after the game. U deserve it Dean-O!!

stendec

March 12th, 2009
11:45 pm

Hi Bill. Who are these guys? They are the visitors from Clarion right? They are sure not the Thrashers from easrlier this season! Another road victory? In overtime? With Moose between the pipes? A come-from-behind effort? I am impressed! Where HAVE these guys been all season? Nice job fellows. Congratulations! Hope Captain Ilya Kovalchuk is just dinged. He has only regained his scoring touch in recent games. If I am dreaming please do not wake me up. This winning streak is just too blasted much fun. If the real Thrashers are on a spaceship somewhere I hope they remain there. Just until the end of the season. Keep it up fellows!

Smoothie

March 12th, 2009
11:49 pm

Great points Tony and Brendan. There is sum chemistry brewing in that room. This is not just a lucky streak. This team is doing all the little things like backcheck, win board battles and crash the net with purpose. Its fun to watch. Im so happy for our “kids”.

Does anyone else think Marty looks like Rob Lowe in Youngblood at times?

Tony C.

March 13th, 2009
2:10 am

Oh dude.

Hilarious.

Youngblood?

Wait’ll the room hears about that

David

March 13th, 2009
9:35 am

Thanks , Bob
But no there has been no reply from the nhl I have tried to post the letter in canadian papers and on blogs where bettman may see it but no luck