Thrashers Have Come A Long Way, Baby!

Last February 21st, a group of us gathered at TJs and watched as the Atlanta Thrashers dropped a 3-1 decision to the San Jose Sharks. Not too many of us were that upset about the loss seeing as it was the last game of a 4-game west coast road trip, the team played well against the mighty Sharks…the score was 0-0 after two…and the Thrashers ended up the roadie 2-1-1.

However, it was still a loss and it dropped Atlanta’s record to 21-33-6 for only 48 points after 60 games played. To place that into some perspective, after 60 games last year Atlanta was 29-27-4 for 62 points, (it was right after that thrilling 10-round shootout win in New Jeresey).

So, as you can see…that’s was a -14 in regards to total points after the same amount of games.

Brett Sterling Scores The Game-Winning Shootout Goal On Patrick Lalime

Brett Sterling Scores The Game-Winning Shootout Goal On Patrick Lalime (AP Photo)

Last night, I…along with about 26 or so other rabid Thrashers fans…made our way over to Tim Ecclestone’s place once again and watched as the Thrashers won a thrilling 4-3 shootout win. Atlanta overcame a 3-1 deficit with a pair of goals in the last six and a half minutes in that game…Todd White tying it up with but 3 and half seconds in regulation. Brett Sterling, just called up from Chicago to replace Kovy, then scored the only goal in the shootout to give Atlanta the win and deny Buffalo of a much-needed second point.

The win was Atlanta’s fifth in a row, sixth in their last seven and seventh in their last nine. It also eneded a perfect 3-0-0 road trip in which they won the last two without the services of their captain, Ilya Kovalchuk.

Are these the aliens…or are these really our Thrashers?

The victory also improved their record to 28-35-6 for 62 points after 69 games played. Compare that to last season when, after the same amount of games played, they were 30-32-7 for 67 points. That means the Atlanta Thrashers have gone from a -14 in the comparison of this season to last…to only a -5 in just nine games. In fact, 62 points in 69 games is a pace that would net them 74 points. While that’s not a points total to brag about…it sure beats the heck out of the 62 they were on pace for just two months ago. And, if they continue to play at the level they have over the past several week, it is entirely possible that they could finish with more points than the 76 they had last season.

Lottery ping-pong balls be damned!

Once again, the Thrashers helped make the road to the postseason just a little bit rougher for an opponent. Buffalo is currently just on the outside looking in regarding the playoffs, just a couple points shy of Florida and the Ranger who occupy the eighth and ninth spot in the conference standings. Like Edmonton on Thursday and Montreal the Friday before that, they were desperately in need of a two-point outing…but came up with less.

HA-ha! Good!

Monday night the Washington Capitals will pay Philips Arena a visit and, even though the Southeast Division title is all but a lock, they are currently battling New Jersey for the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. This is very important given that the second place team is guaranteed home-ice advantage in at least the first two rounds of the playoffs. Tuesday night, they travel to Pittsburgh to play a Penguins team that is playing very well of late…7-1-2 in their last ten…but currently are only two points above the playoff cut-off line. Then, Friday night…the Big, Red Borg rumble into town and those Red Wings are looking to tie down the top playoff spot in the Western Conference having recently overtaken San Jose. Next week, Montreal and the Rangers will be in the Thrashers crosshairs. The last week and a half of the season will bring Buffalo to Blueland and there will be a pair of games left with Florida and the Caps.

So, as you can see, there are still plenty of chances for the Thrashers to make life hell on others. And in doing so, they are making life better for themselves. They certainly have come a long way in turning what was an absolutely abysmal season into one that shows great promise for the future.

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R. Stroz

March 15th, 2009
12:08 am

Am I seeing this right? I just arrived home from the Billy Joel/Elton John concert to find out the Thrashers beat Buffalo without Kovy, Charmin tied the game with 3.5 seconds left on the clock, and Sterling, who was just called up, won the game in the shootout.

LMAO at all Buffablow fans.

The friggin game isn’t being replayed on SportsSouth: CRAP!

ben

March 15th, 2009
12:53 am

stendec

March 15th, 2009
12:56 am

This was the Falcon rally past the Bears all over again! A game the Thrashers had no business winning. BUT THEY WON! A 3-1 deficit with (realistically) 20 minutes remaining. Several weeks ago the final would have been 4-1 or worse! What happened down stretch? An unlikely shorthanded goal makes it 3-2. A frantic push in goal ties things up with three full seconds plus a few microseconds left. The goaltender who allowed three questionable tallies a period earlier becomes a mixture of Patrick Roy and Bernie Parent! He virtually WILLS pucks out of the net. That same netminder is untouchable in overtime and during the shootout. He turns aside shot after shot until his guys put one between the pipes. BRAVO! I gave up on Falcons against Bears. I gave up on Thrashers against Sabres. Glad I was way off base in both instances! Man, does it feel super good right now. Any outside chance the streak CAN continue? Sure would be nice! Good morning all. Now everyone can get some shuteye!

Brendan

March 15th, 2009
1:05 am

A franchise record is available … for the establishing. I’m sure Brett Sterling is very excited about being called up today, then winning the game.

Hockeyfan

March 15th, 2009
6:45 am

Nice to meet you last night. How quiet was the slug fan when the Thrash tied it at 3.5 seconds?

Smitty

March 15th, 2009
7:40 am

Young defense is only going to get better. Mistakes will happen especially if the pairings change. I thought Salmela looked pretty good. Carried the puck in deep several times. Looks like an Anderson type of defenseman. Would like to see him on power play. As for the TC elbow to Slater, Slater has to come in with his hands higher. Slater was intiating the contact and TC got his elbow up to protect himself and Slater ran right into it. Hate to see anyone get hurt but you have to learn to protect yourself. Penalty, yes. deserving of a fine, no.

N/A

March 15th, 2009
8:53 am

That was an awesome game! This week is going to be tough for them but hopefully pride is more powerful than playoff points. I’m going to the Detroit game on Friday with my family and my dad’s a HUGE Redwings fan so all this week my mom and I have been teasing with the possibility that his beloved Redwings might loose to Atlanta! Go Thrashers!

10 yr plan

March 15th, 2009
8:57 am

Rawhide, great to see you and the crew last night. What a game! It’s been since the Tkachuk era that I’ve seen the team play with a passion/grit that’s been missing over the last year and a half. Now we can all hold our breath for Kovy to sign July 1st. At least the team is giving him a reason to stay.

Injun Joe

March 15th, 2009
9:54 am

Boy, talk about a rollercoaster of emotions during the game. After 1, Thrashers up 1-0. Defense playing great and O-ffense just clicking fantastic. Then after 2, Thrashers down 3-1. I think earlier in the season it ends with that score. Not tonight! Nobody gives up in the third! The defense holds strong, Kari becomes a brick wall (and was most of the night) and the team starts picking through a tough opponent that had the momentum just minutes before. They score bringing it to a 1 point difference.
Anderson pulls Kari with a minute or so left. Correct me if i’m wrong but I dont think Buffalo gets the puck past center ice for the rest of the game. Nobody gives up, and with a mere 3.5 seconds, White ties the game. The aliens have landed, and Im ok with them being here. A great game and a great team victory. I dont think anybody saw this happening just a few weeks ago.
Rawhide, it was great to be there last night watching the game with so many Thrashers fans. I had a great time meeting so many people, like Hockey Biltong and the lovely Mrs H! Looking forward the the possiblity of going agian.

Glovesave29

March 15th, 2009
11:03 am

Sorry I couldn’t make it last night…had a game of my own. Saw the post game show on the NHL network…damn, missed a great one!

Who’d have ever thought that Todd White would be on the cusp of the top 30 scorers in the league?

What I wouldn’t give to see boys go 10-3 down the stretch and pull to .500!

smoothie

March 15th, 2009
11:08 am

Im not sure u can fault Kari for any of those goals. Perhaps he could have gotten the 3rd one if he had read the play a bit better. But Hainsey and Boris effed him on those 2nd two. Kari was spectacular all nite and particularly in the 3rd and OT. He even channeled Moose and the ghost of Hasek on the breakaway, perhaps the most amazing save of his short career. He was indeed a brick wall in the shootout.

Glovesave29

March 15th, 2009
11:47 am

Smoothie – doesn’t matter if Kari faced a 4-0 and got beaten by the eighth rebound…stendec would still blame him for the goal.

Rawhide

March 15th, 2009
12:56 pm

Wow! What a great time last night…great game & great gathering at TJs. Thanks Mark for being such a great host and by best to all the ladies that provided the wonderful service!

Now, a quick look at the standings reveal some very encouraging things. Here are the way things stack up at the bottom of the league:

25th place: OTT 66 pts. 68 games played, 6-3-1 last ten
26th place: COL 63 pts. 69 games played, 3-7-0 last ten
27th place: ATL 62 pts. 69 games played, 7-3-0 last ten
28th place: PHX 62 pts. 69 games played, 2-7-1 last ten
29th place: TBL 60 pts. 69 games played, 4-4-2 last ten
30th place: NYI 54 pts. 69 games played, 5-3-2 last ten

Atlanta is now tied with Phoenix for 27th after being second to last for weeks. Keep in mind the Cototes would hold a tie-breaker with us given their 4-3 SO win last month. Finishing in 25th means we aren’t a lottery team, (that equals a measure of success not thought possible a few short weeks ago).

We play Ottawa on the 28th…seven games from now. The quest for no ping-pong balls continues!

goose

March 15th, 2009
2:00 pm

I’ve been in Panama for the past ten days and what a great surprise to come back to five games straight and two of them shutouts. Hopefully we will never wake up from this amazing dream.

Thrashy Thrashy

March 15th, 2009
2:01 pm

The Thrashers have 126 points from defensemen this year.

Blueliners accounted for 91 all of last season.

I guess that’s reason for optimism, huh?

Thrashy Thrashy

March 15th, 2009
2:03 pm

Make that 116. I counted Oystrick twice.

Anyway, that’s still a nice upgrade over last season.

Tim

March 15th, 2009
2:13 pm

Rawhide, yoi are right. Because Coyottes beat us in S/O they would win the tie-breaker. Hence they would finish above us in terms of tie not below us like in ur table :P

five_hole

March 15th, 2009
2:50 pm

Would have loved to have been at TJ’s last night; maybe next time. That was a very exciting game. Nice to see the team step up without relying on Kovalchuk to do the scoring. Maybe this will teach some (Enstrom, White, are you listening) to shoot more.
Conrary to Smitty I was watching for Salmela but thought he played a mostly invisible game until the last part of the 3rd period. Maybe he got his confidence up, maybe he figured out his system, whatever, until that point, he was Claude Reins on the ice.

HookyBob

March 15th, 2009
3:03 pm

Deja vu, all over again (thanks Yogi). It is good to be a Thrashers fan,… again. What a game last night,..as it was Thur in Edmonton (glad I stayed up for it),..as it was Tues in Denver (again glad I stayed up),.., as it was Sunday at the Phillips (glad I was there, as it wasn’t on TV) ,…as it was …..well you get the point.

I still have to question where we would be today if Anderson had been named coach shortly after Hartley was “let go.” Would our record since Feb 1st of this season have been moved back,… to be our record since Oct-08? Bygones (credit Brendan).

As for last night’s game 3 things stand out: 1)Kari in the shootout… stoning Roy,…Stafford,…Connelly, and Vanek (repeat & Vanek). He stood all of 6′4″,… and pulled out the game,… by not blinking,..(also liked his stick work on break aways) 2)Ansi Salmella,..lots of attack..(but maybe weak on D,..I still hope that miss on pinching was a rare occurance.). Really think his puck handling, he’s hard to knock off the puck, could create a lot of good scoring chances. 3) Todd White (often accused of being soft),..has scored a couple of big goals lately by going right through heavy flak to the net. Smoothie noted this in an earlier blog,…I’m in lockstep with Smoothie.

Some other thoughts. As much as I like him,..Boris, at -3, had another bad game last night. Maybe “Rocky” (aka Rocky Mountain,..credit Rawhide)should not have sat. None-the-less, I think our D has come together (Bogo is a stud,…and a very, very young one, of yeah!). The D coming together may be is the biggest factor in this win steak. I hope Jimmy S is OK,..as much as he hits, he didn’t deserve that high elbow. Peverly,..is almost as good as Datsuk once he gets the puck. I really like his work behind the net (and I’m not overlooking his defense). He has filled several gaps in this team.

Finally, I thought Perin had a good presence in the game. My thoughts on his earlier comments are that he stated a fact without being disparaging of the Thrashers. To their (Thrashers) credit, they (probably tried to trade him and found no interest) put him on waivers before the trade deadline. Effectively this gave any team with interest in him a free chance to get Perrin. No interest, so Eric is back with the Thrashers, knowing: 1)Thrashers mgmt gave him what he asked for, and no one was interested,..and 2)If he wants to stay in the NHL the Thrashers are his only option. You can count me as one of Eric Perrins’s fans.

Wish I could have met you folks at TJs last night,…but it is a long drive (w/o a designatd driver) afterwards.

Go Blue.

Dwayne

March 15th, 2009
3:09 pm

10-3 finish, plus the 5 they already got. it was at 18 games left that the question was asked, What will the Thrashers record be? Anyone say 15 – 3?

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 15th, 2009
3:13 pm

Usually it’s a good thing when a defender goes unnoticed…typically shows he’s not being in any situation he shouldn’t be (i.e. out of position). In the third I heard him mentioned several times, and I believe he hit the post in OT (at least that’s what Kamal said).

Brendan

March 15th, 2009
3:35 pm

I didn’t think Hainsey and Valabik, especially, had their best games, last night. But, all’s well that ends well. Wins make amends for everything, seemingly.

I’d like to call the ‘time of death’ of the Buffalo Sabres playoff hopes. Premature? Sure. You bet. But conceptually, you’re at home, at HSBC Arena, playing the then 28th place team in the league, needing only to kill off 3.5 seconds to gain 2-points on the Rangers, and 1-point on Carolina, Florida, and Pittsburgh. And they couldn’t do, despite once owning a 3-1 lead, after 2 periods. And the Thrashers were ENTIRELY WITHOUT Ilya Kovalchuk.

You know I pull for the smaller market teams in today’s NHL, but … Buffalo did this to themselves. They have no one else to blame. A month ago, Phoenix was the #5 seed in the West. Today, they’re #15. Accountability. No look, I’m hardly saying the Coyotes and Sabres are about to fire Gretzky and Lindy Ruff, but it must be noted that they their teams in playoff position 4-5 weeks ago.

Hanson Brothers

March 15th, 2009
4:00 pm

Another positive stat. Kari’s GAA is under 3.00 at 2.99 for the first time this season. While that is still an ungood number, it has to give him confidence not to have a 3 in front of the decimal points. To quote a famous author it is going “in the right direction.”

JLH

March 15th, 2009
4:17 pm

Hooky,

I think Valabik might have been the victim of being on the ice with Hainsey a couple of times last night, like Brendan is implying. I like Hainsey’s game generally, but he is starting to accumulate a number of unforced errors as the season progresses. I’m not sure what it is. At times he appears a little lazy/slow to react to or with the puck, either tired or just not thinking, especially behind the net. I hope it is something that a little more coaching and film can correct. I also wonder how he is dealing mentally with being replaced on the power play by Toby in the last month?

Sage of Bluesland

March 15th, 2009
4:39 pm

Are things looking up, finally, in that figurative joke otherwise known as “Blueland”?

Is our second attempt at building from scratch actually yielding results and a positive direction?

I cannot believe the team I am watching–and no longer think it is simply the opponent completely overlooking us combined with us lulling them to sleep.

Unbelievable.

R. Stroz

March 15th, 2009
5:36 pm

Sage – You may have to drop the s fairly soon. It’s nice to see the kids come together as a team.

HookyBob

March 15th, 2009
6:49 pm

JLH,

Agreed, especially on that 3rd goal. Hainsey seemed to whiff on passing the bisket behind the net.

I like Boris, but feel he is a bit picked on by the refs. Whether justified or not, it hurts.

I am also a “Rocky” fan. :) Question becomes “Who sits” on D.

Billy Joel/Elton John

March 15th, 2009
10:01 pm

Wow, we didnt’t know hockey fans go to our concerts…

Hockey Biltong

March 15th, 2009
10:02 pm

short flight to TJs. Watch ‘em win in fine fashion.. and a short flight back to the city..no de-icing was needed….

Bob

March 16th, 2009
8:06 am

Salmela looked ok, pretty raw but he had good skills, I like what I saw out of him.

Look at what Lehtonen can do when properly motivated to keep his head in the game, give him another one year contract and keep the heat on him, he plays better when focused (I guess on money?).

The XM guys were talking recently about how late season surges don’t carry over to the next year, I agree, but I also think Rawhide may be onto something here about the improved play out of the core young guys leading Kovy to consider signing an extension.

I like Bogosian, a lot.

Rawhide

March 16th, 2009
8:28 am

Bob – I heard the XM guys chatting about that too the other day. For the most part, I agree with their poiont. However, I think the Thrashers’ situation is a bit different. Surges usually don’t carry over due to so many roster changes that take place during the summer…whatever chemistry was found in March/April then has to be re-found.

But looking at the current roster, I think that the lineup we see playing now, (of course with Kovy and Slater included)…outside of Eric Perrin, this is pretty much what we are going to be looking at to start next season.

So…all of this could very well carry over to next fall.

Plus, as you pointed out, I think it does nothing but help our chances at re-signing Kovy this summer.

Paminski

March 16th, 2009
8:36 am

Forget the Thrashers as aliens. I think an alien may have taken over Stendec. And Sage of Bluesland must publish under another name when they have nothing bad to say.

Lew 318

March 16th, 2009
8:56 am

I too left the Elton John Billy Joel concert and saw the score on the MARTA TV Screens. It is so good to see this team start to come together; albeit a bit late, but better late than ever.Maybe Anderson’s systems are starting to sink in and maybe we are now starting to get some right bounces. Either way I am going to enjoy the rest of this season and watch the off season very carefully.

As I sat through the “SOLD OUT” concert I couldn’t help but think how good it would be to have a sell-out for our guys.

GO THRASH BEAT WASHINGTON!!!!!

Nikita

March 16th, 2009
9:28 am

As to late-season surges…I don’t think that holds in this case. The recent surge is due to the team learning the system and shedding players who haven’t done so. That won’t change going forward — if anything, Anderson is likely to shed more marginal players and bring in more young players who already know and get the system.

Of course, all the teams have a lot of work to do over the end of this season, the draft, trades, etc. — and any work the Thrashers do only matters in comparison to others. But what I suspect is that we’ll see next year’s Thrashers look a lot like this year’s with a few key tradeups. Meanwhile, I don’t see any teams that are poised to make big changes, other than some of the losers — the Avs and Islanders, the Wild. None of those are big threats to us. So I think next year will be a better one.

As to particular Thrashers:

I’m super fond of Eric Perrin, and I’m enjoying his current play. I think he’s NHL material, in general, and I wish him luck over the summer.

I continue to think that Valabik is not quite league caliber. Hopefully he matures over the summer. Likewise, I’m not sure about Oystrick. And I have never and probably will never think Exelby is NHL material, but he seems to have naked photos of Don Waddell or something and I’d bet he’ll ultimately retire from this club. I’m also not thrilled with Hainsey’s consistency. So, while last year D was supposedly our top priority, I continue to think it should be our top priority in trades and training going forward. We also continue to need a little more weight and speed in the forward positions.

Alan

March 16th, 2009
9:35 am

As per Blueland Blog’s twitter, Spencer Machacek filling in for Slater tonight. He will be on the third line, while Perrin is centering the fourth.

Looks like those of us attending the game tonight is going to get a real treat. Hopefully this amounts to a win. Unfortunately, it looks like Kovalchuk is going to be out again.

Spud Webb

March 16th, 2009
9:59 am

Love it. I’m sure all of you who have followed the Thrashers know this. The Thrashers vs Sabres over the last 3 to 4 years have been some of the BEST games I see each year. WIDE open and for some reason no matter how bad either team may be, these games are awesome. As a slug fan, I miss that point, but realistically something is missing with the Sabres this year and after 60 games or so of watching, I cannot figure out what it is???
Thrashers, I LOVE it and just am amazed at how hard they are playing. I’ve never been prouder of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Missed TJ’s Saturday, but Rawhide, I’m thinking an end of they year “get together” somewhere????

Rawhide

March 16th, 2009
10:07 am

Spudster – I was discussing the next possible “Thrashers Viewing” at TJs over this past weekend. We were thinking of either Friday night April 3 when the Thrashers play in Florida or Sunday Afternoon April 5 in DC.

Are there any opinions/comments from everyone regarding those dates?

Smoothie

March 16th, 2009
10:45 am

Just to build on the thread about how late season surges don’t necessarily carry over into the following year, I have compiled some interesting stats in the A.P. era of Thrashers hockey (After Peverley). Anyone who follows this team closely has noticed a markedly different level of play since Rich “the Pevs Dispenser” Peverley has been inserted into the line-up. Also, with his addition to the top 2 lines, it has stabilized the bottom 2 lines giving Anderson consistency across the board.

Since Pever was acquired the Thrashers have played a total of 26 games so these numbers constitute a pretty good sample size (32% of a season). In that time the Thrashers have played 12 home games and 14 on the road including two proverbial “west coast swings” where success has been notoriously difficult to come by in Thrashers lore. To wit:

Thrashers overall record: 14 — 11 — 1
Goals Scored in that time: 82 (3.15)
Goals Allowed in that time: 75 (2.89)

For comparison’s sake, here are the same numbers for the Thrashers first 26 games of the season:

Thrashers overall record: 9 — 14 — 3
Goals Scored in that time: 75 (2.89)
Goals Allowed in that time: 93 (3.58)

Just to take this a step further to illustrate how well this team has gelled since Pevs has become a fixture in the lineup (notice how much more defensively responsible we’ve been since 2/1):

Record since February 1st: 11 — 6 — 1
Goals Scored since Feb 1st: 58 (3.22)
Goals Allowed since Feb 1st: 51 (2.83)

Also since Feb. 1st, this team has done the following:

** Won 5 of 7 games on back to back long road trips in which 6 of 7 games have been played west of the state of Texas.

** Beaten several teams either in the Top 8 of their respective conference or just outside the Top 8 vying for playoffs including NYR, AHM, LA, CAR, MTL, CGY, EDM & BUF…that’s 8 of their 11 wins since 2/1!

** Gone 7 – 2 – 1 in their last TEN ROAD GAMES; gone 4 – 1 – 0 in their last 5 home games where they have struggled most of the year.

While stats don’t always tell the whole story, I think you can see that the addition of Pever on the top 2 lines and the health of Bogosian combined with the departure of Schneider (and thus increased minutes for Enstrom, XLB, Valabik and Oystrick) has really paid off. Perhaps this team, with a tweak here and there, really IS the team of the future, which may very well challenge for a low playoff seed next year??

Rawhide

March 16th, 2009
11:08 am

Smoothinator – Very well done. Those numbers do tell a great deal about just how much this team has improved in the 2nd half of the season. I think the day we snagged Peverley off the waiver wire is indeed the time we can point to regarding any turnaround in this season.

Also, to play off your timeline when The Peever arrived, at the same time one Mr. jason Williams was departing. Now…this is in NO WAY meant to say that he and he alone was the cause of the team’s problems. But it was interesting watching “On The Fly” last night and he was in their crosshairs.

In the Columbus game vs. Detroit, they highlighted him as the cause of 2 Red Wings goals. One from a poor pass in the CBJs attacking end that led to a Detroit breakaway goal. The second was when he failed to backcheck properly leading to yet another.

Then there is the move that sent Christensen to Anaheim on trade-deadline day.

Defensively, there is the subtraction of Schneider and Havelid.

Again, not pinning blame on either Scheids, Havs, Crusher or Williams for the early-season woes. But, what are out numbers without them?

Uh-huh…see what I mean?

Alan

March 16th, 2009
11:16 am

Don’t forget, the day after we claimed Peverley is when Kovalchuk was named team captain. I’m sure that also has something to do with our improvement.

If what we’re seeing now transitions to next season, we should be playoff bound, sneaking in at 7th or 8th seed. Though, I must say, I’m not expecting it.

Jason

March 16th, 2009
11:26 am

Did you guys hear what Larry Murphy on NHL on the Fly had to say about our recent win streak and success? Host Brian Duff gave us a suprised complement, saying maybe things were starting to come together with the team and young guys finally, while previewing the Caps game tonight as one to watch. He asked Murphy if he agreed. He said to host Brian Duff that basically the only reason we’re winning is that the pressure is off us, we still a bad team, and not to fool yourself, this team is still in real trouble.

Murphy always dogs this team, and while he may be correct at times, I get the feeling the only Thrasher’s games he has watched this year is the one we played his Red Wings and the highlights on tv. He just says it so smug with his tool-looking colored hair. Maybe we still stink, but my wife and I have watched about every game this year. At the very least, this team looks much improved since around the time Peverley came on board. Maybe the pressure is off, but I can identify many positives heading into next season. Although, I still would love to see them with a top two pick when it’s over in a few weeks.

I’ll be at the game tonight cheering the Kovy-less guys on. Hopefully, we’ll somehow see a franchise record win streak recorded.

Smoothie

March 16th, 2009
11:30 am

Very interesting Rawhide about Willy plaguing the Columbus D…go figure. He wasn’t exactly defensively sound when he played here with Kovy and gang. I think his depature was DEFINITELY addition by subtraction. Same thing with Schneidy although we must give him credit for his mentoring of young Bogosian. We just seem like a more fluid team without MS and our PP is better with Bogey & Enstrom logging more minutes there.

Also, I goofed up on the GF / GA in the 26 games since we acquired Peverley. I forgot to add in the Ottawa game that we lost 3 – 2. So we have scored 82 (3.15) and given up 75, not 72, for an avg of 2.89.

But man, when you consider we were giving up an average of 3.65 goals / game in the first 43 games (14 – 24 – 5 / 33 pts) and now we are only giving up 2.9 over our last 26, you can easily see why we have earned almost as many points (29) over the last 26 as we did in the first 43.

And we haven’t had to sacrifice offense in doing so. In fact, we were only scoring at a clip of 2.84 (122 goals) over the first 43. Since Peverley came aboard, we’ve scored 82 goals (minus shootout goals) in just 26 games. Let’s hope we can beat those caps 3.2 to 2.8!!

Nikita

March 16th, 2009
11:34 am

Come on, Alan. Dream a little.

Rawhide, either date looks fine to me.

Re: the changes, Anderson/Waddell did more or less what we all came to a consensus about having done. We knew Schneider was a placeholder, but the other subtractions were glaringly obvious. IMO, Anderson know what he wants and the team will only get better as Waddell makes it happen staffwise. Hopefully that means that in the offseason we see major improvement from our younger and less seasoned D, we shed a few more older and/or not entirely with the system players, and we continue to build a youth movement.

As to who we sent off: Havelid wasn’t the future and never entirely transitioned to the JA system. Christensen wasn’t mentally steady and suffered from injuries, while Williams was lazy and flukey. Schneider wasn’t consistent and was only a temporary fill-in, anyway.

I’d like to see an established and impressive player on D as our top summer priority. I’d also like to see a solid RW or C.

Alan

March 16th, 2009
11:44 am

There’s a difference between dreaming and reality.

In dreamland, Atlanta is the cup champions. This year.

In reality. we’re good for somewhere between 7th and 10th in the conference next season — assuming we keep all the players we currently have. Factoring in FAs could make the team better (4th? 5th?) or worse (12th? lottery??). It’s a crap shoot, and I’m not going to get ahead of myself until I see what our offseason looks like.

Meanwhile, all I can say is “go Thrashers” and hope for a win tonight.

Glovesave29

March 16th, 2009
11:52 am

Getting Peverly – important

Naming Kovy Captain – important

Jettison of Williams – important

The return of Bogsian – MOST IMPORTANT. We had a major problem with the team, they could not transition from defense to offense. We were a linear team, just moving straight up the ice and eventually trying a dump-and-chase (which doesn’t work to well with a smaller team). We would skate right into the teeth of the defense and forget about any cycling to open up the ice. Eric moves laterally better than any other d-man we have, and he is more creative in his breakouts. He has brought back the creativity to Toby too. Kari gets to see the puck better and face more long range shots instead of the 8 footers that find the corner that no one can stop. Bogo’s a stud. Nice to finally have one on the back line.

Smoothie

March 16th, 2009
11:53 am

More on Peverley…can’t help myself as I have a man-crush on Rich.

In his 26 games as a Thrasher he has done the following:

** Scored 10 goals

** Dispensed 14 assists

** Netted a +10 (E the first 12 games)

** Averaged 19:30 of ice time

First 12 games, he had 3 goals (including the GW against TOR in OT) and 10 assists playing mostly with Kovy and Little. Over the last 14 games however on the 2nd line, he has 7 goals and only 4 assists, but is a +10 playing mostly with Slava and Army. However, there have been times when he’s earned a + by playing SH minutes with either Reasoner, Whitey or even Kovy at the end of a game. Very interesting stats.

I’d say he’s our 2nd line RW of the future since Whitey is probably more of a 2nd line C who specializes on the PK and PP. Get that top line C for Kovy and Little and look the hell out!

Kovy — F/A or trade — Litts (not many availble but how ’bout Franzen?)

Kozzy — White — Pevs

Stuart — Marty — Army (what a shutdown line this could be!!)

Boults — Slater — Crabb / Thor / Machacek

Bogey & Enstrom-boli

Hainsey & XLB

Salmella & Nikulin (a guy can dream right?) or Valabik

Oyster…personally I think this guy is a very adequate 3rd line guy
Kulda

Rawhide

March 16th, 2009
12:03 pm

Smoothie – That does it… I’m going to instruct Trixie to limit your coffee intake to 7 or less per day!

Alan – Yeah…go on a dream a little. See, all the Thrashers have to do is win all of the remaining games left on the schedule…finish with 88 points…then have one of the following happen: Flyers get only 3 or less points the rest of the way, Pittsburgh only get no more than 5 more the rest of the way, Montreal or NYR only get 7 or less more, or Carolina only get 8 or less….then, Florida, Buffalo, Toronto and Ottawa continue on their pace to finish out of the post-season and…POOF…we are in!

Then…once there, we become the 2006 Edmonton Oilers…only we win that one more game in the Stanley Cup Finals and…BADDA-BOOM-BADDA-BING! There ya go!

looking around at the blog-room at everyone looking at me in disbelief

OK…maybe I’ll have Trixie limit MY cafine intake!

Smoothie

March 16th, 2009
12:09 pm

Yeah, I’m on a bit of a roll today, but it isn’t so much caffeine as it is boredom at work. I’ve been compiling some of these stats for a while now, but the 5 game winning streak has given me even better “support” documentation for my argument that Peverley has helped to change the chemistry of this team for the better and hopefully for ever more!

Does anyone think we have a shot at signing Franzen? I think he plays RW and C so he might be a nice fit in the middle between Kovy and Litts. Personally I really like Kovy — Pevs — Litts, but I doubt Franzen would even give Waddell the time of day unless he’s promised a chance to play with Kovalchuk. Although Kozzy — White — Franzen looks pretty good on paper too!

Russian

March 16th, 2009
12:21 pm

**to Smoothie**
I am thinking a same way.
First line keep as: Kovy – Pever -Little
Second line will be nice as: Slava – White – Franzen nice or SOMEBODY who can put 30-40 goals to the net.
We need second line winger.

Spud Webb

March 16th, 2009
12:31 pm

Smoothie & GloveSave, excellent posts and points.
Transation is spot on Glove.
Jason, Larry Murphy is a complete tool. When he is on “on the fly” I MUTE. NOT kidding!!!!!
Another note, the team just simply plays with more heart. I’m not sure what the corelation (spelling?) is. The vets are gone??? Coaching??? Not sure, interesting for sure. Certainly if Williams was dogging it wouldn’t someone (bolts??) say something? Who knows, I love it though.

Spud Webb

March 16th, 2009
12:33 pm

Rawhide, I think it’s just easier if you set the date (though more people probably will be available for the Sunday game) and we will come!!!!

Nikita

March 16th, 2009
1:06 pm

Speaking of Boults, we have him for one more year, is that right? He looks like a likely replacement candidate re: age and such. Though he’s really doing well under JA’s system. He plays like he’s 5 years younger, and has a better shot than I’ve seen him display since he got here.

Switching gears slightly, my husband wants a Sterling jersey. Anyone want to hazard a guess as to whether that’s a good idea or not?

Nikita

March 16th, 2009
1:09 pm

P.S. Valentine isn’t up to snuff yet — he’s too slow, and he’s penalty bait. Neither is Oystrick, who plays well but isn’t quite up to speed yet. But they both need to play to improve. Tyler Perry’s Mama, meanwhile — I think he’s wearing down, and I in general don’t think he’s tough enough to be a top D unless he gets tougher over the summer. He needs to sit a game or two.

Tony C.

March 16th, 2009
3:02 pm

Tyler Perry’s Mama?

uhm.

Maybe use the guy’s given name so the rest of us know what the heck you’re talking about Nikita???

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 16th, 2009
3:20 pm

I assumed she meant Hainsey but I have no idea where the TPM is coming from.

Boulton is only 31, is a fighter (not many in the wings now that Stoesz and Desbiens are gone), and he is still signed for a year at only $600k. I don’t see him as “blocking” any of the younger talent, nor do I see him as a detriment to the current roster in the fourth line role he’s playing.

Alan

March 16th, 2009
3:25 pm

I was wondering about that too, Tony. Real names would be nice to see. Also wondering who the hell Valentine is.

Nikita

March 16th, 2009
3:32 pm

Valentine = Valabik. (birthdate 2/14. popular with the ladies.)

Tyler Perry’s Mama = Hainsey. Come on, guys. You’ve seen that hideous hair.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 16th, 2009
3:34 pm

I assumed Valentine was Valabik…again, I’m not sure why.

kracker

March 16th, 2009
3:50 pm

RH, I vote for the Sunday Apr 5th date for TJ’s but I can likely make either one.

Jimbo

March 16th, 2009
4:02 pm

Way to go Blue! Sorry that we’re out of it but it’s given us a look at some of the talent in Chicago. Crabb looked OK. Stuart looks like a real keeper and Lavallee looked OK. Now we get another look at Sterling and Machachek.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 16th, 2009
4:04 pm

Tyler Perry’s Mama = Hainsey. Come on, guys. You’ve seen that hideous hair.

Tyler Perry has NEVER come to my mind when watching hockey, or even when generally living my life. If he (or his mother) does come into yours while watching the Thrashers, you have my sympathy.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 16th, 2009
4:15 pm

By the way, who would’ve guessed that at this point in the season (~65 games played) that Mark Streit would be making nearly half the money of Brian Campbell while outperforming him in every statistical category except PIMs (52 for Streit vs 18 for Campbell).

Now, for those of you who would’ve guessed such a thing, would you have considered that anomaly to be possible with Streit playing on the NHL worst New York Islanders, while Campbell is playing on the Western Conference’s 4th place Chicago Blackhawks?

Remember, this is the same Mark Streit that some here considered not worth pursuing because he was “so bad” at defense in Montreal, he filled in for injured players as the fourth line wing.

If that’s not enough, here are two interesting stats he beats Campbell in thus far: +/- (7 vs 1), and hits (108 vs 28).

Just thought I’d air that one out for you to take a whiff of…Campbell’s good, but I’m still doubting he’s $7.14M good (or more had he come to Atlanta).

Tony C.

March 16th, 2009
4:17 pm

We’re talking about the cross-dresser here right? The one with the “Madea” franchise?

Wow. Youngblood for Reasoner and now Hainsey’s a cross-dresser. I bet we keep the room in stitches.

Nikita

March 16th, 2009
4:40 pm

Actually, what comes to mind is those crazy Bo Jackson in drag commercials. The hair is BAD. But I was going for a more current association. If you know of any other men wearing mops on their heads, I’d love to use those as a substitute.

Reasoner’s odd…he looks sort of like Casper Van Dien without the helmet, and a toothless Rob Lowe with it.

Now, on more serious topics: Machacek! Machacek! Machacek! I can’t wait to see what he’ll do — he’s very talented, and was a smart acquisition.

And I hope over the summer Grant Lewis either matures or gets traded for a defensman with genuine offensive potential.

I’m completely underwhelmed by Lavallee.

Nikita

March 16th, 2009
4:42 pm

Oh, also, when we speculate about White, something to remember is that Kovy likes him. He’s one of few players that Kovy has gone on record as preferring to work with. So I think he’s a natural second liner, but we may see him on the top line if Kovy continues having trouble finding a good center.

Russ

March 16th, 2009
5:04 pm

Ranallo – I think Campbell reaped the rewards financially of being considered the best d-man in a weak free agency class. NHL GM’s have shown time and again they have no fiscal responsibility. If a player, in this case Campbell, is considered the top player available he is going to get top dollar whether he is truly a tier 1 player or not. If Hossa would have signed long term last off-season his deal would have probably been similar to Campbell’s, which when you consider the impact they have on a game is ridiculous IMO.

Spud Webb

March 16th, 2009
5:33 pm

Yea, Campbell did benefit from a weak free agency class. His numbers aren’t all that. But as pointed out early in this blog, he transitions the Hawks from O to D very, very well. He skates the rock out of trouble regularly and starts that offense. Doesn’t show on the stat sheet but the Hawks are getting exactly what they want out of him. They are happy.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 16th, 2009
5:48 pm

“Hawks are getting exactly what they want out of him. They are happy.”

Of course they are, I’m definitely not doubting that. But do you think they’ll be happy with him when it comes time to re-sign Keith (again), Ladd, Toews, Kane, and still have enough to piece together a good blueline?

He’s an offensive minded defender, who does well on the transition (as you said). Every team needs one…I just don’t think every team needs a $7M+ one that is only marginally better (thus far) than a $4M offensive defenseman.

But yeah, he definitely benefited from the weak FA class. Bouwmeester is good, but we’ll see exactly the same thing with him this offseason. He’ll likely be paid top dollar from some team, though he’s not the best defender in the league (top 20 yeah, top 10 maybe at best, top 5 definitely not). Whatever team signs him will be happy they “won”, but how far back will it set them to have signed a guy of his caliber to a $6M+ contract? Some teams can absorb that salary, but not many are in a better position team-wise than Florida is currently…

Anyways, it’s just my opinion. I’m sure we’d all love him on this roster, but hate his salary cap hit.

Brendan

March 16th, 2009
6:18 pm

I kinda thought Atlanta would be in the hunt for Streit. He’s one of the guys I thought Waddell would identify, since he was a lesser free agent, who theoretically could be had for far less than Campbell. Personally, I was STUNNED we were even in the HUNT for Campbell. But then, I realized his agent was using Atlanta to up the ante in Chicago. Well played by Mike Barnett (his agent).

Wanna look at some OVERPAID players? Let’s revisit the Free Agent Market for Centers in 2007, when Waddell snared White (4 year/$9.5 million) and Eric Perrin (2 years/$1.75 million?). Noooo, they’re NOT the overpaid ones, SHEESH. I’m referring to Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, and Daniel Briere. Those guys made out like bandits at $7-something million in cap hit. Have any of them really lived up to those kinds of dollars? Briere’s been hurt a lot. Drury, who is a player I really like, and that Buffalo should have kept, is not really performing at that high of a level. And Gomez … I can’t even remember his last “highlight.” I don’t recall his name being mentioned in the past year.

kracker

March 16th, 2009
6:23 pm

Who is Tyler Perry?

kracker

March 16th, 2009
6:40 pm

Brendan, Me, you, DW and most Thrashers fans and players couldn’t be happier that White is more than earning his salary this season. Todd was underwhelming last season at 37 pts but the whole team was pretty bad (has it only been about a year since Hossa left?) Anyway, White is looking like quite a bargain…ok, at least like a good signing these days.

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 16th, 2009
6:41 pm

I too thought the Thrashers would pursue Streit, and was utterly surprised Campbell kept Atlanta on his short list after removing San Jose (who also could’ve been used as a salary driver, for arguments sake). And I wouldn’t have minded Streit.

As for this offseason, I’m keeping my eye on Matthias Ohlund. Currently he’s making $3.5M, is 31, has a heckuva slap shot, and is a physicalish defender. He, in my opinion, could be a top pairing defender that could compliment Enstrom or even Bogosian and still be relatively cheap at ~$4.5M – $5M per year.

Glovesave29

March 16th, 2009
6:43 pm

I think a lot of players are going to be in for a rude awakening this summer. With the cap expected to shrink, and the amount of salary players must put into escrow will probably grow over the current 15%, teams will have to be more savvy with their dollars and the big FA’s cannot get the kind of cash they got in the past. There is going to be player movements in greater numbers than in the past, but the dollar amounts are certainly going to shrink. Even with the turmoil in the KHL, I can still see players going over there in pretty good numbers, as the teams in the NHL just won’t have the available capital. A smart agent now should ask for the shorter contracts as we ride out the current economic malaise…then once things improve and the cap rises, they go for the big bucks again.

Glovesave29

March 16th, 2009
6:55 pm

People are beginning to notice…the Hockey News has the Thrash up to #17 in their “Power Rankings”. I know they mean nothing, but at least we are getting some positive feedback for the teams play over the past 7 weeks.

Tony C.

March 16th, 2009
6:57 pm

So rannallo you’re talking about:

Ohlund/Enstrom
Hainsey/Z-Bo
Oystrick/Valabik/X

???

Not too shabby, but where will the $4M come from? I mean, who’s going to get left out in the cold? I think we’ve all pencilled SlavaMatic as retiring at the end of his current contract-but we don’t know that it will happen, if not, would he take less when he re-signs?

Fascinating stuff to ponder. Puck’s about to drop-I’m psyched to see what we do against a good team that knows us.

waffleboy

March 16th, 2009
7:26 pm

Always nice to score one when our fourth line is out against their first!

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 16th, 2009
7:38 pm

That’s precisely what I’m talking about, Tony.

Ohlund – Enstrom (ideal due to the language similarity)
Hainsey – Bogosian (not so ideal, would rather a better d-man to pair with Bogosian)
Oystrick – Valabik/Ex (fine third pair, if Valabik and Oystrick continue their curve)

I’d also be fine pursuing Nikulin, again.

As for the $, I have no idea where it could come from. My hope would be the owners would green light a “more than cap minimum” spending, if such a talent agreed to a contract with Atlanta. My skepticism tells me it wouldn’t happen.

Thefan

March 16th, 2009
9:03 pm

Thrashers 4-Caps 0

Thefan

March 16th, 2009
9:24 pm

Thrashers 5-Caps 0

stendec

March 16th, 2009
9:33 pm

Who are these guys? Where did they come from? Are they going to be around for awhile? WOW! The Capitals were not only beaten but completely eradicated. Only a shutout would have been sweeter but this is damn sweet enough! I am completely flabbergasted. Watching hockey is fun again! Compliments all the way around. Well done!

Glovesave29

March 16th, 2009
9:49 pm

12 games left to erase the negative…20 goals allowed more than we have scored. It’d be really nice to end the year in the positive.

Boris – gotta work a bit harder than that to help your goalie get the shutout!!!

Overall – GREAT game. The Caps pushed HARD the last half of the game. Congrats to Anssi for his first NHL goal.

Tony C.

March 16th, 2009
9:54 pm

Oh I can’t wait to hear how the NHL:O.T.F. @ssbags poo-poo this effort against (arguably) the favorite to come out of the East.

Seriously, this game had my co-workers chirpin!:

“I thought you said they were out of it Tony-these boys look like they showed up to play”

They did. THAT is the biggest difference I think all of us would point to-aside from the obvious individual/lineup changes…the guys aren’t quitting, aren’t taking any trash off anyone (dude what about Sterling getting in Kozlov’s mug? height difference has got to be a foot at least!), in short “These boys show up to play”

NICE

Brendan

March 16th, 2009
10:07 pm

Trixie, a new blog? Or are we gonna keep this one going?

kracker

March 16th, 2009
10:13 pm

WOW What a game!!! Darn, I missed the on the fly coverage, so I catch it next time.

Somebody tell me this: Why are people STILL voting against the Thrashers improvement in the current poll?? They must be very unhappy people not to be optomistic now at the way the Thrash are playing.

Don Rickles

March 16th, 2009
10:19 pm

Stupid, T-lid, sacks of cr@p! Total, gutless, pathetic sons of snitches! Especially that Finnish OXYGEN WASTE, Kari! Why didn’t we trade him at the DEADLINE for a bags of pucks?! Or maybe hold out for some water bottles!!! MAYBE. That ‘drool cup’ loser couldn’t even keep a shutout against a team that has Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin on it. Lousy, FAT, Scandavanian byproduct!

C’mon APOLOGISTS!! Try to defend 49 saves, will ya? Most of them were from center ice!! And he ‘barely’ stopped those. Shoulda traded him to Philly when we had the chance. Coulda had vanRiemsdyk! Now, we’re stuck with Kari, the LOSER, Lehtonen!! Watch, Waddell will probably lock ‘im up this summer!

kracker

March 16th, 2009
10:44 pm

hehe…you’re a funny guy, Don.

R. Stroz

March 16th, 2009
10:51 pm

Ovechkin – NO SOUP FOR YOU!

ranallo10 (in AT)

March 16th, 2009
10:59 pm

I’m curious the extent of Hainsey’s injury. TSN says it’s his leg…guess we’ll be seeing more of Salmela and Oystrick now.

Rickles — Quality.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

March 16th, 2009
11:03 pm

Brendan – Mr. Rawhide just arrived in his home office and is busy putting together another masterful piece of writing for your reading pleasure. I am busy preparing the coffee and gathering statistical information.

Don’t worry though…there is still plenty of blogging power left in this one.

Mr. Rickles – Top notch.

Brendan

March 16th, 2009
11:06 pm

Well, gang. 12-6-1, in their last 19 games. that’s 25 of a possible 38-points. So, there’s 12 games left. How many points will the Thrashers get? They’ve got TB twice, Washington twice, and Florida twice. Then, there’s Pittsburgh, Detroit, NYR, Ottawa, Montreal and Buffalo. I’d venture that there’s 12 more points left for Atlanta on the season.

In preseason, I picked 78-points. Remember the contest?? It’s back on, Baby!!!

Kari

March 16th, 2009
11:31 pm

I’m the big bad Finn,

who doesn’t Let-um-in.

Brendan

March 16th, 2009
11:33 pm

In case anyone’s curious, here’s where the bloggers stood.

69-points, LAC, tied to 5th place in the division and 15th in the Conference.

70-points, R.Stroz, tied to 4th place in the division and 13th place in the Conference.

70-points, Sage of Bluesland, tied to 5th place in the division and 15th in the Conference, and 30th in the league

72-points, NASCAR Dave.

73-points, Bob.

74-points, Russ, tied to 5th in the division and 13th in the Conference.

74-points, ThrasherNY, 5th in the division, and 15th in the Conference.

75-points, 12345, 4th in the division, and 15th in the Conference.

75-points, Brickhouse, 5th in the division and 14th in the Conference.

76-points, Don, 4th in the division and 14th in the Conference.

76-points, Glovesave29, 5th in the division and 14th in the Conference.

77-points, Sharon.

77-points, Smoothie, 4th in the division and 13th in the Conference

78-points, Brendan, 3rd in the division and 13th in the Conference

78-points, PJ, 5th in the division and 13th in the Conference.

78-points, Polskidawg, 5th in the division and 15th in the Conference, and 29th in the league

80-points, Buzilla.

80-points, Jarndynce, 4th in the division, 13th in the Conference.

82-points, Michael B. Shapiro, 5th in the division and 14th in the Conference

82-points, Sweetlew.

82-points, Thrashers27.

83-points, Scotty, 4th in division, 12th in Conference.

84-points, Baldheaded Thrashers fan, 4th in division, 12th in Conference.

84-points, Five_hole, 4th in division, 11th in Conference.

85-points, Alan, 3rd in division, 12th in Conference.

85-points, BG33Brown, 4th in division, 12th in Conference.

85-points, Jameson, 3rd in division, 11th in Conference.

85-points, viking, 3rd in division, 11th in Conference.

86-points, HookyBob, 3rd in division, 11th in Conference.

86-points, Nikita, 3rd in division.

86-points, Rawhide, 3rd in division, 11th in Conference.

87-points, Other JB, 1st in division, 10th in Conference.

88-points, Tony C.,

89-points, Christy, 3rd in division.

89-points, ThrashDawg, 2nd in division, 8th in Conference.

90-points, Kracker, 2nd in division, 9th in Conference.

92-points, Smitty, 1st in division, 8th in Conference.

92-points, Volgrad1985, 2nd in division, 8th in Conference.

93-points, Spudd Webb, 2nd in division, 7th in Conference.

Good luck to all the bloggers who participated. It’s going to be an interesting finish to the season. And, of course, it’s too late to vote now. Voting closed in October, 2008.

Jethro

March 16th, 2009
11:38 pm

Hay Brendan, I picked 96 points. You furgot mee.

Brendan

March 16th, 2009
11:51 pm

Well, that’s mathematically impossible at this point, Jethro. And besides, alter ego’s don’t get to vote. Otherwise the poster who always lists a former Thrasher player as his ID (Marc Savard, Marian Hossa, Frank Kaberle), followed by a post of “suckers!,” would always win the contest!

Jason

March 16th, 2009
11:57 pm

Tony-Did you see Larry Murphy having to sweat and swallow his ego to give the Thrashers props, AND they all agreed they were a team on the rise with young guys like Little, Bogo and Enstrom??

I really enjoyed watching this game and performance tonight in person. The crowd was mediocre in size, but pretty vocal, chanting Kari’s name a few times. He played absolutely fantastic tonight.

On another note, I thought Ovechkin took some cheap shots and runs at our guys toward the end of the 2nd and early 3rd. No penalties were called on him of course. Was really suprised no one on the team leveled him later on. But we made them look like fools in the end without Kovy. 6 in a row!!!! Whoohoo!!!

Brendan

March 17th, 2009
12:07 am

On Versus, you could really hear the Blueland Faithful chanting, Kar-i!, Kar-i! It was a proud moment. It’s been quite a while since that chant circulated in Philips Arena.

Tony C.

March 17th, 2009
12:30 am

Jason-just got home and watching OTF now

earlier they were “poor effort on D, un-strong goaltending” (both true).

I thought that the VS. guys were pretty gracious, during their post-game thinger.

I’m not going to hold my breath on the OTF crew being nearly as gracious.

Jason

March 17th, 2009
1:44 am

The OTF guys revisit the game and highlights towards the end of the hour long show. That’s when they all gave Atlanta some praise and specifically talked about what they liked about the team over the past few months. But “Hair Club For Men” chairman, Larry Murphy, still talked as if he had no idea who was doing what for this team, and just looked at the stats to say Little has had a great year. But I guess any positive praise from the northern homers is good for us.

R. Stroz

March 17th, 2009
10:23 am

R. Stroz

March 17th, 2009
10:31 am