Slug-Nation Sent Slithering Away In Defeat…Again

I don’t know about you, but the only thing better than beating the Buffalo Sabres is watching as their fans…who infest Philips Arena twice per year…skank out of our barn after yet another loss to our Thrashers. They just don’t seemed to be quite as loud and obnoxious after losing…again…in Philips Arena, do they?

Now, don’t get me wrong here…there are a great number of fine, well-adjusted, fun-loving, decent hockey fans that originate from western New York. These folks could be found in Taco Mac after the game…kicking back a few adult beverages and mingling with Thrashers fans. But for some odd reason, this fanbase also seems to breed more than their fair share of fans who just don’t seemed to be secure enough with themselves to simply come in, root for their favorite team and just enjoy the game.

As Sean Grace pointed out so wonderfully just the other day…”Sabre fans fully intend to roll through Blueland and disrespect our team and our fans”.

To be sure, this crowd make Flyers fans look somewhat human.

I know these types get under the skin of so many fans…and obviously that is their intention. But for me, well, it just makes the final outcome that much sweeter. Watching the Thrashers come away winners in all four times against them this year… and knowing that these guys won’t be able to see their team perform in the post-season due in no small part to the points denied them by the Thrashers…well, it just makes me chuckle at ‘em.

Honestly, I sorta got a kick out of last night…the way the infestation that is Slug-Nation got in our faces, hurled there insults at us, wagged the finger at us…then,  once Kovy beat Ryan Miller on OT, hauled-ass outa the place faster then cockroaches when the lights get turned on.

As for the game…for the fourth time this season Atlanta and Buffalo required overtime to determine a winner. And, also for the fourth time, the Thrashers proved to be just thaaaaaaaaaaaat much better than the Sabres in their match-ups.

After Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime win, completing the season sweep, Atlanta is now 12-3-3 against Buffalo on the home ice of Philips Arena since the Thrashers came into the league. Although the Sabres did manage a point out of the contest, they are now left five points behind Montreal for the eighth and final playoff spot in the east. And they only have six games left to make up the difference.

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They may not be dead yet…but they certainly are circling the drain.

Johan Hedberg was outstanding on this night, stopping 30 of the 32 shots Buffalo got off. The two that did beat him were while the Sabres were on the power play…one of the two-man variety. He was only required to stop one shot in overtime, a blast by Jason Pominville.

After falling behind 1-0 on a Thomas Vanek goal at 7:01 of the first, Zach Bogosian zipped one past Ryan Miller one minute and thirty-five seconds later. Slava Kozlov jammed one in halfway through the second before Vanek tied it up while on a 5 on 3 power play.

In overtime, it was Kaptain Kovy that sent the crowd home happy…well, at least those who didn’t have giant yellow skid marks on the front of their jerseys. After Vanek ever-so-kindly passed the puck off his skate, Kovalchuk raced in and powered the puck under Miller.

“LET’S GO BUFF-A-LO….LET’S GO BUFF-A-LO…LET’S GO BUuu……Oh crap, let’s just GO”!

The victory brings Atlanta’s second half record to 20-15-1 with five games remaining. The Thrashers are now winners of three in a row, four of the last five and ten of thirteen.

Now the Thrashers embark on their last road trip of the season, playing Florida Friday night and in Washington D.C. on Sunday afternoon. The next home game is Tuesday night…which should be just about enough time for the cleaning crew at Philips to fumigate the place as to rid Blueland if the residue that was left behind.

Remember TJs On Sunday

Just a quick reminder regarding the Thrashers viewing party at TJs on Holcomb Bridge on Sunday afternoon to watch the game in D.C. Hope to see ya all there…and that includes Pat and the lovely & whimsical Ashley who sat with us Wednesday night, helping to make beating the Sabres even that much more enjoyable!

120 comments Add your comment

Tim

April 2nd, 2009
3:27 pm

I don’t remember the names of the Perrin kids. I didn’t hang with them but we all knew them.

Midfield

April 2nd, 2009
3:28 pm

Smitty, of all the fans coming to Philips, no matter how loud and big the visitor crowd is, Buffalo fans really stand out by being provocatively abrasive, borderline and even outright insulting.

Glovesave29

April 2nd, 2009
3:40 pm

Smitty…just wait. You will have your wish soon. The Falcons are going to be good for a long time. This is what happens when the owner, gm, coach and players are all on the same page. Atlanta is going to be a rockin’ sports town again soon. All the teams are really moving in the right direction. I am most pessimistic about the Thrash, as this offseason will tell a lot. But the question remains – what team would you pull for…the Bills or Birds?

TRON

April 2nd, 2009
4:46 pm

CAN JUST CUT OUR LOSSES NOW AND CUT THE GLASS GROINED DIPSH!T NOW, BEFORE THEY EVEN TRY TO RE-NEGOTIATE WITH HIM?????????????????STUPID RETARD CAN’T STAY HEALTHY TO SAVE HIS LIFE…THE DRINKING AND PARTYING…………THE TEMPER TANTRUMS……………ITS ALL UNACCEPTABLE…………..TIME TO DRAFT A NEW KEEPER THIS SUMMER AND GO WITH MOSSE AND PAVELEC NEXT YEAR…………………

Brendan

April 2nd, 2009
4:58 pm

I guess I haven’t run into “Buffalo’s worst” just yet. Though, I’m sure … loud, obnoxious, drunken fans from Buffalo do populate the arena when their Sabres come to town. Honestly, the “worst” experience I’ve ever had with a visiting fan at Philips was, by far, not nearly on the level of what Tony C. described with what was probably a drunken person. That kind of conduct is way out of line.

In all my trips to Philips Arena, I’ve only truly be ‘bothered and offended’ two times. One fan was a hugely annoying Dallas Stars-backer. By the end of the night, I honestly thought of choking him. And the other was a drunk out of his mind Bruin fan, who thought it was a “good idea” to try to block the stairwell of the CNN parking garage, while pointing to the Bruin logo and flipping everyone the bird, after a Thrasher win over Boston. That fan could barely stand up, and ultimately collapsed. Hopefully, he slept it off.

If I could change the topic a bit, I’ve always had good experiences with fans of the Wild, the Blues, Coyotes, Canucks, and Canadiens. They were cordial, knowledgeable, personable people. Now, those conversations with Habs fans largely took place in French, which might have helped matters.

R. Stroz

April 2nd, 2009
4:59 pm

Here’s a fun idea for dealing with slugs next season.

Everyone bring some salt packets and toss them on the slugs fans’ jerseys.

R. Stroz

April 2nd, 2009
5:01 pm

stendec has changed back into TRON again.

Squid

April 2nd, 2009
5:10 pm

As a Sabres fan I can only say two things: it is sad that your only joy comes from cheering against a team that has a chance for the playoffs (Sabres), instead of cheering for a team that “has no chance” (Thrashers). Secondly, there is one big reason Sabres fans come out, THERE ARE SO MANY SEATS AVAILABLE. You won’t find that in Buffalo, nor will you hear cheers for the other team in HSBC………

Alan

April 2nd, 2009
5:18 pm

Squid, you’re right and wrong.

First of all, you’re wrong. I and many of us here cheer for the Thrashers.

Second, you’re right, there are plenty of seats available. I do wonder though how many of you paid full price for them. No matter, because if this team continues next year on the trend they’ve been on since we picked up Peverley off waivers, filling Philips full of Thrashers fans won’t be a problem.

Alan

April 2nd, 2009
5:19 pm

(As an aside, I forgot to mention that “in a few years” it will be easy to fill Philips. With so many of us making mistakes lately, maybe an edit button should be added!)

N/A

April 2nd, 2009
5:34 pm

I have to admit Sabers fans are incredibly annoying, but in my opinion Pens fans are the absolute worse. No respect for anyone or anything but their beloved birds. I have to disagree about Detroit fans though. I was at that game and chatted with a few fans during the warm-ups. They’re very nice people and the only reason there were so many is because there are a lot of transplants and Detroit rarely comes to Atlanta. Wings fans don’t need to be rude their team is the Stanley Cup Champs…nuff said.

Oh and side note even my Canadian grandma says “y’all”, it’s just the local lingo, I don’t see any one making fun of New Orleans accents.

Eileen

April 2nd, 2009
5:35 pm

Squid, it was either you or someone with the same comments sitting behind me last night (before I moved). I can only imagine there are several of you who preach the same sermon. I heard all about how if this game were in Buffalo, it would be sold out. Just think how sad it would have been when the Thrashers finished off the series with the Sabres 4-0. Good thing the game was in Atlanta even with the empty seats! Also, those playoff chances are looking pretty slim.

Rawhide

April 2nd, 2009
5:38 pm

Squid – Actually, I really don’t take much issue with either of your points.

As for your first one…don’t take it personally that we take such pleasure in helping the Sabres miss the playoffs. Rest assured tomorrow night we are going to be rooting for our team to screw things up for the Panthers, too. As you correctly point out, we aren’t going to the playoffs and we’ve known that for some time. But this team is playing with an attitude now that we just haven’t seen in a while. Pardon us for enjoying it. That edge seems to be born from the Thrashers ramping it up against teams like Buffalo lately who are figting for playoff posistions.

Garnet Exelby said something about that last night saying that (paraphrasing slighty), “If we aren’t making the playoffs, then neither are you”. Good…the hope here is that this type of an attitude and play will translate into a better start next season. That’s all.

As to your second point…yup, you are 100% spot on. Buffalo gets great fan support, at and away from home. I have no issues with that. On any given weeknight, there are about 5-7K empty seats in Philips for a Thrashers game. Know what cures that? Winning…and entertaining hockey. You know, like what we have seen out of this bunch for quite a few weeks now.

Tony – OK, so what your saying is that because Toronto fans B-slapped Sabres fans around, that justifies certain Buffalo fans behavior. Ohhhhh-Kayyyyyyy. Well, that clears everything up now.

BTW, I didn’t notice this myself…but I heard that some Buffalo fans started a little fight inside and just outside of Taco Mac last night. Wonderful…seems as though they just didn’t like being reminded of the 4-game sweep by the Thrashers this season.

Ah…but I guess that’s just all part of the “experience”, eh?

All this aside everyone…if you go back and look at the 4 games the Sabres and Thrashers played this year, they have all been thrilling, close, exciting games. All four being OT affairs would indicate as much.

N/A – Agree with your words about Detroit fans. For the most part, they came, cheered for their team and had a good time. Were there a few jerks in the crowd…yeah. But that happens. And I too was not surprised by the showing. As you pointed out…they had not been here for two years. They had that date circled on their calendar once the schedule came out last summer.

Smoothie – I have no issue at all with transplant continuing to support their “hometown” team. Certainly if if the jobs and opportunities dried up around here and I was force to relocate elsewhere, I would still support my Thrashers. Again, it’s not the numbers that show up for Sabres games…or other northern teams…it’s the obnoxious behavior by so many of them that is the issue. But, like I said…that’s how they roll.

And that’s why beating the Sabres is just that much more fun for us. I’m sure they would say the same thing about being the Leafs.

Alan

April 2nd, 2009
5:57 pm

I didn’t notice this myself…but I heard that some Buffalo fans started a little fight inside and just outside of Taco Mac last night.

Rawhide, In honor of this, I present to you: Blueland Mathematics 101.

Today’s equation: The fighting fans

Butthurt opposition fan + alcohol + excited home team fans = seething rage

Seething rage(x+y)^z + home team fan*a^b = intensity of fight, where x is the number of fans, y is the goal differential, z is the number of other drunk, butthurt fans around the first individua,.a is the number of drinks consumed, and b is the number of other drunk, home team fans around the oppositions’ target.

;)

LAC

April 2nd, 2009
8:18 pm

Smoothie I agree 110% on that !!!!! Why the NHL continues to ram
Crosby down our throats is NUTS !!!!!

There are a LOT of other really better young players out there who deserve to be promoted… We have two, but ALL you hear about #17 if, when his contract is up where will he go, or he would be better on a better team and all that CRAP ! You never hear about #4 never. Harry Neale had some nice comments on him last night on the Buffalo feed…
I was impressed.

But the NHL needs to promote people other than this crybaby and like you said Smoothie, he’s NOT the best player on his team… Wake up NHL… There are other GOOD young players out there including right here in Atlanta !

Lastly Spud I like Auburn area and the Finger Lakes, Seneca Falls in the summer is just GREAT, just like Livingston,Montana…

B. Thenet

April 2nd, 2009
8:22 pm

In the 2003 season, the Sabres averaged 300 more fans per home game than Atlanta. In 2004 the Sabres averaged 80 more fans per game than Atlanta.

If the Sabres put together a streak of 8 of 9 seasons with no playoffs, there will be plenty of good seats available in Buffalo.

Al

April 2nd, 2009
8:39 pm

Maybe redneck Sabres fans are different from the ones in the great white north…

Tony

April 2nd, 2009
9:00 pm

If it wasnt for us “Slug” fans…..how many people would have been at Phillips Arena last night??? I was there and I was embarrassed for Thrasher “fans” what a f-ing joke….no support and yet there is a moron writing in this blog about us as fans. Mayber a couple thousand fans last night for ATL???

Us Sabres fans showed up and paid the rent there last night!!

YOU WILL NEVER, EVER, EVER see an embarrassment of a crowd in the HSBC Arena like that…EVER!!

You will leave twon like the Flames with your pathetic fan base!!!

B. Thenet

April 2nd, 2009
9:09 pm

Tony, if Buffalo can’t create enough jobs for their own residents….and thousands of their fans move to Atlanta…..Which team do you really think has a better chance of being around 10-20 years from now?

Considering how low your attendance was as recently as 4-5 years ago….just imagine how empty the Aud/HSBCHDGHFSD or whatever they call it arena would be. It would be mostly Canadians driving from Hamilton.

Alan

April 2nd, 2009
9:29 pm

Mayber a couple thousand fans last night for ATL???

Don’t give yourselves too much credit, now. You all might be big, fat, and ugly, but you still couldn’t drown out the “Go Home Sabres” chat that was heard on live television. A friend of mine in Virginia Beach – a huge Sabres fan – heard it, and she tells me she couldn’t stop laughing.

Looks like the joke is on you and your self-righteous attitude.

Tony C.

April 2nd, 2009
9:43 pm

Maybe the 3-point game is gaining traction…check out this TSN poll:

http://thehockeynews.com/pages/puck_poll.html

R. Stroz

April 2nd, 2009
9:44 pm

Spud Webb – You represent your former city with decency and dignity. Unfortunately, many from your former city seem determined to sully the name of anyone and everyone from Buffalo.

Brendan

April 2nd, 2009
9:50 pm

Trixie, it may be time for a new topic .

Hockey Biltong, I received no guess from you in the points contest, back in October. I only had a guess for the Opening Night budget. You may have made one, but I missed it, if you did. I posted a few recaps of the picks before they were finalized, including if anyone wanted to make a revised pick, before the list became “finalized.”

Steely Dan

April 2nd, 2009
9:58 pm

“Mayber a couple thousand fans last night for ATL???”

Tony, the announced attendance last night was 15,038. Are you seriously saying there were 13,000 or so Sabre fans there? No, I mean seriously? Dude, put down the bong pipe and step away from the keyboard.

Alan

April 2nd, 2009
10:21 pm

Steely Dan, it sounds more like crack to me.

R. Stroz

April 2nd, 2009
10:52 pm

Brendan – Here’s a new topic:

How many teams have the Thrashers eliminated from the playoffs?

or

How many teams have the Thrashers swept this season?

Lets start with BUFFABLOW.

smoothie

April 2nd, 2009
11:51 pm

Enjoy Knobby’s newest article featuring our young phenom. The Bogo quotes are so refreshing. Our Def finally has a voice. And it says “we’re not gonna take ur cheapshotting crap anymore and we’re not gonna back down from anyone!” Go Zack Attack!

Brendan

April 3rd, 2009
12:15 am

R.Stroz, I think we’ve helped eliminate the Leafs and Senators. We almost got Montreal out. But they seem to have recovered. Buffalo we definitely knocked out. And, before it’s over, we can deliver a KNOCK OUT BLOW to the Florida Panthers, who DIDN’T MOVE Jay Bouwmeester at the trade deadline. And the rumor is … he’s bound for Calgary. Born in Edmonton, I would think Oilers might be a possible destination, too.

Also, not that they ever really had a chance, but Atlanta didn’t help out the Lightning this season, either. By the way, Dan Boyle had the GWG for the Sharks over the Oilers tonight, 2-1. Boy, Oren Koules and Len Barrie sure knew they had a “cancer” there in Tampa Bay. Good thing they moved Boyle while they still could, huh? Got that Matt Carle, who’s just been a “mainstay” for them. Err, okay they traded him. But then they got that Steve Eminger for Carle, to be the Bolts future along the blueline. What? Traded Eminger at the deadline, did they? Well, that’s why there’s “Fantasy leagues” vs. “the NHL.” In the case of the Tampa Bay Lightning, which is which?

Brendan

April 3rd, 2009
12:17 am

Scottie Upshall has just scored for Phoenix. It’s 2-1 Yotes over the Kings. I can smell those ping pong balls.

Brendan

April 3rd, 2009
12:28 am

Check out Boyle’s stats this year: http://www.nhlpa.com/WebStats/PlayerBiography.asp?ID=6693. Boyle’s got a 75% chance of scoring a point in any given game.

It’s a FINAL! Phoenix 2, Los Angeles 1. Also, Anaheim and Edmonton are still tied, 5-5, in the 3rd period. There’s about 5:00 left in the 3rd period. Vancouver must ensure they get the “safety point.”

Tim

April 3rd, 2009
12:59 am

The Thrashers may not have knocked the Habs out of the playoffs… but they did help get their coach fired.

Anti-Tony

April 3rd, 2009
1:07 am

Tony..ex-Pittsburgher in Atlanta for nine years..six super bowls..five world series championships..and two stanley cups! Atlanta has at least one world series championship! BUFFALO HAS ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll take atlanta over BUFFACHOKE anyday..LOSER!

Anti-Tony

April 3rd, 2009
1:28 am

And Tony..ur gonna lose the Bills to Toronto! IMAGINE THAT! At least the falcons won’t ever move to Mexico City!

Anti-Tony

April 3rd, 2009
1:42 am

Tony..you think phillips arena is dead for a thrashers game? i’ve been down main street buffalo..after one of many penguin butt-whippins on the sabres..you know what dead means! deader than rich stadium after the bills move to toronto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rawhide

April 3rd, 2009
8:59 am

Brendan – I HATE the smell of ping-pong balls in morning, it smells like … DEFEAT!

Seriously though…you know I have been very vocal in my belief that it’s far better for the team to play well now rather than “tank it” and get a better chanch at the Tavares Sweepstakes. But, they have already given me what I wanted, so the lottery chips may fall where they may as far as I’m concerned.

You mentioned Phoenix beating LA last night. Of course those two teams were just one point ahead of the Thrashers in the overall leagure standings going into that game. They play each other again in LA tomorrow night…so at least two more points will be dished out to one of those teams again.

Right now, the Thrashers are in 27th place, (or 4th in the lottery pecking order), with 72 points and 5 games remaining to play. LA is at 73 points for 26th place, (or 5th in the lottery pecking order), with five left as well. Phoenix now has 75 points for 25th place…the lowest non-lottery position…but only have four left.

Above that is Ottawa with 76 and Toronto with 77 points, each with five remaining games.

Behind us is Tampa Bay with 65 points after 77 games… it would be a chore for them to catch us.

So, realistically, we will finish somewhere between our current lottery pecking order of fourth and as high as 25th …maybe even 24th in the NHL. More than likely it’ll be the current 27th place we find ourselves or…possibly 26th.

So, we might just wind up being a lottery team AND finish the season red-hot!

Would that be considered “the best of both worlds” or “having your cake and eating it too”?

Spud Webb

April 3rd, 2009
9:55 am

Man I’d love it if we get some ping pong balls, I’m telling you the luck has changed. Playing as well and as HARD as anyone in the league right now. It CAN happen, we still get Tavaras!!! That would be AWESOME.
Stroz I appreciate it!

Brendan

April 3rd, 2009
11:00 am

Rawhide, I’ll tell you what my HR person told me. “Brendan, this is your cake. This is Edith. (Smo-kin hot co-worker!!) You can’t have your cake and Edith, too.” In that situation, the best thing to do is resign, then kiss Edith. (Ya know. Long and hard. So that it counts!) You’re no longer an employee. They can’t fire you.

Alan

April 3rd, 2009
11:28 am

According to the numbers outlined in this post from Mirtle’s blog, Atlanta has the third best points-winning percentage (76.9%) and fifth best goal differential (3.77-3.00=0.77)since the trade deadline.

Jason Buffalo

April 3rd, 2009
12:39 pm

Who cares who this author is, but he is obviously threatened by real hockey fans coming to games and wishes with every inch of his pathetic soul that someday Atlanta fans will have half the spirit coming out of Buffalo.

The Joker

April 3rd, 2009
12:55 pm

Jason Buffalo can’t tell the difference between spirit and sh!t coming out of Buffalo.

GO HOME BUFFALO

Ferris Bueller

April 3rd, 2009
12:59 pm

Buffalo fans what are you still doing here?

Buffalo go home,

The game is over, go home.

Ferris Bueller

April 3rd, 2009
1:08 pm

You’re stiil here?

Go home.

We have to clean out the arena for the next game.

We only have a week to get the smell out.

Buffalo, go home.

Glovesave29

April 3rd, 2009
1:26 pm

This is a new one, talking smack after a loss.

Alan

April 3rd, 2009
1:28 pm

Jason, don’t you have your own team’s blog to post on?

Riceowls8891

April 3rd, 2009
1:28 pm

I’ve seen the Thrashers play in Boston, Buffalo (9-1 loss), and Carolina. Never had a problem. Of course, I’m a lawyer, and very few people want to talk smack to someone who gets paid to be a “jerk” for a living. Most people turn to smiles and drinks after an exchange or two. Fans in Buffalo were even buying, and laughing, once they found out they were in the ring with a pro.

Rawhide

April 3rd, 2009
1:39 pm

Alan – Thanks for sharing that with us. Ya know what I find interesting about that is if the Sabres had simply played just as good as the Thrashers have since the deadline, they would be tied with the Rangers for that 8th playoff spot…with two games in hand.

Tony

April 3rd, 2009
2:40 pm

Well, I don’t know about Jason, but I do post on the Sabres blog, but it’s a lot fun to piss you guys off. And I can’t believe you are correcting me on how to spell yall, IT IS NOT A WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Smitty

April 3rd, 2009
3:00 pm

Yous guys spanked us. OK Enough already

kracker

April 3rd, 2009
3:46 pm

Sorry, Tony. You lose again. From dictionary.com:

y’all (yôl) Pronunciation Key
pron. Chiefly Southern U.S.
Variant of you-all. See Regional Note at you-all.

You. Used in addressing two or more people or referring to two or more people, one of whom is addressed.

Glovesave29

April 3rd, 2009
3:49 pm

Who’s pissed off? We WON…again.