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.

Sabres Unveil There Alternate Jersey

Sabres Unveil Their New Alternate Jersey

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!

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Glovesave29

April 3rd, 2009
4:00 pm

Anyone know when our affiliation agreement with Chicago ends? With the recent announcement of Phoenix, Mississippi and Dayton pulling out of the ECHL (along with Fresno and Augusta dropping out mid-season) perhaps it is time again to discuss moving the Glads to the AHL and having them be our top affiliate. Chicago has long only looked out for their interest first, and it would be great to have the top farm team 20 miles up the road. Not only for emergency call ups, but to have them practice against the NHL team and get some great experience. The ECHL is really losing teams in our area for the Glads to play at an alarming rate…Columbia, Greenville, Greensboro, Richmond, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Birmingham, New Orleans have all left in the past few years. Might be the perfect time to make the move.

The Joker

April 3rd, 2009
4:00 pm

What do y’all call a Sabre fan named Tony?

A Tonytard

R. Stroz

April 3rd, 2009
4:05 pm

Glovesave29 – Good Idea.

In the Words of Sean Grace

April 3rd, 2009
4:12 pm

A rancid caravan is approaching Atlanta. When the wind is right, a trace of the stench can already be sensed on Marietta Street. In the morning, the great unwashed will arrive in droves. Buffalo Sabre fans, reeking of Natural Light and stale corn dogs will begin their full-scale infestation tomorrow. They’ll be wearing their musty Miller jerseys in Lenox mall. They’ll be funneling beer and vomiting on each other in Piedmont park. Many won’t make it to the game. Fortunately, not many Sabre fans can read and some will get lost on the way to the bulb. We’ll need to disinfect every Waffle House within a 30 mile radius by this time tomorrow. Be ready. The vermin travel well.

Take a poll of all Eastern Conference fans and I will bet you that every team names the Buffalo fans as the worst to deal with in the NHL.

Tony's Mother

April 3rd, 2009
4:41 pm

Don’t blame Tony, he was born with his foot stuck in the crease.

Glovesave29

April 3rd, 2009
4:50 pm

And it keeps getting better…PeTA has offered to “rent” the for sale Canadiens for one week for C$10,000, with the stipulation that for that week they are the Canadian Seal Pups. They feel this will bring attention to the animals’ plight. Could backfire though, after a fight we very well may hear a “beaten and bloodied Seal Pup is carried off the ice”, or a headline after a playoff loss reading “Seal Pups take a pounding”….

Tony C.

April 3rd, 2009
4:53 pm

Seal pups? Seriously?

Glovesave29

April 3rd, 2009
5:25 pm

You’d like to think this cannot happen, but we did have a team called the Mighty Ducks…so anything is possible!

goose

April 3rd, 2009
5:29 pm

Yo Rawhide JLH and I will be able to make it to TJ’s this Sunday it took some convincing but I did it.

Tony

April 3rd, 2009
5:43 pm

Kracker, you actually looked yall up?? HA!! You Atlanta citizens are looking more and more ridiculous. It’s not even about the game anymore. I am just enjoying watching how easy it is too pull you guys along. Too easy. Far too easy!!!!

Rawhide

April 3rd, 2009
5:53 pm

glovesave29 – Could you imagine when Montreal plays Vancouver…the pictures that could be used of killer whales attacking seal pups and all.

goose – Glad to hear it. I’ll make sure Trixie gets the RSVP and I look forward to seeing ya both there.

Tony's Mother

April 3rd, 2009
6:05 pm

Please don’t pick on my special needs son. He’s the family flower, otherwise known as the blooming idiot.

Tony

April 3rd, 2009
6:35 pm

Yeah….there were 15,000 fans–no f-ing way!!! No way there were more than 8000 people in the arena…..

Tony's Father

April 3rd, 2009
8:05 pm

Go play in traffic, son!

Alan

April 3rd, 2009
9:16 pm

Tie score after two. Come on and win this one, guys!

Alan

April 3rd, 2009
9:53 pm

Pevs dispenser knocked home another, his second of the game. Thrashers just got done killing off yet another bull call on Valabik. Score is currently 2-1, with about 5:30 left to go

Alan

April 3rd, 2009
10:18 pm

Aaaand, White sealed the deal here on a bad turnover by Florida in the neutral zone, caught Anderson on his way to the bench. He fell over running back to the goal, threw his stick, aaaand… missed the puck. Goal.

Tony C.

April 3rd, 2009
10:53 pm

Yeah, Boris is going to get a lot of tacky calls b/c he’s a giant

Tony

April 3rd, 2009
11:40 pm

Keep it going!!

Brendan

April 3rd, 2009
11:54 pm

Nice win tonight, by the Thrashers. That’s four in-a-row. John Anderson said, “it’s an evolution.” What he means is … too bad it didn’t happen in November, instead.