Cats Survive Big Zach Attack

The Florida Panthers played in Atlanta Thursday night and were eliminated from the playoffs. Unfortunately…it wasn’t because the Thrashers beat them, it was due to the New York Rangers defeating Philly 2-1 and Montreal gaining a point in their 5-4 overtime loss to Boston. Both of those teams now have 93 points and the Panthers have 91. Each team has one game remaining but the Rangers and Habs own tie-breakers against Florida.

The Cats skated away 3-2 winners despite a Big Zach Attack as rookie Zach Bogosian scoring both Atlanta goals. One was on the power play, the second was of the short-handed variety. Bogey now has 9 goals on the season to go with 8 assist…he’s also now a +12. The power play goal by Bogosian ended an 0-21 stretch in which the Thrashers failed to convert on the man advantage.

The season will come to an end Saturday night when the Tampa Bay Lightning come to town.

Congrats To Marty, Kovy, XLB & Bolts

Thrashers captain Ilya Kovalchuk won the Heineken Three Stars Award for the season. It was his second consecutive and third overall such award. The captain had been named as the games first star eight times, second star six times and the third star nine times. Kari Lehtonen came in second with ten first stars, two second stars and one third.

Garnet Exelby and Eric Boulton shared the Gilner-Reeves Community Service Award presented prior to the game. Both XLB and Bolts have been very generous with their time in the Atlanta community and many people…escpecially children…have been blessed by such kindness and giving of self. These truly are two fine gentlemen and I’m sure you will all join me in giving them both a big cyber-slap on the back.

Marty Reasoner was presented with the Player’s Player Award…voted upon by the members of the team. There are a few players that could have won this…Hedberg, Armstrong…of course Kovy. But Marty’s selection really comes as no surprise. He has been a very solid 3rd line center…very responsible on the defensive end of the ice and a great help on the penalty kill. For the season, Reasoner has 13 goals, 14 assists and is a +9. And obviously his presence in the locker room has had a positive affect.

Reasoner has made it very clear that he wants to remain a Thrasher beyond this season…and it is now very apparent that his teammates want him around as well.

Now all Don Waddell needs to do is sign him.

McCabe Feels The Wrath Of Kovy

The captain is definately willing to stick up for himself as well as fight for his crew.

Halfway through the second period Ilya Kovalchuk took exception to Bryan McCabe’s antics and the two dropped gloves in front of the benches. Kovalchuk then dropped McCabe to the ice…not once but twice.

On his way off to the box, Kaptain Kovy then played up to the crowd at Philips Arena who were just loving it!

McCabe was probably surprised to find out Kovy didn’t help him sit down in the box…I mean, he had already helped him off his feet twice just moments earlier.

And Finally…A Couple of Hellos

Thank you PUCKHEAD for flagging me down and introducing yourself to me. It was a pleasure to have met you and your son. Also, it was my pleasure sitting next to Jessica and Jessica. The first Jessica turned out to be a friend of a friend of mine…the second Jessica being a Florida State University cheerleader and was attending her first every NHL hockey game. The two sat just to my left and just behind Hockey Biltong and the lovely Mrs. Biltong…so they certainly got an earful of Thrashers Hockey 101.

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R. Stroz

April 10th, 2009
12:27 am

Guess which player was on the ice for every Panturd goal?

Here’s a hint, he earns 4.5 million a year and pretends to play defense.

That’s right, Ron Hainsey

Rawhide – That’s the second time in a row I’ve been ranallo10ed.

R. Stroz

April 10th, 2009
12:34 am

Were the Thrashers playing the Panturds or the Florida Diving Ice Princesses?

Wayne

April 10th, 2009
12:45 am

The Thrashers spent so much time in the penalty box in the first 2 periods, I thought they had free porn on a monitor in there…

R. Stroz

April 10th, 2009
1:14 am

We are moving in the right direction. Last year, the Thrashers finished 27th overall and this season the Thrashers finished 26th overall. Incremental progress at its best.

The Thrashers can win Saturday with no negative side effects.

Alan

April 10th, 2009
2:52 am

One thing I noticed? Boy, was that ice horrible. Before the puck dropped, I could see zamboni tire tracks in the standing water.

That doesn’t excuse the Panthers, though. Just because they’re used to playing on bad ice in Miami doesn’t mean they can become a swim team here in Philips. Really, there was more diving than at the summer olympics.

LAC

April 10th, 2009
3:41 am

Seems the strong finish has fizzled…

LAC

April 10th, 2009
4:04 am

Of note…. Of ALL the playoff teams, We scored more goals than 7 of them. Our ON GOING problem is only Toronto will ALLOW more goals this season than we will. Unless we shut out TB 6-0.

I am sorry but we need some stay at home defensemen, some shut down guys who will not allow teams to set up in our zone and what drives me crazy, how some teams run all around us in OUR zone until we break down
and the puck is in OUR net. These guys we have now with a couple exceptions need to GO !

This issue about GA has been The Number #1 problem ever since this team started and who do we thanks for that ? DUMB don waddell who else ?

As someone pointed out the Columbus team had Doug McLean calling all the wrong shots since they started. He was as bad as waddell, ownership wanted to change the mindset and WIN, so they fired McLean and replaced him and look how the team responded.

With that novel idea in mind, could these STUPID clowns who own the Thrashers dare make a move that MAKES SENSE ?

We are not moving forward we are maintaining status quo, nothing changes here… Remember all those roster moves that were going to take place earlier in the season after a run of BAD games… yet as is waddell’s MO… NOTHING happened. Remember waddell was “Happy With This Team” is he now ? And remember all this moving forward crap, folks moving from up from 3th from the bottom to 4th is NOT moving forward !!!

How can these owners stand another season of waddell as GM. He is OLD,
STALE and OUT of TOUCH with NHL hockey. There are a number of good qualified GM types out there who would do a much better job in turning this team around. I just hope Monday morning they announce waddell is GONE, It would be like Winning The Stanley Cup in Atlanta !

jerry

April 10th, 2009
8:12 am

I like the PP shot off the left wing by Kolvalchuck. It is sooooo unpredictable.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 10th, 2009
8:49 am

“The captain had been named as the games first star eight times, second star six times and the third star nine times. Kari Lehtonen came in second with ten first stars, two second stars and one third.”

Interesting…I guess the local media (whom I believe votes on the Three Stars every game) didn’t notice that Kovalchuk misfires and that Lehtonen is a sieve. They’re all apologists, obviously.

Thomas Magnum

April 10th, 2009
8:51 am

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Frosty the snowman

April 10th, 2009
11:09 am

looks like we will get Duchene or Kane, unless we move up in the lottery. I personally would rather have Duchene, he has more size on his frame. Who knows maybe we end up with the 1 pick after the lottery

Nikita

April 10th, 2009
12:41 pm

There’s no telling who we’ll get, thanks to the lottery. However, I would be happy with Kane or Duchene or Tavares or Hedman — I’d be happy with virtually anyone in the top 10. Except maybe a talented right winger — I think our needs are at other positions.

Speaking of which, WTF happened to Pavelec? I did not enjoy his last outing — it affirms to me that he’s not fundamentally sound enough, though obviously he’s game and fairly talented. It makes me very, very nervous about releasing either Hedberg or Lehtonen, though we’ve got to shed Moose relatively soon to take the goaltending to the next level unless Moose can, for the first time in his life, turn in a consistently elite performance over a relatively long stretch. Unless we can buy a better tender, that is. And I doubt that’s where Waddell’s focus is.

And finally, who’s going to the game tomorrow? I will be there, somewhere in the 100s near the goal.

kracker

April 10th, 2009
1:12 pm

One more to go :) :( Tailgate before the game, then watch the beat down on the Bolts!

R. Stroz

April 10th, 2009
1:18 pm

The wife and I will be in 216.

Alan

April 10th, 2009
2:04 pm

Speaking of which, WTF happened to Pavelec?

Nothing. What you saw is Pavelec. His agent is a posturing d-bag, is all.

Given, however, a glaring error in his agent’s assessment of our young prospect, I surmise there is a certain something this organization lacks. Hence, I propose we make a move this offseason to acquire exactly that.

Just what is that? The answer might be more clear than one thinks, and could have been the difference between Pavelec being a NHL’er this year and Pavelec being deadline trade bait at the deadline.

Alan

April 10th, 2009
2:10 pm

Deadline? Deadline! I’m thinking too much about work.

kracker

April 10th, 2009
2:29 pm

Very clever, Alan. We need the hidden words above. Is that solely DW’s decision, do you think, based on the level of the operating budget he is given? Perhaps a meddleing owner with a blue pencil? Whatever it is, they need to change personnel. And while they are at it, they should also evaluate the scouting operation.

Nikita

April 10th, 2009
2:51 pm

I think we’ll get that…just as soon as Moose retires. But I seriously think Pavelec has deteriorated from last season to this — I don’t recall him flopping (literally) so poorly in his 07-08 season.

hildymac

April 10th, 2009
2:51 pm

Alan, I agree. Weeks has been a definite weak cog, and the play of Pavs and Kari proves it. Heck, Hedberg’s numbers have slipped since joining the team too. While a lot of that can be chalked up to the team itself, the numbers of all three of our goalies are nowhere NEAR what they need to be, even during our playoff run. Something’s gotta give.

Viking

April 10th, 2009
5:58 pm

“My old Swedish team” Färjestad won the National Championship the other day. One large contributing factor to this was “The Monster” Jonas Gustavsson in goal. He is spectacular, 24 years old and undrafted. There are many NHL clubs that would like to spend the $900 000 it would cost to acquire him (rookie rule). According to a Swedish newspaper the teams that have contacted him are:

NHL-KLUBBARNA SOM ÄR UTE EFTER ”MONSTRET”:
Anaheim, Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, San José Sharks, St Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks.

The absence of Thrashers in this list could perhaps be a hint that they are happy with the current trio and consider them keepers. (No pun intended.)

Alan

April 10th, 2009
9:32 pm

It could also mean the Thrashers haven’t contacted him yet, too.

Then again, I think we’re going to end up in a “live by Lehtonen or die by Lehtonen” situation for a good while. I really don’t think the Thrashers care to “criminally mismanage” Ondrej Pavelec any longer.

Hockey Biltong

April 10th, 2009
9:56 pm

Fix the freakin power play for cryin out loud…

Jessica

April 11th, 2009
11:55 pm

Thanks again for the great company and making Jessica’s first NHL experience an unforgettable one. It was great meeting you all. I hope to see you again next season!