Kovalchuk and Kane score milestone goals in Thrashers win

What do I begin with? Ilya Kovalchuk’s 300th career goal?…Evander Kane’s first ever NHL goal?…Pavelec’s performance?…Heck, what about the penalty kill?

Let’s start with the captain, shall we?

In his 547th career start, Kovy notched his 300th goal by way of the power play. It was a classic Ilya goal as he took the puck just inside of the blueline and wormed his way through the St. Louis defense… then beat Chris Mason. The goal put the Thrashers up 2-1 at the time. He almost made it two power play goals, but his blast in the second period clanked the iron.

However, he did later get number 301 with an empty-netter at the end…his fourth goal and fifth point of the young season.

Then in the second, it was Evander Kane’s turn to make some history. On a play that was another beauty to watch, Kane took a pass from Rich Peverley as he powered his way up the middle and snapped off a winner from between the circles. That one put Atlanta up 3-1…a lead they took into the second intermission.

Kane and Peverley are starting to be quite the duo early on in the season. It was Pevs that scored the goal Saturday in which Evander notched his first ever career assist. Just returning the favor, I guess.

The Thrashers then made sure that Kovy and Kane’s memorable evening finished on a winning note as they defeated the Blues 4-2.

Pavelec stopped 29 of 31 Blues shots (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

Pavelec stopped 29 of 31 Blues shots (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

And what about the play of Ondrej Pavelec? He shook off an early goal… one in which Keith Tkachuk simply beat him with a shot from the left circle…and played outstanding the rest of the way. He would not surrender another until 2:44 left in the third. For the night, Opie stopped 29 of 31 shots faced.

Not to be overlooked here is the fantastic job the Thrasher’s penalty killing unit did Thursday night…wait, did I just use the words “fantastic” and “Thrasher’s penalty kill” in the same sentence?

Oh, I need to sit down…that made me dizzy.

Late in the first, with Atlanta nursing a 2-1 lead, Kovy took a hooking penalty. His teammates killed it off to preserve the one-goal advantage. Then to begin the second, Zach Bogosian committed a cross checking infraction just 63 seconds into the period. That, too, was killed off in fine fashion…however just a mere three ticks of the clock after Zach returned to the play, Marty Reasoner hooked his way into the sin-bin.

But once again…by working hard and agressively pursuing the puck…the Thrashers were successful in killing off yeat another Blues man-advantage.

For the season so far, the Thrashers have killed off 6 of the 7 penalties faced. They are 2 for 5 on their own power plays.

Other Quick Shots And Thoughts

The Thrashers have been quite economical with their shots during the first two games. They were able to net six on 28 shots last weekend…then they scored twice on their initial three shots against St. Louis. That would be eight goals on the first 31 SOG of the season. Kane’s tally came on Atlanta’s 11th shot of the game.

So far they have scored 1o goals on a total of 49 SOG…better than one for every five shots taken.

One worrisome issue though is the shots for/against stat as Atlanta was outshot 31-21 Thursday night. In two games, the Thrashers have taken 49 SOG and have allowed 70 to get through on Opie. Yikes!

Of course, where it counts, they have outscored their opponents by a total of 10-5.

The Thrashers have scored in all six periods so far. Two in each of the three periods against the Bolts, two in the first tonight and one each in periods two and three.

Atlanta has played 120 minutes of hockey so far this season and have only trailed for 2:48 seconds. That certainly helps.

The Thrashers have won their first two games of the season for the first time since 2003. That year they beat Columbus 2-1 to start the season then took a 4-3 decision from Washington. They went on to tie the next two games against the Islanders and Rangers…something I’m quite sure won’t happen this time around. The Thrashers started that 2003-04 campaign with 4 wins, zero losses, 2 ties and an overtime loss. That’s 11 points in the first 7 games.

And Finally…Hey, I Know Those Two

That very good-looking couple you see toward the end of the Thrashers marketing commercial played throughout the airing of the game is none other than our very own FormerIsleFan and his lovely bride Lilibeter.

Congrats you two…you’re stars!!

156 comments Add your comment

The Real Thrash

October 9th, 2009
8:41 am

Thrashers have taken 49 SOG and have allowed 70 to get through.
Still the problem. That is coaching and teamwork.

hip czech

October 9th, 2009
9:04 am

We knew Antropov was slow coming in…hopefully he makes up for it with his size. He just needs to go to the front of the net and let Kovy and Little work the boards.

The AP story of the game of course lists jet lag as the reason the Blues lost. That’s baloney. Then been home since Sunday morning (and Detroit somehow managed to get over the jet lag and beat a good Blackhawk team).

Nice solid effort, now let’s hope they don’t overlook Ottawa.

World Be Free

October 9th, 2009
9:15 am

Zoomo-I had Sugar Kane too, but I was concerned about being too P.C.
Thats the tragedy of our society today. You can’t even tell a good Pollock joke anymore.

Rawhide

October 9th, 2009
9:16 am

We knew Antropov was slow coming in…hopefully he makes up for it with his size. He just needs to go to the front of the net and let Kovy and Little work the boards.

hip czech – there was a play in the first period where Atro was clear in the slot…had a good shot but instead chose to pass to Kovy. All-in-all not a bad idea to ty and find the star scorer to set him up…but he needed to take that shot.

As for “jetleg” being the cause of the outcome…only if the AP is indicating that the Thrashers got off the “jet” and caused the Blues to “lag” behind them for most of the night.

FormerIslesFan

October 9th, 2009
9:24 am

Just some quick thoughts because I only got to see the the third period of the game last night (DVR failed me).

Was it me, or was anyone else surprised that following the timeout with the game on the line that Coach Anderson called Kovy’s number to be on the ice? Let’s face it, in the past, there is NO WAY that Kovy would have been there for such a defensively responsible situation. That, to me, says chapter and verse about the confidence they have in him, the confidence he has in himself and what it means to wear the “C.” Two different times Kovy chipped the puck out of the zone to the open ice without risking an icing to shoot for the open net taking time off the clock.

On that same note, I would be remiss not to mention Reasoner’s work in the closing moments of the game. His hustle, both in our zone and at the end to create the turn over for Kovy are those unsung plays that win games.

As for Kane, I realize we are only two games into his 9 game “tryout” but at this point, he is making it very, very difficult to send him back to the WHL. What a pleasant predicament to have.

Oh….and if anyone has a clip of this commercial that RH mentioned above, please let me know and I’ll find a way to get it from you. I’m not believing it til I see it. :-)

Toby

October 9th, 2009
9:26 am

Best stats of the night…only 3 penalties and 3-3 on the PK

Spud Webb

October 9th, 2009
9:42 am

HOLY SH&T I’m walking on water today. LOVE IT…wow only 2 games I know. Hard not to be excited w/what we’re seeing!!!!!!
Also, Boston loses, this makes for a GREAT FRIDAY!!!!
Heater with the hat trick, UGH. October 24th, I’m ready.

Smoothie

October 9th, 2009
9:47 am

Our bottom two lines really hustled their tails off last night. The determination and work ethic were best illustrated by none other than Marty Reasoner, who did not quit on the play behind the net before Thorbs set up Boultsy for the bang-bang goal. Reasoner had been upended in the right corner (not sure if it could have been a penalty), but despite the pile of players behind the net, Marty got right up and basically ran to the puck on the other side of the net, carried it into the corner and then passed it to the waiting point-man, Salmela. Eventually, the puck was deposited in the back of the net.

The work and never-quit attitude embodied by players such as Marty, Pevs, Army, Kane, Thorbs, Boults, Little and White will hopefully continue to have a meaningful impact on some of our “floaters” like Kovy, Antro and Finny. I’m not trying to knock our Russian brethren unfairly, but there is still too much drifting and floating out there when the top two lines are on the ice. By my stats, both lines were a -6 in the ES shots on goal battle and gave up many more zone shifts (F/O yielded in our zone) than the bottom two lines, which were a combined +6 in the even strength battle.

If this can be corrected by JA and his staff, then the possibility of this Thrasher team competing for a playoff spot increases greatly!!

Paminski

October 9th, 2009
9:50 am

Wow. If that 2nd line clicks, we are a force to be reckoned with.

I feel tons better about Pavs. He’s still all over the place, but I could nearly see the gears turning in his brain reading the plays. We’ll have to wait to see if he can sustain, but this is the 1st time I’ve felt at all confident in the youngster.

Kovy is better than he ever was without the “C”. He leads by example. So far, I haven’t seen him give up and try to do the one-man show like he has in the past. The way the whole team was taking time and not panicking reflects the maturity of our captain.

Peverley is everywhere or….Peverywhere. He can skate with any line or any special team in any situation.

And who would have thought Boulton would start his season off like this? I thought he worked with a boxing instructor, not a game overhaul advisor. Energy line by fighting, by scoring…hey, whatever it takes.

We did get a little loose for a few minutes in the 3rd, but otherwise very few lapses. For the moment, we are the only undefeated team in the East (includes OT losses)!

GaVaHokie

October 9th, 2009
9:52 am

Midfield… did you see what I meant about Pavalec’s rebounds last night? I’m not knocking the guy, he did phenomenal… but once he starts controlling those rebounds, we could probably see our SA’s drop by about 5-8 a game!

GaVaHokie

October 9th, 2009
9:53 am

Peverley is everywhere or….Peverywhere. He can skate with any line or any special team in any situation.

Nice one! :)

GaVaHokie

October 9th, 2009
9:55 am

The Penalty Kill was the biggest bright spot for me last night… I was chuckling everytime they cleared the puck. And the fact that we were platooning guys in and out of that back-to-back PK
and getting the same results… I was floored.

Rawhide

October 9th, 2009
9:56 am

Peverley is everywhere or….Peverywhere. He can skate with any line or any special team in any situation.

Paminski – Great line!!! I officially request permission to use the term “Peverywhere” in future posts.

J.B.

October 9th, 2009
9:59 am

The more wins Pavs gets, the more confident he becomes. Still a bit cautious about his play but he has far exceeded my expectations the past two games.

Bob

October 9th, 2009
10:00 am

That was the 1st time I’ve seen the Thrashers play this year and color me impressed.

Changed my mind after seeing him play, Kane belongs in the NHL and will stick with us all year.

Peverly was the best player on the ice.

Was not impressed with Antropov, but the man put up pts last year on a bad club and Kovy likes him, so I assume he’ll get rolling once he gets the system.

Not impressed with Salmela, but he’s playing 3rd line minutes, so whatever. Max is Max and that line seems out of sync but I have a feeling they may gel together once they get used to Max.

Haven’t looked at the box score, but it looked like Coach was rolling 4 lines, that looked good and the 4 lines were each pretty effective.

Pavelec is unorthodox, but he was effective. And you know what, I don’t mind reactive goals as much as some, it’s just that some nights he’ll be off and his positioning will bite him. Not suprised to see the shots on goal differentials, and that’ll continue all year which will make it so important to have solid netminding.

All in all, two thumbs up and can’t wait to see them in Philips.

jwizzle

October 9th, 2009
10:01 am

Rawhide, I like how you phrased “The Thrashers have been quite economical with their shots during the first two games.”

I was thinking the same thing…they were outshot in the opener AND last night but double digits. However, they pull away with the big W regardless. Pretty solid stuff so far, I’m excited!

Congrats to Kovy on 300 plus 1 :)

ChippersLoveChild

October 9th, 2009
10:01 am

Keep it up boys! Now lets ink Kovy, Pevs, and Army to new deals and get ride of the hamburglar.

Smoothie

October 9th, 2009
10:13 am

Impressive stats of the night (aside from Kovy’s 300th & Kane’s 1st):

Peverley — 85% in the F/O circle…11 won vs 2 lost (WOW!)

Kubina — 4 BS out of 6 for the team (Schubert had 2)…Pasha is a shot eating machine with 10 BS in two games

Reasoner — a + 2 in only 9:55 of ES ice time…almost had 2 assists on account of his hustle alone (see my post above). Oh yeah, he won 6 of his 8 draws also!!

Penalty Kill — only allowed 3 SOG (1 decent chance) in 6 mins of short-handed time; also with an EN and the extra man I don’t think the Blues ever mustered a shot and of course we finished it off with an ENG

five_hole

October 9th, 2009
10:15 am

The fact that no one mentioned how Kovy scored his 1st goal says something; it says that we’re used to those kind of moves from him.
What a sweet move to deke around the blues player. How many other people on the ice last night could have made that move and scored?

And I also forgot about that really nifty pass from Thorburn to Boulton (and what soft hands from Boults). Shows you that chemistry can be more important than talent.

Why can’t the Ottawa game be on TV?

GaVaHokie

October 9th, 2009
10:25 am

The fact that no one mentioned how Kovy scored his 1st goal says something; it says that we’re used to those kind of moves from him.

Twas a beauty… and quite the “signature” goal for Kovy to score for his 300th!

Fan from Carolina

October 9th, 2009
10:26 am

Kane, I knew it! He’s a keeper, even after 2 games.

Midfield

October 9th, 2009
10:28 am

Wow. Now we are giving Pavelec credit for reducing SOG. Before he knows it, he’ll be an NHL legend: the first goalie ever to control half the team stats.

GaVaHokie

October 9th, 2009
10:29 am

Not impressed with Salmela, but he’s playing 3rd line minutes, so whatever.

Bob… fair enough… but notice who makes the diving “poke” on this play to get the puck going the opposite direction.

http://thrashers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20092010,2,42&event=STL389

KovyRules

October 9th, 2009
10:30 am

Dwayne, you might be kidding with DW for Exec of the Year, but if you start the John Anderson for Coach of the Year, I’m on board!
And those considering Kane’s status, which of these three could you bear to be without so far: Kane, White or Kozlov? There’s no way we toss aside White or Kozlov, despite their tepid starts, so there’s no way we send Kaner anywhere.
I think this Thrashers team is the perfect place for Citizen Kane to mature – not forced into a scoring/first-line role like Stamkos was last year, but allowed to play against the other teams third lines.
This is a very different Thrashers team – really becoming John Anderson’s team, and I love it!!

KovyRules

October 9th, 2009
10:35 am

GaVaHokie you are bang on with the Kovy comment. They’d be replaying that beauty non-stop on TSN if it was Cindy Crosby or Ovechkin, but instead they barely notice (the Thrashers highlights on the TSN website aren’t even from our game…). He looked like a master chess player, like he knew his shot three moves before he made it. A motivated Kovy is an unbelievable thing!
My prediction, his pre-Christmas resigning electrifies our team before the miserable December road trip and keeps us battling with the Caps for the Division.

GaVaHokie

October 9th, 2009
10:36 am

It’s actually kind of a shame that Salmela didn’t get two assists last night… he got credit for the Boulton goal, but not for creating the break-out on the Kane goal.

I posted this on Rawhide’s hockeybuzz blog, but I’ll bring it over here too…

Darren Elliot brought up a good point last night. He said that Anderson is handling Kane in an ‘old school’ fashion, where you bring a guy in and get him used to the game in defensive situations and slowly work him into the offensive side… I would compare it to football teams playing guys on special teams their first couple years before working them into the starting roles… I have to say I like the idea, and glad to see there’s an actual “plan” for the kid to succeed.

GaVaHokie

October 9th, 2009
10:38 am

My prediction, his pre-Christmas resigning electrifies our team before the miserable December road trip and keeps us battling with the Caps for the Division.

Hell, if we beat the Caps and Sharks two weeks from now, I’ll say Christmas comes early. :)

Smoothie

October 9th, 2009
10:39 am

If we had one more banger with skill (a la Armstrong), this team could be very, very dangerous. Too much finesse on the 2nd line and eventually I see them getting broken up. However, I don’t think it will be at the expense of the 3rd line (too much chemistry between Army and Pevs and now Kane adds more scoring). Eventually, I think Little will become the full-time C for Kovy and either Maxim or Kozzy gets moved to the top line as the RW. Antro slides down to play RW with White as the pivot and probably Kozzy.

Kovy – Litts – Max // Koz – White – Antro

Yeah, that’s more like it. We need size and / or grit on all lines and that may be the best way to distribute talent, speed and strength.

GaVaHokie

October 9th, 2009
10:43 am

Wow. Now we are giving Pavelec credit for reducing SOG. Before he knows it, he’ll be an NHL legend: the first goalie ever to control half the team stats.

Huh?!… you should probably change your name to LeftField.

Let me spell out the math… if a guy takes a shot on net, and Pavalec doesn’t glove it and the guy takes another shot on net, that equals two shots on net when Pavalec should have stopped the first one.

Even Darren Elliot teased the guy in the post game interview about his glove hand… he also pointed it out DURING the game saying Kariya was going to start taking advantage of his glove side if he didn’t start catching it.

KovyRules

October 9th, 2009
10:45 am

Smoothie, I agree Max/White/Kozy is slacking, but I think you give Antro a little more time with Kovy. Kovy is really helped by having big bodies out there (like Tkachuk, or even Thorburn some last year), so I bet those two stay paired for a while, with their third interchangable with someone from the second line when shake-ups are needed.

GaVaHokie

October 9th, 2009
10:46 am

Smoothie… I’m hoping by December you can mix and match, and throw any combination out there and get all kinds of different results.

There’s three guys who need to get settled in… Kane (well on his way), Antropov and Afinogenov.

Sara

October 9th, 2009
10:55 am

*Haven’t looked at the box score, but it looked like Coach was rolling 4 lines, that looked good and the 4 lines were each pretty effective.*

One of the points Darren made last night is that Anderson’s restructuring of the lines makes our special teams’ units extensions of our regular rotation. Reasoner and Thorbs PK together as do Pevs and Kaner and the PPs come out as intact lines – mostly anyway. So even when there’s lots of PP or PK time going on, the rotations are largely unaffected, thus continuing the rotation.

Coach is a pretty smart guy eh?

Re: coasting Russians (boy is that going to be their Achilles heel in the Olympics but I digress)…fortunately Kozzie does not fit that mold. I don’t see it being a problem with Max because Kozzie and White are strong on both sides of the puck. Where it’s going to kill us (as it nearly did last night) is with the top line where 2 out of 3 forwards are, um, defensively challenged shall we say. Although Kovy at times will certainly work hard in his own zone (a la his chip plays to clear the zone in the waning seconds). He should be another Fedorov with his speed and stickhandling abilities – he shouldn’t have to hook or hold (like the last two games) but simply stick lift and steal the puck away. And he’s got the wheels to back-check better than anyone on the team. Coach should keep working on that. As long as Kovy’s buying into team D, the other 17 guys on the ice will too.

FormerIslesFan

October 9th, 2009
11:01 am

Smoothie,

Just a quick note. Before you go rearranging the lines just yet, let me point out one thing. Finny and Antro are new to JA’s system. They’ve played in it for a few preseason games (Antro more than Finny) and two regular season games. The same applies to Kane. Let’s give them a while to get used to the system before jumbling everything up (the old “it really ain’t broke, so don’t fix it” mentality).

Remember, it took this entire team until pretty much January of last year to trust the system and really apply it (even then, only after jettisoning some players that, while talented, did not buy-in to the system). These new guys are coming into a system that the rest of the team does appear to trust, so they do not have to take that first step. Now, we’re just into the process of the learning curve for them. I say, let them learn and let the curve continue.

Smoothie

October 9th, 2009
11:01 am

Sara, so true about Kovy. That very first goal was the direct result of his loafing deep in the offensive zone completely flat-footed and crowd-gazing. Actually, he simply mis-read the play and got caught too deep. St. Lou quickly reversed the play to the right side, Enstrom jumped up at the blueline, but there was no forward there to rotate into the play. Maxim was just coming on and he got sucked into the forecheck. Kovy should have been skating back towards the blueline so he could have chased down the puck handler in the high slot (Tkachuk). Big NO NO.

Smoothie

October 9th, 2009
11:08 am

FIF — most certainly I understand we need to give the new guys time to get indoctrinated into the ways of JA. However, my observations were based more on actual lack of effort and the fact guys were gliding (even Daren Elliot has called Kovy out twice for this) when they should have been finding the puck and hunting it down…or at least marking a man in the neutral zone. Kovy stayed out on his shift too long (again) and Antro was already there hawking the puck behind the net. Kovy should have been peeling off and either heading back to the bench for Kozzy or following the puck into the neutral zone.

While I do think Antropov and Finny will eventually blend into the system effectively (Max has already shown he is willing to be relentless on the forecheck…thank you Lindy Ruff!!), I do think we may need some additonal muscle and / or grit on the 2nd line. Whitey just gets pushed around too much and without Kovy to create space or Little to tie guys up and win battles along the boards, I think the Todd will have a hard time. Having a space eater like Antro out there may very well enable him to have more time and space. Kovy will get his regardless of who’s near or in front of the net. Little does not seem to mind crashing the crease. Of course, Max and Kovy on the same line could be a defensive “cluster jam” (courtesy D. Eliot, 10.08.09).

KovyRules

October 9th, 2009
11:32 am

Smoothie’s spendin serious time on the game film…

C.J.

October 9th, 2009
11:33 am

Rawhide…Great job, as usual.
The game was great, don’t get me wrong, but I was most impressed right after the final whistle. As the team skated over to congratulate Pavs, something caught my eye. Everyone gave him a head-tap, but Kovy went over and gave him an almost 10 second long congrats. He then turned, and did the same thing to Kane.

This is becoming a “team”! Kovy is a great Captain, and the fact he was out there the last minute of the game speaks volumes!

Just my two cents…

Smoothie

October 9th, 2009
11:47 am

C.J. – nice observation…I’m really excited about not only our Captain’s leadership, but the chemistry of this team. And Kuby, Kane, Finny & Antro seem to be fitting in nicely. At one point on the bench after a shift, Kovy, Litts & Antro were all giggling like school boys.

KovyRules – I must admit, I have an unhealthy obsession with my DVR and game file review…gotta do something on my nights away from the G/F

BTW, Kovy could have easily had 4 goals last night. He rang a one-timer off the post on the PP feed from Tobes and then he had another real good bid in tight on Mason but couldn’t get the puck high enough to clear his shoulder…really good save.

Rawhide

October 9th, 2009
11:59 am

This is becoming a “team”! Kovy is a great Captain, and the fact he was out there the last minute of the game speaks volumes!

C.J. – Indeed you are correct…this is one of the reasons I am les and less worried about the whole re-signing issue.

Kane, I knew it! He’s a keeper, even after 2 games.

Fan in carolina – It’s gonna be hard to send him down….that’s for sure.

Paminski

October 9th, 2009
11:59 am

Rawhide – Please feel free to use Peverywhere…well, peverywhere.

World Be Free

October 9th, 2009
12:28 pm

Sorry for going way off the subject roday-

The former junior senator from Illions won the Nobel Peace prize today. The criteria for this award has obviously changed dramatically!

Arthur Blank needs a new stadium Huh? It’s all Jerry Jones fault, now all the spoiled boys want a Texas/Cowboys Stadium.

Sorry folks, I had to.

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 9th, 2009
12:29 pm

I hope Kane and the entire third line continue to prove me wrong. My original opinion was that Kane would not be properly served (developmentally) grinding on the third line. However, it’s becoming apparent that this third line has been re-defined to be more dynamic than just a shutdown line, and is getting quality scoring opportunities.

Also, Peverley’s faceoff proficiency last night was stellar, and I heard (couldn’t watch the game) that he was on the ice for the last draw alongside Little (just in case he was booted from the faceoff circle). I would say that shows Anderson’s trust in Peverley’s ability to win a key faceoff…that’s definitely a good thing.

It’s still early but it’s nice when my skepticism is proven wrong.

Midfield

October 9th, 2009
12:33 pm

Did anybody notice if Kane’s goal was at the end of his shift? He jumped into a rush as the odd man after hassling in defense, while it looked like the Blues were in the midst of a line change.

Nate

October 9th, 2009
12:44 pm

GaVaHokie wrote – “The Penalty Kill was the biggest bright spot for me last night… I was chuckling everytime they cleared the puck. And the fact that we were platooning guys in and out of that back-to-back PK
and getting the same results… I was floored.”

I couldn’t agree more. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. That first penalty when St. Louis kept giving away the puck as they tried to enter the zone had me floored. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a Thrashers team do that on a penalty kill on trip after trip down the ice by the other team. I was amazed. First stars of the game should go to the penalty killers.

The second line is definitely the weak leak so far. I’m more inclined to call the Kane-Armstrong-Peverly line the second line. Slava-Max-White just look lost out there for the most part.

Pavs is playing like a 22 year-old rookie. Some good, some bad but I can’t argue with the results. He’s a scrambler and it’s hard to criticize effort which he has tons of right now. Hope he keeps it up.

Gwinnett Fred

October 9th, 2009
12:45 pm

1) Great to see Kane score, but I was even more impressed with his basic fundamental skills. How often does such a young rookie spend time on the PK as he did, and do so very well?
2) His goal was a result of pure effort. He was well behind the play when it broke out, but where it seems our players in the past wouldn’t put the effort in to streak down the ice, he did and look at the result
3) This was such a tremendous win to me because of one key point: They turned their attention from offensive to defensive and went about 52 minutes without allowing a goal. They also didn’t even give the Blues a shot after they pulled the goalie.

VERY GOOD WIN

Now then, if the cheap a$$ AJC would send somebody to the away games instead of us being reduced to the AP story with no quotes – what heaven it would be for us truu Thrasher fans!

Hope to see everybody at Blueland on the 22nd!!!

World Be Free

October 9th, 2009
12:49 pm

Antropov had his classic pass instead of shooting in the first period. I am sure Kovy told him to shot next time!

Antropov is normally a slow starter, but warms up once he gets accustom to his linemates. I was worried about having Antropov-Kovy-Little on one line, that the offense would be too thin on the other lines. That hasn’t been the case so far.

Todd White has played well in 2 games, better than I have seem from him before.

Midfield-the Real Deal has youthful enthusism!

Tom

October 9th, 2009
1:11 pm

For those of you still interested, I got an alert about this post by the Manitoba Mythbuster site. God bless him…

http://manitobamythbusters.com/blog/blog4.php/2009/10/08/ties-that-bind-atlanta-are-few-oct-8-2009

Let us just look honestly at the numbers.

Atlanta has 1,589,568 households and 4,112,198 residents.

Winnipeg has 694,668 residents, I was unable to find the households.

It is a nice minor league town…

Alan R.

October 9th, 2009
1:19 pm

Now then, if the cheap a$$ AJC would send somebody to the away games instead of us being reduced to the AP story with no quotes

This is a direct result in the decline of newspapers as a whole. The AJC was one of the only papers in a NHL city to send the beat writer to away games last year. Even the NY Times didn’t send their beat writer to Rangers away games.

I’d love to see the beat writer go out of town again for games, but for now, I’m just happy we have a NHL team here.

ben

October 9th, 2009
1:23 pm

Tom my point exactly. Le Thrash is staying!

Ames

October 9th, 2009
1:28 pm

I am a loyal reader of this blog and an even more loyal Thrashers fan. I rarely post, and I don’t want to change the subject, but I just wanted to ask if anyone else is curious about when the “Get to know your Thrashers” video features are going to start.