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

BlueLand Billy

October 8th, 2009
10:58 pm

More importantly it’s EK’s first career Game Winning Goal. Great win tonight and good way to start the road trip.

Brendan

October 8th, 2009
10:59 pm

Dang it! I just did a post right after you announed the new blog. I got Ranalloed.

Allright, GWG goes to E-Kane! His 1st ever NHL goal is a game-winner. Sweet.

Kudos to Tony C. who predicted Kovalchuk would win the Rocket Richard Goal Scoring Trophy. He’s at four (4) for the season. And he was a Goal Post away from a “hat trick” and a second PPG for the night. In the end, it was fitting that Kovy had the empty-netter.

Alan R.

October 8th, 2009
11:00 pm

I’m happy with the win. Congrats to Kovalchuk and Kane!

BlueLand Billy

October 8th, 2009
11:01 pm

Brendan you need to hit the enter button just a little bit faster.

Brendan

October 8th, 2009
11:02 pm

Our D continues to get on the stat sheet. Enstrom got his 3rd assist of the year. Kubina picked up a helper, along wtih Anssi Salmela, who may be putting Valabik out of an NHL job this season.

What about the 4th line? They something close to nothing most games, but Boulton adds a goal, and Thorburn got an assist, as did Marty Reasoner, who led all Thrashers as a +2. Colby Armstrong got his 1st point. And Pavelec got his name on the NHL leader board for wins.

Peverley picked up an assist, too.

Sara

October 8th, 2009
11:04 pm

YEEHAW!! What a game. Overall the team just looked great! Thorburn man, what did they put in his water bottle tonight? Salmela made that great play to clear the zone prior to Kane’s awesome first goal. The PK was terrific – especially with the back-to-back kills with Reasoner in the box for the second one.

Saw that sloppy play again toward the end of the third. They stopped skating hard and were chasing again and it cost them. They need to focus on forward motion at all times with the puck – none of this rimming the boards or lateral movement in their defensive zone. But most of the game was good defensive play, especially in front of their own net. Very proud of the team tonight.

Wondering however when the 2nd line is going to join the party. Slava is a notoriously slow starter so that may have something to do with it. Max is making some amazing passes but noone’s there to receive them. Hopefully a few more games will see the chemistry on that line clicking.

Pavs was fairly solid – his puck-handling scares the crap out of me but he was tracking the puck well and didn’t look quite so frazzled as the last game.

I didn’t see anything bad tonight that cannot be fixed – they just need to keep working on sound positioning, good communication on the ice, and forward motion with the puck.

Darkhorse

October 8th, 2009
11:19 pm

Very solid road win. Pavs still scared me, but in the end had a solid game. As Sara said, they need to work on a few kinks under the sink, but it’s stuff hopefully they will work out over the next month. For an offensive team, the shot disparity is still puzzling to me. I can see them giving up over 30 per game at this point, but I thought they would put just as many on net too. A little case of the extra/perfect pass syndrome maybe?

On another note, did anyone watch the Flyers/Pens game? Not a good game at all for Coburn. -2 and the icing was putting the puck in his own net. Unless he’s doing his part to run Emery out of town.

BlueSpark

October 8th, 2009
11:19 pm

Pavs is a mess but it’s working so far.

Second line is absent. Can we just agree that the third line is the real second line? I may have to jump of the “keep Kane in Vancouver” wagon. I’m really impressed.

R. Stroz

October 8th, 2009
11:23 pm

Waddell really needs to spend some time getting Peverley re-signed.

Krebs

October 8th, 2009
11:25 pm

I don’t want to jinx us at this point but we look like a solid team this year. We controlled the puck for most of the game. Anderson has done a great job. Keep it up Thrashers!

Sara

October 8th, 2009
11:28 pm

Stroz there’s plenty of time for that. Really right now Waddell needs to leave them all, Kovy included, alone. Let them focus on the game and getting all the kinks out. No distractions.

JLH

October 8th, 2009
11:28 pm

R. Stroz – AMEN!!!!!

Smitty

October 8th, 2009
11:31 pm

When Kane adds another 5-10 pounds he will not get pinched along the boards as he did tonight. OuchiGouchi or whatever his name is wanted nothing to do with Evander in their face to face confrontation in the 3rd period. Good effort tonite. Need some help from second line and defense needs to tighten up. Still way too many give-aways.

Brendan

October 8th, 2009
11:31 pm

Max is just Max. I’m willing to be patient. I’m NOT as willing to be patient with Slava. Has he forgotten it’s his ‘contract year?’

Hey, hey, look at this Devils-Lightning game! Tampa had this game won. But with less than a second left, Zajac scores, to force overtime. No one scores there, but Zajac strikes again in the shootout. And the Devils get off the schneid for their 1st win and 1st points of the season. Meanwhile, Tampa loses a point that really should have been two points on the night.

Calgary and Edmonton are tied, 2-2, with 14:00 left in regulation, in the Battle of Alberta. The Battle of Pennsylvania was won the Penguins, by a goal.

So, how BADLY did they slaughter Atlanta on the “On the Fly” desk tonight?

Buddha on Ice

October 8th, 2009
11:31 pm

Great game Thrashers. On a side note, did Antropov seem a little slow tonight and get beat off the puck a few times? It looked like Kovy was the only one in position all night. Pavelec is still a work in progress but seemed to get more focused after the first. Lets make it 3 in a row.

Buzz

October 8th, 2009
11:33 pm

Great game, but the White line is sluggish. Kozlov looks especially slow. I like the 3rd line chemistry but putting Afinogenov with Peverley and Kane would be a lightning quick group.

I also wonder how much the trip to Europe the Blues went on played into their performance.

But a win is a win! Good stuff. Exciting hockey!

Smoothie

October 8th, 2009
11:40 pm

If HD broadcasts are so damn expensive to produce / broadcast, then why is SS running the replay in hi-def?

Anyway, solid first period, rough start to the 2nd stanza but the PK was more aggressive (consistently attacking the puck) than ever before, at least since the lockout.

Last 5 mins of the 2nd showed the true potential of these Thrashers as they got all 6 of their SOG during that span and hard work and preserverance (Salmsy) in our own end led to a breakout and a textbook 3 on 2 goal by Kid Kane.

3rd period was some of the best fundamental defensive hockey you will see save for one bad shift by our top line. Support in front of our own net (Kuby was awesome) by the D and C was sensational all night long. And lastly, Pavs was excellent in his positioning at just about every turn.

Sara

October 8th, 2009
11:40 pm

Brendan – they haven’t gotten to the Thrashers recap yet – which says a lot all on its own.

Rawhide

October 8th, 2009
11:43 pm

I just updated the blog to add in this tid-bit…in the 120 minutes played so far this season, how much of that time have the Thrashers played while trailing?

Two minutes and fourty-eight seconds.

Brendan

October 8th, 2009
11:45 pm

Coming out the timeout, did anyone ELSE notice Kovalchuk disgustedly shaking his head? I thought, as I saw it, “Maybe he didn’t like JA’s instructions/plan/strategy?” Or, maybe he was just a bit dejected that after such a fine game, the outcome was still very much in doubt, at 3-2, late in the third? Well, all’s well that ends well. Kovy got the goal. And he played responsibly during the most critical portion of the game. He made two controlled clears to deny the Blues any offensive chances. And, of course, he scored the empty-netter.

Midfield

October 8th, 2009
11:46 pm

Talking about 2-way player: Kane is it. Kid’s relentless skating up and down the rink is what the doctor ordered. Nice.

Brendan

October 8th, 2009
11:48 pm

Wish I knew how to properly link words with a website like I used before. Instead, I just dump, like this. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020042

It’s the recap of the boxscore of tonight’s Thrashers game.

Brendan

October 8th, 2009
11:54 pm

1.000 pct at home. 1.000 pct. on the road. 1.000 pct. in the Southeast division. 1.000 pct. in the Eastern Conference. 1.000 pct. in the Western Conference.

Ummn, has this ever happened before in Thrashers history?

dandylions

October 8th, 2009
11:56 pm

4 pts down – 92 to go!!! Let’s go Dwayne!

Brendan

October 9th, 2009
12:00 am

Calgary just scored a goal with 1.5 seconds left in regulation, that was deflected by an apparent ‘high-stick.’ They reviewed it in Toronto, and let it stand. So, that tied the game, 3-3, with the Oilers. In the end, the Oilers will be happy if they win. But giving Calgary a “freebie” point has to hurt. It’ll hurt a whole heckuva lot less than a LOSS would. And now, the Oilers will be on the PP, just 0:35 seconds into this OT. It’s on channel 784, if you have Comcast Cable, Center Ice, on FREE PREVIEW.

sisu

October 9th, 2009
12:02 am

BlueLand Billy, Please do not refer to Kane as EK! That sounds too much like the dumb dumb blogger!

Great win, it was not the prettiest but I will take it :)

sisu

October 9th, 2009
12:03 am

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Brendan

October 9th, 2009
12:04 am

I think it’s about 90 more. Ninety-four (94) points has never failed to earn a playoff berth in the past.

Midfield

October 9th, 2009
12:07 am

Brendan, I have a hunch Kovy wasn’t happy with his play on the Blues second goal. He drifted away from the guy at the slot who made the shot through traffic.

Brendan

October 9th, 2009
12:08 am

We’re headed to the shootout, in Edmonton. If last season is any indication, this will end in an Oiler win. They rule the shootout. Kiprusoff is in net for the Flames. Khabibulin, for the Oil.

Brendan

October 9th, 2009
12:16 am

Calgary scored with 1.5 seconds left in the 3rd. And now, they’ve won it on a ‘controversial’ shootout goal by Jokinen. Jokinen’s shot hit the outside of the net, caromed FORWARD into Khabibulin’s pad, where it just nudged over the line. Seems to me that a shot that essentially went WIDE would end at that point. But the refs allowed the forwarded momentum of the shot as “one, on-going play,” then didn’t end until the puck crossed the goal line. Interesting call.

The Flames will take it. They’re 4-0-0.

Brendan

October 9th, 2009
12:18 am

That might have been it, Midfield. I hope someone asks him. Kovalchuk has been a good Captain. He’s taking responsibility for things.

Mark

October 9th, 2009
12:19 am

What the?! … I know it’s reeeeaaal early but…we’re kinda…GOOD!!

playing tough in the neutral zone…have we ever even done that?!

Love Kovy sealing the deal with the jump on the puck for the empty and no. 4 …Pev’s battlin’ in the corner. Love Kane’s youthful exuberance, hoping but doubtful he can keep it rolling all year long. Still needs bulk. Little looks a lot tougher and bulkier.

Back to reality…lotsa looseness sometimes in our zone, really losing focus sometimes… it looked tighter tonight vs Sat. Pavs made some great saves, but…still has a lot of AHL traits…. great scorers and garbage men are gonna eat him up if he keeps allowing the rebounds.

Brendan

October 9th, 2009
12:25 am

Let’s thank the Rangers for coming back, from down 3-2 in the 3rd period, for a 4-3 REGULATION TIME win vs. Washington. Way to deny the Capitals any points. Washington has left points on the table a few times already this season.

stendec

October 9th, 2009
12:36 am

CONGRATULATIONS THRASHERS! Well done. When guys fell behind early a feeling of dread swept over me. Bad karma from last season! These appear to be birds of a different feather. Defense tightened up! Goaltender sharpened up. When was the last time I typed that? That goal deficit soon became a 3-1 advantage. Late score made things interesting but Captain Ilya Kovalchuk added exclamation point in closing seconds! A 2-0 start is so sweet! Even penalty killing deserved abundant praise. Was actually a pleasure to watch team again. WOW! Only hope this wonderful streak continues for a bit longer. High fives all the way around. Watching replay. Seldom did so last season. Good night all. Peace.

Hanson Brothers

October 9th, 2009
12:47 am

Will Center Ice still be free this Saturday and will the Thrashers game be on since it is not on local TV?

Smoothie

October 9th, 2009
12:48 am

Washington’s DEF is atrocious. It will be their achilles and we will score some goals in bunches against them for sure!

Alan R.

October 9th, 2009
1:40 am

It’s not being televised north of the border either, Hanson. Tune that radio to 680 and get ready for the play by play stylings of Kamal.

Hockey Biltong

October 9th, 2009
1:53 am

Hot damn, that was extra cool!!

World Be Free

October 9th, 2009
6:00 am

What really was impressive last night was that the Thrashers didn’t hesitate or fold when St. Louis scored early. Quite the opposite, they accepted the challenge. Bolts and Thorny without Jimmy. Schubert played pretty well too.

Washington’s goaltending cost the Cps the game last night. Time for them to wise up and put “The V” in the nets. I didn’t like Washington’s D last year and there were no steps to improve in the offseason.

Resigning everybody else will get alot easier when Kovy signs, when the captain commits. Kovy, do you want to borrow my gold-plated pen?

Thrashfan01

October 9th, 2009
7:33 am

Kanes play against the point on the PK will keep him here. The kid has speed and is willing to go into the high traffic areas. Congrats on the first of many Citizen Kane.

The forwards did a very good job of getting deeper in the defensive zone and providing support. That really helps when a goalie is giving up rebounds. The Blues kept getting traffic in front which is the game they play, hats off to our coaching staff for putting in a system to address our weakness.

World Be Free

October 9th, 2009
7:38 am

We have to come up with a new nickname for Evander-
Citizen Kane (as stated above)
The New Real Deal (my favorite)
Raisin’ Kane (Chris Berman would have like that one)

Anyone else have any ideas?

Zoomo

October 9th, 2009
7:50 am

I liked the first part of period 3. No whistles, nicely executed defensive hockey, rolled the lines, and nearly 9 minutes taken off the clock. That was a nice display of smart hockey with a 2 goal lead.

Kane is here to stay. Not a chance he goes back to the minors.

Zoomo

October 9th, 2009
7:55 am

ahh..I meant juniors of course.

Kane’s goal…what a nice play. It all looked so slow and effortless. Pevs just sort of tossed him the puck…like “here kid, knock it in”.

Nicknames…Evander “Sugar” Kane…heh.

Dwayne

October 9th, 2009
7:58 am

I’m starting the Don Waddell for “GM of the Year” award!!!

Dwayne

October 9th, 2009
8:02 am

Evander “my Mom needs a” Kane
Evander “Kwai Chang” Kane

five_hole

October 9th, 2009
8:02 am

That goal by Kane was Suh-huh-wee-wee-t! How are you going to send this kid back to juniors after 10 games?

Sign Peverley to a long term contract. NOW!

Pavelic had a good game. He had a few bad moments but in general didn’t seem to give up the rebounds.

Sign Kubina to a long term contract. NOW! What a difference he makes back there.

Andropov had his moments, but does anyone else think he’s slower than Valabik?

Sign Kovalchuk to a long term contract. NOW!

Schubert plays smaller than 6′3 & 230. Enstrom plays bigger than however big he measures.

HookyBob

October 9th, 2009
8:21 am

Good game.

Too bad Salmela didn’t get an assist on Kane’s gem. Nice set-up by Peverly too.

Even though St Louis took over 30 shots on goal I thought it was our D that stood tall last night. Seems like it was always one of our guys that was closest to the rebounds, even though there were plenty of Blues around the net. Schubert is a good addition,..he looked solid (and built solidly enough to rub guys out on the boards or move them from in front of the net). Our forwards had a defensively responsible game as well. Not sure I have ever seen the terms “our forwards” and “defensively responsible” in the same sentence before.

I’m still not comfortable with Opie. His style is so “scrambling to get in position” for a rebound. Of course I guess it took fans awhile to get comfortable with Hasek and T Thomas (or did they ever?). Much like those two Opie is a battler. His results so far are,….well,.. comforting.

Reasoner looked to be a good fit on the fourth line. I like it when that line can spend so much of their shift in the other team’s zone.

HE double hockeysticks,..I even thought Elliot did a good job as an analyst and interviewer last night. I believe I heard him call our rookie “Kid Kane.” Not a bad nickname.

Is it the Capitals that award a player a hardhat after a good game? Maybe our guys could do the same,.. or a lunchbucket for the hardest working player. It would have been a tough choice last night as so many players were deserving.

bluenote

October 9th, 2009
8:21 am

Weighing in for Citizen Kane. Thought his work on the PK was remarkable.

Saw zero evidence of Swedish jetlag…blues played solid and pressed hard all night. They were simply outplayed. Shades of last season’s “meaningless” games!

I take back three nasty things I’ve said about Thorburn…thought his work in the corner and feed to Bolts were notable

Glovesave29

October 9th, 2009
8:29 am

I was impressed by how calm the team was. The panic and manic chasing of the puck was not there. We supported Pavalec with clear lanes to see the shot and knocked away rebounds. The deep forecheck was supported by the high man and we forced them along the boards in the neutral zone. They have a quiet confidence about them that they now know the system and that it can work. I think I heard “cleared but not out” maybe twice – in the past it was in the double digits. Note to Opie – Louisville gloves have a deeper pocket…consider one. His glove misplays did not hurt us last night….but in the future we may not be so fortunate.

Kovy missed a golden opportunity in the first. Antro slid a perfect pass about 5 feet off the goal line to Mason’s left. Matt and Darren were saying that in the future they will want Antro to shoot from the high slot, but the pass was perfect, and it was to where your winger is suppoed to be. Oh, well – that is chemistry they will work out in time. Keep that one in the back of our minds…I think we will see it again.

I am not giving the Blues a pass for their recent travels. They returned in plenty of time to properly rest for last nights game. They were beaten by the better team, fair and sqare. I had relatives at last nights game who texted me that they see a similar attitude with this seasons’ Thrashers thast the Blues had last year. Play with a chip on their shoulders. Let’s hope it continues….cause this is turning out to be a nice start to the season. Let’s really lay into Ottawa and shut the Canadian media up!!!

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.

HookyBob

October 9th, 2009
1:34 pm

Tom, you might be comparing apples to oranges when just looking at the population of the two areas. Do you think 1 in 8 Atlanta residents is a hockey fan (some would say that is too optimistic)? With Winnipeg I’d estimate 80% are hockey fans (it is a writ of adulthood there, and there isn’t much else going on). What does the math say about attendance?

I don’t want to go here,…but there are tons of other factors, corporate sponsorship, exchange rate for the loonie, etc. My point is that population alone may not be a good metric. Suffice it to say that I hope Winnipeg gets another team,…just not our Thrashers.

BTW: I meant to complement Stendec earlier. This year’s Thrashers truly may “a bird of a different feather.” Let’s hope so.

GaVaHokie

October 9th, 2009
2:02 pm

Did anyone read about this?… an escalator collapsed at the end of the Blues game at Scottrade Arena.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=294296

Toby

October 9th, 2009
2:06 pm

Eklund…LOL…

“This strong start definitely makes the chances of Ilya re-signing stronger than ever before. Ilya loves Atlanta and I have been told countless times that “he is not Hossa” and if he feels the team is moving towards becoming competitive he will sign long term. I am told that there is very serious talk in Montreal that the Habs are preparing to throw the bank at Ilya if they can. One source has always iterated to me that not taking on Lecavalier’s salary may have had more to do with the possibility of Kovalchuk. Not certain, but that sentiment is out there in the hockey insider universe.”

Good luck with that.

J.B.

October 9th, 2009
2:29 pm

Toby- I’m sure you saw in that same Eklund post that we’re interested in trading for Sergei Kostitsyn and Brian Campbell as well. That guy just pulls rumors out of his @$$ and posts them right on his website. Just ridiculous…

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 9th, 2009
2:30 pm

Montreal more interested in a superstar Russian than a superstar Canadian (from Quebec)?? I smell a bit of bullcrap.

Next year the “insider universe” will be stating that “not taking on Kovalchuk’s salary may have had to do with the possibility of Joe Thornton”.

sisu

October 9th, 2009
2:35 pm

Please ignore Eklund, he throws a bunch of stuff out there to see what sticks. The sad part is that there are people who finance his operation…No offense Rawhide on your blogging there.

Kovy has come in and continued the role of the Captain and showing everyone he is not letting it go! I think he likes the under dog team he playes for and loves seeing a non traditional hockey town form a round him. :)

GaVaHokie

October 9th, 2009
3:06 pm

Apparently, Eklund’s main “source” must be Al Strachan. :)

timthebrave

October 9th, 2009
3:42 pm

The offense looked great and the power play looked awesome as well. I’m not worried about the shot disparity yet because we have jumped out to the big early leads in both games. I will wait and see how that plays out. Go Thrashers!

timthebrave

October 9th, 2009
3:47 pm

I wish we didn’t have to wait so long to see another home game…I guess it will even out.

kracker

October 9th, 2009
3:57 pm

“Kane is able”

Tom

October 9th, 2009
4:23 pm

Hooky

I understand, and to be honest was going to dig into the stats that you mentioned, but a business call came in and sometimes I have to work. :)

The reality though is that the market in Winnipeg, while hockey crazy, is not big enough or rich enough, to support an NHL franchise. Sure they have passionate fans, but the cost of maintaining a team in this day and age requires some significant cash flow. Atlanta will be a profitable franchise if the owners will let them win, that has always been the story in Atlanta for any team. Before the Braves started winning in 1991 they drew terrible crowds.

There is an underground hockey fan base in Atlanta. You see them when their teams show up to play. But with the Thrashers sucking so bad for so long, it is not a glamorous ticket. When they start winning the stands will be full.

Glovesave29

October 9th, 2009
4:51 pm

WBF – I thought Antro made the right play with the pass to the far post. Yeah, Darren made comments about Kovy telling him to shoot, but look at the play…Nik was in the high slot with both D men converging on him and Mason was squared up to him…he put a perfect pass to where his wing SHOULD have been. It would have taken a miraculous save to keep it out of the net had the pass connected. Since the puck was not sent in too deep, it could have been roofed, making a save even less likely as Mason would have led with his pad to cover the low shot. Like I said earlier…keep that play in the back of your thoughts as I can see it being tried again in the future.

Why would Kovy sign in Montreal? Their coach employs a methodical, plodding style that does not fit Kovy at all. He does not speak French and the citizens of Montreal will always hate him because of that even if he scores 60 a season. Players love playing to full crowds, but also like being able to go out to dinner with their family and not being hounded constantly by the fans and media. He’d never get a moments’ peace up there, and he would grow to despise it. That’s why Atlanta is a good place for any athlete…we just need to be treated to a winner. The weather is better here, and we are not star struck when we see athletes and performers out in public.

Glovesave29

October 9th, 2009
4:56 pm

TSN is reporting the Neil and Spezza got into a slashing fight in practice today. Here’s to the implosion of the Sens!

TRON

October 9th, 2009
5:10 pm

SEE………HOW MUCH BETTER IT IS……….TO WATCH THE GAMES……….WHEN THERE IS NOT AN IMMATURE, WHINY, CRYBABY/ NO -TALENT FINN BETWEEN THE PIPES????????????????

LAC

October 9th, 2009
9:07 pm

Here is the leadin from the St.L Post-Dispatch today, I thought it was VERY interesting…

After back-to-back wins over Detroit in Sweden, the Blues had their welcome home party Thursday at Scottrade Center.

A date with the Atlanta Thrashers was supposed to be the perfect partner for the Blues’ return, after having four days off. But this is a different group of Thrashers.

Ilya Kovalchuk, who appears to finally have a strong supporting cast, scored two goals to help Atlanta best the Blues 4-2 in front of a sellout crowd of 19,150.

Nice to see… A textbook road game last evening, just the way it should be… Great start.

Kinda shocked there is NO TV Saturday from Ottawa, nothing on CenterIce
nothing…. I thought ALL Canada games were on TV, are they losing interest in hockey up there in the 51st state ?

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 9th, 2009
9:52 pm

That’s a much better write up than the Associated Press, who blamed the loss on jet lag.

LAC

October 9th, 2009
10:33 pm

NEWS FLASH…. NEWS FLASH…

Dave Reid had GOOD things to say about The Atlanta Thrashers, saying Ottawa will have their hands full and then some Saturday night in
ottawa… ONG I cannot believe this, he is THE BIGGEST Thrasher
basher out there, WOW nice things to say, What a REFRESHING change
on “On The Fly”.

Brendan

October 9th, 2009
11:51 pm

I saw that as well, LAC, and nearly spewed out my coffee. Either Dave Reid is willing to put his prejudices aside just long enough to be fair, and maybe even WATCH some Thrashers Hockey this year … or … it’s WORSE than we feared. The “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” has begun, right before our very eyes.

Tom

October 10th, 2009
12:35 am

Brendan and Rawhide

Maybe the aliens that took over the Thrashers towards the end of last season have consolidated their position. Now they are branching out and taking over the commentators. Perhaps Dave Reid was the first one to succumb to their skills. Simple minds are the easiest to take over.

ben

October 10th, 2009
8:14 am

I saw that this morning and couldn’t believe my ears. They are a great team thus far, though. I imaginge the gloves will be off once kovy signs.

ben

October 10th, 2009
8:42 am

why does capgeek have the payroll at $25M?

World Be Free

October 10th, 2009
8:45 am

Thansk to everyone who had their Kane nicknames. Let’s hoe we get the chance to use them all season! No reason to send him back to Vancouver-and I will admit I was one of hte people who thought he needed to go back for one more year.

Glovesave-I still think Kovy and Antropov will take a little more to be really get to know each oither on the ice. Once they really get in down, Antropov will take off. Kovy creates space naturally; Antropov is big enough that he’s do the same. Btyan Little will be the beneficiary of their abilities.

LAC-if this continues, it will be hard for legitimate media people (like Dave Reid) to ignore the Thrashers. Reid is the kinda people that used to be on Hockey Night in Canada, though I have to say I still like Milbury-as long as he doesn’t become a GM again!

Rawhide

October 10th, 2009
8:56 am

Maybe the aliens that took over the Thrashers towards the end of last season have consolidated their position. Now they are branching out and taking over the commentators. Perhaps Dave Reid was the first one to succumb to their skills. Simple minds are the easiest to take over.

Tom – That’s a good theory. Isn’t it amazing how just a couple of nice wins will get these guys to jump on the bandwagon?

Tony C.

October 10th, 2009
9:12 am

Did you know you don’t have to go to the mall for a pretzel anymore?

Dwayne

October 10th, 2009
9:26 am

Thrasher wins will force people to say good things, whether they like it or not. It might be small tidbits…but at least they are positive. Tony C. you dont have to go anywhere for that stuff, my Grandchildren do fundraisers for their schools, pretzels, pretzeldogs, pizza kits, cookie dough, peanuts……good stuff.

Dwayne

October 10th, 2009
9:42 am

Antro gets in the slot with the puck, instead of shooting, he tries a pass to Kovy, Eliot says, when they get to the bench, Kovy is going to tell Antro to take that shot. I wonder if Antro said, Nyet, you keep stick on ice. That would have been an easy deflection into the goal.

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 10th, 2009
9:45 am

Here’s my Kane nickname, tell me what you think:

Evander Kane

I think it has a ring to it.

LAC and Brendan — Perhaps it’s a chance for Reid to be harsh on Ottawa, and Atlanta is the beneficiary of this? But it’s a surprise to read that he actually said “Atlanta” and “tough” in the same line that didn’t translate to “it’s tough to watch Atlanta play hockey”.

Tony C. — I miss the pretzel’s from Philips. Pretzel Wetzel, right?

Tom

October 10th, 2009
11:14 am

I was just looking at the stats and we are the only team that is undefeated in the Eastern Conference. (I build on small victories)

Putting On The Foil

October 10th, 2009
11:20 am

Need some input. Fixing to step into the 21st century. What I need to know is Plasma or LCD for hockey games. I know the plasmas are faster, but will the 120hz LCD keep up with the speed of the puck adequately? Thanks for any input.

JLH

October 10th, 2009
11:28 am

Ben,
I think the “cap geek” $25 mil is our number committed for 2010-11. I remember a post on Cap Geek alluding to the same. The numbers add up that way.

Dwayne

October 10th, 2009
11:31 am

Good question POTF, I suggest doing like I do, hold the tin foil on the rabbit ears in a 87 degree angle. Works every time.

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 10th, 2009
11:40 am

How long do you want the TV to work? I’ve always felt Plasma is better “quality” but LCD is the better place to spend your money because the step down in quality is negligible (and can be compensated with TV settings) but the TV typically lasts longer. It also depends on the brand you’re talking about. My preference is Samsung LCD or I’d say you look into LED, though I don’t know much about that technology.

In the end it’s all about your personal preference on picture quality and how much you want to spend on the TV set.

Smoothie

October 10th, 2009
12:05 pm

I have a 46″ Samsung LCD and I LOOOVE it to death. Don’t get too caught up with the numbers as broadcasting has yet to catch up to the potential of the technology.

For instance, most TVs are capable of 1080p and 120 MHz but most all of the HD production is still in 1080i and 60MHz.

The most important thing is the SportsSouth production quality of their HD telecasts, including Hawks and Braves, is excellent (go figure). Versus HD seems to be too bright and thus a bit fuzzy for lack of a better word.

For whatever reason, perhaps the lighting at Philips, the HD is sharper, steadier and the resolution is superb. Now if we could just get the camera men to stop zooming in on the blueline before a slapshot!!

Putting On The Foil

October 10th, 2009
1:34 pm

Looked at a Samsung 46″. Liked it, but just wanted to make sure the 120hz would be enough for hockey. I’m actually leaning this way, but wanted to make sure, that’s why I’m asking all you professional Thrasher watchers.

five_hole

October 10th, 2009
5:01 pm

Someone said “I’d buy it if I knew that this was the last thing they made.

They’re coming out with 3-D TV by the end of 2010:
http://asia.cnet.com/crave/2009/09/02/sony-to-introduce-3d-tv-by-end-2010/

Stone Cold

October 10th, 2009
5:11 pm

I vote for “Raising” Kane

Tom

October 10th, 2009
7:53 pm

2-2 After the 1st period. 2 quick goals by the Senators as the Thrashers came out flat. Then Ilya woke up our boys with a goal and Hainsey got one just before the end of the period.

Curly

October 10th, 2009
8:04 pm

On the two Senators goals I heard Kamal say “…. rebound… and a Goal.”

Curly

October 10th, 2009
8:09 pm

The Third Senators goal…. “rebound… and a Score.”

Are you seeing a common theme here?

Darren

October 10th, 2009
8:15 pm

Happened on the Sens third goal, too. Rebound, then a goal. 3-2 Sens about midway through the 2nd.

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
10:01 pm

We all have our favorite Kane nicknames. Mine is “Raising Kane,” too. Ranallo10 (in AT), all I can hope for, with respect to Dave Reid, is that he be fair and objective. I might be expecting too much. I hope he’ll actually take the time this year to watch some Thrasher Hockey this season. Maybe now, he actually we’re actually worthy of him time and attention?

stendec

October 10th, 2009
10:09 pm

Pevs looked like Sori Letemin! Damn bestard had the Thrashers in a 2-0 hole during f#cking warmup skate. No more acceptable from this jerk than from that untalented LaLa Land quitter! Has heartless nature returned? Terrible outing all the way around! Glimpse of uninspired debacles to come? STAY TURNED! Damn shet.

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
10:11 pm

Tom, I’ll take your bet. I think Vancouver and Calgary will both be playoff teams from Canada. I won’t commit to more than that, though. I haven’t seen enough of Montreal to formulate an opinion. Toronto is a bit of a longshot. Tonight, they got b1tchslapped by the Penguins, to a chorus of “boos.” Brian Burke, I’m guessing, didn’t like that. But even I’d say, “It’s still very EARLY to draw any final conclusions on a season.” Ottawa … I wouldn’t think … is going to be a playoff team. But I could actually see them right on the bubble. Depends on whether they buy or sell at the trade deadline.

I’m watching Channel #784 right now, on Comcast’s Center Ice. It’s a scoreless affair between the Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators. I do, occassionally, enjoy a fine goaltenders dual and defensive effort. I see the Predators and Sabres as teams that are “comparable.” They have limited Budgets, but excellent GM’s and coaches, who manage to survive well, despite the tight purse strings. I hope both teams get a point in tonight’s game. Both teams are deserving of a point. There is, officially, 7:00 left in regulation time, if you’re a Center Ice subscriber. Some good games are still left to be played tonight, including Montreal vs. Edmonton, Minnesota vs. San Jose, and L.A. vs. St. Louis. Let’s see how the Blues respond to the Thrashers loss, after back-to-back wins over Powerhouse Detroit. Columbus 3, Chicago 3, at nearly the end of two periods.

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 10th, 2009
10:15 pm

Pevs looked like Sori Letemin! — Uhhhh, I thought the game wasn’t on television…

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
10:17 pm

Looks like Tampa Bay exacted some revenge on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight. Florida lost, in regulation time, I believe.

In the marquee matchup of the night, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Rafalski and Lidstrom took on Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green and Semin. Detroit won, 3-2.

Sabres on the PP, now, vs. Nashville. Miller just stopped a breakaway from Nashville, on a “short-handed” bid. That could have been disasterous for Buffalo. The Sabres peppering the Preds with PP shots and chances now. Rinne is holding the fort!! What a game!!!

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
10:20 pm

Mike Grier! From Kennedy. 1-0, Buffalo. Still plenty of time for Nashville to get the equalizer. 3:25 left to go.

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
10:22 pm

They gave an assist to Butler, on the Grier goal. Who the heck is Butler? Must be a prospect the Sabres are developing.

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
10:27 pm

It’s a final, from Nashville. 1-0, Sabres over the Predators, on the Mike Grier goal. Tim Kennedy got his 1st NHL point with the assist.

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
10:29 pm

The Blues are down, 2-1, with less than a minute in regulation. The St. Louis net is empty.

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
10:32 pm

That was SPIRITED finish, out in LA! Kings do win it, though, 2-1. J. Quick held the fort the Kings in net.

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
10:36 pm

If anyone’s up and reading, Columbus and Phoenix are locked in a 1-0 affair, with the Blue Jackets holding the edge, out in Phoenix, with roughly 3:45 seconds to go in the 2nd. Lots of good hockey to see, if you’re at home tonight.

So, what went wrong with the Thrashers tonight? Stop. You didn’t actually expect 82-0-0, did you?

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
10:48 pm

Colorado is surpring me this year. They’re hanging tough with the Blackhawks with 11:00 left in the 3rd. It’s still knotted at 3-3. Columbus’ goalie is keeping them in the Jackets game with the Yotes. That’s 1-0, after two periods. These are the games that, if Columbus is going to return to the playoffs for a second straight year, they’ve got to win. Remember, Columbus FIRED their GM, Doug MacLean, after a mid-70’s point finish in 2007. They opted to take the Assistant GM from Edmonton, Scott Howson, to improve their fortunes. Well, it has worked so far. Columbus made the playoffs, but didn’t win any games, drawing a tough 1st round opponent in Detroit. Meanwhile in Atlanta, the GM remains, with no playoffs since 2007. Remember, starting in 2007, I said we have to compare ourselves to a couple of team to measure we’re doing. Once of those teams is Columbus. Another is Tampa Bay. The Bolts took Stampkos and Hedman, in a 1st overall and 2nd overall capacity. Atlanta went with Bogosian and Kane, in a 3rd overall and 4th overall situation. We should also keep a watchful eye out on the L.A. Kings, who have been perennial lottery draft citizens during much of our downstretches, as well. And let’s not forget Phoenix and Nashville, as markets that are fighting a “learning curve” as non-traditional markets, with hamstrung budgets.

Rawhide

October 10th, 2009
10:57 pm

pssssst…Hey Brendan. We’re all over here.

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
11:08 pm

Right you are, Rawhide! I didn’t see the Ranallo Alert.

stendec

October 10th, 2009
11:24 pm

Early and late goals simply must not be tolerated! THEY ARE KILLERS! Let me down tonight Pevs. Do not allow those ignorant Sori Letemin worshippers any room to call for your ouster when the LaLa Land reject is off IR (notice I did not say healthy). Do not allow team any excuse to yank you for that untalented pile of Finn shet! Tighten up. Peace.

stendec

October 10th, 2009
11:35 pm

The Thrashers quit against the Sens. That was theme today in Georgia college/pro sports! Sigh. Hope malady does not carry over to Falcons tomorrow afternoon. Been a real shet sports weekend to date! Nighty night all.