Kovy scores again in loss to Senators

Three games played…five goals and six points for Ilya Kovalchuk. Let’s see, that puts him on pace for…what…137 goals and 164 points?

Yeah, I’ll take that!

Unfortunately, unlike the first two games, the captain’s efforts did not help the Thrashers to a win as Atlanta fell to the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Saturday night. Video highlights can be seen here.

Things did not exactly start off swimmingly in Canada’s capital…the Thrashers falling behind 2-0 with only 145 seconds having elapsed from the game clock. Alex Kovalev was first to score only 43 seconds in when, according to Dan Kamal, Ondrej Pavelec was “out of position”. Jarkko Ruutu then made it 2-0 Senators at the 2:25 mark of the first…it was just Ottawa’s third shot of the game.

For the night Pavelec stopped 30 of the 34 shots faced in the loss…for the season he has allowed 9 goals on 104 shots faced, (.913 SV%).

But give Opie some his due…the kid stymied the Sens for the rest of the period, stopping the next seven before the break, and allowed the skaters in front of him the chance to get back into it. This is in stark contrast to the Pavelec of last year when he couldn’t seem to put early goals behind him and allowed games to get out of hand.

See also the brutal Boston beating and pathetic Penguins performance in December.

After Saturday's game, Maxim Afinogenov filed a report with the Ottawa police department claiming he was robbed by a masked man with in a red sweater,  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)

After Saturday's game, Maxim Afinogenov filed a report with the Ottawa police department claiming he was robbed by a masked man with in a red sweater, (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)

Kaptain Kovalchuk led the charge for Atlanta, taking a Nik Antropov pass and burying it from the left circle. Kovy’s goal was his fifth of season and big Mo seemed to swing the Thrashers way. Defenseman Ron Hainsey then notched his first of the season to tie the score at 2 each with just 1:52 left in the opening stanza. Bryan Little and Pavel Kubina were credited with the assists…for Little, it was helper number four and for Kubina it was his third. Both have at least one point in each of the three games played so far.

Maxim Afinogenov was denyed a chance to score his first goal as a Thrasher when Senators goalie Brian Elliott robbed him from point blank range.

The Thrashers outshot Ottawa 12-10 in the first period…the first time they have taken more shots in a period than they allowed all season.

Ottawa reclaimed the lead early in the second on a power play goal by Mike Fisher…Anssi Salmela took the skate of shame as he was called for interference. It was the Senator’s first goal while on the man-advantage this season. Atlanta then fell again into a two-goal hole when Chris Neil beat Pavs at the 5:12 mark of the third.

Midway through the third, Slava Kozlov knocked the puck into the net, but it was he ruled played it with a high stick. To listen to Dan Kamal and Darrin Eliot tell in on the radio feed, it did appear that the stick was slightly below the crossbar, but the refs ruled otherwise.

Atlanta was again outshot for the game…this time by a 34-28 count. For the season, they have allowed 104 shots on goal while getting off a total of 77 on opposing goalies. That equates to an average of 25.6 Shots for and 34.6 shots against so far.

And now, we wait…again…for the next Thrashers game which will come next Friday in New Jersey. It’ll be the front end of a back-to-backer and will be followed up the next night in Buffalo when we’ll gather at TJ’s to watch the Thrashers take on the Sabres.

Give Blood, Watch Hockey

You know the old saying…Give Blood, Play Hockey. Well the Gwinnett Gladiators would like for you to give blood and then watch some hockey.

Monday October 19 is the date for the Gwinnett Gladiators Ghoulishly Good Blood Drive, which will be held at The Arena at Gwinnett Center from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Participants will be able to win some great Gladiator prizes and team members will be available to sign autographs from 4 to 6.

For more information…click here.

Rawhide 3.0

October 10th marked the second anniversary that the knuckleheads at the AJC got the bright idea to hand this little blog thingy over to yours truly. This, of course, means that we are entering into the third year of me hosting the Iceman Bloggeth…Rawhide 3.0.

What would you like to see more of from Rawhide 3.0

  • More analysis of games and players! (40%, 19 Votes)
  • Stats! Give me more stats! (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Just post lineups. We'll take it from there (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Trixie! I'd like to see more of Trixie! (56%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 48

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who make this forum all that it is…both those who contribute frequently with your comments and those who simply pop in to read the ranting and ramblings of a simple Thrashers fanatic.

Since that initial entry…which was posted just prior to a 3-1 loss to Ottawa in the second game of the 2007-08 season… there have been 405 blogs posted which have included a total of 594,290 words…most even spelled correctly.

You, on the other hand, have helped contribute to 32,596 comments posted, which is an average of 80.5 per blog and 313.4 per week. Just since this past July 1, those numbers are 135.82 average number of comments per blog and 443.67 per week.

You guy have a lot to say…don’t you?!

Seriously, I have always told people that the best stuff that happens on this site can be seen below what I happen to opine. There are countless numbers of fans who possess endless knowledge and a deep understanding of this game that contribute regularly here. Most of you can even present your opinions and observations in an entertaining fashion and with a sense of humor that makes it all the more fun for everyone who enjoys reading…myself included.

On behalf of myself, and my lovely cyber-secretary Trixie, I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for helping to make this such a fantastic place to discuss the Thrashers and the sport of ice hockey!

109 comments Add your comment

Nikita

October 10th, 2009
10:19 pm

First!

And kudos to you, Rawhide!

sisu

October 10th, 2009
10:31 pm

A rocky start for Pavs, hard to believe there was no tv at all…what a shame. To see Neil on the core sheet more than once makes me shake my head, he is not exactly a sniper….

2 and 1, I’ll take it!

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 10th, 2009
10:32 pm

I’m curious where we all rank in regards to quantity of posts by an individual and quantity of words by an individual.

Good stuff though Rawhide, you’ve put the past few “fan bloggers” to shame. Your dedication truly spoils us.

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 10th, 2009
10:33 pm

Sorry, I forgot to mention that my money would be on Brendan taking a clean sweep of both “contests” I just mentioned.

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
11:04 pm

In fairness to me, some of my posts are made in support of ongoing contests.

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
11:06 pm

The Aves and Blackhawks are in OT, if anyone is watching Center Ice tonight.

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
11:11 pm

Make that a shootout!!

Brendan

October 10th, 2009
11:21 pm

And what a shootout! It’s still going!! Through 8 rounds!!! Matt Duchene got his chance. But too many dekes. Andrew Ladd finally ends it! Hawks win! I think it went 9 rounds!

Bob

October 10th, 2009
11:39 pm

Givin’ up way too many shots, the boys need to tighten that up to have success

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 10th, 2009
11:47 pm

Hockey Night in Canada just showed some replays from the game and Bogosian destroyed Alfredsson (before being knocked around by four players for a little bit) with a nice open ice hit.

JLH

October 11th, 2009
12:01 am

How do they have replays if there are no cameras in the building?

English Teacher

October 11th, 2009
1:09 am

JLH – The courtroom sketch artists in Canada are fantastic!

Good work, BT/RH/IM. I swear, you need an extra blog just for all your handles!

Phil

October 11th, 2009
1:14 am

JLH – They have cameras there, but not as many of them. They use them to produce the in-arena entertainment. Kind of like what you see on the center ice jumbotron at Philips.

Problem is they don’t have as many angles as they normally would have for a TV hockey game. Thus, the replay ref didn’t get as many looks at Slava’s non-goal that he would have if the game were televised in either Ottawa or Atlanta.

jerry

October 11th, 2009
6:56 am

In case you missed it there are NHL Center Ice free previews on going until Oct. 24th. Check your service provider.

The Real Thrash

October 11th, 2009
8:17 am

Finally someone like Bob who sees what the real issue is: shots on goal.

Tom

October 11th, 2009
8:23 am

Okay, it is Sunday morning and last nights game story is not even up on the Sports page or the Thrashers Page. WAKE UP AJC. I know you have no respect for the Thrashers or the fans of the Thrashers, but are you completely willing to let another group of readers walk away from the paper by your shoddy attention to detail?

World Be Free

October 11th, 2009
8:26 am

Thanks to you Bill. You have a great group of bloggers that obviously respect your work. We all enjoy being part of what you have created.

Now all you have to do is get Kovy to sign. Are you up to the task?

Good game, Pavs needs to stand up. He’s a big guy.

Lee

October 11th, 2009
9:01 am

Great blog rawhide!!! It always is!!! Now about the thrashers, I’m not concerned, Actually, not at all! The only one thing that I think is safe to say, is that we didn’t play well at all in the first couple minutes. If they hadn’t scored then, I think it would hav been tied for sure. But no concernments or worries right now, we played excellent the first two game, and just slacked off a little. That said they are on a 5 game road trip. After all, they can’t win all their games!

ben

October 11th, 2009
10:05 am

I second that Lee!

The lack of coverage in this “paper” is becoming a joke very fast. And I’m not an AJC hater either. This is the best Thrasher team yet. Don’t look now, but D-Wad may be getting better at his job. And I was one of the earliest who called for his job.

Russian

October 11th, 2009
10:28 am

They played good game. We had a lot of moments. Actually our second line started to do something. But BIGGEST problem is SOG. Come on if you down by two goals on 3-d period and you were not shoot a puck You never won the game. They have to put more pressure to Ottawa. I hope they practice good for 5 days and show something in New Jersey. Good things that all SE teams lost yesturday. We are still on second place on SE division. JA has to change PP unit. White-Little-Slava are not a firts PP unit. Go Thrashers!!!!!

Brendan

October 11th, 2009
11:28 am

Ben, you touched on something that I want to address. On one hand, yes I do think Waddell is ‘learning’ after a DECADE in his job, including how to deal with inept ownership. So, he deserves some credit for that. Really, truly. I do suspect that Waddell CARES and is TRYING.

Do you sense a ‘but’ coming?

The concept I will advance now requires an open mind and HONESTY. And each and every one of you … is capable … of BEING HONEST. Here, now, the question: “Wouldn’t ANY GM who is housed, annually, within the lottery draft, and as a bottom feeder team, having one of the first cracks at waiver wire players, IMPROVE?

In other words, how BADLY would a GM have to suck … not to benefit from the lottery draft and the waiver wire? Wouldn’t “incremental progress” logically follow? I’d say, “Yes, it would logically follow, even though the lottery draft carries a history of BUST players, too. And waiver wire guys are also no guarantee of success.”

Pavelec is probably being “rushed” into the lineup. (Goalies take 5 years, on average, to develop.) And so is Kane. But they’re getting the job done, at least early on. Max Afinogenov is trying his level best, in a year where he has a lot to prove. Slava Kozlov is in his ‘contract year,’ as is Kovalchuk and Bryan Little, and Rich Peverley. And the last time I checked, Kovy, Kozzie, Little, and the Pevs Dispenser represent a good chunk of who and what the Thrashers are. Kubina is also up for contract renewal next summer. Almost every Thrasher has a lot on the line this year. I’m sure they don’t want Kovy to leave. John Anderson and Don Waddell are approaching the ends of their contracts. But if things go really well, they both might get extensions. This is really a defining moment kind of season for Atlanta. Either they’re on the right path. Or they aren’t, and it’s time to clean house at season’s end. Almost every team in the league holds GM’s and Coaches accountable for wins and losses. This team has experienced one (1) playoff year in its history of nine completed seasons. It has seen four (4) coaches come to power: Curt Fraser, Don Wadell, Bob Hartley, Don Waddell (for 76 games), and John Anderson.

I’ve seen Don Waddell teams at max cap, and league minimum. I won’t review it. I’m encouraged by the current climate and attitude of this team. Maybe moreso than at any other point in the franchise history. It seems, to me, that they finally ‘playing for one another.’ That’s a radical departure from, ‘when is my contract up?, so I can get the F outta here.’ If they can keep it going, great. I think this is still a ‘build year.’ But if they wind up in the playoffs, I doubt anyone will be disappointed. But it’s not as if Waddell’s name belongs next to those who have experience the same or better longevity in their posts, like Lou Lamoriello, Jim Rutherford, David Poile, and Ken Holland. Even Doug Risebrough, in Minnesota, eventually got canned. And Risebrough took the Wild to a Conference Finals during his tenure.

sisu

October 11th, 2009
11:29 am

It is early, the team lost a game so it happens. Next game is a few days away and they can stew on the loss. Overall I was impressed that they rebounded from a two goal deficit so easily…

Nikita

October 11th, 2009
12:02 pm

We should have won that game, pure and simple. Goaltending was weak.

SOG were, as usual, not great, but they were closer to acceptable. Basically, if not for the fish-flopping of Pavs on the first two goals, the Thrash would’ve been at least tied. But the last two also looked pretty bad.

Let’s hope the kid matures, Kari makes a miraculous recovery, Moose suddenly becomes competent, and/or any of the backups proves worthy for the job.

Rawhide

October 11th, 2009
12:05 pm

I’ll put this is the main body of the blog above also…but here’s a link to be able to see highlights from Saturday’s game.

Looks like rebounds were indeed the issuew ith Pavs…and check out the hits in the second period, both put on Bogosian and dished out by Bogosian.

five_hole

October 11th, 2009
12:13 pm

Can someone explain to me how in the 21st century, an NHL game can be played with virtually no television coverage, either here or in Canada? Listening to Elliott & Kamal discuss the review of Koslov’s goal, they said that the lack of TV coverage would impair the ability of the NHL to review the goal which was eventually disallowed. Was this game to unimportant to the NHL that they decided to ignore it?

I have little else, other than congratulations to Rawhide for the anniversary. Even if I disagree with you I always enjoy reading your opinions. Oh, and resign Kovy, Peverley & Kubina. NOW!!!!!!

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 11th, 2009
12:26 pm

Rebound issues and shots on goals…the same problems this team has had since inception. Awesome.

At least Bogosian lit up Alfredsson.

ben

October 11th, 2009
12:47 pm

i do agree with you Brendan on Waddell. If he were in a huge market with a large budget, he’d be average. His, or somone’s gallactic ineptitude has run a few folks off. His biggest problems are the lack of interest in any non-NASCAR / “Colldege Footbawl” in this town, the area the arena is in is seen as unsafe by a lot of people, the fact that cable has gotten relatively cheaper thereby it becomes easier to follow “your team”.

Look, he’s made bad choices. He’s made a lot of bad choices. He would have s job nowhere else at this point.

Here’s how to solve the problems:

Expand Gwinnett Arena to 17k. Move there. Transfer Phillips naming rights. Look, this is a pretty provintial place. Want proof, read all the “best ofs!” People are scared of coming downtown, and I say that as a downtown resident.

Thrashers27

October 11th, 2009
12:48 pm

Wow! Pavs did not look good in those low-high-lights. He looked like he did in some of those games where he was shelled last year. Difference now seems to be that the team playing in front of him is better.

I’m not ready to send Pavs to the Wolves yet, but I am now more anxious for Kari to hit the ice. More than anything, I’m ready for him to show that he has grown up a bit and can handle the rigors of being an NHL goalie…hopefully.

Sara

October 11th, 2009
2:01 pm

Pavs didn’t look so hot when I watched the recaps on OTF this morning. Monster hit on and by Bogosian – but Volchenkov was bound to let one of the kids have it. Speaking of On the Fly – once again VERY complementary of the Thrashers. Pointed out we’re a good team this year so it was a solid win for the Senators. Had to pull my jaw back off the floor after that one.

five_hole college football is going to control the airwaves on a Saturday down here so it’s not all that surprising SS didn’t send a crew. As for the Ottawa side, CBC has exclusive broadcasting rights to all Canadian games on Saturdays because of HNIC. They only air one at a time, and typically Montreal or TO games take precedence over Ottawa. Sens fans were pretty po’d but have said it’s par for the course.

Re: other hockey stuff – that was an amazing shootout in the Chicago-Colorado game. And how about that whiteout in Phoenix last night – most impressive!

Sara

October 11th, 2009
2:03 pm

Oh I meant to add more on Pavs there – I’m having a really hard time dumping on the kid on this given how this organization (mis)treats goalies. It’d be one thing if he had a real coach working with him on improving the aspects of his game that are lacking but no one can reasonably expect a goalie to enter the NHL completely ready and perfect when they have had no developmental work done at a higher level.

five_hole

October 11th, 2009
2:17 pm

Sara I understand. I just don’t care what Missoula/Boise St. do.

I understand that Sports South will not broadcast perhaps 20 games per year. I just think it’s incredibly stupid of them to not broadcast the away games. Limit those games not shown to home games, which would be a way of increasing attendance. But if you’re trying to promote the sport, you’d think that you’d show all of the away games. Just sayin’.

Glad Bogosian stood up for himself, but it would have been a good idea for Thorburn or Boulton to do it instead. Isn’t that their job?

Dwayne

October 11th, 2009
3:01 pm

Opie/Thrashers win, he’s “battling”, Opie/Thrashes lose, he’s “flopping”. Anyone have an update on Kari???

Thrashers27

October 11th, 2009
3:19 pm

Brendan: “(Goalies take 5 years, on average, to develop.)”

If that’s the case then Kari should finally be ready this year.

Baldheaded Thrasher

October 11th, 2009
3:40 pm

OP’s weakest link seems to be the rebounds, this has been noted by many in earlier blogs. OP doesn’t have to play great for the Thrasher’s to win, but he is going to cost them a few games. KL needs to return sooner rather than later!

aroha

October 11th, 2009
4:06 pm

This schedule is killing me. Play a game, wait 5 days play another game, then another 2 days later, then another 6 days before the next one. WTF?

I’m nervous as hell with Pavs in goal for us. Which doesn’t feel too differently to how I’ve felt in the past with Kari in goal! I’m anxious for him to get back, and hope that his long off-season hasn’t done too much damage to his game. But Sara you are right, we expect a lot out of Pavs but what is the org doing for him? I seem to remember a lot of criticism of Kari’s rebound control (or lack thereof) in the early days, and that has only gotten better with time. But Pavs has kind of been thrown in the deep end here. I hope he figures out how to swim.

I know I should be happy with a 2-1-0 start, but so far we’re relying on Kovy to lift this team, and that concerns me. I hope some others can start contributing to the score sheet so he knows this isn’t a one-man show. That said, thank God he’s firing early this year!

Re: DW comments. Really, there’s only one place to go from the bottom, and that’s up!

I, too am amazed by the lack of TV coverage for this game. I had no idea that any hockey game in Canada ever went untelevised!

buldog/52

October 11th, 2009
4:08 pm

the boys in atlanta don’t have to worry about being sent down to Chicago the farm team is 0 for 3 and nobody can score. 4 goals is 3 games Pav is better then the farm so he will stay in Atlanta. He needs to play he will becoma an outstanding goalie in time. Great reflexes. needs to be coached a little better. Not sure Atl has the right type of goalie coach to help him.

Dwayne

October 11th, 2009
5:52 pm

buldog/52…Atl. does not have a goalie coach…Nobody needs to say McCrimmon, or anyone else…well you can if you want, this is a open blog. But yall know what i’m saying

Dwayne

October 11th, 2009
5:55 pm

i meant weeks

Alan R.

October 11th, 2009
5:55 pm

Opie/Thrashers win, he’s “battling”, Opie/Thrashes lose, he’s “flopping”.

If you go back and look at previous blogs, you’ll see people mention how he’s flopping around out there. Fish out of water.

It doesn’t matter, win or lose, he’s flopping around. He needs far better control. We need a new goalie coach.

World Be Free

October 11th, 2009
6:17 pm

Is Peverly an RFA or UFA?
Dwayne, I;ve heard nothing about Kair, I just assume we won’t see him until at least November 1.
I think we all agree that Pavs needs to stop flopping around. Glovesave has had plenty of good observations about him. Don’t know if he reads the blog.

Sara

October 11th, 2009
6:32 pm

WBF – Pevs will be UFA after this season.

Dwayne

October 11th, 2009
8:00 pm

Do yall feel that managment(ASG) put this team together to 1)please Kovy.2) make playoffs.3)resign Kovy. 4)get butts back in seats? Now, having stated the above, and Kovy is resigned for big $$$, they claim that can’t do as much $$ wise next year, let some talent walk, like Pev, Kubina, Armstrong, Kari(much to the delight of Stendec), go a cheaper route and revert to the new 5 year plan?

Jameson

October 11th, 2009
8:29 pm

ranallo- I’m sure plenty will disagree, but I’ve been under the impression the past few years that the goalies’ rebound control issues are a huge impact on the shots against stat. Notice that when Moose is in net, we give up less shots.

Glovesave29

October 11th, 2009
8:41 pm

my alma mater wins
my wifes alma mater wins
Tech wins
Bulldogs implode
Falcons destroy Niners

$&@^$% Thrashers blow a perfect weekend…sigh, oh well

Hockey Biltong

October 11th, 2009
9:04 pm

So, in Ottawa,the Capital of all Canada, in the country where hockey began, there is no televised game??? What is wrong with this picture??[sic]
They surely must be ready to move the team to Gatlinburg, TN.

Tom Lysiak

October 11th, 2009
9:57 pm

Deal alert for anyone interested. Went to Dick’s Sporting Goods this afternoon and got a great deal on a jersey. It is the powder-blue Reebok (official) jersey with Kovy’s name and number. Originally $150.00. Marked down to $129.93 with 75% off for clearance. It came to $32.48 plus tax. Not sure when the sale ends though!

Dawson Devitt (D3)

October 11th, 2009
10:10 pm

Great blog as always Rawhide! Save for last game, Thrashers are off to an excellent start. Can Thrashers, Hawks, and Falcons all have good years at the same time? Let’s hope so. :mrgreen:

World Be Free

October 11th, 2009
10:16 pm

Biltong-you gotta wonder why there’s no TV in the great capitol of the great country-we all thought Canada was created on the 8th day.

Sara-thanks Dwayne-only time will tell where we go and how we get there.

Hockey Biltong

October 11th, 2009
10:24 pm

And so it was created on the 8th day. Being a Calgary boy I will blame it all on Ottawa…

JUSTIN PARKER

October 11th, 2009
10:48 pm

I’d like to read more about when/how opposing teams score. Like a break down of the play as to get a better idea of where it broke down or who missed their assignment. Maybe make it a permanent piece for our scores/success as well as when we get scored on. Your doin a great job Rawhide. Thanks for everything.