How you gonna keep Kane down on the farm?

Before the season began, Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said that rookie Evander Kane would get an eight or nine game look-see to start the season before deciding whether or not the 4th overall pick in last June’s draft would be sent back to Vancouver of the WHL.

Well, four games into the season…I think Kane’s passed the audition.

Young Evander scored his second goal of this his initial NHL campaign and has three overall points. In fact, the only game he was held pointless was during last Saturday’s 4-2 loss in Ottawa.

Kane scores…Atlanta wins.

His early third period goal in New Jersey Friday night gave Atlanta their first lead of the night…and their first lead since the St. Louis game eight nights ago. The score came on a similar play as one in the opening period where he drove in from the left side toward Marty Brodeur. In the first, he looked to finish the play by passing to Colby Armstrong on the right…this time Kane said, “I’ll handle this myself, thank you very much” and blasted the puck pasty Marty the Magnificent.

Scoring aside, this kid simply has played like he belongs at the NHL level. He hustles every shift and creates chances for his team as he drives to the net.

So, how you gonna keep Evander Kane down on the farm…or send him back down there…once we’ve seen him play like this?

Simple…you don’t. Kane stays.

What's most impressive to you?

  • Kane's 2 goals and 1 assist (20%, 28 Votes)
  • Peverley's 4 goals and 2 assists (21%, 30 Votes)
  • Kovy's 5 goals and 1 assists (4%, 6 Votes)
  • Opie's .918 SV% & 2.76 GAA (23%, 32 Votes)
  • Thrashers overall 3-1-0 record (32%, 46 Votes)

Total Voters: 141

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Now, there were more heroes wearing Thrashers jerseys Friday night…and to discuss these players, we’ll begin where the super play began… in the goal as Opie bedeviled New Jersey early to keep Atlanta in the game.

Anytime you are outshot 15-4 and out “chanced 11-3 in the first period but you make it to the locker room tied 0-0, you thank the hockey gods for it. That, and you also thank the guy in between the pipes for coming up big for you. Pavelec stated earlier in the week that he likes facing a lot of shots…well, he must have been down-right giddy in the first period last night.

In stark contrast to last Saturday’s start in Ottawa, though, Ondrej Pavelec played some of his best hockey of the young season in the first twenty minutes, allowing his mates to escape the first period unscathed from the New Jersey onslaught. Opie stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced on the night and now possesses a 3-1-0 record with a .918 SV% and 2.76 GAA.

Much like my question about Kane above…if Pavs keeps this up, then how is Waddell going to be able to send him back to Chicago once Kari Lehtonen eventually returns to the lineup?

I think you answer that question much in the same fashion…you don’t!

Then there is Rich Peverley who scored not once, but twice on the power play. His first goal of the night tied the score after New Jersey had taken a lead in the second period. He repeated the feat shortly after Kane gave the Thrashers a one-goal advantage in the third. The Peever now has four goals and two assists on the season.

Peverley’s six overall points now ties him with Ilya Kovalchuk for the team.

Then there is the play on special teams… it not just that Atlanta scored on two of their three power play chances, or that they killed off all six of New Jersey’s man advantages…but they closed the door on any Devil’s hopes when Chris Thorburn iced it with a shorty. In the opening 4 games, Atlanta has killed off 14 of their opponent’s 16 power plays.

Hmmm…wasn’t the PK an area of concern going into the season?

Mark Popovic started for the second time and notched his first point. He is also a +2 and has played solidly on defense. Maxim Afinogenov and Nik Antropov both also finished the night with assists, as did Zach Bogosian, Marty Reasoner, Toby Enstrom and Pavel Kubina.

And now…the Thrashers shuffle off to Buffalo to play the 4-0-1 Sabres. We’ll be enjoying that game from the comfy confines of TJ’s on Holcomb Bridge road later tonight. If you are going to be in attendance, remember that Mark and Tim have graciously offered all of you 15% off your food and drinks. I’ve been told that you just need to tell your server that you’re with Rawhide’s Rowdies.

I hope you’re able to show up and make some noise with us!

94 comments Add your comment

Buzzeng

October 17th, 2009
2:24 am

First? Geez – I told myself I’d never do that…

Buzzeng

October 17th, 2009
2:27 am

Secret: I took advantage of the time difference, waking up early in Strasbourg to see how the Thrashers did last night. Great win! Good observations, Bill. Why would you mess with a successful formula? The Buffalo game will give us some true insight into the team. Go Thrashers!

Hockey Biltong

October 17th, 2009
2:43 am

Third or iridium or celesium. Woohoo!!! Geaux Trashers………

Ron Mexico

October 17th, 2009
3:30 am

Rich Peverley = Best waiver wire pickup ever!!!

Once the whole Kovy contract situation is taken care of, DW had better get going on locking him up long term. His price tag is going up by the day!………Also nice to see that both ends of the special teams units are clicking. Great effort all around, lets keep it going tomorrow night. Go Thrashers!

Let`s Start the Season

October 17th, 2009
4:58 am

Hey Chris. Let`s give credit on another thing. After being on the ropes on the first period, the Thrash did an excellent job of getting the puck out of their zone and up the ice. From that point on they were clearly the better team.

Let`s Start the Season

October 17th, 2009
5:13 am

New Jersey`s tough guy Peters was only on the ice long enough to try to start something with Eric Boulton. I told my buddy his ice time minutes might have been less than one minute. And that included the sweater pulling tug`o`war in front of the benches. Another guy said “they didn`t need him for the comeback, the Devils bench must have sent him out for pizza and 12packs for after the game.” Anybody seen Peters?

LAC

October 17th, 2009
6:01 am

The goal by Evander was really special, speed, power shot and making
Old Marty look like the rookie…

You can see the comparisons between Evander and Eric Staal, very much alike, though Staal my have a few more pounds on him, but if he continues like this, Rookie Of The Year will be his.

Another EXCELLENT road game, need another solid effort to end Buffalo’s undefeated run so far, how nice would that BE !

tddf30

October 17th, 2009
6:10 am

Overall I am very pleased, but the one thing I think should be changed is putting the TBS line back together. They had a great chemistry last year, and essentially have all gotten off to bad starts. I mean White and Slava are scoreless, and Little hasn’t once lit the lamp which is what he does best. It may be too early for this suggestion but I would say move Kane up to the 1st line in Little’s spot. Put Little back in his place on the TBS line and put Mad Max in Kane’s spot. Kane is very young and prone to mistake, but he has already shown an ability to find space and put the puck in the net when he has the chance. Kane just seems to have an extra gear that not many players have, he may very well be the quickest player on the team(yes faster than Max and Kovy).

I’m very pleased with the 3-1 start and you can’t really fix what ain’t broken. But the 2nd line is broke and maybe a small shake up would help it. In my opinion the only line that is really clicking on all cylinders is the 4th because of some outstanding hustle and grit from Bolts and Thor.

tddf30

October 17th, 2009
6:17 am

Also I am very impressed with the PK so far this year. It seemed like in years past the guys on the PK would just wait for the opposing team to get a good shot and try to clear a possible rebound. But so far they have really been getting after the puck and selling out with their bodies to try to make sure they get the puck cleared as quickly and safety as possible.

Darren

October 17th, 2009
6:48 am

I’ll admit, I thought he was going to need another stint in juniors (since a trip to Chicago was impossible), but after the effort last night, coupled with his effort all season, it’s not going to happen. And I’m quite happy to be wrong.

Is there a chance he hits a wall at some point this season? Probably. He’s played a ton of hockey the last several months.

However, everything I’ve seen makes me believe he will continue to give 100% on every shift. So long as he does that, he’s earned his spot. And clearly, his 100% effort can lead to some very, very good results.

Riceowls

October 17th, 2009
7:03 am

Maybe Coach Anderson knew what he was doing when he let Legacy go and installed Opie as the #1. I certainly had my doubts but I’m starting to believe.

Putting On The Foil

October 17th, 2009
7:59 am

Agree Rawhide. Kane is certainly showing he is ahead of the NHL Learning Curve and the Staal comparisons are merited as well. Opie showed great control last night and woo hoo on the PK as well. Big win for the Thrash! Another two points in Buffalo would be sweet. Thrashers need to continue to bring their A game. Should be a doozy.

Dwayne

October 17th, 2009
8:15 am

MAX, WHITE AND KOZZY ARE -10 COMBINED, BUT THRASHERS ARE 3-1. RIGHT NOW, I DO NOT SEE THE NEED TO SWITCH ANYONE. KANE, PEVS AND ARMSTRONG ARE FINE AND THERE IS NO NEED TO BREAK THEM UP FOR SAKE OF ANOTHER LINE. I HOPE KANE CAN STAY STRONG AS THE SEASON MOVES FORWARD. HE AVERAGES ABOUT 12 TO 13 MINUTES A GAME. THATS WHERE IT SHOULD STAY. KEEP HIM FRESH, REMEMBER THE PK?? HE IS ONE REASON WHY IT IS MUCH IMPROVED. JUST FOR THE RECORD, I THOUGHT SENDING HIM DOWN FOR ONE MORE YEAR WOULD BE THE RIGHT THING TO DO. A HOCKEY SCOUT I AM NOT.

Dwayne

October 17th, 2009
8:16 am

sorry about the caps.

Smitty

October 17th, 2009
8:19 am

Should be quite a game tonight. Early in the season so back to back games should not bother either team. Both teams on a roll and both have quality rookies making names for themselves. Tyler Myers like Kane is the real deal. Comparisons to Pronger and Chara already.

I would like to see Opie start tonight. Beating two of the top goalies in the league on the road back to back might do wonders for his confidence.

Enjoy TJ’s tonight. A little too far to drive to Fayette County after a couple of Blue Lights. WBF, Brendan, Polskidawg et al; who do you root for?

Let`s Start the Season

October 17th, 2009
8:22 am

For all the praises we`ve bestowed on young Evander Kane. Here`s one that`s right up there. The first two goals have been upper corner, goalie didn`t even move,laser shots. He picked his corner and put it there. This kid`s a sniper.

Matt

October 17th, 2009
8:42 am

Has anyone seen Stendec?? This blog needs some more negativity. (sarcasm off)

Nice win last knight. Kane showed some serious speed on his move to score.

Nate

October 17th, 2009
8:46 am

Kane – For all his impressive play on the PK and scoring the real reason he should stay is he’s a difference maker. Normally you look at a rookie and hope he doesn’t hurt the team. Not only is he not hurting the team he’s helping out in a BIG way. The kid has to stay.

Zoomo

October 17th, 2009
9:02 am

Nice job getting past that ugly first period. I kept saying to myself “if we can weather the storm here, the Devils will be a bit gassed and we might get it going”.

Easily Pavs best NHL game. Kane stays!! Peverley is HOCKEY PLAYER!

My only disagrement is I thought Popovic made some nice plays to recover for being out of position. He looked good at times, but it was heroic recevery as opposed to solid play. I thought he looked outright bad on a few shifts.

Anto’s game of catch with Peverley was sweet. Love that big body down low. Something Le Thrash has never had before.

Baldheaded Thrasher

October 17th, 2009
9:24 am

Kane definitely stays and competes for the Calder Trophy. OP played great last night and did not leave rebounds in the slot as he had in earlier games. I’m becoming impressed with his play.

PK and PP is clicking on all cylinders…hope the second line starts clicking, I think they just need a few more games to get familiar with each other’s style of play(Max’s).

RS

October 17th, 2009
9:26 am

Evander Kane is on the front page of NHL.com right now under the headlines “Knockout Blow” and “Evander’s KO”. Doesn’t hurt that his name leads to witty boxing tie-in headlines

Midfield

October 17th, 2009
9:41 am

Kane is an excellent skater – among other things. What really shocked me is that New Jersey could not match up with Peverly line all game long – on their home ice. Never have the Thrashers had such depth, and it sure does not hurt.

World Be Free

October 17th, 2009
9:41 am

Smitty-tough question on who you root for tonight. After sooo many years as a Sabres fan, I have to say I am cheering a little more for the Thrashers these days. It wil be a great game, I’ll be happy whoever wins. This will be a REAL test, because the Sabres are playing pretty well.

The Real Deal/Citizen Kane is for real, sorry for doubting you Evander. Now do what Tony McKegney would do, go to Buffalo and light the lamp.

Finally, you may remember, Boulton was the enforcer in Buffalo for some time, then he lost his job – to Peters. Last night wqs payback for Eric. You could see that in Eric’s eyes when he tossed that right.

Sorry I miss TJ’s tonight-this is still band season, I have some obligations.

Sara

October 17th, 2009
9:46 am

I’m watching the replay of the game now so I haven’t seen it all. Just past the Boulton fight … those boxing lessons for him and Thorbs really seem to have paid off – we’ve gotten some excellent fights out of them both so far this season.

Kane stays because honestly who replaces him? That entire line is on FIRE!

The second line concerns me only in terms of that ugly minus number. Kozzie and White have always been solid two-way players, so I’m not sure wtf is going on there. The scoring however should eventually come. Worst case scenario I’d say Coach should swap Little for Max – it ought to tighten up the 2nd line but lord almighty that 1st line would be a sieve and it would leave Antro to take all the face-offs. Kovy though might click better with Max and his style of creative play. Kozzie probably will eventually – he’s a notorious slow starter. But White is more of a meat and potatoes guy – I think all that fancy passing is a bit over his ability.

Either way, I’m not going to complain about a thing – cause right now it’s all working and I expect they will all only get better as the season moves along. Certainly it should be better once they can start playing on a more regular rotation and get a groove going. But one of the biggest pluses right now is we’ve been pretty well balanced with the scoring – some nights it’s Kovy, others it’s the 3rd line, the D has been chipping in, some occasional points from the 4th line. Once that second line kicks in, it’ll be a continuous pity-party for the opposing goalies.

Scoundrel

October 17th, 2009
9:50 am

I keep thinking swap White and Little and switch Max and Nic. Makes line 1 quicker (Kovey-White-MaxA) and line 2 bigger (Kozzy-Little-Antro)…..get Slava going… The things I’ve noticed and enjoyed most this year are the attitude and determination of this team. Go Thrash!

Brendan

October 17th, 2009
9:56 am

Let’s remember Bob Hartley’s famous quote. “As dah Coach, it is my job to play dah player who best give us dah chance to win.”

Memories, misty-water colored memories … of the way … the Thrashers were. Sorry. I digress. Well, it seems pretty clear that Kane is one of those players who does give Atlanta the best chance to win. As is Peverley. Are White and Kozzie among them? Sigh. Yes, but they’re off to a lackluster start, with minuses sticking to them like glue.

Mark Popovic was the “right” call by John Anderson. Popovic was a +1 and played 14:50. Bob Hartley used to play him six minutes a game. Pops plays twice that now, precisely because he’s earned that ice time, in the eyes of his Coach, John Anderson. I haven’t looked, truthfully, at Pops’ numbers on the season, but they’ve got to be up from whatever they were under Hartley’s reign. We’re talking a third pairing D-man. For what he is expected to do, I think Popovic is doing relatively okay. If we have a rash of problems in spots 1-4, and had to promote Popovic up to the top pairing, we’d be in some trouble. Salmela played the fewest minutes among defensemen, at 13:02.

Bogosian played 18:48, and was a -1. That means Zach only played 3:58 more than Popovic did. Enstrom and Kubina logged the most time for the Thrashers on the blueline vs. the Devils.

hoosier_hoser

October 17th, 2009
9:59 am

Nobody has commented on Bogosian. On the Devil’s first goal he was tangled on the left boards while the puck was on the right, leaving Zajak an alley down the middle. The Devil’s second goal was a PP resulting from Bogo’s foul trying to catch up to his man.

During Peverly’s interview he said the Thrashers came out with less rust and more energy in the second period and that there were no other adjustments. I find that hard to believe. In the first period New Jersey lived in the seams created by the Thrashers’ ultra-help defense. In the second and third period the Thrashers focused on whom they should defend. That had to be a tactical change called by the coaching staff.

Finally, I was one who believed that Kane would be making his west coast reservations about now. Sometimes being wrong is a real pleasure.

World Be Free

October 17th, 2009
10:03 am

Get ready for another real deal tonight. Tyler Myers is 6′8″ 225#, can skate and handle the puck alot like Bogo. He may look like Ichabod Crane, but the kid is 19 and he can play. John Tavaras looked pretty good last night too.

The top 4 picks in this year’s draft are all making contributions to their teams.

Nikita

October 17th, 2009
10:09 am

Whatever, on the comment about Koz and White. They’ll do fine, once they get going. I’d like to see them back with Little, though — as smaller players, it helps when they have a third who is harder and younger and more of a grit player.

re: special teams, it’s early yet but the PK is looking much better. Probably because we got additional help on the Power Play, allowing Anderson to dedicate the few two-way players who are good on the PK (White, Armstrong) primarily to it. Reasoner and Thorburn have improved on the PK substantially, too — Reasoner has developed a slightly better technique and Thorburn has made leaps and bounds in his conditioning and skating skill.

Get The Puck Out

October 17th, 2009
10:09 am

Why is it that the Thrashers have only played four games while some teams have played as many as eight? Hard to build any chemistry when you play once a week, but that’s gonna change as they have three in six days. Just wonderin. Confidence is buliding with each game.

Brendan

October 17th, 2009
10:20 am

Smitty, that’s an easy. I’m rooting for the Thrashers. They’re my team. They’re my only team, aside from the two I peripherally adopt, from year to year, in the Western Conference. I have no other team(s) above the Thrash. Before Atlanta came into the league, I was a fan who would just root for smaller market teams to succeed in the face of the very heavily stacked deck against them. I especially liked following the San Jose Sharks. (Can’t do it anymore, with Heater there.) The only Ohio-based NHL team I’d ever known was the Cleveland Barons, whose history was brief and inglorious. They were born in Oakland, visited Cleveland, merged with Minnesota, then relocated to Dallas. And sadly, answering truthfully, the Dallas Stars are, and have been, my least favorite team in the NHL since 1993, when they left the Land O’Lakes. I can tell you, definitively, I was rooting for Buffalo in that 1999 Stanley Cup Final. One that I’ll readily admit was won by Dallas. Every time I see one of those “No Goal!” hats or T-shirts, it makes me NOT want to support Buffalo in their endeavors. Step #1 for anyone in crisis or encountering some sort of personal problem … is to ADMIT they have a problem. Go ahead. Try it. “Hi. My name is Phil. I’m a Sabres fan. And I can’t get over the Brett Hull goal.” The response back is, “Hi Phil. Won’t you join us in burning that “no goal!” hat you’re wearing? And the key chain, too.”

If there are Sabres fans out there who own any of this ridiculous “no goal” merchandise, I recommend a public burning. Of the merchandise, not the fans! Geez Louise, you literalists!! You kill me!! You fry me up with this stuff. I advocate freedom of speech and choice, when it comes to supporting a hockey team. Just because someone is a Sabres fan doesn’t mean I want them eradicated, like deadwood. Sheesh.

I think we’re in for a treat, tonight. Sabres-Thrashers games are always good. I think it’s on Center Ice.

stendec

October 17th, 2009
10:22 am

Morning Mr Rawhide sir. Thanks for new posting place. Not much to add so…CONGRATULATIONS THRASHERS! It is so sweet to be 3-1. Pavs allowed two goals on hostile ice in New Jersey. Clinching shorthanded tally scored on willpower alone. Thrashers simply were not going to be denied! Glad to see that inner fire. Been missing for last several seasons. Memo to Sori Letemin: Take all the time you need to rest up from whatever phantom injury you claim. End of season preferably. Your services are no longer required! Even the staunchest KL apologists have to admit the Finn sieve would have allowed a minimum of three goals but more likely four or more. Am I not correct? Be honest people! Oh well. Too happy to gripe tonight. Getting set to watch replay! GO BULLDOGS. Peace. ++STENDEC++ BTW – Keep Kane active. Keep KL inactive. KEEP GUYS WINNING!

Nikita

October 17th, 2009
10:24 am

Nope. You’re wrong. As usual.

Rawhide

October 17th, 2009
10:41 am

Last night’s game seems to have really jazzed up Thrasherville…look at the comments here, and so many from new voices…tddf30, scoundrel, Start The Season Already and Ron Mexico, (who I’ve seen on the Nest and Thrashers Message Boards). Welcome to all and if I missed anyone, my apologies.

Like Sara, I too watched the game after the fact…the divine Mrs. R and the older tax exemption are perfoming in The Ann Frank Diary at the Blackwell Theater in Marietta and my mom and dad were there last night…so I spent my evening there then came home to enjoy the game. This is why the blog was posted at such an ungodly hour.

Thus, for all of you who texted me last night…I wasn’t trying to be rude by not responding. But I was indeed ignoring all communications regarding the game as it was played live.

I was then up at 6 am to get the youngest tax exemption to school to catch a bus to Nashville as his North Cobb/Harrison rifle team are going to a competition…I’m now sipping my coffee and enjoying your comments….I’m pooped.

Couple of quick thought…Rich Peveley tops Puck Daddy’s Three Stars last night and as of this posting no one has yet voting for Kovy’s 5 goals as the most impressive thing about the season so far. That’s pretty amazing…and I mean that in a good way.

See ya tonight as we go on a Buffalo hunt!

Sara

October 17th, 2009
10:45 am

Just finished watching the game and wow … just WOW. Every goal … WOW. Talk about a highlight-reel game. If there was such a thing as too much fun, this might be it. Nothing like shutting up the entire Rock.

Stendec, hate to burst your bubble but a) Kari has in fact posted just as stellar numbers as Pavs has and b) he will play again this season for the Thrashers. If for no other than reason than to showcase him for a potential trade. For an even better reason, to see what head-to-head competition between him and Opie begets. That could prove mighty interesting.

As for tonight’s game .. Buffalo is undefeated in regulation. Anyone else remember what happened the last time Buffalo was undefeated to start the season and they played the Thrashers? I do. :D

Y’all have fun tonight and cheer extra hard for me. I’ll be partaking of some live hockey up in Gwinnett as someone was kind enough to pass along 4 free tix to tonight’s home opener for the Glads.

five_hole

October 17th, 2009
11:17 am

The laws of physics were violated last night. I’m about to post something I never thought I would ever type; “Chris Thorburn scored a short-handed goal against Martin Brodeur”. Can the apocalypse be far behind?

It was an unbelievable game last night; mostly because I thought we were outplayed by Parise & the Devils for most of the night. We stayed in the game only because of the stellar play of Ondrej (the Giant) Pavelic. He played perhaps the best game I’ve seen from him. He had great positioning, didn’t seem to flop around and I can’t remember a single rebound he gave up. I can’t fault him on either goal the Devils scored.

Why haven’t we resigned Peverley to a long term contract? He plays in all situations and is the second leading scorer on the team. And we also need to resign Kubina; love the big defenseman that can skate and has that laser slapshot. And I just love having a Sequoia like Andropov in front of the net. Da-yum!

You just gotta love Kane’s natural instincts. That’s something you can’t teach. And for an 18 year old to get PK time? I think the audition’s over. Oh, and he’s the third leading scorer on the team right now.

Looks like tonight’s game will be on Center Ice, so I’m probably not gonna get to TJ’s, but hope everyone has a rockin’ time and we’ll see you on the party bus for the Sharks game.

Putting On The Foil

October 17th, 2009
11:21 am

Rawhide. As far as voting on Kovy’s five goals. It is just as expected, no surprise. As far as the second line, leave it alone. It will heat up soon enough. Still wish Kozlov would be a little more selfish and take more shots on goal. The guy can still play and has one helluva shot.

Darkhorse

October 17th, 2009
11:26 am

Like LAC said earlier, I can’t believe the boyhood crush Dave Reid and Craig Button have developed for Pevs and the Thrashers on On The Fly all the sudden. Great win and determinaton last night. Hope for another scrappy effort tonight in Buffalo. I have a feeling the second line is a big contributor on the score sheet tonight. Would like to see a more physical effort from our guys though. Not enough hitting for the size we have on the roster last night. Maybe they are saving some in the tank for tonight.

Would love to see Max step up and put a few in. WBF-I see what you mean about him, but I still want to see some of that fancy speed translate into goals.

Tom

October 17th, 2009
11:27 am

Smitty

We should try to get a Thrashers night at the Peachtree City Taco-Mac. There are a ton of fans down here and it could be a good night for those of us not able to drive to the northside. We may even bribe Rawhide to come down to make a command appearance, unworthy that we may be. :)

I get live hockey today at the SGAA inline rinks in Snellville as we have a preseason tournament of the Middle School league. A fun cheap day cheering on the boys!

Rawhide

October 17th, 2009
11:35 am

Rawhide. As far as voting on Kovy’s five goals. It is just as expected, no surprise. As far as the second line, leave it alone. It will heat up soon enough. Still wish Kozlov would be a little more selfish and take more shots on goal. The guy can still play and has one helluva shot.

POTF – I agree 100% about the 2nd line…they’ll be fine. They had some good chances last night, too.

The laws of physics were violated last night. I’m about to post something I never thought I would ever type; “Chris Thorburn scored a short-handed goal against Martin Brodeur”. Can the apocalypse be far behind?

five_hole – If we were able to add to that “and the Thrashers held a team to fewer than 30 SOG”…then yeah, I might begin to believe that the end was near.

Michael B. Shapiro

October 17th, 2009
12:40 pm

Love the 3-1 start, Opie’s play, Peverly’s continuation of good play from last season’s wire snatch, and of course Kane’s good showing as a rookie.
Agree that the 2nd line is gelling, but not scoring. Interesting that no one has suggested sitting Whitie for a night and letting Slates center that line. I think he and Max could gel quickly and that the Professor might put the pieces all together.
Go Thrash. Beat them ugly slugs.

Thrashers27

October 17th, 2009
12:49 pm

Brendan,
If you’re going to do a good Hartley impression, you gotta throw in a couple of “you knows…” He says the after about every third word, you know.

So, your quote would look somethink like this:

““As dah Coach, YOU KNOW…it is my job to play YOU KNOW…dah player who best YOU KNOW…gives us YOU KNOW…dah chance to YOU KNOW…win….YOU KNOW”” HA!

That was a pretty good win last night. I’m proudly sporting my new Kovy jersey today.

Looked kinda sloppy in the first, but I was glad to see Opie hold the fort. Very nice!

I was a bit disappointed in Bogosian’s blunder that directly led to a Devil’s score. He was just plain being lazy with his pass. Had he put a little more oomph on it Kovy would have skated into the O-zone with it, but he lazily pushed it toward Kovy and it was picked off.

I’d love to see a second win tonight. Go get ‘em boys!!!

A27

October 17th, 2009
1:05 pm

I’m thinking of going to TJ’s tonight for the viewing party. I’m just wondering how the atmosphere is like? Are we rowdie and loud or snoby and stuffy. Can anyone give me any insight? Because I would really like to hang out and meet everyone. I only ask because I’m bringing some friends who are kind of new to hockey and are kind of on the fence about being a Thrasher fan.

Rawhide

October 17th, 2009
1:12 pm

A27 – The atmosphere at TJ’s will not dissapoint. I’ve held several viewing parties there since last winter…the Fan Club as well To me, it’s the perfect place to watch a Thrashers game with so many hockey fans in the mix. Tonight should be especially “rowdy” given that there will be a goal horn and a DJ playing the same music we hear at Philips.

Given that there will be a hefty mix of Fan Clubers and “Rawhide’s Rowdies”…I would expect it to be quite he fun time. Not a “snob” in the bunch!

Hope to see ya’ll there…

A27

October 17th, 2009
1:17 pm

Cool!!! Thanks Rawhide for the info YOU ROCK!!! See you there!!!

Rawhide

October 17th, 2009
1:23 pm

Hot-digity, Damn-digity…looking forward to it A27. Now all I have to do is get through this afternoon’s “Honey-Dos” from The Divine Mrs. R and then I can get up there!!!

Thrashfan01

October 17th, 2009
1:23 pm

One thing everyone seems to miss about Kane is he is hard to play against. Watch the kid backcheck, watch how he dogs the player who has the puck, watch how he keeps his stick on the ice and in passing lanes. Jagr once made a comment about the Thrashers being easy to play against, that is no longer the case in part because of Kane.

I was one who thought Kane should return to Vancouver but Evander has changed my mind.

Wayne

October 17th, 2009
1:28 pm

Kane’s goal last night made SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays at #4.

Thrashers27

October 17th, 2009
2:29 pm

I’m thinking this is the game where the second line heats up. Maxie will want to put on a good show for his former team.

Smoothie

October 17th, 2009
2:33 pm

A lot of positive commentary on this blog from regulars and newcomers alike…good to see some new folks chiming in on the Thrashers early season success. And who can blame us after stealing a victory from the jaws of what seemed to be eventual defeat after that lackluster and puzzling first period of play?

Most of you have already commented on the obvious positives and keys to last night’s win such as Kane, Pevs, Kubina, Pops and of course the stellar effort of Ondrej “the Giant” Pavelec, who bested his childhood idol in his first appearance betwixt the pipes directly opposite said childhood hero.

Perhaps the biggest positive is the fact that the Thrashers are winning games in spite of some of their most glaring weaknesses or shortcomings. I don’t want to be overly negative, but I think most of us are acutely aware of the fact this team has plenty to work on. Hopefully playing more regular contests in the weeks to come will get them hitting on all cylinders — a scary thought for opponents if you think about it.

But in the spirit of fair and balanced dialouge, here are a few nuggets of negative feedback to chew on:

1) Still too many instances of “whack-a-mole” defense where the player simply flails at the puck with his stick rather than move his legs to be in a better position to play the puck.

2) Too little physicality (obvious considering we had all of 4 hits), but beyond the obvious, it seems we rely too heavily on using our sticks to defend plays when we could simply use our bodies to “rub” opponents off of the puck or make it harder for the other team to pass out of trouble.

3) Too much fancy stick-handling in situatiaons where the simpler play to the corner or behind the net is better. And believe it or not, I’m not talking about Maxim Afinogenov. He is one of the few players who consistently shields the puck for the purpose of cycling it in the offensive zone. Perhaps he holds onto the pill too long sometimes, but Kozzy and White need to move their feet better to be in position to do something (i.e. SHOOT THE PUCK) with the puck when they get it.

4) Lackadaisical line changes and poor transition play leading directly to odd-man chances or bad swings of momentum after killing a penalty or after a PP (of course this didn’t happen as much since we were 2 for 3). Sometimes we make the most ill-advised or ill-timed line changes where players don’t seem sure of who they are marking or where they should be. I think this will improve as we play more games.

Sorry to rain on the parade, but I thought it would be good to point out some things that need to be improved / fixed / corrected for us to be a true contender and not just the “most improved team in the league”. This team has the skill, heart and potential to be a playoff team, but they need to clean up a lot of the little deficiencies if they are to make a real run at the post-season.