Thrashers skewering of Sabres ends with great cliMax

The Thrasher won Saturday 4-2. They won Friday 4-2 in New Jersey. They lost 4-2 in Ottawa the game before that and won 4-2 in St. Louis the time before that.

Anyone sensing a trend here?

Another trend with the Thrashers…beating the Buffalo Sabres.

Picking up where they left off last season, when the Thrasher went up against the Sabres four times and came away with two points all four times, Atlanta traveled to western New York and came away with a win. However, unlike last year, this time they didn’t even do Buffalo the courtesy of allowing them the consolation point that comes with losing to us in overtime.

Like the Thrashers, Buffalo was playing on the tail end of back-to-back games…the Thrashers winning in New Jersey 4-2 Friday night while the Sabres won at home 6-3 against the Islanders. It was the first regulation loss of the year for the Sabres and Atlanta improved it’s record to 4-1-0…3-1-0 on the road trip with one more game left.

Kaptain Kovalchuk scored goals number six and seven on the year…both coming in the first period, one on the power play. Todd White also scored on the power play in the second…his initial goal of the season. Johan Hedberg made is first start this year, stopping 40 of the 42 Sabres shots…19 of 20 in the third period alone.

Oh, and Moose collected an assist as well…very nice.

Max thrilled the Buffalo crowd with his first oal as a Thrasher (AP/Don Heupel)

Max thrilled the Buffalo crowd with his first goal as a Thrasher (AP/Don Heupel)

But the play of the night came with 3:17 left in the game when Maxim Afinogenov made his return to western New York a very memorable. Just 17 seconds after Drew Stafford’s power play goal pulled the Sabres to within a goal and made it appear as though a nail-biter type of finish was in the offing, Max took a pass from Kozlov on the left side then proceeded to undress defenseman Taylor Myers on his way towards Patrick Lalime.

The finish was as good as the move…much to the delight of the home crowd.

I don’t think Afinogenov could have picked a better setting in which to score his first ever goal in a Thrashers uniform, eh?

Nik Antropov had a pair of assists, as did Slava Kozlov. For the Slavanator it was his first points on the season. For Nik they were points numbers three and four.

Mark Popovic played on defense while Anssi Salmela sat. Pops finished with no points and a +1 rating during his 14:02 TOI. Atlanta is undefeated in all three games he’s played in…just sayin’.

The penalty kill unit was again a big part in Saturday’s win. They were successful four times out of five in Buffalo…this after shutting down all six of the Devils man-advantages the night before. The biggest kill of the night came in the second when Atlanta successfully held Buffalo scoreless on a full two-minute 5 on 3. For the season now, Atlanta’s PK is an outstanding 85.0% effective, which is 8th best in the NHL.

Yes…we are talking about the Thrashers penalty kill.

The biggest difference in the penalty kill unit this season and that of season’s past is how aggressive they play while down a man. They pursue the puck and keep those skates a-movin’. By getting to the puck more often, they are able to clear the puck from the zone more times and get fresher legs on the ice. A fairly simple explanation, I know…but it is making a big difference.

On the opposite end of the special teams play is the very effective power play of the Thrashers. After their 2 for 5 performance in Buffalo, it is has been successful an impressive 37.5% of the time this season…which is the best PP% in the NHL.

The puck seemed to be hunting Moose all night long (AP Photo/Don Heupel)

The puck seemed to be hunting Moose all night long (AP Photo/Don Heupel)

Not to be overlooked also… the effort put in by the Moose. It’s not like the Sabres didn’t come to play this night as they launched 42 shots on Atlanta’s backup keeper. As stated above, almost half of those shots came in the final twenty minutes and Hedberg only allowed the power play goal during that final period.

The win now gives the Thrashers 8 points after 5 games played which equals their best start in their history. They started the 2003-04 campaign with three wins and a pair of ties for eight points as well. The sixth game of that season six years ago ended in a 3-2 overtime loss in Tampa and was followed by a 4-2 win against Nashville… giving them 11 points after seven games.

Game six this season will come Tuesday in Montreal…game seven against the Capitals will be Thursday when the Thrashers are actually allowed to play another home game. A pair of wins there will set a new high for points after seven games played by Atlanta.

Great Time At TJ’s…As Per Usual

There was a tremendous turnout at TJ’s Saturday night as about 150-ish loud, raucous Thrashers fans packed into TJ’s to enjoy the game. The Thrashers Fan Club came out in force and the staff there provided their usual fantastic service. The DJ Tim had there did a great job of making the place sound and feel a lot like a home game at Philips Arena.

Thrash made a showing as well, but he just didn’t seem to appreciate it when I offered him one of my Buffalo chicken wings… I wonder why.

The entire staff of The Blueland Chronicle was a no-show…and for that they will each be admonished at the next Blogger Summit. However, Daculafan of FanThrashtic was there at my table…along with Spud Webb, Paminski, Mr. Paminski as well as a very cool fan…I believe his name was Jeff. A few lurkers also were kind enough to introduce themselves…always a pleasure to meet the good people out there.

Tim has invited us all out again on November 7 when the Thrashers are on Lonnnn-Gisland…a game that will again not be aired locally…as well as on Thanksgiving Eve when the team travels to Detroit. Also, TJ’s will be the gathering point this Saturday for those of us making our way down to Philips on the Party Bus to see the San Jose Sharks.

And Finally…

I want to wish Tony a very happy 29th birthday. Hey Tony, your lovely wife also wanted me to let you know that by having me give you this birthday shout out…it counts as her gift to you.

So…enjoy it!

235 comments Add your comment

Hockey Biltong

October 18th, 2009
1:19 am

1st or Unobtainium!!!

Hockey Biltong

October 18th, 2009
1:23 am

What an excellent game!! Lindy Ruff was praising Le Thrash after the game. Good stuff. I fervently hope we trim the shots on goal and curtail the silly/dumb penalties. This will truly distance ourselves from the rest of the crowd.
Can’t wait for Les Habs……

GoalieBrian

October 18th, 2009
1:51 am

Lots of fun out at TJ’s tonight. Tim came by after everyone cleared out and we chatted for a while. Such a gracious host. He told the wife and that that he’d love to host more games. I hated to say that tonight was just our first time out there, but we’re planning on heading back many, many more times. Great game, great atmosphere, great place, great people.

stendec

October 18th, 2009
2:09 am

WOW! Moose stops 40 shots. Captain Ilya Kovalchuk scores two more goals. In a hostile rink no less! The Thrashers are 4-1 after five outings. PHENOMENAL! Any delusional apologists believe Sori Letemin would have surrendered only two goals on 42 shots? No chance in Hell. Cut him loose. Do not allow the untalented Finn back to ==== up this amazing team chemistry! Agreed? That said…CONGRATULATIONS THRASHERS! Well done. Nighty night everyone. Peace. ++STENDEC++

Mrs. DWTOO

October 18th, 2009
2:34 am

Second line scores!! Fianlly! A nice goal for White with assist from Slava…I take back my thoughts on swapping lines 2 and 3…keep everything as is!

Putting On The Foil

October 18th, 2009
6:28 am

Hmmmm! Did I mention that second line just yesterday afternoon? Great game for the Thrash. And you say MOOOOOOOOOSE?

LAC

October 18th, 2009
7:15 am

Here we go AGAIN !!!!! This from the Buffalo News…

Question, Why is it Atlanta that is ALWAYS rumored to be moving ?

One of the Sabres’ former rivals has garnered a lot of attention recently. The mayor of Quebec City, ex-home of the Nordiques, met with the league about getting a team and Friday announced preliminary plans to build a $400 million arena. The lack of an adequate building was the primary reason the team became the Colorado Avalanche in 1995.

Former Sabres goaltender Martin Biron grew up in Lac St. Charles, Quebec, rooting for the Nordiques. He has no doubt a team would work in the province. (One of the early candidates reportedly suggested to be moving is the Thrashers.)

These canada people have nothing else to do ?

Gee let’s see, the last game at home was a SELLOUT…

If there were major problems, you’d think you wouod hear it from here too… Granted these owners we have are not ver good or very honest,
but every time it is US moving to canada…. Give it a rest people,
I hear Warren Buffet, The world’s Richest man wants to buy the Leafs or Oilers and move them to the Sprint Center in Kansas City… I’d love that !

Gib Traf

October 18th, 2009
7:42 am

Great game!
Too bad no story on NHL.com about it. Good thing Ovie was first star with 2 goals last night. Nice feature, too, on NHL.com about Ovie shooting for 50 in 50. He does have 9 goals in 8 games.
No respect, yet, for Kovalchuk and the Thrashers. It will be late coming this season, but it will come……

Smitty

October 18th, 2009
7:43 am

LAC
Just read that same article. Why is it that everyone thinks the Thrash will be he first team to move? A lot of people seem to forget that the Sabres were in rough shape a few years ago after the Rigas’ mess.

It seems the Thrashers are getting to be a team that is beginning to be noticed. When Kovy re-signs hopefully all these relocation idiots will go away

R. Stroz

October 18th, 2009
7:50 am

Has anyone else noticed Armstrong has been invisible?

Big Shooter

October 18th, 2009
8:29 am

Well, Rawhide…. I wasn’t going to say anything in public because I know how you HATE to get numbers wrong, but seeing as how you threw the Chronicle under the bus… Kovy scored goals number SIX and SEVEN last night. Let’s not sell the Captain short, shall we?

Oh yeah, I had a GREAT time with Trixie last night…

The Real Thrash

October 18th, 2009
8:37 am

the Sabres held a 42-27 shots-on-goal advantage. The Thrashers have been at a deficit in the category every game this season.

World Be Free

October 18th, 2009
9:22 am

I have to say Max played a good game. He was motivated, at least for one night. The shots are an issue for me too, but we are winning now and that’s the most important statistic.

Thrasher’s moving rumors-newspapers, mayors and dignitaries can say all they want about our club moving, that’s fine. But the only people that hold the cards in this matter are the guys at ASG. Recently, Don came out and said there was nothing to the rumors. This isn’t the first time he has had to do this and I believe the rumor garbage will continue. You have to remember folks, winter is setting in. There’s not much to do up north once winter sets in. Take it from me, I have experience.

If Quebec wants a team, well they should have worked alot harder to retain their last team. The provincial effort to retain the Nordiques in the mid 90’s was lacking to say the least. The Quebec City’s mayor is expecting the province to kick in a lotta money to build a new arena. Not sure where that money is going to come from.

Paminski

October 18th, 2009
9:31 am

Great game and great atmosphere at TJ’s! I can’t account for what my breath must have been like after a few Newcastles and those chips with blue cheese on them, but no one stopped talking to me. Thanks!

I’m going to call my dad in Buffalo this afternoon and do some gloating. He’ll probably just say “well, if Vanek had been playing….”. Ha! Good to see some production from that 2nd line. Max’s goal was icing on the cake.

I can’t wait until next week’s party bus! Woot!

Nate

October 18th, 2009
9:49 am

*The Real Thrash* – Not only that dude, but the Thrashers blocked 15 shots! Can you imagine if some of those had gotten through?!? A win is a win, but that one was ugly. I didn’t like the strategy in the third period at all. It seemed as though Anderson told the team to stop attacking for fear of odd man rushes but the Sabres just used the open space to pepper Moose with shots. Definitely some things they still need to work on, players and coaching staff…

five_hole

October 18th, 2009
9:59 am

All in all, I thought it was a sloppy game (on both sides). However, playing the second of back-to-back games (on both sides) this early in the season, it should probably be expected.

Was there anyone in the house happier than Max last night (after he scored)? In fact, I’m happy to see some of the other players scoring. I don’t want to see Little & Andropov press because they haven’t tweaked the twine yet.

That was a flagrant cheap shot by Schubert last night on the cross-check. If I were the coach, he wouldn’t have seen the ice for the rest of the game.

Great game by the Moose. He really stood on his head, especially in the 3rd period.

Wish we could have been there last night. I’d like to go to TJ’s on the 7th. That night will also be when a certain Mr Phaneuf will be making “sloppy seconds” out of Mr Avery. So let it be written, so let it be done.

Sara

October 18th, 2009
10:07 am

re: the never-ending relocation rumors …

Darren Eliot interviewed Gary Bettman during the NJ game on Friday night. They talked a bit about the Phoenix issue and Gary said that the League believed hockey could succeed in these markets – that in many cases there are situations where owners or GMs perhaps have not been doing the right things and that’s what hurts the franchise, not a complete lack of a market. He mentioned the previous struggles of Buffalo, Ottawa, and Pittsburgh and even how Chicago had abysmal attendance just a couple years ago. All of that is good in terms of the NHL’s commitment to first and foremost working to keep franchises where they currently are.

HOWEVER, that would have been a perfect opportunity to have asked Bettman himself outright about all the rumors that have been swirling about the Thrashers franchise in particular and get the League on record that they have no interest in seeing this team relocated. And that did NOT get asked. Whether because it didn’t occur to Darren to ask or whether he didn’t feel it was kosher for him to ask or because he was told NOT to ask I do not know, but I’d find the first two scenarios rather unlikely. Honestly, that interview did not leave me feeling warm fuzzies. Keep in mind through all the prognosticating, we’ve only ever gotten official statements from local ownership – never a statement from the League.

But … right now the team is off to an incredible start and if their winning ways continue through the season, there will be butts in those seats in Phillips. This is perhaps not only the year where the Thrashers establish themselves on the ice as a legitimate NHL team, but also the year where the Atlanta market shows just how much it can and will support its NHL team.

Hockey Biltong

October 18th, 2009
10:28 am

MRS. DWTOO – Tell me about South Afrique!!! How was it for you??? Are you still there?

Hockey Biltong

October 18th, 2009
10:30 am

BTW the ice looked bad last night. The telecast didn’t do it any favors as they were exposing for the jerseys and let the ice blow out. But I saw a lot of squirrely pucks on sticks..

Mr. Heat Miser

October 18th, 2009
11:13 am

The PK looked quite solid – best I’ve seen in a while. Was hoping for a hatty for the Captain. Really like the way Mad Max stuck it to them at the end. Looking forward to getting back to a real hockey schedule of 2-3 games a week at the bulb.

Stat Support

October 18th, 2009
11:40 am

Stat of the night: we outshot, yes outshot our opponent thru 2 periods, 23 to 22. We certainly let our foot off the gas in the third and our goal was peppered with shots. Perhaps the fatigue of back to back nites dictated our extra conservative approach. Afterall, the NJD was one of those games that takes a toll; having to play catch-up and kill so many penalties can definitely wear you down. I think we played very well for the majority of the first 40 mins tho.

alex

October 18th, 2009
11:41 am

re: the never-ending relocation rumors
would kovy consider that before making commitment to thrash on long term extension, if he not sure in what city usa or canada, perhaps franch speaking canada he going to play. just asking

World Be Free

October 18th, 2009
12:39 pm

five_hole-Buffalo media outlets are riding the Sabres pretty hard after last night’s game. Their Friday effort wasn’t much better, but at least they beat the Islanders.

Same old Sabres, just a different year. Good to see the Thrashers can win even when they are not at their best.

Brendan

October 18th, 2009
12:53 pm

LAC, WBF, Sara … wanna hear how BORED and UPSET they are in Toronto? From the Toronto Sun, I offer this article from Bruce Garrioche. (You’re not supposed to laugh yet. You WAIT for the punchline.) The Thrashers are off to a 4-1-0 start, and yet, it doesn’t stop Bruce from speculating that Peter LaViolette might be the next Thrashers Head Coach. To be fair, he listed several teams that HE THINKS are interested in LaViolette, including the beloved Maple Leafs. Enjoy the article!:

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hockey/2009/10/18/11438896-sun.html

Lining up for Laviolette?
By BRUCE GARRIOCH
Last Updated: 18th October 2009, 2:22am

Peter Laviolette has a Stanley Cup ring.

Now, he’s just waiting for his phone to ring.

While the man who stood behind the bench when the Carolina Hurricanes won the Cup in 2006 has been filling his days as a part-time analyst for TSN, league sources say Laviolette won’t be in the television booth much longer because he’ll be one of the first coaches hired once there is a firing.

The indications are Laviolette has already received interest from a couple of teams that might want to make a change. GMs can’t afford to waste time because, with the compressed schedule, a team could easily be out of the playoff race by mid-November.

That means struggling teams are going to be quick to pull the trigger.
The Maple Leafs (Ron Wilson), Islanders (Scott Gordon) and Wild (Todd Richards) are all off to slow starts. Richards was just hired and Wilson has been given a vote of confidence. There’s a lot of talk that Gordon might be on the hot seat.

Another team to keep an eye on is the Thrashers. They are playing well right now but, if they stumble, coach John Anderson will feel the heat from GM Don Waddell, who might need to get the team back into the playoffs to keep his job. (Brendan’s Comment: HAHAHAHA. Right. DW cannot and will not be allowed to fire another coach. If someone gets fired, it’s got to be him. End comment.)

For more hilarity, read on….

AROUND THE BOARDS

Watch for a full-fledged goaltending controversy in Montreal. Carey Price’s poor play has carried over from last season and there’s a strong belief that Jaroslav Halak should be the Habs’ No. 1 goalie. Some NHL insiders think Halak should already have the job. That’s why GM Bob Gainey has been fielding calls from several teams who are interested in Halak, because, if the Habs don’t think he’s a No. 1, there are lot teams that do. Chicago, Washington, Detroit and Tampa might be looking for goaltending help later on in the season … The Blackhawks are going to have a tough time keeping young players like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith in the fold when they become restricted free agents next summer. The belief is the ‘Hawks will shop Brian Campbell and his $7.14-million US salary in the off-season to see if they can free up some cap space in hopes of re-signing the trio … Top two candidates to be the next GMs hired in the NHL: Steve Yzerman and TSN’s Pierre McGuire. Nobody will go after Yzerman until after the Olympics. McGuire was a finalist for the Wild job that went to Chuck Fletcher … The Panthers are trying to move Nathan Horton, who is off to a bad start … The Oilers may consider moving Andrew Cogliano. The word is GM Steve Tambellini would like to get bigger down the middle … If Tampa’s Vincent Lecavalier doesn’t get it going soon, he’ll play his way off Team Canada for the Olympics. Right now, teammate Steven Stamkos is getting all the headlines with the Lightning.

OFF THE GLASS

Don’t believe the bafflegab out of Vancouver that GM Mike Gillis isn’t shopping around for help. While the Canucks are willing to give winger Michael Grabner the chance to show he can play in the NHL, word is Gillis isn’t going to wait forever. The 22-year-old Grabner, who was a first-round pick in 2006, had four goals in five games with Manitoba of the AHL when Vancouver recalled him on Wednesday and had an assist in Vancouver’s 5-3 loss to the Flames on Friday night … Doug Risebrough wouldn’t pull the plug on former Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire last season and that’s why he’s the ex-GM of the Wild. Sources say Risebrough held some serious talks with Pat Quinn (hired by the Oilers in the summer), but couldn’t bring himself to fire Lemaire. Now, he is sitting on the sidelines. He interviewed with the Panthers in the summer, but the club didn’t want to spend money and sinply dropped the interim tag from GM Randy Sexton instead.
BRUCE.GARRIOCH@SUNMEDIA.CA (Brendan Comment: If true, I’m glad Florida didn’t hire Risebrough. Another classic Panther decision. End comment.)

August

October 18th, 2009
1:25 pm

Any chance with the way Pavs and Moose are playing that we could send Kari off to Chicago when he gets healthy? Pavs is making it very tough to send him back to Chicago and if Moose can play that well in spot starts as the #2, I don’t see how Kari can have much of a future with this team.

August

October 18th, 2009
1:27 pm

I should clarify – I mean Blackhawks when I say send Kari to Chicago. Their goaltending situation there is horrible right now, especially after a couple of those goals that were let in last night.

R. Stroz

October 18th, 2009
1:48 pm

In case you haven’t seen this replay of the game last night, this is a great picture of Moose giving to the Sabres:

http://bluelandchronicle.blogspot.com/

Cup Guy

October 18th, 2009
1:57 pm

First off I want to say, next time I will make it out. I have never been out but heard so much about these gatherings. Unfortunately, I didn’t even get to watch the game. I have a horrible job and actually had to work. But i got the low down and watched all the highlights. It looked like an awesome game. Max. That is why he was and will be a top 6 foward. That is not just any foward scoring. That is a sick move. Next we should try the cradle spinorama move like the 9 year old.

Kari. I know i’m going to tick a lot of people off with this. I want him gone. He is to injury prone and even when he is healthy, there is no consistency what at all. Pavs keeps getting shot down about how he is not a number 1 goalie. I hope they all stop and look now. He has played spectacular. I have seen so much improvement since game 1 of the season. Much better rebound control. Trying to stick in the crease and not flop so much. Personally, I think Kari needs to be dealt before the loses anymore value. I trust in Pavs and Moose. Blueland should also.

Jameson

October 18th, 2009
2:10 pm

Actually, at some point, I’d still kind of like to see:
Kovy-Antro-Little
Kane-Pevs-Max
Kozy-White-Army

Darkhorse

October 18th, 2009
2:13 pm

Did any of you catch what the guys on HNIC had to say about a Kovy decision coming very soon. Fingers crossed for us….

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2009/10/17/sp-hockey-hotstove-1.html

[...] Rawhide scribing about the Thrashers 4-1 start [...]

JAmes_kovyboy from MTL

October 18th, 2009
3:25 pm

i dont care if Army is invisible, as long as we win!
im from mtl and i hate the habs, even though its like the 203023 time i say it tto you guys
i just hope the thrashers wont end a winning streak against a 2-5 team!
btw we should keep kane because of the goal he scored against the devils
and ill be at the game tuesday, most probably one of the only guys with a thrashers jersey

ALLLEZ LES BLEUSS
(GO BLUEEE)

unfounded speculation

October 18th, 2009
4:16 pm

Can we please put a moratorium on discussing all of the baseless rumors spewing forth by the drive-by Canadian media machine?? There’s no point in giving these rumor mongers the least bit of pleasure or satisfaction by broaching the subject matter at all; there is absolutely no sense in giving it the least bit of thought as it is all pure, unadulterated horse excrement. So to hell with Toronto, Montreal and all of the hopless hosers who keep holding out hope that the ASG will give in and ship off the Thrashers to a Canadian interest.

Stop the Insanity and enjoy the ride during this season of renewed hope and enthusiasm!

World Be Free

October 18th, 2009
4:56 pm

Unfounded-I am with you. I think most of us that mentioned this stuff are amused by the stupidity of the people saying it. I am enjoying the ride so far. Hopefully, the good times so far will get Kovy’s signature on a contract soon.

You know Brendan, Atlanta may very soon become a PREFERRED destination for free agents. Why? Because this is a good hockey town AND players don’t have to deal with the constant scrutiny in the media here that they with in other cities. You can come here and play hockey without constantly being hounded by the media and the dozen or so call in shows that dominate the radio dial in some markets.

Sounds like Chicago will do anything to get themselves out of Brian Campbell’s contract. Especially when they have better defenseman on their club that are coming up for contracts. These guys are saying-”why can’t I get Brian Campbell money”? Stay tuned-Chicago and Boston’s situations could get very interesting.

Good for the Rangers, getting off to a quick start. Gaborik is playing well, but so are a group of youngers that the Rangers finally decided to hold on to. Marc Savard, Doug Weight, Tony Amonte the list of youngsters traded away by the Rangers is very, very long. Only Mike Milbury gave away more young talent than the Rangers.

Zoomo

October 18th, 2009
4:58 pm

Sorry I missed the TJs gathering. Next time. Had to stick close to the TV so I could watch the Yankees and Thrashers. Little did I know I’d be up to past 1am with Yanks game.

I’m surprised no one has mentioned Hainsey. He had a very solid game except for the penalty, along with Bogo, that led to the 5 on 3. Beauty job by Kubina, White, and Schubert to kill that one! Hainsey was solid and smart all night.

Moose saved the team from brink in the 3rd. I think the Thrash were just out of gas. Nice to se Kovy out there late again and chipping pucks into the neutral zone. Nice D by the Kap’t.

4-1…had to type that…feels great!

unfounded speculation

October 18th, 2009
5:30 pm

WBF – very true and I used to get a chuckle out of these idiots’ blather but our blogging faithful are making it worse by constantly bringing it up; it warrants nary a sniff of fodder mill chatter.

Zoomo – good observation on the man without a nickname. He usually goes about his business quietly and he has graciously accepted a different role with little PP time at all. He saved a goal with his stick in lane breaking up a 2 on 1 in the third after Bogey got picked in the neutral zone.

Thrashers27

October 18th, 2009
6:17 pm

You know what would be awesome? If Kovy said to DW: “Hey Don! Sign Peverley to an extension and I’ll sign at the same time. That’s a “WIN, WIN, WIN”.

Krust

October 18th, 2009
9:50 pm

I had my thrashers jersey on today at publix in buckhead and three women came up to me and said did you see games this weekend and I said yes it was amazing they all said I am watching Tuesday and going the next home game. Its only a few games in and people are stoked. Totally awesome. This woman in publix stopped me and said that game against Buffalo was totally amazing. The classic line from slap shot “I don’t believe my friggin eyes. Boys we got our selves a hockey team! Standec you can’t disagree keep Kari away from the team.

jared

October 18th, 2009
10:36 pm

LeBurn asked kovy about his FA status
“We’ll see … I like it here, and hopefully we’ll figure out something”
This quote made today a great day.
Krust- we certainly do have ourselves a hockey team

Brendan

October 19th, 2009
12:07 am

Hey, now both the Falcons AND Thrashers are 4-1-0. :)

Hockey Biltong

October 19th, 2009
12:15 am

LAC

October 19th, 2009
5:19 am

Sure wish the hawks would move, Nothing worse than the National BORING Association, or The NOTHING Basketball Assoc.

Send them to Winnipeg, a perfect place for pro basketball… nba SUCKS !

LAC

October 19th, 2009
5:26 am

Lastly you folks need to read this bit from the tsn fan comments,
again people are all over us saying WE should not have hockey here, but
this IDIOT really sums up those IDIOT or STUPID, or F’ed up canada fans.

“Their” sport ? “Their” sport???, BS,Ice Hockey is played world wide and if these STUPID AS HELL canada fans want teams in all canada cities, then pull the 6 NHL teams in canada and form new ones and start the canada hockey league and SHUT THE HELL UP !

What a comment !

Dee20
1 day ago
How about just get rid of Bettman. No dam Yankee should be running OUR canadian sport. Everyone Agree?

See how STUPID this guy is, he cannot even spell !!!!

World Be Free

October 19th, 2009
5:34 am

LAC-just shows you that ignorance is universal. We’ll see more of it tomorrow night in Montreal.

Let`s Start the Season

October 19th, 2009
6:44 am

It all adds up to this. For as long as we can remember the players have all wanted to play in U.S. cities, despite the fact such a large number of the are K NAY DIENS themselves. They know its a lot less pressure playing in some city 500-1000 miles away. Away from very judgemental and high expectation media from back home. Most of the guys just don`t want to have to deal with the media issues during a season when you`re to concentrate on being at your best throughout the course of the season. Also, they`ve always wanted to be paid in U.S. dollars, and we can`t blame anyone for that. Pictues of dead Presidents, Yes. Pictures of the Queen, Booo!

Zoomo

October 19th, 2009
7:41 am

If you have seen the video from the Thrashers off day in Elmira,ON, it’s worth a look. Nice tribute to 37
http://bit.ly/3XlsHo

Toby

October 19th, 2009
8:08 am

Buzilla in CT

October 19th, 2009
9:06 am

Why is Canada a country full of haters? Now that the Thrash have had this great start they are strating to float rumors that Kovy now wants to go and play in the KHL. WTF? He wants to win. In the NHL. He wants to do it here. In Atlanta. If Atlanta reverts to there past crapinings then he wants to win somewhere else. How sweet would it for him to win a cup with a team that is all him (basically). No disrescpect to the other good players on our team, but as Kovy goes so will this team. Its not Kovy/Heatley or Kovy/Hossa, its Kovy. All Kovy, all the time.

I give props to DW or Dudley or whomever got these pieces together because the league is starting to take notice and not pencil in a “W” when they see the Trash on the schedule.

I am extremely pumped by what I have seen so far and can’t wait to see the parade down Peachtree street with Baton Bob leading the way blowing his wistle and wearing an Ice Girl outfit…

Buzilla in CT

October 19th, 2009
9:08 am

excuse me…Blue Crew outfit

Toby

October 19th, 2009
9:11 am

Well Buzilla (I’m from CT as well)

Here’s a quote that may help a little…Pretty much the same quotes from before the season started, but at least he hasn’t changed his opinion…

When asked about how the Thrashers were cautiously optimistic that he would soon sign a contract extension, the superstar winger answered: “Hopefully. I like it here. And I think they did a lot of good things during the offseason to sign some guys and I feel it’s the best team we’ve ever had. They took some good steps. So we’ll see. My agent is talking to them. I just want to focus on hockey.”[

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4575551&name=lebrun_pierre