Pavelec, Armstrong help provide point for Thrashers

Just gotta be honest with ya, the Thrashers can thank their lucky stars they got out of Montreal with a point…those stars, of course, being Ondrej Pavelec and Colby Armstrong on this night.

For most of the game they just seemed out of sync, not the same type of energy and drive they possessed in the previous five. This is especially true on the power play where they were able to produce one whole shot on goal during 6 power play tries…thank you Evander Kane.

Making one of his 34 saves, Opie denies Montreal's Mike Cammalleri in the second period (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Ryan Remiorz)

Making one of his 34 saves, Opie denies Montreal's Mike Cammalleri in the second period (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Ryan Remiorz)

But, sometimes a team has to find a way to be successful when they are not at their best and the Thrashers worked their way through it to bring home a point via a 2-1 shootout loss to Montreal. That point brings the total to 7 earned on this early season 5-game road trip.

Seven points out of ten…I will take that any day.

Pavelec played very well in goal again for Atlanta, stopping 27 of the 28 shots faced in regulation…yes, you read that correctly, the Thrashers held a team to under 30 SOG during 60 minutes of action for the first time all season. However, Opie saved his best for the five minute overtime period in which he kicked out all seven that he faced. Many in dramatic fashion.

Of the 35 total shots Pavelec faced, 15 came while the Thrashers were killing off penalties.

Atlanta was not able to get off a single shot of their own during overtime…the last 2:35 of which having to be played a man down after Slava Kozlov introduced Scott Gomez into the boards rather harshly. Gomez sat for two minutes in the box for taking exception to the penalty. Slava, on the other hand, took a seat in the locker room earlier than planned as his actions earned a game misconduct.

Make no doubt, Pavs was the reason the Thrashers were afforded a chance to still steal away the extra point in the shootout as he came up big in Atlanta’s goal. Unfortunately, after stopping Mike Cammalleri on Montreal’s initial shootout attempt, he was unsuccessful against Gomez and Brian Gionta. Ilya Kovalchuk and Rich Peverley failed on their chances for Atlanta.

Is Pavelec playing Kari right out of town?

  • Yes! Get what you can for him (49%, 65 Votes)
  • No. It's still too early to tell (34%, 45 Votes)
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Pavelec is now 3-1-1 with a .929 SV% and 2.37 GAA. As one of the announcers on the TSN feed put it, “Kari Lehtonen better get a ticket [on a plane]…because he’s heading out of town if Pavelec keeps up this play”…They then began to speculate as to what the Thrashers could still get in return for Kari.

Yes, it’s starting to come to that already.

The Canadiens took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Gionta was left all by his lonesome over on the left side. He circled around and made good on his shot at the 17:44 mark. Defenseman Christoph Schubert was none-too-pleased with the defensive help by his teammates on the play and let the forwards on the ice…Armstrong, Kane and Peverley…know it.

That third line made up for it, though, at the 6:06 of the third period as Army took a Peverley pass from the left boards and snapped off a winner past Jaroslav Halak to tie the score.

The goal was not the first bit of damage that Armstrong inflicted upon Montreal this night. During the second period he put a ferocious check on Marc-Andre Bergeron that left his knees wobbly and teeth rattling. Honestly, Bergeron did well to get back on his skates right after the hit.

Not to be overlooked is the fine play on the penalty kill once again. For the season, Atlanta now boasts the fourth-best PK in the NHL, killing off opponent’s man-advantages 88.0% of the time…I got dizzy just typing that. But the best man on that PK unit tonight was the one standing between the pipes.

While it was nice to come away with a point when the team played under par, I would have loved to have seen the Thrashers snag the extra point that was available to them once Opie got them into the shootout.

Still, as I stated above, seven points outa ten on this roadie is more than acceptable.

115 comments Add your comment

Smoothie

October 20th, 2009
11:41 pm

Amazing performance by Pave-LECK tonite!

Third line was #1b tonite and dominant in the third. Love the chemistry of the Pevs Army Van!

We were atrocious in the OT but Pavs did not let up like his forwards. Luckily, our road weary boys get to sleep in their own beds.

calgarypuck

October 20th, 2009
11:44 pm

That was an awesome hit on Bergeron.

Brendan

October 21st, 2009
12:29 am

None of my posts are taking on this blog. This is more of a “test message” than an actual post. Here goes!

Thrashers27

October 21st, 2009
12:30 am

I’ve been withholding on judegment of Pavs, but I’ll be damned if that boy didn’t win me over tonight. He battled like my favorite all time Thrashers net-minder “PASI”. He looked phenominal and I can’t wait until we see he and Kari battling for that #1 spot. If Moose wasn’t such an awesome guy, I would be waiting to hear him hit the bricks. I couldn’t do that to the guy. Not sure if DW can. Maybe Moose stays and Kari goes, but either way, it’s good to know that Pavs is bonafide and ready.

First line was more, or less non-existent in the third…maybe it just seemed that way with Little playing with White and Kozzie.

Go Thrashers!!!!

R. Stroz

October 21st, 2009
12:30 am

After the midway point of the third period, I noticed an interesting switch of players between the first and second lines. Little was moved to the second line, formally known as the Little White Russian line, and Afinogenov was moved up to the first line, turning the first line into the Russian National Team line.

Kovy really seemed to pick up the pace with the switch and the Little White Russian line found their old chemistry quickly.

Call me crazy, it wouldn’t be the first time, I’d like to see the Russian National Team and Little White Russian lines stay intact for the game against the Capitals on Thurday.

Yes, I know the lack of defense concerns of putting Antropov, Afinogenov, and Kovy on the same line together. However, I sure did like the speed and energy between Kovy and Afinogenov as well as the rekindled chemistry of the Little White Russian line.

Brendan

October 21st, 2009
12:35 am

Okay, that one took. Nice game by Colby Armstrong. But yes, Pavelec stole the show. It’s a “pity point” … on the road … up in “la belle province.”

But uhhh … there woulda been something so cool about … defeating Montreal … handing them their sixth straight loss … and quite possibly, getting Bob Gainey fired. :twisted:

Rawhide

October 21st, 2009
12:36 am

Brendan - The blog’s website…she had a hic-up. All better now.

Smoooooooothie – Indeed…the third line’s kinda been 1b all season…and I’m cool with that.

Calgarypuck – Indeed it was a smashing check! Perfectly legit, too. Kozzy’s though…not so much.

Thrasher27 – I, too had my resevations about Opie…but so far, so good. The kid seems to really have his head into it 100% of the time.

RStroz – OK…you’re crazy. :lol:

mehoff

October 21st, 2009
12:37 am

thanks smoothie, glad to know i wasn’t the only one getting a headache from them butchering opie’s name….

we stole that one tonight, 4-1-1, not bad at all

stroz, i won’t be callin you crazy. i’d like to give those lines a looksy myself

shootout. kovy. backhand. really?

R. Stroz

October 21st, 2009
12:39 am

If the combination of Antropov, Afinogenov, and Kovalchuk sticks, I vote for calling that line the Comrade Connection.

mehoff

October 21st, 2009
12:51 am

“comrade connection” is nice, but i’ll throw out “The Soviet Circus” lol

Wreckin & Thrashin

October 21st, 2009
1:32 am

Beautiful stuff tonight… not the play… the fact that we stole a point when we had no business getting one. We played horrible, but still got something out of it. That, to me, is the sign of a good team.

World Be Free

October 21st, 2009
5:42 am

Last night shows the team is good enough to sleep walk and still get a point. I guess we can toss out the notion that Pavs cannot play like a no. 1 cause he sure did in Montreal. He has 2 more tests this week.

Dwayne

October 21st, 2009
6:39 am

SOME MUCH FOR MY 9-3 prediction….goalies stole the the show, That 3 rd line is pretty darn good. Opie Pav-lesch was awesome, who-da thunk 4-1-1?? The comrade connection line will be fun to watch o-fensivly, but i gaurentee everyone will hold their breath when the other team has the puck. Opie likes alot of shots??? He will get them with that line out there.

The Real Thrash

October 21st, 2009
6:57 am

Out shot 35-23. This is catching up with us.

RS

October 21st, 2009
7:04 am

The thing about goaltending is it seems to build on itself, both good and bad. Pavelitz must be feeling really confident right now.

RS

October 21st, 2009
7:06 am

Oh, and Pierre McGuire raved about Evander Kane all night. Somebody’s got a new mancrush to go with Mike Richards and Dion Phaneuf.

NorthStarsDave

October 21st, 2009
7:12 am

Wasn’t it about a year ago that Kovy made the statement about OP that he was one of the best G he has ever faced….after a practice?

Moose is the back-up….so…since the team is settling in their roles and the chemistry is good, do we get draft picks for Kari or D?

Sara

October 21st, 2009
7:27 am

RS he was crushing on Pavs as well. And I’ve seen a few comments from Montreal fans who were impressed with Opie as well. In fact, he earned the #2 star from Puck Daddy last night. He was darned impressive. And that’s what you need – sometimes the goalie has to be able to steal one all by himself.

Wonder how Kozzie’s hit on Gomez is going to play out today. It will be reviewed by the League – has to be after he got the game misconduct. His reputation certainly works in his favor – the announcers were as shocked as we were that Kozzie of all people did that. Then again, he did it to a Canadien, which never bodes well, and you never know when Campbell will be in the mood to “send a message.”

As for trading Kari – problem is, he has virtually no value right now. The market for goalies has been putrid for a couple of seasons now, which doesn’t help. Add to that Kari’s injury history and the fact he hasn’t played this season and that pretty much gets you nada. And right now, we don’t have any specific needs to address. Too soon to give up on anyone on the roster currently and also too soon to know what holes might exist in the roster after this season. End of the day, unless something comes out of left field, Don needs to wait until at least the trade deadline to try and move a goalie – best shot at getting something that would qualify as decent in return. And in the meantime, Kari will have to play at some point and look good doing it.

Toby

October 21st, 2009
8:17 am

I posted this on another site…it works here too…

Terrible game by the Thrashers (minus Pavs of course). Worst effort of the year so far. It looked like they hadn’t slept in weeks and didn’t want to play hockey at all. I kept checking to see if Hartley was behind the bench because all we did was dump-and-chase. All night. If Pavs had an average night, we lose that one 3 or 4-1. Habs camped out in our zone.

Kozzy’s hit was stupid. No, he didn’t mean to injure Gomez, but he did have time to react differently. That, and the fact it was OT. Not good.

….buuuuuut, whatever. We escaped with a point. I’ll take 3-1-1 on any road trip!! Let’s pull ourselves together for a great HOME game tomorrow night!!!

DB

October 21st, 2009
8:19 am

Frolov seems to be out of favor in LA. Wonder if DW could work a deal with them for KL?

Buddha on Ice

October 21st, 2009
8:24 am

What was up with Kovy and Peverly in the shoot out? Did we have something on the Montreal goalie that he doesn’t defend well against slow rushes? Seems both could use their speed a little more in that situation. And I will take one point as well. Go Thrash.

stendec

October 21st, 2009
8:31 am

Morning Rawhide. Pavs should sue for non support! Glowing praise for such a shet offensive effort? Losing to a Hab team on five game slide equates to Falcons allowing Detroit Lions to end record losing streak. They did not! THANKFULLY. Totally nauseating! Glad for point? When Thrashers miss playoffs or favorable playoff positioning by single point later I will remind you of this travesty. Losing should never be acceptable nor graciously condoned! Pavs deserved much better! Captain Ilya Kovalchuk and other boys did not. Truly Washington Redskin inoffensive uneffort. So very ashamed! Maybe the guys can regroup from this offensive disaster with some inspired hockey. Maybe not. This was the most inept offensive walk through display the Thrashers have puked up in ages. So very sad after such heroic play this season! Tell Sori Letemin his vacation has been permanently extended. Have a nice day all. Peace. ++STENDEC++ (WHEW)

Get The Puck Out

October 21st, 2009
8:41 am

Do you think the right players shot in the shootout? I would have liked to have seen Kane and Little in the shootout.

Tom

October 21st, 2009
8:47 am

Nothing in the paper today AT ALL about Chelios signing with the Wolves? Who knows if the guy has anything left at 47, but seems to me the big club could use his experience and leadership if nothing else.

Dwayne

October 21st, 2009
8:50 am

Kozlov’s game misconduct caused Thrash a shootout goal. Did not like Kovy or Pevs effort. If Slava gets a game off, does Slater get a play??

GaVaHokie

October 21st, 2009
8:53 am

Oh, and Pierre McGuire raved about Evander Kane all night. Somebody’s got a new mancrush to go with Mike Richards and Dion Phaneuf.

Yeah, he also seemed very impressed with Pavelec and said that Lehtonen may need to “buy a ticket out of town”

Thrashers27… I was just making a similar comment over at the Blueland Blog… I definitely had my moment of “faith” with Pavelec last night… much like the Pasi “Donkey kong” save… I’m on board with Pavs, even though that Shootout was ugly! That Gionta goal was flat out embarrassing.

GaVaHokie

October 21st, 2009
8:59 am

I gotta say Bogosian has taken a couple steps backwards the last couple of games… he had some really bad turnovers last night. And that one back pass to Toby in their own zone when Toby was covered… I gotta admit, I had my remote aimed at the TV if Montreal scored on that turnover the way the game was going.

World Be Free

October 21st, 2009
9:04 am

Dwayne-you know I totally forgot about Slater!!! (not really but Jimmy is easy to forget)

Chatter out there that Chelios will be up with the Trhashers at some point this season. Now that would be cool!!

merculf

October 21st, 2009
9:13 am

bring on the caps!

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 21st, 2009
9:13 am

The way Kozlov fell on Gomez after the boarding made me think he was about to help him up while saying “DUUUUDE, I’m sooooo sorry!”. The few replays I’ve seen make it seem to be a bad play on Kozlov’s part, that’s unfortunate.

Armstrong’s hit was nice…Bergeron was completely lost for a minute. I also liked Amstrong popping Lapierre in the face while sitting on the ice during the ensuing scrum, that was comical.

Glovesave29

October 21st, 2009
9:20 am

Chelios didn’t sign with Atlanta, but with the Wolves…any team can grab him from there.

Pavs was great last night, but Montreal came with their A game to end the streak. I think we all know the Canadiens are a better team than they have been playing…and most likely a lower level playoff team. Stendec is showing again how little he knows about this sport other than trashing Kari. The D did a good job of letting Ondrej see the puck. We held a desperate, fast skating team to under 30 shots. As great as he was, I am sure Pavalec (not Pavalets) is kicking himself for leaving the 5 hole open on the goal. He will forget the acrobatics that kept us in the game, and focus on how he could have stopped than lone puck from beating him. Just the way goalies are wired.

Anyhow – GREAT road trip and lets pack Philips to show the boys some gratitude. Oh, except for Sage…who seems to be missing a lot these days.

Gib Traf

October 21st, 2009
9:22 am

ranallo said: “Armstrong’s hit was nice…Bergeron was completely lost for a minute. I also liked Amstrong popping Lapierre in the face while sitting on the ice during the ensuing scrum, that was comical.”

I agree. I watched that replay 10 times at least. I am suprised Bergeron didn’t just fall back over after he got up. Looked like he was about to wobble right over but he grabbed onto the boards. And Army’s sock into Lapierre’s kisser was pretty funny too.
Pavelec has REALLY shown something this season. ATL was lucky to get out with a point.

R. Stroz

October 21st, 2009
9:23 am

Anyone remember this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlBxx1Wh9PE

It wasn’t even a penalty, but hey, it occured in frogland. I’d remind Campbell of this if a Kozlov suspension is suggested.

Then again, there is a double standard, remember Crotchby checking out Boris’s gonads.

Rawhide

October 21st, 2009
9:27 am

Dwyane & RStroz – In regards to Kozlov possibly being ssupended and/or fined…as I opine here, had that type of penalty happened against one of our players I would would want some kind of action taken against the offending party.

StateBird

October 21st, 2009
9:30 am

I also noticed the line switch in the 3rd. Didn’t like it. Little was getting good chances in 1st and 2nd. Concerned that he isn’t cashing in this year but at least the line was producing good opportunities. With Max on the line it looks great but they skate in circles, albeit fast, but get one chance on goal at best. Add no defensive mentality and no face off skill that breeds trouble and minus ratings.

FormerIslesFan

October 21st, 2009
9:35 am

Just my quick $.02 here because most of the things I would have said have been mentioned already. However, Stroz, I noticed the same thing you did about the change on right wing during the third period and thought it was an interesting idea.

Did anyone else notice the stat that TSN put up during the 1st period on team goals: Kovy 7, Peverly 4, Rest of Team 9. That is not anything we’ve really spoken about yet, but obviously, we have got to get some scoring out of the rest of the team. It will come, but it needs to start coming soon.

Okay…now my quick gripes. Yes, they butchered Pav’s name the whole night. But, was anyone else feeling fingernails against a chalkboard when they had the “Canadian” pronouciation of other people’s names: Bo-go-SEE-an, Ree-SOHN-er, et al.? Just was driving me a bit nuts.

Two other things really bothered me. First was the constant talk about Army and his value on the open market this summer. It seemed to me that, at least to them, there was no reason why ANYONE would want to resign in Atlanta.

Second was the constant sensationalism. Example: Bergeron got rocked by Army, no doubt. However, when he was still having issues in the third period, McGuire must have said 10 times that it was due to the hit. Nothing was mentioned again about the fact that it was MAB’s first game back in the NHL or that he had not gone through a training camp or any of a number of OTHER possible explanations for why he may not have had his legs back under him fully.

Like I said, just my griping. Overall, I think the game can be summed up by saying “we allowed them to play their game and we never played ours.” Le Thrash have got to learn how to win those 2-1 games over the course of the season. Not every game is going to result in us scoring 4 goals…

R. Stroz

October 21st, 2009
9:39 am

Rawhide, no pimping allowed.

ranallo10 – I agree, it looked like Kozlov was in the process of seeing if Gomez was ok and seemed contrite before Gomez went nuts.

five_hole

October 21st, 2009
9:42 am

GaVaHokie I agree with you about Bogosian. For the last several games, he has not been making smart passes. His pass out of our end in the Devils game directly led to their first goal. I attribute it to the “sophomore jinx”.

Glad to see that Army got off the Schneid. And weren’t some people here talking about letting him walk at the end of the year? I for one would love him to stay.

And keep in mind, we’re unhappy that we only got 7 out of 10 points on the road trip.

The good? Our special teams are clicking. The bad? We’re consistantly getting outshot in every game.

Rawhide So, what’s the deal with Saturday? When are we supposed to be at TJ’s? What time does the bus leave?

Smoothie

October 21st, 2009
9:49 am

Crap-tastic effort in the 2nd period especially. I didn’t get to see the first 15 mins of the 1st period due to some cable wiring issues, but we were certainly outplayed at the end of the first as well. However, SOG were relatively even, but Kamal gave me a heart attack on a couple of early chances by the Habs.

Every team is going to have an off night and its not hard to believe that we could have been playing a bit of rope-a-dope in the middle part of the game to save our legs for the 3rd. I didn’t like how we essentially gave up in the OT (Pave-lish not included) and the Kozlov gaffe certainly didn’t help. But I was impressed with the heart and hustle they exhibited on the PK.

The biggest thing concerning me is how we are playing against teams who like to sit back in the neutral zone and trap. Against Ottawa we seemed to have some issues and last night we did not make any adjustments of merit in the 2nd period. The 2nd line was tragic (White was good in the F/O circle, but he seemed to be sleep-walking otherwise) and Kozzy was out of sync with his linemates. I liked the switch of Little in the 3rd to wake those two up a bit as Little’s engine never stops.

As for Little, he is getting some chances, but he seems to be pressing a bit now since he’s been scoreless; probably gripping the fiberglass a bit too tightly now. But his effort cannot be second-guessed. I just wish Kovy didn’t have to dominate the puck coming into the zone as Little seems to get lost on the weakside and his linemates aren’t making the simple play to feed Little when he crashes the net.

Still lots to work on, but the thing that stuck out was the determination and toughness of our defensive corps last night. Bogey is still making some iffy passes, but he was a beast out there defensively (think he had 6 blocked shots). Popovic really battled hard and seemed to be winning every puck battle. Other than the screen on the goal against, Schubert seemed to play well also. But I think I like Pops and Anssi together against speedier teams like MTL better.

GaVaHokie

October 21st, 2009
9:51 am

FIF… another thing that I was getting tired of was the constant mention of Peverley being a “waiver pick-up”… Waddell said in his interview yesterday that Peverley was getting a little tired of the label, and was hoping the new contract would put an end to it.

http://thrashers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=235&id=49174

Rawhide

October 21st, 2009
9:52 am

RStroz – My blog…I can pimp all I want! :grin:

five_holeThe party bus is scheduled to depart TJ’s at 5:00 pm on Saturday…but be there at least an hour prior if ya can.

Speaking of Saturday…there are a few more seats that become available on the bus…so for those interested, contact Karin Beckman at 404-878-3781 and get on board!

Zoomo

October 21st, 2009
10:14 am

My earlier post gotten eaten by the blog monster. I wasn’t a horrible performance. Looked to me like the Habs were playing for their life, hustling after every loose puck, and that pulled us out of synch. I thought Kane and Hainsey were bright spots. 3rd period was a reasonable push to try to win it.

…and of course, Pavs was “out of his mind” good.

Note to Antro. To paraphrase Dean Wormer – Big, slow, and lifeless is no way to play hockey, son.

Bluenote

October 21st, 2009
10:14 am

A 4-1-1 prediction a month ago would have drawn a lot of raised eyebrows…especially from me.

They aren’t all going to be gems, and we were very fortunate to get out of Montreal last night with a point. Props to Opie for getting the job done last night. It’s scary, but he came up big. Caps and Sharks are going to be tougher tests. I would not be buying any Finnair tickets just yet.

Is there any history between Gomez and Slava? The hit from behind was cheap and out of character and shot whatever chances we had in OT. Not typical of a usually disciplined player. I’m just asking.

Jarndyce

October 21st, 2009
10:14 am

Antropov, Afinogenov, Kovalchuk. The AK line: it just keeps firing, and firing, and firing.

GaVaHokie

October 21st, 2009
10:29 am

Funny how we thought Kane was going to be a Defensive liability at the start of the season. :)

I’d still like to see Kane, Peverley and Afinogenov on a shift or two now that we know Kane isn’t the liability we thought he’d be.

Smoothie

October 21st, 2009
10:30 am

The effort of the third line was excellent and the results were immense. Without them we don’t get on the scoresheet at all. The other two lines were out of sync all night and had trouble even receiving a pass from a linemate. We were losing battles all over the ice and our speed to loose pucks was non-existent. EXCEPT for the 3rd line. They dominated on every shift on the ice. JA cannot afford to break up this line even with the 2nd line playing miserably.

It may prove to be a good thing if Kozzy is suspended for one game just so JA is forced to experiment with some other line combos. Problem is we don’t have a LW other than Kane to play on the 3rd line without Kozzy. I suppose we may see Pevs bumped up to play LW again with Whitey at C and hopefully Little at RW. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Triple Russian threat in a game that affords more open ice. But we better make sure that 2nd line is matched up to play AO, Backstrom and Knuble!

ranallo10 (in AT)

October 21st, 2009
10:41 am

“Funny how we thought Kane was going to be a Defensive liability at the start of the season.”

Not so much a liability as a waste of offensive talent on a checking line…however I would say the current third line is nothing similar to the 3rd lines of Atlanta Thrashers Past, and is clearly more offensively oriented based on talent and game time role. I’m surprised to be seeing them play that way — I guess I’ve become accustomed to teams rolling two offensive lines, one defensive line, and one grinding line. They’ve also been responsible defensively from what I’ve seen, which is a nice bonus.

In the short time they’ve played together my concerns with the third line have been diminished. I like it when the Thrashers play alleviates my concerns…but now I’m curious how long they can continue playing at this level. Hopefully it lasts for a long while and it’s more than just a hot start.

Re: Atlanta’s current standings — I would be remiss to allow this to pass … remember those who were complaining about the preseason results? Toronto went 6-3-0 in the preseason (12 points, first in their division), and thus far are 0-6-1 (1 point, last in the entire NHL). Pittsburgh went 1-4-1 in the preseason (3 points, last in the NHL), and thus far are 8-1-0 (16 points, first in the NHL). Somewhere in the middle Atlanta went 2-3-1 (5 points) in the preseason, and are 4-1-1 (9 points) in the regular season.

In conclusion, the preseason matters not.

Gwinnett Fred

October 21st, 2009
10:45 am

Is Opie cool with being called Opie??

Hope so, cause I’d love to hear resounding cheers of O-PIE, O-PIE, O-PIE at home games – but it wouldn’t help much if he doesn’t like the nickname.

Smoothie

October 21st, 2009
10:51 am

Our D-men has an astonishingly high number of giveaways last night with 12 collectively. Believe it or not, Zach was not the biggest gift-giver of the night as Ron Hainsey had 6 of them. They must’ve been all in the 1st and 2nd periods as I thought Ronsey played rather well in the 3rd.

Luckily for us, the Habs defensemen were equally lousy as they coughed up the puck 16 times. Hopefully in the next game up there in Montreal we can exploit their suspect D and pot 3 or 4 goals at least.

Lastly, I don’t think we can underestimate the value of having Kubina on the PK along with Schubie when we need another big body out there. Enstrom hardly plays on the penalty kill anymore and that is a very good think indeed (he had all of :10 sec last night). Problem is that Enstrom needs to develop a quicker shot if he is going to get all of the PP time. Teams don’t have to cover him because he hardly ever shoots and his long stick makes his wrist shot pretty ineffective. But there is no reason he can’t give it the ol’ half-wind 3 wood slapper before the defense has a time to rotate.

j nes

October 21st, 2009
10:55 am

Things I have been wrong about so far this year.

1. Kane should be sent to the minors for another year.

2. Releasing Manny Legace was a big mistake.

3. It would take a month for the team to gel with all the new additions

Sometimes, I like being wrong.