Do you know the way to Thrasherville?

Just around the corner from Philips Arena, just a block or so to the east on Marietta Street, is a Georgia Historic Marker with the header of “THRASHERVILLE, Where Atlanta Began”. Passers-by that stop and read learn how, at that very spot, in 1839 “Cousin John” Thrasher built a settlement called Thrasherville. At that time it was forested area near the peg marking the planned terminus point of the Western & Atlantic RR. The area’s first settlers, religious service and birth of a baby happened in this settlement.

In 1842 the terminus was changed to the place where Atlanta’s Zero Mile Post can now be found and Thrasherville became Terminus…both unofficial names given to the stop by the railroad. In 1843 the settlement became incorporated and the name of Marthasville was given…it was then reincorporated in 1847 under the name of Atlanta.

But it all began as Thrasherville…and it seems as though everyone and everything has come to and/or through the area ever since that time.

ThrashervilleMarkerNow, is it just me…or does it seem as though we last gathered in Thrasherville round about the time Cousin John began the work inscribed upon that marker? 

Serioulsy though, it has been just 19 days since the schedule teased us with an opening night gathering at Philips before taking the team away from us for so long…it just seems longer.

Alas however, tonight we…the residents of Thrasherville…are able to return to our official cathedral of hockey, Philips Arena, to welcome back our hometown ice combatants and to make a glorious noise unto the hockey gods as we’ve done for over a decade now in that hallowed building. I hope that you all remember how to get there…I mean, it has been a while after all. It’s the nice building next to the big covered stadium with the letters A-T-L-A-N-T-A on the front.

Yeah, you remember that.

After a most successful crusade through the foreign lands of five NHL territories, the Thrashers return home to face a pair of tough foes in Washington and San Jose…both atop their respective divisions. The Caps are 4-2-2 and sit a mere one point ahead of Atlanta. We’ll see them not only tonight, but next Thursday as well. Saturday the Thrashers will look to ward off a Shark attack from the team who currently sit atop the Pacific Division at 5-3-1 and play in Tampa tonight. Dallas’ 4-2-3 record equal San Jose’s 11 points.

A win tonight in regulation, of course, will catapult the Thrashers into sole possession of fist place in the Southeast…I know, that has a nice ring to it….and an overtime win will draw us into a tie.

A loss, no doubt, will cause much wailing and gnashing of teeth and prompt the inhabitants of Thrasherville to mass at the town square to openly lament the absence of Kari Lehtonen… call for the head of it’s Mayor, Don Waddell…demand the return of Garnet Exelby, Andy Sutton, Niko Kapanen, and J.P. Vigier …pitchforks and torches in hand.

OK…maybe I exagerate just a might, but you get the point.

As for tonight’s game against the Caps…here are the statistical matchups:

G/G: Atlanta 3.50, Washington 3.50

Kovalchuk has been able to get knuckes from his teammates 7 times so far this season (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Kovalchuk has been able to get knuckes from his teammates 7 times so far this season (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

GA/G: Atlanta 2.33, Washington 2.88

S/G: Atlanta 24.5, Washington 31.6

SA/G: Atlanta 35.2, Washington 29.9

PP: Atlanta 30.0%, Washington 21.6%

PK: Atlanta 88.0%, Washington 84.6%

FO: Atlanta 54.3%, Washington 54.3%

Now, here’s the real matchup:

Ilya Kovalchuk: 7 goal, 1 assist, 20 SOG, +1 vs. Washington’s defense.

Alex Ovechkin: 9 goals, 7 assists, 61 SOG, +9 vs. Atlanta’s defense.

I hope you’ll join us tonight…and Saturday night…down in Thrasherville. If you’ve been waiting for the organ-I-zation to ice a quality product before you return, they have. If you have held back to cheer on players that perform at a level worthy of your support, these are. If haven’t already procured your tickets, do so.

Get on board and don’t let this train pass you by, Thrasherville!

70 comments Add your comment

Biscuit

October 22nd, 2009
11:21 am

The bandwagon is open. Always interesting stuff Rawhide. The team is exciting and we seem to have some chemistry. I look forward to a good game tonight. I’d love for us to get this one.

GaVaHokie

October 22nd, 2009
11:24 am

Interesting article, great bit of trivia! However, I believe we’re meeting at “Blueland” tonight… not Thrasherville. ;)

Russian

October 22nd, 2009
11:25 am

Wow. I did not know about Atlanta History. Great lessson for me. Thanks. Did anybody know about Slava situation? Will he play today?

Daculafan

October 22nd, 2009
11:27 am

I’m so stoked!! See you tonight in the hallowed hall!! Go Thrahsers

Rawhide

October 22nd, 2009
11:30 am

Biscuit – Yes…everyone can hop aboard the bandwagon. But watch your step…the ice is slippery.

Russian – I haven’t heard anything as of yet…so I guess Slava skates!

Daculafan – Hey buddy…

GaVaHokie – As you’ve probably noticed over the past several months…dating back to last winter…I don’t “do” Blueland anymore.

Thrasherville.

Smoothie

October 22nd, 2009
11:35 am

According to Ben Wright, the Comrade Connection Line skates again! Thusly, the Kahlua Line has been fortified with a Little splash of excitement. Let’s hope Antro can cover for Kovy and Finny’s free-lancing ways! Go Thrashers!!

five_hole

October 22nd, 2009
11:38 am

Bringing J.P. Viger & Sutton back would be one thing. To bring back Tamer & Trembley would just be wrong. Some of the early citizens of Thrasherville were just plain horrible. We’ve had quite a turnaround.

hip czech

October 22nd, 2009
11:47 am

Thanks for the history lesson, the things you learn on this blog!

Brendan, in case you didn’t catch it at the tail end of the last blog:

Brendan…”Anyone see the Aves-Wild shootout tonight? I was confused by something. On one of the Colorado shots, the goalie smothered the puck in his pads, but his momentum carried him inside the goal cage. Why is this not ruled a goal?”

Me…I did (thanks for the tip about center ice being free this week!)…if you noticed in the replay the puck actually went to the side of the goal. I thought the exact same thing because at first it looked like the puck was between Backstrom’s pads and he ‘carried’ it into the goal.

But the replay clearly showed the puck going off his right pad and into the corner at the side of the net.

What’s the over/under for goals tonight? I say 10…

Buzilla in CT

October 22nd, 2009
11:47 am

I am very jealous that I can’t go due logistical reasons. I can’t watch on TV either due to Comcast stupidity. I have to follow it like some caveman on my computer…

I hate Comcast…

Buzekilla in CT!

October 22nd, 2009
11:48 am

Bring back Buzek!!! The very first All-Star

Buzekilla in CT!

October 22nd, 2009
11:50 am

Blueland = Sadland
Thrasherville = Happyville

Scotty

October 22nd, 2009
11:57 am

So what you’re telling me is that it only took 8 years to get from a railroad settlement to the city of Atlanta, but it’s taken over 11 years for the Thrashers to win their first playoff game with Don Waddell as GM.

Interesting.

World Be Free

October 22nd, 2009
11:57 am

Hey Bill-where are you sitting Saturday night?

Sara

October 22nd, 2009
12:00 pm

BTW, Semin is out tonight – flu-like symptoms kind of thing. Didn’t even fly into Atlanta.

Rawhide

October 22nd, 2009
12:00 pm

WBF – Section 121, I think…wherever the tickets are for those of us on the bus comin’ from TJ’s.

World Be Free

October 22nd, 2009
12:08 pm

Follow up to a posting from yesterday-Al Strachan is confirmed as out as a regular contributor to Satellite Hotstove. Hotstove has a number of guest contributors who rotate through on a regular basis This is the 2nd time “Al” has been dropped from Hotstove.

Now if only ESPN would do the same with half their “contributors”.

Sara

October 22nd, 2009
12:24 pm

Varlamov in goal tonight, per Dan Kamal on Twitter.

ESPN can bite me … it’s rare we get good coverage from them. What I still can’t figure out is Bucci used to be a big fan of the team back in the Heater/Kovy days but somewhere over the past few years, he didn’t just become indifferent to Atlanta, but down-right hateful. I can’t even tolerate reading him any more.

GaVaHokie

October 22nd, 2009
12:41 pm

Here’s the Caps presser on tonight’s game… Bruce Boudreau seems like kind of a dick.

http://capitals.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=418&id=49250

A2B

October 22nd, 2009
12:41 pm

So I just did some research for fun and thought you guys would all like to see this trend. If you include our first 6 games this year at 4-1-1 and include the last 19 games of last year to compile a 25 game sample…

Our boys in blue have procured a 16-7-2 record.. thats enough for 38 pts in LESS THAN 1/3 of a season. I think we proved that last 18 games wasn’t fluke and the NHL better be ready because we are coming and coming on strong.

Riceowls8891

October 22nd, 2009
12:43 pm

Now I remember what Christmas Eve felt like when I was 8.

Man, is it 7:00 yet?

GaVaHokie

October 22nd, 2009
12:50 pm

Okay, here’s your official “Gay or Not Gay” question for the day? The Tampa Bay Lightning playing Strip Hockey during practice.

http://torontosportsmedia.com/toronto-maple-leafs-hockey/ron-wilson-slapshot-too/6422

Rawhide

October 22nd, 2009
1:09 pm

A2B – Very nice! And that is the reason why so many of us at that time were saying it was important to play like that down the streatch…instead of “tanking it” to better our chances at the Tavares Sweepstakes.

That good play did indeed carry over to the fall…AND we have Evander Kane.

Win/Win, IMHO.

R. Stroz

October 22nd, 2009
1:17 pm

The tea and crumpets section of the arena is in for a real edumacation tonight.

A2B

October 22nd, 2009
1:38 pm

Rawhide- Indeed. I’m also starting to wonder if Don Waddell has someone wispering in his ear on who to pick in the drafts now beyond Dudley. The last few players that he has picked high have almost had an immediate impact on this team. That is a scary thing to think that we still have some supreme talent coming up the pipelines in the near future.

English Teacher

October 22nd, 2009
1:57 pm

I’ll be there! My feet will dangle over the 312 sign, but I’ll be there!

J.B.

October 22nd, 2009
2:38 pm

I’m rocking Club Seats for the first time tonight! very excited to experience whatever perks are involved. Lots of screaming from 101 this evening y’all.

A27

October 22nd, 2009
2:59 pm

Hope to meet some of you guys at Gorins for a tall cold one. Im sitting in 306.

J.B.

October 22nd, 2009
3:00 pm

MMMMMmmmmmm gorin’s beer in just a couple of hours…

Paminski

October 22nd, 2009
3:35 pm

I get the pleasure of club seats whenever I am able to score my company’s season tickets. Better food available and shorter lines for beer is what I generally find. Who knew you could get a crab cake at a hockey game? I wonder if they serve pierogi in Buffalo or Chicago’s club area.

One minus for the club level only applies when you’re in a private suite. Elevators when leaving the game can be kind of full. The seats are better than the suites anyway, closer to the action.

Bring Back Scott Fankhouser!

October 22nd, 2009
3:40 pm

Bring Back Andy Sutton?

Uh,… no thanks.

He can stay face-down in the Garden of Erin as far as I am concerned.

Go, Thrash!

Tony C.

October 22nd, 2009
3:41 pm

I would think Coach Anderson plays Armstrong against A-O….just like he did last year.

Rawhide

October 22nd, 2009
3:43 pm

J.B. – I’ll be chillin’ in one of the suites…looking down upon you :cool:

J.B.

October 22nd, 2009
3:51 pm

Really, I usually wear a Thrashers jersey to games. J/K: Enjoy the suite. And No Spitting Rawhide!!!! Don’t be putting any beers on the ledge either!!!

World Be Free

October 22nd, 2009
3:57 pm

Sorry-cannot join ya’ll tonight//doing annual inventory late into the night tonight. Gotta TiVo this game.

Paminski- Gotta have a Molson Ex, Labatt Blue or Old Vienna with that pierogi.

J.B-gotta get the maytag fries at Buckhead Diner/totally not good for you!

GaVa-Maybe that’s what makes Bruce B. a good coach. That dude rode the buses for many years in the minors.

World Be Free

October 22nd, 2009
4:00 pm

Those little foreigners at Gorins really like pushing those bigs beers on us guzzlers (no offense by the foreigners thing).

GaVaHokie

October 22nd, 2009
4:21 pm

WBF… I have no problem with Bruce B… just feel sorry for the reporters getting their heads bit off Tortorella style. :) Of course not nearly as bad…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCWjxoqc2es

World Be Free

October 22nd, 2009
4:42 pm

GaVa-you wonder why, they get gets alotta good press, as do the Caps in general. I can’t pull up YouTube at work but I’ll hit your link tonight at home. Good thing he’s not in a hockey market.

LAC

October 22nd, 2009
5:08 pm

Yes Russian, in the area between the dot at center ice and the benches
there was once a locomotive fueling facility for trains at Union Station, Where the Russell Federal Building now stands, you have heard of The Silver Comet trail. Well The Silver Comet of The Seaboard Railroad rolled right on the south side of the arena when heading to Birmingham. I took photo’s there in the early 60’s, hard to believe TWO sports arena’s have stood in it’s place. WOW! Change is something and
Good change would be a nice 4-2 win tonight… Let’s hope so !

Dandylions

October 22nd, 2009
5:13 pm

Buzzilla – why can’t you get it on Comcast tonight? I thought it was on SportSouth channel 53.

GaVaHokie

October 22nd, 2009
5:16 pm

Because Buzz lives in Conneticut now.

Dandylions

October 22nd, 2009
5:21 pm

GaVaHokie

October 22nd, 2009
5:31 pm

am very jealous that I can’t go due logistical reasons. I can’t watch on TV either due to Comcast stupidity. I have to follow it like some caveman on my computer…

Just think how much greater it’s going to be in your imagination. :)

Brendan

October 22nd, 2009
6:03 pm

Hip Czech, thanks for the clarification. I missed it. You had good eyes to spot that puck.

Sara, thanks for the updates on Semin and Varlamov. I tell you, in George McPhee’s shoes, I might have let Theodore go in favor of Varlamov, based on last year’s playoff performance. I’m not looking forward to the clinic of goaltending he might put on tonight. I hear … that Varlamov’s weakness is “high glove.” If so, that gives a decided edge to Kovalchuk, who loves to shoot there, every chance he gets. I notice that Evander Kane is very fond of that same spot. :grin:

Russian, how it is prounced? On the 1st syllable, the 2nd, or the third? I’ve heard it all three ways. VAR-la-mov. Var-LAH-mov. And Varla-MOV. Just curious is all. He’s a tremendous goaltender, with a great future. Did the Caps draft him? I don’t remember his name in the draft. Maybe he was? If Washington did draft him, I’m curious to know if he was a 1st rounder or a high-end second rounder. If they found him in the sixth or seventh round, I’m gonna hurl. ‘Cuz he’s a find. I’d at least feel better to know that the Caps had to expend a 1st rounder to get him. When it comes to drafting goalies in the first round, I think position #17 or so … is the place the start looking–barring some absolute, CAN’T MISS, “second-coming of Hasek or Roy” type netminder, inside the lottery draft.

So, Slava is playing? Not playing? Anyone know?

Final thought. Look how well the non-playoff teams from last year are doing? I think Edmonton trails Calgary by 2-points, with a game-in-hand, for second place in the Northwest Division. Phoenix is 5-2-0, and nipping at San Jose’s heels. Colorado is out to a staggering 6-1-2 start, atop their division, I believe. The L.A. Kings are out to a “decent” start. And the Atlanta Thrashers … you all know the story there. The only teams still really in trouble are the Islanders and Leafs. I’d say Ottawa, but I think they’re 5-2-0, also. Which is pretty good. I might be tempted to say Tampa is still struggling mightily, but they’re only one (1) game under .500, “NHL-style.” So, how “sucky” is that, really? The Bolts are showing signs of improvement. Okay, Florida has regressed. Florida was almost a playoff team last year. That Panther squad has potential, though. They’ve got to keep the core nucleus signed in Sunrise, FL.

Despite the loss the other night, I’m not impressed by Montreal. Honestly, had the Thrashers won the shootout, that would have been their sixth-straight loss, and perhaps “talk” of Bob Gainey’s firing would begin to circulate. Now, it’s still plenty early. For EVERYONE. No one gets eliminated in October. No one. But the Habs are something to watch with a eye full of scrutiny. I did notice the ovation that Alexei Kovalev got in his return to Montreal, wearing a sworn enemy’s jersey. That’s got to sting a little bit, if you’re Bob Gainey. When Heatley, Savard, Sutton, and Hossa make their returns to Philips Arena, they won’t get a standing ovation.

Brendan

October 22nd, 2009
6:35 pm

Ya know, almost every game tonight is quite compelling. Montreal faces the Islanders. An Islander win would send Montreal’s media into hysterics. Edmonton versus Columbus represents the meeting of GM Scott Howson’s current team (CBJ)with his former one. Both teams are out to flying starts. How ’bout this one? This might be my FAVORITE of the night. San Jose, featuring Dan Boyle, vs. his former club, the Tampa Bay Lightning. This might be the one time I’ll root San Jose all year.

The NHL Network is featuring Boston vs. Philadelphia. That’s always a good game. Hockeyfights.com has got that game on cue. Got be some good scrappin’ there!! Check out this Atlantic Division matchup: The “red hot” Rangers vs. the Devils, who ought to be used to all things warm-n-toasty. Are the Rangers for real? We’ll find out. What about Detroit and Phoenix? Before you laugh, Phoenix has the better record. Could this be their “early” litmus test? A Coyote win could work wonders for that team. I hope that turns into a good game.

What about Nashville vs. Ottawa? Two non-playoff teams from a season ago … looking to turn things around this year. Ottawa’s doing the better job of the two, at 5-2-0, whereas the Preds are a disappointing 2-5-1. And if you’re Nashville, you can’t afford to have a lousy October and still be comfortably in the hunt in March.

Last matchup, Dallas vs. LA, two clubs “nip-n-tuck” in the standings. L.A. is one of my two adopted teams this year, so I’ll be watching the late game. Actually, I’ll be flipping between Detroit/Phoenix and Columbus/Edmonton, too. What a great lineup of games tonight!

Go Thrashers tonight! Kovy doesn’t like to be shown up by Oveckhin.

Brendan

October 22nd, 2009
6:36 pm

Okay, WBF, Smitty, Smoothie, your Sabres are 5-1-1. That’s a great start, too.

Brendan

October 22nd, 2009
7:22 pm

Fehr scored early for the Caps. But Atlanta’s PP Unit, ranked 1st in the NHL, scored 3-4 seconds into its first opportunity on the night, when Max Afinogenov converted a loose puck, off the offensive zone faceoff. I think Antropov may have been given credit for an assist. Varlamov didn’t look too good on that one. That’s MAD MAX’s 2nd tally on the year. $800,000. That’s what Max costs. :smile:

Brendan

October 22nd, 2009
7:25 pm

Giroux has scored to put the Caps back on top, 2-1. Thrashers were caught in a line change. Moments earlier, Antropov had a good rush and there was a solid blast from the point.

Uht oh. Capitals up, 3-1. Looks like Knuble tallied. Looks like Knuble kicked it in. I wonder if this will count?

Brendan

October 22nd, 2009
7:26 pm

NO GOAL!!!! It will NOT count.

Brendan

October 22nd, 2009
8:09 pm

Christophe Schubert is a -2 on the night, so far. Kovy got his 8th. If you want to keep up with this game, via box score, at NHL.com, here’s the link. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020121

Matt

October 22nd, 2009
8:36 pm

WTH??? Is the game sold out, cause it sure sounds like the sell-out curse is BACK!! Pavs has absolutely fallen apart in the second. 3rd goal was a total choke job on his part. Geeeeeez.