Thrashers again fall short in comeback attempt

A week ago the Atlanta Thrashers were coming off a very successful road trip in which they went 3-1-1, earning 7 of a possible 10 points. Waiting for them… the Washington Capitals whose 10 points led the division, just one better than the Thrashers’ nine.

One week, three games, 13 goals against and one Ilya Kovalchuk broken foot bone later, Atlanta is still stuck at nine…the Caps now have 18. Oh, and the Thrashers also have the Lightning’s backsides to look at as Tampa Bays win over Ottawa puts them at 11 points.

That, my friends, is the definition of an un-good week.

Mike Knuble squeezes Todd White against the boards (AP/Gregory Smith)

Mike Knuble squeezes Todd White against the boards (AP/Gregory Smith)

Thursday night eerily resembled the previous two games in that the Thrashers fell behind early…then began to play well in a failed attempt to come from behind. Alex Ovechkin’s pair of goals in the first period put his Caps up 2-0…a lead that became 3-0 at the 4:10 mark of the second.

Two of those goals came on the power play…Ovechkin opening up the scoring with a blast from the left while Jim Slater sat for hooking. Brendan Morrison’s second period goal came while the rookie Evander Kane was spending time in the sin bin for the same infraction.

On that first goal, Marty Reasoner was pulled toward the middle when Mike Green had the puck. That little bit of space was all Alex needed and the puck was on…then off…his stick in a blink of an eye.

The Thrashers had a golden opportunity to tie the score at one around the middle of the first period when Slates…making his first start since opening night… broke through the Washington defense to go in one-on-one with Semyon Varlamov, but he was taken down from behind for a penalty shot.

Varlamov, however, was up to the task.

A short time later, Maxim Afinogenov put the puck in toward the net from the blueline but his shot was block. Nicklas Backstrom found Ovechkin breaking through the neutral zone…Afinogenov at the same time found himself on the ice.

Seconds later, Alex the Gr8 schooled Ondrej Pavelec to put Washington up by two.

After the Thrashers found themselves down by three goals in the second period…hey, haven’t we seen this movie before?…they once again mounted this night’s comeback bid. Atlanta began to get more chances later in that period and eventually outshot the visitors 13-8 in the middle frame. Unfortunately, Varlamov held strong and the Caps took their 3-0 advantage into the locker room after 40 minutes.

Brendan Morrison's power play goal gave the Caps a 3-0 lead (AP/Gregory Smith)

Brendan Morrison's power play goal gave the Caps a 3-0 lead (AP/Gregory Smith)

Zach Bogosian finally erased the goose egg from Atlanta’s side of the scoreboard with a power play goal 83 seconds into the final period. Then Slava Kozlov fed Todd White through center ice and Whitey pulled his team within one with 2:23 left.

Coming from behind…down by one…143 second left…set for another edge-of-the-seat finish…

again, haven’t we seen this movie before?

Yes…yes we have. And the end of this evening’s feature would not differ from the previous two times.

Mike Knuble crinkled the twine on an empty-netter before Bogosian could add a little window dressing, scoring his second of the night, fourth of the season, as the final horn brought to an end the Thrashers third straight one-goal home loss.

Four straight counting the 2-1 shootout loss in Montreal last week.

Atlanta wound up out-shooting the Caps 20-11 during the third and 41-32 overall.

Opie stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced and now possesses a .912 SV% and 2.82 GAA as his record falling to 3-3-1.

Evander Kane and Slava Kozlov each had 6 shots on goal for the Thrashers and Bogosian took 5.

Oh…and for what it’s worth…Atlanta outscored Washington and San Jose 6-0 in the third period during the three-game home stand. Normally, a stat like that will equate to at least one win.

They now go on the road again…this time for only a pair of games in Ottawa and Montreal…before returning home again in one week. Let’s hope it’s a better week than this past one.

Looking To Watch The game With Fellow Thrashervillians?

The Thrashers Fan Club will be holding a viewing party at Twains in Decatur Saturday afternoon while the Thrashers are playing in Ottawa.  It’s a 2:00 start…so you’ll able to be home in time to deal with the costume-clad tykes who will be perusing the neighborhood extorting candy and treats.

For next Saturday’s game on Lonnnn-Gisland, our good friends at TJ’s have invited us out again to watch Atlanta take on the New York Islanders. As usual, there will be prizes to raffle off, 15% off your food and drinks and a good time shall be had by all.

You may RSVP with Trixie or with an e-mail at rawhide528@yahoo.com if you’re planning on attending that night.

Oh and hey, if we’re lucky, we might even be able to catch a glimpse of Buzilla as he’ll be in attendance up in New York.

OK, Zilla…I wanna see a “Rawhide’s Rowdies Rock at TJ’s” sign up against the glass!

And Finally…

I watched game seven of last June’s Stanley Cup Finals over a plate of hot wings with Jeff Schultz…can you guess which one?

82 comments Add your comment

stendec

October 29th, 2009
11:09 pm

Just read post debacle comments of alleged Coach John Petrino. Have absolutely no respect whatsoever for this mental misfit. This incompetent is not the one to lead Thrashers anywhere but the deep cellar! Another embarrassing humbling giveup choke job at Loseland. Slide now at four straight. No end in sight! Go Sens and Habs. Man it hurts bad to type that second one! A$$hole announcers truly nauseating. Turned off volume! ++STENDEC++

Get The Puck Out

October 29th, 2009
11:19 pm

The’ve got to play SIXTY minutes. If they had played the first two periods the way they played the last one we probably would have had a different outcome. Defense wasn’t getting back quick enough and they were gettin open shots. Pavs played ok but TO MANY hooking penalties. GOTTA PLAY THE FULL SIXTY. Keep slater on the ice. He hustles and that counts for something.

Get The Puck Out

October 29th, 2009
11:19 pm

Oh yea. SILVER.

JAmes_kovyboy from MTL

October 29th, 2009
11:22 pm

Habs suck
Wow Afinogenov
Trade bettter be comin up
missed an open net and gave Ovechkin..wait! not Brooks Laich, Keith Aucoin… ALEX OVECHKIN
take those two mistakes off and we win at the buzzer :P
anyways its a team game but i dont know why Afinogenov is still on the team…

with Kovy:

Kovy-Antropov-Peverley
Kozlov-White-Little
Kane-Reasoner-Army
boults-slater-thorburn

w/o

Antropov-White-Little
Kozlov-Peverley-Krog
Kane-REasoner-Army
Boults-slater-thorb

Tincup9

October 29th, 2009
11:28 pm

You can’t spot a team 3 goals in this league and expect to compete. I had the good fortune to travel to Thrashedville the last two games to see them try. I am so sick of watching this team lose. There are no fans at the arena. ONE GATE open at the MAIN entrance? every other concession stand closed when the GR8 one is in town. Come on boys.

hoosier_hoser

October 29th, 2009
11:50 pm

While I observe that the Thrashers played much better the 2nd 30 minutes, they certainly didn’t lay down the first 30. The Caps scored on 2 powerplays and a breakaway. The Caps in no way dominated the first 30.

Some observations:
1. Slater could have given the Thrashers a real lift by scoring on the penalty shot. His attempt was poor.
2. In the first period there were at least 4 shots from the point that just missed the wide side. I foot farther in and the Thrashers have 4 goals.
3. In the second and third periods Kozlov had at least 4 shots from the slot. None went in. Before the match I’m totally down with Kozlov getting these shots.
4. Begosian got the second star for his 2 goals. He deserves a debit for Ovechkin’s assist across the crease where Begosian’s stick was supposed to be.
5. The thrashers played good enough to win. They could easily have had 7 or 8 goals.
6. Varlamov is either very good, very lucky or the 2nd coming of Nitimaki.

Apologies in advance for any names I misspelled.

hoosier_hoser

October 29th, 2009
11:55 pm

One more thing:

On Ovechkin’s first goal, I heard the stick on puck for the shot and then I distinctly heard a 2nd stick on puck. I assumed there was a deflection. What did the game announcers say?

Wayne stuck in AL

October 29th, 2009
11:56 pm

Big crowd tonight…Team got the attendance they deserved.

Wayne stuck in AL

October 29th, 2009
11:56 pm

i meant the previous comment as sarcasm.

LAC

October 29th, 2009
11:57 pm

Still betting we get 64 points this season… Two more road losses coming, this is bad and getting worse, sorry to say, we can ALL see it
and the sad facts are we the paying fans can do nothing while STUPID
don waddell leads the team to how many losing seasons now “don ” ?

Guess he has run out of plans, but one sure thing don waddell has all but destroyed NHL hockey in this town and there is no way to fire him, so enjoy the results everyone… You are looking at the work of a Career Loser, don waddell’s so called “finest” team yet, yeah and I have a billion in the bank to “don”.

For the sake of the franchise RESIGN !

Rawhide

October 30th, 2009
12:12 am

On Ovechkin’s first goal, I heard the stick on puck for the shot and then I distinctly heard a 2nd stick on puck. I assumed there was a deflection. What did the game announcers say?

hoosier_hoser – I viewed this game from the comfort of my couch tonight as family obligations kept me OTP. Matt McConnell did say he thought it might have been deflected, but as far as I know…they are still crediting Ovie with the goal.

Smoothie

October 30th, 2009
12:43 am

The first goal by Ovy did indeed deflect in high over the pad off of Hainsey’s stick…of course! When u don’t work hard and fight deep in the corners, u don’t get the lucky bounces, favorable deflections or puck luck. U need to skate hard for 60 freakin minutes!!

Cheese and stick god damn rice!!

Alan R.

October 30th, 2009
12:50 am

The team played an incredible third period, and the last half of the second period was wonderful.

It’s too bad they looked like crap the first 30 minutes.

Can’t this team give us 60 minutes of good play on a consistent basis?

Brad

October 30th, 2009
1:13 am

How many people actually PAY for Thrasher tix? Don’t they give away something like 4,000 freebies a night? You’d never see the Edmonton Oilers do anything like that.

Seriously- how long does it take to “build” a fanbase? 10 years? 15 years…?

Absurd. Thrashers get closer to relocating to Winnipeg every single day…

theriddler

October 30th, 2009
5:31 am

UN-Good week? How about an un-good 10 years. As an avid hockey fan for 35 years I can’t believe I have no interest in supporting my local team. Cryin shame.

NorthStarsDave

October 30th, 2009
7:01 am

While we are all disappointed with the loss, the Caps were one game away from playing for The Cup….

It was a much better effort from the Home Team vs. the last match…and OP (please do not insult him by using the spelling from Mayberry!) played extremely well…well enough to put the team in a position to win at the end….anybody but me notice that OP’s save percentage is actually HIGHER than Varlamov’s…by over .040?

The prob last night seemed to be leadership…and intensity in the first two periods. Bogo and Kane seemed to be taking on leadership roles…and these guys are teenagers! Some of the vets need to have some spark!

It’s a long season…and remember, before the season began, if someone would have told all you Thrasher Bashers that they would be .500 going in to November…with one goal losses to the Caps and Sharks…you would have been excited! Remember the Detroit debacle last spring? Yet, they lose a couple…to potential Cup finalists…and the team is terrible…

As for the crowd…where do most of the hockey fans live? Not down around Centennial Olympic Park…let’s face it, the Arena is in the wrong location because of politics….local TV does not support the team either…

You Thrasher Bashers are exactly the type of sports fan that resides in the ATL….one that bashes the Manager of the Braves that wins 14 straight pennants and the Head Coach of UGA who has won more SEC Championships in his first 8 years than any other UGA Coach….this team deserves better support…from everyone…or they will be gone!

NorthStarsDave

October 30th, 2009
7:03 am

On the 1st Gr8 one’s goal, 22 deflected it in….

five_hole

October 30th, 2009
7:36 am

When we were winning, our PK was top-ranked in the league. I don’t know where we rank now, but I’m sure we’re back in the middle of the pack, at best. Why? We still seem to play aggressively. We’re using the same players. Maybe JA got lax practicing our special teams.

At least we’re going back on the road. Maybe that will shake things up.

Tincup9

October 30th, 2009
7:38 am

We are all disappointed with the loss because the THRASHERS have never been one goal away from playing for the cup. I would not have been excited about the prospect of a .500 record and a couple of close one goal losses nor am I happy with it now. You don’t get points for effort in this league and you don’t make the playoffs with a .500 record. I promise you the team isn’t happy with it.

And you’re missing the point if you think it is “thrasher bashing”. Actually, it is the point you were trying to make, this could be it for hockey in Atlanta. Attendance is awful, rumors swirl about this team moving (I for one don’t believe DW), ownership is a joke and Kovy isn’t signed yet.

It isn’t bashing, consider it tough love. I wear my heart and support for this team on my sleeve. There are no casual fans on this board. That’s the problem, there are no casual fans. The time is now for this team.

Yankee

October 30th, 2009
7:53 am

60 minutes. They gotta play 60 minutes! The 1st 6 games they gave us 60 minutes. The last couple of weeks, 20 minutes per game. Not gonna do it!

OmniFan

October 30th, 2009
8:22 am

Attendance is getting downright scary. Won’t be long before Balsillie starts sniffing around this franchise. Arena hasn’t been the same since the disappearance of RabidFan-whatever became of him?
During the winning streak the Thrashers were winning the little races to the puck especially along the boards-not any more.
All Caps goals were scored by wide open players-can’t allow Ovy to lurk on their PP. Breakaways on blocked shots are going to happen, but H_H was right on about ZBo: it’s a D’s responsibility to cover his man, and his shooting and passing lanes. Costly breakdown.

The Real Thrash

October 30th, 2009
8:31 am

If being behind by THREE goals is not being dominated what is? The object is not to be behind at the end, see? 8 penalties for us and six for Wash. Who’s fault is that? It’s that type of thinking that keeps us as a losing team. The idea is to win not lose well!

Rawhide

October 30th, 2009
8:53 am

five_hole – Right now the Thrashers PK is killing off 82.9% of opponents power plays. Coming off the road trip last week, it was 88.0% effective. During the homestand it was successful 12 out of 16 times, (75%)…the last two games, 5 of 9, (55.5%).

R. Stroz

October 30th, 2009
9:17 am

In order to improve the start of each game, the Thrashers should hold a b-slapping contest on each other so they’ll be awake when they hit the ice.

Eileen

October 30th, 2009
9:29 am

I talked to Rabid Fan’s wife last night. They were at the game. She said they did not buy season tickets this year because they not only drive from Athens, but it is too much now that their son is no longer a baby. I checked the attendance on the stat sheet. If there were 12,000 plus fans there as the stat sheet indicated, then my name is Alex Ovechkin. The attendance was sad. Not much to cheer about again. After you have watched 3 games in a row with the same result, it isn’t much fun. I really hope we win the 2 road games to get some excitement going again.

drajax

October 30th, 2009
9:46 am

Clear from watching tonights game that the Caps won because of Varalamov; he was the difference. Also clear is that Slater because of his speed should be playing.

five_hole

October 30th, 2009
9:57 am

Rawhide Exactly. When we were killing penalties at an 88% efficiency, we were winning. The last 2 games were 55% and we know how well that worked out for us.

Slater on the penalty shot. Whisky-Tango-Foxtrot. Slater with a hockey stick is like the Braves wearing gloves. They’ve got them, but they’re not sure what they’re used for. I’d rather have seen ANYONE else take the shot. And I still say that they should change the rules. If you fail at a penalty shot, you should still get a 2 minute PP.

MashaPlayer7

October 30th, 2009
10:01 am

I don’t this team is as good as it’s 4-1 start folks, or as bad as it’s 0-3-1 current streak. It’s an 82 game season folks, please settle down. One week ago you all were preaching world peace…this week the world is going to end. Reading this blog is like dating a schizophrenic…

Spud Webb

October 30th, 2009
10:02 am

Long, long season folks. This is why we play 82 games. Great start & we’ve hit some bumps now. Nothing we cannot work through. I have some confidence we will go 2-0 on this road trip. We seem to focus a bit more on the road. We’ve got some injuries, it happens. Lets go Thrashers!!! I don’t worry about the attendence, wierd week, halloween, school night, world series (lol, trying to make excuses here!!!).
On the up side, the Sabres look GREAT!!!!!!!

Paminski

October 30th, 2009
10:20 am

Another disappointing loss, but I can see we have some fight. This team is loaded with talent, but I’d like to see more player leadership. Captain Kovy can’t do it all, especially when injured.

I’ll be out of town for the upcoming viewing party, but can’t wait to see you all there again. Win or lose, it’s nice to have good folks to commiserate with.

Bob

October 30th, 2009
11:02 am

This was my first game in person. They looked horrible in the 1st two periods, just awful. I had a feeling they’d come back in the 3rd, but they looked very outclassed by the Caps, we can’t compete with them over the course of the year.

Max, Max, Max. He’s a liability.

What the heck is with the cost cutting at the arena? One gate open with one ticket taker at each entrance? Food was awful. It felt like a morgue in there, no atmosphere.

Daculafan

October 30th, 2009
11:16 am

Amen MashaPlayer7. As a fan I’m disappointed in the current streak…but with all things in sports..this too is just a phase that will end. As a fan I’m supporting my team. That includes the ENTIRE team, from Don Waddell down.

Stendec – if it’s so bad…why do you waste your time watching the games or commenting here but to troll and flame? Dude….either say SOMETHING positive when you post or just shut up, I think I speak for the entire class when I say…we’re sick of it

Believe in Blueland!!

ThrasherTim

October 30th, 2009
11:31 am

Although I am entirely frustrated by the last 4 games, we have to remember that these are a couple of elite teams in the NHL and we can’t really expect our penalty kill to remain at 88% against all those weapons. Somehow, we need to make our chances count and we need that big save by Pavs or Moose early on to gain the team some confidence. What if Slater made the penalty shot count (I wasn’t counting on it) and Pavs had somehow stopped Ovechkin’s breakaway? It’s a different
feel and story in the game. The outcome could have been the same, but the feel of the game would have been different.

I know one thing. Anderson needs to have a one-on-one conversation with Mad Max. Last night, he did not help this team out. He doesn’t hit anyone in the defensive zone and his wheeling and dealing with no plan directly led to Ovechkin’s breakaway. I was not happy with his play at all. He also took a lazy hooking penalty that wasn’t needed that led to one of the Caps’ PP goals.

On the positive side, Bogo, Kane, Kubina, Hainsey and Peverly continue to impress and it looks like maybe, just maybe, Todd White is getting something going finally. I think Little is due soon…he has hit a couple of crossbars and been robbed by goaltending too the last couple of games. Patience.

Despite the slow start last night, it was the Caps goaltender who was the difference. We applied some serious pressure the 2nd half of the game and I couldn’t believe how many stops he made.

I believe we will come away with at least 3 points in the next 2 games. For some reason, this team seems to play better on the road. Probably has to do with playing in a half-empty building. I was there last night as well and I had two friends from out of town and they couldn’t believe how few people were in the stands when the one of the best players in the league was in town. It was embarrassing but I understand the fan base. I mean, we have lost 4 in a row. We need some points soon.

Buzz

October 30th, 2009
11:32 am

Without Kovalchuk, this team has no chance against elite teams. If the Thrashers had given it their all for 60 minutes, guess what? They would have still lost. They simply don’t have to talent of the Pens, Capitals, etc.

Sad but true.

Russian

October 30th, 2009
11:38 am

Yeah, We need points. Yeah, We have to win a games. I heard that every season. Today I read some Russians newspaper and they were so happy that Ovi score two goals. Also they are happy that Atlanta is going down and KHL has a chanse to talk with Kovi about his contract. That is very ungood situation for Atlanta Hockey. :-(

Daculafan

October 30th, 2009
11:39 am

Buzz – I’m going to have to disagree with you on that one. If you look at how we’ve played in the third period of each of the last 4 losses, we outplayed our opponents. We out shot our opponents, the difference in each game has been that we started too late and we allowed the other team too much of a lead before we decided to put our foot on the gas.

We showed last night in the 3rd period once again, that we can play with the “Elite” teams in this league and win..we just can’t give them a head start which is what we’ve been doing. This team has a ton of talent on it..some of that talent hasn’t gotten started yet this year (Kozzy, Little) some is sidelined (Kovy) and some is on fire (Kane, Bogo, Pevs) if we can get all of them hitting on all cylinders we’re gonna be a real tough team to beat

LAC

October 30th, 2009
11:45 am

Buzz is 100% correct… brad is another STUPID canada punk who can only say move the team. Who in the HELL would want to live in winnipeg, been there, never want to return, talk about the middle of NOWHERE, like most of canada… So go BLOW brad you $UCK with your comments.

Buzz

October 30th, 2009
12:12 pm

Daculafan – I respect your opinion, but after the Capitals got a good lead, they laid back a bit, Semin and Backstrom (top line) played 16 minutes compared to 19 mins to our top line.

I think the reason we “came back” is because the Capitals went into a shell and tried to protect a lead, rest some players, etc. If they had gone at us full bore we’d have lost 6-2. The last goal was nice, but do you think it would have been scored if the Capitals had only a 1 goal lead? I don’t.

Buzz

October 30th, 2009
12:14 pm

Think about it this way, most of us would be HAPPY to get the 8th seed. BUT, then we’d get the honor of playing the Penguins.

And we’d get swept again in the playoffs. Does anyone here think the Thrashers have a chance at beating the Penguins or Capitals in a 7-game series? Really. Be honest. I love the Thrashers, attend every home game, etc., but let’s be real.

Alan R.

October 30th, 2009
12:34 pm

What the heck is with the cost cutting at the arena? One gate open with one ticket taker at each entrance? Food was awful. It felt like a morgue in there, no atmosphere.

I don’t know about the food (ate at the CNN center, food was fine in there), but I did notice the lack of any personnel at the gates. It felt very empty there, and I’m really not sure why. I’m thinking the fans are very fickle at this point, having watched the Thrashers hit a then-three-game skid. We’re down Kovalchuk, also, and he’s a main selling point for the team.

As for the crowd…where do most of the hockey fans live?

This much doesn’t matter. The point of you asking this question is a way of saying the arena needs to be moved north.

Pretty selfish, really.

I live on the south side, as do thousands of other hockey fans in the Atlanta area. I have a hard enough time making it to games as it is.

You want a full house, you need to build a winner, not a new ice box in Alpharetta.

DawgDad

October 30th, 2009
12:57 pm

This team is going nowhere fast. Kovalchuk should have been traded when the team could have maximized the return, but the delusional GM seems to think he’s the entire purpose of having a team here. Kovalchuk is NOT the solution to this team’s problems; he’s just the biggest problem they have — once again.

This team needs to be sold if there’s any chance of its survival here as anything other than a perennial doormat. Unfortunately, the ownership structure and their portfolio approach with Rink-Hawks-Thrashers seems to be preventing that.

Brace yourselves; things are going to get a lot worse.

Spud Webb

October 30th, 2009
1:23 pm

Lol, everyone was JACKED up when Max signed. World be free and myself have said ALL ALONG, the dude is a turnover machine and a liability.
After the sabres game everyone was really, really happy with Max, not so much now? Expect more of the play we saw last night. This is why he was in lindys dog house for YEARS. this is also the reason no other teams came knocking for max.

Smoothie

October 30th, 2009
1:24 pm

Kovalchuk may have his flaws and forgets to play defense from time to time, but he is a game changer…a dynamic momentum shifter that is very rare in the game. There are 29 other NHL GM’s who would agree.

The bigger problem is the assembly of finesse players around him. We have about 5 of the same type of medium-sized, finesse, skill player: White, Kozlov, Peverley, Little and now Mad Max (although his speed and recklessness puts him in a different class of his own).

Antropov may be big, but he plays a bit soft because his game is predicated on shielding the puck, using his long reach and making pretty passes. Kovy can play physical, but realizes he’s too valuable at scoring goals to play on the edge too often. Reasoner could be more physical, but has to pick his spots due to his age and slowing wheels.

That leaves Kane and Armstrong to set the tone and make things happen in the corners and along the boards. That is about 3 too few. White and Little try, but they just can’t get it done consistently against the elite players in the league. Kane will be an incredible player by the time he is 20, perhaps even by the end of this year if his body holds up. But who is else is going to step up and do more of the heavy lifting?

Slater can be a guy that can spark you, but he’ll never be more than a 4th line grinder. Thorburn is skating better and is showing a more determined will in the corners and on the forecheck, but playing with Boulton and Slater is not going to give you many good chances to score. The gods are what they are…mere mortals and hard-workers who can change tempo.

We need to clone Armstrong and Kane and trade White, Max and a prospect to get us another banger who can score 20 goals and perhaps a more polished 3rd pairing D-man who won’t take unnecessary chances like Salmela and Popovic tend to do. Not really sure if I see how they are any better than Oystrick. Hopefully Postma will be that guy next season.

If things really go south over the next 4 weeks, I’m almost tempted to say we should sign Chelios to a deal for the rest of the year to see if he can a) solidify the 3rd pairing DEFENSIVELY and b) continue the mentoring and on-ice coaching of our stud-in-training Zach Bogosian. My God is this kid special…once he learns to pick his spots and stops getting himself into the occasional pickle, he will be lethal.

Alan R.

October 30th, 2009
1:33 pm

Lol, everyone was JACKED up when Max signed.

Might wanna go back and read some of the other comments. Back from around the time he was brought in on a tryout basis.

I assure you, “everyone” was not “jacked up.”

R. Stroz

October 30th, 2009
1:36 pm

Smoothie – You just described why the Atlanta Flames were a successful team. Tough players like Lysiak, Plett, Vail combined with finesse players like Jacques Richard and Guy Chouinard. It’s called a balanced team.

I would remove Peverley from your group of softies though.

DelawareRick

October 30th, 2009
1:57 pm

I’m a lifelong Caps fan, and I know how frustrating losing can be. I’ll only say that last nights’ (Thurs.) game was one in which the Caps looked like they were hitting on all cylinders, particularly in the first period. Ovie scored on a power play- normal; Ovie scored on a breakaway- normal. However, your team hung-in, and didn’t come close to quitting. When a team gives-up, then you have a real problem. It’s too early to hit the panic button; what your team needs now is support- go to a game and quit whining.

Smoothie

October 30th, 2009
1:58 pm

Stroz – very true…wish I had had the privilege of watching some of the old time Flames play…sounds like they were gamers!

I wasn’t trying to infer that Peverley was soft, but you have to admit, we need his finesse and skill more than we need his checking and hitting. He can play the more physical style, but I think it hurts his offense if he has to do it too much.

I think I wrote here a half dozen times it was time to trade White during the off-season when his value had never been higher. Perhaps we could have parlayed him into a more grinding, physical net crasher by trading with a team that needed more finesse scoring (like a Columbus for instance). Wouldn’t it be nice to have an RJ Umberger or a Dustin Penner type to help balance our lines?

Rawhide

October 30th, 2009
2:54 pm

DelawareRick – Always nice to hear from those outside of Thrasherville regarding the games and the team. As a Caps fan…you’ve got a lot to be happy about. Great team!

Nate

October 30th, 2009
3:08 pm

This is the beginning of the end…

R. Stroz

October 30th, 2009
3:41 pm

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an RJ Umberger or a Dustin Penner type to help balance our lines?

Smoothie – I was actually hoping for Penner as he was much maligned in Edmonton. At this point, knowing Quinn’s style of play, Quinn wouldn’t trade Penner for White, even with the salary cap relief. Quinn likes grit, he was the captain of the Atlanta Flames.