Tricky Pavelec provides treat For Thrasherville

Last Thursday the Thrashers outshot the Washington Capitals 41-32 and lost.

Last Saturday they outshot San Jose 27-24…and they lost.

Pavelec makes one of his 50 saves in Ottawa Saturday afternoon (AP/The Canadian Press,Fred Chartrand)

Pavelec makes one of his 50 saves in Ottawa Saturday afternoon (AP/The Canadian Press,Fred Chartrand)

Failing to win by the more traditional route of holding the opponents to low shot counts and taking more than they give up…the Thrashers returned to their tried and true method of being grossly outshout to procure a victory.

And it worked, by golly!

They depart Canada’s capital with a much needed 3-1 victory regardless of the fact that the Senators got away 51 shots on Ondrej Pavelec. 25 came in the third period alone…which was four more than the 21 shot Atlanta was able to get off on Ottawa’s Pascal Leclaire for the entire game.

Obviously, the story on this winning Halloween afternoon was Pavelec who all but single handedly stole the two points for his teammates. His positioning was outstanding…his rebound control was excellent…and he flashed some fine leather all game long.

One of the saves in the third period came as Opie was mask-less…taking the puck off of his  shoulder and and up to his chinny-chin-chin.

The Thrashers actually held a 13-8 shots advantage after the first 20 minutes as they distanced themselves from the poor starts that had plagued them at home during the Oh-fer-three homestand. Opie was the subjected to an Ottawa onslaught the rest of the way as the Sens took 43 of the 51 shots during the second and third periods.

The only goal he eventually surrendered was during a 5 on 3 Ottawa power play when Mike Fisher was able to cram home one from the left post with 4:27 left to play…cutting the score to 2-1.

In the box at the time was Maxim Afinogenov with an obstruction/cross-checking/hit-from-behind/here-let-me -help-you-into-our-goal type of penalty and Pavel Kubina, who dislodged the goal from it’s moorings during a scramble in front of the net.

Afinogenov atoned for his transgressions just minutes later when his backhander beat Leclaire while he was on a breakaway, providing the eventual winning margin.

Defenseman Zach Bogosian gave the Thrashers an early 1-0 lead when his shot from the blueline rattled off a stick or two on its way into the goal at the 12:13 mark of the first. Rich Peverley scored his sixth of the year in the second…deflecting home a Nik Antropov shot from the right side.

Both Peverley and Bogosian’s goals provided their respective parents with Halloween treats as they were in attendance in Ottawa. I guess it is only fair to point out that Fisher’s fifth goal of the season was witnessed in person by his girlfriend, Carrie Underwood…as the CBC cameras showed us several times.

For Peverley, he now has 12th overall point of the year…a total that leads the Atlanta Thrashers. It’s been a pretty good 2009 for that young man, eh?

Atlanta finishes the month of October with a winning record, going 5-4-1 heading into November.

Halloween Costumes Around Hockey

What was scarier this Halloween?

  • Thrashers defense giving up 51 SOG (59%, 30 Votes)
  • Bakersfield's Michael Jackon jerseys (8%, 4 Votes)
  • Kingston's Don Cherry jerseys (33%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

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Tonight I’m sure you’ll all be visited by the little goblins of the neighborhood in search of Halloween candy and treats. And, as is the norm, part of the fun as adults is getting to see the little tykes in their costumes.

But there are some hockey teams around North America that are treating their fans to some horrifying get-ups of their own.

Case in point, the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL Friday night donned these jerseys that paid tribute the late Michael Jackson…you’ll note the suspenders and the King of Pop’s trademark hat worn by the Condor. Also, the Condors wore one white glove with these jerseys as well to complete the look.

As aesthetically unpleasant as some my find Bakersfield’s Halloween costumes…it doesn’t hold a candle to the Don Cherry plaid suit jerseys worn by the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL earlier in the month.

Now that’s down-right disturbing!

With that being said, however…the Candian hockey icon did autograph each one of the jerseys worn that night and they were made avaialble to be auctioned off with the proceeds going to Soldier On.

44 comments Add your comment

Brendan

October 31st, 2009
5:27 pm

Better get rid of Max. :roll: That’s twice now Afinogenov has scored goals to cement a win. The Buffalo game was the other. It was an ugly win, but they don’t all have to be pretty.

Dwayne

October 31st, 2009
5:29 pm

Those jersey’s are awefull, maybe those ugly things will take the focus off talk about Ilya’s contract, the Thrashers moving, hockey don’t belong in the South etc…. ..I’d take 51 shots on net (along with a Thrasher win) every time

stendec

October 31st, 2009
5:34 pm

Pavs smothered 50 shots! Astonishing. Thrashers skated out of their own end long enough to score three goals. Tough way to end slide but it is ended just the same! Congratulations. Too bad previous four outings were such putrid debacles! ++STENDEC++

Smoothie

October 31st, 2009
5:35 pm

Brendan, I don’t think many are ready to jettison Max outright. I think many of us wonder if he really should be in our Top 6. I think Peverley could be the right 2-way player to partner up with Max, but I would rather see him playing on the 3rd pairing with Reasoner and Kozlov. But who the hell knows? Right now, Peverley and Antropov have been the only consistent offensive forces outside of Kovy. If one of the other guys doesn’t step up soon, we could become much too easy to defend. Kane seemed to have a quiet game…I reckon Ottawa’s physical play had something to do with that.

LAC

October 31st, 2009
5:38 pm

This was one of the BEST Goalie preformances I have seen in Atlanta
since the Flames were in town. Pavelec was OUTSTANDING and the offense was not bad and made the plays when needed.

Liked the fact as Rawhide pointed out, a LOT of those 51 shots were not from good scoring angles… Excellent game fun to watch for a change,
we really Spooked them !

BTW… Kari Who ?

Russian

October 31st, 2009
5:40 pm

We were so Freeaking Lucky. Pavs was a HERO and nobody else helped him. Horrible win. 51 shots on Pavs for 60 minutes is way tooooo much. Anderson “System” did not work very well agains Ottawa. Finnaly we skip 4 games Loosing streak, but I am worry about future. This team is absolutely not predictable. If team played this way of hockey that it means team will not make Play Offs.

Paminski

October 31st, 2009
5:43 pm

What’s the franchise record for most shots faced/saved in a game? I remember Kari’s stellar performance a couple seasons back in Detroit, but not what the totals were. Is this at least a personal record for Pavs?

Rawhide

October 31st, 2009
5:47 pm

Brendan – Yeah…seriously. Max has 3 goals and 4 assists…7 points after 10 games. That’s 5 more points than Little…3 more than White and Kozlov and 4 more than Army. But some continue to rag on the man.

Max is currently on pace for 57 points. That’s a damn fine return so far for just $800K if you ask me.

Smoothie

October 31st, 2009
5:59 pm

Yeah Bill, but Little is a +2, Kozlov a -2 and neither one is near the defensive liability that Max is. Despite his 7 points, he’s either a -5 or -6. Ungood. And two of his goals have been on breakaways…just not sure he is Top 6 material when Kovy is healthy. And with the Kahlua line playing so dis-taste-ily (sorry), something has to change.

Pam – forgot to say it was a pleasure meeting you last Saturday at the Sharks game. But I don’t recall seeing you on the blog in the past week. Perhaps I missed when you commented. At any rate, it was fun chatting with you at the game and sitting next to you and your hubby.

PS – I think the franchise record for saves is 53 by Milan Hnlicka.

Rawhide

October 31st, 2009
6:10 pm

And with the Kahlua line playing so dis-taste-ily (sorry),

Smoothie – LOL!!! :lol:

I hear ya brothah…but Kovy is a -86 for his career, does that disqualify him from being a top-six? I don’t think so.

Look…with Max, it is what it is. I’ve seen him fail to convert on several chances during the season so far and I can see where the guy will drive fans mad, doubt. And the penalty he took in the third…un-good, indeed.

But if he finished anywhere north of 50 points this season…which he currently is on pace to do…I’m gonna consider that a success. Plus, as the Professor points out in the first post of this blog, two of his three goals have sealed a win for us…coming shortly after the opponents have pulled to within one goal. The other one tied the score at one-each against the Caps last week. Although we eventually lost that game, his goal was timely when scored.

rightshot

October 31st, 2009
6:10 pm

Even though Pavs, aka The Beast, looked amazing, the rest of the team looked slow pretty much the entire game. Our goalie should get the first, second, and third star for this performance.

But… we did get two and Tampa got none, (and I think they liked it too.) So back to second in the division. Let us hope and pray we keep getting wins, no matter how good or, as in this case, bad they look.

Happy Halloween everyone.

Smoothie

October 31st, 2009
6:40 pm

Good points Rawhide, but it may be (Max’s production) coming at the expense of Kozlov, White and Little. I fear those players have been sacrificing some offensive aggression when playing on the same line for fear of the bad T/O and odd-man breakout. I’m much more comfortable with Finny playing with Antro and Pevs, but it takes Pevs off the pivot, which isn’t ideal. And the Kahlua line is as bad at reversing zone time and putting the other team on its heels as it gets. They may get some one and dones with a few goals, but they can’t play against Top 6 competition and be as productive as we need. A lot of pros and cons but we all know it would be tricky to get the parts to mesh when adding Crazy Legs to the mix.

Dwayne

October 31st, 2009
6:58 pm

Tampa got a point…we b in 3rd

R. Stroz

October 31st, 2009
8:23 pm

The Canadians are dressed like inmates tonight. Are they trying to scare Burke’s goons and monster?

Rawhide

October 31st, 2009
9:07 pm

The Islanders are pounding Buffalo 4-0 in the third. For the record, Ryan Miller started in goal… so Islander fan blogs will be spared the “We lost because Miller wasn’t playing” line. There are about 8,000 fans in the Nassau Coliseum tonight…on a Saturday night. Hell, we can get 8,000 fans in Atlanta when Buffalo is in town…and that’s counting Sabres fans alone. :lol:

I know we in Atlanta can’t go pointing fingers at other team’s attendence figures, escpecially given Thursday night’s showing…but this is a Saturday night, Buffalo is in town and everyone in the Island is supposeldy jacked about seeing John Taveres.

Charles Wang cannot be a happy man tonight despite his team beating a very good Sabres team.

sisu

October 31st, 2009
9:12 pm

Not sure why the hate against the home team? They won, yes they were outshot but there was not that many quality chances in my opinion. The team is coming out of the “fog” of losing the best player in the team and he just happens to be the Captain as well.

I for one will take this win and be very, very happy with it!

Smoothie

October 31st, 2009
9:25 pm

I wouldn’t call it hate sisu, just lots of hearty, juicy doubt creeping in. Rich Peverley said in the post game “they were standing around watching too much and Pavelec saved their butts and made them win”. Can’t really argue with that. But I didn’t have the luxury of watching that 43 – 8 shot disparity crapfest personally…thank God. So I can’t count the number of “quality” chances…the hi-lite reel revealed at least 5 instances of grand theft larceny on the part of Ondrej-ing “the crease” PaveLITS!

Rawhide

October 31st, 2009
10:55 pm

Ondrej Pavelec’s 50-save performance has earned him the NHL Channel’s On The Fly Performer of the night award.

Nicely done, Opie.

Miami Screaming Eagle

November 1st, 2009
9:31 am

Any win is a nice win, especially when it comes in Ontario. Nice to see Mike Milbury piling on Atlanta during the Hot Stove, though Pierre LeBrun was actually positive about Atlanta.

Milbury’s record as a general manager should restrict him from saying anything negative about anybody. He put the Islanders franchise where it is today, to heck with the Lighthouse Project.

I think we need to set aside any paranoia about how many fans we have in the stands at every game. The number of fans who show up and the impact in the franchise is beyond our control. The franchise has to sell the team to the fanbase. Let the idiots that claim we don’t deserve a franchise can take a hike into Thunder Bay in January.

Lee

November 1st, 2009
9:41 am

ooooh baby was Opie on FIRE!!!! Whoo!!! Kari may not have a job when he comes back!!!! As for the team, STINKY! 51 shots on goal is just, well, sad! Well a game is a game and a win is a win, so just put itin the record book!!! One part of the game I was questioning was when the Officials called that intentional net dislocation of Kubina. I didnt think he did that on purpose, hes just a big guy with a big body. Any one else have any thoughts on that?

drajax

November 1st, 2009
9:54 am

It looks like Pavelac is a lot more comfortable on the road than at home.

Mike

November 1st, 2009
9:58 am

Is it just me or is it frustrating to others that we don’t have a story on the Thrashers game yesterday afternoon with quotes from our players/coaches and only the AP version (and it isn’t even the most recent AP version)? UGH!

h

November 1st, 2009
10:32 am

First, a win is a win. I’ll take 5 more of these in a row rather than “well played” losses. I think the team got a little gassed midway through the 2nd and they got stuck on some real loooong shifts and it just threw everyone off. Look at the ice time the 4th line got….you almost NEVER see that. We had serious trouble getting the puck out and OP did a great job. The big thing I noticed was that OP stayed in position for a large amount of the game and only “flopped” when he really needed to. That game sold me on him, and I have been somewhat of an OP doubter. He’s the man in net for this team. I’m not entirely sold on our 3rd D-pairings though…..although I don’t have an answer as to who is hurting us most….Is anyone else a little concrned about Army? He hasn’t done much wrong, but seems like he has been invisible this whole season….He’s solid, overall, but he just hasn’t seemed to be making things happen, IMHO. I wonder if he is playing hurt. Anyway, glad we got the win, and Mike Fischer’s girlfriend is hot.

Brendan

November 1st, 2009
11:10 am

Don’t look now, but the Islanders are a .500 club, at 13-points. Technically, they’re on pace for 82 for the season. In this, John Tavares’ first year in the NHL. Phoenix just won their 9th of the season, and set a franchise record for wins in October. And that’s a team whe became the subject of a New Jersey Devil Intermission question, “Should the Coyotes be relocated?” And that, RIGHT BEFORE Stan Fischler interviewed NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Colorado is something like 10-1-2. At least, that’s what they were last time I checked. Where did the Aves finish last season? 28th? What was their point total? It was in the 60’s. Might have been 63, lest I be thinking of the Islanders. Look at where the lottery draft teams are now? Islanders are at .500, at 4-4-5. Tampa … okay they’re not doing great, but they’re at least “decent.” Colorado is the #1 team in the NHL for points. Who picked 4th? Atlanta, right. We’re at 5-4-1, above the .500 mark. who picked 5th? Los Angeles. What are they, 8-4? Something like that. Phoenix picked 6th, and they’re off to that flying start of 9-4, I think. Now Toronto is a fish of another color. At 1-7-4, that’s one win out of 12 games. That’s six-points out of a possible 24 (6/24). I would say, “So???” at this point, except that Boston owns that 1st overall pick in next Summer’s draft. Thanks to that Phil Kessel trade.

Zoomo

November 1st, 2009
12:06 pm

I inadvertently posted after yesertday’s game that they looked good in the 2nd. I of course meant the 1st. The first 15 minutes of the 2nd was flat out ugly and the 3rd was a nearly identical.

Why has it been a hallmark of the Thrashers to stop moving their feet when we get a lead? We’ve been like this under every coach. There were points in the game yesterday where we had 4 guys just standing there as the Sens skated circles around them. Peverley, in particular, looked bad on a D a number of times. We have to skate and go hard.

Anderson is right, the 60 minute concept needs to be embraced. If the team can get to the point where they go hard all the time, I think we could have the makings of a playoff team.

I see lots of positives with the talent, speed, and general make up of the team when they are moving and passing, and getting in the lanes on D. When they stop moving and get into a fallback posture, it all goes bad.

Opie was, um um um, I’ve run out of superlatives. He gets assualted and only gives up a 5 on 3 goal? Just WOW! That was some performance. Nice to see him get the kudos from Millbury on the NHL network and on HNIC.

Also, I loved Millbury’s disection of Kovalev’s play in the game. That was well done, funnny, and insighful all at once.

NorthStarsDave

November 1st, 2009
12:42 pm

Please call him OP….so now the Thrasher Bashers have been quieted…except for the Mad Max Axers….

I agree with Rawhide…so far, the return on Max is worth it!

This Team is learning how to win…whether it be ugly or otherwise…and the players are starting to really understand their roles…and when needed, someone different every night is steping up to lead the way…

I really like the way Bogo has stepped up…both on D and scoring…and leading…and OP is proving what many knew…given the chance to mature and play, can be a starting goalie in the NHL….

Next up, the Habs…14 points in 14 games…the Thrashers, 11 points in 10 games….should be good!

Remember….a win is a win!

Dwayne

November 1st, 2009
1:57 pm

Look at yestersday’s win thru Thrasher blue colored glasses. It’s all good. First 10 games, what’s good and what’s bad. A few good points, 5-4-1, Pevs, Antro, road record, Opies GA and save %…Bad, shots on goal, home record, Ilya’s out(but we are 1-1, which is good), attendence, (which might be connected to slow starts, my fault too, I have not made it up there this year), Little, Kozzy and White…..what are yalls thoughts?? Got some time to kill before Tuesday.

Midfield

November 1st, 2009
1:58 pm

I don’t want to put anybody down, but Hainsey’s presence or the lack thereof does not seem to make any difference. Not to the tune of the salary he makes here.

Mr. Heat Miser

November 1st, 2009
4:32 pm

Just love how the holier-than-thou Canadian media likes to rip the birds. Ronny, Mikey and the other “broadcast talent” of CBC and TSN are about as irritating as nails on a chalkboard. Looking forward to TJ’s for the Islan-DUHs game.

sisu

November 1st, 2009
8:07 pm

I think the team is ok for the first 10 games, yeah, 5-4-1 is not perfect but it is a WINNING record. The team has not folded with their Captain out, about 9 more games to go…The defense is doing okay, not missing the giant at the time, think he needs to go to Chicago when he returns. Not sure who should sit, Anssi is definitely the shooter type dman, Bogo will score a hat trick, just a matter of when. Kubina is quiet, perhaps the quietest 5 points so far on the team…Pop seems to do ok.

Smoothie

November 1st, 2009
9:33 pm

Krog was sent back down already. Guess he was strictly insurance at center in the event Antro couldn’t go. Why do I get the feeling that Brett Sterling may be on his way back to Atlanta?

World Be Free

November 1st, 2009
9:41 pm

Heat Miser-they like to listen to themselves talk, don’t they?

Rawhide

November 1st, 2009
9:50 pm

Why do I get the feeling that Brett Sterling may be on his way ack to Atlanta?

Smoothie – No please…no! Angelo Esposito, OK…Spencer Machacek, fine…Josh Gratton, great…Joey Crabb, super.

But please…not Brett Sterling.

Smoothie

November 1st, 2009
11:24 pm

LOL Bill! Yeah, no more smurfs. Would much rather see the Crabber or Macho-check but do either one of them play LW in Chicago?

Brendan

November 2nd, 2009
12:37 am

When Don Waddell drafted Brett Sterling, I did cartwheels. I thought the organization had landed a guy who had fallen close to 100 spots in the draft. He was, after all, a finalist for the Hobey Baker, at Colorado College. I loved his NCAA career. Truly, I did. I counted myself as a “Sterling fan.” But, as time has gone by … I took the rose-colored glasses off, to see him for what he is: A top AHL player. Maybe he’s a ‘Tweener?’ But he doesn’t seem like a guy who’ll play 5-10 seasons in the NHL. Though, I’d love to be wrong about that. I thought Waddell was “right” to take a chance on him. And, in the sense of minor league championships, he was right. Drafting Sterling has helped the Chicago Wolves, in terms of their playoff successes.

But Sage of Bluesland would quickly jump in to say, “Who cares about minor league successes? What does that have to do with the Thrashers? Waddell is GM of the Thrashers, not the Wolves.” And that’s fair comment.

Lee

November 2nd, 2009
7:52 am

Thank you!!! Krog has been sent down!!! hooray!!! Now all they need to do is pick someone decent!

Toby

November 2nd, 2009
8:37 am

True…but as a fan, nobody cares about that. It does matter how you play in the NHL. Winning Championship in Chicago in the AHL doesn’t = wins for the Thrashers. If Krog can’t play worth a #$%#@ in the NHL…get him outta here.

five_hole

November 2nd, 2009
9:06 am

DWTOO The difference is, no one tells the tool salesman (in writing, no less) how much he sucks, the company should get rid of his a$$. I think I’m pretty good at my job, but even if I screw up, I’m not publicly humiliated.

I also liked how Joni Mitchell once put being a musician, “No one ever told Picasso to paint “Starry Night” again”.

DWTOO

November 2nd, 2009
9:11 am

It’s funny how some people on the blogs tend to denigrate guys because they’re good AHL talent, but, can’t make the jump to the NHL. Most of us don’t have the talent to play AAHL Double AA. Don’t know about you guys (and girls), but I’d kill to have the skill to play at the ECHL level. It’d be awesome to have the talent to play at the AHL level. You’re still one the top 1,000 players in North American. Sure beats being one of the top tool salesman or accountant.

Smoothie

November 2nd, 2009
10:28 am

Well, Joey Crabb scored a goal last nite so he is surely deserving of the call up now! :wink: LOL Did anyone notice Chelios had the GW goal last nite against Rockford? Yes, I am a hockey fan and I have an addiction problem!

Anyway, I just thought of something: did we send Krog back cuz we are making room for another D-man (Oystrick?) because Hainsey is more banged up than they are letting on?

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

November 2nd, 2009
10:42 am

:!: RANALLO WARNING!! :!:

This is your official 10-minute Ranallo Warning!!

Lee

November 2nd, 2009
5:03 pm

CRABB CRABB CRABB!!!!

buldog/52

November 2nd, 2009
5:28 pm

Oystrick hurt will not be called up. Chelios right now best player on Wolves. Machacek, Gratton,
Crabb. not playing well.No call up for them.

Lee

November 3rd, 2009
3:13 pm

buldog/52-crabb not playing well??? huh??? he scored the game winning goal 2 nights ago.