Ever get that strange and unexplainable feeling that you seen this before?
Thrashers playing at home…come out of the locker room in the red third jerseys…get down by two or three goals…mount a comeback…end the game with a final furious rally in front of the visitor’s goal…but fall just short.
Now, was that the Thrashers last game I just described?
Was it last Thursday versus Washington?
Maybe it was the Thursday before that against, again, Washington?
Or was it the Saturday game against San Jose in between the two Capitals game?
Outside of the fact that against the Sharks Atlanta wore their blue jerseys, the same story line held true in the 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets… who escaped Philips Arena with two points just one night after falling 3-2 in a shootout to the Sharks back in Columbus.
Forget “Blueland”…Philips Arena has become “Déjà vu-land”!
Atlanta lost despite out-shooting the Blue Jackets 35-21…18-8 in the second and 15-2 in the third. They have now out-shot opponents all of three times so far this season…and they have lost all three games.
For the first couple of periods Thursday night the Thrashers looked like a 6-year old soccer team…you know, the way they’ll all mass around the ball focusing their attention to that and paying no attention whatsoever to any positioning. Much like the kids on the soccer pitch, the Thrashers played “follow the puck” too much and left Blue Jackets wide open for easy goals.
What is it going to take to get the Thrashers to win at home again?
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Raffi Torres netted a pair for the CBJs, his 7th and 8th goals of the season. Jakob Vorecek scored his 5th and Derik Bressard scored his third of the season.
Toby Enstrom got off of Schnide Island Thursday, scoring his first goal of the season on his 25th birthday. It came during the second period while Atlanta was on the power play, drilling the puck into the net from the right side…and by “drilling the puck into the net”, I mean he literally drilled it into the net as it was lodged into the twine. Toby’s goal came with the assists going to Todd White and Slava Kozlov.
Earlier in the period it looked like Toby had punched his ticket off the island, but his shot from the left point deflected in of Bryan Little’s stick for his second goal of the year. This leaves Nik Antropov, Slava Kozlov, Jim Slater, Marty Reasoner and Christoph Schubert to gather coconuts on the Isle of Schnide.
Pavel Kubina scored his second of the season with a power play goal in the third to get the Thrashers to withing one at the 2:06 mark of that final frame…leaving them with with 17 minutes and 54 seconds remaining to tie the score.
But back to the subject the Thrashers home woes…what is behind the pattern of losses at Philips Arena? Well, coach Anderson said after the game that, “We don’t dictate the game, we wait to see how the game unfolds and then we play”.
He also pointed out in the post-game press conference that the team did stay in a hotel prior to the season opener at home when the beat Tampa Bay 6-3. So, could that mean they should go straight to a hotel after flying home from New York before Sunday’s game against St. Louis, or prior to other home games in the future, to simulate the feel of still being on the road?
“Don Waddell might not like that because it means spending more money”, Anderson explained.
Spend it, Don…spend it!