Thrashers bounce back to beat Blues

Fresh off an embarrassing 6-3 loss on Long Island the night before, the Thrashers once again dug themselves a two-goal hole playing at home. But this time, they finally found a way to climb all of the way out…bouncing back for a 3-2 shootout win against the St. Louis Blues.

Speaking of “bouncing”… the Thrashers were helped out this game with their own version of the thing as Ron Hainsey’s flip in towards the net from just in front of the Blues bench and it bounced in over Ty Conklin’s left shoulder. Hainsey’s thing tied the score at 2-2 with just 3:31 remaining in the third… it was his second goal of the season.

"I can't believe that went in"! Ron Hainsey celebrates his game-tying goal (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

"I can't believe that went in"! Ron Hainsey celebrates his game-tying goal (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

“You always hope that those bounces even out, and we were one shot in the Washington game,” Marty Reasoner said after the game. “So we got even today. It’s nice to catch that one break and put us in the right direction for these next home games.”

I’m quite sure that somewhere on the Thrashers bench Ondrej Pavelec was trying to subdue a sly little grin as he knows all too well how the St. Louis goalkeeper must have felt. Just last month Washington’s Jeff Schultz beat Opie on a similar play…though his was from about twice as far…as the puck found that very same bump in the ice just in front of that very same goal and the puck bounced it’s way in over Pavelec’s stick.

Three and a half minutes prior to Hainsey’s goal, Toby Enstrom found the net to get Atlanta on the board. Colby Armstrong took a back-flip from Reasoner behind the goal line and he found Enstrom streaking through the left circle and Toby’s one-timer beat Conklin…who had a very good game in the St. Louis goal, stopping 38 of the 40 Thrashers’ shots on his net.

Conkil robbed Slava Kozlov just before Hainsey’s tying goal…moving to his left to get his leg pad in the way of Kozzy blast from the right circle. Just after Hainsey’s goal, he stufed Maxim Afinogenov on a break away that could have won it in regulation.

Reasoner, who received a secondary assist on Toby’s goal, was also credited with an assist on Hainsey’s thing, giving him two points on the evening and earning the first star for the game.

Johan Hedberg got the start tonight and turned away 30 of St. Louis’ 32 shots…including all 13 he faced in the third and all four taken on him in the overtime. The Blues were unsuccessful on both their shootout attempts as well.

After the scoreless OT, Rich Peverley dispensed his shootout attempt into the net, as did the Slavamatic…just as Bluenote predicted he would do just before the beginning of the third period. I’ll be leaving in the morning with him to Las Vegas in the morning!

Seriously though, it was real treat meeting him and his lovely wife during the games as well as the couple they were with.

Atlanta outshot the Blues 40-32 and, for the very first time this season, they won a game when they outshot their opponents. The Thrashers failed on all six power play chances afforded them and killed three of the four Blues’ man advatages.

Coach John Anderson was pleased with his players tonight, saying “We weren’t floundering in our zone as much because we played the body a lot more and helped out when the time was right…forwards were collapsing in front the net, all the little things that add up. I just thought our concerted effort was much better tonight.”

The win gives Atlanta a 7-6-1 record and 15 points after 14 games played. It also makes the Thrashers undefeated while the Divine Mrs. R is in attendance…1-0-0. Also, a young lady by the name of Jessica, who came as the guest of my two tax-exemptions, was able to see the home team win in her first ever hockey game attended. She also came away from the game in possession of a game puck that was flipped over the glass during the third period.

She got the luck bounce of the puck Sunday…so to did the Thrashers.

They’ll both take it.

And Then There Were Four

Since the posting of the blog in which we predicted who might be the last Thrasher off of Schnide Island last week, two have found their way off by scoring their first goal of the season. Toby Enstrom netted his first Thursday against Columbus…Christoph Schubert did the same Saturday on Long Island.

This means that all defenders now have at least one goal and four forwards are left sitting on the Isle of Schnide…Marty Reasoner, Nik Antropov, Jim Slater and Slava Kozlov.

And no…scoring in the shootout does not get him off the Island.

For the record, my vote was for Jim Slater… who got 51% of the votes cast in the poll.

109 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

November 8th, 2009
10:39 pm

FIRST, or GOLD

Josh

November 8th, 2009
10:40 pm

Hey…the last seven goals for the Thrashers have been by defenseman…what is the all time record for consecutive team goals by a defenseman?

Tom

November 8th, 2009
10:43 pm

2nd — So we had 40 shots and missed the net a couple of dozen more times.

And we figured out the new formula. We can win at home as long as we don’t go down 3 goals. Stop the bleeding at 2 and a win is almost guaranteed.

Smoothie

November 8th, 2009
10:48 pm

Does this mean the curse of the monkey puck has been negated!? Interesting how Ronsey was duly rewarded with some silly puck luck by virtue of using his pretty face in the first period to stop a potential goal.

Brendan

November 8th, 2009
11:11 pm

It’s great to have a defense that is contributing in such a meaningful way. Speaking of meaningful contributions, Zach Bogosian played 4 seconds shy of 28 minutes (27:56). John Anderson is showing supreme confidence in the 3rd overall pick of the 2008 draft.

Now, let’s aim for that “spot of ice” every time. In the end, you just hope everything evens out. Today’s win wasn’t pretty. But it counts. That’s 4-for-4, in terms of points versus the Blues, a playoff team from last season. St. Louis owned the best 2nd half of the season record last year.

So, we’re over .500, NHL-style. We’re 7-7, straight up. So, tear points #81 and #80 from off your wall. Our “magic number” is now 79-more points, until the playoffs. 39-28-1 would be lovely the rest of the way.

Nikita

November 8th, 2009
11:40 pm

Way to go, Thrash! I had to listen to the game tonight, and it was a nail-biter.

stendec

November 9th, 2009
2:38 am

Thrashers woke up in time to get not one but two points on home ice. LOSELAND ICE! Falcons also played a half at Georgia Dome to dispatch Deadskins. Unlike Thrashers, Birdies started out strong then fizzled down stretch. Way to go Moose! May be best of two team goalies. Keep it up! Congratulations all around. ++STENDEC++

Thrashers27

November 9th, 2009
2:39 am

…and where’s ++STENDOUCHE++?

Thrashers27

November 9th, 2009
2:41 am

Son of a beesting, that’s funny! Stendec, you beat me by one minute. I have to admit that you posted something positive, for once.

stendec

November 9th, 2009
3:05 am

I offer congratulations after success. I heap blame following failure. I only post what I feel. Defeats hurt because I desperately want team to succeed. Home setbacks are a real burr for me. Are you an insomaniac too? Peace. ++STENDEC++

World Be Free

November 9th, 2009
5:57 am

I notice that the puck was bouncing alot during last Thursday’s game. Obviously the Blues advanced scout didn’t warn the coaches that Atlanta’s ice is more like a basketball surface. The ice seems worse this year, which may in somce way contribute to our poor home record.

Nice comeback win, especially after a less that stellar performance Saturday night. I didn’t see most of Sunday’s game, but it sounds like Moose played well. Good for him.

Miami Screaming Eagle

November 9th, 2009
7:52 am

I am so happy that “D” Hall does not play in the NHL. What a loser.

jen

November 9th, 2009
7:59 am

Was a fun game to be at for the last 15 min. We thought we’d fall asleep in the 2nd. Pretty typical lock em up western conf. hockey for most of the game. Good to see the team get some bounces for a change, because prior to Conklin looked all world out there….that stop on Kozzie on the pp late in the third was pure robbery.

So while its great to see the D step up and score (and I’m liking the play of Kubina more and more every game), I am getting concerned about the total lack of production coming from the forwards. I like the combo or Army and Kane, and Pevs and Little, but no one is finishing. Goals from the d aren’t going to last forever, and someone up front has got to get it going before Kovy comes back.

Libby

November 9th, 2009
8:02 am

Bill, nice talking to you and your family Sunday afternoon. Your tax exemption is a wonderful kid. You did a good job in raising him.

DB

November 9th, 2009
8:11 am

I’m pretty sure the Thrashers have won every game where they outscored their opponent. :) Outshooting, that’s a different story.

kracker

November 9th, 2009
8:13 am

via twitter…DarrenDreger – Legace will sign with Hurricanes today.

There goes some insurance.

LAC

November 9th, 2009
8:33 am

Eagle, we have sean avery, that is enough !!!!! Plus we see that little A-Hole this thursday at MSG !

GaVaHokie

November 9th, 2009
8:40 am

Yeah, Cam Ward is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

Zoomo

November 9th, 2009
9:14 am

Nice defensive effort yesterday. Moose was solid. He still roams way too much for my liking. First goal was the result of a risky play on the shooter that left no goal coverage and the puck got loose to a trailer for an easy put in.

I thought Max once again had a very good game. Kane had a nice game as well. Army too.

Little looked awful. If I hadn’t seen him play last year, I’d be wondering why he hasn’t been sent back to the AHL. Worst forward on the ice yesterday.

Nice to get a win. One again, 13 was Slavamatic in the shootout -”SK Computer”!

Bluenote

November 9th, 2009
9:25 am

The flight leaves today at 12:12 for, er, Tampa. Don’t book the Vegas trip until we see if some of the home kharma works Friday against the upstart Kings.

Big fun last night meeting your tribe and the lovely Jessica. Hockey’s an easy sell when newbies get to see the team finish strong…and a win at home.

Although Conklin was unsolvable early, there was 60 minutes effort at home. This, negatrons is the difference between Thrashers present and Thrashers past. An ugly 2 points over a moral victory? I’ll take it any time.

hip czech

November 9th, 2009
9:27 am

Looks like Bogosian and Enstrom were split…so far so good.

Did not see or listen to either game, looks like a absolute stinker on the Island.

We’re entering the third week sans Kovalchuk, any word whether he has begun skating or not?

Bob

November 9th, 2009
9:42 am

They need to fix our ice, worst in the league. If they can hold on and play .500 until Kovy gets back, they’ll be in decent shape.

Hockey Biltong

November 9th, 2009
9:45 am

Squeaky Frommage tells me Kovy is now skating. That is all I know so far.
Nice to see the Thrash win at home! Where is the O-ffence?????

jwizzle

November 9th, 2009
9:50 am

I am so pleased to see your Pavelec comment, I was thinking the same thing!

I didn’t realize that the last seven of our goals were all by defensemen until last night, what the heck! At least someone’s getting in there, but what’s wrong with our front line? Also, is anyone else as frustrated as I am with our lack of flair on powerplays? I just want to shake some confidence into these guys!

sisu

November 9th, 2009
9:56 am

Great win, much needed two points!

One thing that I am bothered by, the team went out and signed Antro for 4 years since Kovy wanted him. Ok, what are the positives about his play in your mind? I see a big guy that plays soft, will not stand in front of the goalie, has not scored goals…am I missing something? The worst part? What if the team is stuck with the guy for 3 more years without the guy who wanted him here?

Will L

November 9th, 2009
10:18 am

Great that we finally completed a comeback attempt and finally won at home again. Maybe I shouldn’t listen when we aren’t on TV. I listened to the whole game up until 8 minutes left in the 3rd. I check back like an hour later to find out we won. I missed getting to hear Kamal call the exciting part. Instead I have to watch the highlights with the Blues announcers.

Thrashers need to string 3,4, or 5 wins together soon and bank some points before Kovy comes back. That would really help my prediction of a division championship.

Bob

November 9th, 2009
10:19 am

I have the same questions, sisu. Antropov has not been impressive to me. But mabye he’s been playing hurt (groin)?

Miami Screaming Eagle

November 9th, 2009
10:21 am

LAC-Avery and D-Hall
If it wasn’t for the obviously, I’d say they were separated at birth!

Scott

November 9th, 2009
10:39 am

I thought the Thrash played uninspired hockey for 52 minutes. To the point where we got up and left 5 minutes after the Blues second goal – This is the first time I’ve left a game early and I average 20+ games / year over the past 3 years.
I am not a Thrashers hater, I consider myself a true fan, usually to a fault, but the half empty arena, the lackluster play, and the 2-0 deficit did me in. I heard most of the excitement courtesy of Dan Kamal and 680 the fan on the way home (I say most, because the 680 signal is as strong as the Thrashers Power Play was last night).
Anyway, despite the result, I stand by my decision to leave when I did. They showed me nothing that made me want to stay. Good for them to turn it on and get the victory, I hope they can build from this and start playing the kind of hockey they played in February and March last year – that was fun to see even though they were all but eliminated from the playoffs.

Midifeld

November 9th, 2009
10:47 am

It’s a shame that the Caps figured out that you can flip a butterfly in from 50 feet out on the Philips ice before Thrashers did. I think it’s time for Anderson to do bits of the Tortorello routine behind the bench. I figured out why their changes are so slow: it takes time to wake people up for the next shift.

Matt

November 9th, 2009
10:55 am

Zoomo, nice Radiohead reference there!

Again, this team just leaves everything to the last minute. Nice win to be sure, but they have GOT to come out stronger in the 1st period.

Forward lack of production is starting to become a real concern. Slava has got to get a couple of “cheap” ones to get going. Little has them, but doesn’t seem to have helped him much.

Spud Webb

November 9th, 2009
10:57 am

Got to my first game last night!! THANK GOD!!! I was having withdrawels!!
Sisu, I have to disagree, I was very happy with Nik last night. We knew coming in he’s not very “aggressive”, but I saw him in front of the net quite a bit. He played a good game in my mind. Kozlov looks just off to me, up and down. Not sure whats going on there. I’ve NEVER seen Ty Conklin look that good. WOW, I was floored with some of the saves he was making, then the bouncer goes by him, that’s the Ty Conklin I know!!! Little looked lost also, not sure what his problem is.
Anyone else notice the Blues aggressiveness? Ran Moose a lot from what I saw. We never answered that. I was p&ssed. I mean, the blues grab, hold, Jackman gave Army a nice slug to the gut, push, an contained aggression with that team. I just hate that we allow ourselves to be pushed around. 4th line, anyone see them come out for their 1 shift in the 3rd? Almost gave up another goal, I was yelling to Anderson asking him why are they out there in the 3rd, down by 2??? Slater missed a couple of opportunities, disappointing. Our 4th doesn’t inspire me. No aggitation to the other team, no bone rattling checks. I mean give me 3 guys that skate their b&lls off, crush, hit, wreckless abandon, PLEASE!!!!
It was a GREAT victory and showed a lot of heart. I was in 115, about 10 rows up and could see every thrasher was dog tired in that 3rd period, exhausted. 2 games in less than 24 hours, down 2 goals and they make a hell of a comeback!! Good job Thrashers!!!!!!
Side note, I see what everyone was saying, like a morgue in that place. For those of us who love hockey it was a solid game. If you’re not a giant hockey fan and that was your first game, I’m not sure they’ll come back. I mean even the choice of music at times, GET THE PLACE PUMPED UP…no life in that building. The owners must address it. A lot of redskin fans there!!!!
And of course, all of the above is just my opinion!!!

Tom

November 9th, 2009
11:08 am

Legace signs with Carolina. Great, he joins Nittimaki as goalies who get fired up for the Thrashers in the same division.

Rawhide

November 9th, 2009
11:15 am

Bill, nice talking to you and your family Sunday afternoon. Your tax exemption is a wonderful kid. You did a good job in raising him.

Libby – On behalf on myself and the Divine Mrs. R, I thank you. The older tax-exemption ain’t too bad either, we think. She sends her regards and said it was a pleasure to meet you and pinhead as well.

Big fun last night meeting your tribe and the lovely Jessica. Hockey’s an easy sell when newbies get to see the team finish strong…and a win at home.

Bluenote – Indeed she did have a good time…thanks again for joining us. It really added to the enjoyment of that 3rd period and OT.

So while its great to see the D step up and score (and I’m liking the play of Kubina more and more every game), I am getting concerned about the total lack of production coming from the forwards

jenAs I opine at HB…I gree.

Squeaky Frommage tells me Kovy is now skating. That is all I know so far.

Hocky Biltong – That’s good news!! Tell Squeaky I said “hello”.

They need to fix our ice, worst in the league.

Bob – You’re right… that puck was bouncing all over the place last night.

I am so pleased to see your Pavelec comment, I was thinking the same thing!

jwizzle – You know he was having a good snicker to himself over there. Nice to see you again last night.

Little looked awful. If I hadn’t seen him play last year, I’d be wondering why he hasn’t been sent back to the AHL. Worst forward on the ice yesterday.

Zoomo - Little is indeed fighting it. His two goals have come via a deflection off a skate and one off his stick. He looks like he’s pressing abit and just not movving with confidence we saw in him last season.

If he could get his game going…and I would bet he will sooner rather than later…then this offense would really be…ahem…Zooming!

Say Hi to your young man for me.

GaVaHokie

November 9th, 2009
11:16 am

Antropov has some great hands… he’s got a lot of no look passes in his repitoire. Only a matter of time before he starts putting them in himself. But as long as he’s serving up the assists, I don’t care.

Dwayne

November 9th, 2009
11:41 am

I always say that the Thrashers have to score 5 or 6 to win on a consistant basis, so play 5 forwards. I’ve re-thunk that, lets play 5 d-men at a time.

ben

November 9th, 2009
11:54 am

Things are looking up! This team is like in 9th place I think, but fewest games played. If things go right, they’ll make playoffs. Columbus will most likely get moved way before we are. This tells me the whole league is in fiscal turmoil. And it’s only going to get worse next year. Even if we don’t sign Kovy, we should still be okay. But I think we will.

Rawhide

November 9th, 2009
12:01 pm

Things are looking up! This team is like in 9th place I think, but fewest games played. If things go right, they’ll make playoffs.

ben – The Thrashers 15 points currently have them in 12th place in the East, only 2 points out of 8th place…and we have games in hand.

Here is another way of looking at it, though…a 7-6-1 record equates to a .567 points winning % and is on track for about 88 points if played out over 82 games. That winning % in the 19th best in the NHL, but is 9th in the East, just behind Tampa Bay’s .556.

World Be Free

November 9th, 2009
12:27 pm

GaVa-I agree with you on Antropov. The folks in Toronto were always upset that Antropov didn’t run around hitting people or fight a lot because he’s big. The best thing he can do for us is play his game. If is game is assists, so be it.

It is always great to hear the Maple Leaf fans speculating on acquiring this guy or that guy, normally blue chip players. In return, they expect the other team to take their overpriced garbage. Leaf fans are supposed to be the smartest and the best fans, but quite often they sound unrealistic.

Gotta do something to get Bryan Little going. He looks like Jeff Blauser out there.

Zoomo

November 9th, 2009
12:28 pm

>>Zoomo, nice Radiohead reference there!
I knew someone would catch that :)

Smoothie

November 9th, 2009
1:01 pm

Hopefully our more conservative, take-fewer-chances approach to yesterday’s game was evidence that our coaches have decided that we must emphasize team defense and timely, opportunistic (shoot to score on the damn PP please!!) scoring until Kovy returns. To wit:

In the first 7 games played with our beloved Captain, our goals scored avg was 3.57 and our goals allowed avg was only 2.71. Since that fateful night against San Jose when Kovy was felled, we have given up an avg of 3.57 (strange that it matches our scoring rate in the first 7) goals per game, but only scored an avg of 3.14 (largely due to our D-men scoring over a goal per game during that stretch).

Our team defense MUST BE better until Kovy comes back. Our forwards are obviously struggling to score goals and so our defense needs to be much stingier over the next couple weeks. Winning games 3-2 and 2-1 must be the goal as opposed to 4-3 and 5-4. At least for now.

Dwayne

November 9th, 2009
1:06 pm

He looks like Jeff Blauser out there.
Are you talking about his extremly pointy, wicked witch of the west chin, or looks like he is lost?

Smoothie

November 9th, 2009
1:19 pm

Mr. Tiller, not sure if you saw this last night when I posted late in the evening after the game so I will re-post here to let you know it was a grand pleasure the likes of which defy description to finally meet the Divine Mrs. T! The pleasure was unmistakably ours. Hope to see you both again on Friday, the 13th!

jwizzle – We got your puck signed by Marty and he sends his regards! Too bad you couldn’t stay and meet him…nice gent that he is.

Rawhide

November 9th, 2009
1:25 pm

Smoothie – Thank you sir…and I know it was her to have met you and the lovely Miss-Ten as well. As always, I enjoyed seeing the two of you as well as jwizzle…also the gentleman you were all with, (sorry but his name escapes me).

BTW, my bride told me that you and “your wife” were very nice and made a good look couple.

Just sayin’…

Red Light

November 9th, 2009
1:52 pm

Josh beat me to the punch on the defensemen providing the bulk of the scoring lately, but I want to know if you think that’s good news or bad news considering the team is 3-4 in the past seven games and the defensive corps has outscored the forwards 11-to-7 in those games?

Bogosian: 4, Kubina: 2, Enstrom: 2, Popovic, Schubert and Hainsey: 1 each
Peverley: 2, Little: 2, Armstrong, White and Afinogenov: 1 each

I don’t recall a stretch where a team’s “D” scored seven straight goals.

Thoughts?

GaVaHokie

November 9th, 2009
2:08 pm

I think Kozlov is flat out Snake-bit… Reasoner and Slater, the race is on… but I expect when Kozlov and Antro get off the Schnide, they’ll start coming in clips.

GaVaHokie

November 9th, 2009
2:12 pm

Red Light… I love it, and actually expected more of it… I’m still hoping to see three defenseman on our team hit the 15 goal mark this season, pretty much crushing Tremblay off the historic stat sheets.

I’ll say Kubina, Enstrom and Bogosian… not sure if Enstrom will get there though.

jwizzle

November 9th, 2009
2:18 pm

Smoothie, thank you all so much! I was right..they were about to close the parking deck and I would been S.O.L. I am sure that he was a lovely fellow, after all he’s your jersey buddy.

I know better now than to take the five dollar parking if it has strict rules attached. The one time I don’t take MARTA we win at home :p

Rawhide, I always enjoy seeing you, plus it was really cool to meet your fabulous “entourage.”

LAC

November 9th, 2009
2:50 pm

There needs to be a rule where the team can keep a specific player for shootouts, Slava would be MY VOTE, may not be doing much so, was ROBBED
in the third period, that should have been a GOAL, but in shootouts he is MONEY !

Smoothie

November 9th, 2009
2:52 pm

jwizzle – Punch Bunny (Ms. “Ten”) will present you with your puck tonite when y’all get together. I think I’ve been in that horrible old $5 garage that you parked in; those bastards tried closing their doors while I was hanging out after a Sunday night football game. I had to scream and holler till some grumpy night watchman came to the outside wall and agreed to let us in for my car. Next time there’s a chance to watch a game not televised locally, perhaps we can all meet up at Twain’s in Decatur…I’m pretty sure they have CentreIce. Take it easy!