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

Glovesave29

November 9th, 2009
3:04 pm

Not a huge Moose supporter, I’d like to see him hang ‘em up and coach the goalies here to support our shell-shocked crew. Buuuuuuut, I cannot see how anyone can blame him for the first goal last night. Watch the replay, McDonald had lowered his head and shoulders this committed to moving to Mooses’ right…Hainsey saw the saw thing and cut off any chance for the Blue to cut back and go to the stick side. It’s Johans job to take the shooter, which he did correctly…the trailer should have been covered by the Thrashers center and Bogo should have moved in to guard the vacated crease. If Moose stays deep in his crease, he gives the shooter too much net to see and doesn’t take advantage of the smart move Ron had made.

As for Conklin’s save on Kozlov…think about it – GO HIGH Slava! The goalie comes flying across to cover the open net and will lead with his left pad. The glove will cover the mid part of the net as if he keeps the glove too high, his momentum will be directed upwards and will slow the goalies ability to cover the open net quickly. Bury that biscuit high inside the post and get off the schneid…we need ya to pick it up!

I will give TONS of credit to the team for NEVER giving up. This will pay dividends later. Sure, we have more home losses that I would like, but the team always seemed to be able to come back and make the game close. It’d be so easy to mail it in, but the team fights until the last whistle and I respect that. More wins will come in time. JA is building the team properly. Let’s hope we hang in there and are a buyer at the deadline this season…

jwizzle

November 9th, 2009
3:18 pm

Smoothie, Count me in for a Twain’s viewing for sure! I know that the Midtown Taco Mac has that channel if we need a back-up.

World Be Free

November 9th, 2009
3:23 pm

Dwayne//Jeff Blauser

World Be Free

November 9th, 2009
3:27 pm

Dwayne/Jeff Blauser reference
Yup, that’s the guy. And it frightens me that Little may be moving into Jeff Blauser territory. Don’t know what he needs to get moving, but it better happen soon.

I don’t wanna start talking about Little and Slater int he same sentence (oh, that one will provoke a reaction or 2!).

Spud Webb

November 9th, 2009
3:36 pm

WBF, not yet Blauser, I’m hoping!!!! Something isnt right with Little, maybe hurt? Seeing him close up yesterday I really believe that.

Kubina is as freaking solid as they come. I giggle thinking Ex vs Kubina, night and day as far as I’m concerned.

Alan R.

November 9th, 2009
3:44 pm

Smoothie, didn’t Hokie talk to you before about the meaning of “punch bunny?” I seem to recall it wasn’t exactly something endearing. :P

Smoothie

November 9th, 2009
3:48 pm

jwizzle — good to know about Midtown Taco Mac…duly noted!

WBF / Spud / Dwayne — while I realize Little is struggling to put the biscuit in the basket, he is still doing a lot of the little things which don’t necessarily show up on the scoresheet like forecheck, win puck battles and back-check. He is savvy enough to realize that he has to be more defensively responsible when playing with Kozzy and White as they have been our weakest line (well, until recently with the “gods” stinking up the joint) on both ends of the ice.

I’m even more be-fuddled by White because at times he looks like he’s being propelled by a jet-pack, but then for most of the game I don’t even notice him on the ice! If he’s focusing more on D when he’s out there, then he’s not doing a very good job with his -6 for the season.

Smoothie

November 9th, 2009
3:52 pm

Alan — yes I am aware of the negative connotation, but we like to keep people guessing — we even pretend to be strippers when out in public! j/k LOL

We both know what it means in our silly little lexicon of stupid nicknames and that’s fine if people want to think something else. Because my g/f has a reach taht George Parros would be envious of and she’s not afraid to bludgeon someone’s eye if they get out of line! But perhaps I’ll just refer to her as Ms. Ten from now on.

GaVaHokie

November 9th, 2009
3:53 pm

GaVaHokie

November 9th, 2009
3:54 pm

Smoothie… Ms. Ten might be better. :)

Even though Punch Bunny is fun to say.

Alan R.

November 9th, 2009
4:10 pm

Because my g/f has a reach taht George Parros would be envious of

That’s hot.

GaVaHokie

November 9th, 2009
4:23 pm

Hopefully she doesn’t have a mustache like George Parros… :)

http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/player?statsId=3457

World Be Free

November 9th, 2009
4:28 pm

You guys have made your point on Little. He is doign the “little” things that make him a good players. A few more goals would be helpful.

Kubina was a great pickup. He and Antropov had the same problem in Toronto-you are big so you have to hit and fight. The team and the Thrashers fans have let both players play their games.

Does that mean Atlanta is a better hockey town than Toronto? Mr. Biltong, your thoughts?

Stat Man

November 9th, 2009
4:56 pm

Seems like the ice always is horrible when there is a Hawks game the night before.

Never thought I’d miss the Omni – the only horrible thing there was the scoreboard (if I only had a dollar for every time I heard “Omni maintenance to the scorers table” for a Hawks game – I could afford to go to more games!

Smoothie

November 9th, 2009
4:57 pm

I can assure you there are no MO’s with respect to my feisty, hockey-lovin’ sweetie! Alright, enough of this sappy stuff. On to more important matters like…

WHO’S GOING TO BEAT THE HELL OUT OF SEAN AVERY!!?

Dwayne

November 9th, 2009
7:38 pm

Smoothie, I hope Bolts cracks him up side the head, then Thor.

Miami Screaming Eagle

November 9th, 2009
7:43 pm

Avery is a turtle-he’ll be going after Toby all night.

Ms. Ten

November 10th, 2009
12:08 am

Thanks for the head’s up Alan R. – no more punch bunny, ever. And I only had that moustache kicking for Hall & Oates @ Chastain this summer.

Maybe the ASG can sell raffle tickets to pay for a total ice re-do. Even Disney on Ice feat. the Jonas Brothers has higher ice standards. Maybe Little needs to grow the sideburns back in since they seemed to aid in his aerodynamics last season!

Bill, t’was a pleasure as always to see you; meeting your beautiful wife and brood was so much fun! See you on the 13th!

Spud Webb

November 10th, 2009
10:24 am

Smoothie, excellent points about Little.
Dwayne, I wish, no way that Avery will go with Bolton.
Miami is right, he’ll hound either toby or little. I tend to lean towards little. I HOPE SOMEONE STANDS UP FOR US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU LISTENING THORBURN, BOLTON??????????

Hockey Biltong

November 10th, 2009
10:35 am

WBF-I need a definition of “hockey town”!
Personally I think Atlanta is better because I live here.
I really like what Kubina and Arthropod have brought to the table. Smart stick handling and smart decisions. They have a settling presence on our younger players. You can’t play “balls to the wall” all the time. That can be the most brainless type of hockey .
I feel that Koslov is in his off-year cycle. He needs to be at the third line to straighten out.
When we play Toronto, I feel that we will take some hits, but outmatch them from a skillset that is superior.

When is the next viewing at Twains???????

Alan R.

November 10th, 2009
10:36 am

What’s up with all these injuries lately? Letang is now injured (shoulder). Simply amazing.

World Be Free

November 10th, 2009
11:11 am

Biltong-Shania Twain?

Smoothie

November 10th, 2009
11:14 am

Perhaps by the time we play the Pens, Letang and Malkin will still be hurt and we’ll get our captain back and pick up two points in the standings. But we’ll never catch them as they have about 14 games in hand. What is with this stupid schedule? Whoever in our management is in charge of scheduling should be fired. I am so happy this is the last week we have 4 days off between games. We see what the long layoffs have done for us in recent weeks…NOTHING! But help us come out flat and slip into deep chasms out of which we cannot climb despite furious rallies in the 3rd stanza. Hell, even one day off did us in before the Long Island experiment in which we swapped Kozlov and Kane.

Dwayne

November 10th, 2009
11:15 am

Kovy is practicing, Doris is skating(uhg)Kane not at practice, Viv’s report.

Smoothie

November 10th, 2009
11:22 am

Smoothie

November 10th, 2009
11:43 am

Interesting how George Parros’ moustache gets more of a reaction around here than Kovalchuk returning to practice…where the heck is everyone?

Dwayne

November 10th, 2009
12:20 pm

lull in blueland, Thursday cant come quick enough, Hope Kovy is playing if able. Still early in the year, no need to rush him,have some games in hand. After Mooses’goalie play Sunday, does he get another start? Prolly not, Opie was hung out to dry against Island-duhs.

World Be Free

November 10th, 2009
12:23 pm

Smoothie-Parros looks like an extra from “Slap Shot” with the mustache and long hair.

What kind of “practicing” is Kovy doing? Is Boris “back skating” or learning how to skate?

My friend Hockey Biltong-we need to define what a real hockey town is?
If it’s a place where games are accessible, fans are nice, media is reasonable and the team is competitive, then Atlanta can be considered a GOOD hockey town.

OR

It is place where you can’t buy a ticket, everything is overpriced, the owners are school teachers, the fans think they know everything and the media forgot to stay away from the brown acid at Woodstock? Yes, I just described Toronto, so is Toronto a BAD hockey town? How can you be a good hockey town if you have to over pay marginal players to play there?

All this and we haven’t discussed Toronto’s dedication to Don Cherry.

Smoothie

November 10th, 2009
12:30 pm

Razor Catch Prey from the Chronicle reports that Kovy was skating like the wind and stopping and cutting did not seem to be a problem. It appears as though the Kapn’ was spending time sitting in Terrel Owens bariatric healing chamber when he isn’t with the team rooting them on.

TableHockey

November 10th, 2009
12:32 pm

Glad to hear about Kovy – hope he’s not rushing back too soon. Would hate for the injury to not fully heal and flare up later in the season.

I have been impressed with Kubina – do you guys think we have the cap space to resign him next season if Kovy also resigns?

Bill – sorry to miss the viewing party. I’ve purchased a project home and am spending my nights and weekends covered in compound dust and paint. Hope to be back to normal by December.

TableHockey

November 10th, 2009
12:33 pm

Wow – Chris V just tweeted that Anderson is 95% certain Kovy will play Thursday.

World Be Free

November 10th, 2009
12:34 pm

Calgary is a GREAT hockey town!

Dwayne

November 10th, 2009
1:03 pm

Let the chants begin…..KOVY KOVY KOVY !!!!!!!!!!! I got tears in my eyes!!

hip czech

November 10th, 2009
1:06 pm

great news on Kovalchuk….not so thrilled about Boris Badenov starting to skate.

With Boris and Noah Welch starting to ramp up their activities what happens to them? We’ll have to wait and see on Welch, he seemed to be OK when watching him play for other teams. Clearly Salmela, Popovic, Boris, and Welch can’t all be here for the long haul.

Glovesave29

November 10th, 2009
1:16 pm

Boris needs to go back to Pottsylvania with Natasha.

Alan R.

November 10th, 2009
1:23 pm

I’m seeing a lot of unjustified hatred here.

Smoothie

November 10th, 2009
1:27 pm

I smell trade!!! Send Boris, White and O’Dell off to Chicago for Patrick Sharp. Should’ve traded Todd during the off-season when his value would have been sky-high. Chicago will be desperate to shed salary and perhaps they like the idea of getting White for a year and a half at $1.7 M less per year. I doubt they have any interest in Boris, but you never know…he may still have upside in the eyes of GM’s.

ben

November 10th, 2009
1:30 pm

great news on kovy.

any contract news

hip czech

November 10th, 2009
1:30 pm

I just don’t see Boris cracking the top 6, unless he replaces Schubert. I’d like to see Popovic get more PT.

Spending some long winter nights with Natasha wouldn’t be so bad.

hip czech

November 10th, 2009
1:36 pm

amen to the Sharp scenario…

Bob

November 10th, 2009
1:52 pm

why would the ‘Hawks want to get rid of Sharp?

hip czech

November 10th, 2009
1:56 pm

Strictly because of being up against the salary cap. He or Campbell have been mentioned as possible casualties. With the Thrash being rumored to be in on the Sharp talks.

World Be Free

November 10th, 2009
2:04 pm

And we don’t want Soupie Campbell
Sharp would be a great pickup and Chicago is looking for another center.

Spud Webb

November 10th, 2009
2:08 pm

I’d love to get rid of Todd White.

Dwayne

November 10th, 2009
2:50 pm

no soupie sales, no doris…that’d be great..White, ok by me too, i voted “yes” that he would surpass 73 pts..boy was i wrong.

J.B.

November 10th, 2009
2:55 pm

Not really new information here, but an interesting take on Kovy’s contract situation from the KHL point of view…

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601079&sid=a6Ph5ZqAzqdM

Smoothie

November 10th, 2009
3:02 pm

Chicago might want Armstrong in a deal for Sharp, but the advantage of trading for White over Colby is that Colby is a UFA and might walk at season’s end knowing that all the money has been gobbled up by Soupy, Hossa and RFA’s Kane and Toews. I’d hate to lose Colby, but getting a guy like Sharp might just be worth it.

Bob

November 10th, 2009
3:39 pm

well you have to give to get and it doesn’t look like Colby is long for here as he only wanted a one year deal (I’m sure Dudell tried to sign him for longer). If Sharp is really available, then do that deal in a NY minute

Red Light

November 10th, 2009
3:41 pm

World Be Free: “Sharp would be a great pickup and Chicago is looking for another center.”

Aren’t we all looking for another center?

Teams in contention don’t worry about the cap until their season ends or until they know they can get equal value for a player from someone else. I hardly think Todd White is the equal of Patrick Sharp.

Smoothie: Is Chicago looking for a winger faster than the speed of sand who has compiled 45 points in his last 95 games? Didn’t think so.

hip czech

November 10th, 2009
3:55 pm

from a Toronto column earlier:

“The Black Hawks are looking for cap relief but they are also not looking to give Sharp away for nothing. More than likely, they are looking for a young player who is being paid under $1 million or a player that has a year left on their contract and could aid them in the pursuit of a Stanley Cup this year, while also freeing up $3.9 million in salary next year to put towards their 3 main RFA’s, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith. ”

Now, why the Hawks would do something now rather than at the deadline, or even wait to the end of the year I don’t know…Hossa coming back has no cap implications, does it (the old LTIR question)?