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!

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)?

Smoothie

November 10th, 2009
4:04 pm

Actually Red light, they may be looking for a center:

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Len Ziehm recently reported a nagging back problem for second line center Dave Bolland should have GM Stan Bowman shopping around for a replacement, perhaps one who can help their struggling power-play.

Last time I checked, Todd White is a center and he has loads of PP time…not to mention familiarity with old pal Marian Hossa.

Red Light

November 10th, 2009
4:53 pm

Smoothie: I understand that they are looking for a center, just not White at $2.45 million this year and $2.6 million next year. Last year, White’s production on the PP of 12 points was a career high, while his previous high was 8 in ‘03. He has 45 career PP points in 584 games. Since 2002-03, White has spent 1,616:56 minutes of ice time on the PP (more than 27 hours) and has recorded 39 points, or roughly one point every 48 minutes of ice time. Who wouldn’t want that kind of production.

The stats are true, and I’m just trying to get a rise out of you. Have a great night!

Brendan

November 10th, 2009
5:00 pm

If Atlanta does a trade with Chicago, I’d want to take Cam Barker for Boris Valabik, and never look back. Including sweetening it up for them. Not that I wouldn’t like to have Sharp. I definitely would. But I cannot come up with a trade scenario that doesn’t insult the Blackhawks. Okay, I’m sure they’d take Kovy–sheesh you LITERALISTS have got to start getting a grip.

Red Light

November 10th, 2009
5:09 pm

Barker is a valuable PP commodity and would make an excellent addition, here or anywhere. He’s an unheralded d-man but I don’t see that subtraction coming from Chicago.

How ’bout those Sabres, Brendan?

Brendan

November 10th, 2009
5:41 pm

The Sabres are off to a flying start, Red Light. The key will be keeping up this pace, without ‘overworking’ Miller.

Miami Screaming Eagle

November 10th, 2009
8:00 pm

Red Light – just throwing some things around, no idea if the Sharp deal will take place. Not sure I want to dump Todd or Colby either. Just as long as Campbell is not part of any deal.

Sabres-my hometown team showed their real colors last weekend against Philly and Boston. In addition, they have no backup goaltending, so Miller will get worked to the bone. Gotta think Marty may come home later this year.

I just don’t see Buffalo being any better than 7th place in the end. Not unless Darcy can pull a trade out of his hat or somewhere else…..

Putting On The Foil

November 10th, 2009
8:32 pm

Why not INSULT the Blackhawks Brendan? It’s not like any other team has insulted us with an offer and came away smelling like a rose.

Brendan

November 10th, 2009
10:10 pm

Well, Foil, if the Blackhawks would take Marty Reasoner and Jim Slater for Patrick Sharp, fine by me!

Miami Screaming Eagle, I’m trying to figure out your handle. I’ve heard of the Boston College Screaming Eagles, and Miami Redhawks/Redskins (Ohio), and Miami Hurricanes, but I can’t place them all together. Lest it be a combination of graduate and undergraduate schools.

Miami Screaming Eagle

November 11th, 2009
7:41 am

Screaming Eagles were a charter member of the WHA