When Ondrej Pavelec’s guests sit down to the Thanksgiving table, they’ll notice two obvious omissions from each side of the turkey that sits atop of the table. That’s because Wednesday night, he and his Thrashers teammates had already devoured the Wings!
Atlanta traveled to Motown on Thanksgiving Eve and shutout the Big Red Borg 2-0, Pavelec stopping all 40 shots he faced from Detroit, 19 in the first period alone. It was the second shutout of his career…coming just 12 days after his first, a 7-0 blanking of the Kings in which he stopped 38 shots.
The win moves Pavelec’s record to 7-5-3 and he now has a 2.76 GAA and a .923 SV%. Now…at the beginning of the season, how many of us thought Opie would be sporting those kinda of numbers at this point in time?
Pavelec was “feelin’ it” all night…and it looked like he was having a good time out there. “It’s pretty fun to play in front of this crowd and those people”, Pavelec remarked after the game. “They were loud”.
Of his young goalie, coach John Anderson said, “No question he was outstanding in the first period”.
Taking advantage of the strong play from Opie, the Thrashers got on the board five minutes and two seconds into the game when Nik Antropov tipped in the puck from the right side from Maxim Afinogenov’s fine pass. 9:08 into the second, Slava Kozlov capitalized on a breakaway pass from Ilya Kovalchuk while on the power play.
Pavelec then made the two goals hold up the rest of the way.
The Red Wings had several good chances throughout the game…as 40 SOG would indicate…but Pavelec would not be beaten on this night. But no save was more spectacular then the one that stopped denied turned away robbed Henrik Zetterberg two minutes after Kozlov’s goal. Pavs moved quickly to his left to make a diving glove save on Zetterberg’s one-timer as the prolific scorer was left wide open on the right wing.
In the first period…Pavs helped kill off a Detroit power play playing about ¾ of the two minutes using a defender’s stick…Ron Hainsey’s, I believe…after his was dislodged from his hand during action close in to his goal. When your team kills off a penalty in that type of fashion…you kinda get the feeling the hockey gods are smiling in your direction.
The Thrashers’ win moves them to 11-7-3 overall record and 7-2-1 on the road. They are 5-1-2 in their last eight games and will pay Caolina a visit on Friday night before returning to play the Philadelphia Flyers in Atlanta Saturday night.
The Thrashers have not beaten the Flyers since…since…since…what was it, the Eisenhower administration? I can’t remember.
And now, some Thanksiving weekend announcements and reading assignments…
Thrashers Fans Take Their Clothes Off For Beer
Yeah…you read that right.
The Nasty Nest will hold what they are calling the “First Annual Take Your Clothes Off For Beer” event prior to the December 19 game against the New Jersey Devils. Fans that bring cloths to their tailgate party located in The Gulch will be given free beer for their efforts. Firebirds will also be donating wings to munch on as well.
The clothes will then go to the Atlanta Union Mission for distribution to those in need.
This idea is the brainchild of the Nest’s Captain Jaeger who told me that he really just wanted to do something for a good cause…and indeed this is. As always, the Nasty Nest tailgate party will have plenty of good food and good times for all to enjoy.
For more information, here is a link to the Nasty Nest’s discussion thread related to this event.
This is a fantastic idea and a great way for all Thrashers fans to help out in their community. So I hope you’ll join on the 19th of December as Thrashers fans take their clothes off for beer.
Sure hope it’s not too cold that day.
Black Friday Specials in Thrasherville
The Atlanta Thrashers are offering their own BOGO sales special this weekend. Starting Friday…aka Black Friday… and going through Cyber-Monday, if you buy a ticket to a game in December or January, you’ll receive a ticket to another game during those two months for free!
Thrashers Players Adopt A Family For Thanksgiving
Atlanta Thrashers players have teamed up with Families First to provide meals for local families in need This Thanksgiving. In all, $2,300 has been donated to help 46 families as well as pledged sponsorship of group homes for foster youths.
Families First assists more than 40,000 children and families each year and has been providing their services in the Metro Atlanta area for 120 years.
Peverley Wins October’s ATFC Player of the Month Honors
Last Saturday, the Atlanta Thrashers Fan Club awarded Rich Peverley with their Player of the Month Award…as Rose of Thrashers411 tells us. Members of the club overwhelmingly voted him the winner after his 6 goals and 7 assists during the season’s opening month. For the record, it was Peverley’s first ever NHL award.
As a side note…in the “small world” department…Kyle, the Fan Club member who presented the award, is the older brother of a young lady named Sally who is in the same JROTC unit at NCHS with my youngest tax exemption.
Turkey Stuffing vs. Turkey Dressing
Here’s an interesting review of the Thrashers’ first 20 games by our own “Smoothie”, (aka Mr. Speaker). Join me in bellying up to the discussion table as he serves us up a healthy serving of the “‘Ham-tastic’, the ‘Medi-okra’ and the ‘Cran-cid-berry‘”.
Here is Smoothie’s updated version…very good stuff, indeed.
It’s Never Too Early To Start Your Calder Cup Shopping
Daculafan of FanThrashtic opines that Evander Kane should be considered for this season’s Calder Cup…given to the NHL’s rookie of the year. Gotta say though, with last June’s crop of top picks, Kane’s going to have some tough competition there regardless of how well he plays.
And Finally…We’re Number Seven!
So what’s this…some love from TSN? Very nice indeed!