Pavelec, Thrashers gobble up Wings

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?

Uh-huh…me neither.

Christoph Schubert congratulates Ondrej Pavelec after shutting out the Red Wings (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Christoph Schubert congratulates Ondrej Pavelec after shutting out the Red Wings (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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!

49 comments Add your comment

Alan R.

November 26th, 2009
12:45 am

The Thrashers win moves them to 11-7-3 overall record and 7-3-1 on the road.

Also, 8-0-0 when scoring first (or GOLD).

Sara

November 26th, 2009
12:57 am

Got home from dinner at the mom’s about the time the game ended. Fired up the DVR and just … just … WOW! Obviously I hate it for the Wings but abso-freakin-lutely LOVE it for Pavs and the Thrashers.

And now I’m watching one former Thrasher lead his team in decimating another former Thrasher. Hossa is tearing the Sharks up … which means my GAA and SV% is completely shot for the night. But it’s sure fun to watch!

Alan R.

November 26th, 2009
1:32 am

Obviously I hate it for the Wings but abso-freakin-lutely LOVE it for Pavs and the Thrashers.

We agree once again! I was cheering for every hit, goal, save, whatever. I found myself cheering a lot more for Atlanta than I anticipated. Really impressive to see us come out of the Joe with a shutout win. I honestly didn’t like our chances coming in, given both Atlanta and Detroit were on a slide. Atlanta came out on top, despite some awesome chances the Wings had.

Usually, the Wings don’t have their skid until February. I hope they’re just getting it over with early this year.

LAC

November 26th, 2009
2:08 am

Just an EXCELLENT win, only the appearance of waddell ruined an otherwise GREAT evening.

The Detroit announcers said that #17 has agreed to the number of years, 10. Only the dollar amount to be determined…. then the signing, so how do they know all this ?

Nice thing is we have games in hand on most teams, so that is GOOD.

Wonder what snotnpucks is saying about this one….

Nice to see Detroit out of the early playoff picture, hope they are out at seasons end, they deserve it.

We deserve to make it, if we continue this type play.

Sine NRY won, we are in 9th place all bunched up with a number of others, so losing games right now is NOT an option.

Must whip Carolina friday night for sure, then HOPEFULLY nail Philly
Saturday.

Happy Thanksgiving !

Let`s Start the Season

November 26th, 2009
4:40 am

LAC: Only the appearance of DW ruined it. Right on. DW standing there giving his best Reggie Dunlap imitation. Looking at the camera and saying absolutely nothing. Otherwise. A great night for the team. Excellent job of protecting the lead in 3rd period. Really proud of our guys. DW probably made the trip so he could get a free turkey dinner somewhere in Detroit. He does have those kind of connections.

Putting On The Foil

November 26th, 2009
8:18 am

Who wanted wings today anyway?

Dwayne

November 26th, 2009
8:35 am

Line for the Carolina game should go like this…
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See how much thought I put into it? None, you know why?? We are on the road against Carol-ina
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day…Be careful if your traveling.

Get The Puck Out

November 26th, 2009
8:36 am

Team played as a TEAM for sixty minutes. It really does make a difference when you play sixty instead of twenty. Excellent job by whole team, especially OP. I just hope Kovy gets signed soon. Think that would make the team play a little more confident and loose? Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Brendan

November 26th, 2009
9:21 am

I like my wings hot-n-fried to a crisp and that’s exactly how we got ‘em last night.

Brendan

November 26th, 2009
9:28 am

Actually, 40 shots on goal is still troubling. But I don’t want to be negative Neddy following a rare franchise win in Detroit. I never saw Waddell last night. Did he do an interview? John Anderson’s “walrus” is almost all the way back!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Feliz Accion de Gracias.

five_hole

November 26th, 2009
9:46 am

Any game we win is a great game, but we had a spectacular effort last night. I wouldn’t call it 60 minutes. The Wings definitely dominated the 1st 10 minutes. On the other hand, we dominated the last 50. The penalty kill was solid, especially that 2 minutes, all of which was in our end, and Pavelic playing with Reasoner’s stick (and Marty playing without one). And that save on Zetterberg was definitely a highlight reel save.

We need a decent nickname for Pavelic. Something that resonates from the rafters. I suggest “O”. “Ooooooooo” “Oooooooooooo”.

Happy Turkey day to everyone. Stuff yourselves and be sure and thank the cook.

I.C. Wiener

November 26th, 2009
9:48 am

That pass that Antro tipped in wasn’t from Max, it was from Kozzy…

rightshot

November 26th, 2009
10:06 am

Enjoyed watching the game with mom and dad (dad fell asleep per usual) We all enjoyed the game. Very happy with the effort and just hope we can get the same kind of effort at home.

Among many other things today, I’m thankful for hockey and this blog,
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Rawhide

November 26th, 2009
10:26 am

I.C. Wiener – Actually…Kozlov passed to Max after circling back on the left side. Max was racing into the zone. Max then made the pass to Antropov for the goal. Max with the primary assist, Kozzy with the secondary.

Happy Thanksgiving all!!!!

Dwayne

November 26th, 2009
11:06 am

Happy Thanksgivng everyone!!! rightshot, I’d give everything I had to watch my Dad fall asleep in his recliner again. Still have my Mom, and feel blessed for that. Everyone take some extra time, not just today, but every chance you get to tell them you love them, they will feel better and so will you!! Life is short, Pray hard, play hard and go Thrashers.

Bob

November 26th, 2009
11:14 am

The Wings look very average, just hate it for them.

Whoever doesn’t like Pavelec needs to rethink their take on him. The kid is a winner. And he has upside. Speaking of which, this club is going to improve this year and make the playoffs. Mark it down. Pavelec has upside. Little obviously has a lot of upside left this year with his play. Bogosian has upside. Kane has upside. White has upside left in his play this year. Kozlov is getting rolling. This club only needs to get SOG under control and with a deadline move for a top line RW, look out.

Barry

November 26th, 2009
11:28 am

Ya that was a complete game effort on the road. Why oh why can’t they play like that at home??? I wouldn’t stress about the 40 shots from Detroit. Red Wings ALWAYS outshoot everyone. It’s just their system and they way they play. It was obvious Red Wings missing some of their big horses to injury as they didn’t look as intimidating as usual. I really didn’t get the sense they were as much of a threat offensively as they normally are, and also hats off to Opie for making some awesome saves. That glove save on Zetterberg was just awesome and was the #1 play of the night on NHL Network On The Fly.

Nate

November 26th, 2009
11:31 am

Big win last night. Chance for a mini run of wins over the next few. The only game I would favor the competition would maybe be the Flyers. Although the curse may be over since Nitty is out of town now? The boys just need to show up and not take the Stains or Kitties lightly. Oh, and definitely pay back the Isles!

five_hole

November 26th, 2009
11:38 am

I.C. Wiener I’m not sure, but I think Max was the one who started the play back in our end. He made the pass from deep in our end to Slava and then raced into their zone to set up Andropov.

Rawhide

November 26th, 2009
12:29 pm

five_hole – Indeed Max did just that. After playing the puck behind Pavelec’s goal, he hauled ass down the ice to take Kozlov’s pass and feed Antropov. Very nice goal.

Please give my best Thankgiving wishes to your lovely bride and family.

Tom

November 26th, 2009
12:36 pm

A special thanks to everyone who participates on this board and shares my love for the Thrashers. You all are special and I am thankful for that. Even Stendec is appreciated for his contrarian view.

Paminski

November 26th, 2009
12:47 pm

What an excellent Thanksgiving Eve! Good people, good beer and good hockey. I think the Thrashers even played for 60 minutes.

Smoothie

November 26th, 2009
1:00 pm

Silly Tilly! Trix are for kidz!

But I am truly humbled by your gracious and kind blog cross-promotion of As the Birds Thrash. Though I must admit that I am a bit embarrassed due to the fact that I have not had time to finish the blog entry I started on Tues.

But alas, that is why I named it the Holiday Review edition and I will indeed follow up later today with my thoughts on the Thrashers thru 20 and now 21 games.

If nothing else, the stats I compiled comparing these first 20 games with other 20 game segments from last season are pretty interesting. The biggest difference has got to be the GOALTENDING! Thanx Pavs and Moose!!

five_hole

November 26th, 2009
2:09 pm

Thanks Bill. And the same to you and your family.

sisu

November 26th, 2009
3:43 pm

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Great win and good look at what Pavs can do. He mentioned that he was not feeling well prior to the game? Are you kidding me? Nice win and solid effort from all 4 lines! :)
And Tampa lost so even sweeter!

Darren

November 26th, 2009
5:53 pm

I’m thankful we didn’t have to hear about “being behind the 8-ball” from last night’s game.

Lee

November 26th, 2009
7:13 pm

AWESOME game last night!!! OP was solid! Finally Henrik Zetterberg didn’t do something

Smoothie

November 26th, 2009
9:55 pm

Hope everyone had a wonderful day of feasting with family and friends alike. If any of you get bored tomorrow in the hours leading up to the contest with the Carolina Canes, please check out my now UPDATED blog entry detailing the good (hamtastic), the bad (mediokra) and the ugly (crancidberry) of the Thrashers season through 21 games. I would welcome any feedback and commentary on the blog and please note you don’t need to register or create a name even to post a comment.

http://thrashingbirds.blogspot.com/2009/11/thanksgiving-holiday-reviewcontinued.html

Jimbo

November 27th, 2009
8:50 am

Great win at a good time. Won’t see two better passes than those dished up by Max and Kovy. Also thought that Zach played a good game moving people, blocking shots, etc.

Brent

November 27th, 2009
7:31 pm

Hainsey blows ! That goal was on him. Why did Stupid Waddell waste all that money on him ? What a joke

Brent

November 27th, 2009
7:39 pm

Oh great. Kovy gets hurt again !

Putting On The Foil

November 27th, 2009
7:54 pm

Another slow start. Picking up the pace the last five minutes. McConnell wearing out the “drive by” line. Personally liked Dellacamera better.

Brent

November 27th, 2009
7:55 pm

Why dont they trade this Brian Little guy ? He is TERRIBLE and contibutes nothing !

Putting On The Foil

November 27th, 2009
7:56 pm

And whatever happened to Jiggs?

Putting On The Foil

November 27th, 2009
8:03 pm

Little will come around. Todd White ain’t bringing nothing just like two years ago.

Winnepeg Trashers

November 27th, 2009
8:08 pm

Don’t worry Brent. You won’t have a team much longer.

Olde Tymer

November 27th, 2009
8:21 pm

Little. White. Reasoner. Slater. You could say we have several guys not contributing on Offense. This needs to change if they are to make the playoffs. They’ll definitely have to trade for more scoring if they do make the Playoffs. This current roster wouldn’t make it past 2 rounds, I’m afraid. It’s like we have too many of the same “type” of player, like all these 3rd/4th line guys.

Brent

November 27th, 2009
8:29 pm

Yeah White blows too. Go away Winnipeg !

HookyBob

November 27th, 2009
8:49 pm

I know where Winnipeg,…but don’t know where Winnepeg is.

Come on guys lets pull this game out in the 3rd.

sisu

November 27th, 2009
9:37 pm

OK! Negative nellies! What now? 5 – 4 Thrashers!!!! Winnipeg lost it all when Teemu left!!!!

fes

November 27th, 2009
9:48 pm

and reasoner finally gets one. another great third period.

HookyBob

November 27th, 2009
9:48 pm

Way to light them up guys.

Tom

November 27th, 2009
9:58 pm

Wow. We are a hell of a 3rd period team. Now it is time to put Paul M on suicide watch…

Russian

November 27th, 2009
9:58 pm

What Comeback. Unbeliveble!
Holy Cow.

sisu

November 27th, 2009
10:07 pm

And so it’s just another win :)

Curly

November 27th, 2009
10:12 pm

Tom

November 27th, 2009
10:13 pm

And I forgot to mention it, Reasoner is off the island.

LAC

November 27th, 2009
10:34 pm

WOW, I cannot believe they turned a stinker game into a WIN !!!

Did anyone notice all those EMPTY SEATS in Raleigh tonight ?

Wonder when those canada fans will start yelling for them to move…???

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

November 27th, 2009
10:39 pm

:!: RANALLO WARNING!! :!:

This is your 10-minute Ranallo Warning!