Thrashers get by with a Little help from their friends

The Thrashers were up to their old tricks Friday night…playing themselves into deficits of 2-0 and 4-1 before mounting a ferocious comeback. Only this time, they weren’t doing so in the friendly confines of Philips Arena…they were in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Ya know, as I have opined before…I love Carolina Hurricane fans. I guess the Thrashers just feel at home with them as well.

After playing arguably their best game of the season… laying a goose egg on the Red Wings in Detroit… Atlanta was in the process of simply laying egg in the ice of RBC Center…trailing by three with less than 14 minutes left to play. They were being out-scored, out-shot, out-hustles, out-hit, out-chanced…just plain out-ed all night long.


The Thrashers started playing just a Little bit better…as in Bryan Little.

Ilya Kovalchuk beats Manny Legace to make the score 4-2 Canes (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Ilya Kovalchuk beats Manny Legace to make the score 4-2 Canes (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

With just over six minutes left in the game, Little fought his way to win the puck off to the right of Manny Legace’s goal and fed a beautiful pass back to Slava Kozlov, who then promptly buried the shot. It was Kozlov’s third goal in as many games and it ignited a 3 goal in 2:39 outburst for the visiting Thrashers.

I had no sooner thought to myself, “Self…I sure hope that great play will help get Bryan finally going”…when Little took a pass from Zach Bogosian through center ice, flew through the Canes defense on the left side, then passed the puck back to a trailing Rich Peverley… who then dispensed the puck into the net for the game winner.

This is the kind of game we’ve been waiting for out of Little all season, and can you just imagine what this offense is capable of if he does indeed carry this effort over into future games?

Ondrej Pavelec recovered from four goals in the first two periods…one coming via an e-GREEee-gious misplay of the puck behind the net that led to Carolina’s second goal. For the night, he stopped 32 of 36 shots faced, including all 9 he was tested with during the final 20 minutes…his record now improving to 8-5-3 with a 2.84 GAA and .921 SV%.

Kovalchuk, Toby Enstrom and Pavel Kubina celebrate Maxim Afinogenov's game-tyer (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Kovalchuk, Toby Enstrom and Pavel Kubina celebrate Maxim Afinogenov's game-tyer (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Evander Kane got the Atlanta’s first goal of the night, coming at the 10:31 mark of the second period…which was the best way to respond to the big hit put on him at the beginning of the period. Ilya Kovalchuk and Maxim Afinogenov each netted goals in that incredible third period to dig the Thrashers out of their hole and tie the game at 4-4.

Kovy and Max each assisted on the other’s goal…along with Toby Enstrom who got the primary on the captain’s and the secondary on Afinogenov’s. For the evening, Enstrom earned three assists as he also made the great pass to Kane for Evander’s goal.

Toby finished a +4, as did Pavel Kubina.

And then there is Marty Reasoner…whose empty-netter with 63 seconds left finally got him off of Schnide Island. So, if you were like me and voted that Jim Slater would be last off The Schnide…you chose wisely!

Rich Peverley disepnses the puck past Legace for the game-winner (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Rich Peverley disepnses the puck past Legace for the game-winner (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The Thrashers are now 12-7-3 for 27 points..a level they did not reach until game number 34 last season when the beat the Islanders 4-2 to earn points 27 and 28. Little scored twice in that game.

They are second in the Southeastern Division and tied with Philadelphia and both New York teams for the 7th through 10th spots in the East. However, given that Atlanta has played one fewer game than the Flyers, two fewer than the Rangers and four fewer than the Islanders…they currently hold the 7th spot in the conference, one behind Buffalo and two behind Boston.

Speaking of Philly…Saturday night it’ll be the Flyers in town, whom the Thrashers haven’t beaten since…since…flipping though stacks of stat sheets and records…since…hell, the Hoover administration I think.

Actually, it was November 18, 2005 when Greg DeVries scored in overtime to beat them 6-5. Atlanta trailed 5-3 with less than two minutes in that game before Peter Bondra and Patrik Stefan were able to pull off heroics.

As much as I like these thrilling comeback victories, though…I do not suggest the Thrashers employing the “Dig-Out-Of-A-Two-Or-Three-Goal-Hole” strategy against these guys.

43 comments Add your comment


November 27th, 2009
11:04 pm

No Nittymaki there anymore…We just may have a chance


November 27th, 2009
11:05 pm

Last season, I would have stopped watching after it was 4-1. It’s different year. The Thrashers no longer roll over and die. I don’t encourage a come-from-behind victory every night, but it’s good to know it can be done.


November 27th, 2009
11:16 pm

It is very nice to see the Thrashers keep (or sometimes just start) working to win, even when they are down. That is a trait of a team that can go far. I’m hoping for more than 82 (or 86) games this season.


November 28th, 2009
12:58 am

Did anyone watch the Flyers vs Sabres today? The Philly fans were booing when the Buffalo captain got hurt, what class!

Great win, just had a feeling about this one, they would come back and win. Now beat down the Criers and their classless fans!!!!!

Petey Club

November 28th, 2009
1:05 am

Slight edit needed. Slater would be last off of the Schneid…


November 28th, 2009
1:23 am

There were a LOT of empty seats tonight in Raleigh, guess those CLASSLESS canada fans should start ragging on where Carolina is moving, what a bunch of greedy BUMS !!!

Great third, but the first two… Yuck…

Will need a BIG effort to beat those Flyers, let’s hope we do.

Ron Mexico

November 28th, 2009
1:24 am

Wow, what a game! I gotta admit, when they went down 4-1 I thought it was over and tuned out, and by the time I checked back to see the score, it was tied! I tell ya, this is a team that you cannot quit on, and I LOVE that!! It speaks volumes that they have the capability to overcome these kind of defacits. Now if only they can put together more complete 60 minute games so that they don’t constantly have to dig themselves out of these jams……At any rate it was a great game overall and it was nice to see contributions from pretty much everybody especially Little, Toby as well as seeing Reasoner getting into the goal column. Now here’s to hoping we cream the Flyguys tomorrow night!! As Josh said, Nitty’s not there anymore, so I think we do have a legitimate chance to wipe the slate clean when it comes to our play vs. Philly.


November 28th, 2009
1:26 am

GREAT game. Though I’m going to suggest my husband just watch the 3rd.

Wayne stuck in AL

November 28th, 2009
1:57 am

Wish I could’ve watched the game; instead my cable company’s SportSouth feed had South Carolina college basketball AND Memphis Grizzlies basketball…


November 28th, 2009
2:48 am

If anyone’s still up, grab a cup of coffee and settle back. I feel a long post coming on! (This means the down arrow for some of you.) Okay, where to start? Confession time. I didn’t see this game until the replay of it, when I entered at about the beginning of the 2nd period. But I made sure not to peek at any websites until it ended.

Wow. Thud. A 5-0 third period. Four goals in 7:26. I know Carolina is a division rival, and we’re supposed to hate them because of that, but I am genuinely concerned for their season. Are they really this bad? Any moment now, Sage of Bluesland will appear to announce Paul Maurice as the next Coach the Thrashers got fired. (Remember his, “The Threat is Real” T-shirts? Every time the Thrashers beat a team, and then that coach got fired, he writes the Coach’s name down on the back of the shirt, adding the date of death to it.)

Rawhide covered this one pretty well, (he always does,) but I want to add my “3 stars of the Game” in this order. 1st Star: Toby Enstrom, +4, three (3) assists, while logging the second most minutes of the night, at 20:46. 2nd Star: Pavel Kubina, who logged the MOST minutes, at 24:02, and was likewise a +4, with an assist. And my 3rd star is Evander Kane, who may have been the most impressive Thrashers throughout the entire 60-minute game; Kane scored the first Thrasher goal of the game.

Here’s how the D-minute broke down. Kubina had 24:02, followed by Enstrom, at 20:46, Hainsey is next at 19:47, Bogosian was 4th at 19:14. Next was Christophe Schubert, and I want you all to pay close attention here. Ready for this? 18:44. That’s just 2:02 less than Enstrom played, and 30 seconds fewer minutes than Bogosian. Rounding it out was Anssi Salmela, at 13:36, all of which was played at even strength.

In a game where our guys once trailed, 4-1, there’s bound to be some negatives. And here they are: At -2, were Zach Bogosian and Slava Kozlov. At -1, were Christophe Schubert and Ron Hainsey. These six (6) guys were “even” for the night: Finny, Slater, Reasoner, Armstrong, Thorburn, and Todd White. At +1, were Little, Kovalchuk, Salmela, and Nik Antropov. At +2, were Evander Kane and Rich Peverley. And, at +4, were Enstrom and Kubina. Here’s the boxscore:


November 28th, 2009
2:59 am

Hainsey needs to be traded. He’s our worst and most ineffective d-man.
Thorburn needs to be waived. Bring up some youth from Chi-town. Then we will have some consistent effort from the get-go.


November 28th, 2009
3:22 am

What a night in the NHL. Marty Brodeur set the all-time NHL minutes played by a goalie record. Congrats to him. As I understand it, Bruins fans stood and applauded. I’m sure, as soon as play resumed, then went right back to booing him. :shock:

Back to the Joe, the Red Wings posted another 40 shot outing, with no goals to show for it, in a 3-0 loss to Calgary. It hasn’t been much of a “holiday season” for the ticket holders in Detroit. Atlanta marched in and posted a 2-0 victory on Wednesday night, with Pavelec making 40 saves. No goals in 80 shots, for Detroit, is something of a rarity. Even though, they were arguably robbed of at least ONE (1) goal tonight.

Okay, Florida lost to Toronto, 6-4. Let’s hear it for the Maple Leafs, who also defeated Tampa Bay for us, earlier in the week. :mrgreen: Way to go, Leafs! Segue to the Bolts, Tampa Bay did win, 5-1, over the NY Rangers tonight. :sad: The Broadway Blueshirts, like the Colorado Avalanche, who also lost tonight, have come plummeting back down to Earth, after a stratospheric start to the season. Atlanta is tied with the Bolts, but we also have one (1) game-in-hand. :cool:

Segue to more “crazy” games-in-hand stats, Atlanta has games-in-hand on everyone in the playoff field in the Eastern Conference, EXCEPT Buffalo. :grin: The Sabres only lead Atlanta by one-point. So, wanna hear some nutty stuff? Sure ya do. The #1 seed is the Washington Capitals, whom the Thrashers trail by 7-points. But Atlanta holds three games-in-hand. So, that lead “could” only really become 1-point, if Atlanta won those games. Atlanta trails the 2nd seeded Penguins by 7-points, but enjoys a whopping four (4) games-in-hand on the defending Stanley Cup Champions. If Atlanta won all four of those games, it would actually LEAD Pittsburgh by one-point. :shock: And, to complete the insanity, the Atlanta Thrashers trail the #1 seed in the NHL, the San Jose Sharks, 38-points, by eleven (11) points, but have FIVE GAMES-IN-HAND. If the Thrashers actually managed to win all five of those games, it would only trail the current and former President’s Trophy leaders by a single point. :lol: Isn’t it fun to speculate with numbers? And, just think, if Atlanta won every remaining game on the schedule, it’d set the all-time NHL record for points in a season, by about ten (10). If ya feel what I’m sayin’. :smile: Currently, Atlanta is in playoff position, sitting at seed #7. It was great to have a 4-point swing on the ‘Canes tonight. I wonder what Carolina GM, Jim Rutherford, is thinking right about now. It’s never good to lose games at home. But it’s especially WORSE to lose games, AT HOME, during a HOLIDAY, when you’re the LAST PLACE team in the NHL, and you couldn’t even SALVAGE A POINT from a THREE (3) GOAL LEAD heading into the third period. Woo-boy. Is Paul Maurice about the get the “ax?”


November 28th, 2009
5:25 am

well, I, for one have always said this team was a playoff team. Those who don’t see it are just kidding themselves. This team rocks.


November 28th, 2009
6:36 am

I laughed out loud at your “laying an egg” comment. Hahahaha. Well, since moving to Australia 2 years ago, I’ve not seen a Thrashers game, but I have listened to many online. Unfortunately I was at work for this one, so when I checked the score on my phone and saw 4-1, I forgot about it until about 1 minute left, and you can imagine my surprise when I saw the score! I just saw the highlights online earlier tonight. That was most impressive play by Kane to score that first goal. The anticipation and movement to get in position…just awesome. This was the comeback they’ve been *thisclose* to having, how many times now? Finally a comeback that resulted in a win!

I hope we can beat the flyers and get that monkey off our back. Or is the monkey Nittymaki? I guess we’ll see the next time we play him and the Lightning.

I’m so excited about the firepower of this Thrashers team. has there been any talk of Kovy’s contract negotiations recently? SURELY he can see the potential this team has. Then again, maybe he also sees how many free agents there will be at the end of this season and that makes him nervous? It used to drive me crazy when people would go on and on about players contracts (see Hossa debacle for eg.) but I am finally seeing where they were coming from. The thought of losing Kovy makes me nauseous.

Get The Puck Out

November 28th, 2009
8:10 am

Yep – I gave up on ‘em. When i saw that forth goal at the end of the second period and the way the defense played it, or the way they didn’t play it i went to bed. WOW – I was shocked. They looked like for two periods that they were outplayed, out hustled, and on their way to losing. Hey – I’m glad they won, but they have to come out of the gate playing this way, especially against good teams. OP was on his own for two periods, but i thought he did great. I almost feel sorry for Carolina, almost.


November 28th, 2009
8:11 am

While I’m glad the birds kept their focus and won, I’m more than concerned about our goaltending. Two games in a row Pavs has misplayed the puck. While it was an awesome save, he got lucky in Detroit and straight up embarrassed last night. Hopefully Moose won’t give up any “easy” goals tonight. Does anyone know if Philly is starting Emery?


November 28th, 2009
8:38 am

Love this from the Raleigh-News Observer, sums it ALL up !!!!

RALEIGH — Goaltender Manny Legace sat in the Carolina Hurricanes weight room at the RBC Center, head down, alone with his thoughts.

Some of the Hurricanes’ players moved about a somber locker room with a barely controlled fury, angrily slamming gear into equipment bags for flight to Buffalo. Others seemed dazed.

In the course of a season, some losses are tougher to handle than others. But the Canes’ 6-4 loss Friday to the Atlanta Thrashers, who erupted for five goals in the third period, may have been a crusher in a season that already has produced a bevy of defeats.

“I can’t think of anything tougher than this one,” forward Matt Cullen said. “To be up like we were in the third, and to give it up like that, is pretty tough to swallow.”

Great To See !!!!!!


November 28th, 2009
9:36 am

I know you’ll all like this one…

Last night, we were the Little Enstrom that could.

Ok,ok. At least I amuse myself.

Hockey Biltong

November 28th, 2009
9:41 am

Last year we saw all of this occur towards the end of the season. The west coast roadtrip had my wife and I going scooby-doo “arooooo?” towards their improvement in play.I can’t say it is relaxing in any possible manner, however they win.So tonight the “surekill river kids” come to town. So play Boulton cause there will be fisticuffs for sure. I expect a big smackdown and for once, a win!!!!


November 28th, 2009
9:54 am

Kovvy has no intention on re-signing with Atlanta.

He is Gone with the Wind.


November 28th, 2009
10:13 am

Petey Club Slater may not score all year. Especially if he continues to play below average hockey like he did last night. Actually, I don’t want to pick on just Slater; there were a lot of people that still had their minds on Thanksgiving leftovers. I’d prefer to concentrate on the ones that played a full 60 minutes, like Enstrom, Kubina and Thorburn. Wow, was Toby on fire last night or what? Max also “Maxed out” last night. For most of the rest of them, they just had no “jump” for the first 2 periods.

Fortunately (for me) I didn’t give up on the game, but I did not think we’d be able to come back like that. Usually we start the comebacks about 10 minutes too late.

There is definitely still something wrong with Kovy’s foot, and I can’t help but worry that he’s hurting his recovery by continuing to play. If he had sat out according to his schedule, he’d be coming back healthy by now.

I don’t know what it is about Pavelic’s game. He still doesn’t look rock solid in goal to me. He flops like a fish and scrambles a lot more than I think he needed to. I’m not enamored with his glove hand. But, you can’t argue with results, and the kid keeps putting up the wins on the scoreboard. The only fault I had with his game last night was the “Oops” goal that Samsonov (I think) scored on the empty net wraparound.


November 28th, 2009
10:29 am

rhett — you are a dunderheaded blabbermouth…you may go now.

Biltong — indeed we will need a rested and pumped up Boultsy to lead the troops into action against the Philth-adelphia Flying Biscuits. Let’s hope we can actually score first and then let the fights come to us. Can’t afford to get down early (especially by more than a goal) against these guys as bad memories of 14 straight losses will surely cloud their heads should they dig a hole again.

I was truly shocked to the point of laughing (after screaming at the TV and cursing just about every player not named Kane, Enstrom, Kubina or Pavelec for the better part of 2 hours) when the Thrashers scored the third goal by Kovy. At that point, I just knew we were going to at least tie it and steal another point from the jaws of defeat. Carolina had lost their best D-man, Pitkanen, and Legace had been a rebound-making machine on the few shots we did put on him. It just seemed like a matter of time. But the way we were swarming the Canes in the neutral zone and in their zone was truly magnificent. If we could only find the catalyst for starting a game with such urgency.

I’m hoping that the switch JA made back to the original lines from late October will surely make the difference. While the Kahlua Line may get pushed around from time to time, Little and Kozzy seem to be playing well enough on both ends of the ice to minimize any damage; and now Bryan and Slava seem to be finding some semblance of a scoring touch. At the very least Litts hustles his A$$ off and is starting to just take the puck deep. They need to leave the cross-ice touch passes and fancy stuff to the Russian Roulette line.

And what more can you say about the new iteration of the AK-47 line. They just get it. Perhaps it is because they all were schooled properly in college or in Juniors and excel at getting the puck deep, chipping it to open spots where a linemate can get it and cycling it patiently till an opening for a scoring chance presents itself. We are sooooo lucky to have such a savvy player like Ricky Pevs and Evander Kane looks like the next coming of Brendan Shanahan the way he uses his body and finds seams in the D to squeeze off lethal scoring bids. I am falling in love with the Kane Train.

Lines for tonite should be:

Russian Roulette; AK-47; Kozzy – Reasy – Little; Greek Gods…bench White and give him a chance to see some things from the press box bird’s eye view…it helped Bryan when he returned from his groin “injury” and perhaps Whitey needs some perspective. Also, I wouldn’t mind it if they benched Hainsey in favor of Schubie and Bogo on the 2nd pairing. Salmela is playing well and Pops should be chomping at the bit to hit some Flyers.


November 28th, 2009
10:33 am

This is what happens when you go back to the good lines, they started playing
Kovy Antropov Afenigenov
Little White Kozlov
Kane Pevs Armstrong
And the guys played with chemistry, it was instant offense.
I’d like to see Kane, Pevs, Little as the 2nd line, and have a solid line of Kozlov White Armstrong for the third.


November 28th, 2009
10:35 am

five_hole — thank you for mentioning Thorburn; I should not have excluded him from praise for his play last night. He has completely transformed himself into a penalty-killing terror on skates. He is skating so much more fluidly and powerfully without losing his balance. There was one sequence in which he went all the way down to the O-zone after a clear to hound the puck carrier. Then he turned back, skated his A$$ off down the ice to catch up to Staal or Cole as they came across the blueline; the pass came to his side and he knocked it away leading to another easy clear and allowing his teammates to change / regroup for the next rush. He has been stellar on the PK.


November 28th, 2009
10:49 am

It’s good have this win, but let’s face it: there’s hardly any other goalie in the league right now who would allow all these goals within the span of a few minutes. I am very unhappy with Hainsey. For the guy of his size he is so soft that whoever is paired with him tends to move over to his side anticipating Ron being moved away from the puck again. He needs to spend a few days in the gym. Let Popovic play in his place for a few games.


November 28th, 2009
10:59 am

Smoothie Thank you for mentioning Kane. He’s one of the few that also played a 60 minute game. Every time I see him on the ice, I have to keep reminding myself that he’s only 18. Kids his age just shouldn’t know how to play the way he does at this level. I disagree about the second coming of Shanahan. Brendan was a true power forward. One year he scored 50 goals and 50 assists, and also fought the tough guys. I think Kane will end up being more of a “finesse” type player. He’s still capable of the 50 goal/50 assist season (perhaps) but I don’t think he’s the kind of player you want to see drop the gloves the way Shanny did.

I’ve not been a Thorburn fan before this season, but he’s impressed me more than he ever has. He’s played much better defense, and as you pointed out, is much more fluid on the ice. Still isn’t more than a 3rd or 4th line player, but I don’t think he’s ever taken a shift off.

One last thing; the ice at the RBC center must have been really bad last night. I was watching players from both teams fall for no reason. Much too often to have just lost an edge on their skates.


November 28th, 2009
11:00 am

So, it seems I’m just not supposed to make it to a viewing party this year. I work on the weekends, so I was excited about the one on Wednesday. However, while I was on my way toward Alpharetta, someone pulled out in front of me, and totaled my car. Ouch.


November 28th, 2009
11:44 am

Midfield-I totally agree with your points on Hainsey. He will be playing himself out of the top four very soon if the effort and physical elements of his game continue to take the night off. He has more talent at his disposal right now than Pops, Salmela, Valabik, or Schubert, but he makes too much money to not be playing smart D. Maybe his penchant to play a more offensive role is too similar to Bogo, Enstrom, and Kubina(somewhat). I would prefer a veteran D-first guy, paired with Bogo, that also has puck handling abilities, not the other way around.

With Valabik coming back, we may see the trade winds start brewing to tweak the forward and dman positions by the end of Dec.


November 28th, 2009
12:17 pm

Amazing comeback!!!! I got a little scared at first but we had some amazing goals! I hope we beat Philly tommorrow!


November 28th, 2009
1:16 pm

Give up??? Change the channel??? Never!!!! When things are going wrong, you just change the jersey you wore during the bad part of the game. My blue one had no mojo last night, so I changed to the white after the second. Time to embrace the superstitious side of our sport.

Disagree on the D. Hainsey was positionally pretty sound last night. He does not get suckered out of position and keeps the plays wide of the goal, which is his job. Do you want him to follow the play into the corner and leave the slot open? I see a lack of the forwards coming back to take their men as the primary reason we gave up so many goals last night. The only ones really hustling back last night were Kane and Thorburn. Valabik has no place here with this team. Is is slow footed and meandering and it would contradict everything JA is trying to do.

As good as Moose has been, i’d start Opie tonight even thought on the second game of a back to back series. His style still scares me (the miss Cullen had in the third as OP was diving forward instead of cutting across and butterflying is a prime example) but I am sure he is pissed at the way he played last night and feels he “owes” one to the team. Feed off that, and let’s shut the Flyers down.


November 28th, 2009
1:18 pm

Jameson — damn! Sorry to hear about your accident…glad you are okay! Hope that other driver’s insurance comes through!

five_hole — while I understand your hesitation to annoint Kane the next coming of Shanahan, I still think his uncanny nose for the net in anticipation of the puck or the ability to slide into a seam undetected like Shanny makes it a fair comparison. I know there are better examples out there, perhaps Wotek Wolski as he is more finesse than grit with great hands, but I couldn’t come up with anything that quickly. I think over time, by the time he is 20 or 21, you will again be amazed at his ability to dominate a game PHYSICALLY. He already does a pretty good job of holding his own out there against men much bigger than he and he’s barely out of diapers! He is one of our best hitters and plays with more sandpaper than almost anyone on the team not named Bogosian. It’s quite heartening to know that our two youngest players will end up being the two most physical forces on the team for years to come…in my opinion. While Kane may seem more finesse, I think his smooth skating and effortless footwork bely his ability to throw his weight around. Can’t wait to see him in 2 or 3 more years!!

Darkhorse et al — it’s high time Ron Hainsey look closely at himself in the mirror…and not for the reasons we normally associate when Hainsey and mirror are mentioned in the same breath! Does he want to be a savvy veteran leader or a conservative “passenger” that XLB warned us about?? I think he may be better suited playing with a guy like Schubie or Pops so he is forced to be more aggressive offensively. Bogo needs to have the green light and need not worry about Ronsey playing tentative or careful.


November 28th, 2009
2:09 pm

Smoothie- Thanks for the well wishes. I am a bit banged up, but I’ll be better long before the car is. The guy had Nationwide, so hopefully it won’t be too much of a hassle, and I can get some new transportation to Philips.


November 28th, 2009
3:54 pm

Admittedly…I stopped watching last night after the second period. But I did DVR the third period and was pleasantly surprised (to say the least) when I chose to watch it later. But can you really blame anyone for tuning out. I know the team has a knack for comebacks, but the lackluster effort yet AGAIN after 40 minutes left me with little desire to continue watching. But alas, I guess that’s why the Canes are the Canes this year. All five 3rd period goals for the Thrash came at even strength where Carolina ranks dead last in goals allowed. It played out the was the season has dicated it would I suppose.


November 28th, 2009
4:03 pm

The stats right now are really starting to look good in Atlanta’s favor. Leading the league in goals-for(3.54), fifth in power play(23.0%), third in penalty-killing(84.3%). They’ve never lost a game in which they score the first goal and Pavel Kubina(Maple Leafs fans must love this) is third in the league at +15. Opie gives us a heart attack at least once a game, but his 92.1 save percentage is just fine with me. Unfortunately he needs to maintain that number because we give up so many shots.

Anyone who says that this is not a playoff team is not looking at the numbers or at the way this team never gives up. While they come out soft every night it seems, they grind all the way to the end. If Little and Kozlov are truly starting to heat up, then we have three legit scoring lines. Think about that, Thrashers fans, when have we ever had three legit lines? The combos are still a work in progress but I feel certain that JA will find the right formula.


November 28th, 2009
4:45 pm

Nate- I hear ya. I left the game to take a shower in the third period. I came back, and it was tied. I could hardly believe it.


November 28th, 2009
4:46 pm


I think I even heard the announcers last night say that the Thrashers are the only remaining team to have not lost a game in which they held the lead at any point within a game. That’s a pretty good stat as well.


November 28th, 2009
9:41 pm

What is the name of that goalie we have that is hurt? Think Chicago needs some help for the few weeks he is healthy and sober?

Very proud of our boys today. 60 minutes of effort tonight.


November 28th, 2009
10:37 pm

An “Official” Ranallo warning???

If not, congrats to Ondrej for making 34 saves and getting us a big 4-point swing on the Flyers. We are still in playoff position. Tear off points #67 and #66 from your flip chart. It should now read, “65-points to go” for the Thrashers playoff berth.


November 28th, 2009
10:46 pm

This was a Character game if I ever saw one. This 1-0 win IS the type games GOOD teams win… This is a BIG step forward, Gee I said that ???

So within about 72 hours we won THREE hockey games and TWO against
tough teams who have had their way with us in the recent past.

A win Monday night will give us 31 points, Nice thing…

TB losing, Fla lost, NYR lost, Ottawa lost and Philly lost !!!

Great game and look forward to another win monday night.

Hey Bill… When will RAWHIDE night at Philips be this season, I might just come down.

Cheers !!!


November 28th, 2009
11:02 pm

Can you believe it? Carolina gave up another lead heading into the 3rd period, and surrendered FIVE (5) third period goals to Buffalo. Here’s the boxscore. Seeing is believing.

So, Paul Maurice still have a job?


November 28th, 2009
11:07 pm

An “Official” Ranallo warning???

Brendan – Wokin’ on it…I’m watching the end of the Bolts-Stars game. It’s in OT after Tampa Bay scored two in the third to tie.


November 29th, 2009
12:04 am

Rawhide, the Stars couldn’t hold the fort for the final 4:54. At least the Stars won the game, 4-3, in OT.

World Be Free

November 29th, 2009
7:53 pm

Carolina must have forgotten that hockey games have 3 periods, not too. Buffalo can’t score much these days.

Same old Sabres resurfacng. No pressure on management to make changes; the rink is full win or lose.