Archive for November, 2009

Thrashers Kane-ing of Rangers Dispenses any worries of Kovy’s return

Ok, let’s see…I got a Kane… a Peverley, aka the Pevs Dispenser… and a Kovalchuk reference all in on one title. No too bad, eh?

Anyway…a few hours ago I was curbing my excitement of Ilya Kovalchuk’s possible return to the ice after just six games missed with the hope that he wasn’t just rushing things…not giving the broken foot enough time to fully heal.

Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal during the Thrasher win in New York (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal during the Thrashers win in New York (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Consider me completely at ease now.

In a very entertaining and fun to watch hockey game…one coach Anderson called “one of our best games of the year”…the Atlanta Thrashers made Ilya Kovalchuk’s return to the ice a successful one, beating the Rangers 5-3. The captain scored a power play goal and chipped in with an assist on Rich Peverley’s goal…also of the power play variety…as well as Maxim Afinogenov’s empty-net icer at the end.

Ilya led the Thrashers with 6 shots on goal while Maxim Afinogenov …

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Thrashers Math 101 – Statistics and Projections

Thrasher-Math 101 class at the University of Thrasherville…the rowdiest class on the cyber-campus assembles…Professor Rawhide takes the lectern

OK, class…settle down…quiet now, please, class… Class? …CLASS? …SHUT UP!!!

ahem…Thank you.

Ranallo, Tony C., Smoothie, World Be Free, Paminski and RiceOwls8891, if you’ll be so kind as to put away those hockey sticks and take your seats…Rstroz, please refrain from utilizing that bullhorn while inside the classroom… Sage, if you must bring sheep to the campus, please make sure they remain outside on the lawn.

Also… Spud Webb, Kracker and GaVaHokie…I will not tolerate another “Professor Chant” being started up today…do you understand, gentlemen?

Now then, before we….

ummm… Hockey Biltong, is that a Guiness you’re sipping on there in class? Uh-huh…and did you bring enough for everyone? No…no you didn’t? Well, you know the rule…if you didn’t bring enough for everyone, then you can’t drink one …

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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 …

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Would starting weeknight Thrashers games 30 minutes later really make a difference?

Would starting games at 7:30 rather than 7:00 mean more Thrashers fans at the games?

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Thrashers Loss To CBJs Is Like Déjà vu All Over Again

Thrashers loss to Columbus painfully similar to their three previous home games.

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Which Thrasher will be last off of Schnide Island?

Each year ‘round about this time we show up here and find a handful of skaters who are still residing Schnide Island…that tiny spec of land that sits smack-dab in the middle of the vast expanse of the Ocean of Zilch. A place no player wants to inhabit and longs to escape if they find themselves on it.

Rookie Evander Kane obvioulsy had heard of the place and wanted nothing of it, scoring his first NHL goal in St. Louis during his second ever game.

Nik Antropov has been helping others get off of Schide Island as he has 12 assists (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Nik Antropov has been helping others get off of Schide Island as he has 12 assists (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

To have their tickets punched to leave The Schnide, all they need do is deposit the biscuit into the basket and remove the big goose egg from the goals column of their stat sheet. One by one they’ll do so, depart and the population dwindles down until there is but one remaining on the Isle of Schnide.

After last Tuesday, when Bryan Little joined Pavel Kubina on the boat ferrying them away from the island, we are now down …

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With Kovalchuk out, Thrashers leave it to Peever for goals

Ya know…it’s too bad that this season is an Olympic year, causing the NHL to skip having an All-Star Game as to allow players to participate in the festivities in Vancouver. Because if this were not the case, I would right now…today…be opining, calling for…demanding… that fans in Thrasherville prepare to go forth and stuff the All-Star ballot box with votes for Rich Peverley.

Stuff the box like a Thanksgiving turkey for Peverley…fill the box with ballots faster than they can print ‘em.

Unfortunately…not this year.

Regardless…the Peever continued his stellar work last night in Montreal, scoring his seventh goal of the season and added two assists. For the season he has 16 points and is a +4. Since the Thrashers snatched him off the waiver wire last January, he has 20 goals, 31 assists and is a +20 in 50 games played.

All for the low, low price of $487,500…but wait, there’s more.

Rich Peverley has been in on 16 goal celebrations so far this season. Here, he parties with his teammates after earning the secondary assist on Pavel Kibina's power play goal (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

Rich Peverley has been in on 16 goal celebrations so far this season. Here, he enjoys …

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Thrashers ‘The good, the un-good and the ugly’

The good, the ungood and the ugly of the Atlanta Thrashers ten games in October.

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