Moulson golden in Islanders win over Thrashers

Matt Moulson’s hat trick Thursday night propelled the Islanders to a 4-1 win over the Thrashers…the loss leaves Atlanta with a record of 14-8-3 and sixth in the Eastern Conference.

Matt Moulson celebrates hat trick with his teammates (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Matt Moulson celebrates hat trick with his teammates (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Things started off fairly well for Atlanta as they jumped on top 1-0 thanks to Slava Kozlov’s fifth goal of the season. It was set up nicely by a great move by Bryan Little on the left side, sliding by an Islander defender to feed Kozzy on the far post.

Todd White was awarded the secondary assist…so it’s nice to see that line get something going after struggling for the most part this season.

Little almost got the Thrashers their second goal of the night a few minutes later, but his shot from close range clanked off the pipe.

But that’s when they were given three servings of Moulson and it proved to be too much for them to handle…and it caused the fans in Thrasherville to feel a little sick to their stomachs.

“I love scoring. I love winning. It’s huge, especially against Atlanta, who is playing real well,” Moulson said after the game. “To hold them to one goal says a lot about our defense”.

Moulson scored his three goals on five shots. Top draft pick John Tavares finished off the scoring with an empty-netter that crossed the lines moments before the final horn blew.

Former Thrasher John Sim battles Christoph Schubert for the puck  (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Former Thrasher John Sim battles Christoph Schubert for the puck (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Ondrej Pavelec returned started in goal and took the loss…he’s now 8-6-3 with a 2.86 GAA and .919 SV% for the season. In his last two games he’s allowed a total of seven goals. In his past five games, he shut out the Detroit Red Wings, but allowed 14 goals the other four. However, he has a .921 SV% in those five games having faced a total of 184 shots…an average of 36.8 per game in that span.

The Thrashers will now embark on a four game road trip that’ll take them to such places as sunny south Florida, cold and snowy Toronto, the Rocky Mountains and Calgary, then off to the Pacific Northwest to play the Vancouver Canucks.

The road has been good for this team so far…they are 8-2-1 away from Philips Arena.

They will return next Saturday to face the Montreal Canadiens before heading back out on the road for two more games…in New York against the Rangers and back to Florida.

Weekend Reading Assignments

Some coaches are finding a certain level of success in their second year behind the bench, as Darren Eliot points out. One of those sophomore coaches is, of course, our very own John Anderson.

Tom Ferda provides his thoughts on the Thrashers’ good start.

The Thrashers and Rich Peverley provided Tom Grigg with his top two “What’s Up With That” spots.

Who were the top-ten NHL coaches of the past decade? Well, here they are according to Puck Daddy’s Sean Leahy.

December is going to be a very busy month…as Daculafan opines over at FanThrashtic. And we aren’t just talkin’ about the holiday gift-buying rush!

And Finally…

Patrik Stefan, meet Rocky Baptiste. Rocky Baptiste… Patrick Stefan.

81 comments Add your comment

World Be Free

December 4th, 2009
1:01 pm

Smoothie-you are cool, excellent contributor and insight. Kovy was way off last night. Right on about Molson Ice-what were they thinking?

Another good one-Canadian-brewed Carlsburg. “Let’s have a Carlsburg for me and my friends”. You can’t have a hockey blog without talking about Canadian beer. Bill started it.

DWTOO

December 4th, 2009
1:07 pm

Genny Cream Ale – get a headache just thinking about it. Drank a few gallaons of this stuff in my younger days. Cheap beer is cheap beer.

Speaking of “reds” has anyone noticed the Dr. Stangelove clip on the Jumbotron. They cut Slim Pickens off right as he’s about to say “looks like nuclear combat with the Rooskies” (or something like that). Wonder what our Russian players would think about that? Also, think we could superimpose Waddell’s head on Slim Pickens riding the bomb? That would be fitting!

World Be Free

December 4th, 2009
1:10 pm

DWTOO-saw that and thought the reference was strange. On the “Young Frankenstein” references, good thing we do’t have any players from Transylvania. I can’t relate Gene Wilder to hockey.

They need some Arnold or Stallone clips. Yo Adrian!

Darren

December 4th, 2009
1:49 pm

I think some people are reading just a wee bit much into the game last night.

Folks, it was ONE GAME!

A game in which they were going for FIVE wins in a row. Don’t y’all remember just a short time ago how five wins in a row would have seemed impossible?

Yes, the effort after the first wasn’t acceptable. Yes, the red jerseys are terrible.

But folks, try to keep the big picture in mind here. Atlanta’s got almost the exact same record they had at this point in 05-06, when they made the playoffs. And all I need to say about that is J.P. Vigier was prominently involved on that team.

This team is good, and will play many more games with much more effort.

Spud Webb

December 4th, 2009
2:04 pm

DWTOO & WBF, good times, great stories. I crap you not I was at taco mac up here in cumming Sunday. Drinking my normal molsen canadian and I saw a genny and mixed it in!!! hahahahhahahahah, my buddies we’re all giggling!!!! &ss, but who cares!!!!
I miss JP Vigier, that was a GREAT guy.

World Be Free

December 4th, 2009
2:24 pm

Spud-that’s like mixing Cindy Crawford with Roseanne Barr. Betcha it was a great time! Taco Mac has it all! Do they have Koch’s too?

Bob

December 4th, 2009
2:42 pm

Genny Cream Ale. That was the only beer in college I’d turn my nose up at, oh, that stuff was bad. First beer I got drunk off of was Molson Golden, skunky like someone just brought some kind in from Marin.

Anyone ever drink Mickey’s Big Mouth? That stuff was stout, for a high school kid anyway.

I want to know who we’re scouting in Nashville? Looking for “anyone” to take for White? That would move Peverly to the 2nd line permanently and then you can move Reasoner to the third line and have Slater center the 4th.

Smoothie

December 4th, 2009
3:04 pm

Bob, how about Joel Ward?? That would add some sandpaper to that 3rd line! Then you could have the Little Black Russian line!

Kovy – Antro – Max

Kane – Pevs – Army

Kozzy – Little – Ward

Gods + Reasoner

hip czech

December 4th, 2009
3:12 pm

Bob, the Nashville people were speculating Ryan Jones on their end, who I believe was a fairly high round draft pick a few years back.

here’s the post:
http://www.ontheforecheck.com/2009/12/2/1182652/lets-start-a-trade-rumor-the?ref=CBS

World Be Free

December 4th, 2009
3:40 pm

Bob-no but Mickey’s, it sounds kinda nasty.

Sounds like a bad one in line with Iron City, Iron City Light (what’s the point?), Koch’s, Duke, Utica Club, Schmidt’s, Goebels and Narragansett (for our friends in Boston-gotta keep the Chowder Heads happy).

LAC

December 4th, 2009
3:42 pm

Bob & Furman you guys are 100% correct. I dropped my tickets after year seven… Main reason waddell is an IDIOT, who has no knowledge for the game and is THE Joke of the NHL ! He has ruined this team and is quickly running hockey OUT of Atlanta again !

I have not seen enough reason to be all that impressed with what we have now, still too many floaters, white/little/hanisey… Just guys collecting a paycheck and nothing more.

It’s now LESS than three weeks away from Christmas… Remember those
“famous” words of our Idiot GM, concerning #17, and I QUOTE…

“We will not be talking about this at Christmas.” Well we still are and so is the entire NHL, teams are chopping at the bits to sign Ilya and waddell has done not one DAMN thing, let alone be honest with the fans.

So #17 will be gone and if that is NOT enough reason to fire waddell what is ? These stupid non NHL owners need to realize once and for all, waddell is THE PROBLEM with the empty seats… Until he is GONE, it will get more empty I am afraid !

Paminski

December 4th, 2009
5:05 pm

WBF – I didn’t have them at the Diner, but I’ve had the ones at TJ’s. I probably could have slain a small child with my breath alone after.

NASCAR Dave

December 4th, 2009
5:29 pm

HAINSEY and WHITE need to be traded, ASAP!!! Enough of these HALF-A$$ EFFORTS!!!

12345

December 4th, 2009
8:06 pm

Maybe the team will win Saturday in Florida, since there will be more people in the stands. This attendence thing could cause the Thrashers to say, we cannot afford Ilya… Think about it… Really.
Not signing him and the team is as good as gone.

Alan R.

December 4th, 2009
8:25 pm

The Flyers fired coach Stevens, and hired Laviolette. All in the same day. This opens the door for a firing in Carolina, should they not pick up the pace.

Very interesting. See here.

R. Stroz

December 5th, 2009
12:04 am

The attendence “thing” isn’t limited to the Thrashers. I just returned from the Hawks game tonight and the upper deck was sparsely populated.

I’m of the belief that the attendence problem is largely a discretionary spending issue. People are sitting on their wallets due to a variety of reasons, not the least of which is job security.

Hockey Biltong

December 5th, 2009
12:51 am

R.Stroz I agree. Folks are holding on to their money.
WBF- Brooklyn Double Chocolate Stout. Don’t waste my time with anything less than oh, say, 8% beer. It’s like being in a canoe ya know>>>>>

Brendan

December 5th, 2009
12:51 am

Doesn’t it seem, well … AMAZING … that a certifiable idiot like Charles Wang, at least in “hockey terms,” has overseen the Islanders to an above .500 mark, this late into the season?

Before you agree or DISAGREE, I ask you to consider something. Ready? Are you ready, right here … RIGHT NOW … to admit that Charles Wang knows more about hockey than YOU do? C’mon now. Don’t be bashful. Let’s get those hands high … HIIIIGH UP in the air?

And yet, … and YET … his decisions, including to hire Garth Snow, a player/goalie to be the GM, with absolutely no prior experience running so much as a LEMONADE STAND business, much less a major professional sports team, has the Islanders in playoff position, with over a QUARTER (1/4) of the season in the books. Somewhere Neil Smith, the fired Islander GM, after serving just 41 days in office, just hacked up a hair ball. Could it be, that Charles Wang’s policy of “ruling by committee,” is a raging success after all? Neil Smith was relieved of his GM duties when he disagreed with an equipment manager hire by then Head Coach, Ted Nolan. Smith held the notion that personnel decisions were to be made by the GM, alone. I’m not sure, but I think Smith and Nolan’s salaries have finally now come off the Islanders books, along with Pat LaFontaine’s, who also “resigned” during that epoch of the franchise’s history.

How fortunate, for the Islanders, that a player the caliber of Josh Bailey was still there for them, at pick #9 in the 2008 draft, after passing TWICE on picks #5 and #7, to stockpile ‘throw away’ draft picks. How fortunate that picks like Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and John Tavares, (1st overall,) along with another former 1st rounder, Sean Bergenheim, have allowed the team to succeed despite such decisions as … not buying out Alexei Yashin until Year Two of the post-Lockout, signing Rick DiPietro to a 15-year deal, (is he FINALLY back from his injury yet?), and building an NHL roster with Thrasher castoffs, like Jon Sim and Andy Sutton, among other teams’ rejects, like Richard Park, which suddenly comes to mind.

Yes, despite being the ‘laughing stock’ owner of the NHL, Charles Wang, after misstep after misstep … after missstep … has his team in, or hovering around, a playoff berth. And, as a matter of FACTUAL ACCURACY, Charles Wang’s Islanders DO OWN a playoff win, since the Lockout. It came against Buffalo, in 2007. The Islanders were defeated in five games by the Sabres that year.

When you take a long, hard look at the Islanders … and then decide to take any of a handful of regular AJC bloggers, toss their names into a drum, spin it around a few times, and select one, would they be any WORSE off? Don’t answer. Now ask yourself, would they be any BETTER off? Stunning, isn’t it? The Islanders succeed, despite IDIOCY. Turning to Simpsons’ vernacular, they are guilty of, “Pulling a Homer.” Is the Islanders success, a “fluke?” Or, is it really ‘just that easy,’ to take a failing franchise … and rebuild it … via the waiver wire, other teams’ castoffs, and by taking what the lottery draft affords you?

I smell a GEICO Caveman commercial. “So easy, that even Charles Wang can do it.” One 15-minute phone call to Charles Wang could save your loser franchise a playoff berth, within two years (TM, GEICO Insurance, all rights reserved).

World Be Free

December 5th, 2009
7:04 am

Biltong-Brooklyn Double Chocolate Stout?
So Molson Brador or John Labatt’s Extra Stock are “light” beers for you!

World Be Free

December 5th, 2009
7:23 am

Paminiski-Maytag fries are like doughnuts to me–I love ‘em but they conflict with my diet. Besides, my wife likes them too (I have to share)!

You know Brendan, we have seen a couple of owners in sports that make good, even though we know the owners are idiots. Al Davis comes to mind, along with these bozos that own the Braves.

Remember that Wang was the guy who hired Mike Milbury. When you look at the players Milbury traded and his performance as a GM, you wonder who any network can sign him and put Milbury on TV to judge anyone’s performance! What would the Islanders have been had they just stood pat with the players they had, instead of letting idiot Milbury make some of the worst trades in NHL history.

Having said this, you have to say the Snow hiring in New York was a very good one. Garth Snow has done a great job doing 2 things- 1) Drafting safe players (the guys you listed), he does not reach for a potential stars. 2) Trading picks to get more picks, the law of averages is on his side with multiple picks.

Look at Martin Biron; Snow signed him to a 1 year deal last summer at a bargin basement price. Snow will parlay Biron into a 2nd or 3rd round pick after January 1, probably from Buffalo. He gets something for nothing. I never saw Snow as a GM, but he must have been lobbying for the job for a long time.

Seems like Wang has learned to leave the guy alone to do his job, which is so crucial for any manager in any profession. Rumor has it that Wang may actually give Snow some $$$ to improve the team for a playoff run.

Petty Officer Thrash, USN

December 5th, 2009
11:27 am

STOP WEARING THE RED JERSEYS!!! Chuck ‘em. Throw them out the door. Put them in the trash. I don’t care where they go, but get rid of them! They have a horrible record, and they’re REALLY ugly. Bring back the old home jerseys if you want a good alternate.

Rawhide

December 5th, 2009
11:54 am

Petty Officer Thrash, USN – Assuming you are indeed Navy…where are you stationed out of, sailor?

Do you operate on, above or below the surface?

goose

December 5th, 2009
12:32 pm

Tsn has Kovy and Kubina as questionable for tonight’s game both with illness
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/injuries/

Dwayne

December 5th, 2009
2:46 pm

I ran the 5K Savannah River Bridge run this morning. I hope the Thrashers put half as much effort in the game tonight as I did today. We need to start this roadie off with a win.

Hockey Biltong

December 5th, 2009
2:48 pm

WBF – when I get my hands on your fine beer choices, I will relish the opportunity to enjoy for the first time, what you have been enjoying for a while.
On a side note, my nephew is driving back from Montana with 64 Growler IPA’s which he sez is an excellent beer. I will be sampling somma doz too!!!
The rest of yuze;
I paid good money for my RED Jersey wich looks way better than the blue one and not as good as the original gold one…JA says the team will play better next time in red, so there.

R. Stroz

December 5th, 2009
6:55 pm

Pardon the Interruption:

Do you know what the problem is with University of Florida fans?

They all have the clap.

Brendan

December 5th, 2009
8:24 pm

WBF, it is amazing that Al Davis has two Super Bowl rings, as an owner. Al Davis is the mule with the spinning wheel. No one knows how he got. And darned if he knows how to use it. I guess Charles Wang’s next big project is getting the Islanders a new rink. Presummably, he will ask the tax payers to finance it. Or, at least partly finance it. Funny thing is … doesn’t Wang have the money to do this himself? He’s the one who stands to make the most profit off a new stadium. But, my guess is … he’ll ‘threaten’ to relocate the team if the tax payers don’t foot the bill. Wouldn’t it be great if the tax payers then got a percentage of the profits? Some crickets chirp … some tumble weeds roll past, and off in the distance … a coyote howls. I guess not.

Moving right along, tonight’s game has gotten a bit “chippy.” Eric Boulton threw some punches. Toby Enstrom got bloodied. The Thrashers have been on the PP for most of the 2nd period. With nothing to show for it. They had a 5 minute major, for the assault on Toby Enstrom. Vokoun is having a good game. Moose Hedberg has stood on his head for a few saves tonight. It’s still scoreless, with 8:00 left in the 2nd.

GaVaHokie

December 5th, 2009
9:32 pm

stendec

December 5th, 2009
10:08 pm

Moose was magnificent! Only one regulation goal surrendered. Save in overtime was grand larceny! Teammates sort of bailed him out in shootout. As did iron! Deserved two points. Captain Ilya Kovalchuk deadlocked score with around a minute to play! Thrashers continue to hit iron instead of twine. Totally frustrating! Two points are two points. Sure as Hell beats pathetic Islander showing. Congratulations! ++STENDEC++ AN ASIDE – Power play sucks out loud. Horrible!

stendec

December 5th, 2009
11:50 pm

Alabama earned a national title shot! Obvious biased officiating crew in Texas GAVE Longhorns one. Too bad Tide will embarrass SEC. Again! Sorry Bill, had to vent that football one. GO THRASHERS! Keep up great work. ++STENDEC++

World Be Free

December 6th, 2009
2:24 pm

I can’t believe I am agreeing with Stendec on something. Texas has no business being in the national championship game after last night. To bad for the Cornhuskers, blame their kicker for kicking the ball out of bounds on the final kickoff. I hope Alabama scores a 100 points on them.

Brendan, in the early days, Al Davis knew how to get good football people to come in a run the Raiders on the field. But the game passed him by 25 years ago. They have had some good teams, but none like those early Raider teams.

I wish we could get highlights of the old AFL games, or even early NFL games after the merger. My football hero growing uo was Dayle Lamonica, back to his Bills days. Still can’t believe the Bills trading Lamonica for Tom Flores. Flores was a bum as a QB. NFL Network rarely plays any “classic game” older than 5 years.