Thrashers blown away by Leafs

I missed the first two periods of Monday night’s Thrashers game in Toronto…the Divine Mrs. R and I attended the monthly JROTC Booster Club meeting, seeing how we are members and all and we go to support our tax-exemption cadet. I was planning on missing the third period as well…on purpose… and watch it on the replay without knowledge of the outcome. But I did that last Thursday when the Islanders were in town…and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning witnessing that debacle.

After the first period, however, I did sneak a peek at the score on my PDA…the one Smoothie’s girlfriend teases me about because it has a stylus…and saw it was 0-0 at the break. “Good”, I thought to myself. “I haven’t missed much”.

We hung around after the meeting for just a few minutes to get some questioned answered regarding our cadet tax-exemption, did some social “blah-blahs”…then made our way home. Upon arrival, I unloaded a few Christmas presents from the car that had been purchased earlier in the day, clicked on the TV…looked at the score…

WHISKEY – TANGO – FOXTROT!?!?!?!

Matt Stajan celebrates scoring one of Toronto's five goals in the second period (AP Photo/the Canadian Press,Chris Young)

Matt Stajan celebrates scoring one of Toronto's five goals in the second period (AP Photo/the Canadian Press,Chris Young)

Five to zip Leafs? Are you freakin’ kidding me? The 8-13-7 Maple Leafs…the 2-7-3 at home Maple Leafs…are putting that kinda beat-down on the Thrashers?

Uh-huh…yup they were.

The Toronto Maple Leafs came out of the locker room after the first break and commenced to score on the Thrashers early and often…starting at the 2:49 mark with Lee Stempniak’s seventh of the season. They didn’t get done wearing out Ondrej Pavelec and the Thrashers until Alexei Ponikarovsky netted two just before the second intermission…his first with 96 seconds remaining before the break, the second one with just 68 seconds left. In between Matt Stajan and Mikhail Grabovski scored for Toronto as well.

After stopping all ten shots he faced in the first period, Opie got beat five time on twelve shots in the second. He gave way to Hedberg for the final 20 minutes and Moose was able to turn away six shots as Bryan Little and Marty Reasoner performed a small bit of cosmetic surgery on the scoreboard with a pair of goals 35 seconds apart. Little’s coming while Stajan was serving time in the box for a tripping penalty.

Cosmetic surgery or not…losing like that to the Leafs is still ugly. Butt ugly.

In a way…I’m glad I missed the aesthetically-challenged second period. I’m happier still that I didn’t opt to watch it happen at around 0-dark-thirty.

81 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

December 7th, 2009
10:23 pm

FIRST, or GOLD

Thrashy Thrashy

December 7th, 2009
10:40 pm

Someone needs to rip those gutless, quitting sons of betches and bestards a new one.

Cue stendec.

Mr. Heat Miser

December 7th, 2009
11:01 pm

Embarassing. Just at a loss for words.

Brendan

December 7th, 2009
11:02 pm

Actually, Stendec’s services aren’t what’s needed. This calls for Revered Whittaker, wherever he might be.

Brendan

December 7th, 2009
11:11 pm

I was going to do a rant, but … all I’m gonna say is this. Weren’t we supposed to be the team that “thugs it up” whenever we play in Toronto? I didn’t see any fights. I didn’t see white, hot … seething rage. I didn’t even see so much as a “hissy fit.”

Coach Anderson saw fit to leave Pavelec in there … to tough it out. He gave Pavelec the chance to fight his way back, when he could have yanked him after the 2nd or 3rd goal. Sometimes, it doesn’t work out. It’s one game. Nothing can be done about it now. It’s on to the next one.

R. Stroz

December 7th, 2009
11:28 pm

I have a different blog title for this game:

Ondrej gets raked over by the Leafs.

R. Stroz

December 7th, 2009
11:40 pm

Line adjustments I’d like to see:

First Line: Kovy-Antro-Finny

Second Line: Peverley-Little-Kane

Third Line: Reasoner-Kozlov-Army

Fourth Line: Slater-Bolts-Thorburn

Pressbox = Todd White

Wayne stuck in AL

December 8th, 2009
12:31 am

If there’s ONE team I want to beat, it’s the Tronna Maple Leafs, and we get smoked tonight…

stendec

December 8th, 2009
12:51 am

Thrashers pulled a Falcon in Canada. Pavs was Sori Letemin. Marshmallow goals galore. That GAA took a major hit! Justifiably so. Thrashers quit. Scratch that. They could not have quit when they never played. My bad. Total embarrassment. Toronto hookers too nuch for guys? Totally depressing. These are the true Thrashers. The ones who just do not give a damn. As for Wednesday, GO FLAMES! God bless them. ++STENDEC++

NorthStarsDave

December 8th, 2009
6:55 am

Bad night for OP….too many rebounds….an issue cited here in the pre-season…OP has really worked on controlling rebounds this year, but in this game, the former (we hope) bad habits came back….

I do NOT agree with stendec….the old Thrashers would have lost 8-1…not try and come back from 5 down….If they quit, why did Toronto call time out after the 2nd goal? DUH!

Look…the Thrashers are in 6th place in the East…in only 27 games…the same as Buffalo and less than everyone else above them…and only a point behind the Bannana Slugs….

For those ThrasherBashers, remember…few, if anyone…me included…thought that the Thrashers would be in this position at this point in the season….

Now that most of football has ended, maybe the The Phil will soon phill-up with fans!

Brett

December 8th, 2009
7:49 am

Is Kovy playing hurt? He has been a non-factor in the last few games. He seems to have reverted back to his old ways in the defensive zone. He just seems to be coasting out there waiting for the breakout. As the captian he needs set the tone for the rest of the team. If he works hard the others will follow! Last night was a JOKE! The second worse team in the NHL OWNED the Thrashers last night. The leafs consistently carried the game to the Thrashers and Thrashers had no answers.

Kari's Dad

December 8th, 2009
7:59 am

My son is needed badly by the Thrashers. Everyone knows it. Even Stendec. Horrible game.

mr. mike

December 8th, 2009
8:01 am

Good morning, all.
Just an overall bad night for the whole team; not gonna get tood epressed over one horrible outing. I read this blog daily; generally just don’t have time to write; but wanted to throw out 2 items for the Brendans, Rawhides, Saras, glovesaves, wbf’s, etc…
First; what on earth is Colby Armstrong doing on this team and frankly, employed in the NHL? Let’s itemize: horrible stick-handler; poor outlet passer; has NEVER back-checked in his career; ad infinitum…
I know Waddell was up against the wall at the trade deadline; but jeez; Hossa & Dupuis for this guy & Christiansen(was there ever a more inappropriate nickname in the NHL than “Crusher”?).
Lastly; did everyone else enjoy the thoroughly useless XLB; with his 5 minutes or so of TOI trying to instigate a stupid fight? Thank God that clown has departed.

World Be Free

December 8th, 2009
8:14 am

I was worried about this yesterday. No need to recall all of the details.

However, looks like the real Max showed up! Max’s performance last night was one that is all too familiar to Sabres’ fans. A lazy penalty in the neutral zone and numerous turnovers, especially the beauty that setup the first Leafs’ goal.

Welcome back Max! We knew we would see this Max at some point!

Toby

December 8th, 2009
8:17 am

Not a good effort. The key in the loss was rebounds. 3 out of the 5 goals were second chances. Oh…and Popovic can go on waivers now.

LAC

December 8th, 2009
8:44 am

Meltdown city…. Wonder how bad we get it in Calagry… 10-1 ?

Jeff

December 8th, 2009
9:04 am

Morning guys,

Not sure OP was to blame on this one…No goalie can face odd-man rushes all game long and that’s what he got during the second period. When this Thrashers team (with as much talent as it has) has not scored in 2 periods, you know they will be in trouble.

The truth is, their offensive talent saved them many times already and we all know they did not deserve to win some of the games they won. We are now approaching the mid point of the season where you have to fight to get points; They better start working harder and not rely on talent alone or we are in trouble.

Lets keep in mind that we are still doing very well but the effort put forth by that team needs to be more consistent…

WM

December 8th, 2009
9:16 am

Call me the guy that always beats the dead horse, but I’ve never been sold on Opie as our #1. He is way to inconsistent. One game he gets the shut out and plays like the second coming of Hasek and the next he gives up 5 goals on 12 shots all in one period. I don’t understand why JA isn’t starting Moose more. Yes, I know he is the “back-up” & yes I know its a long road trip and the need to rotate is there to stay fresh, but he’s got the hot glove right now and until he starts letting 5 goals in on 12 shots, why not start him more? What I also see is a lack of spark on this club. Where are the Thrashers that made the Kings their b*tch or the Thrashers with that bad a$$ attitude they showed against the Flyers? Too many of them (Kovy included) are just skating around like its the US figure staking nationals or something.

Bob

December 8th, 2009
9:33 am

Do you guys watch other teams? Leafs are the 4th hottest team in the NHL over the last 10 games, no suprise to see how they played last night as they’ve obviously finally got the hang of Wilson’s system and their high pressure exposed our weak D, again. Our weak D and constantly being outshot is going to start biting us more and more as the season wears on and other clubs tighten up their D.

If the Leafs’ goalie stays healthy, they’ll be in the playoff hunt. Only reason their record is so bad is the awful start that had coming out of the gate. But brand new players, new GM, and new coach will do that to a club, they’re clicking now. Now where’s Sara to make her clueless proclamations about the Leafs and their illustrious GM? lol.

five_hole

December 8th, 2009
9:37 am

I’m up in Bah-stun, so I couldn’t see the game last night. Sounds like I didn’t miss much. The writeup in Yahoo.com said that defensemen were caught up ice and the wingers didn’t come back and play defense. Gee, like that’s something new.

Get The Puck Out

December 8th, 2009
9:42 am

Hedberg needs more ice time. Defense needs to cover better. and we need ONE HUNDRED PER CENT EFFORT SIXTY MINUTES A GAME.

sisu

December 8th, 2009
9:43 am

One guy that had an awful game was #3, he was on the ice for too many goals. One thing that bugs me about Anderson, why does he not use a time out and gamble to change the momentum???

Oh well, put this out of your mind and get the next one.

Midifled

December 8th, 2009
10:00 am

Popovic did not seem confident out there, but you can’t scapegoat him for this game. On Toronto’s second(?) he was the only guy in position against three Toronto players rushing up the ice. What happened with the system, John? And the Russians seemed to have had a few drinks the night before. Not that I know this for sure. Just making a wild guess accusation. Even if they sue me, they won’t be able to collect much.

Daculafan

December 8th, 2009
10:06 am

That was just a bad performance….actually I think the more apt way to put it was that it was a lazy performance. The 1st period looked very good…we had some chances…we denied some chances…killed a 5 on 3 for almost a full 2 minutes..I really liked the way we played in the first.

Just like the Islanders game the other night…we went into the dressing room and just decided that we were done or something…I think at some point they just got shell shocked during that 2nd period and I think that Pavelec should have sued for non-support on several of those goals.

That they came back out in the 3rd and tried to rally…well I’m glad to see some of it..but I’m also getting frustrated with the need to rally like that. This team has yet to string together multiple back to back 60 minute performances..instead they take at least 1 period off a game and if they are lucky they’ve built a lead..if they are playing as normal they are in the hole and spend the rest of the game digging themselves out…if they a really really lucky the dig the hole and climb out…

I think the one thing that’s getting to me is the fact that this team has a TON of potential and is pissing it away night after night with BS performances like that.

Anderson…I think it’s time to bag skate these guys..maybe sit some of them down for a night here and there…wake them up…let them know that their paycheck demands 60 minutes EVERY night.

J.B.

December 8th, 2009
10:14 am

not much positive to take out of last night but I will point out that PIT & BUF lost so we’re still holding on to 6th in the East and I believe only one point behind the 5th spot. That said, wins in VAN and CGY are almost must wins and 4 games versus NJD & BOS (2 each) in the next three weeks are ABSOLUTE must wins if we want to climb the standings at all.

I’m trying to get past last night without much anger or ranting/raving because bad nights do happen, toronto is in fact heating up at a scary rate, our guys have been ill (Kovy & Kubina for sure; probably others by now between airplanes & lockerrooms, etc.)

Anyhow, we’re still doing alot of things right. the first 20 minutes and the last 15 or so last night looked alright to me. Pavs certainly was off. (Ditch the new mask. Bad mojo on it already). And 15-9-3 is still a decent record if you consider where we’ve been in years past.

Lots of hockey left to go. Not time to panic yet, but I fear the Kovy contract thing is becoming a distraction…

Brendan

December 8th, 2009
10:30 am

mr.mike, welcome to the blog. Hope you can post more often. I wanted to provide a link to the boxscore. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020430. One of these fine days, I’ll actually learn how to make words appear where the web link does. I need Rawhide’s remedial blogger class. Exelby logged 13:36, which suprised me. I knew, when he got traded to Toronto, that they’d overscrutinize him. He’s a depth defender, a career 4th, 5th or 6th blueliner. Exelby is actually, kinda sorta, in the precise mold of a Brian Burke scheme. In Burke’s stated philosophy, the Top Six forwards and Top Four defenders are to be skilled players. The remaining skaters to do, in his words, “the plumber’s work.” Well, that’s Exelby. It’s his job to stir things up. Make a hard hit. Get in a fight. Then sit on the bench. A lot. He costs very little, ($1.3 million,) so maybe he’ll get to bounce between the pressbox and the #6 defender position, if he remains in Toronto.

Colby Armstrong isn’t really some god awful, terrible player. He’s just not a star in the league. I forgot where he was drafted precisely, but my guess he was somewhere in the late teens/early 20’s of the first round. He’s a depth center. I could see him on a good team as a 3rd line or 4th line center. Considering that this is Colby’s ‘contract year,’ I did expect a bit more from him, statistically. And a game against Toronto did represent a chance to put on an audition of sorts, if Toronto is where he wants to play next season. I can’t rightly tell you where Armstrong will play next season. It might still be here, in Atlanta. But I wouldn’t personally blame Armstrong, who has legitimately waited his entire career to become a UFA, to take the opportunity to go play for where his heart desires. I have forgotten where Colby Armstrong was raised. It’s somewhere in Canada. If it’s Western Canada, he might try for the Flames, Oilers or Canucks. If it’s Eastern Canada, he might look at the Leafs or Senators. Next time Rawhide gets the chance to sit down with Army, he might ask him who his boyhood team was. Last year, I think Colby Armstrong potted 20 goals. If he could get back to this number, or like “18,” he’ll get some interest around the league. Armstrong is not a player who will command a high dollar contract. So, I really don’t blame him for trying to get “all that he can” out on the open market. I wish him well after this season.

Spud Webb

December 8th, 2009
10:38 am

Love it!!!!! One bad game and we got new folks on here crushing Opie, saying “I never believed he was a number 1″!!!!!!!!!! ahhahahaha, ONE FREAKING GAME!!!!!!!!!!! Really???? Cmon now, he’s a KID & is going to have his ups and downs. That said, lots of rebounds, NOT good, but where is our D to clean up a bit? I mean hell, some of you on here think it’s only a goalie, NOBODY ELSE????????????????????? HOCKEY FOlKS!!!
Max, WBF you know as well as I do, take the good w/the bad!!! I’ve said it a million times before, take the good w the bad with that line!!!!!!!
Listen, everyone SUCKED last night. Too many mistakes by too many people!! Put this behind us. Move on, erase it, GONE……..next game please.
Sorry for all the caps, I’m JACKED up today for some reason!!!!

World Be Free

December 8th, 2009
10:43 am

Spud-we gotta keep Max fom staying in the wrong direction.
Nobody here will have Lindy Ruff to blame if he does.

Spud Webb

December 8th, 2009
10:47 am

Lol, of course it’s Lindys fault WBF!!! It’s always Lindys fault. Did you see the article about Slava telling Max to “get out of Buffalo”?? Priceless. Granted, Buffalo isn’t the prettiest city in the US, but get’s a bad rap!

Toby

December 8th, 2009
10:57 am

Gotta say…I agree with Spud (without all the CAPS). Chill out everyone. One loss on the road against one of the hottest teams in the league isn’t the end. Hopefully we win the next one and move on. All is fine.

Paminski

December 8th, 2009
11:03 am

Ay, caramba!

Except for Toby. The little Enstrom that could keeps on chugging.

R. Stroz

December 8th, 2009
11:12 am

Well, as WBF stated before the season started, the longer the Kovy contract situation remains unresolved, questions about Kovy’s play will pop up.

Is Kovy sick? Is Kovy’s foot still hurt? Or, and lets really hope this isn’t the case, is Kovy starting to play not to get hurt in the same manner Hossa did?

When I first stated a few years ago that Hossa was playing not to get hurt, many stated that players wouldn’t do that in their contract year. However, as the season dragged on, everyone saw Hossa dogging it.

No I truely hope I’m wrong, but lets look at reality. Has Kovy gone back to cherry picking? Yes. Has Kovy stopped playing defense again like he did when he was a young NHLer? Yes. Is Kovy exhibiting the same degree of hustle that he did early in the season? No.

Houston, we have a problem. Waddell stated that Kovy’s contract should be done by Christmas or there really wouldn’t be anything left to negotiate. Well, Christmas is approaching and were looking at a lump of coal.

So, is Kovy starting to dog it? Will the other players on the team follow? Whether Kovy will be a Thrasher next season has to be going threw some of the players’ heads at this point. AS WBF stated before the season started, there must be resolution to this issue.

Spud Webb

December 8th, 2009
11:15 am

Stroz, it’s a distraction, no doubt about it in my mind.
I personally don’t think he’s dogging it. I think something is wrong with that foot, again, just my opinion.

Barry

December 8th, 2009
11:17 am

Nobody really played well. I thought Pavelec was sharp, but he was hung out to dry in that second period. Popovic had a horrible horrible game leaving Schubert along to try to defend against two Leafs at the top of the crease on many occasions. The Kovy line generated almost nothing all night with bad passing and predictable shots. The third and fourth line only lines that really seemed to be working harder and making something happen out there. Thrashers kept trying to play along the boards and that was playing right into the Leafs hands. Leafs were also playing a neutral zone trap and Thrashers again tried to skate the puck in instead of dumping and chasing. I think Anderson needs to shake up the top two lines again. Kovy-White-Little and Slava-Antro-Max should be given a try again. I agree that Kovy still must be playing hurt. He doesn’t have the same jump and step and he’s just a spectator out there in the defensive zone. I saw a few guys trying to break up ice as soon as it looked like the Thrashers had the puck in their own zone only to turn the puck back over again. I’m getting a bit concerned with this team. Ya they have found some ways to win a few games recently but Thrashers barely pulled it off. If it wasn’t for Moose they wouldn’t have beat the Flyers. Think they only mustered like 15-20 shots the entire game. They got embarassed AGAIN by the Islanders. They almost didn’t win those two games against the Panthers who’s top two players are injuried. When the Thrashers were playing good like beginning of the season they would get a 1 or 2 goal lead early and never give up the lead. They were dictating the play and putting good pressure in all three zones. Recently however it’s been the opposite. Thrashers have been the ones to give up 1,2,5 goals to the opposition and they are not having good pressure in any of the zones. The powerplay has gone stagnant. At least the PK is still going strong. This team really needs to get back on track like NOW or they will soon find themselves in 9th place.

Hotrod

December 8th, 2009
11:31 am

I have been keeping a wary eye open on Army’s play.

More than a couple times a game , I scream at the tv
“Who Was That?”. More times than not its #20. Great guy but dang!
He puts himself in a good position to score but comes up
short with closing the deal. Seems some others are catching on.

Maybe its me but the leafs looked like they were on a powerplay all nite,the 5 on 3 variety. I am just glad I don’t have to review films with the team after these kinds of performances. I mean it doesn’t take a hockey pro to figure out how bad that was.

Well they know what they have to do next game out:
Skate Hard
Hit Hard
Score in the first

Nate

December 8th, 2009
11:45 am

LAC – Couldn’t have said it better myself. I will be shocked if this debacle isn’t the beginning of a three game losing streak at the very least. I don’t see how this team wins in Calgary or Vancouver with the kind of performances they’ve shown against the Isles, Panthers, and Leafs. Something’s gotta give. If I were Anderson I’d healthy scratch the first line for not playing defense. Throw Salmela, Hainsey and Slater on the fourth line. It couldn’t be much worse from what we’ve seen lately.

Zoomo

December 8th, 2009
12:04 pm

Interesting comments on Armstrong. He was basically a second half player. I had a terrible opinion, but I came around to appreciate him. Seems he picked it up after we got Peverely. Good fight inthe corners and some scrappy play and timely goals.

This year? Seems to me the only times he’s looked good is when Kane as fed him a fat pass. He’s looked awful thease past few games.

World Be Free

December 8th, 2009
12:17 pm

Stroz – I was hoping to be wrong on the Kovy issue. I was more concerned about his status becoming an issue for his teammates, especially thse not signed beyond this season.

Time for Kovy and management to give us a holiday present. I’ll supply the pen.

WM

December 8th, 2009
12:24 pm

Hey Spudd-
One game is all the difference b/t making the playoffs and cleaning out the locker in April. Opie (& the team as a whole) has had several of these type games with everyone giving the same excuses: “It’s just one game” or in Opie’s case “he’s just a kid, he’ll have his ups and downs.” If he wants to be the #1, then he needs to play like a #1. If the D fails and he gets caught in an odd-man or breakaway, he has to stop 95% of the shots taken in those situtaions. That’s what a #1 goalie does. So don’t make excuses for the kid. He played like crap last night. Do I expect him to shut-out every opponent every night he plays? No. But what I do expect is him not to give up 5 goals on 12 shots over a 20 minute period. And I’m not new to this…I only post when I feel compelled to either give props or voice a valid concern. IMO, Opie being our #1 is a valid concern. Solid goaltending wins Stanley Cups.

World Be Free

December 8th, 2009
12:31 pm

The issue I have always had with Kovy is the waiting thing. Why wait until spring, can’t you see what the team has now? What good is it waiting until spring when you are looking to sign a long term deal? What does this season matter in the long term-big picture?

It’s like asking a girl to marry you and she replies “I’ll think about it-for 5 months”. A long term commitment is a 2 way street. Get it done so we can all move forward.

Midfield

December 8th, 2009
12:33 pm

So, what goal did Pavelec was guilty of exaclty? All of them?

WM

December 8th, 2009
12:46 pm

Midfield-
Not sure of what your asking, but if you’re asking if all the goals allowed were Opie’s fault, short answer is yes. His primary job on the ice during a game is to stop the puck from entering the net. He failed to do that 5 times last night.

World Be Free

December 8th, 2009
12:48 pm

How stupid is Soriano for accepting arbitration from the Braves? He’ll get a one year deal, go back into the market next year, having not closed in 2010. He’ll be a closer without having closing statistics to back his big money demands. I know it’s not hockey, but…..

Right now, Moose looks more like a No. 1 goalie than Pavs. Moose seems to be able to make the key saves that allude Pavs. Just an observation, now I’ll get back to work.

Alan R.

December 8th, 2009
12:57 pm

In other news, it seems like the Panthers are hell bent on putting each other out of their collective misery.

Not Blind

December 8th, 2009
12:59 pm

It’s not just this one game that was bad. The last few have been bad. Islanders, Panthers and now this. Sure they won against the Panthers but it was stolen, they didn’t play hard. I want to puke everytime I see the puck go in Atlanta’s net and in the background Kovalchuk is doing circles at the blueline. What was his minus number for this game ??

If you think he is a leader you are stupid. He being instrumental in bringing Antropov to Atlanta shows this. Antropov has never accomplished anything. I would like to say that maybe he is playing the wrong position, maybe he would be better as a D man. I would like to say it but I can’t. He shouldn’t be in the NHL is the real story.

Midfield

December 8th, 2009
1:00 pm

Oh, I see. So, Pavelec is the guy who allowed 5 goals last night. Everybody got that? Let’s ditch him and give everybody else a bonus. Great analysis, WM.

Midfield

December 8th, 2009
1:04 pm

By the way, Antropov is listed as +10 on the season so far.

World Be Free

December 8th, 2009
1:16 pm

Antropov is playing as well as expect from him, based on his history.
He’s been a contributor and will continue to play well if left alone. In this regard, he’s alot like Kozlov.

Daculafan

December 8th, 2009
1:33 pm

Not Blind – You may have sight…but you sure aren’t seeing what Antropov has contributed to this team so far this year..and I’m sorry to say your assessment of NHL talent is what has kept you from landing a job as an NHL scout too.

Kovy is a leader and Antro has paid dividends already. They are in a slump or funk or maybe it’s the flu going around the locker room or I don’t know what..but to sit here and call out somebody that is leading the team in assists and has a good +/- shows that you’re not watching this team very well.

Antropov is doing his job and he’s not the problem. Last night’s blowup was a total team effort, it is also an example of what can go wrong with the John Anderson system when the TEAM doesn’t play together..when the D pinches the wingers are supposed to be back covering. The first goal that was given up 4 skaters were behind the hash marks and left Mark Popovic and Ondrej Pavelec hung out there by themselves.

There are still 2 games left on this road trip…let’s see what they produce…if they bounce back and decide to make up for that horrendous outing then no worries..if they decide to lay down and accept a beating like that by taking more..then it’ll be time to worry.

WM

December 8th, 2009
1:45 pm

Midfield-
Last I checked, Opie is on the NHL record book for last night as one of TWO goaltenders that played for the Birds. You’ll also find in that same book, that he indeed allowed 5 goals in the second period. Now then on to the other part of your school yard comment, please show me where I said to “ditch him?” I said I have doubts about him being our #1. I didn’t say ditch him or that he’ll never be a #1. But with that said, let him ride the bench. If he really wants the #1 role, he’ll either capatalize on his next start and the start after that or he’ll go pull a Tim Tebow and cry on the sidelines. I want him to succeed as our #1. I want him to be the reason Atlanta puts a SC champion banner at Philips. But what I want him to do and what he actually does are two different things. And I’m not absolving the team of sloppy play, but like I said earlier; his primary job is the stop the puck from entering the net regardless of the circumstances on how shot took place. But just for fun, who do think allowed the 5 goals last night? The D…JA…Kovy…Thrash…the ice girls…that loud mouth Leaf’s fan in section 101 behind the goal? Keep on making excuses. No need for accountability of our goaltenders, even though its their job to stop the puck, its ok if they don’t and we loose. Everyone got that. Great analysis Midfield.