Gather around the coffee pot and discuss latest Thrashers loss

As Rawhide’s fellow bloggers awake after another late night of Thrashers hockey and make their way into the on-line chat room, the blog host is busy manning the coffee pots in the cyber-coffee café. Its cold outside this morning, but the coffee here is good and hot

Ah, good morning there sleepy-heads…hop up on the stool and I’ll have your coffee right up for ya. How do ya take it? Cream?…Sugar?…Heck, maybe given the way the Thrashers luck has turned, a bit of whiskey mixed in is what’s called for? I mean, for medicinal purposes, of course.

Me? I just take mine black.

Ya know…picking the coffee pot up off the burners and returning to the counter to fill your cups… staying up late to watch a hometown team play on the west coast reminds me of the early 1990’s when the Braves were beginning that great run of theirs. Being in the Western Divison of the NL those days, they played many games out in L.A., San Diego and San Francisco. There would be entire weeks when sports fans would stay up past midnight to watch the games…then be up at the crack of dawn to get to work.

We called what Atlanta suffered from during those times B.F.S., (Braves Fatigue Syndrome).

So, maybe we’ve all got a small touch of T.F.S. … though I don’t suspect we’ll be able to call in sick from work due to that.

The piping hot morning nectar begins to pour from pot to cup after cup…filling the air with its rich, robust aroma…mmmmm…

Another late night in Thrasherville…made that much longer given the 4-2 loss in Vancouver, the Thrashers third in a row on the road. Heading out on this 4-game roadie, the Thrashers had only lost two regulation games away from Philips Arena all year. First it was the 5-2 smack down in Toronto…followed by Wednesday night’s 3-1 thumping in Cal-Gary…now this.

Even with the 2-1 shootout win in Florida to start the roadie, Atlanta was outscored 6 to 13 on this trip, not counting the “gimmick goal” provided for coming out on top in the individual skills competition that decided the game last Saturday in Sunrise.

For those of you who chose not to stay up and watch the latest defeat…here’s a brief recap.

World Be Free and Spud Web enter with the Krispy Kreme donuts

Alright! Breakfast is here too. Just bring those on over to the counter boys!

Anyway…the recap. Daniel Sedin scored the Canucks’ first three goals. Funny thing though…the second one, which came shortly before the first intermission, was originally credited to his brother Henrik. Just after the second period began, the scoring change was announced. But just 1:39 after the puck dropped to start the period, Daniel’s centering pass deflected off Nik Antropov’s stick past Ondrej Pavelec. He thought it was only his second tally of the night and had to be told of his hat trick while sitting on the bench. It took a few minutes for the hats to find their way onto the ice as the fans were still figuring things out as well.

Daniel Sudin's second goal of the game was originally awarded to his brother Henrik (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Daniel Sudin's second goal of the game was originally awarded to his brother Henrik (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Anywhoooo…as for the goals scored by the Thrashers… Nik Antropov notched his third of the season. It came while the Canucks’ Rick Rypien was in time out for roughing. Rypien would later get into a pretty good scrap with Boris Valabik. Colby Armstrong also scored for Atlanta…his second in as many games. Sure would be nice if this is a sign of good things to come for Army.

Pavelec got the start between the pipes tonight and allowed four goals on 38 shots. His record is now 8-8-3 with a 3.09 GAA and .913 SV%. Since the 2-0 shutout in Detroit on Thanksgiving Eve, Opie is 1-3 and has allowed 16 goals with a .881 SV%.

Evander Kane was making a sort of homecoming Thursday, returning to the city that he played in for three seasons while in the WHL. Family members and former teammates were in attendance to see his first game played in Vancouver at the NHL level. Kane finished the night a -1 with no point and three shots on goal.

Sara now enters with a basket full of bran muffins

Good…maybe these will help the Thrashers win more…ahem…regularly.

The Thrashers will return home for a Saturday night game with Montreal…so they won’t have a lot of time to rest and lick their wounds from the 1 for 4 road trip. The Canadiens are one point behind us in the Eastern Conference standings…though they’ve played a couple more games than Atlanta has.

The boys in blue won’t be home long, though, before heading out to Hartsfield/Jackson again. They have a date Monday up in New York against the Rangers and then they’ll high-tail in back to south Florida to play the Panthers again on Wednesday. Dallas will be in Thrasherville the very next day after that. So the games are starting to train one behind the other all of a sudden.

In fact, the team will not see a period in which they have more than two days between games until the second week of February.

But long before then, they’ve got to find a way to again get like this coffee…hot. Right now, they’re as cold as this morning’s air…or the look I’ll get from the Divine Mrs. R if I fail to save any of this fine brew for her.

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr…Now that’s cold!

141 comments Add your comment

TheFan79

December 11th, 2009
1:23 pm

Maybe they can start next winning streak by beating Montreal this saturday .

Zoomo

December 11th, 2009
1:27 pm

>>will we be seeing you and the tax exemption tomorrow night?

No Habs for us. We’ve been pre-empted by a holiday party.

Russian

December 11th, 2009
1:30 pm

ANYBODY!!!!
I NEED ONE TICKET FOR SATURDAY GAME!!!!
I want to see on real life What Hell HAPPEND with KOVY!!!
I am serious, if anyone has a free ticket. I will take it.
THANKS.

Russian

December 11th, 2009
1:32 pm

You can drop message here or Contact with BIll. He knows my email. Thanks again.

stendec

December 11th, 2009
1:33 pm

If John Petrino had any guts, which he does not, he would rip the C off Ilya Kovalchuk uniform and toss the damn thing into the trash. Not one of these quitters deserve to wear the coveted letter. The Russian is always whining about the Thrashers not being a top tier squad. Here is a news flash. If the kapitan would lead by example with a couple of points per outing and hustle whenever on the ice the Thrashers would be a top tier team. That is what true captains do! They do not sulk about contract negotiations not going their way. Wah wah wah! The quitter should honor his current contract! His present salary will not put him in the soup line! I saw the loser agruing with Canuck fans last night. Now that is true focus. The Russian is Maryann Hossa. Will be at third speed until he suits up elsewhere. That is obvious to me. Even starting to become obvious to many apologists. Trade him now for several mid-range players who possess fire, desire and heart who are proud to be at NHL level. KL has become a selfish athlete out for KL. So very sad! ++STENDEC++

stendec

December 11th, 2009
1:35 pm

Should be IK. Guess someone else still on my mind. Forgive slipup. ++STENDEC++

NASCAR Dave

December 11th, 2009
1:50 pm

I kinda agree with STENDEC, on KOVY…

But i’d personally rather wait until he DOES NOT RESIGN HERE so DON will get FIRED… Then we kill 2 birds with one stone.

TableHockey

December 11th, 2009
1:50 pm

Anyone hear Doug Maclean on FAN590 today? On Twitter I’m hearing he said two things of interest – one is that the team is not in any hurry to sign Kovy and the other involved the possibility of selling the team.

Did anyone hear first person and can shed some light? Thanks!

NASCAR Dave

December 11th, 2009
1:51 pm

Boy, that RON HAINSEY was ONE AWESOME PICKUP, wasn’t he???

LMAO.

NASCAR Dave

December 11th, 2009
1:53 pm

Sell the team. KOVY doesn’t want to play here. When he leaves, there will NO fans. ZERO. Zilch. Except the few sheep talking about “we’re moving in the right direction”…

Hilarious.

stendec

December 11th, 2009
2:10 pm

Tell the Hanson Brothers to get foiled up. The Thrashers are in desperate need of some physical toughness! ++STENDEC++

Hockey Biltong

December 11th, 2009
2:10 pm

POTF- enjoy that nectar!!!

NASCAR Dave

December 11th, 2009
2:13 pm

“Tell the Hanson Brothers to get foiled up. The Thrashers are in desperate need of some physical toughness!”

Yeah, whose brilliant idea was that to sit out BOULTON last night? JOHN PETRINO and his “OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION” System??? What a joke.

stendec

December 11th, 2009
2:18 pm

Anyone still believe Ilya Kovalchuk is one of the top players in NHL considering his unmotivated play of late? Should Thrashers award such apathetic uneffort when other players are busting their a$$es every single shift? Please be honest. ++STENDEC++

mike

December 11th, 2009
2:34 pm

agree with stendec worst player on the team righr now kovy, pull out “c” from him, sit in the press box, trade. spud, is kovy speek same language max, kozzy, nik. what you think going between them (they are all friends) about kovy contract status. is that pozitive for team spirit. all i now they wanted him extend baddly. but my point, what is damn wrong with this THRASHER ORGANIZATION, why we always on bad side of story. did ovy, malkin, krosby, lecavalier, st lois, nash, toews, savard (when in boston), datsyuk, zettenberg ets., got same distractions. what can i say sorry thrashers , sorry waddel.

Bob

December 11th, 2009
2:39 pm

“one is that the team is not in any hurry to sign Kovy and the other involved the possibility of selling the team.”

There’s something going on. Two weeks ago it’s like somebody threw the switch off on Kovy. He was playing balls out, rumor was contract was imminent, and then bam. That would all make sense if the owners don’t want to sign him to a long term deal so that the new owner can make their own decision about what to do with him.

NASCAR Dave

December 11th, 2009
2:42 pm

STENDEC –

“We won’t be talking about this come Christmastime.” – Don Waddell

NASCAR Dave

December 11th, 2009
2:42 pm

NASCAR Dave

December 11th, 2009
2:44 pm

“Guys, we really, really lucked out in many early season games pulling wins out although we got outplayed. Think about how many late game comebacks and goals we had.”

EXACTLY. These Canadian teams have exposed us for what we really are…

Nutznorm

December 11th, 2009
2:52 pm

Hasn’t Stendec gotten a lifetime ban for pure and utter stupidity yet? News flash everyone,……No team ever is going to look great in every game,….doesnt happen. You really want to take the “C” off Kovalchuk? Truth,….this team is good. They are not going to win a cup this year. They may be good enough to win one series depending on the draw. Funny thing about the NHL. Other teams watch video of you and game plan,… imagine that. A team could actually devise a plan to take away some of the things the Thrashers do well and take advantage of some things they don’t. The team played well last night. Not as good at Calgary, not at all in Toronto. They need to play better at home, and need Pavs to get back to looking like a starter with a couple wins. For the many whiners and so called Hockey Experts here that are ready to blow everything up, you might need to take the alcohol out of your morning coffee. You can play a great game in this league and still lose. You can play like crap and still win. The Thrash have a few points from the last scenario. This team will be fine, a win on Saturday and we will have the other side of our local hockey idiots screaming about how we are a cup contender. This team is young, exciting, can score, is better defensively and plays with heart not for sixty solid minutes every night, but NO TEAM does that. All you need to be is number 1-8 when the season ends and now we are in 7 with at least a game at hand over all but three teams in the conference. I would have loved a couple of points in Calgary and Vancouver, but would love them more against the Habs, Rangers and Panthers coming up.

Nutznorm

December 11th, 2009
3:11 pm

NASCAR Dave,….. did you read the article or did you just skim it looking to see if Danica Patrick was going to be driving for your team in 2010? Can you really take someone (Puck Daddy) seriously who said that the Thrash are toiling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference when they are 4 games over 500 and currently in 7th in the East? Did he even look at the conference standings when he wrote this drivel? Sounds like someone in Canada is a little cranky because his beloved Leafs are within spitting distance of having a top three pick in next years draft lottery. I cant argue with him about attendance, but I understand that people that have lost jobs cant afford to pay for tickets. Another prime example of bias against Southern hockey. Let me know when the Leafs get competitive again. If my memory is working correctly, after this year, they will be 5 years out of the playoffs. The Thrash should make 2 of the last three. Where would you rather be? Though I will admit the beer and strippers are much better in Canada.

Nutznorm

December 11th, 2009
3:14 pm

Oops sorry, 2 of 4 years in the playoffs,….I am self editing.

GaVaHokie

December 11th, 2009
3:23 pm

Before the road trip started, the Thrash were on pace for 104 pts… now we are on pace for 93 pts, which will keep them around that 8th spot, but they gotta break out of this slump quickly.

The next two games are pretty important for the current standings… gotta keep NYR and MON away.

stendec

December 11th, 2009
3:25 pm

Hey Numbnuts – When the Thrashers pack up their hockey gear and head to Hamilton I will remember your innane comments. What a damn loser. Yep, you are definitely a Thrasher apologist! I will still have the Flames despite time difference. Who will YOU root for? Jerk! ++STENDEC++

Brian G.

December 11th, 2009
3:28 pm

Nutz – That article was written December 12, 2008.

It was from last year.

World Be Free

December 11th, 2009
4:10 pm

It’s a warm a fuzzy Friday on the AJC blog.

I think we need to go back and talk about Keggers, since kegging never puts anyone in a bad mood. I have some great kegger stories, hopefully I’ll be able to remember all of them.

Stendec-where are you sitting tomorrow night? It would be interesting to meet you. How about everyone else? I’d ratehr argue or “discuss” in person.

Jimbo

December 11th, 2009
4:13 pm

The stategy of speed and defensive play looked good early on but it appears that everyone has discovered that we simply don’t compete along the boards- no real muckers or grinders. Until we get someone other than Kane to play physically, we’re gonna see a string of disappointing low scoring loses. Anderson has to re-evaluate his system and strategy . why in the world did Boulton sit when we needed some physical play?

R. Stroz

December 11th, 2009
4:29 pm

WBF – I’ll be in Section 222, Row E, Seat 8, near the guys with the cowbells.

five-hole – I’m sure you’ll hear me with the BULLHORN from cowbell corner.

Bob

December 11th, 2009
4:41 pm

“I think we need to go back and talk about Keggers, since kegging never puts anyone in a bad mood.”

Dude, as soon as I read that I had a flashback to a Friday night kegger back in college. Our frat and the guys next door had a 20 keg party. Cow troughs filled with kegs. Well, the line at our kegs was kind of long, so I went next door and stood in line at that keg (as I was too drunk to remember where the secret keg was stashed) and as I stood in line behind the Sigma Chi in front of me, I burped/puked right on his back, big time, lots of it, dripping down his back and pants. He was so hammered as well, he had no idea. I turned, walked back to our house, and went to bed.

Your kegger story?

LAC

December 11th, 2009
4:44 pm

Right Nascardave & Stendec, #17 does not care…. I wish we could watch him play like OV, he NEVER hits anyone, always skates around the blueline hoping for that perfect pass, and lately everytime he skates into their zone, he loses the puck.

E.Kane was at one time near the top of rookie scoring… NOT anymore,
something is wrong with this entire team all of a sudden. Lazy play with NO desire to win, just get it over with and go home.

And right Nascardave, LIAR waddell, “We won’t be talking about this at Christmas”, That man LIES worse than Satan himself, always lying is waddell, he NEVER tells the TRUTH, Know what that even is “don” you blubbering bafoon.

I bet in two years this team is gone, all thanks to waddell and his lies and the fact my grand daughter at 8, knows more how to run a hockey team than this STUPID SOB ? Come on “don” put up or SHUT UP YOU
A$$ HOLE !

five_hole

December 11th, 2009
4:46 pm

R. Stroz I’ve heard you in Alpharetta, my friend.

Jimbo Like several others, have pointed out that we consistantly get beat along the boards. And we sat Boulton in favor of another skilled “weenie” last night. Maybe we should split up the “Greek Gods” among the other lines, so more evenly divide the muckers and scoring.

Ward

December 11th, 2009
5:10 pm

Hey hockey travelers…ever flown from Florida to Toronto to Calgary and then Vancouver in the span of six days and merely walked around each place, moved from hotel to hotel etc??? Then add the middle of a cold spell, fluseason and poor sleep patterns? And now add Maple Leafs, and two tough western teams trying to beat your brains in on their home ice?? Probably our toughest six day stretch….and we could have come back 2-2 with some luck!!This team is exciting, Anderson is an excellent coach and we still need to develop some identity. We still make the playoffs today!!!Hang in there.Remember the “mix” we have. Youth and veterans with journeymen. This can be inconsistent at times. Ward

Nate

December 11th, 2009
5:27 pm

This team seriously lacks toughness. They look more like a figure skating team than a hockey team most shifts. Pavelec has come back to reality and the team has stopped scoring due to soft play on the boards. You can’t press the issue if you can’t win puck battles. This team was designed to win games 5-4. That ain’t happenin right now so instead of winning 5-4 we’re losing 3-1, 4-2, 5-2, etc…

stendec

December 11th, 2009
5:30 pm

Hi Ward. Thanks for providing Thrashers with excuses to fail. Stick around. Think the guys will require your services all season long. Say hello to Kari Lehtonen when you see him in LaLa Land. ++STENDEC++

stendec

December 11th, 2009
5:51 pm

Someone contact the Hanson Brothers. Thrashers may still lose but games will be a Hell of a lot more fun to watch! ++STENDEC++

NASCAR Dave

December 11th, 2009
6:04 pm

Hey WARD, don’t give me some STUPID excuse about “they’re tired from the traveling”!!!

SHUT THE HELL UP!!! These LOSERS get paid MILLIONS!!! They should be able, ready, and willing TO DEAL WITH IT!!!

And we DON’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS, will YOU be able to DEAL WITH IT???

What an Idiot.

NASCAR Dave

December 11th, 2009
6:07 pm

“This team seriously lacks toughness.”

YEP. 10 (11?) years and running on that one…

Dr. Phil

December 11th, 2009
6:38 pm

The lunatics are back.

LAC

December 11th, 2009
9:12 pm

Boy this “ward” must be ward clever speaking from the grave, because MILLION dollar players, should be in a physical position to endure travel quite well. If they were riding a bus, well this is not the old EHL…

Just shows another NON Hockey fan voicing an Excuse for the team of MILLION dollar players stinking it up.

Where is the STUPID overpaid, Idiot GM on this ? What lie or excuse
do you have for us all today “don” ???

LAC

December 11th, 2009
9:15 pm

Oh dr.phil… go have an affair with Okra, I mean oprah… You need all the help YOU can get ! And leave the REAL Hockey fans alone… OK, Can you preform that one Simple task with your pea size brain ? Go Away !

World Be Free

December 12th, 2009
7:21 am

Good morning-some thoughts while my morning coffee (Tim Hortons!!!!!) is still brewing.

I respect everyone’s right to have an opinion; in fact I welcome your opinions. But some of you guys take this stuff way too seriously. It’s a hockey team, a sport and you don’t own the team. None of what happens on the ice directly impacts your life, unless you are foolishly betting your take home pay on this or any team. It’s a long season and there’s going to be be plenty of ups and downs all season. Guys will play good one week and crappy the next. I know, as a player I have been thu this before and I was never paid to play the game.

Some of you guys are starting to sound like Maple Leaf fans. You know, Shiite hockey fans.

Stroz, don’t know where I am sitting yet, but I’ll come over and see you tonight after the 1st period-blue Thrashers hat and jersey. Look forward to it.

jerry

December 12th, 2009
7:51 am

Watch how the opponent passes the puck. Watch how the Thrashers pass the puck.
Watch how the opponent fights to get the puck out of their zone. Ditto for the Thrashers. I don’t see much resemblance.

LAC

December 12th, 2009
7:57 am

Jerry is 100% correct, there is a BIG difference in how other teams clear their zone and how the Thrashers try to.

Watching some other games, most teams have players in the correct position to recieve a outlet pass, the Thrashers do not, they shoot
the puck around the boards hoping it will clear, thus NO attack.

Most of out rushes are a one shot and out type thing. What drives me crazy is watching them get caught running around their own end while the other team controls play, we almost NEVER can do that.

Frankly I am getting tired of this run & guns so called offense, I would much rather see a tight checking defensive game, with lower scores where we compete better, because this style is not working out…

As we can all see the team is completely out of gas, I really wonder what will take place tonight ? We are a creampuff team and it really shows, I just hope TRADES are made and made soon… This is not getting any better… But them we ALL know who is the GM…. Don’t we !

World Be Free

December 12th, 2009
8:04 am

I have been calling for a tightening of the defense (as a team) in our own end for weeks. Not sure we have the lineup to convert to the trap. And I am not sure I have the stomach for the Thrashers to become “New Jersey South”.

Cover the points, don’t let them pass or whoot in the offensive zone.

Dwayne

December 12th, 2009
8:13 am

I have loved the Thrashers 15 times this year, hated them 11 times and said “oh well” 3 times. I hope I can say “I loved them” enough times so I can go see a playoff game in Atlanta.

Dwayne

December 12th, 2009
9:17 am

How come, for the most part, the haters only come out when the Thrashers are sucking, like now, and the Kool Aide drinkers, for the most part only come out when they are winning?

Rawhide

December 12th, 2009
9:24 am

G’Mornin’ all…sitting here checking out last night’s NHL highlights via NHL On the Fly’s replay. I was out all evening at the Cobb Energy Center watching the Army Ground Forces Band perform a holiday concert. Awesome stuff!!!

Looks like Washington is 8-0 vs. the SE with their OT win against the Canes and Buffalo beat Chicago.

WFB – As I sit here and sip my morning brew with you, I have to echo your comments above regarding some of the discussion that took place here last night.

turning to address the general blogosphere population…

Look guys…you know I allow a great deal of latitude when it comes to venting about this team. But when someone pies ups with a point of view related to the discussion that may seem contrary to yours, let’s try to show some common decency…shall we?

It has been frustrating watching our team play lately…but differences in opinions shouldn’t be taken as a personal attack.

Ward…since I don’t recall seeing you around here before…let me offer you a warm welcome. And while I undertsand exactly what you are saying regarding this tough schedule the Thrashers have dealt with over the past week, I tend to agree with what Bob Hartley once said about players using the “being tired” as a reason for not playing well. “These guys travel by way of chartered jets…sleep in the nicest of hotel rooms…eat at the best restaurants” he’d say. “If they are ‘tired’ then maybe they should find another profession…say, installing windshields at an auto plant at union wages”.

I prefer to explain what happened to the Thrashers in Canada this past week as simply being out hustled, out hit and simply out played.

World Be Free

December 12th, 2009
9:46 am

My best kegger story involved Gennesee Beer. Genny used to have a beer truck, an actual 15 foot refrigerated truck filled with beer with 12 beer taps on the side. I remember once going to a college party; the beer truck was also in attendance. In fact, it was the focal point of the outside party. What happened after that, I’ll never know. The member comes back every 10 years or so.

Dwayne

December 12th, 2009
9:57 am

My best kegger has nothing to do with a keg, it dtarted out with beer, then shots of rum, then a few shots of jaeger, then a fith of Makers Mark, passed out, fell flat on my face, luckily the neck of the bottle hit right above my left eye and only left a small scar. And of course, I didn’t spill any liquor.

R. Stroz

December 12th, 2009
11:03 am