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.
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!