Ding-dong the streak is dead!

The Thrashers losing streak officially ended Thursday night when they defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 in a shootout that took five rounds. Slava Kozlov and Bryan Little converted on their shootout chances and when Johan Hedberg forced Michael Del Zotto to miss on his attempt… ding-dong, the streak was dead!

And there was much rejoicing around Thrasherville!

Ron Hainsey and Johan Hedberg celebrate after defeating the Rangers (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Ron Hainsey and Johan Hedberg celebrate after defeating the Rangers (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Scoring the Thrashers only goal during 65 minutes of play was none other than Jimmy Slater, who is responsible for all three of the goals scored by Atlanta in the past two games. He was last off Schnide Island…not counting Boris Valabik who has missed most of the season due to an ankle injury…but he seems to making up for the slow start.

Slates now has 4 goals in his 22 games played.

Defensively, this was one of the best games from the Thrashers blueline in a very long time. Zach Bogosian and Ron Hainsey especially had strong games as they helped hold the Rangers to but 26 shots in regulation. Anssi Salmela is starting to play with a lot more confidence and his scrappy, edgy play on this night was very nice indeed.

The blueline and Hedberg held a team to fewer than 3 goals for the first time in twelve games. The last time was when Hedberg bested the Rangers in New York 3-2…also in a shootout…back on December 14. They allowed fewer than two goals for the first time since Moose and the Thrashers beat the Panthers 2-1 in a shootout back on December 5.

For the game, Hedberg turned away 29 of the Rangers 30 shots…including all four taken in the 5-minute overtime. With the win, he improved his record to 10-6-3 and he now sports a nifty 2.53 GAA and .916 SV%.

You folks starting to understand why I suggested Anderson ride the Moose a few weeks back?

Atlanta’s offense was able to get off 32 shots on rookie Chad Johnson, who performed extremely well in his first ever NHL start. He stopped the first 26 shots that he faced until Slater’s breakaway beat him at the 6:06 mark of the third period.

Rich Peverley had a pant-load of chances in this game. One such opportunity came in the first period he was all alone on the left side with an open net to shot at…but Johnson made a fantastic effort diving to his right and was able to get his paddle in front of the shot to deny Pavs of his 14th goal of the season.

Peverley led the Thrashers with 5 shots on goal.

Todd White remains on the milk carton as his streak without a goal has now reached 33 games

Todd White remains on the milk carton as his streak without a goal has now reached 33 games

Meanwhile, Todd White again went without a goal for the 33rd consecutive game and was able to get off one shot on Johnson His photo on the milk carton will remain a fixture on these post-game logs until he finally shows back up and scores.

Remember, January 26th is this blogs official over/under game for White’s next goal…I have the “over”.

The Thrashers penalty kill unit killed off all three Rangers power plays. Atlanta has now denied goals to opponents on 14 of their last 15 man-advantage chances during the past four games.

And finally…Atlanta’s last five wins have come in overtime or via the shootout and still have not won a regulation game since November 30. But on this night, it just doesn’t matter…they are the one’s that skated away with the second point and that’s all that really mattered on this night.

203 comments Add your comment

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
11:26 am

Of course, Ice Daddy, but the point is even in victory – an OT/SO win looks good on the ledger but not in the team’s attempt to secure playoff position, which is what we all hunger for and validates success.

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
11:27 am

RTR Daculafan!

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
11:29 am

Who’s the $2.4m scratch?

FlamesFan – Todd White would be if sat down, given that’s his salary. Expanding on that point, shortly after John Anderson was hired, I personally heard him say that salary would be no issue in making decision on who would play and how much ice time they would get. If that is indeed so, he simply needs to sit White down…not for a game or two, but long-term, IMHO.

Red Light – Great work as usual. What I might also be interested in is offseting OT wins points with OT loss points. Yes, when a team wins in OT, they give away a point in the standings as well. But when they lose in OT, they gain the point even though the surrender 2.

I’d kinda like to see if there is a +/- ratio with team in such scenarios. Granted, it doesn’tcount if it’s an east team playing west…given a point surrendered in an OT win is meaningless if it’s to a team in a different conference.

Daculafan – You just gotta be one happy camper today, eh?

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
11:50 am

Against the Eastern Conference Bill, the Thrashers are 48-31 in the OT/SO. The computation is as follows:

96 points for the wins and 31 points for the OTLs for a total of 127. Subtract 48 points for the other teams OTLs and 62 points for the other teams’ wins. Yields a plus in the standings of 17 points in 91 games.

Jeez, I all of a sudden feel like a Tech student!

Daculafan

January 8th, 2010
11:58 am

Red Light – RTR baby!!

Rawhide – I was so pumped I didn’t get to sleep until after 1am

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
12:00 pm

Bill: Against the Eastern Conference, the Thrashers are +17 points in the OT/SO since 2005-06. Here’s the computation:

Thrashers: 48 OT/SO wins = 96 points; 31 OTLs = 31 points; Total = 127 points
Opponents: 31 OT/SO wins = 62 points; 48 OTLs = 48 points; Total = 110 points

Thus +17 for those 79 OT games against the EC!

Jeez, I feel like a Tech student named Ram.

Viking

January 8th, 2010
12:02 pm

Red Light (& Ice Daddy),

I really, really dislike the freebie point system. Fairness is substituted for “closer” standings.

If by chance Thrashers are standing out statistically compared with other teams for OT/SO wins versus regulation wins is hard to evaluate. They probably will, since an over the years commonly losing team is going to show a denominator that gravely affect the stat.

However, with Slava in the shootout, I have a feeling that Thrashers do better than most teams numerator wise. Which should only bring a smile to our faces. (Except the future feeling of loss for the SO when he is gone).

Also, I am sure we have picked up a few OT/SO losses against our division rivals, which makes the SO-OT/reg win even less meaningful.

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
12:03 pm

That should be 79 games, not 91 against the EC. It’s 91 total OT/SO games including the team’s 8-4 record against the West. Beware of multiple posts. Browser issues!

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
12:06 pm

Re Light – Very good then. That’s exactly was I was sking for.

Everyone – C-Viv just posted a new blog with some interesting DW quotes regarding the Kovy contract talks and Kari Lehtonen. Check it out.

Dwayne

January 8th, 2010
12:09 pm

Nary a word on a Bogo injury for the last 16 games????…mmmmmm. Ochocinco made some great saves, that diving stick save against Pevs was highlight reel. Then his D bailed him out with a “hand” just before puck crosses line.

Dwayne

January 8th, 2010
12:12 pm

coulda, woulda, shoulda be 4 to 1.

Viking

January 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

I had not read some of the posts before writing my previous comment.

The clearest stat in this regard for our division or conference is win versus loose without involving regulation outcome. Regulation wins can also be interesting, but a mix just reflects the “Slava factor”!

LAC

January 8th, 2010
12:17 pm

Question… If a player has a No Trade clause and is waived, can he
envoke the clause to avoid going to a team he does not want to ?

I know several have mentioned Slava, and he does have a NTC, but waivers are different than trades.

Was odd to watch Eric C… Remember him ? On the Rangers #1 line and has points in 5 straight games, until last night, and he did not look special in the shootout either.

Dwayne

January 8th, 2010
12:21 pm

yeah, Eric C. had some intresting comments about the lack of people in the seats.

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
12:24 pm

Viking,

I also don’t like the free point system. Back in my day (haha), we allowed ties and we liked it that way. The only problem with that was that teams in a tie game wouldn’t play the last few minutes in fear of losing.

So then the NHL instituted overtime, but I think the first iteration allowed for one overtime period and if it was still tied, then it just stayed tied.

Then they came up with what we have now. While many can argue that a shootout is not the best way to settle 65 minutes of hockey, at least everyone knows the rules going in. However, by giving the free point by making it to overtime, you have the same problem of teams in a tie game not playing the last few minutes of regulation (and now they don’t play the last minute of overtime either).

If they took away the free point, I think the games would be better and there would be less standing behind the net killing time.

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
12:36 pm

Viking, Ice Daddy:

When players like Kozzie, Jussi Jokinen, Christenson, Kotalik, P.A. Parenteau (2-for-2), Handzus (the engima) and others can influence the outcome of a game, and thus a playoff berth, after 65 minutes of play has concluded, is a complete aberration of the entire concept of wins and losses. Couldn’t agree more. The S/O is for non-hockey fans, pure and simply!

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
12:37 pm

Sorry about the bold Trixie

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
12:44 pm

Redlight, I actually don’t mind the shootout so much. I find it better than a tie. And like I said, everyone knows the rules going in. Ideally, we would just play overtime periods until someone wins but that is not practical during the regular season. Maybe we could give 2 points for a regulation win and 1 point for overtime/shootout win or maybe 2 points for regulation and overtime wins and 1 for shootout wins but NOTHING for making it to overtime only to lose.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
12:55 pm

“The” win that would get us back on track could or might happen Saturday. Wash. comes in thinking that the Thrashers will be easy meat. I am not trying to be over-positive, but I hope the guys like the feeling after the one win vs. how they felt after the 9 losses.

Casino Night is Monday night. Could something be in store for the event?

Nikita

January 8th, 2010
12:55 pm

I don’t agree on Todd White. I’m fine with him being sat — I don’t think he should be waived or slapped down long-term, especially when his leadership isn’t doing their job and he is somewhat doing his.

Jim Slater’s probably on the 4th line because he has yet to demonstrate that he belongs anywhere else. I’d love to see his streak turned into a season-long triumph, but I think we’ve waited for that for four years now.

And I’m not thrilled with several things from last night:

1. Bogosian, who needs to sit. The kid is tired and not his best and beating him to death isn’t going to help.

2. Kovy in the shootout — stupid, stupid, stupid. He rarely, if ever, converts in that format. And we have a much better chance of finishing in three if someone with a higher percentage goes ahead of him.

3. Some bad calls and bad bounces last night. But hey, that happens.

I was pretty thrilled with the PK, though. And the 4th line. Which really are things that I should be thrilled with secondary to awesome offensive output and scoring, but hey, I’m grateful for anything I can get right now.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

January 8th, 2010
12:56 pm

Mr. Red Light – All fixed. I was wondering what all the shouting was all about.

moriler

January 8th, 2010
1:03 pm

Interesting reading over the last few. I don’t comment much because some of the posters are in “negative output-only” mode, but let me offer some perspective from this corner of the world. I’ve been here since the beginning, so I’ve seen the circumstances each year as it’s gone.

Waddell: He is a fine numbers guy, and needs to step back and get out of the roles of player development, scouting, and anything else to do with the on-ice personnel. There have been too many draft busts and players that simply never panned out. Fortunately Dudley is here and (as someone noted) the ‘09 draft played out much better — but if Waddell doesn’t stick to the business side of operations, we are going to always be struggling. He may have been a good hockey mind when he was with Detroit, but the post-lockout league is different and I don’t think he ever adapted. As a further negative, Waddell’s hands are tied by…

Ownership. The Atlanta Spirit Group is a basketball-first organization, and you can tell by comparing how the Hawks are doing (and paid) compared to the Thrashers. We can’t fire the ASG or make them care more about hockey, sadly, but I also don’t see them selling or moving the team anytime soon; we just need to get them to understand that they have to open their wallets if they want to win. Canuckistan residents slobber at the mouth and scream ‘relocate’ over _any_ team that’s suffering buns-in-seats trouble, but you don’t move teams out of a market (and just as importantly, a _TV MARKET_) like this one. Phoenix, Nashville, Florida — all these teams would have to go to Canada or Kansas City before Atlanta is even considered for a move.

Anderson. His system works if the players bother to show up and play it. It’s an offense-heavy system, but remember: post-lockout, this is an offense-heavy league! The league isn’t going back to the days when the neutral-zone trap and the left-wing lock were super-effective and a two-goal lead was nigh insurmountable. Hartley was a good coach, but he never adapted to the post-lockout world. Too many other coaches haven’t either (look at Melrose’s failed experiment). But the players… the players HAVE to put the effort in. They must understand that their defense starts with the forwards keeping the puck deep in the offensive zone, so opposing teams have to burn all their energy on defense and have to change lines if they clear the zone at all. It’s an aggressive system, and it’s not forgiving of players who half-ass it for a period. It also cannot support players who try to be too clever at the blue line on the attack: GET THAT PUCK DEEP and _then_ be clever. We get good, solid chances when we work down deep and back to out high for the shot — when we stickhandle at the blue line, we get rushes going the other way.

Speaking of players: Good ghod, sit White, trade him for a bag of pucks, or SOMETHING. My blind grandmother skates better than he does right now. Make everyone do some damned passing drills. I know our ice is crap because we’re in the South and they leave the hardwood down over the rink half the time, but we routinely pass to people’s skates, rather than to the open area they’re about to be! We also have some of the most horrible “puck sense” I’ve seen in awhile — players seem to not know where each other is unless they’re in their field of vision _right then_. It’s really bad and leads to flagrant turnovers. Good teams can track their own men on the ice without having to see them — the greatest players know roughly where all nine other players are at all times _and_ where they’re headed. This well may be Anderson’s fault, because a coach has to help instill this in his players… but guys like White simply don’t have it and never will. Slater didn’t get it before this year, and he may have saved himself by finally starting to learn — I’m leaving the jury out on that for now, but we’ll see how he does after being sat down a lot.

Kovalchuk: Recent interview says that he wants to play his whole career for one team. This tells me that Grossman is trying to wedge the Thrashers into paying too much. I would be sad to see him go, but I would also rather get three “reasonably good” guys than overpay him and screw ourselves under the cap. One major problem here is that teams focus on stopping Kovalchuk, and we _still_ keep trying to center things around him. Perhaps not having him available would finally force us to acknowledge that if a team spends that much effort shutting one guy down… someone else has to step up, and the plays should be designed around that.

A couple final thoughts: Heatley was never going to play in Atlanta again after the Snyder wreck — we had to get whatever we could for him. Chalk him up to bad luck. As far as Hossa goes — remember, he was victimized by Ottawa’s GM in a sign-then-trade deal. He thought he was signing to play in Ottawa, and then he got shipped to Atlanta without his consent, approval, or anything. We were never going to be able to resign Hossa either, because he got screwed so badly. (And take a look at where Ottawa is now, by the way — that GM is having some trouble there himself, da?) So there is some bad luck at work here as well, but we’re long past that — we should be able to make this work. We have a passable roster now, and our recycling program (Pevs, Shoob) is certainly performing above par. If we don’t turn it around this year, it will be time to start letting people go who aren’t putting forth the effort — even kids who are on a bad streak are better than the coasters.

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
1:05 pm

Nikita,

1. Didn’t really see any noticeable problems with Bogo. I’m sure he could use a rest, but his game is still probably better than the D scratches. The only reason I would sit him is if this mysterious injury warrants it.

2. I agree with not putting Kovy on the shootout. Going with the “hot hand” theory, I would have put Slater in there, maybe as the third shooter. At least Kovy’s attempt was better than Christiansen, who’s main selling point when he came to Atlanta was that he was great in the shootout.

3. Definitely bad calls. There was a sequence there where Schubert got hooked to the ground with no call (ref right in clear view of it) followed 5 seconds later by a tripping or hooking call on us because we had the puck on our stick and the stick AND puck tapped a defender’s skate and he went down. I don’t know the specifics of these penalties, but I think if you have the puck on your stick and a defender goes down like that, it shouldn’t be a penalty.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
1:12 pm

Moriler-great post. Hope to hear from you more often

Sage of Bluesland

January 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

Well, except for the part about Waddell being a ‘great mind’ in Detroit…Oh, you mean for all of the ONE YEAR he was an assistant GM on a team which was ALREADY a powerhouse?

(I stopped reading then–no offense, though)

Those who fail to learn from the past will repeat those mistakes in the future…

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

I agree moriler. I think if we had more frequent posts from you and others like you, we could drown out the “negative output only” types. I can be negative when it is warranted, but there were few negatives last night except for maybe the condition of the ice.

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
1:25 pm

Moriler – I’ll echo what WBF said. It’s also nice to see other “newbies” like Ice Daddy around here, too.

moriler

January 8th, 2010
1:26 pm

Ice Daddy: If you saw, Kovy went for the right spot on his attempt — high glove side. The kid (Johnson) barely got his glove up far enough for it to glance off. :) But in general, I agree — he’s a shooter, not a deker, and shootouts need guys who are at least a threat to deke and get the goalie moving side-to-side.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
1:28 pm

I have the 95-96 NHL yearbook. For all the complaining about how we draft, here is a list of the guys taken in round 1 of this draft (in order)-

Chris Phillips, Andrei Zyuzin, JP Dumont, Alendre Volchkov, Richard Jackman, Boyd Devereaux, Erik Rasmussen, Jonathan Aiken, Ruslan Salei, Lance Ward, Dan Focht, Josh Holden, Derek Morris, Marty Reasoner, Dainius Zubrus, Mario Laroque, Jaro Svejkovsky, Matt Higgins, Mathieu Descoteaux, Marcus Nillson, Marco Sturm, Jeff Brown, Craig Hillier, Daniel Breiere, Peter Ratchuk and Jesse Wallin. This is the entire first round. Not alotta stars, ay? 10 guys still playing today, a number that never saw NHL regular season ice.

Only 8 guys from round two made it to the NHL for morte than a cup of coffee. Three of the 8 are playing today.

My point is that the draft is a crap shoot, was back in ‘95 and still is today. I admit our “hit” rate is below the average. But let’s not keep riding a player becuase he is a first round pick and not a star. The law of averages is not with us or the player. I guess I am starting to give Slater the benefit of ther doubt.

stendec

January 8th, 2010
1:30 pm

Darkhorse echoed what I was going to post in a much more sanitized version…Not very impressed with the win last night, other than stopping the slide. A supposed improved Thrashers team coming home, playing a mediocre opponent who played the night before, against a rookie goalie making his first start, and it took a 3rd period Slater goal just to get it to OT and a W in the shootout. Preach it brother! ++STENDEC++ As for El Kapitan Ilya “Only Money Matters” Kovalchuk I say f#ck him! Ship his uncaring Maryann Hossa a$$ to any team which still believes he is worth a damn. Team will be better off without this heartless slacker! Maximum pay? Maximum my a$$! Do not get me started on Kari “Three More Big Macs” Lehtonen. Super size that please.

moriler

January 8th, 2010
1:31 pm

@Bill: Heh, thanks. My girlfriend is a big hockey fan too, but she’s tired of me trying to coach the TV. :D

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
1:34 pm

Thanks Rawhide, I wanted the moniker Ice Man, but I figured that would be rude. That was my nickname in college and no, it had nothing to do with the movie Top Gun. If I ever see you at a game, I’ll tell you that story. Not a very exciting story, but nothing for a blog either.

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
1:38 pm

moriler, Kozzy excels at the shootout but you have to put a gun to his head to get him to shoot in the game. The shootout is just a different mindset and while I think Kovy could excel there, he is not there yet. He definitely took a good shot, but if you compare to Kozzy’s shot where he literally did nothing but slide the puck across the crease until the goalie opened his legs and then slid it gently through, hopefully you get my point. Kozzy goes up there with an idea of what he wants to do (with hopefully some contingencies built in). Kovy just goes up there to shoot and hopes the goalie gives him something or can’t catch up to his shot.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
1:44 pm

stendec, you must be a joy to be around on a daily basis.

Smoothie

January 8th, 2010
1:47 pm

Tough to get excited about the “win” last night when you’re barely beating a tired, under-manned (no Prospal) opponent with a rookie goalie in his first start. Not to mention giving them a point, which we can’t afford right now in the standings. But after watching the hi-lites on the Thrashers site, I see just how many close calls we had and just how excellent Johnson was on some of those point-blank chances.

On Bogosian’s apparent injury cover-up: puzzling to say the least. Why did he not rest a few games? It’s harder for D-man to be targeted for cheap shots when they’re the ones that should dishing out the punishment. Laslty, Zach needs to shoot from the circle EVERY TIME. Please stop trying to be Adam Oates and shoot the damn puck!

I had the pleasure of talking to Bob Hartley after the game last night in Taco Mac. I tried to buy him a drink and he told me he doesn’t drink. How in the world did coaching the Thrashers not drive him to drink!? Nice man though…very gracious. And I thanked him for our playoffs appearance as well as getting Kovy to actually play defense once in awhile.

Lastly, Avery is an ass-clown and I would gladly fight him given the chance. I’m so stick of his “schtick”.

Smoothie

January 8th, 2010
2:06 pm

Great input and entries from moriler and Ice Daddy! Welcome to the fray. And don’t let some negativity keep you from blogging. Yeah, stendec, LAC and Sage are broken records (as am I sometimes) but having smoke blown up your ass by the Sunshine Brigade isn’t much better if you ask me. But I’m a glass half-empty and I’d rather drink it kinda guy. If the Thrashers give us more to be positive about, then Bill’s blog will start getting 180 comments again.

R. Stroz

January 8th, 2010
2:19 pm

Smoothie – Any interesting tidbits from Hartley?

Smoothie

January 8th, 2010
2:32 pm

Not too much Stroz, but he doesn’t see much good in Kovy’s body language either. I tried not to put him on the spot too much, but the key points were 1) your forwards have to be FULLY COMMITTED to playing 2-ways to run JA’s system and 2) that Kovy’s body language “didn’t look good.” But then again, we avid fans can pretty much see that too.

Bob, if you happen to be reading, thanks for taking the time for putting up with my “over-served” butt and not being afraid to comment on some of my questions / observations. Hope you get back in the game soon as a coach or a front office guy.

R. Stroz

January 8th, 2010
2:36 pm

Thanks Smoothie

Nikita

January 8th, 2010
2:43 pm

*followed 5 seconds later by a tripping or hooking call on us because we had the puck on our stick and the stick AND puck tapped a defender’s skate and he went down.*

I think that was the Thorburn call. In general, I think it’s b.s. to call someone for tripping off a glancing blow. But doubly so when it is unintentional and shouldn’t have affected the person drawing it.

hip czech

January 8th, 2010
2:43 pm

Moriler…good post

One major problem here is that teams focus on stopping Kovalchuk, and we _still_ keep trying to center things around him.

Absolutely agreed…one sequence in the second period last night underscored it. Little had the puck, can’t remember the exact circumstances, and what seemed a clear lane to the net for a shot…instead he force fed one to Kovalchuk who had a defender draped all over him.

Same on the PP…set it up for a Kovalchuk one-timer.

With a system that relies on offense from defensemen why is it that our D don’t shoot the dang puck? Schubert being the exception…but Kubina, Enstrom, Bogosian, and Hainsey need to put pucks on net.

George

January 8th, 2010
2:52 pm

Have to wonder at times, are the players told to get Kovulchuk the puck

J.B.

January 8th, 2010
2:55 pm

somebody mentioned casino night being monday night. it’s actually sunday night. that is all.

Smoothie

January 8th, 2010
2:58 pm

hip czech – indeed! Especially Bogo, Kubes and Hainsey. At least Enstrom generally makes deft passes to open men when getting the puck deep in the zone. Damn he is a slick little skater…fun to watch. But good Lord, he should’ve shot the puck quick coming around that net in OT for at least a juicy rebound…might have caught Johnson leaning.

Despite their numerous missed opportunities, I did like the speed and cohesion of the top line Kovy – Pevs – Little. Funny how many on this blog were calling for that line (or at least Kovy-Pevs-Antro) before the year even started. Hopefully it will stay together for a bit to get both Pevs and Little going. With Antro out again, looks like there’s a chance that could happen.

And wouldn’t it be nice if that new top line started scoring bushels so Antropov gets pushed down to the 2nd line to balance things out, there by forcing White out of the Top 6 and perhaps even into the pressbox??

Kovy – Pevs – Little

Kozzy – Antro – Max

Kane – Reasy – Army

GG or Slates – White – Thor (if you must play Whitey)

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
2:59 pm

Smoothie-what is Hartley doing these days? Like you, I can’t image not drinking heavily and being in this situation. I heard he’s a good dude. I think your assessment of the game and opponent situation was right on.

As for kovy, well I hope this situation is settled soon. This is getting painful. Get his name on a contract or move him. Letting this linger may soon doom the season, maybe more. No one player is bigger than the team, even the Thrashers under the current circumstances. If we can get Cam Barker, Versteeg and more for Kovy we would be doing well. I guess our next questions would is, who would be the next captain?

Avery-will you figured that spineless wimp would go after Max. He’s a lightweight fighter, don’t know how he has lasted this long other than the fact that Rangers’ fans like him.

hip czech

January 8th, 2010
3:11 pm

Alright, I’m not the number cruncher/stat guy that most of you are, but it’s a slow day…so a little research.

At one point early in the year (10-15 games in maybe) it seemed the Thrashers led the league in defense scoring. Here is the last date of each of the Thrashers top 4 Dmen goals:

Bogosian – 11/15 vs Edmonton

Kubina – 12/19 vs NJ, but before that 11/7 vs NYI

Enstrom – 11/22 vs Tampa Bay

Hainsey – 12/19 vs NJ, but before that 11/8 vs STL

So, throw out the Kubina and Hainsey goals on 12/19 and you have to go back almost two months for all 4 to have scored.

What happened?

FormerIslesFan

January 8th, 2010
3:12 pm

Some general thoughts, most if not all of which have been mentioned here.

1. That was probably the most complete 65 minutes I’ve seen the Thrashers play in a while, if not all season. If they need to realzie that’s what it takes to win a game, so be it.

2. I did NOT see the thing that I have been noticing this streak: Over commitment by a player and vacating the area he is responsible (perhaps the greatest offender of this in the last few games has been Kubina). Example: In the PITT game, Malkin comes behind the net being chased by Reasoner. Even though he skates wide rather than cutting to the net, Kubina vacates his position in the slot to go “help” Reasoner. So, now two Thrash on one (granted, it is Malkin). But, Malkin slides the puck to Staal in the slot vacated by Kubina for an easy goal. Now, SAME exact play developed last night, except it was Gabronik going behind the net (I think Slater was giving chace this time). The defenseman at the post does NOT go to help, but allows Slater to chase Gabronik up the half-boards. What happens? Gabronik has no shot or pass to the slot (where Anisimov was sitting) and ends up dumping the puck deeper into the zone where the defenseman picks it up. It’s the little things like that that make the difference…

3. I can’t believe I will admit this, but after Kovy missed his shootout shot, I was screaming at Anderson to use Slater in the shootout!! Was anyone else thinking the same thing (especially after Peverly’s “dump-in” attempt!).

4. As much as people are riding White about missing the net in OT, why isn’t anyone commenting about Kovy missing almost the exact same shot earlier in the game? Please don’t think I’m a huge White supporter (Stroz can back me up on this one), but White did make a fantastic back-check that disrupted a 3-1 for which he is getting no credit.

5. Someone please tell Toby Enstrom that he will be doing pushups if he doesn’t shoot more?!?!

That’s enough for now…

R. Stroz

January 8th, 2010
3:31 pm

As far the Peverley-Little-Kovy line last night, I thought Peverley and Little clicked well. On the other hand, I thought Kovy was pouting because Finny was moved to the second line.

On the Kovy wiff job, afterward, Kovy did a great job of impersonating Greg “Mad Dog” Maddox with his verbose use of the f-bomb.

Nikita

January 8th, 2010
3:35 pm

*As much as people are riding White about missing the net in OT, why isn’t anyone commenting about Kovy missing almost the exact same shot earlier in the game? *

You know the bandwagon? Those are the people riding it.

Smoothie

January 8th, 2010
3:38 pm

# 99 like Gretzky!

Yeah, Kovy sucked last night pretty much in all respects other than some good bursts of speeds, some decent passes to Little and Pevs. I figured I have been negative enough w/r/t Kovy so I let the open net “whiff” go. But I’m ready to trade him and move on.