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.

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hip czech

January 8th, 2010
3:43 pm

I traded Kovalchuk today in my fantasy league :-)

Brendan

January 8th, 2010
3:50 pm

When Todd White first got here, he was excited about playing with Kovalchuk. And when he wasn’t playing on his line, the other team’s primary shutdown personnel weren’t playing, either. Either way, Todd White liked the situation. If Todd White has checked out, maybe it’s because he senses that THE REASON HE AGREED TO COME HERE … maybe be leaving.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
3:53 pm

Nikita-people are raging against Kovy and White for a variety of reasons. Kovy cause he doesn’t have a contract, White cause he does have a contract.

R. Stroz

January 8th, 2010
3:56 pm

Nikita – White gets paid 2.45 million this season and has produced 3 goals and is a negative 15, the worst plus/minus on the team. Those are facts.

BTW, Kozlov is sucking wind this season too with 8 goals and a negative 13 on the season, the second worst plus/minus on the team.

There is a difference between bandwagon rants without substance and facts.

The facts are White and Kozlov aren’t earning their keep, so I guess you can put White and Kozlov in the same bandwagon.

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
4:00 pm

:!: 2010 RAWHIDE BLOG COMMENT OF THE YEAR NOMINATION :!:

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to announce this first Rawhide Blog Comment of the Year for 2010…

people are raging against Kovy and White for a variety of reasons. Kovy cause he doesn’t have a contract, White cause he does have a contract

WBF – Congratulations!

Mr. Heat Miser

January 8th, 2010
4:07 pm

Saw Uncle Bob Hartley at the Taco Mac post-game show dining with video coach Tony Borgford. Would have loved to hear that conversation…..

Nikita

January 8th, 2010
4:10 pm

*The facts are White and Kozlov aren’t earning their keep, so I guess you can put White and Kozlov in the same bandwagon.*

a) the moment you all start beating Koz as hard as you beat White, I’ll agree. Most people just enjoy beating on White.

b) Neither is playing well. Both need remediation. But it’s cheap and lame to pick on a relatively cheap, relatively old player for not performing well for a certain stretch when peple who are paid better and should be more capable aren’t performing, either. In other words, pick on White, but pick on everyone else who deserves it, as well.

I’d suggest we sit them both a few games. Quite frankly, Koz looks like he’s breaking down and White looks distracted. But I don’t think we should give up on them.

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
4:35 pm

I concur on the Comment of the Year nomination. Nice!

Nutznorm

January 8th, 2010
4:44 pm

Stendec – at least please be negatively creative enough to post a different comment than you did on the on the blog. Geez! You wouldn’t be happy if the team won the cup this year. No I don’t think that is going to happen either. Take a good win over a conference foe in the same playoff race we are in and overdose on happy pills.

MSG Man

January 8th, 2010
6:04 pm

I for one and quite tired of Kovy’s canned comments everytime
he speaks, if Atlanta is so good, then sign, I believe he is
playing all of us for a fool. It is so tiring for him to keep this up.
I say get rid of him he is not worth the $ he is seeking, he does not have a complete game.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
6:43 pm

You can speak to any fans across the league and they will tell you they have guys that aren’t earning their money. This is not news. Some teams (like Edmonton and the Rangers) have it much worse than the Thrashers.

Reverse that and say Peverly resigned a few weeks back and he’s still underpaid! I can’t believe I am about to say this-based on the last month, Slater is underpaid too!

I can hear Paminski laughing here head off.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
6:45 pm

Thanks Bill-it’s been a long day at home – Mrs. WBF added another page to the honey-do list, since I have the unexpected 3 day weekend. Can’t wait to get out of the house for the game tomorrow night!

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
7:08 pm

Gotta give Slater props for doing something is beyond his natural ablities-scoring goals! Before the season, I was going to have a #23 jersey made up with the name “Stone Hands” on the back.

Thrashers27

January 8th, 2010
7:09 pm

Well said Nikita. The only trouble with sitting White and Kozzie is that there isn’t any room to bring anyone up in their place. With Pops, Boris, Anssi and an extra forward sitting in the press box there’s not room without sending someone down. The only answer to that scenario would be to put White and Kozzie on waivers hoping they’ll end up in Chicago. I don’t see that happening.

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
7:20 pm

Thanks Bill-it’s been a long day at home – Mrs. WBF added another page to the honey-do list, since I have the unexpected 3 day weekend. Can’t wait to get out of the house for the game tomorrow night!

WBF – Yup…I hear ya brothah’…this is why when it became clear no one was leaving the house this morning for work or school, yours truly logged into the office network from the laptop at home…sighed heavily and cursed a couple of times to make it appear that I was dealing with “issues” at work. Then, when The Divine Mrs. R was convinced I was “working” and wasn’t in a good mood because of it…she left for the family room, ordered down a few chick-flicks from On Demand and…badda-boom-badda-bing…the day belonged to me and it was BLOG TIME!!!!

Gotta give Slater props for doing something is beyond his natural ablities-scoring goals! Before the season, I was going to have a #23 jersey made up with the name “Stone Hands” on the back.

That’s OK…you can still get a #12 jersey with CHARMIN SOFT on the back. :lol:

Smoothie

January 8th, 2010
7:43 pm

Bill, where were you sitting last night? Or did you stay at home due to the weather. Me and the “boys” were in Section 117. Didn’t see you around though. You wouldn’t have missed me giving Avery the double underhanded bird flip when I made eye contact with him at the blueline before a puck drop. I hate that SOB.

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
7:48 pm

Smoothie – I watched the game from the comfort of my couch last night, but not because of the weather. There was a previously scheduled event I commited to with the youngest tax exemption after school.

I’ll see you tomorrow night, however.

Brendan

January 8th, 2010
8:27 pm

WBF, I tell ya what happened. Slater figured that if he can play noticeably better, maybe some GM would ask for him as “sweetener” for the Kovalchuk trade. Trouble is, Jim. It’s usually the contenders that BUY at the deadline, and you’ll get re-assigned to the club’s AHL affiliate upon arrival, lest they be particularly thin up the middle. In which case, you may become a contending team’s 4th line center. I wish Jim Slater the very best in his quest to become part of the Kovalchuk trade.

Matt

January 8th, 2010
8:28 pm

Former Isles Fan- I agree with your comment about Enstrom needing to shoot more. Especially on the power play. There is way too much predictability to the PP right now, cycle puck around to give Kovy shot from high on face off circle. Teams need to respect the shot from the point and that will open the ice more for Kovy and others.

BTW, has anyone ever actually MET Stendec? I mean, is he for real, cause it could just be a virus posting the same thing over and over.

Bob

January 8th, 2010
9:06 pm

Rawhide, I blame you for the nightmare/wet dream I had this afternoon during a nice snow day nap . . . Waddell getting carried off by the flying monkeys as what’s left of Blueland yearned for him . . . “Toto, Toto . . .”

stendec

January 8th, 2010
9:17 pm

To Matt. Virus Stendec here. My reality posts on team no more tiresome than the all is right with this team bullshet that apologists like you post on a daily basis. So go f#ck yourself! Sincerely. ++STENDEC++ No, that virus detector in your computer WILL NOT get rid of me! Oh yeah, Numbnutz – I guess whipping an exhausted team with a first time goaltender on home ice in a shootout has you scrambling for Stanley Cup finals tickets! How many damn games were lost in succession before that miraculous shootout win? Thought so!

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
9:23 pm

Bob – Ya know I like ya man…but the thought that I had any involvement in a wet dream of yours…well, it just kinda makes me feel…uncomfortable.

stendec – Come on buddy…we won last night, it was a snow day so most of us had the day off and some of us have enjoyed a few adult beverages and had a good day. Relax….

Brendan

January 8th, 2010
11:06 pm

Anyone watch the OTHER Winter Classic? It was BU vs. BC. Boston College gave Boston University a good run. BU won, 3-2. No, no snow. The snow was a no show. So, the show had no snow. There’s probably a Dr. Seuss joke in there somewhere.

stendec's doctor

January 8th, 2010
11:15 pm

He’s built up his tolerance to Prozac.

LAC

January 9th, 2010
4:55 am

Sage & Stendec, this smoothie is at it AGAIN. WE are negative, yeah right, WRONG smoothie, YOU are incorrect in your assumptions. WE call it like it really IS and don’t sugar coat it, because we hope things will change for the better. Have YOU smoothie see any change for the better ? No all you can do is get on us three Great bloggers who are NOT afraid to Telll The Truth, something you should do a little more of, but then again… All you provide are these silly attacks against the REAL NHL fans on this blog and I know Sage & Stendec will agree 100%.

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.

Ice Daddy

January 9th, 2010
9:25 am

Brendan, I watched the BU-BC game. Go Terriers! I didn’t notice BC giving them a game (despite the final score) although I may be biased since I’m a big BU fan.

LAC

January 9th, 2010
9:27 am

Thank-You Dallas and glad the power failed in NJ… Kept us in 9th place…

J.B.

January 9th, 2010
10:16 am

I unexpectedly have an extra ticket for tonight’s game. If anyone’s interested contact Rawhide for my email address. I’ll be checking it all day and would prefer to meet up inside CNN center (Gorin’s!) to hand off the ticket before puck drop.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:16 am

LAC-I do not know if your question about the NTC was answered. I believe that each NTC his unique to the player and his contract.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:26 am

#12-Charmin Soft-
I am afraid people would toss eggs at me, cause they can’t reach the ice to hit White directly. Everyone likes Jimmy, cause we are attracted to people who keep trying. I gotta give Jimmy credit for that.

Brendan-I think the other thing that happened to Slater is that he spent time in the press box while Marty took his spot. I mentioned this before from personal experience-the worst thing that you can be as a hockey player is a healthy scratch. You sit in the press box watching other guys that beat you out for your job. At least in football, you dress in full gear and stand on the sidelines. As a healthy scratch in hockey, you are not dressed, nor are you with your teammates-you’re removed and isolated. Slater spent alotta time in the press box this year. Looks like he has a rightous jump in his stride.

Nikita

January 9th, 2010
11:29 am

I believe you’re correct, WBF. There are some players who have “NTCs” that are actually limited trade contracts — but I understand Koz’s is a plain jane NTC. So we have to waive him if we want to replace him.

Who’s watching tonight? I’m going to see a college game in person this afternoon and hope to get back in time for the Caps game.

Nikita

January 9th, 2010
11:31 am

I’d like to add a small correction here — Jimmy Slater isn’t untalented. Every damn year he plays like a dream for 7 or 8 games. The problem is that he’s never been able to consistently make his promise (speed, decent hands, some grittiness) into reality (goals).

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:32 am

Stendec, like I said before, I just don’t take this team or any other too seriously. It’s a game and I don’t own the team. If I owned them, I’d be just as pissed as you and some others on this blog.

Are you going to the game tonight? I have met some of the regular posters here, I’d like to meet some of the rest of you, especilally those that are so frank. Peace brother.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:35 am

Bill-I needed to take a day off yesterday. I determined that house work was more desireable than work-work. It will be there when I get back Monday. See you tonight.

10 Spot

January 9th, 2010
12:06 pm

Hey Billy Bob! Look forward to braving the icy tempestuousness that is the outdoors and seeing you at the good old hocley game tonight! Hope to see more Jimmy Scandalous goals tonight in Blueland. Maybe this summer he can cross-train by learning the oboe or french horn. :)

Miami Screaming Eagle

January 9th, 2010
12:11 pm

So D-W still seems optimistic / hopeful of resigning Kovy. Keeps talking positive about having him here for a long time. This translates to blowing smoke up everyone’s skirts and making them feel good about the team.

The price to pay will be his job, the day the announcement is made that Kovy’s rights have been traded to a team in the hunt for the Cup. Or at least that should be the price Waddell pays for being Sally Sunshine in the face of obvious doubt.

Smoothie

January 9th, 2010
12:18 pm

Perhaps by the time they take the ice tonite, Kovy will be wearing white for the Capitals and Alexander Semin will be playing RW instead of Bryan Little, who should be playing his natural position, CENTER! Wouldn’t that add some intrigue to a game that is normally very feisty.

LAC, at least I know you read what I wrote. I could give a big fat crap what you think about me. And I couldn’t care less that you consider yourself a Thrashers’ “fan”.

Stendecs' Billy Goat

January 9th, 2010
12:36 pm

Me, LAC,Sage and Stendec – Axis of Evil Hockey.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

Smoothie-I guess eveyone shows their team support in different ways. Like those Bills’ fans that used to sit near my season tickets in the mid 80’s with the Tops paper shopping bags of their heads. Their styles are not like ours.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
1:06 pm

I keep hearing Dion Phaneuf ’s name mentioned in trades.

Calgary is playing pretty poor right now. Could the Flames be a trading partner for a REAL trade, regardless of whether Kovy is involvled or not? Phaneuf is a total beast and he’s pretty surley all the time, which is why Alberta media doesn’t really like him. This guy chews nails 24-7.

Dion Phaneuf – if for no other reason then spineless Sean Avery having sleepness nights about playing the Thrashers.

HookyBob

January 9th, 2010
2:12 pm

WBF. I read something earlier about Phaneuf “asking to be traded” (also saw it downplayed as a total rumor). I think he’d look soooo…..good in Thrasher blue, and even in our 3rd jersey. That guy would be so dominant in the Eastern Conference.

I’m glad the Caps traded Milan Jurcina, he always seemed to play well and tough against us. Tonight we’ll get to see Jason Chimera. I’ve seen his name before but don’t recall much. Anyone have some insights on this him?

I assume Moose is starting? Hope our D plays well tonight too. I’m pulling for Bolts or Thorburn to get a Gordie Howe hat trick. Are we, (can we) supposed to throw hats on the ice for that type of hat-trick?

Go Blue.

Bob

January 9th, 2010
2:35 pm

If Waddell get Phaneuf for an unsigned impending UFA Kovy, I’ll be the first one demanding the Spirit give the man a 10 year year contract extension, as that would be the steal of the century.

Rawhide, it wasn’t a real wet dream (don’t think I’ve had one of those since puberty), it just didn’t seem right calling it a nightmare, as the monkeys did get him!. just being funny, swing and a miss!

2 pts tonight would go a long way to righting the ship, let’s go Moose!

stendec

January 9th, 2010
3:00 pm

Hi Bill, Sage and LAC. I know all of you know what a team captain is. This post is for all single brain cell apologists who do not have a clue. An NHL team captain (TC) is not always the most talented member of the club. A TC is not always the tallest, most muscular or highest point tabulator. A true TC virtually has to be tied to the bench so he will not join players on ice. A TC is an instigator. A TC gets on nerves of opponents from the start of a game until the final buzzer sounds. A TC is not selfish. A TC does not expect teammates to constantly feed him puck in an effort to pad personal statistics. A TC wants teammates to put puck in the net because he understands importance of being a team player. A TC knocks the Hell out of guys in different colored uniforms. A TC comes to the assistance of teammates. A TC could not skate a figure eight if his life depended. A TC takes it personally when a rival scores. A TC suffers with every defeat. A TC makes those around him play above themselves. El Kapitan Ilya “Money Over Team Every Time” Kovalchuk fails every criteria a TC must meet. What does Russian do well? SportSouth airs that sugary sweet fairy tale segment on overrated bum every damn day. Other that that, uh, well, eh, he is the best blasted figure eight skater in NHL. Captain? Captain my a$$! ++STENDEC++ Rawhide, I am trying to chill out. Not hard to do in these temperatures! Just get frustrated when a team I care about underachieves so often for no apparent reason. Oh well. Squa tront!

LAC

January 9th, 2010
3:53 pm

Right STENDEC, that smoothie thing is attacking us again under a different name, and his, what a crybaby, he’s NO fan, needs to quit whining and get on board with THE Real Atlanta fans who see the mess created here…

A shame people like him waste time even blogging here… Don’t stay outside too long smoothie you may lose what brain cells you still have !

Jameson

January 9th, 2010
3:57 pm

hip czech- What’d ya get for him?

Lee

January 9th, 2010
4:25 pm

Wait, was it just my eyes or did Kovy’s jersey say White on the back? Ugh.

Hey LAC- “A shame people like him waste time even blogging here…..” Umm, I’m not sure, but I’m pretty sure you’re blogging. Oh, and, why are you blogging again LAC? Oh, right, to complain bout the thrashers, but, um, no one really cares. Smoothie is actually a really smart blogger.

Smoothie

January 9th, 2010
4:51 pm

WBF – indeed, when you suffer as a Bills fan, u can survive anything! I weathered the misery of Kay Stephenson and Bruce Mathison so I can pretty much hang in there no matter what. I’m just hoping E Kane is our Bruce Smith and Bogosian’s our Jim Kelly. Now if Rich Peverley would get back to being as clutch as Andre Reed, we’ll be OK.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
4:55 pm

Hooky-The Flames keep playing down the Phaneuf thing. But the prevailing wisdom seems to point towards Dion needing a change of scenery. I wouldn’t trade the guy in a million years. He’s 24 and signed for a few more years. Not to mention he’s a terror on the ice.

But Flames’ fans are looking for more from Phaneuf. I just don’t think he is capable to doing much more than he’s doing today. It is the gap between what’s expected and what he can give that seems to create the problem in Calgary. It’s kinda like Terry Bradshaw in Pittsburgh or Mike Schmidt in Philly back in the day; no matter what they did it was never enough for the fans or the media.

Stendec-your little single brain cell comment is exactly why people tend to dislike you. Most of what you say in your post is right on the mark. It’s a shame you can’t learn to respect others, especially when their opinion doesn’t agree 100% with yours. And the funny thing in the end is, I have to respect your’s and LAC’s opinion because you have the right to have one. You’ll pardon us if we don’t accept your method of delivery.

Smoothie

January 9th, 2010
5:13 pm

LAC – I’m not gonna get into a pissing match with u about what it means to be a good fan, but don’t bring that sh!t here about me posing as someone else to somthing incendiary that I would gladly tell u to ur face. Ur just pissed cuz I called u out and used ur own tact against u. Like when u call out our beat writer (whom we r lucky to even have) cuz he won’t ask a question that is completely out of line and lacking any class. But then again, why would u know anything about class? If u would u realize that I take umbrage with HOW u say what u say and not WHAT u say, perhaps we could get along. But this is an internet blog so who really cares? :wink:

Get The Puck Out

January 9th, 2010
6:07 pm

Sic em’ boy!