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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stendec

January 9th, 2010
7:49 pm

How many wide open nets and power play opportunities has Russian piece of shet El Kapitan Ilya “Pay Me Big Money For Figure Eights” Kovalchuk misfired on during his completely worthless career? Damn bestard! I personally would not sign the oxygen waste MFSOB for $1,000 per season plus a stale hot dog from the concession stand. ++STENDEC++ Thanks Mr Moose Hedberg sir for being only player on club that gives a flying f#ck! Bless you big fellow. Know losses hurt you deeply! May you relocate to a winner before your distinguished courageous career concludes. Losing streak now at one. Sure to be plenty more to follow! Enjoy apologists.

stendec

January 9th, 2010
7:51 pm

How many wide open nets and power play opportunities has Russian piece of shet El Kapitan Ilya “Pay Me Big Money For Figure Eights” Kovalchuk misfired on during his completely worthless career? Damn bestard! ++STENDEC++ Thanks Mr Moose Hedberg sir for being only player on club that gives a flying f#ck! Bless you big fellow. Know losses hurt you deeply! May you relocate to a winner before your distinguished courageous career concludes.

stendec

January 9th, 2010
7:53 pm

Heart donations needed desperately. Report to Loseland ice arena in Atlanta immediately! ++STENDEC++

stendec

January 9th, 2010
8:06 pm

Were you not totally depressed and embarrassed after those painful 20 minutes Bill? I know three faithful bloggers who were! Thankfully NFL playoffs will keep most from watching embarrassing televised beatdown in Atlanta! Be nice if heartless scumballs would at least put up the pretense of caring, especially on home ice, every once in a while. Hit a rival player once or twice. Show some concern, even if feigned, for benefit of brainless sheep who shelled out big bucks to park fannies in Loseland. Just because you trash are the most heartless team in NHL does not mean you have to simply skate through motions all the damn time. All you losers steal, er, make excellent money. Even, oh what the hell is the use? ++STENDEC++

stendec

January 9th, 2010
8:12 pm

LAC and Sage. Better to watch the Eagles-Cowboys NFL playoff game. Better for heart and blood pressure. Yardbirds have already mailed another one in. What a surprise! The apologists will always tell us later tonight how this debacle had a silver lining. The club is on way up. Only when they reach rock bottom. Should not be too much longer! ++STENDEC++ Masochists and hopelesss insomniacs can always watch replay. Not even on a damn bet for me!

LAC

January 9th, 2010
8:26 pm

smoothie you name a place and I WILL be there, want to put up some ca$h ? People like you are all talk no action, why don’t you see what most of us see a TERRIBLE team, an AWFUL coach, players who do not give a crap and a GM who is on space mountain making up his next lie !

Maybe you are rutherford snydel in drag too ? Go away or pick a place.

Obscene tonight, watching The Fugitive is much more fun than watching these losers… If someone does not get fired after this disgrace,
nobody ever will.

No playoffs No hope, it’s on the ICE smoothie, and you ain’t so smooth either, Right Mr.Stendec ?

stendec

January 9th, 2010
8:29 pm

Caps up 4-0 early in second period. Home team has conceded defeat. Did so prior to opening puck drop. Guess dozens of feeds will now go way of El Kapitan “Overrated Russian Trash” Kovalchuk so that he can pad his statistics. Wo;; look nice for club ignorant enough to sign his sorry untrying a$$ lster. Replace these losers with Wolves! At least young guys would try! ++STENDEC++ Cannot understand why apologists regard Siberian slacker as premiere player. I would rip the damn C off his chest then spit in his face as I ushered him on a bus out of town. Completely worthless uncontributor!

stendec

January 9th, 2010
8:31 pm

There goes damn shutout! At least it was not rotten Russian with tally. ++STENDEC++

HookyBob

January 9th, 2010
8:32 pm

OK now its Slater and White carrying this team for the last 3 games.

Where’s our offense gone?

stendec

January 9th, 2010
8:42 pm

Where has Yardbird offense gone? To Hell in a handbasket! Another exceptional home ice showing. BY THE DAMN OPPOSITION! ++STENDEC++ Cannot score on breakaways or power plays. No wonder folks pack Loseland when these losers are in town! PT Barnum was right all along.

stendec

January 9th, 2010
8:47 pm

Right on Mr LAC! Back to Eagles-Cowboys for now. Hope someone snaps bone (any one, not picky) of dog killing thug bestard Eagle Michael Sick if he sets foot on playing field. Will not make up for Loseland debacle but will make me feel a whole lot happier than I do right now! ++STENDEC++ BRING UP WOLVES! Will even settle for three Hanson brothers. No fight at all in this bunch!

stendec

January 9th, 2010
9:05 pm

What the Hell do these clueless jerks work on during practices? It is obviously NOT hockey! ++STENDEC++

stendec

January 9th, 2010
9:19 pm

I know what the Bible says about calling folks fools. Well, anyone who paid money which was not counterfeit to enter Loseland tonight ARE fools! With a capital F. ++STENDEC++ Talk about a giveup job! Tell Yardbirds to use Vaseline next time. Ream will be slightly less painful! Now 6-1. Talk about stinking it out!

stendec

January 9th, 2010
9:20 pm

A team adopts the demeanor of its capitan. Yep! ++STENDEC++

Brendan

January 9th, 2010
9:22 pm

I won!! I won the contest! I picked, “under,” for the Todd White sweepstakes. Look it up!

Woo-hoo!! :mrgreen:

So, to recap, we’re now being led, offensively, by Todd White and Jimmy Slater. “Stanley Cup, here we come!,” (TM, Poster Bob, all rights reserved.)

East Point Bob

January 9th, 2010
9:22 pm

Can anybody say that drastic changes are not needed now ?
This is as a gutless, quitter game as I ever saw, I quit watching.
If the coach and GM are not gone after this, I don’t really know what to say. But these guys are coasters, I cannot believe we cannot compete with teams like Washington, Boston etc…

I have quit going and will not quit watching, there is no longer any reason to watch a team of bad players coast through games. Lastly Smoothie, tone down your personal attacks… You need to see what is going on with the team and not other bloggers just because you disagree the team is better than what others say.

Brendan

January 9th, 2010
9:32 pm

Ummn, did I hear a faint chant of “Fire Waddell!,” there late in the 3rd period!

Rawhide, what did this just do to Moose’s .912 save percentage?

Ranallo10 warning??

stendec

January 9th, 2010
9:33 pm

WOW! Now 8-1. Moose Hedberg 3. Pavs Lehtonen 5. Still time left! Do not allow losers to leave Atlanta voluntarily. Tar and feather their sorry uncaring a$$es then ride them out of town on a f#cking rail. Anyone deluded enough to not classify this as a giveup job from start to finish? Did not think so. At least Cap fans in Loseland had plenty to cheer about! ++STENDEC++ It;s alive, it’s alive, losing streak is alive! Victor Von Frankenstein.

Brendan

January 9th, 2010
9:43 pm

East Point Bob has a good point. Why isn’t <strong NOW a great time to CLEAN HOUSE? Why wait? Folks, Randy Cunneyworth might just turn into a fabulous Head Coach. And Dudley can’t be worse than Waddell, as GM, even if both had to wear the “interim” term between now and season’s end.

People say this is “bad” sports town. Or, that “Atlanta isn’t a hockey town.” Pfft. If tomorrow morning’s paper announced the firing of Waddell, at the very least, you’d see a 500 or more post blog screaming things like, “Halleluja!” “‘Bout time!” “4 Years OVERDUE.” And so forth. Not to mention that, for once, fans might see these owners as something little more than a joke that doesn’t make anyone laugh.

Tonight, Bruce Boudreau, Washington’s coach, went over to John Anderson to offer a “letter of recommendation” in case he’s canned, with Waddell.

While TB and Toronto are losing, the NY Islanders are winning and will likely take the 2-points. Folks, gaze at the standings. Atlanta is far from mathematically eliminated. Imagine the “bump” that might come over the next 10-15 games, if Waddell were fired. And let Dudley handle the Kovalchuk trade.

LAC

January 9th, 2010
9:44 pm

8-1 ? We are NOTHING more than a ten year old expansion team, WE SUCK !

Funny how the hawks got blasted too… I want to know where the owners are ? Hiding Again ? Guess Mr.Pottymouth will blame the FANS for this
farce… It is time to TOTALLY CLEAN HOUSE from Top To Bottom !

start with Worthless waddell, then anderson he has lost everything
with this team, nice guy, but nice guys finish last you know…

Players, I’d trade anyone, NO Player can be safe !

We are the laughing stock of the entire NHL, we will finish 30th this year yet… You watch…

Where are you now smoothie, with all your glowing comments about the team ? I hope you saw what I saw tonight, OBSCENE to say the least.
Expansion teams lose like this, Great job waddell you are a Disgrace to
NHL fans everywhere, you are a CAREER LOSER and I Strongly advise,
EVERYONE to stop attending any games now untill drastic and I mean VERY DRASTIC changes are made, enough of this BS !

Russian

January 9th, 2010
9:58 pm

FIRE COACH!!!!!
FIRE COACH!!!!!
Waived WHITE!!!!
Waived Slava!!!!!
And Hell Trade Kovy!!!!!

Brendan

January 9th, 2010
10:00 pm

And Florida just won, 3-0, over Ottawa tonight. They’re one-point behind us. Atlanta is 1-6-3 in their last 10. But they’ve lost ten of their last eleven, 1-7-3, for five of a possible twenty-two (5/22) points. Cause for concern? Not in the eyes of this ownership group. They just don’t respect you. Coupled with being hockey ignorant. It’s as great a combination as “weights and skates.” You can’t deadlift on ice. You can’t walk blindfolded across an Interstate. And downing a bottle of Absolute, while night swimming isn’t a very combo, either.

Sadly, this ownership group is more apt to offer Waddell a new two-year contract extension as they are to fire him.

stendec

January 9th, 2010
10:11 pm

Know what pi$$es me off more than 8-1 giveup job? Shot of El Kapitan Ilya “Why Should I Care?” Kovalchuk with a big grin on his face as gutless and heartless Russian (no offense Russian) skated off ice! How many of use could perform actually not perform) our jobs as poorly as Yardbirds did tonight and still have jobs? I thought so! Nothing even most extreme apologists can say in defense of ball-lesss quitters tonight. Total ream job! ++STENDEC++

LAC

January 9th, 2010
10:30 pm

Good points Brenden, If this game does not open ownerships eyes, what will ? At what point do they do something ?

#17 was a -3 tonight, coasting through yet another game. I remember Nikita telling us he Should get the max salary… My thoughts differ,
I would not offer him a thin dime over what he makes now PERIOD.
If he does not like it, then STICK IT #17, I say trade the BUM ASAP for something, but with the man with NO brain as GM he’d likely get only a third or fourth round draft pick for him. I am so DAMN tired of waddell running this sunken ship I am really at a complete loss… Does ANYONE
out there think waddell can be trusted to run this team a minute more ?

PLEASE let us all hear from you. PLEASE !

LAC

January 9th, 2010
10:43 pm

Folks go to the Thrashers website and listen to anderson’s comments after this. He was saying the team came out good, took it to Washington,
then started talking about the teams consitution on shots… and then switched to saying “We were feeling sorry for ourselves” I am sorry, but when you have a coach saying that, it is time to terminate him.

He has 100% lost this team, PLEASE go see his post-game comments,
it is really very very concerning. And of course waddell is hiding like the little lying WIMP he is !

What a team!

January 9th, 2010
10:47 pm

Pathetic. Just pathetic.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
10:54 pm

Opie and Moose-two basket cases. Everyone likes “Moooose” but all that menas nothing when you can’t stop a puck. We finally outshoot somebody, 18-6 in the first period and are behind 3-0. Even Peverly looks lost and when Pevs is gone, you know you are in trouble.

The 4th line, Slater’s line was the best all night. at least they played hard every shift. Schubert hit people again as he has all season. “Shue’ leads the team in hits now. Funny, he was considered soft in Ottawa.

I have no idea where this team goes from here, none. Is it possible that we might had a 3rd consecutive season of 76 points?

stendec

January 9th, 2010
11:08 pm

I remember well when the Atlanta Flames were an expansion team. Yes, I am THAT old. Losses were part of the maturing process. I still cringe when I think of the many defeats. Many of which concluded with empty net goals. Goalies Daniel Bouchard and Phil Myre were battlers! They stole more than their share of low scoring games. The club did not possess much talent but was physical and not afraid to leave bruises on opponents. I truly believe those expansion Flames would massacre these overpaid untalented Yardbird pu$$ies. No empty net goals would be required. A truly sad state of affairs. Ship has sunk. Lying scumball shethead Don Waddell remaining will make no diffeence. That is the truly sad part. ++STENDEC++ Glad El Kapitan Ilya “What Me Worry?” Kovalchuk enjoyed the 8-1 debacle so much. F#ck that overrated Russian piece of commode fodder!

Curly

January 9th, 2010
11:08 pm

DING-DONG …… It’s started AGAIN.

Miami Screaming Eagle

January 9th, 2010
11:08 pm

You can’t blame Kovy, Anderson, Moose or anybody else on the team. The responsibility for this mess lies with ASG and Don Waddell. He should never have been made GM in the first place. In addition, when it was clear that he was not capable of fielding a winning team, he should have been relieved of his duties and a capable replacement hired.

You can paint it anyway you want, but the clowns at ASG should have never left DW in a position that he could single handedly destroy the franchise. After watching tonight’s game, I have to say this team has no heart, no soul and most of all no favorable destiny.

The only real solution is to start over, with a new GM, new scouts, maybe a new coach and certainly a new direction. The same old stuff was over with years ago and I think we all realize it, even the people have denied it for a long time. I have nothing personal against the man, I hear he’s a good guy. But if Waddell survives this and keeps his job, then there’s no justice whatsoever.

Rawhide

January 9th, 2010
11:10 pm

HOLY CRAP….I was litterally typing the words, “I get to take Todd White off the milk carton”, when I learn that a scoring change gave Maxim Afinogenov the goal.

Gawdalmighty…I actually feel sorry for Whitey!

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:11 pm

Stendec, all I remember about the Flames is that they game my Sabres fits from Day One. They played hard for a tough coach, Boom Boom and never gave up.

Noel Price was a pylon!

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:13 pm

Smoothie-I forgot about Bruce Matheson for the Bills! But I do remember Joe Dufek, another pretender before Jim Kelly.

R. Stroz

January 9th, 2010
11:18 pm

Is Coach Anderson related to Jimmy Carter?

Do you know how to define malaise? No leadership.

FIRE WADDELL THEN ANDERSON.

And BENCH KOVY, he’s making Maryann Hossa’s dog show a few years ago look good.

Tony C.

January 9th, 2010
11:23 pm

Wow. That was painful.
I expected a loss, but damn man, not a demolishing that went down.

I was thinking a 3-1 maybe a 5-3 loss-let’s not kid ourselves DC saw the light gleaming off The Cup last spring and they set their sights on “Champions”… The pick up of Knuble continues to pay dividends-even if time is robbing him of some of his touch, big Mike still works the crease like a pro-this is the type of play we need from our top-6 but we’ve got nobody that really gets to it in front of the net like Knuble does.

Granted, Antropov does go to the net-but he’s just one guy, and seems to be more focused on getting the puck to #17 (indeed Kovy has been quoted as saying as much “That’s why he’s here – to set me up” [sic]). Kane seems to be willing but he’s still just a kid-can’t wait until he gets some more size, Little-same story, just not enough @ss…

Grrr.

I doubt Sutter would let The Dion go straight-up for #17… but like Bob, if DW can pull that one off-I’ll shut up until next summer.

Curly

January 9th, 2010
11:31 pm

I just saw the Presser (before I read the LAC comment). I thought to myself.. It’s over for this team; with a coach making excuses that they feel sorry for themselves? Someone should be busting chairs in that locker-room. Where’s the Captain? Who is leading this team? (that’s a rhetorical question). Obviously there is none (leadership from the coaches or players). The Captain has apparently made up mind (as per his example – leading the team with a -3 tonight).

This was the first game that I can remember leaving early (just after the Caps 5th goal). There was a good crowd there tonight ready to support their team. The Thrashers seem to do this whenever there is a big crowd at Philips. Why is that? It’s not good business if they want to be successful in Atlanta.

stendec

January 9th, 2010
11:36 pm

Sage and LAC. If these comments are legit then John Petrino needs to be immediately removed as coach. Has lost all credibility along with his damn mind:

“I didn’t think I would ever say this, but this team is having trouble scoring goals right now (who tipped this damn genius off to that obvious fact?). Our big guns (as in overpaid and overrated El Kapitan Ilya “Just Give Me Money” Kovalchuk) have got to start scoring goals (stopping a few with physical play would not be a bad idea either). We’ve got some guys on this team who are underachieving (only some not all?) in the scoring category (starting with a certain Siberian slacker who loves skating figure eights) so when I guy like Ilya Kovalchuk (told ya) doesn’t score (or bother to show up mentally) in a couple of games (a couple?) it makes it even more pronounced (duh). We need some secondary scoring (primary scoring would not hurt). We need our defense (club has defense?) to get some shots through (into net) get some traffic (afraid of broken fingernails) in front of the net, all the dirty things (not from this passive squeaky clean bunch) that will help us score.”

(NOT QUOTE) Douchebag captain does not have a point and is a minus-7 the past three games. The club is dismal 19-19-6 and has won only once in the past 11 games. The quitters are 1-7-3 during the span and have not won in regulation in 20 games. The scumballs are a laughable 9-8-3 at Loseland.

“I’m proud of this team (why?), it doesn’t quit (what damn game was this idiot watching?). There are only so many shots you can take to your constitution (until it becomes easy to give up and have pity party) it eventually gets to you (true professionals battle through adversity with something called pride) that was one of those nights tonight (boo hoo cry me a f#cking handful whiner). I just think we felt sorry for ourselves (think so?). That’s not good (I certainly would think not). We can’t stop playing (home skaters did) no matter what (they damn sure did). We have to help our goalies out (better exchange hockey sticks for machine guns) there for Pete’s sake (is Pete assistant coach?). We can’t give them point-blank shots (never say can’t) from all over the place (at least on ice surface).”

Feel better knowing a guy like this is coach?

++STENDEC++

Brendan

January 9th, 2010
11:39 pm

LAC, let me handle the Bruce Levenson response for the morning paper. “Good morning. I’ve called this press conference to announce a VOTE OF CONFIDENCE for both Don Waddell and John Anderson. I’m sure, despite these recent setbacks, that we’re still ‘moving in the right direction.’ We’re right in the thick of the playoff hunt. Everything is fine. And we have no real issues. I’ll be taking some brief questions, and then we’ll wrap it up. Yes, you there.”

Reporter: “Mr. Levenson, are the ongoing contract talks a source of distraction for the players on this team?”

BL: “WHAT contract talks?”

Reporter: “Well, isn’t it fairly obvious? The Kovalchuk contract. The one being discussed between Jay Grossman, Kovy’s agent, and Don Waddell.”

BL: “Don Waddell’s been meeting with Grossman?”

Reporter: (Emphatically) “YES! At least, that’s what we’ve been told, anyway.”

BL: “Well, uhh …let me state, right here, right now, that Ilya Kovalchuk IS UNDER CONTRACT. So, ‘no, I would NOT say it’s a distraction.’”

Reporter: “So, you’re saying that contract has been finalized?”

BL: “Oh yes. For quite some time. It was done back in the Fall of 2005.”

Reporter: “But sir, we’re talking about Ilya’s current contract situation.”

BL: “I know. That ISS what I’m talking about. Ilya Kovalchuk is locked up, as a Thrasher.”

Reporter: “But sir, I don’t think you understand. Ilya’s contract expires at the end of this season. He’ll be free to sign with ANY team at Noon, on July 1, 2010. He’s a pending unrestricted free agent.”

BL: “Pfft. Why talk about that now? July is seven months Away?!! Sheesh. We’re in the midst of a chasing a playoff berth. Right here and now. Get some kinda grip, will ya?”

Reporter: “You CANNOT be serious?!! (TM, John McEnroe, all rights reserved.)”

BL: “Oh, but I am. Boy, are you a DRAMA QUEEN.”

Reporter: “Sir, that approach to the impending loss of the face of the franchise is recklessly irresponsible conduct on the part of the organization. What if he leaves in July?”

BL: “Oh please. By July, the planet could be invaded and enslaved by space aliens. Why talk about it now?? Geez, next question. I’m starting to think you reporters are all a bunch of dunderheads who didn’t get enough hugs as a child.”

Reporter: “Fair enough. When the lawsuit with estranged investor partner Steve Belkin was first filed, in August of 2005, Steve Belkin called Don Waddell ‘incompetent.’ Don Waddell responded by saying that, ‘I don’t much care for the personal attacks. As GM, I’ll answer for wins and losses.’ My question to you is, “Shouldn’t you make this GM answer for wins and losses? This team has had back-to-back 76-point seasons and wound up in the lottery draft both times. It’s also never won a playoff game in franchise history, during the Waddell Administration. Are you planning on holding Don Waddell accountable?”

BL: “Certainly. I’m prepared to offer him a 2-year contract extension in April, when we make the playoffs. Next question.”

Reporter: (Scoffing) “Sir? Uhh, did you just say your plans are to renew Don Waddell?”

BL: “Did I stutter? Yes! Have you not seen the 2007 Southeast Division Championship banner hanging from the rafters in Philips Arena? Honestly, you reporters are about as clueless as I’ve yet seen.”

Reporter: “But Mr. Levenson, have you not seen the attendance during these last few seasons? How many tickets have you had to give away, just to qualify for revenue-sharing dollars?”

BL: “Unfortunately, ticket sales in this town, for all non-football sports, suffer during the football seasons. Plural. We expect business to pick up real soon, now that college football is over, and the Falcons regular season is over. Especially as we drive for the playoffs. We’re going to be BUYERS at the deadline.”

Reporter: (Dumbfounded) “Playoffs?! Playoffs??!! Did you just say Playoffs???!!! (TM, Jim Mora, Sr., all rights reserved, used with permission.) Okay, look. You don’t think the declining attendance has anything to do with a crisis of faith in this franchise, either this season or throughout the years, which includes six trips to the lottery draft in nine completed seasons. And saw seven seasons out of nine in the bottom third of the Eastern Conference. Is this not cause for concern?”

BL: “Listen, you dunce. Pay attention. Most of those results occured under a DIFFERENT OWNERSHIP’s Watch. Don Waddell is one the GREATEST HOCKEY MINDS of our time, and his generation. As evidenced by his continued relationship, for decades now, with Team USA hockey, the NHL rules committee, and Board of Trustees. Don Waddell is ‘very respected’ in NHL circles. Waddell has numerous minor league championships and owns a Stanley Cup ring. Period, the end.”

Reporter: “Are you drunk?”

BL: “You sniveling, ignoramus. This press conference is over, as not one intelligent comment or question has been raised. The only people who should be getting fired around here are you reporters. I’m outta here.”

stendec

January 9th, 2010
11:42 pm

If former Atlanta Flame Coach Boom Boom (Boomer) G (cannot spell last name) were in charge of this bunch of quitters he would be behind bars. For killing every one of them after the debacle tonight! If I were on jury I would never cast guilty verdict. Justifiable homicide. God bless Boom Boom G! ++STENDEC++

R. Stroz

January 9th, 2010
11:49 pm

Brendan – You left out the part where Levenson calls the reporter a smart@$$.

World Be Free

January 9th, 2010
11:49 pm

Any way you cut it folks, it all comes downn to goaltending. We were winning when we had the goaltending, now both keepers are looking pretty poor.

Watching Calgary and Vancouver. Both teams have great goaltending, the basis for any winning team. Toronto tries hard, but they have no goaltending. Buffalo is a mediocre team, but they have great goaltending. If you don’t have a keeper, you are not going to win consistently in this team.

What happens if Moose stops 5 of 6 in the first period tonight?

thrasherdawg

January 9th, 2010
11:50 pm

At the first of the season everyone was saying we finally have some talent and we were winning games. Hate DW if you lke but he is not the coach…there is talent on this team but when players don’t show up night in and night out that has to fall on the coach. Anderson has lost this team and the players don’t want to play for him. At this level in any sports “a player’s coach” doesn’t usually fair well. It’s like bad parents allowing their children to have free rein…it doesn’t work.

I agree, the players will follow their captain and Kovy has proven he is no captain. Zero effort and no hustle…it’s pathetic, ne may be the laziest player in the league. Players are sayin, if the captain doesn’t care why should I. Trade him now.

If there is a snowball’s chance this season…FIRE ANDERSON now. Hire someone who will make each player accountable and install a sysytem that will actually work.

You do realize we are one penality shot from 12 loses in a row.

Brendan

January 9th, 2010
11:57 pm

R.Stroz, Levenson calls him a sniveling ignoramus. Is that not ‘close enough?’

stendec

January 10th, 2010
12:04 am

Hi World Be Free. Suppose Moose Hedberg and Pavs Lehtonen had allowed only one goal apiece? Giveup no score quitters would still have lost 2-1! Would that have made anyone feel better? No points in yet another putrid home ice appearance. Not me for damn sure! Losses are still losses. All of them are difficult to digest! More painful when team makes no effort to hide fact that they quit. No matter what damn coach said! ++STENDEC++

thrasherdawg

January 10th, 2010
12:05 am

sorry…12 losses in a row. PLEASE FIRE ANDERSON.

Also, agree, goaltending is becoming a problem. KOVY and PAVELIC (sp) to the DUCKS for J.S. Gigerre (sp), Gezlaf, and whoever.

World Be Free

January 10th, 2010
12:07 am

Bill-I guess the dirty took from T-W is back.

They guy I feel sorry for is the idiot in front of me at Gorin’s tonight. He had a hold of 2-24 oz beers, wearing his Thrashers’ 3rd jersy with the name TODD WHITE on the back.

The guy might as well have had the jersey company Amelia Earhardt on the back; he’s lost when finding the net, circling round and round.

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
12:08 am

WBF, at one point, the scoreboard read, 3-0 Capitals, but the SOG were 22-7, in favor of Atlanta. So, I definitely see your point. This one just snowballed out of control. But we must look at the last 15-20 games. It’s not good. GA is getting high. Contributions from the blueline have been decreased. And the longer the season goes, the HARDER it will be to bank points. It’s much easier in October or November to beat a good team. But a pooor to mediocre team doesn’t have much of a chance in March.

Sage of Bluesland

January 10th, 2010
12:11 am

Thanks for the information, Stendec-LAC-Brendan…I barely acknowledge the existence of the Thrashers anymore…I had the Cowboys-Eagles game on and life was well not watching one of the most poorly run and managed teams in professional history.

This ownership and management group have shown their incompetence time and again–yet some will still make pitiful excuses. Silly sheep!

But, I will still take great delight in reading their hopeful dreaming and delusion…and laugh at them when either they disappear or they come crawling back wondering what happened…

Cheers all–enjoy what you bought, as it’s yours now.

Brendan

January 10th, 2010
12:16 am

Sage, did you have the NY Jets and Cowboys advancing today? My brackets are ruined already.

Rawhide

January 10th, 2010
12:19 am

OK…new blog posted. Oh, and 200th!!!