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

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
10:48 pm

It’s over!!!

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
10:49 pm

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
10:50 pm

Is this the win that salvages the season? We turn it all around from here?? Hmmn.

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
10:55 pm

Todd White got at least one “decent look” at quality shot on goal. But he flubbed that one, too. It went softly and harmlessly into the corner boards. I voted “under” in the contest. I think someone will shoot the puck of White’s skate into the net. And well, that’s officially a Todd White, if it happens that way.

Ron Mexico

January 7th, 2010
10:57 pm

About time! Dare I say we played a full 60 minutes of hockey? This is the kind of effort we’ve been lacking for so long. Keep it up boys, we’ll need it big time against now Captain Ovie on Saturday.

Dane

January 7th, 2010
10:58 pm

Long time lurker, first time poster.

Very nice game tonight, the D played well and we could easily have won before the game went into OT.

If we can keep the same defensive focus during this homestand (and beyond preferably) I could see us moving back up into 8th place.

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
10:58 pm

Rawhide, I don’t mean to put you on the spot. But if 1-6-3 over 10 games becomes something of the standard of play, moving forward, when is the best time to TRADE Moose for the best possible return on the pending UFA. You cited some impressive stats for Hedberg. If shopped immediately, would the best possible return on Moose be RIGHT NOW??

R. Stroz

January 7th, 2010
10:58 pm

Wow, what a drive home.

Anyone north of the 75/575 split needs to be REAL careful in the morning. It’s really bad out there.

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
11:01 pm

News says there’s a snow concentration right in the middle of downtown Atlanta.

Rawhide

January 7th, 2010
11:06 pm

Dane – Welcome…and nice commenst regarding the D.

RStroz – I would suspect there is a good deal of auto ice-capades going on out there tonight. The tax exemptions got their wish, too…Cobb County school are closed tomorrow as are most, if not all, in the metro Atlanta area.

Paminski

January 7th, 2010
11:07 pm

WBF – Hahahahahaha…Slater…Hahahahahaha

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
11:16 pm

Here’s your boxscore: http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020647. Turns out, Kubina was even, not a -1. He picked up a helper on Slater’s goal, to even out.

R. Stroz

January 7th, 2010
11:30 pm

I’ve always been a fan of creative cross-training. At the beginning of the season, Ben Wright posted that Jim Slater was looking for someone to teach him piano lessons.

Piano lessons develop fine motor skills and those improved fine motor appear to have helped Slater with his stick handling skills.

Bad-dah Bing, Bad-dah Bang..Slater can handle the puck. Go Slates…three goals in two games.

Brendan

January 7th, 2010
11:39 pm

Okay, here are the Eastern Conference updated standings: http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=con#&navid=nav-stn-conf. Notice how the #6, #7, and #8 spots are occupied by Ottawa, NY Rangers, and Montreal. So, which one(s) of those teams are going to fall out? And who, presently outside the playoffs, will sneak in? At #9 is Philly. I vote “yes” to that one. Flyers will make the playoffs. #10 is Atlanta. #11 are the NY Islanders. Pfft. No. #12 is Tampa Bay. Stranger things have happened, but no. And #13 is Florida. I feel bad for them. They’re trying. They lost Bouwmeester in an “ouch” moment. I vote “no” there. Toronto and Carolina, I think, are just too far out of it to have a realistic chance of playoff contention.

So, who falls out? My vote goes to Montreal, to slip out of #8 down to #9 or #10. I’m not especially confident in Ottawa remaining in the playoff field. They are at #6. The NY Rangers are at #7. I do think they’ll finish either 7th or 8th. Tortorella somehow finds a way to keep the teams he coaches among the playoff field.

NYC

January 7th, 2010
11:40 pm

I thought when Peverley fanned on his SO attempt, it was eerily reminiscent of when Kotalik fanned on his in the SO in NY – and payback was in store.
Happy to report it wasn’t.

Tom

January 8th, 2010
12:06 am

The announcers during the game talked about Bogo’s injury. They admitted the team asked them not to talk about it for the past 6 weeks.

My question is if he was hurt bad enough to degrade his play so much, why was he not sitting?

stendec

January 8th, 2010
12:08 am

God bless Moose Hedberg! Not so for his heartless offenseless uncaring teammates. At least this slide is over. Until…++STENDEC++

KovyRules

January 8th, 2010
12:19 am

Oh, Stendec, you never can just let them enjoy one…

sisu

January 8th, 2010
12:24 am

A nice steal for the win. I was so mad when Bogo just held the puck for the last 10 seconds of the regulation! WHY??? I know he wanted to keep the point but when you have lost 9 in a row you need to make your own luck. Anssi is showing what he can do, he was one of the few d men that took the puck on his stick and skated right out of his own zone rather than a half effort pass that did not make it out of the zone.
Kovy was invisible tonight, I think he has left the building…

Mike

January 8th, 2010
1:07 am

I have to say that I liked how Little and Kovy looked playing together tonight. I really think he should move back to centering Kovy and Antropov gets moved to the right wing. That move wouldn’t keep Antro from going to the front of the ner to use his big body, but I think Little and Kovy work well together. They did last year for sure.

White needs to sit. Why is JA not sitting him? With Slater playing the way he is and Reasoner being the “all situations” kind of guy, I think he needs to bench White for a few games.

His lines could look like this:
Kovy Little Antro
Koz Peverly Max
Kane Reasoner Army
Boulton Slater Thor

I think Kovy can help Little get going…Peverly gets Koz going.

Please JA try these lines for at least one game. What do you have to lose? What has been used lately hasn’t produced a regulation win since November!!!

Wayne stuck in AL

January 8th, 2010
1:53 am

The NHL boxscore said 9179 tickets sold; geez…Didn’t know there were that many Bama fans in Atlanta…

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
5:49 am

Paminski-I have been silent the past 2 days, just watching the “energy” flow on the blog.
Now, you and Jimmy have brought me out of my slumber. I wondered who would be calling me out for my year-long Jimmy rant.

Thanks and good job Jimmy. This is now a “Team Schnide” when Jimmy is leading the scoring parade.

This feels like beeing in Buffalo today.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
5:50 am

Was the place pretty empty last night?

LM

January 8th, 2010
6:26 am

Kudos to the Atlanta Thrashers for breaking the nine game skid. Let’s enjoy this one game winning streak because it may very well be another seven or eight games before they win again.

hip czech

January 8th, 2010
7:34 am

Peverley with Kovalchuk was definitely a better fit than White…that line actually looked decent, Peverley set up Kovalchuk nicely at the side of the net but Kovalchuk missed wide.

White should have ended it in OT, wide open in the slot and whiffed. Little had a glorious chance in the 2nd…I don’t think I’ve EVER seen someone with THAT much time with the puck in the slot. He could have picked any of the corners and somehow didn’t.

Seemed liked Bogosian/Hainsey were on the ice for about 30 mins each…good game from that pair. I also think Schubert is playing really solid on both ends.

Toby, shoot the puck!

DWTOO

January 8th, 2010
7:43 am

WBF – The arena could have considered empty, but, considering the weather I was surprised at the attendance. It was pretty good for this bad weather paranoid city. Best part was we made the trip from L-ville in under 30 minutes.

For those who didn’t show up missed a really good game. It was 60 minutes of back and forth hockey. Some good passing, D, etc. Chad Johnson conitued the streak of goalies making their first srart who stymie the Thrashers. He kept the Rangers in the game.

The lowlight of the night – The Ran-jerk fans who had to flip off the kiss cam. Low class guys. Not even the Philly fans do that.

DWTOO

January 8th, 2010
7:46 am

Oh, and Chad Johnson should have been one of the stars.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
8:00 am

DWTOO-thanks for the update. I will be at the game Saturday, hope to meet you there someday.

What do you expect from Ranger fans. They are all probably the Jet fans too, with that fat, sloppy coach of there’s. Rex Ryan needs to win something first before he blows off his mouth.

Jimbo

January 8th, 2010
8:27 am

It was nice to break the streak but the fact remains that we haven’t won a game in regulation in 19 and DW is still mishandling personnel decisions. We’ll see how we do against the Caps tomorow night. Nice to see a little positional play from the D.

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
8:37 am

I was at the game and I was surprised by the attendance. It looked like a typical Thursday crowd to me. I expected much less due to the weather and the BCS Game going on.

Overall, we played well but I was perplexed by the number of whiffs on attempted passes. Kovy had 1 or 2 and Bogo had about 4. None of them wound up hurting us, but it just looked a little like minor league hockey. The ice looked horrible after the long road trip so maybe that was it.

I am starting to really like our defense and especially Salmela and Schubert. I already knew what the other d men brought to the table, but Schubert came in with toughness and a heavy slapshot and the toughness seems to be rubbing off on Salmela.

I’ll be there Saturday. Let’s start a streak.

hip czech

January 8th, 2010
9:02 am

The announcers during the game talked about Bogo’s injury. They admitted the team asked them not to talk about it for the past 6 weeks.

What is the nature of the injury???

Matt

January 8th, 2010
9:14 am

Streak over-good, Don Waddell still in charge-ungood.

Mr. Heat Miser

January 8th, 2010
9:18 am

A win on Terrible Third Jersey Thursday……

five_hole

January 8th, 2010
9:18 am

Only the Thrashers can make a rookie goalie look like the second coming of Ken Dryden.

It’s nice to see a solid 60 minutes of effort out there. Kubina made the one ooops, but other than that our defense was solid and wingers backchecked. Who’d have thunk it?

And Slater is our hero for the second game in a row?!? Um, is h-e-double hockey sticks starting to freeze over? If it is, we’ve got the overlap out here.

Won’t be posting for awhile; I’m going to that bastion of hockey, Oklahoma City. Oh, the things I do for money.

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
9:23 am

five_hole – Indeed…one would thick hell is getting a dusting of frost given the weather outside and Slater being 100% of the Thrashers’ offensive production the past two days.

Safe travels to you, my friend…please check in with us when ya can.

Toby

January 8th, 2010
9:24 am

A $2.4 mil healthy scratch…ouch. Sad thing is, I’d bet he’d clear re-entry waivers at this point.

Get The Puck Out

January 8th, 2010
9:59 am

Boy-The Kovy trade rumors are goin hot n’ heavy right now. Chicago’s supposed to get him for Cam Barker and Kris Versteeg. Is the ice really that bad a the bulb?

Rawhide

January 8th, 2010
10:21 am

Toby – Yeah, a $2.4 million dollar healthy scratch. But I would sit White out indefinately right now in favor of Slater once Nik Antropov can return. Right now I’d do that!

Again I say…Todd White 2010 = Alexei Zhitnik 2008. Sit him…waive him…buy his @$$ out!

As for the Kovy to Chicago rumors…if that actually happened, then it would make his comments on trade deadline day 2008 just that much more interesting. Speaking of Marian Hossa who had just been traded earlier that day, he said he enjoyed playing with him and looked forward to doing so again.

cue eerie music…

GTPO – If you are referring to the ice service at Philips, it was covered up by the basketball court for 2 weeks. Kinda made it rough….

FlamesFan

January 8th, 2010
10:25 am

I enjoy a d-man that can skate with the puck (ie – Toby, but Toby: SHOOT THE PUCK), but a D must be clean in his own end first. Salmela is too big of a liability back there. Twice Ranger wingers just skated right around him and ended up with great scoring chances. I don’t think that we come back from 3-0. And speaking of 3-0 scores, when we lost to Buffalo after being up 3-0, I believe that Salmela was directly responsible for the Sabres first 2 goals. Unacceptable.

World Be Free

January 8th, 2010
10:26 am

The rumors are ALL OVER THE PLACE. If a deal for Kovy is in the cards, then let’s get it over and be done with.

Home in Kennesaw today because of ice-everyone drive carefully.

Zoomo

January 8th, 2010
10:26 am

>> I was perplexed by the number of whiffs on attempted passes.

Seriously…it was whiff city. Wonder if the ice was unusually bad. Peverley’s shoot out attempt looked like a ghost kicked the puck off his blade.

And, really why was Bogo seeing so much ice time if he was hurt? The injury sure affected his play if that’s the true cause.

Thrashers27

January 8th, 2010
10:28 am

Tom,

I thought the same thing about Bogosian’s injury. If it hurt his game that much he should have been in the press box. There was a noticeable difference in his game last night. Hainsey looked good too. I noticed him riding Gabby off of the puck a couple of times.

Nikita

January 8th, 2010
10:34 am

From my perspective (which, to be fair, was SportsSouth), last night didn’t look great. It looked like a hard-fought win over a very flawed opponent.

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
10:55 am

I agree Nikita! I know conference games are “big” but lets not put too much stock in a Jan. 7 win against a mediocre-at-best Rangers team.

Just how bad is the Southeast Division?

The Thrashers go 1-6-3 during the past 10 and remain in second 14 points behind Washington, two points in front Tampa, three points in front of Florida, and 15 in front of Carolina. Now that we all know where the Thrashers stand, can McConnell, Eliot and the mid-period ice bitch cease from explaining where the team is in the “playoff hunt”, which really doesn’t start until after the Olympics.

DWTOO

January 8th, 2010
10:56 am

Noticed the change in Bogosian’s play last night also. He had the edge from last year that’s been missing.

Red Light

January 8th, 2010
11:02 am

On another note: Since the advent of the overtime/shoot-out for the 2005-06 season, the Thrashers have won 48 OT/SO games against Eastern Conference opponents, meaning in those 48 wins they picked up just one point in the standings rather than two points with those wins.

Perspective: During the last 146 Thrashers’ wins against Eastern Conference opponents a two-point win became a one-point win 48 times, or 33 percent of the time. That can’t be a good thing for your playoff future!

When time allows, I’ll research that against the other 14 EC teams.

Midfield

January 8th, 2010
11:06 am

Now that we have Ron and Zach back playing decent D, what’s with Peverly’s hands? Did somebody mess with his sticks? How many looks at the open net do you need to put one in there, Rich?

Ice Daddy

January 8th, 2010
11:09 am

I like your analysis Red LIght, but I’d take a 1 point gain over a 1 point loss or 2 point loss.

Salmela is still a work in progress, but I think he has an upside. He may be a liability now in certain situations, but I think he is improving.

FlamesFan

January 8th, 2010
11:16 am

Who’s the $2.4m scratch?

Daculafan

January 8th, 2010
11:20 am

Before I comment on the game I have to dispense with this first and I apologize but….

ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!! 13 Natl Championships…We Are The Champions!!!!

Ok…now that I’ve said that…

I thought that was a very good game last night and really I think we beat the Rangers in every aspect of the game but the puck just wasn’t bouncing for us very well. We had much better scoring opportunities, our defense was tighter, we forechecked better, our PK looked like it was October again. Over all I can say that I was very happy with the effort and thought that people stepped up and played the way they should.

The only real question I have is why Todd White is getting top line minutes with the scoring output he has and you got Jim Slater sitting on the 4th line? I think perhaps an investigation into Todd White and possible extortion charges may be in order..because he must have some dirt on John Anderson for the coach to let something like that happen.

I saw a lot more grit from this team last night also. I was hoping that Eric Boulton would go off on somebody and of course I still wish somebody would step up and destroy Sean Avery.

Good win…losing streak is over…Caps and Kaptain Ovechekin coming to duel his friend Kaptain Kovy…that will be interesting…gotta go with Moose. If Anderson gives the nod to Pavelec I’m gonna drive to the arena and do some damage