Two goal lead swept away in Avalanche comeback

Nine seconds. That’s all it took…nine lousy seconds.

Paul Stastny wins the face off to begin the overtime period…one…Kyle Cumiskey gathers the puck on the left side of the circle…twothree…moves in over the blueline…fourfive…sees that Zach Bogosian has no desire to challenge him as he cuts through towards the center…sixseven…Toby Enstrom makes a half-hearted swipe at Cumiskey as he move through towards the center…eight…he shoots…nine…he scores.

Niclas Bergfors receives congratulations from his new teammates after notching his second goal for the Thrashers (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Niclas Bergfors receives congratulations from his new teammates after notching his second goal for the Thrashers (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

And with that, the Colorado Avalanche successfully erased a 3-1 Thrashers lead in the third period and snatched the all-important second point away from Atlanta in OT.

A disappointed John Anderson said of the winning goal, “[Johan Hedberg] would have had to make a great save but there’s no way he should be walking in…nobody tested him”.

Indeed.

Wasted in this night’s effort was a great showing by the newly formed Bergfors – Antropov – Little line…each coming away from the game with a goal and an assist. The three combined for 10 shots on goal…Antropov with a team-high 6.

Antropov now has 14 goals and a total of 47 points, which…with the departure of Ilya Kovalchuk…makes him the leading scorer on the current Thrashers roster. His +16 leads the team as well.

For Little, it was his second goal in as many games and his fourth in the last five dating back to the 4-3 loss in Nashville two weekends ago. Little now has 10 for the season to go with 15 assists.

And then there’s Bergfors…which I believe is Swedish for “makes one forget about lost superstar”. He opened the scoring on the night in the first period and then was credited with a secondary assist on Antropov’s goal, which at the time put Atlanta up 3-1 in the third. In the three games played in a Thrashers jersey, Bergie has 2 goals, an assist and is a +2 with 0 penalty minutes.

Hmmm…how’s that Kovalchuk character fairing in Jersey?…right on cue Trixie enters with stats sheet and coffee….Ah, Thanks, Trixie. Let’s see…that would be ZERO goals, 2 helpers a –2 with 6 PIM in four games played.

Johnny Oduya also picked up his first point as a member of the Thrashers organ-I-zation Wednesday night. He played the puck to Marty Reasoner who fed Little on the left side for his goal during the second.

Johan Hedberg makes save against former Thrasher Darren Haydar while Ron Hainsey defends (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Johan Hedberg makes save against former Thrasher Darren Haydar while Ron Hainsey defends (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The penalty kill unit for the Thrashers also performed well…yet again. In Colorado, they denied all four of the Avs power play attempts. This is after killing off all seven against Florida Saturday night. In the past seven games, Atlanta has allowed but one goal while down a man…going 28 for 29 in penalty kill situations, (96.6%).

Johan Hedberg stopped 31 of the 35 shots he faced.

The point earned tonight gives Atlanta 59 for the season and moves them into a tie for 10th place in the Eastern Conference with the New York Rangers…who lost to the Predators 2-1 earlier in the evening. The Thrashers have played two fewer games, however, than have the Rangers.

But not being able to hang on to a two-goal lead on the road and losing out on the second point now leaves them five points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers who hold the seventh and eighth spots in the east. Philly beat the Devils 3-2…for the second straight game erasing a 2-0 lead by New Jersey to win.

Boston in ninth with 61 and Florida trails the Thrashers by just one point.

160 comments Add your comment

Kaat

February 11th, 2010
1:04 am

It’s fantastic that our new guy is scoring, but Kovy is going to get his goals. It’s just a matter of time. The smug glee is a bit silly and premature, if you ask me. (Not that you did.)

Wayne stuck in AL

February 11th, 2010
2:01 am

Colorado crowd was announced as 11,644…If that had happened in Atlanta, the Bitter Queens of the Toronto Hockey Media (including TSN SportsCentre) would’ve been all over us…

Barry

February 11th, 2010
3:16 am

I was aggrivated about Thrashers allowing Colorado to tie the game up after building up a 3-1 lead. Thrashers just bent over and took it and did not try to take it back to the Avs in the third. At the end of the third I was like “okay…well at least we got a point so far now let’s take this game back in overtime boys”. Well that lasted all of 9 seconds. After that goal was scored I literally was yelling out “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” for about 5 minutes. I could not believe what I just witnessed. Four Thrashers players just stood there waving their sticks back and forth like they haven’t played a single hockey game before not knowing what to do, all the while ONE Avs player skates in from the center ice red line all the way down to Hedberg untouched, unchallenged, with the red carpet rolled out to win the game for the Avs. It’s not like Thrashers were out numbered. It was ONE against FOUR. Are you fraking kidding me? Nobody put a body on him? Nobody stepped up in his face? It looked to me like the Thrashers were getting OUT of the way instead of getting IN the way. Thrashers should have won this game but somehow they found a way to just lose it giving up in the 3rd period and in OT. So boys if you are just going to let their player walk in on your goalie uncontested why did you bother going out there on the ice to take a faceoff in the first place.

Here’s what the Thrashers need:
1) One more healthy defenseman
2) Scratch Bogosian for that healthy defenseman until Zach understands to stop turning the damn puck over 5 feet from your own net and that “hey…it’s okay to hit someone”.

John

February 11th, 2010
4:13 am

Little was a man posessed. He easily could have had 5 tonight. More like that out of him and we’ll be fine.

These damn replays never go our way…there was the Hainsey skate save that got overturned against someone a while ago, then this…i dunno…to me, a goal is a goal, if you have to go frame by frame by frame then it’s not. But whatever. It was a fun game to watch, nice to see the good guys score first, and the blown loss was irritating but we got a point on the road. Now we just definitley need to get at least 3, if not 4 more. The Eastern Conference logjam is clearing up and we’re in the back end…

Edistoned

February 11th, 2010
6:19 am

Zach Bogosian needs to sit !!! What a lackluster effort again.

Lee

February 11th, 2010
6:49 am

Woah, that crowd was QUIET!! Disapointed in the loss, but we got one point, but two would’ve been better……am I being greedy?

kracker

February 11th, 2010
7:58 am

Good column, Iceman. It was tough to lose so quickly in OT. You have to credit Cumiskey for testing the zone in front of our net. Too bad the Thrash were found lacking. They clearly expected a dump-in but Cumiskey had other ideas. Hopefully they will learn to man-up a bit more when you have a late 2-goal lead, on the road or not.

Overall, I’m encouraged in the team’s AK play. It’s like the blinders have been removed and they can see other skaters rather than trying to set up Kovalchuk. Good tempo overall so all-in-all getting a point from the Avs out there is acceptable (but they should have had two.)

ravenwynd

February 11th, 2010
7:58 am

Its amazing (read sad) how much Bogosian has regressed this year. I don’t know if he has lost confidence or he has been told to lay back, but he is so tentative when dealing with opposing players. Whatever happened to the Zach that put a body on someone or stood up against Brashear? Now his best move is to stand away from the opposition and move his legs together in hopes he might block a shot. He is starting to look like the Tremblay days back there.

moriler

February 11th, 2010
8:07 am

Bad job in the 3rd period all ’round. Colorado is a damn good team right now, but still, a 3-1 lead should be protectable. I’d be inclined to say that the team isn’t used to playing with a lead, however, given all our come-from-behind wins earlier this year.

The Little Aunt Bergie line (you heard it here first, blame me) is obviously delighted to be playing together — Bergfors looks like a kid with an ice cream cone. I wonder how much Jersey’s system held him back?

That gives us two solid lines with good chemistry right now (the ASK line is the other) Now to figure out what to do with everybody else. Maybe let ‘em play 3 on 3 for an hour or so and switch out teams ’til one is whoopin’ the other regularly?

rightshot

February 11th, 2010
8:11 am

So I’m sitting there, very content, knowing that despite the third period, the Thrashers played a good game and got a crucial point in the standings. Then the overtime started.

I literally sat there in disbelief saying “What the H E double hockey sticks happened!”

Then I saw the replay. The only way Cuminsky could have been more open is if the entire Thrahsers team was on the bench.

I tried to console myself by saying they got a point at least. Didn’t work. To summerize what I think about the results,
Pathetic is a compliment in this case.

R. Stroz

February 11th, 2010
8:15 am

Bogosian needs a class, whether in Chicago or Atlanta, on how to play man defense and move one’s feet versus waving his stick as if it were Harry Potter’s magic wand.

Mike

February 11th, 2010
8:24 am

The line of White-Pevs-Max has no chemisty. If Kozy is not the answer and you are looking to trade him, then bring up someone from Chicago and sit White.

Hate that the Thrashers lost the lead, but we needed at least a point. Now, we win in MN and get at least a point in Chicago and we get the 4 points we believed we needed before the break.

MASHAPlayer7

February 11th, 2010
8:27 am

John – I agree, Little was possessed. Aside from the open net he missed in the second period and the whiff on the left side scoring chance he had in the first, he scored a goal, assisted on Antro’s, and most impressively, “set-up” the Bergfors goal by screening Colorado goalie Anderson. He used his speed to agressively pursue the puck and he came away with the puck along the boards about 80% of the time. Maybe he is the guy that will benefit the most from Kovy being gone.

Other than that – disappointed with the outcome- point or no point. We blew that game and Bogosian is definitely in a sophomore slump. Did not look good at all…

rob

February 11th, 2010
8:33 am

UGH! Whiskey tango foxtrot whiskey tango foxtrot whiskey tango foxtrot……on and on and on. Thought last home game showed the guys that a physical game helps set the stage for good things. Can JA get a hand on these guys and help lead them in the right direction? Without a strong goalie to rely on the team itself is going to have to play their heart out every game to be in contention. Streaky play by both of our goalies should have in no way given anyone “confidence” in them. DEFENSE AND GOALTENDING win Lord Stanley. It looks as though maybe we have a good base for the forwards, but scoring alone will not get us to the promised land. I HOPE those in charge see this and have already found a way to address this after shipping Kari for zip zero nada nothing to show for it. Dam. Hoping for that big banging Dman to show up somehow. Maybe the kid from Dallas can do that for us :-) Oh well I will keep cheering my heart out in he hope we can figure this out.
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!!

Mr. Heat Miser

February 11th, 2010
8:34 am

What was being talked about in the locker room after the 2nd? Dessert recipies?

rob

February 11th, 2010
8:41 am

Stroz,
Agreed, someone needs to help out Zach. Is there no mentor here or a coach that can see he needs help? I think he really is lost out there, looking for his way. Too much talent in the kid to have it go to waste. I know JA wants the D to be offensive mainded and that is all good, but dam, when you are in the defensive zone, knock the snot outta someone will ya? Enstrom is the only guy who has an excuse for not doing so. Everyone else needs to man up back there. I have watched MANY chances for a check to be laid on someone be turned aside instead like contact is no good. The Fla. game at home, there were more checks in that game than I have seen in a LONG LONG time here. I think there was a Sabres game last year here that was very physical. They need that kind of effort from the D every night. Very frustrating. We got a needed point though off of hard work by the forwards. Great game there. When is Kozlov and White being traded for a bag of pucks (to take a line from….STANDEC)hahaha

Smoothie

February 11th, 2010
8:46 am

The D did a good job all game clogging up the middle and forcing guys wide all night. Until COL scored their 2nd goal. Its like they all froze up and were afraid to make the wrong play or move the wrong way. I give COL credit for coming on hard and crashing the net relentlessly. 3rd goal was a bit of an unlucky bounce. Still, seemed like Moose was getting too far out of position too often.

And on the 2nd goal, I don’t understand what Moose was doing. After making the initial save, its as though he was afraid to move to his left. I guess he wasn’t sure where the puck was and may have feared moving might allow the puck to trickle thru the five hole.

Again though, what in the hell was Zach thinking? He just stood there and watched Stewart.

BTW, is that Stewart Anthony’s brother?

Hotrod

February 11th, 2010
8:47 am

If the Thrashers are sitting on a two goal lead and waving sticks for defense, its the coaches job to call a time out and chew them out and lite the fire. You just can’t pace back and forth red faced about it.

Do this with a lead , not after.

Zoomo

February 11th, 2010
8:50 am

Decent effort early. We needed to get two points from that one. Thought Moosed should have had goals 1 & 3. Bogo’s “drifting” backwards is getting old. Totally agree he needs to move his feet and check harder.

Flipped over to Devils/Flyers on Center Ice. Kovy was tired and got abused by Gagne on that OT game winner.

Drew

February 11th, 2010
9:01 am

Did anyone hear Rick Dudley @5pm on NHL Centre Ice yesterday? Sounded to me like the guy that SHOULD be our GM. See you later D-Wad. Peoria is beautiful in January.

EA

February 11th, 2010
9:12 am

Zach makes some serious blunders when games are on the line. Something needs to be done quickly.

BG33Brown

February 11th, 2010
9:18 am

Man what a terrible loss. A few games in the press box would do zach some good. To bad we don’t have a 7th defenseman with the club now.

here is to hoping they call up Kulda for the next two games to give zach some time to right the ship.

rob

February 11th, 2010
9:39 am

Drew,
missed that, what was the gist of it? For a team that is so deep at the D positions…..anyway. I say the practice consists of Slater and Kane taking runs at the D all practice long until they step up and stop them. Second game now we have been scored upon right off the opening draw recently. Maybe that should be looked at, as obviously someone else has? Dam that was a needed point washed down the drain. Maybe we should all wish they would keep White and see if it works, and he in fact gets traded soon?

Bob

February 11th, 2010
9:42 am

Little did play well but man did he miss two wide open scoring chances (the one he was all alone in front and froze and got poke checked and then another where he just shot high on a wide open net). I sat there thinking, these are going to come back and bite us, and they did.

Ok, after you guys watch the Hawks play, let me know how exactly you think they’re trading off their club this year? lol. They cap issues come into play next summer, until then they’re in full Stanley Cup drive mode, no way they let anyone go off their roster, you only get so many shots at a Cup, you go for it.

J(Z)

February 11th, 2010
9:52 am

I was busy texting a friend that we’re gonna lose because Kozlov was scratched instead of White and we’ll lose in the shootout again…before I could even finish the text we lost. Ughhhh. We’re currently tied for the 6th worst record in the NHL by the way. I’m getting to the point where I’m torn…if we do manage to get in and grab the 7th or 8th spot, and get Washington…we’re swept. Is that worth it? I’m getting to the point where I think we’re better off letting Dudley handle a top 4 draft pick with TONS of cap room this offseason

Bob

February 11th, 2010
9:55 am

Anybody know which scouts were at the game last night that we were auditioning Armstrong for as we ran him out there on the 1st team power play?

Speaking of which, did our PP look awful, or what?

Diego from Lilburn

February 11th, 2010
10:00 am

I’m with you guys on Bogo. Surely the coaching staff can see it. I went back and re-watched the loss to the Caps and he was responsible for two goals because he wouldn’t slide over and take away the pass option.

Last night just letting that guy skate in uncontested? why didn’t he just stand him up???

I think a game or two watching from upstairs will do him a world of good.

Nikita

February 11th, 2010
10:01 am

Little’s playing a lot better in the post-K period. My suspicion/theory is that he took being demoted pretty hard. Unfortunately he’s still maturing and his mental state is still delicate.

Bogosian played fairly terribly. You guys are right — he has regressed. Though given how management has indicated that he was asked to play hurt, I wonder if he’s still hurt.

Officiating was TERRIBLE. There were some arguables. The tripping call on Slater was iffy. But the interference call on Todd White, when he wasn’t even touching the goalie or in the paint, was obscene. And in a related note, Colorado are as talented a team of divers as you’ll ever see.

Altogether, meh. It was a fairly decent game through the first half, but poor through the end. Really, the play was fine. Lots of players are taking responsibility for their actions, and it shows. But of course some of the sloppiness is the reason we only got one point instead of two.

And in a related note, I remain pretty happy with the Kovalchuk trade. Since the trade, the Thrashers have been performing better than expected (competitive against competitive teams, beating our division rivals), while NJ has been performing very, very poorly (seriously, losing to this year’s Philly team? WTF?). Luckily NJ has the points to lose while they figure out how to work Cherrychuk into their system. The Thrashers don’t really have any points to spare, and that’s why I hope we see a purchase or trade that brings us a slightly more established scoring presence.

Say, Slava is on record as being disappointed with the Kovalchuk trade and has been scratched for a poor attitude for a few games now. I’m wondering if he’s disappointed enough to waive his NTC. I know his record this season still kinda sucks, but I’d love to see him sent out in favor of a younger, more motivated top-6 forward.

raindawg722

February 11th, 2010
10:03 am

For Antropov-Bergfors-and Little, how about the ABL-e line?

Red Light

February 11th, 2010
10:12 am

Enstrom has to slide over to help Bogo on the overtime goal. There was no one else even in the frame on the replay. Scoring a goal one-on-two, or one-on-four is totally unacceptable. On the other side, experienced Foote just kept backing up on Bergfors goal and never stepped up to force a play either. Reasoner to Little was sweet as was the play when Antro scored to make it 3-1.

Nine guys on the ice last night for the Avs have played 107 NHL games or fewer, and seven less than 60 games.

BTW, how’d that Brett Clark for Frederic Cassivi trade work out? Cassivi played eight games for the Thrashers, while d-man Clark has played 359 games for the Avs, scoring 30 goals, 96 assists and has a plus-9 rating.

Last night, Army lifted Clark’s stick, and Clark still got the shot away and scored.

English Teacher

February 11th, 2010
10:13 am

It’s Bogo’s turn to sit. That kind of third period let down is inexcusable for the team, but letting Cumiskey waltz in on goal like that at the start of OT is just ridiculous.

Not Blind

February 11th, 2010
10:20 am

Watch the clip of Torts chewing a strip off Delzotto and pointing to the end of the bench. The Thrash need some of that fire. JA ain’t got it. The prima donna that JA was probably told to treat with kid gloves is gone. The rest of the players need some a$$ chewing when they fork up.

Anybody that says a 3 to 1 lead should be able to be protected is a DA. Any lead needs to be built upon, especially against the teams that have winning records like Colorado.

World Be Free

February 11th, 2010
10:28 am

Bogo needs Chelios-either in Chicago or Atlanta. It’s that simple, I have been saying this for months.

The kid is 19 for Peter’s sake, get him a vet to learn the game from.

GSUFan

February 11th, 2010
10:38 am

Bogo was playing hurt for some of the season, how do we know that he’s not still hurting? He could be trying to play through it. Everyone has ups and downs. Sophomore slump, ladies.

I think it’s less about his play, and more about assessing his potential injury.

Rawhide

February 11th, 2010
10:41 am

Bogo needs Chelios-either in Chicago or Atlanta. It’s that simple, I have been saying this for months.

The kid is 19 for Peter’s sake, get him a vet to learn the game from

WBF – Agreed…escpecially seeing how we are down a D-man given Valabik’s injury.

What was being talked about in the locker room after the 2nd? Dessert recipies?

Mr. Heat Miser – I think that’s when someone told them what those Rocky Mountain Oysters actually are that they all ate for dinner.

rob

February 11th, 2010
10:43 am

All the talks of trades, I have seen Antropov’s name out there a lot. I didn’t think much of him when he first got here to be quite honest, but I think he has come around and proven himself to be a great addition. I know he might have wanted to be here with Kovy, but I don’t see any letdown in his game so far. I like the fact that he has some size (and not many of our forwards do) and is willing to stand in front and screen the goalie (especially on PP). I think he is someone the team needs to try to keep here….if he wants to stay. If not, then once the season is done maybe he can be traded for a starting goaltender?? Would not like to lose his size though and maybe use some of this $$ being jettisoned to sign a goalie in the off season. I would like to hear a little more about where the team is heading from our team reporter though so we could stop wondering. If they truly feel Moose/Pavs are our hope, there surely isn’t much hope past the 1st round, if we should make it into the playoffs. Let’s just cut to the chase and ask the players whether they want to stay or not so we can see who REALLY is a Thrasher!! Then all the questions about Armstrong/Kubina/Max are answered.

R. Stroz

February 11th, 2010
10:47 am

A laundry list of thoughts:

1) Over the Olympic break, the coaching staff must work with Bogosian. Bring in some of the other forwards staying in town and teach this kid how to mark a man. Borrowing from the movie Hoosiers, Bogosian needs to know the brand of gum his man is chewing.

2) Armstrong is most likely gone. Waddell uses Kevin Allen of USA Today as his information leak and Allen has all but said Armstrong is being moved. I would rather keep Armstrong and have the training staff work on his burst speed over the summer. If Armstrong wants to leave, then move him. Otherwise, keep him.

More Armstrong stuff. Armstrong is tough and coachable, two good traits for a player to have. As Rawhide and Daculafan can attest, Armstrong when prompted to “screen the goalie” on the power play, by a rather vociferous fan from the sixth row behind the net with a BULLHORN, is more than willing to do so. The Thrashers need to retain as many gritty, coachable players, willing to do the hard work.

And most of all, moving Armstrong will deflate the morale of the team. That stated, I still think he’ll be traded and the revolving door of “zero sum gain” will continue.

3) Little is playing better. Wonder why? Little was finally de-coupled from Todd White and Little is looking forward to his next RFA contract in the face. On Little’s next contract, watch for a tell in Little’s long term plans. If Little’s next contract only gets him to being UFA eligible, Little plans on leaving as well. Once again, a retention issue.

4) Why in the name of hockey is Todd White still plugging up a roster spot? Bring up Brett Sterling, Joey Crabb, Tim Stapleton…anyone that has a pulse from Chicago. Todd White is done. Having White on the ice is like playing one man down. CUT BAIT AND MOVE ON.

Well, now I feel better.

rob

February 11th, 2010
10:48 am

And if the kid IS hurt…..YTF would they ask him to play through it? Let him GET BETTER and let him come back healthy, rather than dragging it out? Take the responsibility out of his hands, because if you ask any 19 year old kid if he wants to sit out……of course he says no way! UGH. If that is the situation, which has been speculated on quite a bit and hasn’t been unfounded by anyone.?.?.?

jake

February 11th, 2010
10:49 am

One possibility re. Bogosian is that he’s tired — at 19, he’s still a boy among men. Maybe the break for Olympics will revive him.

The more pressing issue is why the Thrashers do not — seemingly cannot — play solid, consistent and even some attacking defense. While Anderson acknowledges the importance of defense, he seems incapable of coaching it. And if that’s true, then there ought to be an assistant who can.

Even though they’re still in the playoff race, it’s easy to envision this team going into a death spiral and plunging to the bottom. There seems to be no determination or strength of character to impose their will on anyone. In which case, one can only hope for a house-cleaning that begins at the top and flushes out the entire “organization.”

Nikita

February 11th, 2010
10:53 am

I don’t agree with you on Todd White, per se. But I can see both White and Slava being cut. They’ve both played pretty poorly this year. That said, only one of them appears to have an attitude problem, and that guy might have some value for a team that needs his particular type of player. For that matter, I can see Todd White being picked up at the right price to shore up someone’s penalty kill.

Why not waive them both? At this point, they’d probably both get picked up. And if not, we can bring them back when and if they’ve really rocked the AHL.

stendec

February 11th, 2010
11:16 am

True playoff teams do not blow a two goal lead in the final 20 minutes then lose seconds into overtime. They just do not. Be it against the Pittsburgh Penguins or Sister Sarah’s School Of The Blind. I admire and respect Johan Moose Hedberg. I was hard on a certain other netminder for similiar chokes. Moose whiffed on two if not three of the Colorado goals. That is completely unacceptable. As for the Abbott and Costello twosome eating popcorn as the Avalanche player skated in unmolested to score the overtime winner – bench their untalented a$$es. Worthless scumballs. Apologists are so happy with one point. Not me. This was a defeat plain and simple. Suppose the team misses the playoffs by a solitary point? This one was it. Team competed with fire, grit and heart for 40 minutes then absolutely quit. Why? Home team was primed to be beaten. Happy with penalty killers. Not jumping for joy over power plat. Thrashers must log four points in next two outings or forget about playoffs. They did it to their own damn selves. ++STENDEC++

Midfield

February 11th, 2010
11:34 am

It’s like watching a discussion about whether to give Tylenol or Aspirin to a brain tumor patient.

Whitaker

February 11th, 2010
11:43 am

I agree that with such a young defensive team we need an old-timer to come in and teach the young ones some tricks of the trade. We have Chris Chelios, a player who has been part of the league for 25 plus years and was part of the Red Wings’ team who almost won the cup again last season. Granted due to his age he is unable to eat up a lot of minutes night in and night out, but no one can say that he cannot compete still. The knowledge that Chris has is being wasted having him in Chicago. Ok, maybe that is too strong of a statement, more like the knowledge Chris has would be better served teaching/guiding Bogosian, Enstrom, and the rest of the defensive team. With Valabik out for an extended period of time we have a spot open on the roster, why not bring up Chelios? I do not think he can make the team any worst.

Maybe the reason Don and crew have chosen not to call up Chelios is that they do not want to have him correcting their coaching style. As I said at the beginning of the season I do not see the reason to sign a veteran like Chelios and not have him playing on the team. Even if he plays 5 minutes a game, what he could do for our young d-men is huge.

Defensive laps like last night cannot happen, not if we want to make the play-offs. Sure we got a point last night, we are only 5 points out of the 8 spot, and there are 24 games left for us to play however if the team chooses only to play 25 minutes out of a 60 min 9 sec game then they should just hang up their skate and get the golf clubs out.

The First game without Ilya the team showed the fans that they had a lot of heart and they were hungry to make the play-offs. Last night, maybe it was the thin air? Maybe it was the time difference? It does not matter, there is no reason that OT should have ended after 9 seconds.

Call up Chelios and bench Bogosian against the Wild at least. See how the team/Bogosian reacts and go from there. Anderson should not and cannot be afraid to bench player, sometimes it is a punishment and sometime a player just needs a mental recharge or watch the game from the press box to see what the team is/was doing wrong.

One other point a bit off topic, Anderson needs to use his time-outs. Last night after giving up the lead would have been a good time to bring the guys in and have a heart to heart. At the very least call a time out before OT and have a very heartfelt talk with the guys. Yes, there are TV break, breaks in play, and what not, but calling a time out sends a message to the team. If the time-out is called when the puck has been iced back-to-back the message is “Hey I got your backs here, but don’t do that again.” I have been to game where we ice the puck back-to-back the ref skates over to ASK if we want to take a time out and Anderson looks at him as to say “why would I want to?” If called after giving up the lead, it says ok what the heck are you doing out there, take a breath, refocus, and go back out there and play your game. I just think there is no reason not to use the time out in a game.

We should have limped away with two points last night and a feeling that we can play against any team, but we did not. Now we move on to Minnesota, a team that while they have loosened up a bit still plays a very defensive style. The Wild do not care if they win a game by one goal and should they score first we could be in for a very long night, should be a very interesting game to watch tomorrow night.

That is my two-cents, and I am sure some would ask for change back.

moriler

February 11th, 2010
11:45 am

Chelios isn’t playing in the NHL because he doesn’t want to, not because he can’t.

Viking

February 11th, 2010
11:48 am

I think Chelios has a contract with Chicago, but not with The Thrashers.

rob

February 11th, 2010
12:01 pm

Whitaker,
I think Chelios is there to help the guys get ready for the bigs…..that being said we need a mentor up here too, and as everyone has said, the bench is a good tool if used correctly (obviously wasn’t used correctly w White as he STILL hasn’t snapped outta it) But if the coach won’t do more than yell at the guys for 2 seconds, why worry?

World Be Free

February 11th, 2010
12:25 pm

I realize that Chelios has obligations with Chicago, but we have to find a way to get him involved in Bogosian’s development.

Playing defense is so much different that playing forward. There’s so much to learn to play the position. Very few players can come in and play effectively in the NHL without so time in the minors or remaining in juniors until their eligibility is up. Of the 5 defenseman drafted high last year (Bogo, Pietrangelo, Myers, Schenn, Doughty) only Drew Doughty has made the smooth transition to the NHL without significant bums. Bogo and Schenn have struggled this year.

You just cannot throw a kid into the position, play him as much as Bogo plays and expect him to perform like a veteran. A 19 year old is not going to have the discipline required to perform as a first team defenseman, won’t happen. He needs a mentor, either a current or former player.

Even Ray Bourque had his moments during his first few seasons.

J(Z)

February 11th, 2010
12:28 pm

Apparently Kulda just got called up!

Red Light

February 11th, 2010
12:30 pm

Thumbs up WBF! Great post.

The end of the enforcer era? Not only was Laraque waived recently, but now NYR has placed Brashear on waivers.

World Be Free

February 11th, 2010
12:34 pm

Some good input on Bogo today.

Just think of “Bull Durham”; Chelios or someone else would be Kevin Costner’s character. Toss a Susan Saradon-type in too.