That Bergie kid comes through again

The “LAB Line”…that’s what Thrashers TV commentator Darren Eliot referred to the line that is made up of Bryan Little, Nik Antropov and Niclas Bergfors…which I think is very appropriate given that they have found great chemistry together and the experiment of putting them together has so far proven to be a great success.

Friday night in Minee-SOH-Tah, they again brewed up some magic to help propel the Thrashers to a 3-2 win over the Wild…the first time ever that Atlanta has come out of that state’s capital with a win.

Bergie’s blast at the 11:05 mark of the third period broke a 2-2 tie and provided the winning margin…it was the second time he’s scored a game-winner since coming over to the Thrashers along with teammate Johnny Oduya, who got the secondary assist on the goal. Little’s pass from center ice sprung Bergfors toward the goal up the right hand side.

Bergie has gotten of 15 shots on goal and is a +3 in the four games played since joining the squad. He’s making the #18 jersey look as good as it has since…since…well…since…hmmmmmm, oh what was that guys name again that used to wear that number around here a few years ago?

Pile up in front of Thrashers goal. Johan Hedberg, Ron Hainsey as well as the Wild's Kyle Brodziak in action Friday night (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Pile up in front of Thrashers goal. Johan Hedberg, Ron Hainsey as well as the Wild's Kyle Brodziak in action Friday night (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Oduya’s assist was his second point in as many games and finished Friday night with a +1 rating. He continues to play very solid on the blueline, helping to stabilize that normally shaky aspect of this team.

The two are obviously making the best of this “it is what it is” situation, eh?

Earlier in the game, Nik Antropov’s tip of Pavel Kubina’s shot tied the game at 2-2 in the first period. Evander Kane…who played a hellova game against the Wild…opened the scoring 8:43 into the game. Kubina finished with two assists.

Big moment in the game was late in the first period. The Wild had erased the Thrashers 1-0 early lead and taken a 2-1 advantage with goals by Andrew Brunette…an original Thrasher…and Andrew Ebbett . Then came a 4-minute high stick call against Eric Boulton. Going down 3-1 would have been un-good…but they negated Minnesota’s man-advantage after Marel Zidlicky committed a high-stick infraction of his own.

Shortly after Zidlicky scooted off it the sin-bin, Maxim Afinogenov’s hustle drew a holding penalty from Shan Hnidy, another former Thrasher…and in just 1:58, Atlanta had gone from a 4-minute penalty kill situation to a 4 on 3 power play.

That’s when Kubina and Antropov made the Wild pay, tying the score with just 14 seconds left before the first intermission.

Quite a swing of events.

Arturs Kulda looked sharp in his first NHL start…he played with a good deal of confidence. One play that sticks out in mind mind came in the third period when he steamrolled a Minnesota forward in front of our goal. Being physical on defense and knocking opponents out from in front of the goalie…now there’s a concept, eh?

Johan Hedberg made start number 27 on the season, and in saving 36 of 38 SOG he improved his record to 14-9-5 with a 2.56 GAA and .916 SV%. If the Thrashers are to make a serious playoff run next month, it looks like it’ll be upon the back of the Moose.

At the trade deadline, the Thrashers should be...

  • Buyers! (79%, 72 Votes)
  • Sellers! (21%, 19 Votes)

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Ondrej Pavelec is scheduled to start Saturday night in Chicago given the back-to-back games, but it is interesting to note that while Opie will be facing the Blackhawk for the first time ever, Moose is 4-1-0 lifetime versus the Hawks with a 2.34 GAA and .911 SV% in six games played.

Just sayin’…

This back-to-back set of games will be the tenth such time the Thrashers have played on consecutive nights this season. In the previous nine they have gone 6-1-2 in the tail end game.

With the two point secured in Minnesota, they now have 61 points after 59 games played. That is 13 points better then the 48 points they had after this many games last season. If they wind up with 13 points more than last year after 82 games, they’ll have 89.

The victory also puts them two points out of a playoff position in the conference with one game left before the Olympic break. They remain tied with the Rangers who beat Pittsburgh 3-2 in overtime.

Kovy Gets Off  Schnide In His ’New Jersey’

In case you missed it, Ilya Kovalchuk notched his first goal as a member of the New Jersey Devils. His third period goal broke a 2-2 tie with Nashville in the third period…the Devils went on to win 5-2.

Viewing Party at TJs

Saturday night’s game will mean another viewing party out at TJ’s Bar and Grill located on Holcomb Bridge Road in Alpharetta. As always, Tim and Mark Ecclestone and all of the wonderful staff will certainly provide their normal great service and the Thrashers Fan Club will be bringing the party atmosphere.

If you can make it, I know you’ll have a great time. I won’t be able to be there myself as I will be out on a Valentines Eve date with the Divine Mrs. R. However, I’ll catch the replay upon our return home.

129 comments Add your comment

Fierce Dawg

February 13th, 2010
12:20 am

Way to go boys!
Looks like Bergie and Johnny like their new team just fine. So far, we’re getting more out of our end of the deal than Jersey.

Tony C.

February 13th, 2010
12:22 am

Smoothie

February 13th, 2010
12:24 am

Right on cue Billy! Just needed me to prod ya a bit! ;-)

Great win for the boys tonite. Nice to get that hard-earned win to validate all of the things they’ve been doing well lately. Tonite they were a bit more disciplined in their zone on account of better positional defense. But Moose was on top of his game the last 40 minutes. Nice to see “Kool-da” beat the crap out of people in the crease and at the blueline tonite. If only Boris would play that strong on his skates! We could have one nasty blueline once Zach matures. BTW, Hainsey has played some of his best hockey these last 4 games. He seems to be thriving alongside Oduya, who is a very smart and cerebral hockey player. Nice to see Ronsey use his puck-handling skills and sneaky speed to move the puck up the ice quickly and get it into the zone on the PP. And he has really seemed to take the leadership mantle on his shoulders to fill the void. Very vocal out there.

Rawhide

February 13th, 2010
12:36 am

Smoothie – Hey, have I ever let you guys down…leavin’ ya hangin’ without a timely entry?

Hnnngghhh???

Hhhhgghhh???

Hhhhgghhh???

The word “Hnnngghh” is provided by and on loan from The Blueland Chronicle to whom I give much thanks for their permission to use

Smoothie

February 13th, 2010
12:43 am

Big Willy – of course not! You are a man of the people and you deliver as regularly as Bergforce One! We would be lost without you. Heennnggghhh?!

Hey, noow that Ilya has finally scored his first goal for the Devils, perhaps we can stop talking about that fool. He will regret leaving this franchise. The future is bright and it was showcased for the entire NHL to see tonite in the form of Kane, Bergfors, Little, Kulda, Enstrom and Bogosian. If we can pick up another scorer at the deadline — hint, hint, what rhymes with phony Ilya? — this time can make a serious run at the playoffs. The bottom three seeds may be up for grabs. Hell, with the way Buffalo is playing, and considering how dependent they are on a tiring, overworked Ryan Miller, perhaps even all bottom 4 seeds will be up for grabs. Now we just need to figure out a way to jump on Chicago early and try to hold them off for an OT loser point. Perhaps Pavelec will rise to the occasion and stand on his head!

Smoothie

February 13th, 2010
12:46 am

PS (and then I’ll shut up) — Crabb scored AGAIN tonite. A goal and 2 assists.

Please for the love of God, put Todd White on waivers!! Perhaps some desperate GM will claim him on re-entry waivers. We need more grit, energy and someone who can create more space for Fins and Peverley — who was sooooo tentative and indecisive tonite — to operate. One word: CRABBER!

Rawhide

February 13th, 2010
12:50 am

Smoothmister – “Bergforce One”…awesome!

OK…let me tease you with this propsed scenario:

White waived…Crabb Cakes called up…joins line with Peverley and Army.

Stop slobbering on yourself…

LAC

February 13th, 2010
12:52 am

Wow, This was one of the BEST games the team has played in a long time, a full 60 minutes and
this Bergfors kid is really something so far… Odulya is solid and the rookie defenseman played very very well a real “Heads Up” preformance.

Little has really picked up his game after being a ghost most of the year…

A win in Chicago would be outstanding and remember all the home games in March 12 home 5 away…

Excellent game, oh yes, the NHL offical blew yet ANOTHER call on the goal by Hainsey, no arm up, nothing until AFTER the goal was scored, The NHL Really needs to get these guys to do a better job, this guy tonight was UNGOOD !

Smoothie

February 13th, 2010
1:03 am

Brendan

February 13th, 2010
1:08 am

I don’t think it’ll be so bad to start Pavelec against the Blackhawks. We’re EXPECTED to lose. Chicago is the #3 team in the NHL. Still with me? Why not give Atlanta’s “new” #1 goalie the opportunity to show how he handles a big game like that?

Shifting gears, it’s hilarious to hear Glenn “Chico” Resch singing the praises of Kovalchuk, now that he’s a Devil. When a few weeks ago, he was making comments like, “Doc, I just don’t get it with this guy, Kovalchuk. He’s so one-dimensional. It’s not just about shooting and passing. It’s about leadership. Setting the standard. Leading by example. And being a complete player. Look at Kovalchuk on this goal. He’s not even making an attempt to backcheck, Doc.”

I’d love to make Ilya and Resch review that game, with Resch’s commentary on it. And watch how awkward it gets.

For some reason, Devils fans threw hats on the ice for Kovy’s goal. It was not a hat trick.

vik

February 13th, 2010
2:23 am

its because those fans care, unlike you fairweather, dumber than brick, atlanta fans… follow your leader waddel blindly.. right off a cliff..

Barry

February 13th, 2010
3:53 am

Man gotta be happy with this trade. Bergfors is so far making the best of this new opportunity to play top line minutes and give all he’s got. I was also impressed with Kulda. I’ve heard alot of good things about him but haven’t really gotten to see him play until tonight. He looked like he knew what to do out there. It didn’t seem like he was nervous at all. Now if we can just get Chelios to spend some time with Bogosian somehow and get Zach’s head straightened out then we should have a pretty solid defensive corp. Great win by the boys and solid 60 minute effort. Wild made a great play on the powerplay for their first goal and the 4th line of the Thrashers had a costly turnover in their own zone which led to the Wild’s second goal. Other than that Moose and the team closed the door. Now on to Chicago. Man that’s going to be a tough game. I just hope the Thrashers make it respectable. I’m not expecting a win, but they better not go out there and lay an egg like they have a tendancy to do after playing good for a couple of games in a row. Hopefully Pavelec has done his homework because he’s about to be tested tomorrow night.

Until then,
May the Bergfors be with you.

Dwayne

February 13th, 2010
6:18 am

vik…no one likes Waddel…you can’t argue about what Chico said about Kovy when he was a Thrasher. Any way, I hope the Devils win the East, could not stand to hear about Cindy Crotchby or AO in the Cup finals.

jerry

February 13th, 2010
8:34 am

If they had lost the game, no one would be crowing over Bergfors. It’s all about winning and always will be.

Mr. Heat Miser

February 13th, 2010
8:45 am

Sit White and bring up Joey Crabb – Atlanta’s Deadliest Catch

jimbo

February 13th, 2010
8:49 am

Kulda looks like an upgrade over Valabik, Popovic and Schubert. Hope that he gets to stay for awhile longer so we get a real good look at him. Great to see Little taking charge. He’s out of the Kovy shadow.

True Hockey Fan

February 13th, 2010
8:51 am

Good for Kovie,BUT, please can we forget about him already. We are clearly a better team without KKK. aka , ( Kaptain Kotton Kandy ). Bergie plays defense and forechecks and backchecks and plays within JA’S system. Oduya has mde our defense better. Clearly the Thrashers are poised for a playoff run that should be fun for all hockey fans in atlanta, even Mister Negative,Shultz.

World Be Free

February 13th, 2010
9:16 am

The Bergfors cliches are starting-and for good reason. This kid has a shot. I hope he NEVER uses a slap shot, ever, don’t need to. Nic Bergfords has Mike Bossy hands.

I did some research on NJ when the rumors came out that they were in on Kovy. Bergfors was supposedly an untouchable as far as any trade was concerned. Now we know why.

LAC put it best-the guys played 60 minutes, which is what you have to do against Minny. They needed the 2 points as well, so we sure did earn it.

On Kovalchuk-Kovy is proving that he has to be the centerpience of an office to maximize his skills. He’s just not getting enough ice time in NJ to be himslef. Remember Kovy, this is what YOU wanted MR. First Class Organization.

The Thrashers have a March 27 trip to Carolina-anyone going?

Midfield

February 13th, 2010
9:17 am

Do we need to get ‘true fan’ certification some place to be entitled for an opinion? Even after beating MINNESOTA power house (WOW!!!) I don’t believe for a moment that Atlanta is the better team than it was a month ago. You see, Waddell is still running it, and ASG is still owning it, and it is no good all around. And, by the way, I’m not a big fan of Shultz either.

Tom

February 13th, 2010
9:29 am

Not to defend DWs overall track record, but it certainly appears the Kovy deal is going to pay huge dividends. We have some VERY talented youth on this team now. Kane and Bergfors will be stars on the top two lines for years to come. Oduya has been very solid (then again, some of us already knew he was a good player and refrained from the knee-jerk ripping of the trade right off the bat).

And if Cormier gets his head straightened out, man…we’re going to be good hockey team for awhile.

Now…let the mea culpas commence…all you knee-jerkers get in line and have at it.

Lou Lamoriello

February 13th, 2010
9:30 am

I want Bergie back, Don, I’ll give you Kovy, a prospect and a 2nd rounder.

Red Light

February 13th, 2010
9:37 am

Quietly, very quietly, Antropov has surpassed his career high in assists and is just nine points from tying his career high for points in a season. So, during the past three seasons, Antro goes from 56, 59 and now has 48 with 23 games left to play. The surprising thing to me, even though plus-minus is often a BS stat, that last year was the only one in which he had a minus rating. He is now plus-70 for his career in this his 10th season. That’s impressive (I guess). I think we all would like a big guy like that to be a bit more combative in the corners, etc., but this UFA signing looks pretty good right now, and I didn’t think so at the time because of the $2 million raise he got.

Remember he didn’t score his first goal until Nov. 19, and only had two thru Dec. 9.

The shot by Kane over the left shoulder of Backstrom was beauty!

Last thing, Kozzie and White combined for 101 assists last season, both playing all 82 games. This season they both have a paltry 16 assists and both are -16, and they both average 3 minutes fewer of ice time per game this season over last. Not hard to figure why JA isn’t playing them more, and why few suitors are interested in their services.

If Jody Shelley brings a 6th-round pick in a deal, surely the best possible deal the Thrashers could make is the following: a) Kozlov and a sixth-round pick for future considerations (used DVD collection of Mystery Alaska, Slapshot and The Mighty Ducks ought to do it); b) Todd White and a seventh-round pick for anyone named Crosby (Bing, David, Norm or Cathy Lee).

DWTOO

February 13th, 2010
9:39 am

WBF – The fan club is running a trip to Carolina.

Zoomo

February 13th, 2010
9:46 am

Can’t add much about the game to what’s already been said. Solid. We got robbed a few times in the 2nd period. Coulda been a cakewalk if one of those went in.

Agree about Hainsey’s leadership traits. No if we can just upgrade a player or two, we might make a bit of a run.

Lee

February 13th, 2010
9:46 am

Jeez, that kid’s good!

Nikita (in PA)

February 13th, 2010
9:55 am

I get tired of people bashing White, though I’d be fine with waiving him if Koz were also waived. I think we can do better right now, and even if we had to keep their salaries it wouldn’t be a huge hit.

However, White’s faceoff % was 80% last night. I suppose that’s in his favor. Actually, as I look back over the last 5 games, his FO is very high.

Which reminds me, I nominate Peverly for sitting. He’s ben quietly negating his last season’s play.

World Be Free

February 13th, 2010
9:58 am

DWTOO-I heard about it, wondered who was running the gig-thanks

I wonder if Bergfors and Oduya are chirping the “it is what it is” line now? Players want to play. Nic was not getting ice time in NJ and he’s flourishing in Atlanta. Oduya is becoming one of our best defenseman fast. Hockey players crave minutes, they hate to be dropped on the 3rd defensive pairing or the 4th line. Sitting on the bench or in the press box is excruciating for a player.

Red Light-page back to June and I was hoping for Antropov to land in Atlanta. Nic is quiet and unassuming on the ice, but he’s also a steady producer. Getting out of Toronto was the best thing that ever happened to him, New York too.

Hockey Biltong

February 13th, 2010
10:22 am

Nice win for the team. New identity seems to fit nicely. I echo others sentiments about Kulda. A quality debut.

moriler

February 13th, 2010
10:24 am

If it’s the LAB line, does that mean we should show up wearing lab coats and carrying a sign reading “DO SCIENCE TO ‘EM” — with a mad-scientist type waving a hockey stick?

five_hole

February 13th, 2010
10:29 am

I’m outa practice. For the record, Kulda was +0 in 9:36 with 1 shot and 4 hits. But this belies his play on the ice. For a rookie in his first game, he did not look out of place and played physical.

Speaking of physical play, how about that hit Bogosian laid on the Wild winger in the 1st period? Zack still had mental lapses on defense, but when he smokes someone on the other team like that, ya gotta love it.

So, I heard they brought Kari up. When’s he gonna . . . (um, hold on a minute). talking to wife . . . they did? . . . in less than a week? Um, nevermind. When I leave & come back again, who’s gonna be traded next? I’m assuming that the consensus on the blog was that this was a good thing. Personally, I think it was a good move. Kari had all the talent in the world but just couldn’t stay healthy. This clears, what; 3 million off the payroll? And according to Hockey’s Future, we got Dallas’s top rated defensive prospect.

Is Don Waddell keeping notes on the palm of his hand or what?

I love playing a team that’s supposed to beat us; we’ve got nothing to lose. Lay it all out there, guys! Go Thrash!

Smitty

February 13th, 2010
10:46 am

Kane, Little, Bergfors, Kulda, Bogey, Tobey, Cormier(next year) and even Boris(next year) have the look of a nice young nucleus to build on. Hainsey has been better since Oduya came on board and if Army and Kubina(a must) decide to stay to stay who knows. Antro to this point has exceeded expectations and Slater has finally started to come around. The team has responded since Captain Albatross flew off to NJ.

I always thought the best way to build a team is through youth. Dudley seems to have an eye for young talent. Hupefully he will wear off on DW. As for White and Kozzy. Kozzy gave us some good years and he deserves a graceful exit. As for White, faceoffs aside, I would like to see a kid from the Wolves be given an opputunity after the March 3rd, if no additions are made.

I sure would like to see Kubina extended before the end of the year if not before the trade deadline. It sure would show the fans a commitment from ASG that we have not seen in the past.

five_hole

February 13th, 2010
10:55 am

Hey Smitty You said “Hainsey has been better since Oduya came on board”. Has Hainsey been paired with Oduya? I saw him score last night and almost fell out off my sofa. He did play well. I heard (Mr pretty boy) even got into a fight last week. What’s up with that?

hollywould

February 13th, 2010
11:01 am

Great Win last nite. Man, Kane is one tough guy. He took and delivered a couple of heavy hits but keeps going. Battles in the corners/ gets under the skin of the other team/ kid is gonna do nothing but get better. Let’s take out Chicago tonite!!!! I would buy a Kane jersey but everytime I do that player gets traded so must be a jinx.

Puckhead

February 13th, 2010
11:27 am

thanks Midfield the posts were way to positive – not only better now than a month ago – we are 18 points better than a year ago at this time – here’s a blog that might provide more negativity for you – http://blogs.ajc.com/jeff-schultz-blog/

Brendan

February 13th, 2010
11:31 am

Ummn, say. Is Dudley trying to ditch most of the players Waddell brought in? ‘Cuz … I’m “fine with that.” :)

Midfield

February 13th, 2010
12:09 pm

You know, Puckhead, you’re so convincing that, having read your brilliant comment, I am now 100% sure that the Thrashers is a legitimate contender now. We’re definitely on our way to compete for the Cup. Could you please make sure that Don is retained for another decade? Please?

DWTOO

February 13th, 2010
12:11 pm

LAB line – was think of my seven month old brown/black lab mix that already weighs 55 ibs. He’s a hoss!

Smoothie

February 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

I think very few fans on this blog are ready to down any heavy doses of the playoff kool-aid but its hard to not see how this team has responded since Captain no-Commit left for “greener” pastures. The team is playing with passion and even though they are far from flawless, they are trying to play as a cohesive unit. Its refreshing to watch a team that does not need to make allowances or concessions to an ego-star like Kovy who *needs* so much ice time to be dominant.

Nikita – Ill grant you that Peverley hasn’t been all that special of late, but unlike White, he does things with the puck that puts pressure on the other team. White rarely gets in a position to do anything constructive with the puck. He’s been good on the PK but I fail to see why we need to pay him $2.5 M to kill penalties and win a few draws. How many FO did he actually take last nite? He’s not the C on the Peverley line but perhaps he’s being asked to take FO on one side since he’s lefty and Pevs is righty.

World Be Free

February 13th, 2010
12:44 pm

I am not counting out the playoffs just yet. Most of the teams in the mix for th 7th and 8th spots have some issues too. There’s some desperation out there, while our guys are still recovering from the Kovy trade and clearing a path towards our own future.

Tonight’s game in CHI will be very interesting. You have a number of guys in Chicago that may be looking towards the Olympics, not concentrating on their games. Should be fun, as long as Opie doesn’t struggle stopping the beach ball.

Nikita (in PA)

February 13th, 2010
1:00 pm

10, I think. About 15%. Not huge, but helpful.

and I don’t argue that we can do better, I simply think everyone should be a little more equal opportunity.

Nikita (in PA)

February 13th, 2010
1:01 pm

p.s. if he’s gold in the PK, he’s absolutely worth paying $2 mill. But I don’t think he actually plays that much on the PK these daus.

Also, does it scare anyone other than me that Chris Thorburn is now third FOR ALL TIME in consecutive games played for the THrash?

Nikita (in PA)

February 13th, 2010
1:02 pm

Dang it: I don’t argue that we CAN’T do better. Geesh.

Brendan

February 13th, 2010
1:04 pm

I want to piggyback here on Smoothie’s post above. This team is now really about being a TEAM. In short, who is the LEADER of the Thrashers? Stop. Hold up. No ONE, ISOLATED name jumps off the page. This isn’t Ferraro’s team. It’s not MacEachern’s team. It’s not Mellanby’s team. It was never, ever Holik’s team. It’s not the Heatley/Hossa-Kovy scene anymore, either. The longest tenured netminder in team history is gone now, too. What’s left … is a group of players trying to “make it” in the NHL. Some want out. Some don’t. There we are. I say, let’s move forward with the players that want to be here.

The future is Bogosian, Enstrom, Little, Pavelec, and Kane. We have some veterans, too. Some will stay a while longer, like Hainsey, and some won’t. We’re probably talking about Kozlov, Kubina, and Armstrong. I don’t know what to tell you about Moose. To hear the organization talk, they’re “confident” in Moose for the rest of the season. Will they re-sign him in the offseason? I have no earthly idea. It’s not totally inconceivable. Hedberg, on a 1-year deal? Shrugs. Maybe. But I would think that, for insurance purposes, they’d be looking at a free agent goaltender on July 1. Hedberg is a pending UFA. Which is why I urged trading him, while his max return value is at its highest point.

The organization would tell you Moose will not be moved … because he’s “essential to our playoff berth.” Okay. That’s a reason. We can debate if it’s a GOOD reason. But, it’s a reason nonetheless. At least, they supplied that much. Hedberg has always been well-liked by the members of the dressing room. He’s a former two-time teammate’s teammate award winner. If anyone … on our current team … has been more dedicated to being here, and being a Thrasher, than Moose, I want to know who it is? So, perhaps, in their shoes, they’re rewarding him for his longevity–and dedication–by not trading him.

It suddenly dawns on me that Eric Boulton has been here a good, long while, too. I think this is his fifth (5th) season with Atlanta. And they might re-sign him, again. Who knows? I’m not quite sure if Boulton has eclipsed J.P. Vigier in terms of games played for the Thrashers.

Smoothie

February 13th, 2010
1:12 pm

That is a bit scary regarding Thorburn’s streak of consec games played. Its too bad he wasn’t blessed with slightly better hands as he gets into position enough to score 10-15 goals.

As for tonite, does Slava get back in or does Johnny give him an extended vacay to rest up for March? Or is he trade bait?

World Be Free

February 13th, 2010
1:13 pm

Brendan, don’t be surprised someday that this team isn’t Evander Kane’s team. The kid impresses me with his motor and fearless drives to the net. I am becoming a big fan of the Real Deal. We have talked alot lately about Bogosian acting 19. Evander is not acting 18; some of the vets need to look to his as an example.

Am I the only person here who doesn’t give a darm about the Olympics, outside of the hockey games?

BG33Brown

February 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

The best thing about last nights game was after the Thrashers went up 3-2, they didn’t let up. They kept playing extremely hard. And what a job by Thorburn to draw the cross check while killing the penalty-AMAZING.

Whenever I hear the LAB line all i can think of is Ron Burgundy saying, “its science.” Love that line.

BG33Brown

February 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

I’m a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn. That’s what kind of man I am. You’re just a woman with a small brain. With a brain a third the size of us. It’s science.

Brendan

February 13th, 2010
1:17 pm

Oh, I don’t disagree with you, WBF. It could turn into Kane’s team. Or, even Bogosian’s, if things change for him.

Smoothie, what’s Thorburn’s consecutive game streak at now?

Brendan

February 13th, 2010
1:35 pm

WBF, you’ll excuse the sentimentalist in me for this post, but the Olympics is the time, every few years, when the World actually stops to be civilized to each other. And it’s wonderful to see. In a way, it’s John Lennon’s vision come to fruition. “Imagine all the people, living in peace?” Well, for two weeks, every two years, that happens, in the form of the Olympics. Oh yes, wars still continue during the Games, make no mistake about that. But for a brief while, the peoples of the world gather in a centralized place … to be DECENT to each other. And it’s remarkable to witness it.

It’s the sort of comeraderie that makes you wonder … “if we can all get along for two weeks, why not a month? Why not two months? Why not a year?” But, in the end, I’m afraid, it’s the differences among peoples that keep them separated, ideologically, philosophically, regliously, spiritually, etc. We can suspend our disbelief, hate, anger, resentment, and hostilities … on about a “2 week basis.”

So, for me, I’m happy we get these two weeks of harmony and “good will among mankind.” In many ways, it even supercedes what we experience each year at Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Ramadan.

But, in terms of events, I do look forward to the speed skating, ice dancing, figure skating, and bobsled/luge events. Sometimes, I’ll even watch the skiing! But, it’s the ice hockey that I’ll be recording. If the United States cannot win it, I’ll be pulling for Canada and Suomi (Finland). In Torino, Italy, Finland lost one game. And it was for the Gold Medal. Sweden won the Gold, after choking badly to Belarus in 2002. This year, the pressure is squarely the hosts, Canada, to win the Gold. North American Games tend to favor North American teams. So, I do look for Canada and the United States to do well this time around.

DaveR

February 13th, 2010
1:49 pm

World BF: Check out the curling when it gets going. I was surprised how entertaining that event can be.

It looks like the sort of thing that anybody could do – the “athletes” look like members of your Sat night bowling team.