Newbies help Thrashers dispose of Islanders 6-3

That giant skid mark smeared all over the ice of Philips Arena was what remained of a New York Islanders team that are finding themselves falling father and farther out of the playoff picture. They came into Thursday night’s game losing seven of their last ten and the Thrashers, who have been heading in the opposite direction of late, took advantage of some early chances to push New York right out the back door…in the end, dropping them 6-3.

Playing major roles in flushing the Islander were newbies Evgeny Artyukhin, Clarke MacArthur, playing their first games as Thrashers, and Niclas Bergfors…a veteran on seven whole games now.

The Antropov-Little-Bergfors line was responsible for the first two goals. At 5:01 into the first period, Bergie notched the game’s first goal on a nice pass from the right side of the net by Little… Antropov earning the secondary assist.

That Bergie kid, all he does is score goals. He’s got four now in his seven games as a Thrasher.

Maxim Afinogenov scores goal number XX of the season against the Islanders (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Maxim Afinogenov scores goal number 20 of the season against the Islanders (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Antropov then netted goal number two for Atlanta 3:47 later, cracking one off from the left circle… Little again with the assist off a fine pass from the right circle.

But shortly after the fans backside’s had found their way back into their seats, just 25 seconds later MacArthur scored his first goal as a Thrasher to make the score 3-0. The play was set up by a forechecking Maxim Afinogenov behind New York’s goal to get the puck out in front of Dwayne Roloson.

It was the last shot Rolo would see on the night as he was lifted in favor of Martin Biron..the decision coming as the Islander troops were massing at the bench for a timeout. Roloson allowed four goals on seven shots during his 9:16 TOI and it was the second game in a row that the Thrashers caused their opponents to burn their timeout before the first intermission.

But much to the Islanders dismay, the goalie switch wasn’t enough to stop the bleeding as just over five minutes later Afinogenov took a Peverley pass crossing the blueline and buried a shots past Biron to give the Thrashers a four-goal lead.

This type of fast start is in stark contrast to the way so many other games have started off this year. I like this way much better, thank you very much.

Not to be ignored, however, on the other end of the ice was one Mr. Johan Hedberg who was in the process of stopping the first 20 shots he faced in the opening period before allowing a Mark Streit power play goal on the twenty-first.

Uh-huh, you saw that right…Atlanta’s defense allowed 21 shots to get through on the Moose in the first. They also took the only two minor penalties and lost 11 of the 18 face offs in that opening period…but found themselves up leading by three after twenty minutes of play. The Thrashers took but ten shots on goal themselves, but they managed to pop out four goals nonetheless.

Halfway through the second period, Bergfors got in on yet another goal, launching a wrister from the left circle. Antropov was providing the screen in front of Biron and it was determined Nic had deflected it in for his second of the game. It came while the Thrashers were enjoying a man advantage…the power play resulting from a hustling Afinogenov who was tripped up while pursuing the puck behind the net.

Five minutes later, another newbie… Evgeny Artyukhin… put on a speed skating exhibition. He scooped up the puck behind Hedberg…scooted unmolested up the right side and out of the zone …gathered speed as he flew past the benches, through center ice and into the Islanders zone…zipped through the defense…moved in from the right to slip the puck past Biron in an almost nonchalant manner.

Ya know, I had read a few pieces about this kid’s deceptive speed given his size…but just dah-YUM! He moved through the Islanders system faster than a bean burrito lunch special.

And just like that, Atlanta was up 6-1 after two periods of play…the Islanders obviously missing defenseman Andy Sutton who was shipped off to Ottawa Wednesday morning.

Johan the Magnificent Magical Moose uses his amazing skills to suspend the puck in mid air. Hedberg stopped 34 of 37 shots face Thursday night (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Johan the Magnificent Magical Moose uses his amazing skills to suspend the puck in mid air. Hedberg stopped 34 of 37 shots face Thursday night (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

A couple of Islander goals in the third help put a prettier face on the score sheet, but by that time the damage had been done.

However, I must say that despite the nice victory, I didn’t like the way the Thrashers seemed to let take their foot off the throttle in the final twenty minutes…only able to squirt through three shots on the Islander goal. When you have a team dangling like that in the end, you can’t relax…instead you have to just keep on pushing until the remains are circling the drain.

For the night, Hedberg stopped 34 of 37 shots to improve his record to 16-9-5. The sixteen victories are the most Moose has piled up since going 25-34-7 in 2001-02 while with Pittsburgh. He is now 52-40-13 as a Thrasher.

Both Afinogenov and Bergfors finished with a goal, one assist on three shots and was a +2…Bryan Little had a pair of assists and was a +2…Bogosian, Hainsey and Peverley each had one assists, Ron and Rich finished a +2 while Bogey was a +1…R2 scored on his only shot on the night and was a +1…and Nic Antropov had a three point night with a pair of goals, one assists on two shots and was a +1.

Meanwhile…as the Thrashers were pinching off the Islanders, the other New York team was busy netting a point in the standings as the lost to Pittsburgh in overtime and Boston gathered two points by downing the Maple Leafs in a shootout.

That means the middle of the Eastern Conference standing are really packed tight with Atlanta and Rangers moving into a tie with Montreal for eighth place…each have 66 points pending the Canadiens game in San Jose.

If the Sharks can beat Montreal in regulation, then the Thrashers would technically own eighth place in conference given the fact that they’ve played fewer games.

Boston is clinging on to seventh place with 67 points and Philly is stuck at 69 after their 7-4 loss to the Panthers Wednesday night.

One last note…the Thrashers now have 66 points after 62 games played…which is 16 points better than what they had after this many games last year, (22-34-6 for 50 points). If they finish 16 points better then they did last season, they would have 92 points.

EDIT: According to Chris Vivlamore on Friday afternoon, Bergfors has been credited with the power play goal in the second period. Thus, he had a pair of goals and Antropov finished with one.

131 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

March 4th, 2010
10:53 pm

August

March 4th, 2010
10:54 pm

Love your writing Rawhide, but the Islander “turd” jokes are becoming dated….

stendek

March 4th, 2010
10:59 pm

Hi Rawhide. The C for crabby is gone replaced by the K for kind. I hope to maintain a milder demeanor on future posts. Although I cannot promise I will be all peaches and cream if the situation warrants a bit of tough love. My sister’s daughter’s baby was murdered with her new baby going in for surgery in a few days. Entire family justifiably on edge. Want best for Thrashers. Do wish them all well. Even though sometimes I want to kick their fannies! With IK and KL gone I am a contended bird watcher. Have a great evening! ++STENDEK++ (With a K) Thanks for asking! Still upset with USA Olympic hockey teams though.

Taggart

March 4th, 2010
11:02 pm

…waiving hat in the air…

What in the wide, wide world of sports is a-goin’ on here???

Matt

March 4th, 2010
11:02 pm

Rawhide-Had a friend offer a ticket and went to the game and I was generally impressed. Puck movement was much better than I remember and the team seemed, at least for the first two periods to be much better at moving the puck out of their own end.

Something looks different, but I can’t quite get it other than the puck movement and possibley the team speed seems up. Thrashers had a nice Powerplay in the 3rd, even thought they failed to score. Count me as cautiously optimistic about this team.

Artyukhin is just HUGE and has speed to boot. That could be a VERY intersting pick up over the long term.

Huge difference in the team from tonite to the last game I attended which was the Crapitals disaster.

stendek

March 4th, 2010
11:04 pm

I LIKE THE TURD JOKES! Keep em coming. Just a different viewpoint much like Cynthia Crosby. Will always hate what he did to USA but would welcome him with open arms to any hockey team I operated. Never liked Chris Chell-e-os. That opinion has changed since he is now one of the guys. Hope he does well. ++STENDEK++ Age? Anyone remember George Blanda? Uh huh!

Rawhide

March 4th, 2010
11:05 pm

August – I’m sorry…I couldn’t hold it back. :grin:

stendek – Please give my best to your niece and I hope and pray all goes well with the surgury.

Matt – Agreed on all counts. What a burst by R2, eh?

R. Stroz

March 4th, 2010
11:10 pm

For those of you wondering what’s going on, well, it’s simple, it’s March and the aliens have returned for their second early spring visit to Blueland.

Lets hope the aliens enjoy the weather so much they stay till May.

stendek

March 4th, 2010
11:14 pm

I certainly will. Thanks. ++S++

R. Stroz

March 4th, 2010
11:16 pm

A few observations:

1. The Thrashers are playing as a TEAM.

2. The Thrashers are close to rolling four lines.

3. There is no way anyone with a brain would get in front of Arty/R2 when he is going full speed. The guy is a full size truck with speed. Hopefully, Slater will introduce Arty/R2 to his piano instructor over the summer to improve his fine motor skills/puck handling.

4. The remaining and new Russian(s) are playing with heart. Very good to see, in fact, they accounted for four goals (yes, I know Antropov is not technically Russian).

stendek

March 4th, 2010
11:25 pm

Bill. Just wish to say one thing if I may. I have no patience or respect for fans who continually defend a certain former captain. They say he did so much during his tenure in Atlanta. What did he do? The Thrashers made the playoffs once with no post season wins. The captain cost the team valuable points with his tiresome figure eight skating act as he threw teammates and goaltender to wolves. Not THOSE Wolves! You, I and other rational Thrasher followers believe he cost the team valuable points with his apathetic play prior to his trade to New Jersey. Add those gone forever points to Thrasher total. The Thrashers would be in firm control of a playoff spot instead of on the fringe having to battle like heck! The captain WAS a cancer to my team. Thanks for allowing me to get that out for others to digest. Have a great evening. Thrashers gave us a wonderful start! ++STENDEK+

Mr. Heat Miser

March 4th, 2010
11:27 pm

Atlanta has a new A-Train.

Rawhide

March 4th, 2010
11:29 pm

For what it’s worth…Kari Lehtonen played his first game as a Dallas Star tonight. He relieved Marty Turco after he allowed 4 goals on 11 shots. Lehtonen entered with Dallas trailing the Blues 4-1 at the 1:50 mark of the second period and stopped 14 of 16 he faced during 38:10 TOI. St. Louis won the game 6-1.

Atlantafanatic

March 4th, 2010
11:34 pm

heres what happened: Bergfors and Oduya added a new bounce to the team. While the departure of Kovalchuk led to the end of an era. An era filled with disappoint ment, one associated with the tragedy of Dan Snyder, one where we attended the postseason once iin which we won no games, and one which was a one man team. Now we are truly a team with a goal in mind and EVERY player is focused on that goal and believes they are as vital to the team’s success as the next guy. This is why we will make it to the playoffs and take a step in the right direction!

James Brown

March 4th, 2010
11:34 pm

I`m old and my eyes are bad but this team looks light years faster than they did a month ago…………much quicker!!

English Teacher

March 4th, 2010
11:35 pm

Wow! These guys look hungry!

Arty looked like a giant Hossa on that goal only he didn’t have to do Mary-Anne’s little skip to get around a defender. I imagine if the kid keeps it up, defenders will be skipping to get out of the path of that big Mack truck!

When Bergfors and Oduya first came over from NJ, they seemed kind of shell-shocked in their interviews. I wonder how they’re feeling now.

Tincup9

March 4th, 2010
11:36 pm

For a decade this team has lacked Consistency – Time to prove it is a new era. Love the streak, more please.

Sharon

March 4th, 2010
11:36 pm

Here’s an interesting read from John Manasso about the Thrashers recent wins and The Ewing Theory…

http://yankeewhistles.blogspot.com/2010/03/thr.html

LAC

March 4th, 2010
11:47 pm

WOW… Impressive since the “BIG” trade… The team is just that a team now, remember a rope with one thread will break, an entire rope will not.

Just much more Interesting to watch play, Where everyone is doing their job and I have seen little, IF any, coasting !!!!!

Satyrday will be a test, so let’s hope things continue to mesh… But a Good last two games,
NO Doubt about it !!!!!!

Brendan

March 5th, 2010
12:00 am

Rawhide, thanks for the Kari update. I do wish him well. I hope he can one day be a healthy and productive goalie in the NHL. As Kari is no longer a Thrasher, at least his failures won’t bother me anymore. But I do, sincerely hope … that his time in Dallas is a fresh, new start for him.

For some people, their 1st marriage is just a flop. And their next one is much better, for having overcome and learned from the 1st marriage. But for others, their next marriage is just as disasterous as the first, and winds up being #2 of 4 marriages in their lives. If not, more. For these folks, they aren’t really any happier with their future spouses as the 1st one. I think, with Kari, he has the chance to make this 2nd marriage, with Dallas, a good one. With guys like Kovy and Hossa, I think they’ll just bounce from team to team. I’d make a friendly wager Hossa won’t finish his career in Chicago, with the Blackhawks. And Heatley won’t finish his career with the Sharks. And lord knows what will become of Kovalchuk. I doubt he’ll become the NHL’s “new” Nikki Zherdev. Right now, Bergfors has more goals than Kovalchuk, since they swapped jerseys.

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
12:15 am

Okay, one miserable streak over…turd flushed. Next: time to shock the Nitty-monkey. DO IT.

StateBird

March 5th, 2010
12:16 am

Hate to be negative but I hope that JA will put tonight’s tape to good use. This game could have gotten out of hand early … for the NYI. In addition to the 21 first period shots they hit 3 posts. Love the 4 lines, new guys and offensive attack but the Thrashers are still the worst team in the league in clearing the zone. Better teams will continue to take advantage of that. Lets clean that up and the Nitti hex should come to an end.

Brendan

March 5th, 2010
12:16 am

With new faces like Oduya, Bergfors, Artyukin, and MacArthur, one might think that these players would need a lot of time to gel. But if anything can be said about two games against the NHL’s underbelly, in the form of the Panthers and Islanders, it’s that these guys are playing as a team. And it is good to see.

Hockey is the ultimate team game.

John Anderson now has his chance to show how well he can truly “coach.” Cunneyworth, too. Remember when I talked about the “depth” strategy? I’ve been doing it for years now, actually. But it’s predicated on having 20 goal scorers who each make LESS than $3 million per year. Bergfors just scored #17. He’s on his way to 20. Finny just scored #20. Colby Armstrong is capable of 20 goals. Bryan Little is certainly capable of 20 goals. He potted 31, last season. Shoot, I’m not even sure Zach Bogosian, alone, won’t get 20, one of these seasons. And he’s a defenseman. But I digress. If Atlanta can procure enough 20 goal scorers, to roll four lines, with some form of identity, like “team toughness” or “team speed,” or “team defense,” then it will be a force in the NHL. And it won’t take STARS or SUPERSTARS to make it happen. And it doesn’t have to break the bank, either.

When each man on the team knows and understands his role, and performs it well, the results will come. And in the end, the best player on our team … will be the TEAM, ITSELF. That’s when we will have arrived. And those teams that can only roll out 2 lines, or 2.5 lines, will lose games to Atlanta, 4-3, because of the “depth strategy.” I’ve always said, “Atlanta might be the perfect market/situation to try it.”

I first talked about it in 2006-07. It was met with, “No, we need MORE Hossas, more Heatleys, more Kovalchuks. Atlanta fans will only turn out for STAR players, because their team allegiances are still with their hometown clubs.” Well, I think that’s changing. I think Atlanta will come out for WINS and TEAM PLAY.

Somaatl95

March 5th, 2010
12:19 am

Looking at the stats for tonight’s game it was great to see that every Thrasher was even or better, no minuses tonight. Truly one of the best games I have seen the Thrashers play since the start of the season.

StateBird

March 5th, 2010
12:25 am

Love the win but if giving up 21 shots and 2 posts in the first period represents “one of the best games” I would hate to see the others.

R. Stroz

March 5th, 2010
12:29 am

Well Brendan, plenty of fans turned out for the Atlanta Flames, when the city was half to a quarter of its current size and had far fewer transplants.

BTW, the Atlanta Flames NEVER had a player named to the NHL HOF.

We just wanted to see a hard working, physical hockey team, kind of like what Poile has put together in Nashville.

BTW, Poile was the understudy to Cliff Fletcher when he was the GM for the Atlanta Flames.

For what its worth, I believe Dudley is making all the player decisions and Waddell has been Rich McKayed. This strategy may work as Waddell is good at working an audience and Dudley prefers to scout and stay out of the limelight.

Whatever it takes, just WIN.

Somaatl95

March 5th, 2010
12:31 am

I call a solid team effort resulting in plenty of scoring (which had been dry for too long) and lots of excitement one of their best games since coming back in Carolina. In November. Especially against a team that we have been unable to beat all season. Was under the impression that my opinion wouldn’t be “put in quotes” if someone disagreed.

“Sorry”

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
12:52 am

Yessss!! Sharks tie it with 7 mins left! Only time ill ever celebrate a Heatley goal. Cmon Sharks!

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
12:59 am

Malhotra with the one-timer!!

Nail-biting time now with 4 mins rem.

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
1:13 am

Well, MTL snatches defeat from the jaws (ha, they got eaten up by the Sharks) of victory!! Thank u San Jose, u just gave the Thrashers the mathematical lead for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conf — the latest in a season the Thrash have been in a playoff spot in 3 years. Now, can they keep it going???

WTFN?

HonkyTonkHero

March 5th, 2010
1:20 am

I got to the game 10 minutes late…yeah…missed alot. We walked in and I heard the horn go off…then I said…I could have sworn I heard them blow the horn twice. Next I went to the beer place and heard the horn go off again…and go three times. Could it be…my team…scoring 3 goals in such a short period of time? Hell to the yea!

Fortunately there was more scoring to be had and I didnt feel jipped. I was very impressed with our new guys and I though the team as a whole played tough. We got a bit sluggish in the 3rd but I’m not too worried about that right now. Moose was the real 1st star if you ask me. His positioning was excellent all night. I have great confidence in him to take us into the playoffs. He won’t quit and he knows what he needs to do.

Bergfors leaves me speechless….R2 made my jaw dropped as he took his towering frame around that Islander and scootched in front of the goal….Schuby took a few dumb penalities but was policing the ice pretty well…glad he is back. Our D was a bit spineless (save Kubina) without Schuby around. Max seems determined to make the best out of his situation…I see no quit in him..his hustle was stellar tonight.

You know..I saw Eric Bolton the other night…said hello..nodded and went back to putting my kids skates on. I was gonna walk back his way and ask him if he had met R2 yet and get his take on things. Glad I didn’t…might have been a sore subject seeing as R2 might be taking his spot in the lineup.

Great game Thrashers! Keep it coming!!!

FormerIslesFan

March 5th, 2010
6:19 am

Following up on RH’s note about Lehtonen playing his first game for the Stars: Did anyone see his mask? If you’re a fan of goalie masks like me, you’ll have to admit that it falls in the “way cool” category: http://twitpic.com/16lvir

TheFan79

March 5th, 2010
6:48 am

Have to win next two games .It is not going to be easy .Carolina has been playing much better as of lately.Go Thrashers.Like this new look.

Tom

March 5th, 2010
7:26 am

REALLY like the look of this team right now. The biggest concern I would have heading down the stretch is experience being in this position and understanding the grind and what it takes. Dare I say it, but it might worth bringing up Chelly for that factor alone. Don’t think this team has much of a chance to do anything really special this year, but next year, especially with some additions in the summer, might be VERY good.

World Be Free

March 5th, 2010
7:35 am

Really funny how the NHL Network talking heads applaud NJ for getting Kovy, but mention nothing about what Berfors has done here. They have been ESPN-ized.

“Arty” is a monster, and with that speed maybe he will blossem here?
MacArthur “The General” is just like Max, in the sense that he needed to get our of buffalo and away from Lindy’s defense-first posture. He’s not a star, but he plays well in both ends of the rink, despite his negative plus minus on defensive team. I text my Buffalo friends that Mac and Max both scored in the first period!

It’s just one game, but it is fun making Jeff Schultz look like an idiot. Sure isn’t hard!

Russian

March 5th, 2010
8:19 am

We went to game yesturday. It was lot of fun. But more important I saw a TEAM. They are not looking for #17 anymore, they scored, passed puck very well. I just loved it. Arty goal was a Brilliant. He is a Full Size Truck, went thougrth and scored. In Russia we used to have ships called Ice Crusher. This a big boat with lot of power. Arty is ICE CRUSHER. I hope we can kepp playing a same level for rest of season. Let’s Go Thrashers! :-)

World Be Free

March 5th, 2010
8:32 am

This team has gotten alot bigger very quietly.

Putting On The Foil

March 5th, 2010
8:36 am

Hey Statebird. Hitting the post counts the same as hitting the side of the net, the boards, etc… ZILCH.

Putting On The Foil

March 5th, 2010
8:41 am

WBF-Agree a lot bigger and seem to be a lot faster. But maybe that is just the new adrenaline rush these guys seem to have.

Rightshot

March 5th, 2010
8:46 am

Did enjoy the game. Have to agree with Rawhide the third was flat. Also agree there were to many shots allowed on net. How many blocked shots did we have?

Brenden – As I have said before, if you can get a team full of 20+ goals scorers, you will make the playoffs more often than not. You just need to keep the shots down on net (as I said above, an issue with the Thrashers) and get an above average goalie. (Hedberg right now. Long term, who knows)

Just to change the subject, anyone know where I can find some Grape Nehi in a bottle?

LAC

March 5th, 2010
8:48 am

WBF, Jeff is NOT an idiot…. waddell is. Now school is out, test Monday.

DWTOO

March 5th, 2010
9:07 am

What a game and EA is a beast – he was backchecking, breaking up the play all night. And that goal was awesome. Hoping the change in scenery helps both and MacArthur(won’t call him the General after “Dugout Doug”).

And we finally seem to be getting some breaks (Isles hitting posts rather than nets) and that’s what happens when you’re playing good.

Need to keep the pressure on for three periods. Starting to like thursdays for more than the $3.00 beer!

Monkey

March 5th, 2010
9:27 am

Three dollar beers and the A-Train! What a great night. Glad that L-Dog made it to the house as well.

Must go open up the piggy bank so we can purchase our playoff tics.

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
9:36 am

Russian – we may finally have a player on the team WORTHY of the nickname “Crusher”…nice going. I like it. How about we keep this going and then re-name the team Thrasherville Ice Crushers!!

Nikita

March 5th, 2010
9:41 am

Jeff’s not an idiot. He’s a lazy hater. Seriously, I finally read his column and it was the same old, same old. He’s rarely, if ever, written anything positive and rarely written anything true.

Addressing other stuff…I said it before and I’ll say it again: the Kovalchuk trade was the right thing for this team. Time will tell how they perform, but they already play so much better.

And, as to the game last night…it was a great game, until they got a little lazy in the third. Butwe won, and that’s all that counts.

Adam

March 5th, 2010
9:42 am

POTF- The difference between the puck hitting a post & and the side of the net is there is no chance it goes in goal when hitting the side, unless a rebound is smacked home, when it hits a post there’s a chance it goes in with no other action from any player on the ice. An inch or 2 one way or the other on those 3 post hits last night and the game is 6-6 going to overtime. Which would have been Un-good!!!

Regardless, I’m loving what I’m seeing from this TEAM. If Bogo starts to “believe” again and steps up his play and with some small adjustments on D-fence I think they will be able to play with the best of’em. The schedule isn’t a very tough one this month and they have a chance to rack some points up going into April and separate themselves from the teams they’re fighting with for a spot.

Russian

March 5th, 2010
9:48 am

**Smoothie** I am with you! :-)

We do not need to change anything on team yet. Everyone is playing very good. Keep Slava, White, Bolton and Pops in press box until we are getting two points.

Savannah BlueFan

March 5th, 2010
9:50 am

Wouldn’t you know this would be the ONE game not televised! I was forced to watch the Rangers/Penguins game on VS and hope for updates during the intermissions (side note: worth the time spent just to see three or four Rangers pile up on Crosby because they felt he dived!) Anyway, the MSG TV announcers mentioned that Kovy only has two goals since the trade but Bergfors has had several. PEOPLE ARE NOTICING!!

ChippersLoveChild

March 5th, 2010
9:52 am

Love that you always write articles after every game and keep the pulse of the Thrashers and their fans going on the AJC, but I could have done without the bathroom humor.

DWTOO

March 5th, 2010
10:03 am

Anyone listen to Bergfors on the post game show. Along with the interview on the ice. He sounds far more composed, relaxed, settled, composed, etc. than the “It is what it is”. Actually seems to like being here.

And note that we have two of the Top 5 Rookie scorers!

Bob

March 5th, 2010
10:09 am

These boys are playing as a team now. That is the key. And, we’re a better TEAM without Kovalchuk. Waddell did the right thing trading him (albeit he did it too late, should’ve traded him at the beginning of the year, but at least he did it).

Now you’ve got 4 lines Coach can roll and the guys pretty much all fit into his system. Consider this as well, there’s $10m that was set aside for Kovy that can now be spent next summer (as well as Kozlov’s money).

This is going to be a fun March, regardless of whether they get in or now, they’re hope again in Blueland. I’m off to check the schedule and get some tickets for some upcoming weekend games, that great Olympic tourney and the new Kovyless Thrash have me excited about live hockey again.

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
10:11 am

DWTOO – better than that…he was absolutely beaming in his post-game interview with Natalie after being named # 1 star. After his first goal, he looked like a kid on Christmas morning. Afterall, Little had pretty much gift-wrapped that puck right on his stick.

There is something brewin’ in the locker room…and finally, it is something other than resentment!! Let’s go boys! Keep this Ice Crusher steamin’ full speed ahead!

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
10:13 am

If Bob’s happy, then I’m as happy as a pig rollin’ in slop! :-) Or a Moose rollin’ in ice chips, if you forgive my silly metaphor.

World Be Free

March 5th, 2010
10:15 am

LAC-the problem I have with Jeff is that he doesn’t do his homework. He is way too “ESPN”; surface reporting instead of doing his homework. This is not new for Schultz and that’s why I think he’s an idiot.

We have all questioned what this team has or has not done over the last 10 years, that’s too easy. You have always done an excellent job of reminding us all who is to blame for the state of the franchise. But tossing cold water on the entire team as Schultz does is inaccurate. The proof is what we saw last night-instant contributions from the newcomers.

Let’s hope it keeps moving forward. Carolina scares the heck out of me-just ask Ottawa.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 5th, 2010
10:28 am

Great interview line from last night-

Natalie asked Bergfors One why the team has came out so strong after the break; his response-

“I guess everybody got a lot of rest during the break.”

Duh

Putting On The Foil

March 5th, 2010
10:28 am

Adam- My point on the hitting the posts is that the Thrashers have had such games where they hit 2 to 3 posts, played an equal or better game than their opponent, but came out on the losing end. All things being equal, those things work themselves out over the course of the season. Go Thrash!

Bob

March 5th, 2010
10:29 am

“There is something brewin’ in the locker room”

yep, the play post-Kovy proves what many of us saw all along, and that is despite the denials, the Kovy contract was a huge distraction and caused conflict in the room. It’s like a dark cloud has been removed. First, Kovy was not captain material, that probably irked some guys. He wasn’t committed to Coach’s system, and he was the most important guy on the ice. He didn’t play 2 way hockey. I honestly will not miss Kovy, and I think we missed Heatley and then Hossa big time, but not Kovy.

Re. Schutlz, you guys need to remember that his job is precisely to be an agitator. Think of him as Sean Avery getting in your grill. He’s paid to stir the pot and get you guys talking and thinking about him and giving hits on his blog. He’s not a reporter, he’s a guy with an opinion who stirs it up to bring hits to the site. Job accomplished, from what I see. Love him or hate him, they don’t care, they just want you to read him and talk about him (and he still has you stirred up days later).

Putting On The Foil

March 5th, 2010
10:31 am

Also, good teams find ways to win, so we’ll see what happens. I think this is shaping up to be a pretty good team. Either way, I’m loving this effort.

DWTOO

March 5th, 2010
10:49 am

Bob – Good points about Schultz – he’s like a talk show host be it sports or politics. His job is to be bombastic, outrageous, etc. That’s how they get listeners or readers. They have to generate contreversy. If you want genuine discussion and thoughtful remarks listen to NPR. And Jeff’s done a real good job of it. At least he’s writing about the Thrashers.

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
10:50 am

Okay, things are going well, but let’s also hope this isn’t “fool’s gold”. My gut, after watching years of bad Thrashers’ hockey, is that this is different. And if JA is reaching these guys without the fear of Russian mutiny, this may turn out very special. However, there is some bad news even during this 7 game stretch of 4 – 1 – 2 hockey. Here goes:

1) Shots Against are trending back up: we have allowed 246 SOG or an average of 35.14 during this 7 games. Perhaps this is a by-product of leading more games and then awaiting the onslaught of shots by the other team. But 35 SA / G is not sustainable. It’s like our country’s current deficit spending…eventually it will catch up to us.

2) Goals Allowed is still too high: the GAA for this stretch is 3.14 (in fact, it’s pi), and if you take away the EN vs WSH, then it’s an even 3.00. Again, the other teams are still getting too many second chances and grade A looks. Of course, our D isn’t good enough to keep the other team to 27-28 shots per night, but 31-32 seems reasonable.

3) Moose is almost 37 and he may start to fade: Moose’s SV% is a sick .920 on the season…way above his career avg. Will it come careening back to earth as we get deep into March? If the shots aren’t controlled, we may be in trouble. 31 vs 35 against is a huge difference. That’s 80 additional shots against. With a SV% closer to .905 or even .910, that’s an extra 8 goals against we can’t afford.

If you ask me, there’s no reason to call up both Chelios AND Kulda. Open try out for the best 6 D-men every night. To hell with the Wolves, they will be fine as they have already pretty much clinched. Schubert is taking too many bad penalties, Oduya seems shaky at times and Bogo is still chasing the puck too much when he should be boxing out. Chelios can help this team now…his veteran presence and leadership could be the difference maker. I want him in ATL NOW, not later.

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
10:52 am

Sorry, there’s no reason NOT to call up Cheli and Arturs. Carry on.

Zoomo

March 5th, 2010
11:06 am

The more I see of Berfors, the more I like. Going to the doorstep for goal #1, and on Antro’s 1st goal Bergie’s sticklift/backcheck in the neutral zone resulted in the turnover that led to the goal, and then a nice shot which Antro tipped for Antor’s 2nd.

The kid has impressed me.

Nikita

March 5th, 2010
11:08 am

*…that is despite the denials, the Kovy contract was a huge distraction and caused conflict in the room. It’s like a dark cloud has been removed. First, Kovy was not captain material, that probably irked some guys. He wasn’t committed to Coach’s system, and he was the most important guy on the ice. He didn’t play 2 way hockey. I honestly will not miss Kovy, and I think we missed Heatley and then Hossa big time, but not Kovy.*

Amen, brother. I don’t even think it was the contract — I think it was Kovy. I’ve talked before about the costs we incurred in keeping Kovy and trying to biuld around him. We’ve really paid for it — by losing players that Kovy didn’t like, by limiting ice time, by treating everyone else as a support system.

And Kovalchuk did cost us Hossa, in large part. Our chances of keeping him were probably 50/50 at best to begin with, but once Hossa was relegated to playing second fiddle to an inferior player the chances went to nil.

But the big reason why I like the Kovalchuk trade is because I like hard work, and I don’t like uneven expectations. And the great thing about Anderson’s system is that it’s built on equal work from more or less equally talented players. It was beautiful last night watching the 4th line. but it was also beautiful watching the 1st. And that’s a wonderful thing for every player on the ice as well as the fans. When everyone has responsibility, we could literally see goals and great plays at any time.

ChippersLoveChild

March 5th, 2010
11:09 am

Pretty much agree with what your wrote Smoothie, good points.

R. Stroz

March 5th, 2010
11:13 am

For those of you that are fairly new to this blog, the Islanders “bathroom” humor blog articles are somewhat of a tradition emanating from this blog many moons ago.

http://www.ajc.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/ajc/thrashersfans/entries/2007/12/04/thrasher_look_t.html

Anyway, its a great way to flush out the Islanders fans.

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
11:22 am

Emanating from many moons??? Gross!

Scotty

March 5th, 2010
11:30 am

Good lord. Somebody turn on the fan for goodness sake!

Christoph Schubert

March 5th, 2010
11:37 am

Heilige kuh! Wer hat eine große bombe hier drinnen fallen lassen?

Putting On The Foil

March 5th, 2010
11:38 am

For all the analyzing being done, while interesting to read from fellow bloggers, I like to take the Erk Russell approach. He would have said, “All I know is 6 is more than 3″.

Nikita

March 5th, 2010
11:44 am

Yuck. I’m ignoring you guys.

So, on another subject, anybody have any predictions about the post-season? Obviously we are in the hunt. Also in the hunt, technically: Boston, Philly, the Rangers, the Habs, and Tampa.

My opinion, and I’m not making a prediction on the Thrash, except to say that if they continue to play well they’re in, is:

1. Boston is in.
2. Philly might actually fall out. They’re riding on an early-season cushion and will really struggle to maintain their position.
3. The Habs may also fall out. Play is middling, and they have more games in than anyone else.
4. The Rangers are struggling. No opinion on how that’ll turn out, because it’s roulette.
5. Tampa is probably out. I see nothing to indicate that they’ll lay substantially better than they have for the rest of the season.

…and if Atlanta makes it in, I hope they get to play NJD. The Devils are riding on early season performance, and we’d have an excellent chance of prevailing in a series against them.

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
12:01 pm

Scotty, screw the fan…I rather prefer the stench of SUCCESS!!!

Game7

March 5th, 2010
12:02 pm

World Be Free

March 5th, 2010
12:04 pm

Nikita-I think the East is wide open aside from Washington and maybe Pittsburgh. Everyone else has issues that need to work themselves out before they can go deep into the playoffs. Atlanta has to learn how to protect a lead, like maybe going to a 1 (one guy in) 2-2 when they have a lead. Boston has not replaced Kessel, Buffalo can’t score goals, NYR can’t put 2 games together, Montreal has too many transplants and NJ has Koval-baggage. Martin Skoula is their trade deadline savior? Ottawa may be a darkhorse in the East.

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 5th, 2010
12:07 pm

I am glad that some of you can accept Schultz as being an idiot. I think you should make sense everyone once in a while, if you are paid to write a column.

Enough about that clown Schultz.

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
12:10 pm

Nikita, my gut tells me the following:

1) WSH (duh 8)
2) PIT
3) BUF (thx to Miller)
4) NJ
5) OTT
6) ATL (yep, I’m going out on a limb)
7) TB (Atl & TB are better than everyone realizes)
8 ) BOS (barely squeezes in on strength of goaltending)
9) PHI (goaltending will be their demise)
10) NYR (chemistry issues & Torts will have them gripping the stix)
11) MTL (they’re not really that good, end of story)
12) CAR (eventually, they will run out of mojo…too many newbies)
13) NYI
14) FLA
15) TOR

Look out Ryan Miller, that’s a freight train comin’ your way ayyyy!!

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
12:20 pm

Wait a minute, didn’t realize Tampa had hit the skids…5 losses in a row?? Hmmm, perhaps I’m giving them too much credit. Okay, Philly’s in as the #8 seed, Bos at # 6 and we’re # 7 instead as we lose out to Boston due to the head-to-head tiebreakers.

World Be Free

March 5th, 2010
12:23 pm

Smoothie-I am not so sold on Buffalo. Too many guys that will not step up. Torres will have an impact, but not a big one. Questions on defense, Butler is getting benched for Montador. They would be in 12th place without Miller.

Time for Lindy Ruff to move on.

World Be Free

March 5th, 2010
12:41 pm

Rawhide-missing Mandy Sutton?

koval-chuckles

March 5th, 2010
12:42 pm

штаны на основании, штаны на основании, будучи похожий на дурака с моими штанами на основании

Mrs. Zoomo

March 5th, 2010
12:57 pm

I was talking to my sister the Devils fan last night and I asked her how she liked Kovy. Her reponse: “I wish he’d score more goals”. Enough said….I like the look of the Thrashers much better now!

thrasherhell

March 5th, 2010
1:09 pm

Rawhide

March 5th, 2010
1:22 pm

Rawhide-missing Mandy Sutton?

WBF – You just now catchin’ that? I assure you…I typed that with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek.

Everyone – Some bafoon from Winnigeg just wasted 10 minutes of showtime on NHL Live asking what was up with the news about the Thrashers relocating there for the 2010-11 season. The poor fool even went so far as to re-hash the entire story to preface his question.

Good Gawd-almighty! Are there actually people up there who really fell for that story and were waiting for the press conference yesterday?

Hollywould

March 5th, 2010
1:34 pm

Great win. I watched most of the Dallas game and Letemin looked (ugh) Looks like my grandad trying to get on his feet after a save. Not a pretty sight. Go Thrash!!!

J.B.

March 5th, 2010
1:35 pm

Sometimes Google’s Translator application is unintentionally humorous…

“pants on the basis of, pants on the basis of being like a fool with my pants on the basis of”

World Be Free

March 5th, 2010
1:37 pm

Bill-missed the Mandy reference on my first read. Shame on me, but I did get a good chuckle 2nd time around.

Flight attendants servicing planes descending into Winnipeg quite often come on the air and note-

“We are approaching Winnipeg, please set your watches back 25 years”. This would explain the abundance if Winnipegers that still haven’t figured out the Thrash are not
moving there for next season.

Yung JB from MTL

March 5th, 2010
1:43 pm

Rawhide- I was watching that and was thinking about all those posters on this blog…wow… And he started talking about that Winnipeg guy’s wealth and saying that he had already bought the Thrashers or ‘Yotes… anyways

As for the game yesterday night… WOW. Thank god for Gamecenter Live! free nights!

Our size and speed can kill… damn!

And Lord are there alot of Thrasher haters! Every sports guy thinks the SE division is about Caps and its rivals! Thrashers, TB and maybe even CAR are in playoff contention… Ahh I just love being an underdog and showing what were really made of!

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
2:02 pm

Everyone, which do you prefer?

Game 1 @ TB Moose Pavs
Game 2 v Car Pavs Moose
Game 3 v Nsh Moose Moose
Game 4 @ CBJ Pavs Pavs
Game 5 v NYR Moose Moose

I prefer column 2 since we’ve been giving up too many shots lately. Even Johnny said in the post-game that Moose had to work too hard last night. Hopefully, he’ll drive home that point in practice and the boys will do a better job in front of Hedberg. Give up another 35-40 shots and we are toast vs TBL.

I don’t like this decision by JA to start Moose tomorrow. If Moose gets rested instead, he’s fresh and ready to go against the Canes who’ve owned Pavelec. Then there’s a day off and Moose can come back vs Nashville before resting again for Friday’s Fight Night game against NYR. Plus, we should be able to beat the Blue Jackets even with a shaky effort from Pavelec. I hope I’m wrong, but we’ve given up an avg of 36.5 shots against in Moose’s last 4 starts. Ungood.

Rawhide

March 5th, 2010
2:14 pm

Yung JB from MTL – Serioulsy…I was just shakin’ my head at the XM radio in my office. Sheeze!

Smoothinator – If I may take a stab at your question…were I the coach, I would start Moose tomorrow night. Then, on the flight back to Atlanta, I would go back to Opie and tell him he was not feeling well. Yes…tell him he was sick. So sick that he cannot play Sunday.

Then, once we got back…there would be Peter Mannino already in town since I called him today to inform him of Pavelec’s illness and to high-tail it down here for Sunday’s game.

Paminski

March 5th, 2010
2:33 pm

I am not missing Kovy at all. Who would have thought that we’d get a Berg-force to be reckoned with in trade? Great news on our noobs last night. Scoring is just coming from everywhere. They’re not just standing around looking for Kovy to pass to. Even Toby has been shooting. Very good.

I know some of you aren’t Hainsey fans, but I think he’s a good leader and takes the role seriously. He doesn’t sugar-coat anything. Plus he looks like Aragorn from LOTR and that guy was a pretty decent leader, so why not? I suppose John Anderson is Gandalf then.

World Be Free

March 5th, 2010
2:33 pm

Yung-thanks for your input. History shows us that ignorance breeds hate. Don’t ask me why so many people still have not figured out that the Thrashers are not leaving Atlanta today.

ChippersLoveChild

March 5th, 2010
2:47 pm

I would have played Moose against the Canes and Pavs tomorrow… but I also would have been sitting Todd White two months ago.

Bob

March 5th, 2010
2:53 pm

Smooth, I would play Moose, Pavs, Moose, Pavs, and then Moose in the big game against the Blue Skirts. Then ride Moose the rest of the month till that back to backer at the end of the month.

I am stoked for this month’s run. Just locked and loaded on tickets for more games for the rest of this month than I’ve been to in the past 2 years (no, I did NOT give the Spirit one dime, all StubHub and eBay). There are some great deals out there that I think may be disappearing as this month progresses, so lock in now. I got some great seats for 25% to 50% of face. Let’s fill the arena and root these boys on, the way they’re stepping up, they deserve our support.

Rawhide

March 5th, 2010
2:57 pm

According to Chris Vivlamore, Bergfors has been credited with the power play goal in the second period. Thus, he had a pair of goals and Antropov finished with one.

World Be Free

March 5th, 2010
3:39 pm

Chippers’-question for you
Would you sit CHIPPER is he finishs April with a .220 batting average?

Larry is fading…..

Flagstaff

March 5th, 2010
3:53 pm

Paminski: I always sort of thought that Hainsey looked a bit like Jesus, too.

An excellent game last night. Although I think they got a bit lucky at times, there is no disputing the results. However, Nittymaki will be the real test.

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
4:02 pm

Chipper – looks like we’re in the minority in Pavs vs Tampa. I can certainly see the argument for starting Moose as he generally gives us the best chance to win. I think his ES GAA is right around 2. If we can stay out of the box and limit shots that way, then I like our chances regardless. We cannot give Midget St. Louis too many PP opps to use time and space to hurt us. Also need to use the Marty-Arty Party to shut down the Stamkos line. Be reeeealll physical.

Anyone remember this fight?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZSi3HW3uIM

Now there’s a picture on the picture gallery of those two hugging. Ya gotta love hockey for that reason alone!

World Be Free

March 5th, 2010
4:34 pm

Paminski-does that mean Boris looks like Icahbod Crane?

Somaatl95

March 5th, 2010
4:50 pm

In response to that guy rambling on about winnipeg, he should read this:

http://makeitfour.blogspot.com/2010/03/maple-leafs-are-moving.html

Lee

March 5th, 2010
5:38 pm

Damn, CenterIce was a gift from an angel last night. I was standing in front of my radio trying to listen for 20 minutes, then I got on the computer and I found out that CenterIce was free. I wish I would’ve found it sooner. Great game though!

HookyBob

March 5th, 2010
5:44 pm

FLASHBACK: In the early to mid 90’s Mario reminded me of a Greyhound bus,..big,.fast,… smooth,…and going coast to coast. Artyukin brought back that image last night.

These new guys really know how to make good first impressions. If nothing else it breeds confidence for our boys in blue.

Rawhide: I kinda liked your “razor” line. Certainly, haven’t heard a better one.

The Canes have been hot and should be a good test.

Go Blue,….beat what is left of the Canes.

Rawhide

March 5th, 2010
6:42 pm

HookyBob – You referring to the “Dull Razor” line of Antropov, Bergfors and Little…’cuz it gives you you little nicks?

Brendan

March 5th, 2010
7:03 pm

Antropov is now 1st in points, assists, and +/- stats. http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?fetchKey=20102ATLAASAll&sort=plusMinus&viewName=summary.

He’s 4th in goals. He’s 4th in shot percentage, but hey … Artyukhin being 1-for-1, at 100% and MacArthur Park being 1-for-2, for 50% are responsible for that 4th place spot. Let some games pass, and Antrop will become 2nd or 1st. Antro is 8th in TOI, and 9th for shots.

I’m glad he’s under contract for the next three seasons, even if it is at $4.0 million cap hit. We need him. We need his size.

Adam

March 5th, 2010
7:58 pm

-Bob & Nikita. Right on!!

**Hopping on Soap Box**

In the end, Hossa & Kovy are nothing more than athletes paid to play a “Game”. The difference between them and the teammates they left behind is a self serving, I am better than you attitude. When they should have been playing the best in their contract year, they decided that their ego was too big for the TEAM and didn’t do what they were paid to do. They coasted and played not to get hurt after coming off injuries (Remember, both of them had injuries in Oct.) If they played the game with the same heart and determination that got them to where they are, you can’t tell me the TEAM would be in a better position that is at this time. The months-long contract negotiations that went nowhere, while being locker room cancers, robbed the TEAM and the fans of not only wins but of a respect for each other and a name in the NHL, all the while costing the ownership gate revenue. (Hey I don’t like the AS either, but money in hopefully equals mount out.) For this reason alone, I hope all of you Thrasher Fans always boo the crap out of these players every chance you get because they played the game in a me, my & I fashion that held themselves above their teammates, in what we all know is the ultimate TEAM sport.

If Waddell is truly here to stay, I, for the love of God, hope he has learned these two things.

1) You don’t build a team around a star player; you fit the star into your TEAM!
2) If a player you want on the team is in their last year & hasn’t sighed before the start of camp, you trade their a$$ ASAP!

** Climbing down now ;) **

Smoothie

March 5th, 2010
9:28 pm

Adam – good post!! Amen.

Bill – “little nicks!”….as Ten Spot would say: “brillz”!! I will definitely enter that into my lexicon.

Smooth one out for now…peace!

StateBird

March 5th, 2010
10:09 pm

Nice to watch Philly leave a point on the table in Buffalo. Was a pleasure to flip the channel and watch Kovy proceed to get his pocket picked on the PP leading to a Flames SH breakaway goal!

LAC

March 5th, 2010
11:19 pm

Right Statebird, they showed him skating back to the bench afterwards, head hanging VERY VERY LOW !!!!! It was priceless !!!!

Like his Statue look as he got picked, he just stood there, Gee remember that and he wants HOW MUCH ????? Maybe ^ a year, but NO more.

Tough one in Tampa, and home Sunday, Carolina plays FLorida Saturday night… So both teams travel after their games…

StateBird

March 5th, 2010
11:32 pm

Kovy got his meaningless goal in garbage time to pad the stats. Amusing to hear Chico turn into the biggest IK apologist after ripping him to shreds during the Devils last trip to ATL.

Brendan

March 5th, 2010
11:53 pm

Here’s your Devils-Flames boxscore: http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020953. Kovy wound up “even” in his plus-minus. Kovy was completely at fault on the shorty. His goal just did trickle over the line, past Kiprussoff. I think it’s his first road goal as a Devil.

Brendan

March 5th, 2010
11:55 pm

Few Devils were backchecking tonight.

Dwayne

March 6th, 2010
8:08 am

AK2010, Thrashers are 4-1-2, Devils are 2-4-1, coincidence?? I think not.

Lee

March 6th, 2010
8:21 am

Kovy trips over his money. He can’t even score. Yeah, last night, he scored, not really. The goal was a little trickle goal and yet he celebrated like Zach Parise tying the game in the Gold Medal Round. He’s like a desparate man trying to get a woman…..idiot.

Puckhead

March 6th, 2010
2:24 pm

I believe most games are won or lost in the second period. If my figuring is correct we have gone from 56 for and 71 against in the second (prior to The Trade) now we are 66 for vs. 72 against. This mirrors our 4-2-1 record and the one 2nd period goal against was in the loss against washington.

ex-STH

March 6th, 2010
2:59 pm

The THRASHERS are finally playing as a TEAM. I’m so glad its no longer the “Kovy lead Atlanta Thrashers”. But I have a question….what are they going to do with Kozlov, White and Boulton from here on out??? It shouldn’t have to be pointed out that since the Kovy trade, we gave up only 2 starters (Kovy and Samella) and got 4 starters in these past trades. Thursday night’s lineup should stay the same the rest of the season with the only change bringing Chelios up to play next to Bogo instead of the poor decision making, high penalty risk in Schubert. I like Shubert but I think he is just trying a little too hard right now and Bogo could possibly use a little of that Hall of Fame defensive experience (remember how Bogo grew as a player when paired with Schnieder?).

NYC

March 6th, 2010
4:17 pm

Does anyone know of a good spot to watch the game – in town? Was going to check out Diesel in the Highlands (heard they actually support the team), but I thought I remember someone talking about a place that was in East Atlanta??

kracker

March 6th, 2010
6:33 pm

NYC, Twains in Decatur is a hockey sports bar.

Twain’s Billiards & Tap
211 E Trinity Pl, Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-0063

http://www.twains.net/

kracker

March 6th, 2010
6:42 pm

Is there a TJ’s viewing party tonight?

Rawhide

March 6th, 2010
8:01 pm

But I have a question….what are they going to do with Kozlov, White and Boulton from here on out???

ex-STH – In my opinion…given the talent on the team and the way they’ve played of late…White and Kozlov should never see the ice during a game for the rest of the season unless it’s an emergency start due to injury or illness. Boulton could get some spot start, though.

Is there a TJ’s viewing party tonight?

kracker – None that I’ve heard of, but I’m sure the game is on there and anyone looking to gather to share the game with other thrashers fans will have a good time.

stendek

March 6th, 2010
8:34 pm

Guess all this talk about the playoffs has upset the Thrashers. Talk about a completely disappointing opening period! Johan Moose Hedberg did everything right on first TB goal only to have braindead Thrasher slacker kick the thing into his own net. Not on Moose. Second and third goals WERE! This team can rarely overcome one marshmallow tally. LET ALONE TWO! Thrashers scored first then totally lost interest in the proceedings. Playing as if this is an exhibition bout not a must win matchup with potential playoff implications! Thought the new team attitude would be evident against TB. A team ready to curl up and die!Guess I was wrong. I cannot adequately express my utter disdain and disgust with the Thrashers after 20 minutes. Time now to throw caution to the wind. Two regulation points are required! Take chances. Storm the net! Fire the puck toward Nitwitki at every opportunity. No shots attempts result in no goals! Shoot the puck. Often! Hope the Thrashers of new reurn for second period. If old Thrashers are back then so are any possible playoff aspirations! Moose has to pitch a shutout from here on out. If not then bye bye post season! ++STENDEK++

stendek

March 6th, 2010
9:15 pm

Bye bye playoffs! The new Thrashers were a mirage. These are the same heartless Thrashers! Any faint playoff hopes were extinguished when the netminder allowed that penalty shot. Looked real bad doing so too! Fully expect them to get waxed on home ice. Absolutely nothing positive to look forward to from here on out! So disappointed. Thought team had grown some kahunas. Sad to see how wrong I was! Does not matter if Moose keeps total at four goals. Damage already done. Thrashers are history! Pity. ++STENDEK

kracker

March 6th, 2010
9:23 pm

I know someone who’s in his cups again.

stendek

March 6th, 2010
9:42 pm

Johan Moose Hedberg is not the answer! Five goals? Completely unacceptable. Powerless play. What a disgrace! Thrashers got their wish. Their vacations will begin at close of regular season! Totally heartless debacle. Not one of Thrashers competed with grit, intensity or intestional fortitude. So ashamed of entire team! On to America’s Most Wanted! Losing streak has begun. Where will it end? No one knows. Time for Pavs. Plus a transfusion of heart! Good night. ++STENDEK++

Brendan

March 6th, 2010
9:42 pm

It’s 5-2, Bolts. Niittymaki’s streak looks to be intact. What is it now, 16 in-a-row? Oh well. They still have some time left in this one, but if it’s a 4-point swing loss, it’s on to the next game, to try to make up these points.

kracker

March 6th, 2010
9:46 pm

The last offsides call against the Thrash was BS…Pevs has a skate on the blueline until McArthur advanced the puck over the blueline. This was on the last Thrash PP, mind you.

LAC

March 6th, 2010
10:16 pm

Boy What an EGG we laid in Tampa, Look for another loss tomorrow night as Carolina will be hungry
after losing… NO Playoffs again !

Rawhide

March 6th, 2010
10:23 pm

This was definitely a disappointing loss…but it doesn’t doom the season. However, it makes tomorrow afternoon’s game with Carolina that much more important. Need a win as Boston won earlier today…thanks a pant-load Islanders!

The Rangers did lose to Washington, though…so that helps.

Tonight, I’ll me watching the Kings and Monteal play…rooting for LA, of course. But that will not keep Trixie and I from working late into the night…getting tomorrow’s Sunday Thrasherville Times delivered to your cyber-doorsteps.

R. Stroz

March 6th, 2010
10:59 pm

But that will not keep Trixie and I from working late into the night

So how does Trixie keep an “over the hill” guy like you “up all night”?

Nikita

March 6th, 2010
11:28 pm

1. Very disappointing game tonight.

2. But officiating was awful. Many of those penalties were spurious.

Bob

March 7th, 2010
12:15 am

got to beat the Canes tomorrow now, must win.

Yung JB from MTL

March 7th, 2010
12:45 am

must win tomorrow, we got an edge on everybody since we have the least GP… Real bad officiating, kind of a game to forget. If we win tomorrow and one of NYR or MTL loses, we might get a big time advantage. Go Blue!

stendek

March 7th, 2010
1:42 am

GO THRASHERS! No more stinkers like the way in Florida. PLEASE. Losses of that kind tend to bring bring back days when cancers were in control. Hi Moose. How about a couple of consecutive shutouts to erase nightmare of that KL like debacle? Just a thought. ++STENDEK++ Time is of the essence. Putrid play NOT an option!

stendek

March 7th, 2010
1:46 am

Hey Thrashers! John Andereson has provided all of you with a proven winning system which works. Execute it! Laziness results in outcomes like the one against Tampa Bay. Darn! ++STENDEK++ The coach cannot PLAY for you!