Thrashers find four-leaf clover and pot a golden victory

Ah yes…it’s St. Patties Day, me pals. Time to put on the greens and let the Irish in ye shine through like the mornin’ sun. Now, if I’m ta be honest ya, there isn’t as much as a drop of Irish blood pulsing through me veins… German/Austrian is the region my kin come from. But on the 17th of March it doesn’t make much difference, now does it?

No…today we are all as Irish as little a leprechaun. And I’m not talkin’ about that pip-squeak Martin St. Louis, either.

And ya know…every time we stumble across this time of year, I’m reminded of an old girlfriend of mine that I knew so many years ago when me pants were not so wide and me hair was just a wee bit fuller. She was a lovely gal with bright green eyes and locks of red hair that flowed in the breeze. She made the best Irish stew, did this beauty of a gal. She would get some meat and potatoes and some Guinness stout. She would serve up the stout…and toss away the stew.

Ryan Miller allowed 3 goals on 5 Thrashers shots and then was pulled after just 5:40 into the first period (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Ryan Miller allowed 3 goals on 5 Thrashers shots and then was pulled after just 5:40 into the first period (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

But she had her one small quirk…she loved to hang out on the concrete slab out back of me house all the day long… a permanent fixture was she back there, very odd.

Patty was her name…Patty O’Furniture.

Now Patty was a sweet lass, but she wasn’t what you would call “bright”…why, it would take her an hour and a half to watch 60 Minutes. Once, right after I was eatin’ some powdered donuts at the computer, she was just sure someone had sent her anthrax through the e-mail.

Aye, but if there was one thing dear Patty knew, it was if you want something really bad, ya sometimes hafta be willin’ to fight for it. Things don’t come easy in life and so ya just gotta dig in yer heels and stand yer ground when someone is tryin’ to take something away from ya.

Take last night’s Thrashers game against the Buffalo Sabres…that, me friends was a good ol’ fashioned scrap if I ever did see one. Kinda reminded me of a Saturday evening brawl down at the local pub…it doesn’t get any nastier that that. After building a 3-1 lead in the first period of play…an chasin’ that stallion of a netminder Ryan Miller from the nets…the hometown boys had to fight for every inch of progress they could get, eventually winning 4-3. That sent the throng from slug-nation home with their heads droopin’ lower than an old man who just spilled his pint on the floor…and the cat got to it before he could.

Ah yes…the infamous Sabres fans, God love ‘em. They come into your buildin’ singin’ and yollerin’ loud enough ya know…but when their boys take a tough one on the chin, they scatter faster than rats when ya light up a lantern in the barn.

Ah, but the slugsters will be feeling their oats again soon enough as their boys continue play next month…and probably into May at least…while our boys again hit the links earlier than would be to our likin’.

A couple of the boys that came from the cold, bitter climes of Buffalo helped to build the lead early on…Maxim O’Afinogenov was the lad that fed the little black biscuit to Nik O’Antropov who then shoveled it in for the first tally of the night. It came just 33 ticks of the clock into the match. Clarke MacArthur would later provide the secondary assists on Finny’s goal that pt the Thrashers up 3-1.

For the night, the two former Sabres combined for one goal, 2 assists and a +2 rating.

But the hero in tonight’s little skirmish was none other than Jimmy O’Slater who tipped home a pass from Nic O’Bergfors…who himself had a nifty little night with 3 helpers and finishing with a +2 rating.

Johan O’Hedberg had another winning effort for the boys in blue. His 29 saves on 32 shots were good enough to improve his overall record to 17-13-5.

Once again the Thrashers rang tunes off of the pipes of Philips Arena…four times I think, much like on Sunday when the Coyotes were in town. That sound is almost as awful as the noise that comes from the pipes…bagpipes…when me dear grandmother decided 86-years of age was her time to give them a try. I tell ya, it’s the tune the old cow died of.

Regardless, it was indeed a very nice win by our boys. So when you’re out celebrating St. patties day later with a pint or two…or fourteen…remember to raise one for them. They seemed to have stumbled across a four-leaf clover in this otherwise field of weeds known as March and it was a good night indeed.

Now, if only the Thrashers can find a way to stash that four-leaf clover in their back pocket and keep it with them the rest of the way. The good Lord knows they’ll be needin’ as much luck as they can.

78 comments Add your comment

A2B

March 17th, 2010
12:07 am

First, haha.

Tom

March 17th, 2010
12:11 am

The winner is the one on the 17th…

GSUFan

March 17th, 2010
12:16 am

I wouldn’t hold your breath, but they are only five out…

Tony C.

March 17th, 2010
12:35 am

ouch.

green words

I’m so not prepared! Nice to see our guys persevere and get the ‘W’…. Hopefully this is something that’ll spark our boys to something close to respectable play. I’m still amazed they chased Miller-maybe he just had something better to do tonight?

Mr Heat Miser

March 17th, 2010
12:40 am

Slugs. Salt ‘em.

Wayne stuck in AL

March 17th, 2010
12:54 am

Green text…almost as bad as that green milkshake McDonald’s used to sell…

Green text…almost as bad as Matt (AmbienCR) McConnell always calling a former Thrashers player “Paddy Stefan”…

Seriously, if it weren’t for the Buffalo fans showing up tonight, the “attendance” would’ve been below 10,000…

Barry

March 17th, 2010
2:56 am

“…when me dear grandmother decided 86-years of age was her time to give them a try. I tell ya, it’s the tune the old cow died of.”

ROFL. Man that’s hilarious! Ah I always enjoy going to these games with the Sabers. Even better when we get to send those transplant fans home looooosssseeeerrrrrs. I love how the boys started the game with a lot more urgency and playing like they wanted it more. I hope this helps build their confidence and they play like this every game for 60+ minutes because honestly that is the only way this team has a chance. It’s not going to be an easy road, especially with April’s schedule coming up (which will make most Thrashers fan pee their pants…or drink REAL heavily…not necessarily in that order).

Tony C.

March 17th, 2010
4:29 am

Barry-gotta agree with you-we’re still not seing a full 60 minutes out of the squad; who knows where we’d be in th standings if they did???

I did like the breakout tonight-BIG improvement from last week-if the boys can tighten up a few other rough edges and start playing a full 60 minutes, they might do something with what’s left of the season.

EA

March 17th, 2010
7:04 am

McDonalds has the green milkshake back for the “green season”. A 100 percent Irish girl wishes all of you a Happy St. Patrick’s day on the morning following a great Thrashers win. I would have loved to see those Sabres fans run out of the rink although like you said Rawhide, they definitely have the post season to look forward to soon.

World Be Free

March 17th, 2010
8:05 am

Remember us transplants that made the transition to being Thrasher fans over being Sabres fans. Sat next to a chick last night that called be a traitor for crossing over to the Thrash. I told her I am an Atlantan now, so I cheer for the home team.

Great game by Jimmy Slater-BIG hit on Tyler Myers, which was a game-changer. Game winning goal when he WENT TO THE NET. Jimmy’s not that big, but he sure plays big. Slater, you have converted me-time to get Jimmy’s name on a long term contract.

Buffalo proved that they are nothing more than a collection of third liners with a great goaltender. And when their great goalie is average, Buffalo can be had on any night. Just shows you what a goalie can do for a team’s fortunes.

It would be great to be in Buffalo today for St. Patrick’s Day. Buffalonians never need a reason to drink-just stand outside Gorin’s before a Buf-Atl game and see the constant flow of beer drinkers. Lotta Irish Pubs in Buffalo-today, everyone is Irish.

Riceowls8891

March 17th, 2010
8:09 am

Bill – you are the best. I laughed loud enough for the guy in the next office to come see what was wrong.

And the boys in blue are only 3 back, as they get the Bruins next tuesday. (Maybe 4 depending on tie breakers. ) The fat lady is on the stage, but she ain’t singing yet. (Okay, she’s singing but I’m ignoring her).

rob

March 17th, 2010
8:10 am

Good effort last night, glad it paid off with 2 points. Efforts like this give us an idea of what this team is capable of if they could just find a way to be consistant! Nik has quietly and unassumingly become the team leader here, anyone else think he should get the “C”? He is playing hard at BOTH ends of the ice. Can someone please show Toby the replays of all the goals that are scored all season as result of a defenseman SHOOTING the puck!!!

World Be Free

March 17th, 2010
8:26 am

rob, like you stated, the offort was there last night. Jimmy wasn’t the only player going to the net. Everyone worked, even Bogo had a good game.

Gotta feel good for Max getting a goal against his former team. Too bad he hit the post on the empty net.

O'Rawhide

March 17th, 2010
8:35 am

Riceowls8891 & GSUFan – Yes, there are just five in back of the 8th spot now…but I tell ya, they won’t be makin’ the playoffs this spring. If I’m wrong, I’ll eat a whole box of Lucky Charms…though me nose!

That bein’ said, I do hope ta see more effort like last night the rest of the way though. Expecially that first period. They were all over the Sabres like me dear ‘ol Aunt Martha was a dinner plate. And she was a big girl, me Auntie Martha…why, when she went swimming, she left a ring around the lake!

Willy O'Rightshot

March 17th, 2010
8:38 am

Top of tha morning to ya Rawhide. (Ok that’s enough of that)
Did enjoy the game. I think Moose is starting to show some wear from being in net all the time. It’s a matter of concern considering the alternative.
Really enjoyed watching Slater. Have bben a fan of his from the beginning but he has really stepped up since sitting the beginning of the season.
Hope to see much more of last nights type of play.
Happy St. Patricks day all! Since I don’t drink, will some one have a couple for me? Thanks. :)

Red Light

March 17th, 2010
8:50 am

Was it Don Waddell or W.B. Yeats who said?

“Being Irish, I have an abiding sense of tragedy which sustains me through temporary periods of joy.”

O'Scotty

March 17th, 2010
8:57 am

I would have called the Slug fans cockroaches, but rats fit the bill too. Either way it’s always fun to watch them scamper out of Philips faster than lightning when they lose. Wish they could be more like the cool Buffalo fans like World be Free and Spudd Webb are here.

Great win last night. A little to late, but I’ll take it.

World Be Free

March 17th, 2010
9:04 am

O’Scotty-thanks dude and remember, we only have 10 years of frustration in Atlanta. Buffalo has 40 years of frustration! Makes Sabres’ (and Bills’) fans pretty crazy for a winner!

Dwayne

March 17th, 2010
9:31 am

ever the optimist, or sheep, depends who is reading this….If we win 13 more, we’re in.

O'Thrashy Thrashy

March 17th, 2010
9:39 am

Faith an’ begorrah, da Trashers won a game last noight! On that note, may all yer St. Paddy’s Days be filled with copious amounts of the most spirited libations. After all, ’tisn’t worth workin’ without a pot o’ gold whiskey waitin’ for ya at the end of da day.

Tom Lysiak

March 17th, 2010
10:02 am

WBF, let me echo O’Scotty when he compliments you. As a native Atlantan, it is nice to see a “transplant” adopt the local team. I readily admit I have no experience living in another city and having to decide where my loyalty lies. I would hope that at some point I would just wake up realizing I was growing fond of the local outfit. Who knows though?

The other thing is this. I have no issue with fans of other teams cheering for their team. I wish there were enough Thrasher fans at games so they couldn’t get in in droves, but oh well. It is the way they cheer that labels them. I got into it with a couple of Ranger fans last year or the year before. They were making comments about how stupid and unknowledgable Thrasher fans are. After going at it, we all settled into the game. They came up afterwards, shook my hand and apologized and told me they knew they are —holes. I told them that is ok, just don’t try to prove it every game.

To me, the Penguin fans are the most arrogant. After the last time they were here, my girlfriend and I made a pact to miss those games. She hates the way they act and she is from PA. We will not be attending the final home game of the year. I am too old to be fighting and too old to have to defend her. HD at home for certain teams is the ticket!!!

Christoph O'Schubert

March 17th, 2010
10:23 am

Es ist sehr schwierig für mich zu versuchen, sich Irish anzuhören. Aber den Sabres anhängern verlassen das gebäude so traurig war wert zu ein ganzer topf des golds!

O'Smoothie Boy

March 17th, 2010
10:33 am

So where is the old Deadhorse Stooge to scold and admonish all of the thousands of silly and stupid Sabres fans who dared to defy his wisdom by coming to the game and there by subsidizing the madness that is Thrashers hockey?? Do they not realize Don Waddell is a lifeform lower than the serpents St. Patrick led out of Ireland??

I wonder when the one half of STH that are really Sabres’ fans in Thrashers’ clothing will wake up and realize how foolishly they are spending their hard-earned money? Don’t they understand their money is better spent supporting Georgia State football or the Gwinnett Gladiators? What a bunch of short-sighted fools!!

Badger Bob

March 17th, 2010
10:38 am

Perhaps its the Irish brawler in me, but I love it when there are a few of the enemy around (though don’t go changing back on my account, WBF). Makes it a little more intense than, say, a Florida game. Sabres and Flyers fans top my most obnoxious list.

Nice to win, but without a PP we haven’t any chance of post-season. To repost from last night, has JA just completely given up on the idea of a powerplay? PP Unit 1: Max, Antro & Bergie. Doesn’t that sound a bit like our first line? And PP Unit 2: Pevs, Little and the General. Wait, that sounds like our second line! Did JA even notice when we had powerplays? How about parking Arty in front of the net? How about throwing Kozzy a bone and seeing if he’ll spark something? No imagination, no discernable system, no chance of long term success.

Oh, and I’d really like us to re-sign Max. If we were willing to sign the defensive disaster that was Kovy, we should get this guy tied up for 2 or 3 years.

Badger Bob

March 17th, 2010
10:46 am

O’Smoothie – niiiice! But you know we won’t hear from the Stooge until we lose. Perhaps his KY jelly comment got him in trouble with some sheep that don’t appreciate his advances and he’ll be silent a little longer.

Barry

March 17th, 2010
10:47 am

Speaking of the power play, I think everytime Enstrom touches the puck the whole arena should just start yelling “shoot! shoot! shoot!”, then maybe he would get the message. I swear that kid is afraid to shoot on the power play.

Spud Webb

March 17th, 2010
10:47 am

WBF…you know this as well as I do…year after year no matter how bad the thrashers are and no matter how good the sabres are, the thrashers play them SO WELL. I dont, DONT understand how the thrashers don’t play like this everygame???????????????????? Can anyone explain this???

rob

March 17th, 2010
10:49 am

Tom,
It is always sad to see “fans” supporting their team acting like idiots. It is one thing to have a good natured rivalry, see who can make more noise, or whatever, but to turn it personal all over a game is just pathetic. Unfortunately I see it happen all too often also. Sad they can’t see the line between fan and idiot, and therefore make all the good fans of a certain team look bad to others. Whenever I take my wife to the Sabres game and we see some of their fans acting like idiots, I tell her “now you see why I left” with a smile.

rob

March 17th, 2010
10:52 am

Barry,
You may be on to something there, since obviously the coaching staff won’t tell him to pull the trigger more often!!

World Be Free

March 17th, 2010
11:09 am

Tom, thanks dude, the Thrash are my #1 team now, Sabres 1A. Sabres fans are just enthusiastic for their team and hungry for a winner. No town needs a winner more than Buffalo. The city gets dumped on for being a cold and dreary plus not having a winning team since the 1964 AFL Champ Bills. Tough living in a town that loses 4 Super Bowls and 2 Stanley Cup Finals. I heard the Ranger fans were real jerks Friday night.

This is my home now-gotta go with the home teams. Just got back from Spring Training with my son-Go Braves!

O'Smoothie Boy

March 17th, 2010
11:12 am

Badger Bob – no doubt…our PP is pathetic. Not sure if they have any idea of what they want to do. Then again, even on Sunday when they were shooting more, they still couldn’t score in a normal PP fashion. Didn’t both PPG come on the mini-rush or transition back up the ice. I honestly think Popovic has a better sense of when to pull the trigger. In fact, at even strength last night, there was a sequence in which Pops shot the puck 3 times in a 30 sec stretch. Once was blocked, but he just kept slingin’ it putting pressure on the Lalime and the Sabres D. He and Oduya seem to have a quicker release and they don’t worry about how hard the shot is, they either flick the wrister or they shorten their backswing on the slapper. Not rocket science. But I guess when you’re so accustomed to playing for the perfect pass or play, your D-men become a bit obsessed with passing.

Matt

March 17th, 2010
11:13 am

“ASG may be seeking to sell Hawks and Thrashers”

Oh, dear God, please let it be true and sell to a LOCAL owner who actually cares about and will keep the Thrashers here.(Don’t care about the Hawks. That being said, is there anyone out there with deep enough pockets and local in the economy that could afford to buy the teams and the arena?

O'Rawhide

March 17th, 2010
11:32 am

Here be the Jeff O’Schultz article that our good friend Mattie was referin’ to above

AtlantaFlamesFan

March 17th, 2010
11:38 am

There’s a reason that so many people have moved FROM Buffalo to Atlanta and not the other way around!

O'Bob

March 17th, 2010
11:40 am

Great game last night, that’s the kind o’hockey we need from the laddies!

O'Bob

March 17th, 2010
11:41 am

Why do all the trees in Buffalo lean towards New York City? Cause Buffalo blows!

Sage of Bluesland

March 17th, 2010
11:42 am

“…to scold and admonish all of the thousands of silly and stupid Sabres fans who dared to defy his wisdom by coming to the game and there by subsidizing the madness that is Thrashers hockey??…”

Wow, logic is tough for you, isn’t it?

By your own scribble, these are “Sabres fans”. They are supporting their team when it visits.

My admonishment is with “Thrashers” fans.

Understand the difference? Probably not, so I’ll check in later for the typical sheepset answers from you and your new lapdog, who is enamored with you and follows you around hilariously.

However, I will concede that when “Sabres” fans, “Senators” fans, “Penguins” fans, et. al. do attend Thrashers games, they are ’supporting’ the abomination of an organization which runs the Thrashers. That’s a fact. It’s direct support–but the logic of them attending is completely different than that for a Thrashers fan.

Completely different. But, hey, I don’t expect too much insight from certain folks around here…

Jim Balsillie

March 17th, 2010
11:44 am

Can I buy the Thrashers? Please? Gary, I promise I won’t be as screwy as Octocluster…

O'Smoothie Boy

March 17th, 2010
11:44 am

Alas, tongue in cheek humor is lost on those with limited cognitive abilities.

O'Smoothie Boy

March 17th, 2010
11:46 am

And ‘tongue’ is a silly word. Almost as silly as that Sage Stooge.

Badger Bob

March 17th, 2010
11:47 am

Sage, you’ve completely changed my mind due to the unfathomable depth of your great wisdom. I am now enamored with you. Baaaa….

3stripes

March 17th, 2010
11:51 am

“But, hey, I don’t expect too much insight from certain folks around here…”

That’s OK – we don’t expect any from you.

O'Rightshot

March 17th, 2010
12:03 pm

A Thrasher’s fan version of “Oh Danny Boy”
(To be sung over many an adult beverage)

Oh Danny boy, the fans the fans are calling you
To please step down, say can you please resign.
Oh you have been the downfall of the Thrashers
To dwell again at the bottom of this league.
Oh can’t you tell, we really want a winning team
To get a chance to lift Lord Stanley’s cup.
Oh but with you, the chances are a fading
Oh Danny boy, oh please won’t you resign.

O'Smoothie Boy

March 17th, 2010
12:07 pm

O’Rightshot – nicely done…pint a Guiness for ya!! In the form of some apple cider that is!

O’Bob, Badger, 3stripes – chuckling audibly here at my desk. Well played sirs. Round of Woodpecker Cider on me!

Pittsburgh Pirate Fan

March 17th, 2010
12:11 pm

Same old Sage-you act never changes. Sage and Schultz, one in the same always recycling the same old toilet water. If people want to go to a hockey game to cheer a team, it’s their business. If you have an issue with this, stand outside Phillips and confront people individually.
Yep, we’re all sheep and you my friend are a chicken.

Talk about getting fleeced-the Braves gave up prospects to Pittsburgh for Nate McLouth and his .040 batting average. That trade is WORSE than Coburn for Zhitnik. WORSE!

Frank Wren and Don Waddell-one in the same! We have 2 idiot GM’s in this town.

Savannah "Green"land Fan

March 17th, 2010
12:18 pm

Rawhide–”I’m reminded of an old girlfriend of mine that I NEW so many years ago……” Actually makes sense when you think about it.

But seriously, I’m still stunned that Miller got pulled but even the best can have an off day. I am now haunted more and more by that game in Tampa when I felt they should have pulled the Moose. If we did and had won, is it possible that we would be closer to the 8th spot now? And Rob–I’ve been saying for weeks now that Antropov deserves that “C” more than anyone. Glad to know (Rawhide–read NOW) that I’m not the only one.

But the game last night belonged to Slater! He may not have earned a “star” officially; but he got one in my book.

World Be Free

March 17th, 2010
12:39 pm

Savannah-Sabres were sleepwalking in the first 10 minutes last night, contributed to Miller’s demise. They are norotious for starting slowly; looks like they left their game at a BBQ joint last night!

Shocked when Slater did not get a star, especaially after the hit on Myers.

da 'boomer

March 17th, 2010
1:14 pm

nice article by darren eliot. i am waiting for someone to write the same one about the thrashers…i can dream can’t i?

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/darren_eliot/03/15/phoenix.coyotes.surprise/index.html#

O'Rawhide

March 17th, 2010
1:16 pm

O’Rightshot – Now you’ve gone an’ got me all teary-eyed! What a beautiful little tune ya sung thar.

English O'Teacher

March 17th, 2010
1:28 pm

Why can’t Jeff Schultz write this well? Oh, wait. He’s an idiot, that’s why. Never mind.

Happy St. Patrick Stefan’s Day!