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

jimbo

March 17th, 2010
1:35 pm

O’Rightshot the opening line in your little ditty should be “Oh Danny Boy, the fans, the fans are howling” FOR YOUR SCALP YOU FRAUD.

O'Sean

March 17th, 2010
1:55 pm

Can we send Schultz and Sage to Winnipeg?

O'Toby Shoot The Puck!!!

March 17th, 2010
2:01 pm

Well the title on Schultz article was exciting, but it sure lacked anything meaningful in it!

O'Toby Shoot The Puck!!!

March 17th, 2010
2:02 pm

O’Sean, why stop there? Send the ASG and DW too. Whiney peg can have them all, just leave the Thrashers here!!!

Badger Bob

March 17th, 2010
2:04 pm

While there’s more that goes into selecting a captain than what we see on ice, I’d support having Antro wear it for two reasons: always responsible defensively, which is very admirable in a guy with his point total; and the most recent guy to commit to this team (with apologies to Pevs). He’ll be a source of stability for the next three years.

When considering Slater’s strong game, consider he was also saddled with Charmin and a very lackadaisical Army. Mr. non-existant video coach, please sit those two down and show them what good things can happen when you send the puck at the net and storm the net.

O'Zoom

March 17th, 2010
3:12 pm

>> very lackadaisical Army
I think he really wanted to be moved at the deadline. He has gone back to his passive, slow skating ways since.

Frosty the snowman

March 17th, 2010
3:28 pm

Does anyone else notice that Bergfors always looks like he is about to laugh when bieng interviewed?

O. Stroz

March 17th, 2010
3:39 pm

Does anyone else notice that Bergfors always looks like he is about to laugh when bieng interviewed?

Thats cause hes thinkin about Natalie!

rob

March 17th, 2010
3:44 pm

Frosty,
When he first came over there was a guy from NJ that was on the blog and says he is real nervous.
As for Armstrong…..he has been this way recently after really playing well and if the reason is he wanted out…..I hope they boot him to Whiney peg. But if that isn’t it, I hope he snaps out of it and plays some more hockey because this split personality thing is disturbing. When Antropov first got here I had reservations about him, but he has played some inspiring hockey which the rest of the guys can take stock of…..especially the young guys like Kane, Begozian and Bergfors…and any of the drafts and Wolves who come up. And he seems to be unassuming on the ice when he scores, and takes it personal when something goes wrong. Guess we will see what happens at the end of the year.

rob

March 17th, 2010
3:46 pm

Oh and Trixie, thanks for the O’s in my earlier posts!!!(Toby shoot the puck!!!)

Savannah "Green"land Fan

March 17th, 2010
3:51 pm

I think Oduya also said once that Bergfors is very shy.

EA

March 17th, 2010
5:34 pm

Sage, that sheep thing is so old !!!!!!!

Mrs. O'Zoom

March 17th, 2010
5:43 pm

I think it was the green practice jerseys that brought us the win

Tom Lysiak

March 17th, 2010
6:16 pm

Sage, would you care to contrast the successes of your boycott with the GM you are so obsessed with? OK, I’ll do it for you then. He has had ten years and only has two winning seasons. You got your little peelings hurt by him in 2002 wasn’t it? But, in all that time you’ve masterminded this boycott, all you have to show for it is a few STH reps being dismissed. Maybe your “sheep” should be calling for your wemoval as well. Your record sucks worse than Waddell’s and that is unimaginable. Two monuments to incompetence.

World Be Free

March 17th, 2010
7:49 pm

Army keeps playing this way nobody will want him July 1st, or August 1st for that matter.
Major giveaway last night almost cost a goal-I thought it was Kovy.

World Be Free

March 17th, 2010
8:37 pm

Thank you Tom Lysiak

Sage of Bluesland

March 17th, 2010
8:50 pm

“Sage, that sheep thing is so old !!!!!!!”

Oh, but EA, the rampant ignorance keeps it so fresh–and so appropriate. Now, there are a couple of children following me around, jumping at every chance to show-up Daddy…

It is what it is. It’s almost too easy sometimes…

O'McSeannesy

March 17th, 2010
9:46 pm

I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Guinness.

Stay thirsty, m’lads.

Tom Lysiak

March 17th, 2010
11:09 pm

Daddy doesn’t like being shown up? Then, make it more difficult.

Tom Lysiak

March 17th, 2010
11:10 pm

World Be Free – Go Thrash!! Go Braves!!

Sage's mom

March 17th, 2010
11:38 pm

Time for bed, little Sage.

Brendan

March 18th, 2010
12:12 am

Ottawa’s next. The Sens seem to be struggling a bit, since the Olympic break. Maybe NOW is the best time to be facing them? I suspect it will be Moose in net, but it was Pavelec who made something like 50 saves against them, earlier this year, in Ottawa. I kinda hope we do start Pavelec. Maybe he has their number?

LAC

March 18th, 2010
2:49 am

This stomach flu really sucks…. Hope you guys steer clear !

World Be Free

March 18th, 2010
5:53 am

Sage-
Blah, blah, blah

rob

March 18th, 2010
8:45 am

Brendan,
it would be nice if Pavs could get anyone’s number now, but I think the word on him is out to everyone that you just need to get him moving and he becomes easy pickings. He won’t be much good to us until he figures out his side to side movement…hopefully someone works with him on that A LOT this summer. Otherwise his record of late will continue I’m afraid.

puckhead

March 18th, 2010
8:52 am

Put a shock collar on Pavs and if makes a mistake – ZAP! Start at a level 1 and each game increase until he learns. We could do that with our shooters as well. Player fans on a shot ZAP to his knees he goes.

Badger Bob

March 18th, 2010
9:06 am

LAC – get better soon. If it has you up at 2:49 am, it really must suck!

More powerplay belly aching here: we are 5/37 since the Olympic break (13.5%, which is beyond pathetic, especially against a group of teams that includes 5 of the league’s ten worst penalty kill units). Even more concerning (and as my master Smoothie alluded to yesterday), four of those five have come on the break. Only one – Bergie vs NYI – came when we were set up in the zone. So our best powerplay tactic is to lure the opposition into our zone, then break out quickly. Unconventional. Perhaps JA is basing his PP strategy on Gladiator:

Falco: I have been told of a certain sea snake which has a very unusual method of attracting its prey. It will lie at the bottom of the ocean as if wounded. Then its enemies will approach, and yet it will lie quite still. And then its enemies will take little bites of it, and yet it remains still.

Commodus: So, we will lie still, and let our enemies come to us and nibble.

Rawhide

March 18th, 2010
9:42 am

OK, St. Partick’s Day is now over…time to move on to new business. Specifically, an update on Operation Kiss Cam Couple for 7th Fan.