It’s another Sunday morning in Thrasherville…and things have definately taken a turn for the better since the last Sunday Thrasherville Times was delivered upon your cyber-doorstep. Three HUGE wins and an overtime loss point against some pretty good teams has allowed the Thrashers to work their way right back into the playoff scene, as we’ll discuss below.
But before we open up this weeks STT, I would like to take this oppertunity to give a big shout out to a very nice young lady that I met at Taco Mac last night after the game. Kendall is a sophomore at Woodward Acadamy, a soccer goalie and she and her dad shared a table with Kracker and I as we gathered to celebrate the big win.
I thouroughly enjoyed our chat about Kari Lehtonen and other keepers in the NHL. As she correctly points out, his issues are between the ears and if he ever gets over that he can use his new chance with the Stars to be the type of goalie many think he has the potential to be.
Also, it was great to see Greg…who played hockey with my oldest tax exemption a few years ago. Greg’s grown up and a freshman at college now, as my son will be next year. Yikes!
One last thing, I’ll apologize in advance for today’s Thrasherville Times being a tad thin. I was down for the count these past couple days with a head cold and that limited the material. The Divine Mrs. R cleared me to go to Saturday night’s game just 3 hours before puck drop, however it was understood that I was not to stay up late with Trixie and the rest of the staff to add more to it… or no TJ’s Sunday night.
Therefore, I shall obey doctor’s orders and turn in early so I can join all those that gather tonight for what is sure to be a very exciting game.
What A Week In Thrasherville
Well…what a difference a week can make, eh? Just last Sunday morning the Thrashers were licking their wounds after a 5-2 loss to the Rangers, riding a five-game losing streak and facing a week in which four-playoff caliber teams were heading to town.
Things were looking un-good in Thrasherville indeed.
But with Saturday night’s 5-2 win over the Flyers, they finished the week netting 7 of 8 possible points and we wake up this Sunday morning to see they are one…count them, ONE…point out of the eighth and final playoff spot. And get this…if the Rangers beat Boston this afternoon, when we gather at TJ’s tonight it would be to watch the Thrashers try to leap over the Bs into that final playoff spot.
Oh…and Tuesday night the Boston Bruins come a-callin’.
Colby Armstrong scored twice in the win against Philly, following up his two-goal, three-point performance in Thursday night’s win over Ottawa. Nik Antropov had a goal and assists as well and amassed five goals and three assist during the week. Bergfors and Little also scored for the Thrashers. Toby Enstrom had a pair of helpers and was a +3…Clarke McArthur had two assists and was a +2…and Pavel Kubina finished a +3 on the night.
And what about that Todd White? He scored no goals and had but two assists since Sunday, but he is a +5 in the last two games and played some very good hockey doing so.
The Thrashers currently ride a three game win streak on the back of the Moose. Johan Hedberg stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced for his 19th win of the season. He’s now 19-13-5 with a .914 SV% and 2.67 GAA.
Atlanta went 3-0-1 and outscored their opponents by a total of 17-10…17-11 counting the gimmick point awarded in the shootout loss to Phoenix Sunday…and have played themselves right back into the playoff picture.
Good week in Thrasherville…but we need another one starting tonight.
Antropv Having Himself A Career Year
Last summer Don Waddell and the Thrashers went out and signed forward Nik Antropov to a four-year deal. The addition, it was thought, was due greatly because one Mr. Ilya Kovalchuk wanted him here …and bringing him in would better the team’s chances of signing Kovy.
Kovalchuk is gone but Antropov remains…and Nik has taken over the role of the Thrashers’ leading scorer. Heading into tonight’s game with the Flyers, he has racked up a total of 22 goals and 41 assist in 67 games played. The 63 total points are a career high for Antropov…bettering the 56 he put up for Toronto two seasons ago. The 41 assist are tops for him as well. His career high in goals is 26, set during that 2007-08 season also.
He’s currently riding a 4-game streak in which he’s netted 2 points.
Equally as impressive is the team-high +17 he has. Up to now, his highest +/- rating for a year was a +14 set in his rookie season back in 1999-00.
Since Kovy’s departure, Antropov has produced 9 goals 12 assists in those 15 games.
Kovalchuk is currently a +3 for the season…+1 while with Atlanta and a +2 in New Jersey…and the best season he’s ever had in this category was a -2 put up during the Thrashers playoff season of 2006-07.
Nik may have been brought in, in part, to help retain the services of the team’s top offensive producer…but he now finds himself filling that role himself.
Nice to know he’ll be around for another three seasons at least.
Just In Time For Spring Break
In case you missed it, spring officially arrived Saturday afternoon…and it sure felt like it with temps hitting 70 and the sun shining. And while we are still focused on Thrashers hockey and their push to post-season play, one cannot help but be reminded that summertime fun at the pool or beach is not too far off.
With that in mind, the NHL’s official on-line store, shopnhl.com, has unveiled a new line of officially licensed bikinis that allow ladies to wear their team’s colors while working on their tans.
There are two different designs. One is by G-III which offer up the swimwear for fans of the Sharks, Blackhawks, Capitals, Bruins, Rangers, Red Wings, Penguins and Flyers. The other is by Calhoun which will have Montreal and Toronto fans looking good as well.
Now, I’m quite sure this will be a big hit with the dudes out there, but Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski wonders if it’ll be a hit with the gals as well…or is it a marketing blunder in the making.
Trixie is currently on the phone with Shop NHL trying to find out when the Thrashers bikinis will be available, so we already know she approves.
The official editorial position here at The Thrasherville Times…two thumbs wayyyyyyyyyyy up!
Quotes of the Week
“It wasn’t pretty, but two points are two points. That was a big win and a big confidence boost for us” – Johan Hedberg after Tuesday’s 4-3 win of Buffalo
“He’s so big, it’s like an eclipse of the goalie” – John Anderson on Nik Antropov’s 2 tip in goals vs. Ottawa on Thursday.
“He had the Andy Sutton hat trick tonight. Get beat on a goal, throw a dirty hit, skate away from a fight invitation” – Ben Wright (via twitter) on Andy Sutton’s performance against the Thrashers Thursday night.
“We know our position. We know what’s at stake every game. We’re just trying to worry about ourselves and win games” – Colby Armstrong after Saturday night’s 5-2 win over Philadelphia.