Bruins beat Thrashers ‘All over the ice’

Normally when I make my way back to the twin cities of Kennesaw/Acworth after a Thrashers game at Philips Arena, by the time I park the car in the garage and make my way upstairs to the office I already have something rolling around in my noggin about what to write about. A title…a cutting remark…a pseudo-humorous twist on what played out before us…something.

But tonight, all I really have had before sitting down to the computer was…”Well, that sucked”.

Eric Boulton battles the Shawn Thornton in Tuesday night's 4-0 loss to the Bruins (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Eric Boulton battles the Shawn Thornton in Tuesday night's 4-0 loss to the Bruins (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

This Thrashers team had spent the past five games working their way back to the point they found themselves in…playing energetic and inspiring hockey…getting to within a point of the Bruins for the 8th spot in conference…and then played about as flat of a games as has been seen around here in quite some time in being blanked 4-0.

“We looked very nervous with the puck,” coach John Anderson said afterwards. “I would say in the two years I’ve been here, this is probably one of the most meaningful games we’ve played. We just weren’t doing things like we have been the last few games.”

They were beaten to loose pucks, out worked and out hustled for the better part of the evening. Boston, on the other hand, looked like a team that came in with a plan, put it to use on the ice and skated like a team desperately wanting to keep hold of there position in the standing.

As Johan Hedberg put it, “They beat us in every situation. They beat is in face offs, goaltending lose pucks. They beat us all over the ice”.

The Thrashers did get one good opportunity to turn their fortunes around, though. Late in the second period, trailing 2-0, Colby Armstrong was awarded a penalty shot after being fouled on a break away chance. However his shot upstairs was denied by the glove of Tuuka Rask…who stopped all 27 shots he faced for his second straight shutout of the Thrashers.

Last December 30 he and the Bruins also blanked Atlanta to the tune of 4-0.

Failing to get the score to within one going into the second break, just minutes later they allowed the Bruins to up their lead to three with just second remaining in the period. The Thrashers had iced the puck with under 10 second left…lost the face off…then the puck was deposited through Hedberg for a 3-0 Boston lead.

Game…set…match.

With the loss, Atlanta is left 3 points behind Boston and with one fewer game left on the schedule than have that Bs.

Well, At Least YOU Showed Up

I had the pleasure of sitting in section 120 with a “lurker” as well as regular contributor to this on-line forum “Bob” and a friend of his. Also, I enjoyed meeting so many of you who made their way out to Philips, regardless of the outcome.

Nice to see a lot of the fans show up for such a big game…I just wish the players in blue would have also shown up.

A Chat With The Kiss Cam Couple

Prior to the game I, as well as another regular poster on the blog, had the privilege of chatting with the Bennings…a.k.a. “The Kiss Cam Couple”. It was not the first time I got to talk to the charming couple, but it was for my friend who spoke with them in CNN Center.

I can tell you that the Bennings…who have been season ticket holders since the very beginning in ‘99… are flattered by the reaction they get when they are shown on the Kiss Cam. They are equally flattered in learning that so many of you have already sent in letters expressing your desire to see them honored with this year’s 7th fan award. Their ticket rep was present and confirmed they have received a number of nominations on their behalf.

T.J. … who grew up in the Atlanta area… reacted modestly at the concept of winning the award. But his wife Maria…who came here from Cuba after Castro took power…asked my buddy what would happen if they did indeed win.

They were told that they would be presented the award on the ice after the last game of the season, given the jersey of any player she wanted and would be the 7th Fan for a whole year.

She put her hand on her husband’s shoulder and said, “Oh, wouldn’t that be wonderful”.

I hope that my friend who spoke with them will chime in with “the rest of the story”…I’m sure you’d all love to hear it.

113 comments Add your comment

Nikita (in PA)

March 24th, 2010
1:13 am

First!

And yes, that sucked. It just goes to show that the Thrashers are totally into humiliating me. Every time I get someone else to watch a game with me, they lose.

Wayne stuck in AL

March 24th, 2010
1:18 am

Ladies and Gentlemen, damen und herren, meet your “Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Thrashers!”

BTW: Where was everyone? With all the hype, there were only 14,000 in “attendance”…Either people had the foresight to see what was coming, or maybe we don’t deserve an NHL team after all.

Ron Mexico

March 24th, 2010
1:22 am

This game was a complete dud in every way possible. We folded under the pressure like a cheap tent, but give Boston credit, their D and Rask was unflapppable. But don’t lose hope yet people, we got Toronto Thrusday night and I’ll be there in the building cheering them on, and you all should be too. Hopefully the boys will erase this lackluster effort off the ‘ol memory banks and come out smokin’ in the first period like they have been during the streak. Go Thrashers!!

stendek

March 24th, 2010
2:44 am

DAD GUM IT! Sincerely. ++STENDEK++ Now get some rest friend.

Tony C.

March 24th, 2010
4:28 am

Seriously yall come out Thursday-maybe the boys won’t be so surprised to see more than 3K people on a weeknight THIS time….

hockeyman3944

March 24th, 2010
5:00 am

I went down to Phillips expecting to see a playoff atmosphere…what a shock! 13-14k in the stands, a mausoleum. The Thrashers were gutless, they looked like they played their best hockey in Philly and thought the Bruins would roll over. I’ve coached hockey a very long time, and to see a defenseman ice the puck with 8 seconds left in the period when he was 5′ from the red line was inexcusable. Play comes back, face off lost, goal with 3.5 left in the second…game over. No checks were finished…ever. What kind of break out is it when our forwards are so high, they’re practically standing beside the forecheck?
No guts, bad system, no hustle, no urgency…I paid $100 to see this? In a supposed playoff run? I would have put a boot up some of these over paid prima donnas arses between periods and Anderson says, “We looked nervous?” For the whole game? C’mon John, get in there and kick a trash can in the locker room, show some emotion…you only have a small handful of games to get these guys attention…playoffs mean money, prestige and to get some fan support from far too patient fans.
Get with it!

TheFan79

March 24th, 2010
6:38 am

Where was the team last night .

Smitty

March 24th, 2010
7:18 am

Very ill-prepared team last night. I thought Artyuchkin might have set the tone for us when he clobbered a Bruin early and then sacrificed himself at the Bruin blue line to set up a good scoring chance for us also early on. But that was it.

No motivation and IMO that comes down to coaching. Biggest game in 3 years and we get to see this. I do not care that this was the third game in four days. I know a lot of you like Hedberg but I think we should have gone with Pavlec. This organization has a bad habit of tinkering with the minds of their young goalies. They did it with Kari and they seem to be doing it with Pavlec. The kid played lights out on Sunday and he rides the pine the next game.

Giving up four goals to the Bruins is inexcusable. I listened to a sports talk show from Canada yesterday on Sirius and I chuckle that mention was made that JA be considered for coach of the year. After last night I think not.

Missing Kovy!

March 24th, 2010
7:23 am

Good night Waddell. Out go the lights.

Bluenote

March 24th, 2010
7:29 am

Playlist for the trip home last night: That Smell (Lynyrd Skynyrd/Street Survivors). Nuff said.

With a nod to RStroz for some of the great stuff I lifted, here’s what I sent in for the 7th man nomination. Use or lose as you see fit, or as the rules permit.

The elderly couple, the Benningers, routinely seen on kiss cam should be your pick this year. Here’s why:

Action speaks so loudly there is no need for words sometimes.

As fans, they continue to support the team through thick or thin. Love lasts. As people, they demonstrate extreme devotion to each other. Ask any regular if they know where the “old couple” was on a night they were absent you’ll get an automatic concern from people who don’t really “know” them. Still we do somehow. A little something is missing when they aren’t at the game.

Despite obstacles, they continue to attend games and have won the hearts of many fans. Why? Because they represent all that is right with marriage: longevity, a passion for life, and compassion. Anyone who has seen Mr Benninger wheeling Mrs. Benninger to or from the arena doesn’t need to look up the meaning of devotion.

The short version is, they inspire us to be better human beings, by being a loving couple, devoted partners and true fans.

They aren’t getting any younger and there might not be an opportunity for a “make up call” if the officials miss this one.

Honor Mr. & Mrs Benninger this year

moriler

March 24th, 2010
7:37 am

I think what we saw is a young team that’s almost there, but not quite. The difference between this time and the last few times we’ve had to see “young teams” in Thrasherland: this team has the talent and just needs the experience. (The last few times, the teams had talent that didn’t have any potential.)

As much as you might try to remind these kids to not look at the standings and pretend that 8th place wasn’t on the line for this game, everyone in the locker room knew it was — and it was obvious. The Bruins certainly knew, and I’ll bet Chara and Recchi reminded them of it right before the game… but that’s veteran leadership. And that’s the one thing we really don’t have right now, a veteran leader. Perhaps Antropov will be asked to shoulder that mantle soon; I think that would work well, as obviously he has a good sense of “knows when to stand on it”.

Let’s see how they respond. Philly is in freefall right now, and Montreal has lost two in a row. We have teams coming up that have nothing to play for but pride.

HookyBob

March 24th, 2010
7:41 am

This team sort of reminds me a car with water in the gas. It runs fine and then sputters for awhile, then runs good again.

Last night was the sputter,… pull over to the side of the road sputter. Bruins beat us bad on the boards and stopped us cold at their blueline. Throw in Tukka Rask and less than perfect play on our part and you have a 4-0 final.

Gotta give them credit though they came to play and played a near perfect road game. Who’d a thought they were a mere point ahead of in the standings? Two penalties all night.

Bob,..it was my pleasure to meet you. Always good to meet someone whose blogs I look forward reading. (Also, glad you didn’t call me Sparky :) )

Good to cross paths with Rawhide and Strozzer as well. Wish we could have willed some offence for our guys.

Here’s hoping the Boys in Burgandy get the water out of the gas for Thursday night. I’m looking forward to the new roster Leafs.

DWTOO

March 24th, 2010
7:49 am

The team was just flat last night. As JA was quoted yesterday they were holding the sticks too tight. It doesn’t look good, but, we are playing meaningful games in March and have another chance on thursday.

Captain4

March 24th, 2010
8:04 am

Well I am being courted by my account manager for next year’s season tickets and then last’s night game was sort of played. I came to the game in a playoff mode of thinking and the emotion that goes along with it. I expected a sell out crowd for the one of the most important games of the season. What was I presented with: a team that forgot the importance of the game, they played like they left their game plan in the locker room, there was no emotion or a hockey team on the ice, and then the crowd. I expected to have to wait to get a drink, something to eat, and a wait in the men’s room. But that didn’t happened it looks like those that didn’t show up knew something the rest of us didn’t. This team is making my decision about season tickets perhaps alot easier. I have given up hope but it is getting harder. With all that said I still support the Thrashers and them making the playoffs. GO THRASHERS!

Red Light

March 24th, 2010
8:11 am

You have to hand it to Moose and Hainsey who are always spot on about what just occurred. They’re pros and don’t get caught up in ifs and buts like their coach. The loss doesn’t spell the end and the negativity should cease. They got themselves back into contention when most thought it was already over. A couple wins in the next 3 games and they will remain in the hunt. As the players are quick to point out, this is just one of 82 games and they have to play them all. They can’t get too high after wins or too low after losses.

If nothing else, last night’s game should prove that no matter how big the game is in the media’s and the fan’s minds, the opponent has as much to say about a team’s performance as the team itself. I don’t think they were flat, nervous or got outworked, they simply got beat. And guess what, they’re going to get beat again.

You can come out of the locker room with your hair on fire, bang people all night, play hard and still lose. Like I said last night, the Bruins have playoff experience and played like it last night. They have scored four or more goals in a game just seven times since Dec. 23, and three of those times it was against Atlanta.

jimbo

March 24th, 2010
8:15 am

I have been a hockey fan for over 40 years and have had season tix in several cities. This is most CLUELESS management I have seen in those years. Forget the ASG ownership who were apparently born Hockey Clueless, but Waddell and Anderson have no notion of strategy, defense or motivation. My wife and I left after the second period last night after watching a team get hammered by a team with a defensive strategy and a match-up strategy that is apparently “foreign” to Teflon Don and Johnny Boy. Folks, we have good talented young players on this team that get absolutely no direction from the “brains” other than to run around and hope for the best. Boston, Buffalo, the Devils, Collumbus, Pens all know how to turn up the offense and tighten the defensive screw when its needed. DONNIE AND JOHNNIE HAVE NO CLUE. I am about to e-mail my rep and tell him that I am old of here until the inept duo is out of there. Turn off the lights, the party is over.

Jeff

March 24th, 2010
8:17 am

I wouldn’t have minded losing so much as how it went down….no fight at all (except for Bolts, of course). It’s been 10 years of this, fellow fans. I see no light on the horizon as long as the ownership and mgmt stay as they are.

Mr. Heat Miser

March 24th, 2010
8:21 am

Todd White on the PK – are you fracking kidding me?
Why is Popovic still on this team?

DB

March 24th, 2010
8:21 am

Rawhide, you must have been looking over my shoulder as I texted my wife after the game because those were my exact words.

Rask played a whale of a game last night but the Thrashers were listless. The neutral zone trap worked in preventing us from moving smoothly. Philly looks to be in a free fall with some tough games ahead so they may be the ones to shoot to overtake.

HonkyTonkHero

March 24th, 2010
8:26 am

Horrible game. I blame this one on the coach. When he saw the game that the Bruins were playing he needed to react by changing our style to match it. The Bruins played a similar game that the Preds played a few weeks ago against us (3 on the blue and two sweeping the neutral). This was not a night to try fancy neutral zone passes. Carry it to the neutral zone, have your forwards either breaking or line up on the blue line, dump and chase. Then you have to win the battle of the boards (something our players were not willing to do).

Being that the team looked like lost puppy dogs I think this is a coaching malfunction. We wont be able to play our style of game every night. Anderson’s one style of offense wont cut it…nice when it works but smart coaches will play us like the Preds and Bruins did. If we cant adapt then game over.

Each player looked like they were trying to do their own thing. As coach you have to call a time out, refocus the team and give more ice time to the guys that get it.

Ok…done armchair coaching…going back to work.

jimbo

March 24th, 2010
8:36 am

HonkeyTonkHero- right on. Anderson’s so called system is simply “RUN AROUND AND HOPE FOR THE BEST”. It is not adaptable to what the other team is doing and it has no defensive component in it. Too bad, because we have some talented young guys who could use a dose of the “trap”.

Trash

March 24th, 2010
8:41 am

John Anderson’s system can not be sustained in the NHL (AHL maybe but not in the NHL) and he appears to know not what to do when things on the ice do not work well (like last night). Once things get out of control it becomes a free for all and is very difficult to regroup which has happened several times this season. Once JA’s positioned is vacated you will not see him coach in the NHL again.

World Be Free

March 24th, 2010
8:46 am

I did not get my hopes up yesterday, so I guess I am not let down too much. Give credit to the Bruins; they were never out of position, they played well asa a team. Claude Julien is one of more underrated coaches in the game. Chara was everywhere and he never left the ice.

Maybe the Thrashers should take note of how a playoff team plays in crucial games. The Thrash tried to take over physically and Brunes just brushed them aside.

The biggest issue I had last night was the same issue I had Saturday; guys stopped skating, just standing there waiting for the puck of “waiting” for the opposing player to come to them. Nervous I guess, most of all, just a poor effort by some of the key players.

Give Boston credit for playing a great road game.

R. Stroz

March 24th, 2010
8:48 am

Bluenote – Superb,absolutely superb.

Get The Puck Out

March 24th, 2010
8:50 am

Their defense was better, thus preventing our offense from scoring and rask was very good. But we should have adapted when our offensive setup was not working, not to mention defensive play. Nervous is fine for the first five minutes, but you have to settle in to your game. Gotta play better.

Tincup9

March 24th, 2010
8:53 am

…”Well, that sucked”.
perfect Rawhide. captures the moment exactly. They were ‘nervous’ and outworked on a Tuesday with 10 games to go? What exactly would they be expecting in round 1 vs the Caps? This is it boys. This is what you play for. Either dictate terms or have them dictated to you.

Bluenote

March 24th, 2010
8:57 am

TX Stroz….just reworked some of your great thoughts
Is that plagarism? Guilty as charged if it is.
Hope the front office gets many more like it

kracker

March 24th, 2010
9:00 am

Nikita – “Every time I get someone else to watch a game with me, they lose.”

That happens to me too and it did again last night. Some people took advantage of the cheap ticket email I sent around at my workplace. The were nice enough to say they enjoyed the game anyway.

Was anyone else half expecting the Bruins to score after we iced the puck w/ 7.5 seconds remaining in the second period? I turned to the guy next to me and said “They’ll probably score now.” Btw, he was in a group of visiting Sharks fans catching the game. I apologized for them not seeing a better game.

Bob

March 24th, 2010
9:04 am

Bah. Way to stink up the place in a big game. Mabye we can wait three more years to have another big one, this season is over, folks. They are behind the 8ball now and would have to win out to get in, and that’s not going to happen.

Some team’s systems give us fits, and Boston is one of them. For Coach not to recognize that and to come with his same system just played into Boston’s hands. Unfortunately, Carolina is another club who’s system gives us fits and we have what, 2 of the games left against them. Say goodnight, Gracie.

rob

March 24th, 2010
9:11 am

I guess you get what you pay for. Paid good money to see the boys play and brought the kids along Sat for Philly and POW!!! Took Jason’s most amazing link offer and got 2 tix for under $4 and UGH!!!
How an entire team can take the entire game off throughout the season is completely mind boggling. JA’s lame excuses are making it hard to accept. We have the talent here, but where oh where is the “accountability”? When it is obvious the whole team is flat, HOW ABOUT A TIMEOUT AND AN A$$ CHEWING RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF EVERYONE? If a player can’t get the team to step up, then who does it fall on? It is frustrating to sit there watching this and not seeing someone step up.

Rawhide,
On another note, can we find out how to get some input on the dam organ guy and thrash? I mean, there was a good crowd there and at first we were loud, but then the crowd got nervous and quiet. The end of the 1st and throughout the 2nd they needed it loud in an attempt to get things going but got ZERO help getting things going. The chants went dead, a few started but didn’t really get going. Then in the 3rd when the game was obviously out of reach, they start trying to get things going! WTF is that about? We need someone to get in there who sees when to try to get things going. It wasn’t just last night, I have seen this quite a bit at games I have been to in the past as well. Anyone else notice this too?

On an end note, the team is going to lose games, that is part of it. The way this team is losing games is what is disturbing to me. Still time left, but the lack of sustained effort for long periods of time will have to be addressed if we miss the playoffs IMO.

Get The Puck Out

March 24th, 2010
9:12 am

THN’s Ken Cambell says that the Thrasher’s are for sale and anyone buying would look to move them in two years to maybe Seattle and the NHL would not stand in the way. WTF?? Go to the THN and check it out. I hope their’s nothing to it. We may be a struggling franchise, but it’s OUR struggling franchise.

Jeff

March 24th, 2010
9:14 am

Goodnight, Gracie! :)

Russ

March 24th, 2010
9:14 am

It looks to me like the Thrashers will need 14-15 out of the possible 18 points remaining to get in. That’s a pretty tall order with the teams left on the schedule and the fact they tend to crap the bed in big games every time they get back into the race.

Smoothie

March 24th, 2010
9:31 am

Okay, after reading most of the comments here I have decided to give the edge to coaching…as the culpable cause of our demise last nite. Why do we never seem to learn against the CBJ’s and NSH’s of the NHL?? Perhaps next time we play against a trap team, we should drop into a 1 – 2 – 2 with 4 in the neutral zone right off the opening face-off and let the other team bring it into the teeth of our D.

Badger Bob

March 24th, 2010
9:33 am

Ditto on all the JA criticisms. No fire and no adaptation to what the Broons were doing – that falls heavily on the coach’s shoulders. No support for our dmen when they possess the puck behind our net (as in goal No. 2, with the Toby giveaway). And kracker I did have that exact feeling of doom about the icing with 8 seconds left. I thought we’d survived two periods of limp effort down just 2-0, with a chance to come out fired up in the third. It was all inexcusable.

However, there’s hope. Watching the Philly-Sens highlights is the glimmer. Philly is in such a free fall! They certainly put up a better effort than we did, which makes their shutout loss all the more disheartening. And Gagne is having to fight for himself after Volchenkov’s dirty hit? With Pronger on the ice? That’s a team in disarray, not standing up for each other.

Spud Webb

March 24th, 2010
9:36 am

THUD….wow that was one of the most depressing feelings I’ve had watching sports. Game of the year and we played like Gerry Coonie. Un freaking believable. I mean GAME OF THE YEAR and that is what we get??? accountability anywhere???????????????? Not likely.
Great job by bolts to get that fight going and try to get the boys fired up…too bad NOBODY responded. Penalty shot and colby well…hell i dont even know what to say.
Up side, I was in 112, 98 dollar seats…paid 80 TOTAL for two!! NICE……………….

Somaatl95

March 24th, 2010
9:44 am

As I just said to a co worker, I’ve had bowel movements more enjoyable than that game last night.
That being said, the Thrashers were in fact given the opposite of 3 stars last night.
The Third Turd of the Night “awarded” to Todd White for his brilliant offense, for the Bruins.
The Second Turd of the Night “awarded” to Zach Bogosian for spending more time watching the puck fly past and not, you know, actually TRYING to get to it.
and the First (Golden) Turd of the evening “awarded” to YOUR ATLANTA THRASHERS! On an evening when more people than usual show up for a Tuesday night game you managed to play slightly worse than a pee-wee league caliber team. The few players on the ice who had fire and passion had the bad luck in their teammates who played like they had been taking xanax before the game started. Thanks for 60 minutes of uninspired, steaming hot crap of a hockey game.

I almost wanted to ask for a refund on Tickets last night. The fans with birds on their shirts came to see 2 NHL teams play, and saw only one out there – the Bruins.

Rawhide

March 24th, 2010
9:48 am

Badger Bob- I’m not really one to come here and “blow smoke up anyone’s skirts” with false or blind optimism, but playing off your points here is something to take under consideration.

As Gawd-awful, butt-ugly as last night was, the Thrashers could find themselves back within striking distance bay the weekend…stop laughing… and here is how.

Tonight Buffalo and Montreal play. That means tonight we are Sabres fans…even though just typing that made me throw up just a little in my mouth.

Tomorrow night, if we are able to take care of business against the Leafs, we also hope for a Minnesota win over Philly and a Panthers win over the Habs.

If all that happens, then we will sit at 77 points after 74 games played…Montreal will remain at 79 points with 75 games played…and the Flyers will also remain at 79 points with 74 played.

Then…Saturday the Thrashers go to Carolina while Philly goes to Pittsburgh and Montreal goes to New Jersey. All three of those games go Atlanta’s way and we hold a plyoff spot with seven left to play…Thrashers, Montreal and Philly each with 79 points and we hold tie-breaker edges over the other two given we are 4-0-0 vs. the Flyers and 2-0-2 against Montreal.

Tall order?…Yup.

Do I expect that to all fall into the Thrashers favor?…Nope.

But there ya go.

TableHockey

March 24th, 2010
9:51 am

Sadly for me last night was not unexpected. As pointed out above this is largely a young team with little post season experience and they seem to choke on the big games. Last time we moved within striking distance of a playoff spot a slide shortly followed.

We all knew they wouldn’t win them all and losing to the Bruins will hopefully help them regain their hunger they showed over the last few games before last night.

But in order for Rawhide to demonstrate his Lucky Charms eating prowess we will need to put together an impressive string of wins and someone (Flyers or Montreal) will need to continue their slides.

World Be Free

March 24th, 2010
10:03 am

Get The Puck Out-THN, like other Canadian sports outlets has their own agenda concerning the Thrashers and other U.S. franchises. Like moving the team to Regina is going to solve all the problems. We need a product.

Smoothie, Badger and Jimbo-I think what it comes down to is that some coaches can figure out how to beat the Thrashers, while others cannot. The old statement that a good defense beats a good offense applies here. I don’t think Anderson is the worst coach in the league, but I suspect his team cannot adjust when facing a team that cuts them off at the pass. We start to do dumb things.

Example-Hainsey’s icing with 7.5 seconds left in thew second period. I looked at Mrs. WBF and said “now we are in trouble”. 2 seconds later, it was 3-0 and the game was over.

I wrote yesterday that we had to get out front, we could not play a low scoring game with Boston, that if it was 0-0 near the end of the 2nd period we were in trouble.

A Jim Mora Sr. once said- “Playoffs, Playoffs, who said anything about playoffs! I just hope we can win another game”!

Rightshot

March 24th, 2010
10:04 am

I am generally disgusted at the lack of effort, play, gumption and lack of anything other than the thrashers version of the ice capades last night. Moose looked shakey for most of the game. Whole team looked out of sorts, ie not fore checking, catching up to the play, running around in their own zone.
There were only 2 things I enjoyed about last night. The $3.50 tickets (Thanks again Jason) and members of the blue crew coming by our section tossing out t-shirts.
I will probably go to Thursdays game and hope to see better. If things go the way I expect, I will be sitting anywhere I pretty D@&* where I please too.

Savannah Blueland Fan

March 24th, 2010
10:13 am

All I can say is after all that pumping up yesterday (and, again Rawhide, excellent work!), the first thing I noticed at game time was all those empty seats. It filled in a bit towards the end of the first period. One thing Atlanta and Savannah have in common: 7PM start time means you park your car at 7PM and then stand in line to get liquored up for 15 minutes.

“Well, that sucked” indeed. But I have to disagree about the team playing badly. They just got outplayed the old-fashioned way. I will agree that by the third period there should have been some adjustments made somewhere that didn’t seem to be made. BUT–at risk of sounding like a broken record–if the Thrashers hadn’t of gone on that losing streak beginning with Tampa Bay, and won those games like they should have, then last night’s loss would have still sucked but it wouldn’t have been a season-ender like this may well turn out to be.

Smoothie

March 24th, 2010
10:14 am

Even before the first goal, they looked disorganized and tentative. They had one brief flurry of pressure very early on but the quickly fell back into a read and react mode rather than dictate and attack. And there was very little intensity after the first 5 mins. Sigh.

MASHAPlayer7

March 24th, 2010
10:18 am

Dissappointing. We had a great first shift and that was it. JA has indeed showed he can not make game-time adjustments. If we are to make the playoffs, then we will face many more strategies similar to what the Bruins employ.

drajax

March 24th, 2010
10:20 am

Despite the fact that its possible but unlikely that the team will make the playoffs, its time to start thinking about what the team needs to do to improve itself on the limited budget the owners are willing to lay out. What moves should be made? The first move I would make would be to find a successful nhl coach who has a reputation of leading a team as opposed to what we have now, a coach with a successful minor league system. Next, I’m looking for a goalie, either in our system or outside, that will have a goals against average under 2.5 no matter where’s he’s played. Maybe unrealistic maybe not but because of the teams other weaknesses we need a netminder who can consistently shut down our opponents. I also believe we need another forward who is better handling and passing the puck than the majority of forwards we have now. In the last several games I’ve seen to many passes and rebounds missed because the forward couldn’t seize the opportunity to shoot or make the pass to an open player. The team needs help. Maybe with good coaching next year we’ll make the 8th spot. But with the present makeup we’re not going any farther this year or next.

D*mmit!

March 24th, 2010
10:26 am

I had defended JA in the past, because he got more out of the “non-star” players than previous coaches. Many of the games this season nproved to me that the players can compete with anybody, WHEN the coaching staff does their homework. Instead, they DON’T adjust their game, and the team has no chance against certain styles of team when the opposition is on their game. AND I have become accustomed to blaming everything on DW, though that’s still well deserved. Anderson could be an ASSISTANT coach in the NHL, we need someone that knows what it takes to win the BIG GAMES. Thank you, good night.

ChippersLoveChild

March 24th, 2010
10:37 am

I haven’t looked at the stats yet, but I think Bogo was on the ice for at least three of the goals, yes? It’s a shame he has regressed so much this year from where many of us thought he would be. Hopefully it is just a sophmore slump and he can bounce back next year.

moriler

March 24th, 2010
10:37 am

To everyone complaining about Anderson: Who would you hire and how do you know he’s available? And by the way, he needs to be proven talent, not just some random assistant off someone’s bench.

Oh, is dat sum crickets I hear? Dat’s what I thought.

J.B.

March 24th, 2010
10:37 am

i refuse to give up until we are mathematically eliminated. if we are eliminated then next year i will again refuse to give up until we are mathematically eliminated again or make the playoffs. it’s just part of being a die-hard fan; good with the bad and all that crap… for what it’s worth, boston looked much better than I expected them to.

R. Stroz

March 24th, 2010
10:45 am

Is that plagarism? Guilty as charged if it is.

Bluenote – Who cares, as long as the Bennings receive the royalties.

Hope the front office gets many more like it

AGREED