Can Thrashers stay off ‘the cart’ and continue quest for playoff Holy Grail?

The Thrashers simply refuse to get on the cart. You know…like the old man in that classic scene from Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

Bring out your dead…clang!

Bring out your dead…clang!

Uh-huh…this is the part where the Cart Master is collecting the dead during the Black Plague and a “customer” looks to take advantage of the situation, ridding himself of an old man, (probably an in-law). Problem is, he isn’t quite dead yet and doesn’t want to go…much like the Thrashers of late.

“Here’s one”, says the customer. “Nine pence”, replies the Cart Master. “I’m not dead yet”, begs the old man.

I tell ya, I’ve seen this movie 100 times and it still makes me laugh, and this scene is simply hysterical.

“Ere, he says he’s not dead”, objects the Cart Master. “Yes he is”, responds the customer. “I’m not”, cries the old man.

Cart Master, “He isn’t”? Customer, “Well, he will be soon. He’s very ill”.

Then the old man insists, “I’m getting better”!

“No your not! You’ll be stone dead in a moment”, snaps the man carrying the old geezer.

The Cart Master then protests, “Oh, I can’t take him like that. It’s against regulations”.

Then gramps whines, “I don’t want to go on the cart”.


And like I said folks… as I look a these Thrashers over the past few weeks, their resilience…their ability to cling to life as the NHL grim reaper reaches out to clutch on to them…their uncanny nack of snatching new life from the jaws of certain death…is nothing short of remarkable. They just don’t want to go on the cart it seems…no matter how much some have tried to toss them there.

And yeah, recently I have been one of those who have done just that…just like the guy with the old man over his shoulder.

You see… a number of times in the past few weeks this Thrashers team has worked it’s way into a position that, with a win, they could possibly find themselves on the other side of the playoff window…on the inside instead of outside looking in. Earlier in the month, just after a 6-3 win over the Islanders, they were “right there”…but fell flat in Tampa the very next game which began a five-game pointless streak. Then nine night’s ago a win against the Bruins would have gotten the Thrashers back into eighth place, but they were whacked 4-0. And just last Monday night a win over Carolina combined with a Bruins loss to Buffalo would have done the trick…we got the Sabres win, but fell flat against Canes, losing 4-1.

Each time I thought for sure they were dead…given up the ghost…assumed room temperature…kicked the oxygen habit… gone Tango Uniform…fallen off the branch…kicked the bucket…and I shoveled dirt on ‘em knowing what lay ahead once we got to the month of April.

”The playoffs have left the building”, I insisted…”Stick a fork in ‘em” I said, “They are done”!

But as sure as hell is hot, each time they seemed to have run down the curtain and join the bleedin’ choir invisible…they popped right back to life, thrown off the sheets that covered their face and jump off the gurney while being wheeled down the hall to the morgue screaming “I don’t want to go on the cart…I’m not dead yet”.

Call it a bad case of premature prognostication on my part…it’s something that happens to guys at my age I’m told.

And just as our own mortality awaits us all, we have come to the beginning of the end, the dreaded last five games that we’ve known would certain come. And now the only question left to be answered in regards to this 2009-10 Thrashers season is…will there be life after 82 games?

Last night, they got some more life support extended to them from our friends in Carolina as the Hurricanes slipped past Montreal 2-1. The Canadiens still remain two ahead of the Thrashers, but now they have one fewer to play…five, just like Atlanta.

Truth be told, I’m still skeptical…I still think they’ll fall just short given the road ahead and we’ll look back on games like last Monday’s disappointing loss to the Canes all summer and ask ‘what if’ for six months. But I do hope to heaven above that I’m wrong.

Tonight, we begin to find out the answer one way or another as another cart comes around…this time while the Thrashers are in D.C.

Bring out your dead…clang!

Let’s see if indeed they are “not dead yet” and still have enough fight in ‘em, se if they can stay off that cart once again and continue their quest for the Holy Grail of a playoff birth.

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April 1st, 2010
9:50 pm

Well, if you wanted to know what the playoffs would look like this year for Atlanta, you just saw it. And no, that’s not some “snide” comment. Here we faced the #1 team in the NHL, in their barn, and lost by one (1) goal. It was, unofficially, a playoff game. If we get in at #8, we will face Washington. And see more games just like this one. A 2-1 loss. That’s still respectable.

What? It is. Are you not paying attention to the President’s Trophy race? The Washington Capitals ARRRRE the #1 team in the NHL, per the standings. We faced them … and lost. By one (1) goal. Hey, where are Pavelec haters? Look at his last three games? Has he “failed” us?? No, not really. The result is most unfortunate. But look what’s happening tonight. The NY Islanders defeated Philadelphia, 6-4. The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Buffalo, 4-2. Carolina is up on Ottawa, 3-2, with 5:00 left in regulation. Boston lost to Florida, 1-0. Another game where the Bruins failed to score in regulation time. Tuukka Rask is saving that team.

So? So, we’re still only two-points back of Philly, Montreal, Boston, etc. However, let’s not forget that the Rangers have games-in-hand on Atlanta and are only two-points back. They could easily leapfrog us. There’s even still some shot for the NY Rangers to be the #8 seed. Have I heard ever mentioned just how WEAK the Eastern Conference is this year?? Well, I just did it again.

In the race for #5 seed out West, Nashville and St. Louis are knotted at 2, after two periods. Detroit is leading the Blue Jackets, 3-1, with 8:00 left in the 3rd.

Get The Puck Out

April 1st, 2010
10:18 pm

Watchin the Thrashers this past two weeks is sorta like the movie where they are getting initiated into a frat house in Animal House- THANK YOU SIR MAY I HAVE ANOTHER– THANK YOU SIR MAY I HAVE ANOTHER — THANK YOU SIR MAY I HAVE ANOTHER!!!!


April 1st, 2010
10:20 pm

Sorry for the lack of any Ranallo Warning…but here is a new blog to discuss tonight’s tough loss.

R. Stroz

April 1st, 2010
10:21 pm

Rawhide, stop slapping Cheli’s head.

World Be Free

April 1st, 2010
10:56 pm

Get the Puck Out-great Animal House reference. Now that is a quotable movie!