Thrashers playoff hopes on life support after overtime loss in Pittsburgh

If the Thrashers slim playoff hopes were in serious condition coming into the game in Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon…they are now on life support after blowing a lead late in the third and then losing 4-3 to the Penguins in overtime.

The Thrashers had lead 3-2 late in the game and help 1-goal leads three times in the game…1-0 , 2-1 and 3-2.

 With the score 3-2, Jimmy Slater was whistled for a holding call with 2:27 left and the Penguins capitalized on Sergei Gonchar’s power play goal with just 1:14 left before the period ended. The Thrashers then watched the much-needed second point skate away with the Penguins as Jordan Leopold scored 2:50 into the extra time…Sidney Crosby set up the goal with his 3rd assists on the day.

Maxim Afinogenov opened the scoring with 48 second remaining in the first period. It was his 24th of the year, setting a new career mark for goals scored. That’s right…24 goals from a player so “hurting” to sign with a team last summer that he came here for a measly $800,000.

Nicely done, Max!

After Evgeni Malkin tied the score at the 12:05 mark of the second, Tim Stapleton scored his second goal for the Thrashers…just two days after scoring his first. Pittsburgh struck again early in the third on Tyler Kennedy’s 12th of the season, but Rich Peverley put Atlanta up 3-2 just 1:04 later. It was number 22 for the Pevs Dispenser.

Johan Hedberg stopped 31 of the 35 shots he faced and his record is now 10-15-6 on the season.

Two of the Penguins goals came with a Thrasher sitting in the sin-bin, snapping Atlanta’s steak of nine games without surrendering a power play goal…they were 23 for 23 during those games and coming into today’s game had killed off 25 straight since last allowing a power play goal in the first period of their 4-3 win over Buffalo back on March 16.

Going into the today’s game, the Pens and Devils were ties for the Atlantic Division lead with identical 4-26-7 records. The Devils will play tonight against the Hurricanes in an attempt to equal Pittsburgh’s result this afternoon and remain deadlocked with the Pens. The two will not play each other in the remaining four games left on the schedule.

With the consolation overtime loser point, the Thrashers now have 81 for the season. This means the most they can amass is 87…and that’s only if they win all three of the remaining games on the schedule starting Tuesday when the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk come to town. But by that time, it could be all but over for the Thrashers ever-fading playoff aspirations.

The Canadiens have 84 going into tonight’s game against the Sabres and win there would give them 86. They will then travel to Long Island on Tuesday. Three points earned in those two games would mathematically eliminate the Thrashers from being able to finish as high as 6th in the conference.

Boston has 82 points with two games before Tuesday night…Toronto tonight and Washington on Monday. And the Flyers go into tomorrow afternoon’s game with the Red Wings also with 82 points…they will play in Toronto on Tuesday evening.

And then the Rangers will play in Florida tonight. New York will look to take over sole possession of ninth place with a win against the Panthers…moving the Thrashers to tenth in the Eastern Conference.

Going into tonight’s action…Montreal and Philly have four more games while Boston and the Rangers have five. Atlanta has three.

So…the Thrashers aren’t officially “dead” yet…but they are on life support, in serious need of help, the family has been called to the room, a priest has been called and the bugler stands by to play taps.

172 comments Add your comment

Missing Kovy!

April 3rd, 2010
5:04 pm

First! And only?

jimbo

April 3rd, 2010
5:05 pm

How many times does Jimmy “Bonehead” Slater have to take a penalty in the offensive zone in the last five minutes before he gets to sit near the end of a game? The guy may hustle, but he has no hands around the net and takes the dumbest of penalties. Too bad, another good effort wasted.

LAC

April 3rd, 2010
5:06 pm

I agree, slater does NOT need to return next season, he simply is NOT good enough to play here.

Open the spot for someone who will win and score !! No More slater PLEASE !

stendek

April 3rd, 2010
5:10 pm

Playoffs? I love ya Rawhide but playoffs? Playoffs my backside! These quitters do not have any intentions of reaching the playoffs. Is that not obvious to everyone? Dam sure is to me. Forgive carryover but…Used to be apathetic to Trashers. Now I hate them. Every dam one of them except Johan Lehtonen. Moose is moving closer to my hate list after that obvious giveup job in Pittsburgh. The Tennessee Tuxedos were coasting! They were prime to be had. Trashers said no thanks! Any playoff appearances will cause havoc with our golf tee times. So they went bellyup with yet another totally heartless exhibition! Moose let one in shot from Scranton. Even Kari Lehtonen never did that! Painfully evident team wanted to lose. IF THEY CLAIM OTHERWISE THEY ARE DAM LIARS! Allow me to play Devil’s Adocate. I will fake being an apologist! Here goes. Team played well. Yawn. Led most of way. Ho hum. Had Stanley Cup defenders on ropes. Uh huh. Never gave up. Lie. Played with intensity. Lie. Played tough. Lie. Performed well on hostile ice. Zzzzzz. Got some terrible calls. Boo hoo. Team collected a point. Jump into Hell with that meaningless pity point! Now on to more important stuff. Trasher goaltender allowed three marshmallow goals. Three! A KL effort if ever I witnessed one. A high school netminder would have stopped those three goals. No gripe on first power play tally. Hope somebody puts that SOB Malkin in hospital! ASAP. To all apologists. I was going to say go to Hell but I have a better solution. When the Trashers pack up for their journey to Hamilton then pack up and join them. Atlanta does not need the Trashers nor its apologist fans! I am dam tired of these gutless quitters representing my state. To Hell with all of them! ++STENDEK++ Happy Easter to Rawhide, Chris, Moose and all fellow fans who know Trashers are uncaring oxygen wastes who quit on fans months ago!

The Real Thrash

April 3rd, 2010
5:10 pm

Missy Kovy, a Coach, a GM, an Owner.
Shall I go on?

Missing Kovy!

April 3rd, 2010
5:12 pm

Hard not to wonder how if Kovy would have made a HUGE diff in all these one goal games like today’s 4-3, the 2-1 against Toronto and the 2-1 loss against Washington.

We lost our leader and a lot of the energy when he left. http://sportsclimax.com/nhl/kovalchuk-showing-great-leadership-in-atlanta/

Mathematically looking grim but it’s sports and you never know but as you say Bill, it’s on life support.

urm...

April 3rd, 2010
5:17 pm

Hope I can get the ASG to buy me a new remote control.

Charter remote RIP 4/3/2010 we hardly knew you.

Flagstaff

April 3rd, 2010
5:18 pm

It seems the second you think that, maybe, they can do it, they crap out and make you sorry for believing in them.

Brendan

April 3rd, 2010
5:20 pm

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. They’re Pittsburgh. We’re Atlanta. They’re the defending Stanley Cup Champions. We’re the defending posterchild for no accountability, inaction, and procrastination.

Barry

April 3rd, 2010
5:22 pm

Ya Thrashers could have won this game but can’t be leaving Gonchard or whatever his name was wide open to blast a slap shot from the point. Also the refs must have had money riding on this game. Pens got away with 2 slashes, two trips includling a slew foot on Bogosian, then another high stick whack on the back of Bogosian’s head and no fracking calls that I saw. What total and utter bulls**t! I was proud of the boys for hanging tough and almost beating the Stanley Cup Champs on their own ice but the ice was definately tilted towards the Penguins as the officiating again continues to be horrible and inconsistent this year.

Flagstaff

April 3rd, 2010
5:27 pm

And, you know what else? I bet Waddell’s contract will be renewed this summer. This sh!t is going to be great in the eyes of the ASG. Why? Because they don’t care, and they never will. Bettman needs to step in. NOW.

I generally refrain from posting negative comments, but this game just tears it.

Rawhide

April 3rd, 2010
5:28 pm

I just thought of something….a lot of people around here were saying last week that the Thrashers would need yo go 3-1-1 in order to have a chance.

Well…they have the “one and one” out of the way. Now they need to work on the three wins part.

Savannah Blueland Fan

April 3rd, 2010
5:34 pm

Someone PLEASE tell that fat lady to put a cork in it! Her song has become permanently stuck in my head.

Brendan

April 3rd, 2010
5:34 pm

Here’s the boxscore. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009021164

Notice Antropov’s 43rd assist and Enstrom’s 44th assist. Evander Kane had a helper, too.

Mr. Heat Miser

April 3rd, 2010
5:38 pm

A correction Rawhide from your first paragraph. The Thrashers did not blow the lead. The game was handed to the Pens on a silver platter courtesy of Marc Joannette, Tom Kowal, Derek Amell, and David Brisebois. This was the poorest excuse of officiating I have seen in my entire life. Crosby slewfoots Bogosian while the ref is LOOKING STRAIGHT AT HIM and no call. It’s hard enough to win but jebus when you have to skate 5 guys against 9? I guess again Crosby owes that official a favor…….

Jeff

April 3rd, 2010
5:39 pm

Horrible..Horrible…Horrible penalty on Slater. What could he have been thinking?? I like his game the first 55 mintues of play, but sit him until he stops playing like he is in juniors at crunch time. What a back breaker….THEY HAD THE GAME IN HAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

five_hole

April 3rd, 2010
5:39 pm

I’m baaaa-aaackkk! And then I’m leaving again tomorrow. So, for what it’s worth:

Geez, I’ve been gone for a few weeks and look at the changes in the lineup:

Chelios is so old – his first game was broadcast in Morse code!

Chelios is so old – he wasn’t a democrat or republican; he was a whig! (look up the whig party); you’ll laugh later.

This kid Stapleton is so young – his mother is waiting in the stands with fruit cups and juice boxes for the rest of the team. Seriously, have you seen him? This kid can’t start a playoff beard until he hits puberty!

Thanks folks; be sure and tip your waitresses.

So much for standup. I gotta say that was a stupid penalty for Slater to take with 2 1/2 minutes to go in the game. There was absolutely no reason he had to do that. The only reason we had a chance in this game was the Moose. He wasn’t just standing on his head; he was standing on his head on top of another guy that was standing up. We were really missing Kubina (what happened to him, anyway?).
Here’s my shoutout to Bryan Little; hope you’re not hurt as badly as it looked from TV. You had a really tough second season; essentially playing on a line by yourself. Take it easy & rehab in the offseason and hopefully they’ll get you real linemates for next year.

Rawhide

April 3rd, 2010
5:40 pm

Mr. Heat Miser – Thanks for the clarification. I’m down in Florida and I was listening via XM Radio. It was the Pittsburgh feed. I guess the announcers failed to mention that.

five_hole – LOL!!! Nice stand up act.

Somaatl95

April 3rd, 2010
5:47 pm

Penguins had TOO MANY MEN ON THE ICE! 4 as a matter of fact. Most of us fans will bitch and complain but the refs weren’t calling anything against the “Darlings” of the NHL.
Missed a puck that hit netting.
Missed several slashes.
Missed the 2 penguins double teaming a thrasher already down on the ice during the last brawl.
If the game had BEEN FAIR and the “darlings” had been correctly penalized the outcome would have been different!

five_hole

April 3rd, 2010
5:48 pm

You know, I hate to blame the refs. Yes, Mr. Heat Miser You are absolutely correct re; Cindy Crosby on Bogosian. There was at least 1 other penalty they could have called on him. What I thought was eggregious was the scrum, where the only penalty went to Thorburn? Usually it takes 2 to tango. However ultimately, we didn’t score enough and we allowed them to score too much. Bottom line.

hoosier_hoser

April 3rd, 2010
5:49 pm

MM and DE praised the play of the Thrashers, as do others on this board. I saw a different match.

—–From the opening face-off, Pittsburgh had more jump. They were faster to the puck, stronger on the puck and won battles for the puck. Without doing the measurement, I would bet Pittsburgh won time of possession 2:1.
—–The Pens had time and space. The Thrashers had precious little of either.
—–The Pens made tape to tape passes. The Thrashers chipped the puck and hoped someone got there.
—–Pittsburgh valued puck possession. When they won the puck, they made accurate passes to advance the puck and attempt to score. When the Thrashers won the puck, they chipped it out and tried to regroup to defend the next rush. The Thrashers will not be a Stanley Cup player until they value puck possession.
—–Chipping the puck out announces to the other team that the Thrashers have abandoned half their offense and are “on the ropes” on defense. Why provide the opposition with this motivation?
—–Malkin’s goal was the direct result of a Thrashers’ screw up. Enstrom and the penalty killer (maybe Peverly) both advanced the Pens wing. The pass went to the other wing and then back to Malkin, where Enstrom was supposed to be. I was really surprised DE didn’t call out Enstrom on the air.
—–I watched the Slater penalty multiple times on my DVR. He clearly wrapped his arm around the defender, pushed the defender outside and simultaneously pushed himself to the inside position. If the roles were reversed, I would expect the penalty to be called for the Thrashers. As a Slater fan I say Slater made a really boneheaded choice. The only time this play is not a penalty is back in the swallow the whistle in the third period era.
—–I watched the winning goal multiple times on my DVR. It hit off the heel of Moose’s stick and went through the 5 hole. The only explanation I can offer is that Moose was not expecting a shot. He didn’t close his pads until after the puck was in the net.

In watching a lot of sports over a lot of years, I’ve formed the tentative conclusion that this kind of stuff happens when your not as good as the other team and when the other team can pressure you and you cannot pressure them. Bad calls, bad plays and hockey luck get magnified.

All this being said, the Thrashers did well to be up 3-2 with 3 minutes left. Perhaps the played as well as they can play against a superior team.

Somaatl95

April 3rd, 2010
5:50 pm

So Heat Miser and I are talking about this on Facebook earlier and he beats me to posting it here! Way to go, sir!

Brendan

April 3rd, 2010
5:53 pm

“Guess the Points Contest Update.” Okay, here are the current standings in the NHL. http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=con#&navid=nav-stn-conf. With only three games left, at 81-points, the Thrashers will finish the year somewhere between 81 and 87-points. So, let’s see which posters just got eliminated, and who are still alive.

Eliminated: These would be the folks with 88 or more points as their guess. Get The Puck Out, Darren, GaVaHokie, Rawhide, five_hole, viking, Hip Czech, lee, Andrew, Tony C., Toby, Statebird, JLH, Alan R., Thrasher Jim, Scotty, Hockey Biltong, mutton, ben, DWTOO, Smitty, Darkhorse, WBF, Sharon, Putting on the Foil, Thrashers27, FIF, thebigharybeast, dwayne, Dandylions, h, J.B., Mehoff, Jameson, rightshot, Adam, Will L., R.Stroz, Buzilla in CT.

Also eliminated as posters who guessed 80 or fewer points: LAC, Frosty The Snowman, Ex-STH, 12345,

Still alive, in points order, are:

81: Bob, now known as “Joe Friday.”
82: Red Light and Russ
83: Curly, Pam on Weck,
84: BaldheadedThrasher Fan, polskidawg
85: Spud Webb, Brendan
86: Smoothie, HookyBob, Glovesave29
87: 3stripes, Thrashy Thrashy, Denny, Tom (Capital T)

And that’s it. In future blogs, we’ll break down the tie-breakers, such as divisional rank, and Conference rank. And it goes in that order. For example, Tom has 87-points, 3rd in Southeast Division, 9th in Conference, while Denny has 87-points, 3rd in Southeast Division, 10th in Conference, etc. Denny and Thrashy Thrashy have identical picks, but … Denny specified a final standing record of 40-35-7.

Glovesave29 was a points-winner last year. Though Don was the tie-breaker, technically. But Glovesave can claim to have successfully predicted the Thrashers points in back-to-back seasons, if the Thrashers finish with 86-points. Glovesave29 has 86-points, 3rd in SE division, and 9th in the Conference, whereas HookyBob has 86-points, 4th in SE division, 13th in Conference. And Smothie has 86-points, 4th in SE division, and 11th in Conference.

It’s gonna be a fun finish to the “AJC points contest.”

Rawhide

April 3rd, 2010
5:55 pm

Brendan - Yup…I’m out officially with today’s loss.

Dammit!

five_hole

April 3rd, 2010
5:58 pm

Wait; I’ve got more:

Chelios is so old – he didn’t realize he was being called up by the Thrashers; he thought Teddy Roosevelt wanted him to join the Rough Riders!

Chelios just set an NHL record. He’s the 1st player to take to the ice wearing Depends!

Rawhide Please don’t tell Chelios where I live!

Red Light

April 3rd, 2010
5:59 pm

LAC says about Slater: “He simply is NOT good enough to play here.”

Red Light says to LAC: “Perhaps you are confusing the Thrashers with one of the 14 teams that have an NHL caliber roster? Slater can play here and for at least for 15 other teams!”

It was a stupid penalty 120 feet from his own goal, but that’s expected from one of Waddell’s first-round picks.

Brendan

April 3rd, 2010
5:59 pm

Well, it was still a good guess, Rawhide. :)

Red Light

April 3rd, 2010
6:00 pm

Welcome back five_hole. Interesting you show up after Moose lets one go though his legs. Coincidence?

Rightshot

April 3rd, 2010
6:02 pm

A general apathy has come over me. Despite the “good” play of the Thrashers. Unfortunately, I will once again turn to excitement when they hit the ice next Tuesday.

I need help.

Brendan

April 3rd, 2010
6:02 pm

Slater and Bill Guerin? Couldn’t Guerin technically be Slater’s Dad?

five_hole

April 3rd, 2010
6:17 pm

LOL Red Light

Playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs!?

April 3rd, 2010
6:22 pm

March 6 – March 14

6 games, 6 losses. If they had cared about making the playoffs and won about half of those they’d be sitting in a totally different spot then they are now. You got to want to win and knowing that there’s only a month to go in the season you go out and lose 6 in a row … that’s not showing you want to win.

LAC

April 3rd, 2010
6:37 pm

Interesting bit I was sent by a friend in Kansas City… NHL 21, the group there said in an interview
and showed highlights of the Thrashers, there is a 75% chance the team will be SOLD and moved to KC for next season. In the interview on KSHB 41 in KC, the NHL 21 spokesperson said the Thrashers ARE FOR SALE. He made no other claims, except that the Missouri Mavericks,
who play in Independence, at the Independence Events Center, sold out 75% of their games this season in a building with 7,500 seating…. And this is an NHL city without an NHL team…
Adding he hopes Atlanta moves to The Sprint center for 2010-2011 play.

Are the two games next week THE FINAL ones for NHL hockey in Atlanta ? I believe it to be.

As we ALL know, Atlanta STUPID Group and liar waddell have done everything they could to DESTROY hockey here and have done it. At the very least, it will mean THE END for waddell !

Another sad ending to NHL hockey here, but to hear a spokesperson claim the team IS FOR Sale…
Really makes you wonder… If so The NHL will NEVER return to Atlanta… We Shall See !

Lastly red light, slater is not a NHL player, so send him packing !

Matt

April 3rd, 2010
6:37 pm

Snatching DEFEAT from the jaws of victory, AGAIN!! And, WTH Moose? How on earth do you let the OT goal in?? We are cursed.

hawks

April 3rd, 2010
6:42 pm

THE MOOSE SUCKS!!!! ANY HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER COULD HAVE STOPPED THOSE LAST 2 GOALS…..FOR REAL COME ON!!! THE MOOSE CANT HANDLE PRESSURE PERIOD NUF SAID!!

Brendan

April 3rd, 2010
6:42 pm

Matt, the time to address goaltending was the trade deadline, when Moose had his highest value that he’d ever, ever have again in his career.

R. Stroz

April 3rd, 2010
7:04 pm

Although the majority of you will disagree with me, I’d be willing to bet that the Lehtonen trade over the next five seasons will turn out looking dumber than the Coburn for Zhitnik trade.

Just wait.

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April 3rd, 2010
9:31 pm

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HookyBob

April 3rd, 2010
9:47 pm

I bet the flight home from Pittsburgh was a long one for Jimmy. Maybe the summer will be a long too. The boys is blue played well and hung there against a superior team. So close,…such a disapointment.

Tonight Slates is the chump but when you look back over the season there are plenty of 1 goal losses,….any 2 of which, (if won) would have in a play-off slot. Right now all they do is give us more chumps.

Stroz, I’m in agreement with you in that goaltending could be a real problem for us going forward.

Night games are coming in. Rangers, Boston & Canadians all get 2 points each.

sisu

April 3rd, 2010
10:04 pm

what is it with the Pens wanting to double team Thrashers??? Cheli is engaged with one guy and another jumps him (he was tangling with Malkin)

The difference? Pens won the cup last year and Thrashers have been in the playoffs once

I was positive that Philly would choke, but I never considered the Rags leap frogging us.

sisu

April 3rd, 2010
10:05 pm

R. Stroz, you are so right! I could not believe that after all this time Kari was not even given an opportunity over a career back up

sisu

April 3rd, 2010
10:08 pm

LAC, only 7500 fans???? Really, that is sad…KC can barely hold on to an NFL team, why in the world would NHL go there??? Just as crazy as them going to Winnipeg….

Get The Puck Out

April 3rd, 2010
10:13 pm

THANK YOU SIR, MAY I LOSE ANOTHER–THANK YOU SIR, MAY I LOSE ANOTHER– THANK YOU SIR, MAY I LOSE ANOTHER !!!!!

Red Light

April 3rd, 2010
10:32 pm

A Dose of Standings Realism
6. Montreal 86 points, 39 wins • 3 games left
7. Boston 84 points, 36 wins • 4 games left
8. Philly 82 points, 38 wins • 4 games left
9. Rangers 82 points, 36 wins • 4 games left

Just checked prices for first round tickets in Nashville. $78 club level behind the goal. $46 upper level behind the goal. Plenty available. I just bought six for Game 6!
10. Thrashers 81 points, 34 wins • 3 games left

Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick. Clock counts down on Anderson and Waddell.

Red Light

April 3rd, 2010
10:33 pm

Oops. Sorry the list was out of order. Unintentional.

Tony C.

April 3rd, 2010
10:38 pm

Lehtonen had to be traded-He’d lost the confidence of the room as well as having ZERO confidence that the guys in blue were going to do anything helpful to him stopping the puck. Can’t blame either party; by all accounts KL was having more fun than he was supposed to-I can’t blame him-if you are seeing upwards of 35 SOG every game, and it’s that way for 2.5 years (with no end in sight)- ESPECIALLY if you look around and see that there’s no accountability demanded of anyone except you (yeah, I love Bob, but he clearly dicked KL’s head up)…why not treat it like a joke? Why bust your hump over the summer if you’re going to be playing behind pylons and over-eager ALWAYS out-of-position defenders and your wingers think “backchecking” is some weird boardgame.???…

Conversely, If you see some kid who feels he’s entitled to do whatever he wants because he was a high-draft pick, shows up at the 1st playoff game in team history only to find that he and that j@(k-off Sutton went out drinking to celebrate and dyed their hair like girls? Always showing up out of shape and also isn’t shy about showing you up on national television when you just got beat by A-O on a 2-on-1…(while your forward is doing figure-8’s at the redline) Who wants to give a spoiled ass like that your maximum effort??

Again, we’re still seeing the effects of this organization having no consistent identity for 7 of it’s 1st 10 years of operation….

Q: What is “Thrashers’ Hockey”?

I feel like we’ve seen flashes of a legitimate answer to that question. Never anything concrete or consistent.

I’ve been asking question since the lockout-still have no idea. Near as I can tell it’s playing really well in October, coming down to earth in Nov-Dec. Then completely sh!t the bed on the Canadian “Homecoming” road trip-or any road tip in Jan-Feb will do if it’s an Olympic year… Culminating in a heartbreakingly close collapse come April.

Hanson Brothers

April 3rd, 2010
10:39 pm

Am I the only one wondering why Moose was in goal tonight? Pavs has played a few strong games in a row giving up 2 goals or less, and after the last game Anderson said he would stay with him as long as he is hot.

Tony C.

April 3rd, 2010
10:43 pm

I will say that the officiating this afternoon leaves a lot to be desired, however-if some good ol’ boy from Stone Mountain has picked up on the fact that Crosby enjoy enjoys the same laissez-faire approach from officials that Michael Jordan did at the apogee and end of his career, I’d hope that professional hockey-types would have picked up on that too.

Refs didn’t forget to mark Gonchar, and the linesmen didn’t kick a rebound out to a waiting Cooke. They did do a bad job though.

Rawhide

April 3rd, 2010
10:57 pm

For those of you still clinging on to some hope the Thrashers can still pull this playoff thingy out of their butts…and really, why are you doing this to yourself…let me read the patient’s chart for you in order to show you the dire situation.

In order for the Thrashers to make the playoffs they have to win all three games….yeah, I know…and then hope one of the following happens:

1. Montreal earns no more than 1 point in their last three games.

2. Boston earns no more than 2 more points in their last four games.

3. The Rangers and Flyers earn no more than 4 points in their last four games.

Problem with scenario number 3…the Rangers and Flyers play each other twice to end the season next weekend.

Somebody call Don Waddell…the Thrashers are about to “flat-line” and he needs to sign the consent form to pull the plug.

Brendan

April 3rd, 2010
11:13 pm

After the Olympic break, Smoothie asked me, “beeeeing honest” who I saw at #8. I offered that #6 would be Philly, #7 would be Boston, and #8 would the NY Rangers. And that Montreal would finish 9th and Atlanta 10th. Well, swap Philly with Montreal, and I woulda nailed it.

When Bob Gainey was “quired,” (quit/fired) I figured the Habs were through. Credit them with a tremendous effort, post Olympic break. When Marc Savard went down, and Tim Thomas faltered, Tuukka Rask stepped up in an extraordinary measure to keep Boston in the playoff field. Philly, on the hand, as Red Light points out, made a Coaching change to LaViolette and failed to properly address goaltending at the trade deadline. For this, GM Holmgren must take some heat. I don’t think he’ll get fired. But I don’t really know. In Philly, they have this quaint little thing called “accountability.” They also have ‘less than polite’ fans who will go to games to chant “Fire (supply name here)!,” unlike in Atlanta. Where we sit like tennis fans, wearing white gloves, politely clapping for nice plays. The only thing missing from the Atlanta hockey set are doilies.

Those who do attend games … must get the chant going. Those who do have season tickets … must tell their reps, “I’m going to wait to see if you fire Waddell. If you do, I’ll renew. If you don’t, I won’t.”

Kinda catchy!! “If you do, I’ll renew. If you don’t, I won’t.”