Thrasherville troops preparing for another NHL campaign

In a hangar at Dobbins ARB the Thrasherville masses are assembled. Gen. Rawhide takes to the stage, moves to center-front and addresses the troops

At ease, men…ahem…and ladies.

For decades now, Stanley Cup winners returning from the playoffs enjoyed the honor of a triumph – a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians, together with carts laden with awarded treasure and captured hockey equipment. The head coach rode in a triumphal convertible, the dazed members of the press who wrote it would never happen walked before him. The players, robed in white jerseys, rode behind him in their convertibles, or rode in backs of flatbed trucks. The general manager stood behind the coach, holding the silver Cup, and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.

Well, fleeting or not…I want to experience that glory!

Today, as we have at this time since 1999, we stand at the precipice of another Thrashers campaign. And tonight we’ll gather once more in the theater of operations known as Philips Arena to begin the eleventh season of battle for our home, Thrasherville.

Unfortunately, all previous endeavors have seen the fight come up short of total victory…only once advancing far enough as to claim a playoff birth. In the past, we have seen our troops go into battle with a porous defense, questionable goaltending and certain forwards that thought only of self-first, not team.

Thrashers defending their zone were attacked by legions of enemy skaters. The Thrashers were proud and brave but they couldn’t hold. They were massacred. Opposing forwards stripped them of their pucks and sticks…as well as various other athletic protective and supportive gear. The goalies lay naked, alone to face the assault. This has happened for the past ten seasons.  No glory…fleeting or otherwise.

I was there…as were many of you too.

But if there is one thing we’ve learned, it’s that no poor, dumb team has ever won a championship by constantly defending their goal. You win by making the other poor, dumb players defend theirs. Tonight, the Capitals are the enemy. Wade into them, pour into their end of the ice. Attack their zone. Shoot at their goal.

Now there’s one other thing I want you to remember. I don’t want any messages posted here this season saying that we are doing fine despite losses…that we are, in essence, “holding our positions” until wins finally come.

We’re not holding anything! Let the other team do that!

We are taking the puck and advancing constantly…we’re not interested in holding anything except the enemy. We are going to hold on to him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the butt. We’re going to kick the snot out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like a Varsity chilidog.

Remember, all real hockey players and fans love the sting of on-ice battle. When you were kids, you all admired the Stanley Cup Champion team, the fastest skater, the best NHL players, and the toughest enforcer. Hockey fans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. You must play to win all the time. Losses are not acceptable…not even overtime losses that come with the consolation “loser” point.

It’s time for the Big, Bad, Blue Brigade to show up in force

With the beginning of another Thrashers season, it’s time for the Big, Bad, Blue Brigade to show up in force

Why, I wouldn’t give a bag of used, chipped pucks for a player or fan that lost and laughed.

As for those pundits up north whose preseason predictions have the Thrashers finishing low, even last, in the standings…why, the blow-hards who wrote that stuff in the on-line hockey blogosphere don’t know anything more about that than they do about forechecking. This week everyone started out 0-0-0 again, and anything…yes, anything…can happen.

Anything, that is, if this Thrashers’ squad play as a team. It must live, eat, sleep, skate, play and fight as a team. This individuality stuff is a bunch of male bovine excretion!

Some of you who are stationed in the stands, rooting for our on-ice combatants, are concerned that when the time comes you won’t know what to do. Well, let me tell you something. When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that just moments before was the clean, unsoiled crest of your brand new Thrashers jersey…and that goo is the remains of a hotdog smothered in ketchup, mustard and relish, spilled on you my some obnoxious, uncouth fan of the visiting team…well by God, you’ll know what to do.

Now, there’s one thing that you men…and ladies… will be able to say when this campaign is over, and you may thank the hockey gods for it. Thirty years from now when you’re sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee, and he asks you, “What did you do in the great Thrashers hockey campaign of 2010-11”, you won’t have to say, “Well, son… I shoveled snow in Buffalo”.

Alright now, you know how I feel. I will be proud to lead you wonderful men and women into battle anytime, anywhere. Or at least at Philips Arena…and TJ’s tomorrow night.

That is all.

166 comments Add your comment

Alan R.

October 8th, 2010
7:18 am

Hockey fans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser.

Unless you’re the Maple Leafs.

Smitty

October 8th, 2010
7:37 am

Shoveling snow in Buffalo lasts almost as long as an NHL season. Been there; done that. Trust me, you do not want to do that.

I am thinking the Thrashers will have a start quite opposite from last year. I think they will have slow start until the players get used to the coaching style and they get used to each other. Then by mid-Novemebr they will start to jell and pick up the steam needed to make the playoffs.

Streethockey Oldtimer

October 8th, 2010
7:56 am

I didn’t think I could be any more psyched for going to tonights game, but that just did it. Thanks General.

Riceowls

October 8th, 2010
8:22 am

Great use of a great movie. BRAVO!

(But Generals shouldn’t smile)

SomaAtl95

October 8th, 2010
8:32 am

Great post, as usual RH…Lets watch some pucking hockey!

BlueHard

October 8th, 2010
8:48 am

Thrashers – 93 pts.
2nd. in SE
5th in conf.

Stan Drulia

October 8th, 2010
8:51 am

I can’t wait for tonite – but I have a sinking feeling. I am totally worried about our team and major lack of scoring power. Hope I’m wrong!!!

Josh

October 8th, 2010
8:51 am

Now I am ready!!!! CHARGE!!!!!!! LETS GO THRASHERS!

rob

October 8th, 2010
8:51 am

It’s gonna be tough figuring out all these new players on the ice and their numbers. Hopefully the boys in blue…..er red, knock some Crapitals all over the ice and give us all reason to cheer loudly, and if Buff wants to play D, well then he better give #8 an introduction that this isn’t the same place it was last year, where they came in and took points at will from us. And on the other end give Mr. Green something to think about other than rushing up the ice by laying some bodies on him too.
GO BLUE!!!!..er red
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!

five_hole

October 8th, 2010
8:58 am

2 questions:
* Where’s your pearl handled pistols?
* Are you going to start slapping Hainsey if he cries during the game?

The missus & I have been waiting months for tonight. GO THRASHERS!

LAC

October 8th, 2010
8:59 am

I like the photo Bill… Home of N.C. State, my school !!!!

Hope for a decent showing tonight, and not to get run all over.

Rawhide

October 8th, 2010
9:08 am

five_hole – How many times do I have to tell you, they are IVORY! Only a pim…oh, never mind!

As for Hainsey…he starts cryin’ and heck yeah I slap him once or twice. It’ll do him good. Then I’ll tell him, “You’re going back to the ice, boy. You may get a puck shot at you, and you may get killed, but you’re going back to the ice fighting. Either that, or I’ll stand you up before Zach Bogosian and let him fire shots at you like a firing squad”!

Russian

October 8th, 2010
9:08 am

Great Photo!
Bill is General!
See you today at Philips.
Let’s Go Thrashers!:-) :-)

kracker

October 8th, 2010
9:10 am

It’s gonna be a brutally good time!!

waffleboy

October 8th, 2010
9:32 am

The first few weeks are going to be brutal as we go on the road and find our identity. I think this team is going to be very good this year after a slow start. I just want to see a team play physical and use our speed lines and big lines the way they’re supposed to. I have confodence that Ramsay and Dudley will do what is necessary to fire this team up.
Drop the friggin’ puck already!

J(Z)

October 8th, 2010
9:36 am

I’m excited!!!! But I also think its gonna be for a slow start to the season, maybe a 5-6-1 start, then we really need a BIG November. 14 games – 10 at home. HAVE to make use of that!

38-36-8 84pts
10th in east (3pts out of the 8 spot)
2nd in SE

Zoomo

October 8th, 2010
9:39 am

Best blog photo ever. Spit my coffee out.

DWTOO

October 8th, 2010
9:40 am

What’s your major malfunction numbnuts?

Lee

October 8th, 2010
9:47 am

Great blog! Nothing like getting the people excited for the game. Hey, maybe they’ll suprise me and get off to a good start!

Drop the puck!!!!!!!

Red Light

October 8th, 2010
9:53 am

The Eastern front is bogged down with indecisive generals, but even so I can’t see Gen. Montgomery’s troops breaking through the enemy lines and into the playoffs this year. I have Atlanta’s ice army finishing 11th in the campaign because of Monty’s unwillingness to provide the necessary fuel for the armored division up front to soften the enemy’s defenses. If you don’t have quality majors leading your troops up front to enact the overall plan, it puts too much onus on the lieutenants and sergeants to try to do more than they are capable of doing, and the enlisted troops will sense the overall uncertainty, making the battle plan largely unsuccessful.

Luckily, the Eastern campaign has nine other units that wouldn’t know a bayonet from a K-ration, which means with any slight improvement and a few victories in minor skirmishes, Atlanta could find itself in the midst of the front lines and be one of the eight in that paper-hanging son-of-a-bitch’s (Bettman) chase for the Cup. But, unless the reserved Gen. Omar Bradley (Ramsay) can get his guys to play the system well in the first three months of the campaign, I think Atlanta may get bogged down in the Ardennes on the way to the ultimate objective. Resources are the key to success in any campaign, and no leader can be successful without them. The tanks need fuel and the men need support. Without those ingredients, casualties could be high and as has been proven in the past with this army, you can’t rely upon the rear guard to win key battles alone.

Eastern
Atlantic: Pitts, Philly, NJ, NYI, NYR (Tortorella gone by Jan. 1)
Northeast: Boston, Buffalo, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa
Southeast: Wash., Tampa Bay, Carolina, Atlanta, Florida
EC Final: Boston v Washington

Western
Central: Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Columbus
Northwest: Vancouver, Minnesota, Colorado, Calgary, Edmonton
Pacific: LA, SJ, Anaheim, Phoenix, Dallas
WC Final: Vancouver vs. LA

SC Final: Boston vs. LA

Stanley Cup Champs: Boston

That is all for now. Picks above subject to change upon sobering up.

hockeymom92

October 8th, 2010
10:10 am

Great inspirational post, Mr. Rawhide – I am sure we will all be referring to your message for years to come as “the” turning point of Thrashers hockey. :) Wish I could be there tonight, but currently any discretionay funds are funneled to the travel hockey playing tax exemption who by the way turns 18 tomorrow. Here’s to believing today that anything is possible – even the Trashers having a winning season!

Paminski

October 8th, 2010
10:17 am

Somehow it feels more like Hogan’s Heroes to me. Anyway, see you at TJ’s on Sat.

kracker

October 8th, 2010
10:25 am

LOL Hogan’s Heroes, featuring Don Waddell as Sgt. Schultz. Cause he “knows nooothing!”

Mikey

October 8th, 2010
10:29 am

“We’re going to kick the snot out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like a Varsity chilidog”

HAHAHAHAHAHA…*milk coming out of my nose*

Go Thrashers!

Red Light

October 8th, 2010
10:33 am

Rawhide

October 8th, 2010
10:39 am

Wish I could be there tonight, but currently any discretionay funds are funneled to the travel hockey playing tax exemption who by the way turns 18 tomorrow.

hockeymom92 – Happy early birthday to your boy! 18, eh? My oldest did that last spring and the youngest will do so next summer. I hope his team does well this season…keep us up to dat, will ya?

Jethro

October 8th, 2010
10:48 am

Waddell is Colonel Klink.

Monkey

October 8th, 2010
10:53 am

Gorins White Cuppers Unite!

salt

October 8th, 2010
10:55 am

I am so excited about the opening game tonight! I am a little nervous about the Atlanta Thrashers not winning any pre-season games but I still believe in Blueland! I hope that we will have a main scorer tonight and the rest of the season. Got my fingers cross.

hockeymom92

October 8th, 2010
10:57 am

Rawhide – thank you for the well wishes. He is actually the baby of three – man am I old.

js

October 8th, 2010
11:01 am

Can’t wait for tonight. I just hope that “A Brutally Good Time” is caused by our physicality and not our lack of cohesion. Still non-the-less Go Thrashers (Baaa!)

mikey da mug

October 8th, 2010
11:03 am

Love the Varsity reference – Let’s Go Thrashers! (Clap – Clap – Clap-Clap-Clap)

mattlanta80

October 8th, 2010
11:06 am

I’m with you… We can no longer tolerate “good losses” anymore… Time to do work. Happy Opening Day, everyone!

Rawhide

October 8th, 2010
11:08 am

Per Dan Kamal tweet: ” It is Ondrej Pavelec in goal tonight for Atlanta”.

OK, I’ll just restate that I wish it were Mason starting. However, I hope Opie brings his A-game tonight and helps us steal a game from the Caps.

Christoph Schubert

October 8th, 2010
11:10 am

Rawhide

October 8th, 2010
11:17 am

Per Ben Wright, tonights lineup:

Forwards:
Ladd-Little-Bergfors
Kane-Peverley-Stewart
Modin-Antropov-Dawes
Eager-Burmistrov-Thorburn

Defense:
Byfuglien-Enstrom
Oduya- Bogosian
Hainsey-Sopel

Goal:
Pavelec
Mason

kracker

October 8th, 2010
11:20 am

Don Waddell in a monacle?! Ha!

Let him do something useful – like handing out programs as people enter the arena.
(Nah, I like Don as a fan…just not as a GM)

Red Light

October 8th, 2010
11:22 am

Thanks Bill for the lineup. I like the lines a lot and the only bothersome “D” pairing is the first. C’mon Ondrej!

jen

October 8th, 2010
11:34 am

Brendan for the record, I’m not also JLH. Just Jen for now. Can we drop the puck already??? Yesterday was killing me watching all that hockey and no Thrashers. We have freshly laundered jerseys, scarves and hats ready to go. The hockey shrine is refreshed and polished up and the Molson XXX is chilling in the fridge. Bring on the season!

BTW, if I haven’t said it before, Bill, you do a wonderful job with this blog, can’t wait for another season of your insights and humor. It’s much appreciated

kracker

October 8th, 2010
11:39 am

ajcthrashers Coach Craig Ramsay said Ondrej Pavelec earned opening start with preseason play.

Ok, that works for me. So both guys are motivated by playing for the #1 spot.

Longtimehockeyguy

October 8th, 2010
11:42 am

Wow, opening night and I have to dig deep into the sports page to see anything on the Thrashers. Their “Flagship” radio station never even mentioned them on the drive in today, instead drooling over the Braves loss and football picks Saturday.

Can we get some serious hockey talk in this susposed to be NHL town? I have to turn on 1120AM KMOX out of St Louis at night to hear great hockey talk. Thank the Lord NHL Center Ice is free for the first 18 days of the season!

Zoomo

October 8th, 2010
11:43 am

Ack..Hainsey / Sopel… I hope Ronzo brings his game tonight

Spud Webb

October 8th, 2010
11:49 am

Red Light…listen up, 81 or more for Thrash and You buy me a steak dinner, 80 or less, I buy for you??? What do you say?
BOSTON, really???? Good freaking lord I hope not. Making me sick.
Gorins, 530 ish to lube things up. It’s go time.

Spud Webb

October 8th, 2010
11:52 am

Longtimehockeyguy…we did get a full page in the AJC today, not sure when that has happened before!!! Yes, our local AM stations have no clue, UGA is playing tomorrow so they’re (all AM stations in the area) intellectually challenged right now….

Jeff97

October 8th, 2010
12:26 pm

for me, i want to see this team come out with fire in their eyes, play physical, play smart and play with a whole ton of effort and stay out of the box. If that happens, I like our chances because I think the offensive pucks will start to go into the net.

I am more concerned with our style of play than the outcome in the first week or so. This team needs to establish an indentity. Without and indentity, there is no team.

Sage of Bluesland

October 8th, 2010
12:26 pm

Very clever blog, Rawhide…One of my favorite movies of all time.

Put me in a senior leadership position, and I’ll have Waddell fired…and I’ll make it look like his fault…It’s about time we kicked his rear end out of here and back to Michigan where he belongs (selling Port-a-Potties, his true medium)…

Oh, that’s right, another sacrificial lamb of a season upcoming….Oh well, it’s only Year X of our newest “Five Year Plan”.

I can’t get excited over incompetent ownership anymore. I apologize.

I hope all the sheep love “moral victories,” because I’m sure there will be plenty of them this year…

Fraser

October 8th, 2010
1:23 pm

**Blog Comment of the Year** 10:48AM, by Jethro. Waddell is Colonel Klink.

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
1:35 pm

Sage, all your need is a few gallons of gas, and Waddell’s entire office could be torched. And you could make it all look like Waddell’s fault! Blame it on a faulty space heater! Dagnabit!

General Patton would never tolerate the Thrashers as his hockey team of choice. However, I’m not convinced that we’ll be making incremental progress this year, since last year’s point total was “83.” I’m in the contest at “81.” I was willing to go to “89,” had the trade for Travis Zajac materialized.

As I gaze at the lineup … I cannot help but wonder … “Stewart, Dawes, and Modin, plus rushing Burmistrov, is how this team plans to fill in the gaps left by Armstrong, Afinogenov, and Kovalchuk?” Well, maybe they can all play really good defense? Keeping the puck out of our goal is an important objective, too.

I hope Burmistrov is just here for the 9-game audition. I’d rather have him on his entry-level contract, at age 21, then his RFA contract at age 21. More bang for the buck. Rushing prospects has always resulted in injuries, in the past, for the entire season. Always.

English Teacher

October 8th, 2010
1:58 pm

See, now we need Todd White. At some point in the season, General George S. Rawhide would get to slap the snot out of him when he says from IR, “Well, I… I guess I… I can’t take it anymore. It’s my nerves, sir. I… I just can’t stand the shelling anymore.”

Russ

October 8th, 2010
2:01 pm

Caps win 4-0 and outshoot Atlanta 37-27. Hope I’m wrong. GO THRASHERS!!!

Michigan

October 8th, 2010
2:02 pm

It’s about time we kicked his rear end out of here and back to Michigan where he belongs

What? We don’t want him! Send him to Mexico!!

Joe General Patton Friday

October 8th, 2010
2:04 pm

“I hope Burmistrov is just here for the 9-game audition.”

Cormier is going to push someone out when he’s ready to go, may be Burmistrov if he falters.

Ladd-Little-Bergfors
Kane-Peverley-Stewart
Modin-Antropov-Dawes
Eager-Burmistrov-Thorburn

I like Ladd on the line with Bergfors and Little, he can be the defensively responsible one and I expect Coach to match this line up with Ovechkin’s line tonight so Ladd can be checking Ovechkin, which is his strength and what he did so well for the Hawks, and he’ll get loose and get his shots.

I expect a win tonight? Why, no reason, I just expect them to win and seeing how the games went last night (Leafs win, Hawks lose, Pens lose new arena opener), it seems that the team you’d expect to win is losing the opener, so 2 pts for us and let Mason get us #3 and 4 tomorrow night, no more of this let’s lose tonight so we can try to get 2 tomorrow dribble, ok?!

Darth Hater

October 8th, 2010
2:16 pm

I’d like to see Rick Dudley “engage in a pugilistic endeavor” with Jeff Schultz at center ice…

…or in the locker room…

…or in a bar…

…or on the street…

Go get ‘em tonight, Thrashers!

Alan R.

October 8th, 2010
2:29 pm

The team is going to give Burmistrov his nine games. After that, they’ll evaluate where he is. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if he stayed or went back to Barrie.

Really happy to have him here. Just hope, if he sticks, that he’ll be a productive member of this team.

Cornbread

October 8th, 2010
2:39 pm

Good stuff Rawhide.

I like the lines on this squad. It’s fun to speculate in pre-season mock battles what they will be. But, when the s#*! starts to fly for real, like all battles, even the best laid plans are always the first thing to change.

It looks like the O lines are assembled just like Commander Ramsay said they would be: a top line that is primarily attackers, a second line of attackers and hard checkers both for and aft, a third line of secondary attackers who can check, a fourth line of checkers who can attack and put the enemy in its place when things get ugly, and defenders who can go on the attack.

The LLB line has huge things to prove this season. Can Ladd be a top line guy and put up the numbers when he gets ice and PP time? Will Bergy build on last season or will he be in a self imposed disgruntled sophomore slump? No Soldier on the Thrashers was more snake-bit than Little last season. He will be the Thrashers’ number one center that once again gets the recognition and respect he deserves. KPS, watch out! They are coming for you! Can Stewart build on his brother’s fame and success in CO? He has his chance. Kane will be as feared as another Kane – only more so. Pevs will be there to feed them the ammo. The MAD line is just that, wily Vets who will take advantage of the enemy’s mistakes while not giving up many, driving the enemy mad with their psychological warfare. Burmistrov will be protected by some big guns who are mobile and can go on the offence. Who predicted pre-season he’d be on the fourth line? Will this be the best final wave in all the NHL?

On D, Buff and Toby will see lots of action. Who would have thought of that combo? But I like it. Expect big numbers from these two this season. Buff can distract and terrorize while Toby sneaks under the wire. Oduya and Bogo are another interesting combo. Bogo can go with the puck while the more stay at home Johnny O has got his back. Hainsey and Sopel, the two oldest Vets on the D and the two called out by their commander while in training. Does Hainsey’s role transition to more of a shot blocker and shut-down guy like Sopel did when he went to Chicago? Are both going to stay home or will one give the other the green light to go on the attack? I think these old Vets will communicate well with each other and eventually figure it out if they have not already done so.

The last line of defence will be the young netminder with lots to prove. Will he hold up with the improved and bolstered team D in front of him or will he cower under the enemy onslaught? There is in reserve a Vet who has seen it all just in case he goes down. And, there are other battle proven reserves in waiting should another comrade fall. Never have the Thrashers had this much depth top to bottom and in reserve. They are well supplied.

It’s all part of Commander Ramsay’s and General Dudley’s different strategies and tactics. Build your Army with quality pieces up and down the ranks, keep it simple, keep the enemy guessing, and attack, attack, attack! I like it.

The Thrashers will battle their way into post-season this year. Once that fight begins, anything can happen. Bring ‘Em On!!!

One final note of pride. Like the Soldiers in the United States Army of the 1950’s and today, it’s nice to see this unit well integrated. Change has come to Atlanta in many ways. This may be the best change of them all.

R. Stroztradamus

October 8th, 2010
2:45 pm

After peering into my capgeek.com crystal ball, I will predict the Thrasher opening night payroll to be…are you sitting down?

$42,014,167

That’s right, you saw the prediction here first. I know you are all stunned by my prognostication skills. Don’t question my guess…since….as you already know…it to be correct.

However, if you must, go ahead and check capgeek.com

R. Stroz

October 8th, 2010
2:53 pm

After consulting with R. Stroztradamus, who by the way will not make his point prediction until the final roster is set for the season, I will hazard a point and standings guess.

Due to the number of ifs and buts which must play out for a really successful season, I guess is as follows:

84 points, 3rd in the division, 11th in the conference.

Joe Friday

October 8th, 2010
2:54 pm

Cornbread, Ramsay is saying Modin-Antropov-Dawes is our #1 line. Doesn’t make much sense to me either, but that’s what he’s saying . . . Little’s line is the 2nd line, Peverley’s is 3rd.

I see him matching Little’s line against Ovechkin’s line though, which would by default make Little’s line tops in ice time tonight as Ovy’s line will see the most ice. There’s no way he’s matching up Antropov’s line against Ovy, Ovy would skate circles around them

Which d pair does he trot out against Ovy tonight? Buff and Enstrom? You may see Buff exposed for his weak skating (backwards) as a dman tonight if that’s true . . .

sisu

October 8th, 2010
2:57 pm

Carolina starts the season with two wins in a row = 4 points, UGH!

Tony C

October 8th, 2010
2:59 pm

Don’t think I’m crazy but….
I’m not so worried about Pavs tonight. If for no other reason than the fact that it’s A-O&Co. Seriously. Every netminder in The Known Universe knows about that team, and has dreams/nightmares about facing them and shutting them out/getting lit the $@!k up.

I think the kid has oodles of potential and really needs to work on one or two things to become a “first tier” goalie in this league. Namely, rebound control and squaring to the second shot. This is the best league in the world and Ondrej must realize that unless he catches it cleanly, there will be a second shot. Everytime. Now rebound control also plays into that, as we’ve all seen Pavelec make a save only to leave the puck right there in the goal mouth where enterprising fellers from the other bench have a point-blank opportunity. He gets those two issues under tighter control, and physically, he’s ready for the close-up. Mentally, it’s tough to stay engaged on every play every time. Which is why so few people make it to the highest levels of professional sports. We’ve all seen the desire in this kid-I think it’s now just a question of maintaining his focus and attention to detail. Mental focus leads to proper physical execution(which would address the points above), O-P gets this tightened up-watch out, we may have a Vezina candidate.

Anyway, point I’m makin about tonight is this:dude will will be ready to play-big question is: can he bring it day in day out?

Matt

October 8th, 2010
3:00 pm

Rawhide-I’m sorry, but I just can’t shake this extremely pessimistic feeling about this season. It may be due to the poor preseason record, or it could just be my depression in watching the Braves choke away the division. That said, I’m just as concerned as most fans about where the goals on this team are going to come from. Pavs and the D-Corps do not inspire belief in me in our ability to win 2-1 type games on a consistent basis. I hope to God, that I’m wrong.

Alan R.

October 8th, 2010
3:05 pm

I would like to nominate Jethro’s 10:48am comment for Blog comment of the year.

Hockey Biltong

October 8th, 2010
3:08 pm

“Don’t Tread On Me”……………is what the Thrash will be saying….

R. Stroz

October 8th, 2010
3:22 pm

On the Thrasher’s banner page, this is being called the “Season of Change.”

We’re screwed.

Red Light

October 8th, 2010
3:23 pm

You’re on Spud!

Red Light

October 8th, 2010
3:27 pm

Cam Ward is my fantasy hockey team’s No. 1 goalie. Nice to start the season with two wins and a save percentage of .944.

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
3:48 pm

Late contest entries, which are still permitted, all the way until “puck drop” tonight, include:

BlueHard: 93, 2nd and 5th. Good luck, BlueHard.

J(Z): 84, 2nd, and 10th, (38-36-8)

R.Stroz: 84, 3rd, and 11th

“Tick, tock. On the clock. ‘Cuz the pahtee don’t stop ….”

Still time. “Juuuuust barely,” to get that vote in. Right, Tony C.? Youy’re not entered yet.

Diego from Lilburn

October 8th, 2010
4:15 pm

WooHoo! Less than 3 hours ’til Atlanta Thrashers HOCKEY!!!!

I will try to find you guys in front of Gorin’s.

My seats are waaaaaaay up high tonight. Sec. 316. Anybody know a good sherpa???

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
4:20 pm

R.Stroztradamus, this isn’t possible. http://www.capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=7.

How can the Thrashers be legally permitted to be BELOW the FLOOR of the cap, on “Opening Night?” Per CapGeek.com, our cap is $42,014.167. The FLOOR is $43.4 million. How can this be???

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
4:22 pm

Red Light, you’re going to destroy your Fantasty League this week. And thank you for your East/West Division predictions. I should have done that. Instead, I went #1 to # 15. Minnesota is a playoff team, eh? I can see that. I had them 9th, just edged out by Nashville. I like the Wild. I like Chuck Fletch, Cliff Fletcher’s son. He was born to be a GM.

DWTOO

October 8th, 2010
5:01 pm

Rawhide as Patton – somewhere George C. Scott is turning in his grave.

Mr. Heat Miser

October 8th, 2010
5:05 pm

Oh we get to see Dwad’s new collection of turtlenecks………….

Larry

October 8th, 2010
5:08 pm

Daily reader but rare poster…. hope to change that.

91 Points, 2nd in SE, 8th in conference.

Under on the Modin contest.

goose

October 8th, 2010
5:09 pm

I’m going to change mine to 91 points, ninth in the east third in the conference

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
5:19 pm

goose, you’re revised guess is duly noted, at 91-points, 3rd in SE Division, and 9th in the Conference.

Larry: Welcome!! You’re entered at 91-points, 2nd in SE division, and 8th in the Conference.

There’s 2.5 hours left to post a guess. After that, the contest is over.

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
5:20 pm

Larry, you’re also registered with “under” in “Modin Watch ‘10-11.”

Dandylions

October 8th, 2010
5:22 pm

goose started drinking early

Tony C

October 8th, 2010
5:23 pm

Brendan-My bad. put it on the other blog. I decided to go with the sunny-day real estate version (the one where fat@ss plays forward like we traded for).

Put me in for 92 pts, 3rd in SE 7th in EC.

Dandylions

October 8th, 2010
5:26 pm

Brendan – you can’t change goose’s guess he’s got third in the conference (drinking)

kracker

October 8th, 2010
5:40 pm

I am stationed in front of gorin’s…

kracker

October 8th, 2010
5:43 pm

Larry, come on in. The water’s..err…frozen.

Tom

October 8th, 2010
6:14 pm

Stroz

We are under the cap and eating Brashear’s salary of 1.4 mm … ugh…

Dwayne

October 8th, 2010
6:37 pm

Gen Rawhide: Cut it out! Cut it out! Cut it out! The hell’s the matter with you? Stupid! We’re all very different people. We’re not Watusi. We’re not Spartans. We’re Thrashers, with a capital ‘T’, huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We’re the underdog. We’re mutts! Here’s proof: his nose is cold! But there’s no animal that’s more faithful, that’s more loyal, more loveable than the mutt. Who saw “Old Yeller?” Who cried when Old Yeller got shot at the end?
[raises his hand]
John Winger: *sarcastically* Nobody cried when Old Yeller got shot? I’m sure.
[hands are reluctantly raised]
Gen Rawhide: I cried my eyes out. So we’re all dogfaces, we’re all very, very different, but there is one thing that we all have in common: we were all stupid enough to play for the Thrashers. We’re mutants. There’s something wrong with us, something very, very wrong with us. Something seriously wrong with us – we’re hockey players. But we’re Thrasher hockey players! We’ve been getting our asses kicked for all 10 years Wadell has been our GM. We’re 1and 10! Now we don’t have to worry about whether or not we practiced. We don’t have to worry about whether Captain Wadell wants to have us hung. All we have to do is to be the great Thrasher fighting soldier that is inside each one of us. Now do what I do, and say what I say. And make me proud.

Tony C

October 8th, 2010
7:07 pm

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
7:09 pm

Tony C., my minutes, ya made it! Actually, I finally did check the other blog to find your point total entry. You’re entered, at 91-pts., 2nd in SE, and 8th in the Conference, with no guess on “Modin Watch ‘10-11.”

There’s about half an hour left in the contest. It’s not too late. We’re not yet at “puck drop,” but the anticipation is building! It’s gonna pop like a Champagne cork!

Tony C

October 8th, 2010
7:19 pm

92 pts, 3rd in SE 7th in EC.

‘cuz you know I’m all retentive

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
7:20 pm

Well, Ilya Kovalchuk has his first point of the season. It’s an assist. Let it go, Brendan. Let it go.

Could the winning guess in the contest come, right here, right now? Well, it’s possible. There’s still time. Barely, time. “Puck drop” is your LAST SHOT at an entry.

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
7:25 pm

Tony C., 92-pts, 3rd, and 7th is now entered. I got it right in my spreadsheet, but I typed here, incorrectly. Tony C., you’re in. 92-points, 3rd, and 7th in the conference. Good luck!

Tony C

October 8th, 2010
7:25 pm

I’ll go with the over…

Tony C

October 8th, 2010
7:33 pm

Also-If DW’s Oberst Klink…. does that make Duddley Schultz?

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
7:43 pm

… ANNNND the contest is over. “Puck Drop” has arrived. Best of luck to all the posters.

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
7:44 pm

Tony C., you did get in your “over” on Modin Watch, in time.

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
7:51 pm

Here’s the official list, folks.

Cousin Eddie 102 2nd 4th
Mr. Willson 100 2nd 4th
Somatl95 99 1st 4th
Tom 97 2nd 5th
Jeff97 97 2nd 4th
Derrick 96 2nd 6th
Spud Webb 96 2nd 6th
Will L. 96 2nd 6th
Fan From Flames Days 96 2nd 5th
Diego from Lilburn 95 2nd 7th
Flames 95 2nd 6th
Litz 94 3rd 7th
BG33Brown 94 2nd 7th
Smitty 94 2nd 7th
ben 94 2nd 10th
thebigharybeast 93 2nd 8th
Cornbread 93 2nd 7th
Dandylions 93 2nd 7th
J.B. 93 2nd 7th
Jack 93 2nd 7th
Glovesave29 92 3rd 9th
five_hole 92 3rd 8th
Simon 92 3rd 8th
Tony C. 92 3rd 7th
Rhythmpenguin 92 2nd 8th
Viking 92 2nd 8th
GaVaHokie 92 2nd 7th
Hockey Biltong 92 2nd 7th
Putting On The Foil 92 2nd 7th
Zombie Steve 92 2nd 7th
HockeyMom92 92 2nd 5th
goose 91 3rd 9th
Jameson 91 3rd 8th
Tom Lysiak 91 3rd 7th
lee 91 2nd 9th
Alan R. 91 2nd 8th
Kracker 91 2nd 8th
Paminski 91 2nd 8th
Thrashy Thrashy 91 2nd 8th
Larry 91 2nd 8th
Mikey 91 2nd 7th
Hokie P. Clisters 90 3rd 7th
rightshot 90 3rd 10th
Rob 90 2nd 8th
Denny 90 2nd 7th
DWTOO 90 2nd 7th
FIF 89 3rd 8th
Puckhead 89 3rd 8th
Thrashers27 89 3rd 8th
BaldheadedThrasher Fan 89 2nd 8th
Hip Czech 89 2nd 8th
Darkhorse 88 3rd 9th
Flagstaff 88 3rd 7th
Tablehockey 88 3rd 11th
Rawhide 88 2nd 8th
HookyBob 87 4th 10th
Thrashdawg 87 3rd 9th
3stripes 87 2nd 9th
Smoothie 87 2nd 9th
StateBird 86 4th 11th
Jen 86 3rd 10th
Adam 85 4th 12th
Mikey 85 3rd 10th
Sisu 85 2nd 10th
Jimbo 85 — 10th
Russ 84 4th 13th
R.Stroz 84 3rd 11th
J(Z) 84 2nd 10th
BuzzEng 83 4th 10th
Brendan 81 4th 11th
polskidawg 81 4th 11th
dwayne 81 3rd 11th
J-Man 80 4th 13th
Ex-STH 80 4th 12th
Red Light 80 4th 11th
WBF 80 4th 11th
Curly 79 4th 13th
Bob/Joe Friday 79 4th 12th
Zoomo 79 4th 12th
Jethro 78 4th 13th
Nate 78 4th 13th
Badger Bob 77 4th 13th
Chipper’s Love Child 75 4th 14th
LAC 71 5th 14th
EastPoint Bob 60 5th 15th

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
7:53 pm

Trixie, if you can fix spacing of that, I’d appreciate it.

So, what the HECK just happened to Ondrej Pavelec? My send my prayers to him for a full recovery. It’s the most bizzare thing.

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
8:02 pm

Announcers are saying that Pavelec has been taken to a nearby hospital, which I’m guessing is Grady, but that play cannot resume until another emergency vehicle arrives at the arena, just in case another player became incapacitated, needing urgent medical assistance. There is no word on what has actually happened to Ondrej Pavelec.

Certainly, many of us wanted to see Chris Mason, tonight. But this is not the way we hoped he’d enter the game.

Well, play just resumed. So, so much for the secondary emergecy vehicle theory, by the announcers.

glovesave29

October 8th, 2010
8:02 pm

damn damn damn

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
8:03 pm

And, on the very first shot against Chris Mason as a Thrasher, the Capitals have scored on a “beautiful” 3-way passing play. Ooops. Can’t fault Mason on it, really. He had no shot.

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
8:05 pm

The Philips Arena crowd is noticeably loud, on the Center Ice feed.

glovesave29

October 8th, 2010
8:09 pm

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
8:13 pm

Laich scored for Washington. Evander Kane answered for Atlanta. It’s 1-1.

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
8:22 pm

Peverley scores!!! No!!! It’s waived off. And now Erskine has gone after Peverley on a TEAR! There’s a scuffle now. The goal won’t count. Peverley jammed the crease, but the ref blew the whistle. Erskine took exception to the late tap-in by Peverley. Bogosian is breaking it up now.

swede

October 8th, 2010
8:23 pm

The question is why didnt dawes pass kane who was clean.?

Tom

October 8th, 2010
8:40 pm

Pavelec regained consciousness according to CViv’s tweet. Good news but what a strange and ominous start to the season.

Thrashers27

October 8th, 2010
9:04 pm

I haven’t seen Burmistrov lose a single faceoff. The kid’s looking good so far.

Joe now we're talkin' Friday

October 8th, 2010
9:27 pm

This is my kind o’ hockey. On Kane’s penalty shot that he converted, there were 3, count ‘em fellas, 3 Thrashers in the Caps’ goalies grill. 3. I have been watching this club for 10 years and I think I’ve seen three guys crashing their crease total in 10 years and 2 of ‘em were Ice Girls. . . woot. Now we’re talkin hockey, giddyup.

Joe this is why Mason is your #1 Friday

October 8th, 2010
9:28 pm

’cause he don’t faint . . .

Joe did I say that out loud Friday

October 8th, 2010
9:28 pm

Tom

October 8th, 2010
9:30 pm

Joe Friday. Amen brother. Resposible in our zone with the puck and in their grill on offense. If we start shooting more on the power play I will do a Pavelec…

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
9:32 pm

Thrashers 3, Capitals 1, after two periods. What a finish this could be!

Thrashers27

October 8th, 2010
10:15 pm

WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Great game boys! Speedy recovery, Pavs!

Tom

October 8th, 2010
10:19 pm

Wow, that was a great game by the boys. Big saves by Mason, solid go to the net by the offense, and solid if not great defense. Kane looks like he can be a real leader on the team. He almost short circuited the Hat Trick contest.

Putting On The Foil

October 8th, 2010
10:32 pm

What a solid performance by the Thrash. Great D, great puck movement and stick handling, good goaltending, and 4 is more than 2. All together great team effort. Also thought Burmy was solid and was playing to stick.

kracker

October 8th, 2010
10:39 pm

Thrash win!! I was on the glass forf 2 and 3!

Brendan

October 8th, 2010
10:56 pm

Craig Ramsay and John Torchetti are 1.000 pct as Thrashers, in the only games THAT COUNT. Hopefully, they dedicated this win, in the lockeroom, to Ondrej Pavelec.

Cornbread

October 8th, 2010
11:05 pm

This is a better hockey team than any time last season. Let’s hope it was nothing more than dehydration and overheating with Pavs.

Russ

October 8th, 2010
11:09 pm

Great win tonight. My thoughts are with Opie. I hope it’s nothing serious and he can come back and give the Thrashers 20-25 starts this season.

Obviously, nobody knows how the season is going to go based on one game, but at the very least this team isn’t going to be fun to play against, which is much more than could be said in the past. Great start, let’s keep it going tomorrow in Tampa.

Joe Friday

October 8th, 2010
11:20 pm

Fellas, that was one well coached hockey club…good things happen when u go to the net puck opponent….

R. Stroz

October 8th, 2010
11:31 pm

Well done troops!

Hockey Biltong

October 8th, 2010
11:42 pm

where was the radiio feed???
nice to meet you Diego!!!

R. Stroz

October 8th, 2010
11:42 pm

Brendan – Who came in second on the salary contest?

Hockey Biltong

October 8th, 2010
11:43 pm

“Don’t tread on me!!”

litz

October 8th, 2010
11:51 pm

For those who haven’t seen it : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieqeCnA_TjM

utterly frightening

Great game (other than that), though – arena was full (or as full as blocking off the 400-level seats gets you), loud, and raucus. There was a noticable “Win it for Ondre” feel amongst the crowd, and obviously the team as well.

The guys went out there and played HOCKEY (something we haven’t seen much of in this town), and the crowd sure appreciated it.

162 more points for the perfect season!

stendek

October 9th, 2010
12:04 am

stendek

October 9th, 2010
12:10 am

Hello Mr Rawhide sir. I am tremendously distressed by what happen4ed to young Thrasher netminder. Proud of way team rallied to win one for youngster. Would be utterly joyful right now but thoughts are with ailing goaltender. Since SportSouth chose bot to air contest I was forced to view horrifying collapse on SportsCenter. Could tell something was terribly wrong. Have apprehension for young athlete. Please do me a favor Bill. Tell him Stendek wishes him well. Speediest of recoveries. Young man has worked hard. Hope to see him between the pipes soon. Real soon. Congratulations for a total team effort Thrashers. Under worst possible circumstances. STENDEK

Joe The Naked Truth Friday

October 9th, 2010
12:21 am

Fellas, he fainted. Stop and think about that. I’m not privy to his medical charts, EKG, blood pressure, or anything else, but the sweetheart flat out fainted. Mason is your #1, but the good news is Ramsay has a firm grasp on the rest of the club and that was one well coached hockey club out there tonight, this will be a good year to watch!

R. Stroz

October 9th, 2010
12:22 am

Stendek – Two of your least favorite players were on opposite teams tonight. The result: Kari Lehtonen’s team, the Dallas Stars, beat Ilya Kovalchuk’s team, the New Jersey Devils.

Your thoughts?

R. Stroz

October 9th, 2010
12:24 am

Joe Bob Friday – Lets just hope for Pavelec’s sake that he doesn’t have narcolepsy.

Alan R.

October 9th, 2010
12:30 am

Fellas, he fainted. Stop and think about that.

I’m not a doctor, but one doesn’t slip into and out of consciousness if it’s something as little as a faint.

We’re not privy to his medical condition at all. It could be anything from the flu, to a low blood sugar, or even as severe as a heart condition. We don’t know, and neither do you.

Now, I’m not disputing the fact that Mason isn’t the number one. At this point, he certainly has a firm grasp on that top goalie position. We are in agreement on that one.

Rawhide

October 9th, 2010
12:31 am

Can’t even tell you what a great game that was to be at. Awesome effort all around.

I was sitting with one of the doctors of the team in 104 when Pavelec went down. Aftr he came back to the seat he said he was trying to get off the ice, trying to get the bench’s attention…but went down backwards and hit his head on the ice.

Shortly before the first intermission, he got a call on his cell, nodded at me that it was about Pavs then took off.

As everyone has heard, he was awake and alert later at the hospital asking for score updates. Great news there.

Thoughts and prayers to Opie for a speedy recovery from whatever it was that ailed him tonight. I wanted to Mason in goal, but not that way.

Another reminder, some of us will be at TJ’s in Alpharetta tomorrrow night. Come join us if ya can.

Now, gonna see if the Braves can pull out this game in San Fran…

stendek

October 9th, 2010
12:36 am

Hi R Stroz. Like choosing Lucifer or deep blue sea. Hate both the heartless bestards! Choice goes to Kari by slimmest of margins. Have grown so sick over all hoopla and unnecessary drum beating over Iamill Kovalchoke contract. Always hated Devils anyway. Damn New Jersey Yankee bluebellies. Neither player is worth shet in my humble estimation. Thanks for asking though. My prayers are now with our young goalie. STENDEK PS – Was watching football. Gave up on Squaws, uh, Braves in playoffs.

Nate

October 9th, 2010
12:39 am

Fun game to be at night. Good atmosphere and a heckuva effort by the team tonight. Nice to hear Pavs is okay. Maybe Kane can replace Kovalchuk as the team’s 40 goal guy???

Brendan

October 9th, 2010
12:42 am

Here’s the boxscore: http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2010020011

Kane had two tallies, for 2-pts, and was a +1, with 18:24 in ice time. Well done, young man.

At +1 were: Sopel, Hainsey, Kane, Little, Ladd, Bergfors, Thorburn.

At -1 was: Nigel Daees

Here’s how the D-minute broke down

1. Bogosian: 25:09
2. Oduya : 24:13
3. Enstrom: 21:19
4. Byfuglien: 19:05
5. Sopel: 16:44
6. Hainsey: 13:47

Goals came from Ladd (deflection), Modin (wicked shot – those who took “over” on ‘Modin Watch ‘10-11′ are smiling,), and two from Kane, one a twisted wrister and the other a Penalty Shot conversion.

Assists came from Bergfors, Oduya, and Antropov

stendek

October 9th, 2010
12:48 am

I rant and rave quite a bit. I understand that. Get angry at Thrashers because I want so desperately for them to succeed. Never want any of them permanently injured. When they go elsewhere that is different tale. Wanted broken neck for EAGLE Michael Sick. Since Makeuill Kovalchoke and Sori Letemin now in non Thrasher uniforms…a pox on both the hearttless untalented pieces of commode residue. That bestard Maryann Hosebag will get his sooner or later too. Hope it is damn sooner! Stanley Cup my a$$! STENDEK

Brendan

October 9th, 2010
12:53 am

Forgot to mention that Jeff Schultz, (not that one,) was the only “plus” player for the Capitals. Burmistrov played 12:09, in his Thrashers debut, with no goals, no assists, and no points, with an “even” plus/minus.

Ovechkin played 23:21. Mike Green logged a WHOPPING 27:38. Shots on goal were even at 31 apiece. Mason collects the win. Neuvirth gets tagged with the loss.

Joe Friday

October 9th, 2010
1:02 am

“I’m not a doctor, but one doesn’t slip into and out of consciousness if it’s something as little as a faint.”

Yeah, uh, I only play a doctor here on the blogs, Nurse Ratchet, but that’s kind of like the definition of fainting, Dr. Kildare.. Low blood sugar or low nutsack, the boy flat out fainted and NHL goalies don’t faint, Sally. . . only question left is who’s #2 now . . .

Brendan

October 9th, 2010
1:18 am

Joe Friday, now I wish Jose Theodore hadn’t been signed by the Wild for the paltry sum of $1.1 million. That’d be a “quick fix.” Cap room doesn’t appear to be an issue, per capgeek.com. Of course, we don’t really know how long Pavelec is out. If he did just “faint,” people recover from that, rather quickly. No need to go sign a new goaltender. Of course, I’m wondering why and what caused Pavelec’s misfortune, tonight. Are you thinking Mannino?

Brendan

October 9th, 2010
1:27 am

R.Stroz, re: 11:42PM post, the 2nd closest guess in the “Budget Contest” was … (drumroll, please) … Mikey.

Here’s the link to the $42,014,167 cap for the Atlanta Thrashers: http://www.capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=7. I still don’t see how it’s permissible to be UNDER the $43.4 million floor of the cap, without facing sanctions/penalties for violating the CBA.

Flames

October 9th, 2010
7:42 am

Awesome game!!! The arena was electric! That is how we needed to start the season. I thought Zach Bogosian played hid tail off.

waffleboy

October 9th, 2010
8:17 am

Can’t see how anyone would belittle an athlete who collapses during a game. I though Hank Geathers would’ve taught us an important lesson about that, Joe Friday. We have no idea what caused him to collapse, but to question his manhood makes me question yours.

Always Hoping

October 9th, 2010
8:20 am

I noticed at the end of the game Andrew Ladd made a point to go grab the puck from the ref. I’m not sure who he handed it to but I found it to be an outstanding move on his part.

waffleboy

October 9th, 2010
8:36 am

Pretty sure that puck will be going to Ramsay, though he may give it to Pavs.

Tom

October 9th, 2010
8:40 am

Ladd gave the puck to Mason during the handshakes. 1st win with the new team is my guess.

Zoomo

October 9th, 2010
8:53 am

Nice to see a number of the bloggers last night, and nice to meet Mr & Mrs H. Biltong.

Great start to the seasonn. Really thought the team moved the puck incredibily well in the first period. Lots of short crisp passing and no one keeping the puck on their stick for very long. Most of that period was spent in our offensive zone.

Kane’s first goal was a beauty. Nice pick off at the blue line, a few jukes, and a great shot. We couldn’t see what happened on the penalty shot, but saw on the reply this morning that Green or one of Caps put his hand on the puck in the crease.

Team looked focused and well coached. I saw things I’ve seen only rarely from other Thrashers’ teams. Lots of crease presence, good puck movement in our D zone – looks like Anderson’s “chip it up the boards” is a thing of the past- and a good number of short and on the tape passes.

I think that I noticed all of the players at various times, no one was invisible. Lots of contributions. That was my first real look at Burmy. The kid got pushed around a bit in the corners, but played a nice game. He’s going to be a very good player in the future and might not be too shabby now.

Let’s hope that Kaner’s showing is waht we’ll see all year. No sophmore slump last night!

Just a great, great night and a fun start to the season. I’d be nice to see a decent road trip and come back with some momentum.

LAC

October 9th, 2010
9:09 am

I was so IMPRESSED with the win last night, I am speechless. A complete team effort, everyone working toward the SAME goal and not revolving around one player.

I do hope & pray Pavs returns to good health… I know, I am still just getting back to a sense on normal.

I am also impressed beyond words with Craig Ramsey, He Get’s it, Knows it and Teaches it.
Did you see him on the bench right after Pav’s was wheeled off, Total Coach, something Fraiser & Anderson never were, and a better teacher than Hartley, and he could show up and do nothing and be a Hall of Fame coach compared to what that waddell ever did behind the bench.

Great game, loved watching the “so called” great 8, look like an Average player who had NO effect on the game whatsoever. Great again, now go whip TB.

OmniFan

October 9th, 2010
9:46 am

One of the best Atlanta Thrasher games ever, a throwback to Flames hockey. Team played a system-don’t recall ever seeing that in Blueland. Kane served notice that he has arrived as a true power forward. Burmi was impressive for his energy and hockey sense-was in the right places at the right times, covered for some linemates slip-ups. Buff was solid, forced some turnovers. Glad our new players got to hear a loud Bulb. Hope we have more of the same as the season goes on.
Kudos to the hockey community for its support for Pavs and doubly glad he’s feeling OK this AM. Please, though, make sure his ticker is OK before putting him back out there. We don’t need another Hank Gaithers (sp?).

waffleboy

October 9th, 2010
9:52 am

Great stats on last night’s game: Sopel with 8 blocked shots, Oduya and Bogo clearly the number one pair, perfect on the pk against last year’s number pp unit. And how about Chris Thorburn being 100% on the face-offs? If we can stay strong up the middle, we can be tough to beat.

HookyBob

October 9th, 2010
9:53 am

Great start to the season,..with one huge exception (or question mark now).

Here’s hoping Pav’s will be back on the ice soon. Seeing him lying,…absolutely motionless,…for so many minutes, really gives one pause. (I think you could have heard crickets in Philips Arena.) Relieved to hear he’s on the mend,..hope it is not a career threatening condition.

JF,…did you, by chance, sleep at a Holiday Inn Select last night?

Back to the game,…R Stroz,..can you confirm that was the Thrashers in blue last night? Could those aliens have returned? Our guys played the most team oriented game of any Thrasher’s game I have ever seen or heard. Multiple & crisp passing plays, fine positional play, cycling the puck, good work on the boards (even our little guys), effective clears / breakouts, back-checking, limiting time and space of the Caps, etc. All served up with to the Caps with some “grit” thrown in. Loved it when Buf forced Ovie to a wide angle shot, then knocked him to the ice.

Totally agree with JF on it being a well-coached team we witnessed. Seems like the players are not only picking up the new system quickly,..but it is a good, effective NHL system. The opposition will soon have film to review and could make things tougher.

Alas,..one good game does not a successful season make. Before I get too gushy,…the Boys in Blue have a tough task at hand tonight. We need a strong game in Tampa, a team we’ve had trouble with, and supposedly one of the NHL’s most improved teams this season (well, according to the pundits).

However, after witnessing a Thrashers team last night that totally unlike any previous team,..I am feeling confident going forward. IDWT.

Tip of the hat to Sage for correcting me last week. It is Stollberger on the post game show.

Also a tip of the hat to alll the fans of other teams who sent their prayers and best wishes for Pav’s recovery. Thanks to the Caps players for the stick taps too.

Stendek,…good to see you posting again.

Go Blue.

glovesave29

October 9th, 2010
10:06 am

“It’s something where you step up and play hard,” said Dustin Byfuglien, who spoke up in the dressing room to win the game for Pavelec. “He wouldn’t have quit working if it happened to someone else. We can’t do the same. We felt bad for him. As a team we had to come together and get the victory for him.”

THAT is how you earn a “C” on your jersey. Perhaps Mr. Byfuglien is the man to lead the troops.

See everyone at TJ’s tonight!

Mikey

October 9th, 2010
10:14 am

Brendan, I won? I won? Whoo-hoo!! This is great. What an honor. I am speechless.

Now, what did I win?

Red Light

October 9th, 2010
10:14 am

Great hockey. Caps got credited with 25 hits and few were at all effective. Not sure if many of you noticed Ladd’s hit on Ovechkin (nice!) in the 3rd. Particularly impressive was Atlanta’s defensive positioning – no Chinese fire drills last night as in year’s past – and the fact Ramsay used Burmistrov and Stewart on the penalty kill. I was very impressed with how well organized they looked on “d” in their first game. Things could be looking up around here. We’ll see.

EA

October 9th, 2010
10:25 am

There is cause for concern when a young athlete and all around great guy collapses on the ice with the cause still unknown. The best case scenario is that he just fainted. Let’s wait and hear the medical report. Rude comments about Pavs are completely tasteless. Great fans got to watch a great game!

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Tony C

October 9th, 2010
10:53 am

It’s just one win, but good night! It makes me feel heaps and heaps better about the team’s chances this season.

Grudgingly, I’ll give it up for fat@ss on D-although you did see some spots where Lil T had to cover for him…all in all, the best defensive game I can remember from Le Thrash-I love how Ramsay’s system is predicated on defending from their blueline…none of that “let’s escort this feller to our D-Zone” business in between the bluelines @ The Flatscreen this season! Bogo had a good game-that boarding call could’ve gone either way IMHO… OUTSTANDING PK… Offense was better than I’d thought, but don’t want to dismiss the importance of the Penalty Shot-huge goal to take a definitive lead.

I think we may finally have the answer to the decade-old question: What is Thrashers Hockey?

Hockey Biltong

October 9th, 2010
11:23 am

Zoomo, the beer caused me to brain fart!!! Nice to meet you too!!!
I blame the beer!!!!

Paminski

October 9th, 2010
11:39 am

In honor of Pavelec, I applaud the four P’s of last evening: possession, positioning, poise, professionalism. Time of puck possession was outstanding and in the offensive zone more often than ever before! Positioning was awfully good for a team that hasn’t played together that long. Each player knew where the others were on the ice and all arrived at their marks timely and consistently. As for poise, no one showed any signs of panic. They played their game and performed their roles admirably. All in all, that was a very professional effort worthy of the acronym NHL.

Evander Kane has done some serious work. He built on his previous strong play and I predict no sophomore slump for this guy. I thought the refs and other players showed him considerably more respect than in the past. Burmistrov looked NHL-ready. We’ll see after a few games if he holds up, but I was impressed.

Mason did the job, but he did make me nervous for a while. His stance seems much different than other goalies we’ve had in the past, more straight-backed. There were times he almost seemed a little slow on the up-and-down movement. Perhaps Five-Hole or Glovesave have an opinion?

Paminski

October 9th, 2010
11:40 am

See you all at TJ’s tonight!

Alan R.

October 9th, 2010
11:51 am

Joe, you’ve made my point for me.

Pot, meet Kettle. We’re black.

Mr. Heat Miser

October 9th, 2010
1:18 pm

Loved the Kane hit on that douchebag Erskine.Got stuck on the MARTA train with Kracker. Pulled into Lenox station, doors opened and train sat for 30 minutes, no explanation. MARTA epic fail.

Rawhide

October 9th, 2010
1:29 pm

Pavs has a concussion form fall to ice. Still under observation and testing…Thrashers will call up a goalie form Chicago. I would assume MacIntyre.

Alan R.

October 9th, 2010
1:30 pm

Pulled into Lenox station, doors opened and train sat for 30 minutes, no explanation.

Most train operators don’t just leave the riders hanging like that. They’ll usually say something like “Train broke down ahead, it’ll be some time before we’re moving again.” As someone who rides MARTA for a daily commute to/from work, this is my experience, anyway.

If you remember anything about the train (car number, time of incident, etc), give MARTA headquarters a call and complain about the operator. It’s my understanding they’re supposed to keep the riders informed of stuff like that, not let them get mad because the trains aren’t moving.

ThrasherTim

October 9th, 2010
1:36 pm

Rawhide – Nice meeting you before the game in CNN Center last night. Great start for the boys.

Anyone – For those of us stuck with DishTV and therefore can’t get the game on SportSouth or Center Ice (blacked out locally), is there any other way to catch the game? With a 2-month old, I don’t think I can sneak out 2 nights in a row to TJ’s for the viewing party (but I am working on it!).

Many prayers out to Pavs as well.

Rawhide

October 9th, 2010
1:44 pm

ThrasherTim – Good to meet you too. Good to see all the others who gathered in CNN Center prior to the game as well.

OK, here are my thoughts on what went down last night as the Thrashers passed a “gut check” moment to win.

Alan R.

October 9th, 2010
1:47 pm

is there any other way to catch the game?

Use this site: http://www.myp2pforum.eu/forums/29-NHL-Icehockey

Streams will be posted in the “NHL Today” thread.

People who stream games over the internet post their streams here, more often than not. Sites like ATDHE piggyback off of these sites. The streamers hate this, and will take down and move their streams should too many viewers use ATDHE. Streams are there exclusively for people who connect via MyP2P.

Brendan

October 9th, 2010
3:17 pm

Tonight’s game is blacked out on Center Ice?

ThrasherTim

October 9th, 2010
6:02 pm

Thanks Alan! Will give it a try.

Brendan – Yes, on my Center Ice anyway. It shows the TB feed, but won’t let me record it, saying it’s not available in my local market. Again, I am on Dish (for now),

Brendan

October 9th, 2010
6:34 pm

R. Stroz

October 10th, 2010
9:27 pm