Kings rally in third period to beat Thrashers

Just a real quick entry here to recap the 3-1 loss in L.A.… then it’s off to bed as it’s already well past one o’clock am hear on the east coast. Bottom line here is that the Thrashers dropped one of those games that we’ve discussed they need to find ways to win if they’re to be successful this season…low scoring and physical.

Thrashers defenseman Ron Hainsey skates to the bench as the Los Angeles Kings celebrate center Jarret Stoll's goal during the third period of a NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. The Kings won 3-1.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Thrashers defenseman Ron Hainsey skates to the bench as the Los Angeles Kings celebrate Jarret Stoll's goal during the third period. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

According to the King’s TV play-by-play guy, (sorry, didn’t catch the name), the Atlanta Thrashers were 19-0-4 last season when leading after two periods of play. However, they weren’t able to convert a 1-0 lead going into the third Tuesday night as L.A. dominated play in the first several minutes of that final frame.

Ryan Smyth tied the score at the 3:53 mark by whacking home the puck in the middle of heavy traffic in front of Atlanta’s net. Two minutes and seventeen seconds later it was Jarret Stoll giving the Kings the lead as his shot from the right circle came off Ron Hainsey stick as the defenseman was reaching in to try and poke away the puck. His efforts served only to redirect the puck past Chris mason glove-side.

Smyth added an empty netter with 30 seconds remaining to finish out the scoring.

Chris Thorburn had given Atlanta the lead early in the middle frame when he collected the puck following a center-ice face off, split two Kings defensemen at the blueline then, after Jonathan Quick kick out his first shot, Thorns knocked home his own rebound. The unassisted tally was his second of the season and he needs but two more to equal last years total.

Thorburn and his linemates Burmistrov and Eager were once again the line that played with the most chemistry.

Mason came into the matchup with a career record of 8-3-1 with 1.95 GAA, .933 SV% and 4 shutouts against the Kings. He played a solid game between the pipes, stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced. Quick was outstanding on the opposite end of the ice saving 31 of the 32 shots he faced.

The Thrashers’ power play was as bad as the 0 for 5 stat would indicate. The had issues keeping the zone and the Kings never really allowed the Thrashers to get comfortable in their zone while killing off all five penalties. I’d expect some changes here when they play the Ducks and Sharks.

In allowing 35 shots against, Atlanta has surrendered 102 so far after three games, an average of 34 per game.

And finally, for what it’s worth, the Thrasher that was on the ice when all three Kings goals were scored…Anthony Stewart.

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Sara

October 13th, 2010
6:13 pm

Kane – Pevs – Antro
Dawes – Slater – Modin
Ladd – Little – Stewart

The new #1-#3 lines – line 4 stays intact and Boults and Bergie were paired out separately per Ben Wright’s Twitter.

Atlanta Spirit, please reference my 8:12am post and contact Rawhide to pass along my consulting fee. ;)

Thrashpuppy

October 13th, 2010
6:20 pm

Hate to hear that Bogo is hurt. That isn’t going to help matters at all.

I expected a rough start with all the new’s we have right now. Looks like we are seeing that now. But I too want to give the team more time before I start getting too worried.

How did we get so lucky to be the opening night opponent for 3 teams this year? TB, LA and now San Jose. Since their first two games were in Europe, we’ll be their home opener too. Hope they don’t have the momentum that the other two have had so far. I also hope we can beat Anaheim in the meantime.

Adam

October 13th, 2010
6:30 pm

Smoothinator – I was just referencing Joe “Buff on the Brain” Friday stating Burmy as being -2. He must have that number stuck in his head from Buff’s stats. I didn’t look it up.

I must say I completely agree with him on the topic though. I watched a lot of the Chicago games last year too and Buff is much more affective as a forward. I still don’t under stand why we haven’t seen him move to the crease on the PP yet. Also you would think that if he wanted to be moved back to D he would show more effort playing there.

Smooth Grouper

October 13th, 2010
6:42 pm

Adam – duly noted sir, but I’m not sure who is arguing with Joe about Buff. Most folks here expressed their concern about the Buff on D experiment. Who in their right mind wouldn’t PREFER him as a forward considering what he did in the playoffs? I think most here wanted to give Duds & Rammer the benefit of the doubt as the ultimate judge. They seem to be right about Burmy, Thorbs stepping up, Hainsey not earning his contract and so on and so forth. The jury is still out on Buff on D and playing with Enstrom, playing Toby 24+ minutes a game and the overall line combos in which an AHL tweener is playing alongside two players who represented their country in the World Championships. I know Joe F would like to take the credit for being right on everything, but I was arguing with him about Alex Burmistrov vis a vis Patrice Cormier (whom I’m not sold on).

alex

October 13th, 2010
6:48 pm

guys why you are re-arranging chairs on titanic. doesn’t metter who playing on 1, 2 or 3 line. captain asg has to be replaced. untill that same result. we are cheap team on the floor of cap room. need to donate mr. levenson approx. 7, 8 mil. to buy 2 top six forwards. parol going to be 53, 54 mill. still plenty cap room. than we can argue about lines, but with ram as coach we in elite. thank god we also got blank and braves owners.

Adam

October 13th, 2010
7:23 pm

Smooth Grouper – Didn’t mean to imply an argument…

Before he got Cormier got hurt I wanted to see these lines.

Bergfors – Peverley – Buf
Kane – Comier – Antropov
Modin – Little – Ladd
Eager – Bruma – Thorburn

The way I see it now is:

Bergfors – Peverley – Buf
Kane – Little – Antropov
Modin – Bruma – Ladd
Pettersson – Eager – Thorburn

You can swap the wings on the 1st two line to fine better chemistry. Thoughts?

Adam

October 13th, 2010
7:26 pm

Wow typos, those 1st two beers got to my head a litter quicker than I thought. ;)

R. Stroz

October 13th, 2010
7:33 pm

Joe Bob Friday – Your “school of groupers” continues to grow.

World Be Free

October 13th, 2010
10:11 pm

Vacation in NYC was great – ate my way through the city. Haven’t seen a minute of Thrasher hockey yet. One thing I can tell you from what I have seen-NHL hockey has been pretty boring so far this season. Has alone else noticed how defensive teams are playing? Buffalo/NJ was a horrible game tonight, Kovy got a gift and buried it. Typical Buffalo, lifeless team.

Power play = Buff in front of the net. Plain and simple

Phil Foley - Atlanta Thrashers Examiner

October 13th, 2010
10:40 pm

What does it say about a team when your fourth line is +8 and the rest of the team is -18?

Why does up is down and down is up practically the Thrashers’ mantra for these past 11 years? Something’s rotten in Atlanta if your best power play effort comes when you have the guys that don’t practice it get on the ice and do it way better than your regular folks.

http://bit.ly/byuyvq

Brendan

October 13th, 2010
10:51 pm

Well, New Jersey managed one (1) goal tonight. One measely goal. Luckily for Lou Lamoriello, that lone goal was scored by Kovalchuk, and was scored in overtime, resulting in 2-points, and a win the standings. But still, this can’t be how Lou drew it up, during the offseason.

Red Light, remember when we were projecting the final standings of 10-11? Well, tonight … we saw a good bit of how those final standings could turn out. I had the Maple Leafs in 13th place, jumping above the Islanders and Panthers. Tonight, the Leafs went into Pittsburgh and came away with a 4-3 win. Toronto, 3-0-0, is off to a 1st place in the Conference start. Good for them. They’ll need to bank points early to stay out of the lottery draft by season’s end. The Islanders were in it with the Capitals, late into the 3rd period, when Washington got the winning goal. Plenty more of that to come, for the NY Islanders. Can’t be good that Gary Bettman was interviewed a few days ago, saying, “Owner Charles Wang has tried for 9 years to get the local government to fund a new arena, frankly, with no success. The Islanders will honor their lease to its conclusion, but won’t stay a minute longer.” But then quickly added, “But we’re not talking about relocation, nor expansion, in the future, for our league.” Bettman also stated, “Well, no. We like the playoff format how it is now. It’s working. There’s great competition. The on ice product is better and faster than ever. There’s no reason to add more playoff teams.” (Well, to be honest, here, there is. It’s called playoff revenue. But I’m delighted that Commissioner Bettman has ostensibly opted for HONOR of the game over the QUEST FOR MORE MONEY in a cash-strapped league. Color me WOWED.”

Red Light, you also talked about how Buffalo was lacking to repeat atop the Northeast Division. We saw that, tonight, in the 1-0 OT loss. It’s too early for me to regret picking the Sabres to win that division, but I’m seeing what you’re talking about now. That game was in Buffalo, too, where the Sabres had the benefit of the final line change. They couldn’t put up a single goal, with Roy, Vanek, Connolly, Pomminville, Myers, Leopold, etc. Can’t blame Ryan Miller, for that. And it was a ‘perfect shot’ by Ilya that beat him.

What ELSE did we see tonight? I talked about how I thought, in my opinion, the Lightning would be 8th, and Montreal, due to the Carey Price/Jaroslav Halak decision, would be 10th, just ahead of the Thrashers. Well, those two clubs squared off. And, just as I thought, Carey Price totally lost sight, and control, of the puck on a harmless play behind his net, resulting is a “freebie” puck in front of his goal crease, where Malone scooped up the winning goal in Overtime. By the way, Montreal led that game with 1:33 left in regulation. A chance, needless to say, for a four-point swing on the Lightning. I cannot fault Carey Price on the Stamkos goal, set up perfectly by Lecavalier, with the Lightning net EMPTY. Perfect execution by Tampa Bay. True or false?: This game pushes Tampa closer to 8th and Montreal closer to 10th, when the season is over? That’s what I’m talkin’ about. These games, here in October, do matter. The whole equals the sum of its parts.

Nashville and Chicago, teams that met last year in the playoffs, are tied at 2-2, late in the 3rd period, on Center Ice, Comcast # 776 and # 777.

B. Thenet

October 13th, 2010
11:53 pm

Oh Brendan, what next….Clark MacArthur for the Rocket Richard….I mean he has 4 goals so far.

PK Subban is the reason the Lightning won. He coughed up the puck for Tampa’s 2nd goal and committed a penalty very late in the 3rd which led to the Tampa game tying PP goal.

Joe Friday

October 14th, 2010
12:02 am

“Joe Bob Friday – Your “school of groupers” continues to grow.”

This blog sure does attract ‘em, eh?

So, uh, coach mixed the lines up, gee who woulda thunk it? He keeps moving them around and he may get it right one of these games (cough, Buf on the right side of Bergfors and Little, cough)

Brendan

October 14th, 2010
12:22 am

I wouldn’t put on a nickel on MacArthur park scoring 25 goals this year. Remember when Jon Sim, was a Thrasher? He had five goals before Kovalchuk got his 1st, one year. What did he finish with that year, 10 goals? 12?? Was it 20??

Joe Friday

October 14th, 2010
9:01 am

I don’t know Brendan, I watched that tilt last night and the Buds are skating pretty darn well. Burke has put together a cohesive lineup there and they are getting the goaltending as well. Phaenuf looks pretty darn good, Kaberle seems rejuvenated. Colton Orr got his snot knockered, though!

Rawhide

October 14th, 2010
9:03 am

G’morning gang…As C-Viv informend us of yeserday evening, coach Ramsay seems to be tinkering with lines. Is he trying to find the right chemistry for this team?

Brendan

October 14th, 2010
1:31 pm

But, it’s early, Joe Friday. Let’s see if it continues. For their sakes, I hope it does. Last year, the hottest team in the NHL out of the gate was the Colorado Avalanche. And they didn’t slip instantly off that perch, either. But by season’s end, they were barely in the playoffs as the # 8 seed.

R. Stroz

October 17th, 2010
8:09 am