Hats off to Stewart – Thrashers set for swim in Shark tank

OK…when Red Light offered up his contest to guess which Thrasher would notch the team’s next hat trick, how many of you even thought about offering up the name Anthony Stewart?

…looking around the blogosphere…

Uh-huh, I didn’t think so.

Anthony Stewart scores the first of three goals in Anaheim Friday night. It came just 17 seconds into the game (AP Photo/Lori Shepler)

Anthony Stewart scores the first of three goals in Anaheim Friday night. It came just 17 seconds into the game (AP Photo/Lori Shepler)

But that’s exactly what happened Friday night in the Thrashers’ 5-4 shootout win in Anaheim. Anthony Stewart…in the Duck pond…with a hockey stick. We certainly had no Clue that was going to be the result, huh?

By potting three tallies, Stewey now finds himself tied for the goal-lead with that superhuman scoring machine…Chris Thorburn. Yes, that’s right, Thorburn and Stewart are atop the team’s goal chart with three each and have netted half of Atlanta’s season total of 12 scored during actual play. (They have 13 counting the shootout gimmick goal).

Andrew Ladd and Toby Enstrom each have 3 overall points as well, both scoring once and adding a pair of assists.

Two of Stewart’s goals came while the Thrashers were on the power play, both with less than 10 minutes remaining in the third t pull Atlanta from a 4-2 deficit to a 4-4 tie. On the night they converted three man advantage opportunities, Thorburn’s second period tip in of a Dustin Byfuglien blast tied the score at 2-2. Buff also provided the assist on the goal that leveled the score at 4 each with 5:12 remaining.

They were Dustin’s first two points in a Thrashers’ uniform.

Nigel Dawes then coverted in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Thrashers the extra point for the night’s work. His was the only goal scored in the individual skills exhibition. Chris Mason was not beaten on the Ducks’ four tries.

Nigel Dawes reacts to scoring the game-winning goal in the shootout Friday night. It was the only successful attempt made in four rounds (AP Photo/Lori Shepler)

Nigel Dawes reacts to scoring the game-winning goal in the shootout Friday night. It was the only successful attempt made in four rounds (AP Photo/Lori Shepler)

Tonight the Thrashers will find their way to San Jose for a date with the Sharks, who are 1-0-1 after opening the season with a pair of games in Sweden against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Now that they’ve traveled half a world back home, the Sharks will welcome in Atlanta for their home opener…the third such time Atlanta has played that role during this road trip. They beat the Jackets 3-2 and then lost by the same score in overtime.

A win would level the Thrashers record on the four-game roadie and make this west coast swing a successful one.

But if history is any indicator, success here won’t come easy. The last time the Thrashers have gained even a point from San Jose, however, was back in November of 2003 when the two sides skated to a 2-2 draw. Since then, the Sharks have bitten off five consecutive wins, outscoring Atlanta 22-10. Overall, the Thrashers are 1-9-2 when facing San Jose, 0-5-1 when playing in their barn.

According to the AP report I’ve read, Antti Niemi is scheduled to make the start tonight…meaning we’ll escape facing Thrasher-basher Antero Nittymaki, who is 17-0-0 against Atlanta with a 1.76 GAA, .940 SV% and 1 shutout.

Looking to get things going in the bay area are a few players from Thrasherville. Bryan Little, Rich Peverley and Nik Antropov are the notable players yet to score any goals this season, each producing but 1 assist each so far. Rookie Alex Burmistrov is yet to etch his first career NHL point, but he’s played very well with Thorburn and Ben Eager, by far the most productive line for the team after four games.

Chris Mason is now 2-2-0 with a .908 SV% and 3.45 GAA (AP Photo/Lori Shepler)

Chris Mason is now 2-2-0 with a .908 SV% and 3.25 GAA (AP Photo/Lori Shepler)

Chris Mason is yet to really “steal” a game for us, allowing 13 goals on 142 shots, (.908 SV%). But if coach Craig Ramsay looks to skate the veteran back out there between the pipes, he may need to do just that if the Thrashers are to win their first game against the Sharks since a 3-2 victory eight years ago.

His skaters in front of him will have to start living up to the expectations that the team defense would be improved this season. After giving up 41 shots in Anaheim, they now have a SA/G average of 35.8. Only Carolina, Phoenix, Colorado and Anaheim have higher shots against averages.

The game tonight is scheduled to be on Center Ice…Comcast channel 783. But we’ll see if the geniuses that determine which games are blacked out deny us the chance to see it like they did Friday night.

Seriously, I understand it if the game is played here in Atlanta…but a game played on the west coast that is being aired on Center Ice should not be blocked back here. (DUH5).

165 comments Add your comment

Nate

October 16th, 2010
11:57 am

41 shots on goal, 40 in regulation. I’m having my doubts about Ramsay and Torchetti’s ability to improve the team defense. I know Chris Mason has terrific career numbers when facing 30 plus shots, but he hasn’t had to do it night and night out with the Thrashers defensive corps either…

Blue Flame

October 16th, 2010
12:05 pm

Do I have to say first? Can’t wait for the Thrashers to come back so I can actually see a game.

Tom

October 16th, 2010
12:10 pm

Nate , One of the things the Thrasher’s face is that other teams feel they have to get their 2 points when they play us. When other teams play the Capitals they are happy to get their 1 point and head home.

But against the Thrashers coaches and players alike get pissed off when they are losing. So when we score in the first couple of minutes we should expect to see other teams firing constantly and coming 100 mph at our goal. I think that until other teams start to think play Le Thrash is a tough game, we should expect to see 30+ shots a game.

Jeff Jones

October 16th, 2010
12:11 pm

The shots were 26-26 even strength. Still kind of high, but yeah. It seems more like the Thrashers simply took too many penalties.

Zoomo

October 16th, 2010
12:28 pm

I was sure I posted “Anthony Stewart, with a Hammer, in the Duck Pond”

Zoomo

October 16th, 2010
12:37 pm

Watching the replays on On the Fly, it sure likes like are D men are being very lazy around the crease. Buff was floating back on and then turned to the goalie as Lydman swooped in, Sopel and Oduya were right there on Selanne’s PP goal, A stick on puck or a stick lift by Oduya would have prevented that.

Stupid blackout prevented me from watching, so I listened to Kamal as I watch the Yanks/Rangers. Kamal is so great. Always a treat to listen to his call.

glovesave29

October 16th, 2010
12:42 pm

“One of the things the Thrasher’s face is that other teams feel they have to get their 2 points when they play us. When other teams play the Capitals they are happy to get their 1 point and head home.”

Sorry Tom, totally disagree. Maybe fans think this way, but the players don’t. They know that on any given day, anyone can beat anyone.

Carl

October 16th, 2010
12:48 pm

Whats happen with Bergfors? He is young, talented and one of the best rookíes last year. No good for him if he will be scratch again.

Smoothie

October 16th, 2010
12:59 pm

Great Clue reference Bill! I laughed. Kudos to Anthony Stewart for making Ramsay look genius for putting them on the PP. Both guys certainly fit the strategy of clogging up the middle and firing laser rockets off Buff’s mighty stick-sword.

Anyway, I’m not as worried about the SA total as I am the lack of physical play for long stretches in both west coast games. This team can’t stop hitting and getting up in team’s grills if they are to be successful.

The Ducks played harder and more physical and got the benefit of some terrible officiating (although our stepped up efforts after the 4th goal produced some calls). But while the Thrash out-hustled and out-muscled Washington cleanly, I felt like the refs were allowing the Ducks to clutch and grab at will while we were getting silly “hooking” calls when tapping a stick.

Was it just the poor internet streaming feed or do others feel this way as well?

Derrick

October 16th, 2010
1:04 pm

Boris Valabik cleared waivers and will be reporting to Chicago.

Derrick

October 16th, 2010
1:07 pm

I agree completely. That was one of the worst officiated games I’ve seen a long time.

backcheck

October 16th, 2010
1:21 pm

Ducks fan here. Congrats on gutting out a fine win.

From a definite “grudging respect” POV Dudley & Ramsay have your Thrashers headed int he right direction. On a night when your big guy, Antropov was pretty much owned by our big guy, Getzlaf, your TEAM found a way to get ‘er done.

Other than Stewart’s first goal it wasn’t pretty but it counts. Maybe your Thrashers are little like the song:

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never pick a pretty woman as your wife
So from my personal point of view
Pick an ugly girl to marry you

Just my 2cents ;)

Dwayne

October 16th, 2010
1:48 pm

Marry an ugly girl, take her every where you go, so you never have to kiss her goodbye.

Thrashers27

October 16th, 2010
1:55 pm

The most successful team is the team with the best 3rd and 4th line.

I think it was on NHL Network the other day that I heard that. I don’t remember who said it, but it kinda rings true for our beloved Thrashers right about now.

Flagstaff

October 16th, 2010
2:00 pm

Zoomo– agreed! He seems to churn out several excellent quotes per night!

“This shift began Monday evening!”
“Wake up the neighbors, we’re tied at 4!”

Dwayne

October 16th, 2010
2:05 pm

The Grand Kamalian..a treat to listen too. I’ll miss the Thrashers tonight, going to see the Little River Band at the Richmond Hill seafood festival. “Time for a Cool Change”….Thrashers in the playoffs this year…yep….

Curly

October 16th, 2010
2:21 pm

Yes – Smoothie – I saw it the same way (and on Comcast in FL). Several times I jumped out of my chair exclaiming “Hey that’s interference!” as a Thrasher dumped the puck in and then was held or obstructed at the Blue-line. I guess that’s the Duck Pond home ice advantage.

P.S… It’s a bit ridiculous that I have to drive to Florida to watch the Thrashers on TV this weekend.

Smooth

October 16th, 2010
2:26 pm

backcheck – thanks for bestowing us with your classy POV w/r/t the Ducks as well as the Thrashers. We appreciate your honest sentiments. Truthfully, I have no idea how the Ducks have played as poorly as they have in the first 3 or 4 games of the season. The presence of Lydman certainly helped, but their bottom two lines seemed much better than their gruesome stats over the first 4 games. Carlyle is a good coach and he has obviously made some ajustments. But as long as Perry, Getzy and Ryan play like that last nite, y’all are gonna be tough especially at the Pond!

Good luck the rest of the way!! Looks like you have some young guys (Fowler, Belesky and Sexton) who have plenty of upside.

As for the Thrashers, let’s hope last nite’s somewhat lucky win gives them a big breath of confidence and takes some of the pressure off to go out and “play their game” against the Sharks. They have nothing to lose tonite as the 2 points they earned last nite keeps them treading water and within sniffing distance of WSH and Tampa…please somebody beat Tampa!!

Alan R.

October 16th, 2010
2:27 pm

Chris Mason is yet to really “steal” a game for us, allowing 13 goals on 142 shots, (.908 SV%).

I respectfully disagree, Bill. I’d say he stole last nights game. The way our D was playing, it was pretty much just him doing all the work in the defensive end.

Speaking of stealing, I daresay that’s exactly what the cable and satellite providers are doing in regards to Center Ice and the Thrashers. I’d order Gamecenter Live, but they won’t even show the game if it’s being televised locally.

So, if we can’t watch the Thrashers on Center Ice, nor can we watch them on Gamecenter Live, it seems to me that the NHL and cable providers are actually promoting using sites like MyP2P to watch the games. While I’ve done this for a few years now (I’d rather watch at my computer and participate in live blogs, rather than use the TV), I’d rather pay the NHL and get high quality video. The policy NHL’s Gamecenter Live has is rather archaic, in my opinion.

rob

October 16th, 2010
2:55 pm

CenterIce and the NHL better get there act together!!! This sport has enough problems promoting it and you idiots pull this!? How is it the Mosaic channel shows the game albeit in intervals and on a smaller screen than I wanted to, but the game is blacked out on the other? Morons. Character win from what I saw and have read. Great news that Stewart gets the hat trick. Happened a lot sooner than most thought, and from someone we NEVER would have considered. Bodes well for us, because if our guys can become confident enough that we don’t have to rely on one or two lines…..once they come together and everyone starts clicking we should be good. Fragile momentum.
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!

Thrashers27

October 16th, 2010
2:58 pm

Screw Center Ice, there are enough online streaming options that you don’t need them for the few games that Sports South doesn’t cover.

Hockey Biltong

October 16th, 2010
3:01 pm

directv gave me $10 bucks off, for stupid blackout….

Hockey Biltong

October 16th, 2010
3:10 pm

oh, by the way, Stewarts’ hustle in camp and preseason has paid off, at least for one game!!!!!
A helluva effort , on his part!!!!!

ThrasherTim

October 16th, 2010
3:14 pm

When I called Dish last week when the LA game was blacked out, they threw their hands in the air and said they don’t control the black outs. They basically point the finger everywhere else but their own business.

As far as last night’s game, I streamed it also and while the video was grainy, it allowed me to at least get a taste of hockey. Color me unimpressed with our D play as the Ducks camped out in our zone a few times and the penalty kill was obviously ineffective — we couldn’t win a face-off.

Luckily, Anaheim’s penalty kill was just as atrocious and we stole 2 much-needed points. If we had lost in regulation, we’d be in 15th position (yes, it’s early). As it is now, we are in 7th position with a chance to move up with some kind of good effort tonight. However, with the home opener and the recent announcement that Joe Thornton has signed the dotted line for 3 more years, I would bet the crowd and Sharks will be chumming the waters. Hopefully, we can get Little to make a shot and for Antropov and Peverly (the next Charmin’? this guys can’t win a board battle right now) to hit the goal scoring sheet.

Great comeback last night on the road. And good message to Bergfors from the coaching staff. Step up or sit down!

Smoothie

October 16th, 2010
3:29 pm

Yeah, Rammer needs to impress upon Peverley that he is allowed to hit people…he’s not so brittle that he can’t do what B-Lits does. Brennan needs Pevs to get workin on the squats on the off-days!

Thashpuppy

October 16th, 2010
3:56 pm

I was so happy to win last night! Yes, I was concerned with the lack of defense. But with that officiating crew, we might have gotten even more penalties if we had actually checked anyone.

But I also find it interesting that fans of other teams see our team and see the progress Rammer and Co. are making with our team but so many of our fans can’t yet (and I don’t mean because of the blackouts.)

Thrashfan23

October 16th, 2010
3:56 pm

I’m from Michigan, and watch all my Thrashers games from this site http://atdhe.net/. Every game is on there and it’s completely free. No blackouts.

Alan R.

October 16th, 2010
5:04 pm

Thrashfan23 – Go to the source. They jack all their games from MyP2P.eu.

Tony C

October 16th, 2010
5:05 pm

Not as concerned with the huge disparity in SA-especially when you look at the number of times Ducks had the man advantage…. Am concerned about guys missing defensive zone assignments (go back and watch the Ducks 2nd goal for example), and Antropov’s obvious (and understandable) lack of stamina.

Don’t know why Bergfors is sitting, but hopefully that changes -both ways-….

Thankful SJ didn’t start Nittymaaki-the guy owns us. Also looking forward to the first SJ-ATL tilt that ATL won’t get steamrolled by every Sharks line…

waffleboy

October 16th, 2010
5:06 pm

Thanks for the link Thrashfan23!

PhiK

October 16th, 2010
5:54 pm

Thanks for the link!

I just spoke to NHL Game Center Live and they said yes the game tonight is blacked out for the Atlanta area because the network who owns the rights (Fox Sports?) did not make arrangements with the NHL to lift the blackout. It will be blacked out on Center Ice (all carriers) and NHL Game Center. If anyone knows anyone at Fox Sports start working on them to lift this ban. If we don’t speak up they WILL keep doing this!

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
6:31 pm

I called COMCAST to complain, today. So, if everyone does likewise, maybe strength in numbers could have some kind of effect? It’s been frustrating watching games on the Mosaic channel. Every 9 minutes, I get to see three more minutes of a Thrashers game. Honestly, this is ridiculous. We PAID for Center Ice … to SEE out of market games. On our televisions….

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
6:32 pm

Trixie, I’m in the SPAM filters.

R. Stroz

October 16th, 2010
7:19 pm

I’d just contact Center Ice and accuse them of false advertisement and demand a refund. If enough people complain and demand monetary compensation, Center Ice will, in kind, start raising pushing back on the Fox.

Remember when all else fails, punch them in the wallet.

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
7:59 pm

R.Stroz, I literally recited the Center Ice commercial to them. “This package promises up to 40 ‘out of market’ games per week, many in HD,’ for the early bird special price.” Then I cited that Fox SportsSouth was not carrying the game, and that San Jose, California is roughly 2,300 miles away, so … buying a ticket isn’t an option. That this is, no different, than going to the convenience store, paying for a pack of gum, then having the cashier say, “We don’t sell Wrigley’s Spearmint anymore.” You stand there, blankly, “Give me my gum. Clearly, you do sell Wrigley’s spearmint gum. I just handed it to you. I PAID for my gum. You scanned the product. I paid for the product. Now, fork it over.” Comcast doesn’t even offer the game as available for PPV purchase. I said, “Shoot, I’ll pay $9.99 just to see this game.” It’s totally and utterly unavailable. And yet, we know the product exists, since we will get it on the mosaic channel. There is no local broadcast to protect. If I lived in Macon, GA, I’d get this game. That’s totally hilarious. Well, not really. But, you get the point.

Rawhide

October 16th, 2010
8:00 pm

Back from a day of driving through the north GA mountains with the oldest tax exemption.

BEEEEeeee-U-TEE-ful day to do so, I must say.

I let him try out my car on some of those winds and curves up there. It wasn’t the first time he’s driven it…but it was the first time he could see how much fun it could be.

He says it’s “a little quicker and tighter” than his 4-banger.

Indeed.

Zoomo – Agree 1,000% about Kamal. He’s great!

backcheck – Always nice to gain some perspective from someone outside of Thrasherville. Good luck on the rest of the season.

Oh…and too late on marrying “ugly” for me. The Divine Mrs. R is nothing shy of totally Babe-alicious. :cool:

Dwayne – LRB? Didn’t know they were still performing together. They’re one of my wife’s favorite groups. Enjoy the show, we’ll hold down the fort here.

Alan R. – Point taken about Mason. He did stop some quality chances…especially down the stretch. But I’m talking about totally shutting down an offense. He can…and will this season many times, and win us a few 2-1 type games when all is said and done.

Thrashfan23 – Thanks for the linkage!

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
8:03 pm

I told her, “Imagine 1,000 people calling you, tonight, to demand their $171.00 back? That won’t sit well with anyone.” She said she’d look into it, with an answer by no later than Tuesday as to why these games are blacked out. Their sales and marketing offices are closed. So, what’s next? Call FoxSportSouth and tell them to tell Center Ice to turn on the game, or we’re storming their offices with flaming pitchforks?

Zoomo

October 16th, 2010
8:18 pm

I cancelled my Center Ice subscription . Gotta hit them in the wallet.
I’m sticking with Kamal and maybe an Internet video stream.

rob

October 16th, 2010
8:34 pm

Thankfully I haven’t ordered Center Ice yet. Was waiting for the free time to end first but if this is the BS I get with them….I watch SOME other games but I WANT the Thrashers games not on Sports South and others. Almost $180 for those games and the few Sabres games I might watch on nights the Thrashers aren’t playing and they screw me on that?!?! WTF? Grrrrr…. There really is no such thing as customer service anymore and in the economic times we are in now you would THINK it would be a priority to try to EARN peoples hard earned money.

kracker

October 16th, 2010
9:20 pm

TBL losing to Panthers 0-4 in the 3rd, NJD losing 1-4 to Bruins late in the 3rd, Caps losing 0-2 to the Preds in the 2nd. Come on Thrashers!!

kracker

October 16th, 2010
10:26 pm

Bergfors in, Modin out.

BG33Brown

October 16th, 2010
10:32 pm

23, that link isn’t working for me. Anyone have another link.

Tom

October 16th, 2010
10:35 pm

Kracker, let’s try to get a contest going on the day the NY/NJ media starts questioning the signing of Kovy and starts to call his signing the 100 million dollar Mistake.

With how NJ is starting out and how they are hamstrung by the salary cap, it will be sooner than later.

BG33Brown

October 16th, 2010
10:35 pm

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
10:39 pm

Kracker, I have some sad news. On the PP, the Capitals have just defeated the Nashville Preds, 3-2, in overtime. Questionable call against Nashville. Ovechkins fires it, I think it was deflected by Semin. But if not, it’s Ovie’s goal. And the Capitals “steal” two-points in Tennessee. Call the cops. That was highway robbery. The Caps played 15 good minutes, all game long.

It was fun, though, to watch the Panthers B-slap the Bolts, 6-0. That was delicious, I must say. The Sabres are hangin’ tough, LQQKING for that 1st win of the season, at Chicago. It’s 3-2, Sabres, with 15:00 left in the 3rd. Montreal hung on, for a 4-3 win over Ottawa. Carey Price with the win. Don’t say I don’t give him credit when he achieves something. Columbus is up, 3-2, over Minnesota, late in the 3rd. The Islanders put something on Colorado that AJAX couldn’t take off, 5-2. The Penguins took it out HEAVY on the Flyers, 5-1. That was a fun one to watch, despite the score. In the Battle of Alberta, Canada, the Oilers and Flames are knotted, 1-1, in the 1st period.

Your attention, please. Your attention, please. The New Jersey mustered yet another one (1) goal effort. It was a 4-1 loss to the Bruins.

Let’s get a final, here from Minnesota. It’s a FRANTIC finish between the Blue Jackets and Wild. 01.2 left in regulation. The Wild net is empty. Jackets up, 3-2. The knock has been questionably knocked off. Here’s the draw. And it’s over. It’s a win for Columbus.

Joe Friday

October 16th, 2010
10:39 pm

WTF, settled in to watch the tilt and it’s blacked out again . . .yagottabekiddinme

Joe Friday

October 16th, 2010
10:42 pm

“It was fun, though, to watch the Panthers B-slap the Bolts, 6-0. That was delicious, I must say.”

What, did Tampa finally give Ellis a start?

Brendan

October 16th, 2010
10:43 pm

Whoops. That should read, “the net has been questionably knocked off.”

Sabres still up on Chicago, 3-2, with 10:30 left in the 3rd. Joe Friday will have a cow if BuffaloBlow goes into Chicago and knocks off the defending Cup Champions. Annnnnd, no sooner spoken, the Blackhawks have tied it up, 3-3. Bolland with a breakaway goal.

Joe Friday

October 16th, 2010
10:47 pm

you can’t stop the hawks, you can only hope to contain them . . .

anyone have a hi def feed on this game, this internet feed is like watching it underwater with the audio picked up off the planet Motron

Adam

October 16th, 2010
10:50 pm

Anyone have any other stream links? The audio is F’d up on atdhe.net for me.