Thrashers survive Rangers comeback bid to win 6-4

Wednesday afternoon I was sitting in my office when a knock came on the door. It was my friend Sal from the mailroom who had a package for me. He just sat it on my desk without comment. When I pealed back the plain brown paper wrapping, all that I found inside was a soiled, soggy milk carton.

I looked up and asked, “What…what is this? What does this mean?”

Sal replied, “It’s a message from Todd White. It means your milk carton sleeps with the fishes”.

A message…from Todd White? Why, what for? I mean, what in the world did I ever do or say about Todd White that would make him want to send me such a message? Hmmm…??

Later in the evening, I then found out why he wanted to get my attention. White suited up in a New York Rangers blue shirt and scored a goal against his former team. Trailing 5-2 to the Thrashers, Whitey backhanded home a rebound to pull the home team to within two. Atlanta forward Fredrik Modin allegedly was defending White on the play.

It was his first goal of the season and it turned what was a comfortable Thrashers lead into what would become a bit of a nail-biter just moments later. White’s goal was then followed a few minutes later by another, pulling the Rangers to within one. Brian Boyle did the honors this time as he was left alone on the far post.

Eric Boulton is congratulated by his Thrashers teammates after scoring his first goal of the season. He wasn't the only player notching his first in the 6-4 win over the New York Rangers Wednesday night (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Eric Boulton is congratulated by his Thrashers teammates after scoring his first goal of the season. He wasn't the only player notching his first in the 6-4 win over the New York Rangers Wednesday night (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Someone in a Thrashers jersey really needed to just clear him out from in front of the goal, should have put a hit on him, should have …ahem…popped that Boyle when they had a chance.

However, with the score 5-4, Andrew Ladd’s empty netter iced the game for the Thrashers fourth win of the season.

“It was kind of stupid to let them back in the game,” Nic Bergfors said afterwards. “We stopped working a little bit there and they took care of it, but we got it done”. Bergfors scored his first goal of the season in the victory, an unassisted top-shelf blast from the right side that put Atlanta up 3-2 in the second period.

Bergie wasn’t the only Thrasher who found net for the first time this season. Bryan Little also did so when he sliced his way through the defense and beat Marty Biron. That tally tied the game at one-all in the first period. Later in the game Eric Boulton joined Little and Bergfors in getting off The Schnide as he scored off a rebound to provide what would turn out to be the deciding goal.

Alex Burmistrov set up Evander Kane on a goal in the second period to put the Thrashers up 2-1. It was the first NHL point for the rookie forward.

Another first for this team…in holding New York to 28 shots on goal, it was the first time Atlanta has held an opponent to less than 30 SOG all season. It only took nine games to do so. I wish I could report that they also outshot the opposition for the first time this fall, but the Thrashers only got off 26 of their own.

What was not a first, however, was seeing the Thrashers’ defense let up another goal due to sloppy play around their goal. A turnover early in the first period led to a Ryan Callahan goal that put the Rangers up 1-0 only 38 seconds into the game.

Also, and I try not to hold netminders solely responsible when goals are allowed, but the Sean Avery wrap-around tally that tied the score at two all was due to Chris Mason’s slow reaction to Avery’s move around the back of the net. The Thrashers goalie then was unable to get to the post before the puck was snuck in.

For the game, Mason stopped 24 of the 28 shots he faced.

By winning in New York, Atlanta improved their overall record to 4-4-1 and bumped their road record to 3-2-1.

And finally, I want to thank my good friends at Guston’s restaurant in Kennesaw for hosting a small group of us Wednesday night to watch the game. Donnie runs a great little place there and he set us up in a nice private room to enjoy the night’s festivities. The lovely and charming Katie took great care of us, providing some much-needed “mojo” when the Thrashers really needed it.

Thanks guys…we’ll see ya again next Wednesday.

And I’ll see you all at Philips Friday night when the Thrashers get a chance to make amends for the giant, steaming pile of FAIL that they dropped on the ice last week against the Sabres.

141 comments Add your comment

Alan R.

October 27th, 2010
11:49 pm

Atlanta forward Fredrik Modin allegedly was defending White on the play.

http://dj4aces.info/stuff/pics/seewhatyoudid.jpg

cousin Eddie

October 27th, 2010
11:50 pm

chicken dance time!

Jeff

October 27th, 2010
11:51 pm

Glad to see Bergfors and Little get on the scoreboard. Burmistrov looked pretty good from what I saw

cousin Eddie

October 27th, 2010
11:57 pm

Nice play from the thrashers, except when Rangers were scoring! Very impressed with these Chicago boys so far.

Smoothie

October 28th, 2010
12:20 am

Guess who drew another penalty with his slick skating and strong puck skills?! Yep, Johnny Burma. That kid is gonna be special in time. Could be the perfect set-up man for the “man” named Kane.

Also, how many more lousy efforts by Modin will it take to convince Ramsay that his best position is “healthy scratch”? Someone, ahem Dudley, needs to get on the horn with Lever and tell him that he needs a more macho man to replace Swedee Modin. Yeah, that kid Spencer deserves a shot to play with the big boys on a line with Kaner and the Burmise Python.

R. Stroz

October 28th, 2010
12:23 am

Waive Modin!

If you can’t cover Todd White, you shouldn’t be in the NHL

Do the Swedes have a toilet paper with the brand name Modin?

ThrashFan23

October 28th, 2010
12:30 am

I think Noah Welch deserves to be here. He played a heck of a game! Brian Little’s goal was an amazing goal, wonder where that has been all season.

stendek

October 28th, 2010
12:43 am

I want to state that NO ONE hates the New York Ranjerks more than I! That said. I am pleased the Thrashers secured a victory at Madison Square Garden. Offense was in above average form. I am still thoroughly disgusted with Marshmallow Chris Mason between the pipes! A lead of three goals almost squandered by the Sori Letemin wannabe. Is there a rule which states Thrashers must surrender four or more goals per outing? Please clue me in if there is! Forgive the Devil’s Advocate response. I am happy with regulation victory. Baadly needed. Badly! Hope guys in blue can string a few wins together. At least act like professional hockey team. Hear that Marshmallow man? STENDEK

Tom

October 28th, 2010
12:46 am

I nominate this sentence by Mr. Stroz for comment of the year.

If you can’t cover Todd White, you shouldn’t be in the NHL

No greater indictment has ever been uttered about the defensive liability a player…

Tom

October 28th, 2010
1:35 am

should have been “of a player” ugh…

Brendan

October 28th, 2010
1:37 am

http://blogs.ajc.com/iceman-thrashers-blog/2010/10/26/thrashers-3-4-1-so-far%e2%80%a6eh-it-could-be-worse/comment-page-2/#comment-41234

Also, I want to add that the Devils were losing, 5-2, to San Jose tonight. Heatley, Marleau and Thornton had stellar nights for the Sharks. The Devils fall to 5 games under .500, NHL-style. 2-7-1, I believe. That’s five out of a possible twenty (5/20) for Lou Lamoriello’s Devils. No one loses the Cup or the possibility of playoffs in October. The Devils could be five games under .500 at New Year’s Day, they’ll still make the playoffs, and could, in theory, win the Cup. They’re working out the kinks.

Unfortunately, TB won. Again. Over Pittsburgh, this time. Washington beat Carolina, 3-0, with Neuvirth’s first career shutout. Only 111 more, to catch Brodeur. The Islanders gave Montreal a thrill ride, but came up short. Chicago beat L.A., in what could be a playoff preview, out west, 3-1.

October is nearing a close … and I’ve been thinking, lately, about our Thrashers Player of the Month. Early on, I thought it was Chris Thorburn. Then, I though, Anthony Stewart. But now, I’m almost certain it will be Andrew Ladd, the points leader, with a nice streak going.

Brendan

October 28th, 2010
1:38 am

At 4-4-1, we’re one-point up on Carolina, but the ‘Canes have a game-in-hand.

John

October 28th, 2010
3:31 am

Bergfors first star of the game.

EA

October 28th, 2010
7:22 am

Fun game to watch. After the game, I flipped over to the Tampa game. They have a new GM, a new coach, an improved team and something we are missing-fans in the seats. Go Thrashers!

GaVaHokie

October 28th, 2010
7:34 am

How about Kovalchuk with zero SOG’s last night in 20min. of ice time?!

Patrick Sharp is a man possessed in Chicago. Still wish we could have swung a deal for him.

GaVaHokie

October 28th, 2010
7:36 am

I think the official countdown to a Stamkos Stanley Cup has begun… much like the Crosby countdown.

World Be Free

October 28th, 2010
8:04 am

I am still very concerned over the number of defensive zone turnovers. Improved team defense was one the positives I expected from Rammer, but I have to say this team is only marginally better in their zone than John Ander-bums teams.

The team defense, especially down low in our own zone has to get better. These defensive pairings still do not have the synergy required to protect a lead. Mason has been OK so far. The Avery goal looked “age-induced” meaning an older goalie that cannot move side to side with great efficiency.

kracker

October 28th, 2010
8:12 am

The wailing about “Who will score our goals?!” should subside a bit. The Thrashers are tied for 3rd in goals scored at 29. Unfortunately, they are also tied for 3rd in goals allowed at 33, which gives us our 4-4-1 record.

It could be a lot worse….say, like signing Kovalchuk for $100M and having a 2-7-1 record. I expect the Devils to improve but you never know with the funk they are in.

BlackedOut

October 28th, 2010
8:14 am

Glad I got to see this game in the form of a glorious black screen that said “This game is blacked out in your area” ….which is humorous in that I live in the city of ATLANTA…..are you kidding me, how in the world are we supposed to watch the game, is it my u-verse or what? And I’m sorry but listening to the game on the radio with the guy with the speech impediment on 680 is just plain horrendous

d

October 28th, 2010
8:17 am

It’s too early to worry about TB and he Crap’s. ATL must reduce their bad penalties and turnovers in the own zone if they are to have a chance of reaching 90+ pts this season. Regarding NJ, I still do not understand why Lou jeopardized a proven winning formula over the past decade by paying $100 million for a foward who refuses to backcheck…

stendek

October 28th, 2010
8:20 am

Thrashers won! Devils lost. Life is good. Morning Bill and fellow ice hockey supporters. STENDEK

Joe Friday

October 28th, 2010
8:31 am

What were the lines last night?

James Brown

October 28th, 2010
8:36 am

Good win for the boys in Blue…………….Burma is the real deal and here to stay…………..After 9 games and a 4-4-1 record there have been some up and downs for the team but I`ll take it and run into November with it…..Need at least a split this weekend……….

Eileen

October 28th, 2010
8:36 am

Kane’s goal was a beauty. There is so much young offensive talent on this team. It makes one a little optimistic. I hope the crowd is big Friday so we can shut down those obnoxious Buffalo fans. It was great to see a smile on Bergfors face last night.

Poor Ol' Family Man

October 28th, 2010
8:46 am

This team was fortunate to have scoring come alive from different players last night. They will NOT win 80% (or more) of the games where they allow 4 goals. Mason and whoever is back there at the time seem to have no idea what to do to clear a puck out. Complete failure at this one “skill” has resulted in turnovers and most of the goals scored against us this season!

I’m sick of seeing them fiddle around with the puck around our net! I squirm and squirm and nearly crawl out of my chair every time I see Mason touch pass a puck to one of our guys who then seems to forget which side of the rink he’s on. You’d think this would’ve been corrected by now.

Mason just seems out of it. It almost looks like he can’t see out of his mask and spot the puck. Sorry, but he’s not the answer unless he rapidly improves his game. Watching him makes me long for Pavs or Moose. I’m so disappointed in Mason I can’t describe it. Yeah, he’s been taking shots that wouldn’t be there if defense was better…But that’s what he gets paid for. What alarms me is the goals that are scored on him – by all the opposing teams so far – aren’t slap shots. They just maneuver the puck right up in his face and chunk it in either around, above or below. Then he’s so slow, he can’t react fast enough and it’s a goal. His post-goal reactions also indicate he knows he should’ve stopped it. It’s like they all have the book on how to score on Mason.

It’s still a win….But 4 goals against will be a loss most of the time. I hope Pavs brings his A-game when he gets back. And someone needs to make sure Mason drinks a Red Bull or two before every period…..

George Jetson

October 28th, 2010
8:51 am

If that Kane goal was a preview of things to come from the kid then I say HELL YA ! That move to the net reminded me of someone from the past (Not in ATL) but let’s just try walking first.

C’mon Dude ! Twice in one early Thrasher PP Enstrom made two lackluster passes that were inches from being picked off and a clean breakaway for the Rangers. The way Mason was playing I bet I know what would have happened.

Thrashers27

October 28th, 2010
9:06 am

Some sweet, sweet goals last night, boys! Kane’s and Little’s were especially pretty. Keep it up!

Old Time Hockey

October 28th, 2010
9:08 am

Seems to me that every goal scored in close against us is a result of defensive non-mobility. In other words, standing still and the opposition darts in through the statues. Appears more like a zone defense as opposed to man to man. I’ve said it a million times, standing still in this league is a recipe for goals against. Why on earth are two defensemen standing in front of the goal looking behind the goal?! Take a friggin’ man! If you have a body on everyone, no one is open, and no easy bang-bang goals against. I see them follow a guy, then peel off and leave him for the next guy. If the rotation doesn’t work, they end up wide open. Wings should stay with opposition d-men, our-d-men mark their wingers and center on center. It’s not that complicated. You can see when we’re moving on D and chasing the puck carrier, it works. When we chase and peel off, they seem wide open right on the door step.

World Be Free

October 28th, 2010
9:26 am

Good to see Bergie get a nice goal last night.

You all know that I am a Thrasher fan through and through even when the Sabres come to town. The upcoming BUF-ATL game gives us another opportunity to talk about the obnoxious Buffalo fans. The truth of the matter is that they buy tickets, concessions (especially beer) and cheer for their team. You want Buffalo fans out of Phillips? All we need to do is buy the tickets so their there’s no seats left for them. Trust me, Sabres fans feel the same way about obnoxious Maple Leaf and Canadian’s fans so we are not alone.

KLS1

October 28th, 2010
9:38 am

The Avery wrap around was all Hainsey…he we was totally out of position and then helped redirect the puck in with weak poke check. He may need a couple nights off.

Red Light

October 28th, 2010
9:40 am

Sabres fans are no different than any that have a bit of frustration on their side during a 40-year history with runner-up status as their only rallying cry. Frankly, I’d rather sit in a building with someone cheering rather than no one at all. I welcome their money, their passion and their cheering. You want to do something about it? Put a winning team on the ice and sell some freaking tickets…it’s that simple.

DWTOO

October 28th, 2010
9:40 am

After the scoring drought of the pre-season games who’d ahve thought we would be outgunning teams 6-4. Good win, good to see the Chicago guys play well and Bergie SMILE, however, where’s the defensively responsible team everyone was talking about? Poor defensive play is killing us.

JMIK

October 28th, 2010
9:44 am

I would blame the second goal on Hainsey being out of position……again….

Alan R.

October 28th, 2010
9:44 am

After the scoring drought of the pre-season games who’d ahve thought we would be outgunning teams 6-4.

Probably most of us who weren’t in “OMG PANIC WE SUCKED DURING THE GAMES THAT DONT COUNT” mode.

Just sayin’. That irrationality has made quite a few people look silly. :P

I liked a lot of what I saw last night; however, our guys have got to start knocking around those guys hanging around in the crease.

I mean, we let milk carton man score on us last night. Seriously. That’s not supposed to happen.

Alan R.

October 28th, 2010
9:52 am

Sorry, but he’s not the answer unless he rapidly improves his game.

Mason has played in all nine Thrashers games thus far.

Mason is not the kind of goalie that should be doing that.

See, the problem is, Mason is tired. The Thrashers’ plan was to use Mason to help teach Pavelec more of the game. Give the kid confidence and a veteran in the room to talk to. Pavelec and Mason are a 1a-1b tandem. When Pavelec went out, Mason came in and played huge for us.

Mason is an awesome goalie, but not when you play him so many games in a row.

Rawhide

October 28th, 2010
9:54 am

KLS1 & JMIK – I’ll grant you Hainsey’s role in that Avery goal…but from what I saw, Avery was on the other side of the net before Mason even made a move to cove.

…shrugs…

BlackedOut – The place we were watching the game had it on SPSO. However, I know of one person who texted me regarding being blacked out, however he then said it came on after the first period.

Alan R. – Regarding Mason being tired, I do think Eliot/McConnell said something last night about him facing the most shots on goal so far this season.

That is a concern…but then again, they hadn’t played since Saturday and it’s still early in the season.

DWTOO

October 28th, 2010
10:03 am

Blackout: Mrs. DWTOO here – we had the same situation with U-verse blacking out the game and we live in Lawrenceville, so we couldn’t even get the radio broadcast because 680’s signal is too weak to reach out here. (I’m not sure why since it’s U-verse and not Dish.) I settled for the free link posted on the Blueland Chronicle’s site with the Rangers announcers. It was the best I could do, and it wasn’t half-bad, except for the announcers and the skipping. I was also multi-tasking at the time-a woman thing, you know… But I wanted to give a shout out to the Blueland Chronicle boys for the link and a big THANK YOU for posting it.

3stripes

October 28th, 2010
10:04 am

A little nit-picky, but I think Buff’s goal was the game-winner, not Boulton’s.

Agree that the D has got to stop fiddling around with the puck in our own zone. They just look tentative to me. Not sure if that’s because they can’t find anyone to pass to up-ice, or if they’re unsure if they should be the ones to begin the rush, or what.

Interesting stat from last night: Of the forwards, Burmy had the highest TOI at 17:18.

Alan R.

October 28th, 2010
10:10 am

That is a concern…but then again, they hadn’t played since Saturday and it’s still early in the season.

That’s all true, too. I still look at the whole “nine games in a row” thing, though. I sincerely hope Pavelec or Mannino starts the game on Friday against Buffalo, because I’m having very bad visions of that Buffalo game last week.

World Be Free

October 28th, 2010
10:17 am

Red Light-toss in 40+ years of Buffalo Bills frustration (including 4 straight Super Bowl losses)! It’s not hard to see why Buffalo sports fans go nuts at every goal and win. Gotta take victories, even small ones. I told my buddies in Buffalo about the hate for BUF fans and they all laughed aloud-they agree with most of you!

GaVaHokie

October 28th, 2010
10:17 am

Chicago Blackhawks traded Andrew Ladd to the Altanta Thrashers for Ivan Vishnevskiy and a 2nd round selection in 2011.

…bargain!!

Viking

October 28th, 2010
10:19 am

Stroz,

Regarding Modin and Swedish toilet paper brands, your question can actually be answered with a nyes!!!

There is a Swedish toilet paper manufacturer formerly named MoDo, which has some similarity with MoDin!

The same company that has given its name to the hockey club MoDo that has fostered an extreme disproportunate amount of NHL players compared to the population of the town örnsköldsvik. Good ones too – how about Forsberg, Näslund, the Sedins, Victor Hedman, Anders Hedberg, Sundström and our own Enström to name a few.

However, MoDin will likely not prefer to be associated to MoDo, since he never played for them and during his Swedish career played for their worst antagonists.

Rawhide

October 28th, 2010
10:21 am

Chicago Blackhawks traded Andrew Ladd to the Altanta Thrashers for Ivan Vishnevskiy and a 2nd round selection in 2011.…bargain!!

GaVaHokie – Yes…. Bargain x10.

Red Light

October 28th, 2010
10:24 am

Burmistrov continues to draw penalties and looks very capable of playing a full season with the club. Kane’s goal was a beauty although Stewart was standing all alone in front of the goal with no one anywhere near him. Bergfors top-shelf shot was unreal. As mentioned, Mason was awful. Don’t buy the fact he can be tired after three full days off prior to the game like Rawhide said. But, it was a nice two points for the Thrashers, regardless of method. No one need ask for a description of how it was done, as long as it was done. It’s like a scorecard in golf, where no explanation is necessary, just the score!

The Rangers stink. With Prospal, Gaborik and Drury injured, along with Lundqvist sitting last night, that team looked a far cry from its most recent playoff squad when they dropped the final 3 games to Washington after taking a 3-1 series lead. I stand by my prediction that Tortorella will be gone by Jan. 1, and while he’s not the only root of the problem (see Glen Sather), his record against the Thrashers since taking over in 2009 is 1-5, and is 12-14 overall against Toronto, Florida, NY Islanders and Atlanta. That’s not going to cut it!

What a dilemma in San Jose for the venom-spewers about former Thrashers! The Devils lost and Kovalchuk didn’t record a shot, but Heatley had a goal and three assists. Such a tug on the emotions, eh? But, I’m sure everyone is thrilled that Hossa got hurt last night too!

Russ

October 28th, 2010
10:24 am

Hokie – Agreed. In fact, I would cast my vote at this point for Ladd as captain. Kane is the only other one I would seriously consider, but I wouldn’t want to put added pressure on someone that young. Ladd deserves the “C”.

Alan R.

October 28th, 2010
10:25 am

However, MoDin will likely not prefer to be associated to MoDo, since he never played for them and during his Swedish career played for their worst antagonists.

Sounds like a good reason to make the association to me. It might piss him off, and light a fire under him to actually play well.

Zoomo

October 28th, 2010
10:26 am

I believe I clearly read Whitey’s lips after his goal and he said “Take that Rawhide”

The goals were beautiful things to watch; Kane’s move, Bergy’s wrister, Buff Blast. Nice.

The D was mediocre. We’ve got to play with more defensive urgency. I think Mason is a bit over worked, not over the hill.

schroeder

October 28th, 2010
10:28 am

Bill, granted Mason was a little slow from pipe to pipe,But ” Mr Hair gel” had Avery in the corner and when Avery reversed to go behind the goal Mr Hainsey stopped and backed off instead of riding him into the far corner and he never should have gotten off the shot in the 1st place. I know that I will defend a goaltender when I can but in this case from what I saw Avery should have been picking his teeth out of the glass in the far corner.

World Be Free

October 28th, 2010
10:31 am

The Rangers do stink and Torts looks like his head is about to explode behind the bench!

SomaAtl95

October 28th, 2010
10:32 am

Can anyone answer this? The game was on Fox SportsSouth, 1 channel away from SportsSouth. Correct me if I am wrong but aren’t they both the same network now? Fox SportsSouth didn’t have the game listed but it was there thankfully. Its about time Atlanta gets to see the Thrashers win on TV.
On a related note has anyone successfully canceled center ice since this blackout rule due to the dispute between Dish and Fox?

Charmin should become a Rangers sponsor as long as they keep Todd White. They could call goals like his last night the “Charmin Poop Shoot” of the game.