What is it about Atlanta that brings out the best in Mathieu Garon?

Mathieu Garon must really love Atlanta.

Maybe it’s Varsity chilly dogs…maybe it’s the great weather…maybe it’s just the good old-fashioned southern hospitality. But for whatever reason, Thrasherville just seems to bring out the best in Garon.

The Columbus Blue Jacket netminder came into Thursday night’s game with a career 4-0-0 record against the Thrashers with a 1.00 GAA, .965 SV% and 2 shutouts. Of the 113 shots Atlanta teams had managed to put on his goal, Garon has kicked out 109. He then continued his magic spell over this team by stopping all 25 shots he faced this go around as Columbus blanked Atlanta 3-0, improving his record to 5-0-0 against the Thrashers.

In Philips Arena alone, Garon is now 4-0-0 with three shutouts.

“I don’t know what it is about this building,” the netminder remarked after game. “There’s always teams that for some reason—I’m not saying it’s easier—you have more wins against.”

Just has he was on all of Atlanta's 25 shots on goal, Mathieu Garin was all over this Evander Kane shot (AP Photo/David Goldman)

As was the case on all of Atlanta's 25 shots on goal, Mathieu Garon was all over this Evander Kane shot (AP Photo/David Goldman)

I guess it’s a darn good thing the CBJs are not in the Eastern Conference. I would hate for the Thrashers to have to face this guy four or six times per year.

Of course, Columbus probably wouldn’t mind playing more games against eastern opponents as they are now 3-0-0 in out of conference games now. Last Tuesday they blanked Montreal by the same 3-0 score and last month they handed Philadelphia a 2-1 defeat.

As for Garon, his shutout win improved his season record to 4-0-0 with a .966 SV% and microscopic goals against average of OH-89…BINGO!

Ondrej Pavelec deserved a better fate than he was handed, playing very well in goal for the home team. He was called upon 41 times turn aside shots…39 times he was successful. The 42nd Blue Jacket shot on goal came when RJ “I would like to buy a” Umberger stuffed home an empty netter.

Ya know…it’s not often you can allow 42 SOG and have that actually be an improvement from the previous game. But that’s exactly the case as the Thrashers gave up 55 the night before in Sunrise, Florida during the 4-3 win over the Panthers. Doing the math, that’s 97 shots against on consecutive nights.

Columbus pretty much played their style of game this night…controlling the puck, the play of the game and simply out working their opposition. Nothing especially “pretty” about the way they go about their work, but it has been effective so far as they improved their overall record to 8-4-0.

The loss snapped the Thrashers five-game streak in which they netted a win or at least an overtime loss consolation point.

Of the loss, I took note of some very interesting quotes that came out of the Thrashers locker room…both from Chris Vivlamore’s AJC write up and the AP report from Charles Odum.

“Individually, we’re not winning enough battles”, coach Craig Ramsay observed. “As a team you have to win battles, but it’s up to each individual to start the process. We have to have everybody involved in scoring goals.”

Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Zach Bogosian battles along the boards with the Blue Jackets' Antoine Vermette. Zach has noticed the empty seats on the other side of those boards (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Zach Bogosian battles along the boards with the Blue Jackets' Antoine Vermette. Zach has noticed the empty seats on the other side of those boards (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Forward Nik Antropov told C-Viv the play of the team was “embarrassing” over the past two games.

“It was better, but still not enough,” Antropov lamented. “The last two games you can call embarrassing. The other night we got lucky. Tonight we didn’t create enough scoring chances. They just outplayed us.”

Defenseman Johnny Oduya questioned the effort coming from the team saying, “I don’t think the effort is there at all. Better than [Wednesday] but we got lucky.”

It’s just not good enough. It’s pretty simple”, he continued. “We are not really skating and using our speed.”

And lastly, there is this from Zach Bogosian regarding the sell out crowd in which 10,000 or so fans came disguised as empty seats.

“It’s never good feeling when you come out and you are all pumped up and there’s not that many people in the stands”, the 2008 third overall draft pick admitted. “After playing here for three years, you kind of get used to it”.

“The more fans would be a lot better, but it’s not an excuse we can use.”

The “announced” crowd was 8,461 Thursday night…a record low. It came two weeks after the previous low of 8,820 that came out to see the Thrashers play the Buffalo Sabres. To Bogosian’s point, the 4-1 loss to the Sabres and 3-0 defeat at the hands of Columbus were probably the flattest, most lackluster, least-inspired games this team has played all year.

Hmmmm…maybe that’s Mathieu Garon’s answer to what it is about Philips Arena. He tends to work best in quiet places where he can concentrate on his job.

178 comments Add your comment

TrueBlue

November 5th, 2010
10:10 am

BRYAN LITTLE…PLEASE GET WELL SOON! YOU ARE THE ONLY PLAYER ON THIS TEAM THAT IS EXCITING TO WATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!

stendek

November 5th, 2010
10:11 am

I had an option those trapped in Philips Arena were denied Zach. I could either watch you guys lose or watch Yellow Jackets lose. Chose latter. Georgia Tech was competitive. You guys were not. Just flipped you guys off. Way your remarks dismissed all Georgia hockey fans. Know something pal. The Knights in their prime would have destroyed you guys. Know why? They skated with heart. Talent is nice but talent without heart is mediocrity at best. Remember that on your way to the NHL MVP Award buddy. STENDEK

To those who defend Zach I understand you have your own opinions. Fine. But all of you are wrong and just as full of shet as he is. That is MY opinion! STENDEK

Zombie Steve

November 5th, 2010
10:14 am

You wanna see a full house, Bogo? Help get your team to the playoffs. That’s the only why this team will find redemption.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
10:15 am

“You cant expect the crowd to go wild when there is nothing to cheer for”

Indeed, it certainly doesn’t help that the home team, DESPITE the lack of fans in the stands, doesn’t amp themselves up by playing hard out of the gate. Where is the hitting, the ferocious forecheck and gutsy play we saw from this team on Opening Night? You tellin’ me the only reason they played hard is because more than 15,000 showed up? If that’s the case, put 7,000 cardboard cut-outs in the empty seats, crank up the Beyonce and Kanye West during the game and watch the home-team goal total explode!!

Christ on a crutch this is sad. I realize Zach was pointing out something that a) is obvious and b) is a reflection of his emotional state at the time, but Lord Almighty who DOESN’T KNOW OUR ATTENDANCE SUCKS??

KLS1

November 5th, 2010
10:18 am

I went to the first Buffalo game and the last Tampa Bay game at home. It was the worst games I have effort witnessed at any level of sports.

Go out and win some games like men and quit letting your goalie get pelted 55 times a night and hope to hold on.

Bogosian has a lot of nerve of all people, he’s been a turnstile out there all year. Maybe check somebody and protect our end and this team may win a game…and then maybe I will come down to watch.

He should should be kissing Mason & Pavelecs butts for being where they are.

LAC

November 5th, 2010
10:19 am

The whole attendence thing goes right to the SORRY group of owners we are stuck with.

They have ZERO desire to Win, The could care less about NHL hockey and they LIE their collective pants off and come up with every excuse they can, NOT to make this team better and show commitment to the team and FANS !

But in all honesty, how much longer can this go on ?

It will be either the team being sold and MOVED, which is what I believe will happen, or a new Fresh Owner, NOT Owners… Will come in and keep the team here and try to repair all the damage The Atlanta STUPID Group and waddell have done.

Heck, If these clown owners want to save money, FIRE waddell, he is getting way too much money to do NOTHING, say cut him to MINIMUM wage, that would reflect his value to the franchise,
he is worthless and ineffective, and in NO way be retained.

It is a sorry mess here, and will only get worse, Someone needs to step in and step in FAST !

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2010
10:19 am

Put me three rows behind the bench and I’ll teach these guys some passion.

Thrashers27

November 5th, 2010
10:19 am

Zach,

You and the rest of the boys take a good look at the attendance numbers for the playoff year and even before that when there was a competitive team on the ice. You’ll see Thrashers fans came out in droves and the building was a rockin’. That was a little bit before your time, but trust me you guys put in a good effort every night and you’ll start to win. With that good effort you’ll also win the support of the fans.

Point is, it doesn’t start with the wins, it starts with the effort. Go Thrashers!

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
10:21 am

Ooops, hit the tab and enter buttons at the same time, kinda like when Zach tries skating and chewing gum at the same time…doesn’t work!

Anyway, my point is that the players should NEVER MENTION THE CROWD AFTER A DEMORALIZING LOSS!!! Period. Talk about pissing into the wind!!

I don’t care how sad you are that no one comes to watch your sorry a$$ stand around as the puck trickles behind you and it gets swatted into your net because you didn’t play the body when you’re supposed to. It’s YOUR JOB to figure out how to not make these stupid mistakes ALL THE TIME so your team has a better chance of winning. Ramsay should make them all skate till they puke this morning and then they can see how tired they are compared to how they felt after a flight from Ft. Lauderdale…are you freakin’ kidding me? Oduya is right? Why are you not skating hard and using your speed to your advantage? It’s one of the few advantages you have because it certainly isn’t your muscle (Eager, Big Buff and Boulton notwithstanding). BTW, where the hell is the inspired, hard-hitting, in your face play of Evander Kane lately?

stendek

November 5th, 2010
10:22 am

Call all sorry a$$ Thrasher fans like me out if you must Zach. Just do me one tiny favor. Do not do so after a totally listless and heartless shutout defeat on home ice. Thank you for your kindest consideration. STENDEK

ThrashDawg

November 5th, 2010
10:27 am

I was unfortunately at the game last night and have to ask why would I go down there and cost myself at least $150 for two of us only to not see good hockey. This is not a hockey town but that does not mean it cannot be made into one if the product on the ice is good. If the product gets better then it worth my time and money, until then I will watch on TV and hope they come together as a team. As a side note, I still think they need a go to type player that can be the captain and lead the team. Maybe big Buff can be that leader but not sure he has that in his personality. He seems to be a happy go lucky type of guy not a true leader. As for Zach you said “but it’s not an excuse we can use”. If this is the case then why mention it? By the way, I did not see too many fans in Florida either!

Flames

November 5th, 2010
10:28 am

Red Light…..Joe Friday….. I have to agree with you both. I think people are taking Zach’s quote out of context. He wasn’t blaming the fans for their loss. He was just pointing out the obvious. There was barely 8,000 fans in the bulb last night. It took a lot of guts for a 20 year old kid to speak the truth about the lack of fan support. Everyone has their reasons for not going to the game.

I was sitting next to Bryan Little last night and he has a face full of stitches. He isn’t sure when he will be able to return. I really hope it is soon, because we really need his speed on the ice. I hope to see everybody Saturday…Go
Thrashers!!!

Macon Whoopie

November 5th, 2010
10:35 am

Anybody else notice how many times the D double, hell, even triple-backed into their own zone when pressured by one man? It seems to me that when we finally gain possession of the puck in our own end, we don’t rush, we sit back and wait for the forwards to streak down the ice, try to make the longest pass possible, but eventually turn it over in the neutral zone, ALL THE TIME, and end up either with a 2-on-2 rush, or even a 1 man rush where the other team still manages to get a shot off, and have the chance to put back the rebound. I’m sorry Zach, but until you stop playing midget-hockey defense, I’m not going to travel 2 hours to Atlanta to just sit around talking to other fans about how we wished you would care, or how we are “So much better than this”.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
10:35 am

“I was sitting next to Bryan Little last night and he has a face full of stitches. He isn’t sure when he will be able to return”

Thanks Flames, but man, thanks for making my Friday EVEN WORSE than it was already!! ;-) I was afraid of that being the case, but why has no one, not even our beat writer, spoken to Little personally and reported that he is all stitched up? I even asked if he had zippers or not and I’ll I got was crickets.

As for Zach being taken out of context, the bigger point is why the hell did he mention it at all? Did the person ask him directly if the lack of attendance was a reason for their poor play?? He should know better than to not take the bait. What is the point of even mentioning it? It’s always going to draw the ire of an already-pissed off fan base? Why do you think there’s only 5,000 fans in attendance?? Cuz the other 10-15,000 are either a) pissed off and in Joe Friday’s “show me” camp or b) watching Ga Tech lose another footbal game! But in their defense, at least they make it interesting before cutting their fans’ hearts out.

EA

November 5th, 2010
10:36 am

Since I channel surf to different games, one can see that attendance is more of an issue this year than in seasons past in some markets. However those teams seem to know how to play in front of their fans. There is no excuse for the efforts in the first Bufffalo home game, the Tampa game and the game last night. How old are these guys? If they can’t play two nights in a row after flying a chartered plane home from FLORIDA, they shouldn’t be in the NHL.

Zombie Steve

November 5th, 2010
10:37 am

Someone give Sage Arthur Blank’s email

KLS1

November 5th, 2010
10:38 am

Fans in the stands is a luxury only winning teams earn (even in Canada). Is this team worthy? Was that effort last night worthy?

Bogo should be happy only 8,000 fans witnessed that game. I know I would be.

The Blackhawks couldn’t draw 8,000 fans on a bet a few years ago…how about now?

Go win…be a winner…then lets talk attendance.

stendek

November 5th, 2010
10:39 am

Either Thrashers at home against anybody or Poukeepsie State against Tidewater Tech in football. Hmm. Sorry Zachster! Have to utilize television viewing time wisely. STENDEK

Hoof Arted

November 5th, 2010
10:41 am

So people didn’t show up last night because they knew the Thrashers were going to lay an egg on the ice? Really?

I have no issue at all with what Bogosian said, I just wished he would’ve chosen a better time to say it. You know, after he played a great game maybe?

This team was 3-0-2 coming into the game and showing some signs of serious improvement. There is hope for better times ahead. But the problem is that fans have seen and heard this all before. After 10 years or so one can only expect the paying customers to respond to the same promises year after year.

It will take a serious run at the playoffs, even maybe making them, before the Thrashers can expect to get a lot of the would-be-paying-customers to show up and plunk their money down.

Until then, they need to slash ticket prices to entice the people back into the building. As with anything else in this free market economy, if you cannot sell your good or service at Y price, you reduce it to Z until you find it’s worth.

HonkyTonkHero

November 5th, 2010
10:46 am

Coach said it best in his post game presser…in regards to the atmosphere in the building being an issue he just said “We have to create our own atmosphere”. They did create their own atmosphere and it was not suitable for sustaining a crowd.

Nate

November 5th, 2010
10:47 am

I went to the Wednesday Buffalo home game and I watched last night. I will be at the game Saturday against the Hawks. I will cheer for the team with more effort since I’m a fan of both teams. All that said, I will not return to another weeknight game until I see some sorry @$$ crybabies put forth some effort. Lack of home attendance had nothing to do with the Florida game since it was on the road and you guys still stunk Zachary. And then to follow it up with the pitiful showing against Columbus? Excuses, Excuses…

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2010
10:49 am

Here are some pointers the next time Zach is asked about attendence:

1) Mention that ownership has maintained a payroll in the bottom 25% of the league for years. And due to this fact, he understands why players and fans have little long term faith in the organization.

2) He understands the fans are pissed because the GM has blown smoke up their collective backsides for years.

Now, that would take courage and point the finger, yes that finger, in the right direction.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
10:53 am

“This team was 3-0-2 coming into the game and showing some signs of serious improvement”

Not really, just signs of lucky bounces that John Anderson always like to whine about. To wit:

Shot Total Comparison for last 5 games (since WSH road game):

Shots by Period: 12 – 8 – 6 – 6 – 9 – 5 – 2(OT) – 9 – 7 – 8 – 4(OT) – 7 – 5 – 11 – 8 – 9 – 8

Shot Deficit by Per: -2, +1, -5, -8, +5, -4, +1(OT), -1, E, -6, E(OT), -3, -18, -11, -3, -5, -9

Number of times outshooting opponents: thrice out of 17 periods.

Honestly, I don’t see much improvement in terms of how they are playing as opposed to how their SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYING under Coach Ramsay. They are obviously not doing the things he was preaching or he’s not emphasizing the things he has been telling the press he’s emphasizing. Where’s the relentless forecheck? Where’s the zone time? Where’s the hitting? Where’s the rebound put-back goals? Other than some lucky breaks on the PP and an improvement in not taking penalties, I see no real improvement. They seem to be playing like big, pregnant female dogs for fear of taking a penalty. Great.

Willie B

November 5th, 2010
10:55 am

Hey # 4. You are NOT Bobby Orr ! Why ? Because he knew how to play defense ! Standing around with your “stick” in your hand while your man slips in behind you and scores is NOT the FANS fault. If you want to learn how to be anything close to Bobby Orr then watch how #2 for the Blackhawks plays Saturday night.

razorneck13

November 5th, 2010
10:57 am

Stendek, agreed. Funfact, I think the Gladiators have something like the fourth highest attendance in the ECHL. Yes, they are affordable, yes they have an arena about 1/3 the size of Philips, but it’s their quality, period. They have a nice home in a nice part of town, but it’s certainly not as centralized as Philips either, so again it’s their quality. If anyone can help dig up the Knights old attendance figures I would love that as I’m having trouble doing so. I really want them so I can prove once and for all to all the naysayers that they killed it at the Omni.

Joe Friday, not trying to pee in your cheerios, but who’s taking Zach’s comment regarding attendance out of context. He’s clearly boo-hooing . How is that not a poke at the fans? Why should we not be upset?

AGAIN, please help pull some old Knights attendance figures, I think it makes a very good argument as to what kind of potential this market has with a solid franchise minor league or otherwise. After that I think the only other argument could be the tickets prices and the economy, but we all know that’s not the reason for these poor turnouts.

iamtheratio

November 5th, 2010
10:57 am

Everyone needs to just calm down, this is outrageous. The kid is what, 21 years old? Give him a break, I’d be pissed at the turn out if I had to deal with it for 3 years myself. (I get the on ice product has sucked, but it’s still a lot to deal with for a young kid)

Remember, this is ONLY November and most of us thought this team would be 3-8-2 or so.. but we’re not, we’re 6-5-2. It’s going to take MORE time to get this team where we want them.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
11:02 am

BUT! On a good note, should always finish on a good note, with a solid, flaw-free set of reps EVEN WHEN YOU’RE TIRED: our goalies have been pretty darn good in the last 6 games. They’ve faced a total of 231 shots on goal and only surrendered 19 goals for a save percentage of 91.8% which is very good considering the amount of rubber they’ve faced. The GAA is *only* 3.08 (roughly), but it could be a whole helluva lot worse!!

Alan R.

November 5th, 2010
11:04 am

I think people are taking Zach’s quote out of context

I’m with you on that, Flames. I understand why people take it out of context, though, and I agree with those people as well.

Put forth some effort. Win or lose, make the opposition walk out of our arena in pain. The only “brutally good time” I’ve seen from Blueland this year was the season opener — and even that game wasn’t as physical as it could have been.

Spud Webb

November 5th, 2010
11:06 am

I’m glad he said it, he’s right, pretty much straight to the point.
I love the the guys talking about how poorly they played, previous game was lucky. They’re not blind, they see whats going on and it will be addressed. Things are changing, h&ll, accountability of themselves is a nice change!

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
11:07 am

iamtheratio – he’s only 20 I think, but who cares? He’s been in the NHL for 2 years, he should know better. He’s also been an alternate whom many thought was capable of leadership and a captainship. Apparently, he’s capable of whining and making excuses like his old coach.

Oh yeah, the avg number of shots faced the last 6 games = 38.5.

VS the avg number of shots faced the first six games = 37.2

Nice improvement there, eh?

Zoomo

November 5th, 2010
11:10 am

I was there last night. First time I’ve ever thought that the franchise is in trouble. There coudn’t have been more than 3,000 actual attendees. Pathetic. Pathetic effort. Pavs, Burny and Buff were the only bright spots.

I’m not surprised by Zach’s comments because the attendance was so shocking it was bound to come out in post game interviews. However, I can’t agree more that the games have to be entertaining to retain and draw fans. When you put out a weak effort like last night, it’s understandable that fans won’t come back. THere was NOTHING to cheer about.

Get The Puck Out

November 5th, 2010
11:13 am

I hope some of the players are reading this. Maybe it will light a fire under them or embarress them. All we ask is put forth effort.

Alan R.

November 5th, 2010
11:13 am

Anxiety for tomorrow, rising…

From Twitter:

reporterchris

The #blackhawks have recalled 19-year-old forward Jeremy Morin from the AHL.

Joe Friday

November 5th, 2010
11:14 am

“If anyone can help dig up the Knights old attendance figures I would love that as I’m having trouble doing so. I really want them so I can prove once and for all to all the naysayers that they killed it at the Omni.”

I can’t dig them up but I was a season ticket holder for the Knights for 4 years and they didn’t sell out. In fact, I think the only sellout I ever saw was for the Turner Cup winning game.

I was there for the Cincinnati coach trying to rip Sir Knight’s head off. I was there for the playoff brawl with the Thunder (and went to jail that night as a result, but I got Toporowski with a beer!). They did not sell out. I had 5 row blue line for like what, $12 per game and there was a good hard core base of us that went, and hung out with Ferrall in the smoking area, but it was just a base. I’d guess 4 to 5,000 per game? When the playoffs came, we’d go to 1/2 full and then 2/3rds full if they progressed through some rounds.

But I agree with this as a fact: The Knights’ games were fun, much more fun than Thrashers’ games. There was passion, the players competed knightly, and the owners had good marketing. But we didn’t have the Omni packed every night. Now, those were the days you would drive down there in 30 minutes as well, which was nice.

“Joe Friday, not trying to pee in your cheerios, but who’s taking Zach’s comment regarding attendance out of context. He’s clearly boo-hooing . How is that not a poke at the fans? Why should we not be upset?”

I completely understand those at the game being upset. I hit that wall three years ago and had enough. So I know where you’re coming from, but maybe there’s some displaced anger here being directed at Zach for saying the obvious. Stop and think that mabye he really blames management and the owners for driving us away, that he’s not blaming the fans.

Willie B

November 5th, 2010
11:17 am

” He’s only 21 ” huh ??? Funny, I don’t recall Toews or Crosby making excuses for their poor job performance (the few times either one of two ever have one). Hey crybaby, there are 19 and 20 year old sergeants leading Marines and Soldiers in combat as we speak. They don’t make excuses. They just do their job and they make about 20k a year.

R. Stroz

November 5th, 2010
11:22 am

Low attendance is the symptom, not the problem.

Alan R.

November 5th, 2010
11:25 am

Funny, I don’t recall Toews or Crosby making excuses for their poor job performance

Did you read Zach’s entire quote? Here, I’ll help.

“It’s never good feeling when you come out and you are all pumped up and there’s not that many people in the stands”, the 2008 third overall draft pick admitted. “After playing here for three years, you kind of get used to it”.

“The more fans would be a lot better, but it’s not an excuse we can use.”

I put the main idea in bold print, so it’s easier for you to see it. Zach is not making an excuse. He was asked a question, and he responded.

Like I said, I understand both sides of the coin, as it were; however, I think people are taking his words a little out of context. He could have worded his statement far better, and could have said something regarding taking responsibility for shoddy play. But is that the question he was asked?

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
11:26 am

Rich Peverley was asked the same question by the guy who posts the youtube interviews, his response: “No it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter what the crowd is…we’ve got to be ready to play, we’re all professionals here…”

There you go. End of story. The players must perform better if they want people’s hard-earned dollars. 60 minute stink-fests or 10 minutes of passion-filled, desperate hockey in the 3rd period isn’t gonna cut it. They need to find something to play for…how about each other?

HonkyTonkHero

November 5th, 2010
11:30 am

Avg attendance at an IHL game during the years of the Knights ranged from 4,000 to 6,000. Based on Joe Friday’s recollection looks like we were about average for the league. The Omni could hold a tad over 15,000 for ice hockey. I couldnt find specific IHL team attendance totals for any team (prior to 2008) in my 10 minutes of google research.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
11:31 am

Alan – I think most understand that he tried to qualify his statement, but the fact of the matter is that the question is a loaded gun and he should know better than to play Russian roulette with it. Just say “that’s a poor excuse and we have to be better” and move on. It’s the first part of the quote that rings hollow. So what if the crowd is sparse, if you’re so pumped up, you should be able to stay pumped up because you’re a PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY PLAYER. It’s your job to get amped up and ready to play with passion. I think people are just reacting to the quote so harsly because it captures the frustration everyone is feeling for their poor, unispired play when they take home ice. 3 out of 5 games is a disturbing reminder of how awful we seem to play when at home despite match-up advantages, sleeping in your own bed, having your normal routine etc.

Willie B

November 5th, 2010
11:39 am

If you think last night was a record low just wait until next Thursday.

Willie B

November 5th, 2010
11:45 am

Excuses are the point Alan not the quotes ! Excuses ! His quote should have been “I really messed up on that one goal ” . It shouldn’t have been Obama Wednesday with ” the people’s lack of understand ” instead ” I’m a numbnuts and now everybody knows it “. The guy was given a role in team leadership. The same as a young Crosby and Toews. Those two NEVER make excuses and that’s one reason why both of them have cups.

Alan R.

November 5th, 2010
11:54 am

Avg attendance at an IHL game during the years of the Knights ranged from 4,000 to 6,000. Based on Joe Friday’s recollection looks like we were about average for the league

Figures I found show the Knights to be 8000-9000 in attendance. Average attendance figures after their second season were in the 8400 range, second in the IHL at the time.

http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/56111

Excuses are the point Alan not the quotes ! Excuses !

And my bolded part illustrates that he’s not making an excuse! Derp!

EA

November 5th, 2010
11:54 am

Rich Peverly also said on the NHL network show that Atlanta has die hard fans. He did not mention numbers. Class act. As I stated earlier, I don’t think Zach meant to insult anyone. He was saying what he thought. However, he definitely hit a sore spot. For those of us who do sit through those miserable games as well as those who don’t for many good reasons, it came across as incrediblly insensitive. I am not sure I said all the right things at his age or even the age I am now which is considerably older than him. For that reason, I am giving him a break. For his inconsistent play as well as many of his team members, there is no excuse. Play with some heart.

razorneck13

November 5th, 2010
11:59 am

HAHAHAHAHAH!!! 4-5K for the Knights!!! I think the same dude keeps saying that nonsense. Until the LV Thunder broke the records, the Knights broke em, THAT MUCH I DO KNOW. They consistently had 2/3 or better capacity and frequent sellouts. I know, I went to about a dozen random games in the first few seasons.

razorneck13

November 5th, 2010
12:04 pm

That’s a dozen random games each season for the first few rather, including the Turner Cup clencher. I remember 11-12k in every game I went to, they happily announced the gates every game too BTW, just to let you know they were awesome.

Midfield

November 5th, 2010
12:06 pm

I have 2 comments. On Garon, what brings the best out of him in Atlanta is that most of the shots come in his clear view and at a predictable moment. In other words, Columbus keeps outworking Atlanta time and again. Particularly, Kane I’m not impressed with over a couple of games lately. He needs to return back to being a hard working hockey player, not a “team leader,” “future of the franchise” and all that crap. He is simply not talented enough to be a “Patrick” freelancing Kane.

Now, about Bogosian. The guy is a talent, but using Dudley’s language, Bogo’s dumb as a sack of hammers, sorry. He was improving fast, when Schneider was around to coach him on the job. Last year under Anderson’s cookie-cutter coaching crew was a complete waste. This year, it’s like starting out from scratch, basically.

Big Shooter

November 5th, 2010
12:07 pm

While I can’t find exact figures, I found this link (http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/56111) that states in the Knights first season they averaged 8,463. I went to many games every year and from my memory it was more than 4-5K.

Smoothie

November 5th, 2010
12:16 pm

Why are we even comparing the attendance to the Knights? Shouldn’t we be comparing to Flames attendance in the 70’s. The fans are here…we know they exist, but as Stroz keeps pointing out, we keep giving them many reasons to stay away. The chief reason being mediocre to horrible hockey on home ice.

razorneck13

November 5th, 2010
12:16 pm

http://basketball.ballparks.com/NBA/AtlantaHawks/oldindex.htm

I hope this works to back up my recollection of Knights attendance. It’s the best I can do. For all who keep saying I’m full of it, just why do you think the NHL wanted another franchise here anyway? Looks like I was low balling it when I said 2/3 capacity too.