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

stendek

November 6th, 2010
7:50 pm

Enter your comments hereThrasher penalty killing unit totally sucks! Zach on it? Would not doubt it. Pitiful Pavs has been damn sieve tonight. Thrasher goal fluke. Probably only one tonight. Look for visitors to tally three more. Uncaring Thrashers too busy counting fans wearing Hawk jersies. All least they are the stands Zach. Damn loser! Yo Hell with all the quitters. STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
7:56 pm

Anyone watching this laugher should switch over to one of the available football telecasts. Those college guys play with heart and intensity. That is something no one will see in any Thrasher tonight. Or, sadly, any other time. Those trapped in Phiulips Arena not rooting for Hawks should walk the Hell out. Now! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
8:00 pm

More Thrasher shet! Thanks for nothing quitters. STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
8:02 pm

I hope every damn Hawk scores except that bestard Maryanna Hosebag! STENDEK

litz

November 6th, 2010
8:24 pm

halfway through the 2nd period (50% of the game done) ….

outshooting ‘em 24-18, and tied 3-3 … wild game!

stendek

November 6th, 2010
8:43 pm

Tell pathetic Pavs to get off the crack cocaine! What a terrible Kari Lehtonen type performance. Hey Craig Petrino! How about putting Chris Mason in? Several more goals will be too damn late. Pavs was in damn Buckhead when the tying goal slipped in! No damn excuse for this shet. STENDEK

litz

November 6th, 2010
8:44 pm

Jeez man, how much have you had to drink?

litz

November 6th, 2010
9:34 pm

Tied 4-4, and we are headed to overtime!

Shots are 34 to 37, after regulation.

(evidently SAGs are still an issue … 37 is too many)

HookyBob

November 6th, 2010
9:40 pm

I hope Marlachuk has been working with Pavs on shootouts.

litz

November 6th, 2010
9:43 pm

Still 4-4, onwards to the shootout.

Here’s hoping Pavs has finally learned how to block these …

litz

November 6th, 2010
9:49 pm

Well, that was a better shootout performance … stopped 2 of ‘em …

Tough loss, though … :-(

stendek

November 6th, 2010
9:57 pm

Way to go Chickenhawks! So what if you embarrassed a heartless group of Dodos at Philips Arena. Hell. A win is a win is a win right? Even over uncaring a$$holes like these guys! Pathetic Pavs gave up tying goal while he was behind net puffing reefer. Thanks guy! Complete waste of an evening. Losing streak continues. This group is completely clueless. To ******* Hell with all of em! Bestards. See that bigmouth Zach sucked again. Figures! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
9:58 pm

Like losses Litz? I damn sure do not. So **** the Hell off! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:00 pm

Thrashers burying hockey in Georgia! Maybe misery will not last much longer. Damn em all! Come back Knights. PLEASE! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:00 pm

Thrashers burying hockey in Georgia! Maybe misery will not last much longer. Damn em all! Come back Knights. PLEASE! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:05 pm

I cannot ice skate. I am legally blind. I have serious physical health concerns. I still believe I have a 50-50 chance of scoring on that idiot sieve Pavs. What a damn joke! Losing to Chicago. Chicago damn it! See Craig Petrino on. What a ******* putz. Moron jacka$$! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:06 pm

Craig Petrino not fit to lead Pee Wee hockey squad. What a clueless bestard! Excuses galore. **** him! STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:14 pm

Idiot Craig Petrino whined that they were playing the Stanley Cup champions. Wah wah wah. Hey jerkoff. Last time I checked the Columbus Blue Jackets were not champions of any kind. They shut your quitters out on the same ice surface. Care to respond to that? Shove your damn excuses. Do not want to hear them from you any more than I did from John Petrino. Both of you bums are losers. Zach too! How was attendance tonight loser? What the Hell did you do? Said I would apologize to Zach and Thrashers for effort at home plus lengthy winning streak. Would show bit of pride. Players have no pride. Home losses will continue to pile up! Heartless. STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:24 pm

The only acceptable reason to pay good money to be at Philips Arena is if the team you root for is the opponent. There is no other sane reason! Players simply do not give a damn! Why the Hell should fans? STENDEK

Flagstaff

November 6th, 2010
10:41 pm

If that Pavelec wants to be a No. 1 goaltender, he needs to act like it. That means learning how to properly face shootouts/breakaways, playing consistently night in and night out… and NOT GOING OUT BEHIND THE NET AND LETTING THE OTHER TEAM GET AN EMPTY-NETTER!

Blue Oyster Cult

November 6th, 2010
10:44 pm

This blog needs more STENDICK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
10:49 pm

Test Chris Mason! I have seen enough of sieve Pavs. Fall to ice may have caused permanent disorientation! So bitterly disappointed with yet another heartless defeat at Philips Arena. Hate Chickenhawks! Starting to hate Thrashers even more. STENDEK

litz

November 6th, 2010
10:55 pm

The point Stendek is that WE ARE TIRED OF HEARING FROM YOU.

Same s**t, over and over and over and over again. In 8 separate posts, every 15 minutes.

Just can it already. I shudder to think at the number of people you – personally – have driven away from these blogs, that might otherwise have participated and offered reasonable commentary.

Go find a hole, crawl in it, and pull the dirt in over your head.

litz

November 6th, 2010
10:57 pm

Good grief Stendek …

Lemme be blunt … if you’re gonna drink or smoke or whatever the heck’s up with out … please do all the rest of us a favor and just don’t type anything.

The world is NOT ENDING. The team is NOT in the cellar.

Yes they could be playing better …

And frankly … the rest of us are tired of you.

stendek

November 6th, 2010
11:08 pm

Those who accept mediocrity by bending over have spoken. Enjoy it losers! Such apathetic attitudes mean that it is here to stay. **** *********** ****** *******. STENDEK @ _ @

stendek

November 6th, 2010
11:09 pm

BTW *****! There are sane folks here who agree with my wisdom. So…STENDEK

stendek

November 6th, 2010
11:21 pm

CAUTION: Critical of Thrashers. If such posts offensive please do not read!

Was terribly aggravated by attitude of Craig Petrino after defeat. Hey baldie, it WAS a defeat! Gushed about how well the guys performed. Made an average Chickhawk team sound like world beaters. They are not! Wonder if Thrashers got their autographs before opening faceoff. Sure were afraid to hit the Illinois bestards! Thrashers should have skated in blue dresses. Match their unphysical behavior. As hockey purist I was totally embarrassed. More dismayed and angered that sieve Pavs was allowed to start third period. Was well off game. Showed in yet another pitiful shootout choke. One underserved pity point. On home ice. Whoop dee do. STENDEK

Rawhide

November 6th, 2010
11:44 pm

Let me ask you guys something…when the game went to a shootout, did you find yourself wondering if Ramsay wouold pull a “Bob Hartley” and pull Pavalec in favor of Mason?

I did, as I explain in the new blog entry.