Thrashers return to winning ways by whipping Wild

Hmmm…apparently, the Thrashers have been lurking this blog.

In my previous online offering, we discussed the Thrashers potent power play as well as their troubles scoring while skating 5 on 5. But Thursday night they went right to work on improving that little problem, scoring four even-strength goals and chipping in a short-handed one as well in the 5-1 whipping of the Minnesota Wild.

Ben Eager celebrates his first period goal that gave Atlanta an early lead. It was a lead that, for the first time this season, they would not lose (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Ben Eager celebrates his first period goal that gave Atlanta an early lead. It was a lead that, for the first time this season, they would not lose (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

The four-goal win marked the highest margin of victory on the season for the Thrashers and was the first time have beaten a team by that much since last March 27 when they blanked Carolina 4-0. It was also the first time this season that Atlanta won a game without having to come from behind after trailing at some point in the game. They came out of the locker room ready to play, took the lead early, made very few mistakes in their end of the ice and never let off the gas.

Now, I’m not an NHL coach or anything like that, but I’d reckon that’s a pretty good game plan.

In goal, Ondrej Pavelec played as solid of a game I have seen out of him in quite some time. He turned aside 32 of the 33 shot Minnesota got off on him to notch his first win of the year. The lone time he was beaten was a deflection off the stick of Antti Miettinen while Zach Bogosian sat in the box for a slashing penalty.

Opie is now 1-1-2 with a 2.34 GAA and very impressive .931 SV%

Scoring for the Thrashers on this winning night were Ben Eager, Jimmy Slater, Andrew Ladd, Fredrik Modin and Nik Antropov.

Ladd’s 6th goal of the season Thursday night is the second most scored by a Thrasher behind Evander Kane’s 7 and his 16 overall points tie him with Dustin Byfuglien for the team lead.

For his part in the win, Byfuglien accounted for 2 assists, 5 shot and +3.

Modin’s was the shorty, coming just under three minutes after Miettinen pulled the Wild to 3-1 of the Thrashers early in the third period. He also assisted on Eager’s goal at the 3:24 mark of the first period, backhanding a nice pass to him from the left circle for a one-timer in the slot. Modin finished with two points on one shot and was a +2.

For the month of November, Fredrik Modin has 3 goals, 5 points and is a +5 in four games played.

Toby Enstrom also had a great game, finishing with a pair of assists and a +4 during 21:06 TOI. His play set up Modin’s goal in the third period, turning Miettinen inside out on the right side and zipping the puck to Freddie in front of the net.

Ondrej Pavelec worked in magic in net for the Thrashers Thursday night. He stopped 32 of the 33 shots that the Wild took on his goal (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Ondrej Pavelec worked in magic in net for the Thrashers Thursday night. He stopped 32 of the 33 shots that the Wild took on his goal (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Enstrom’s 14 overall points trail only Byfuglien and Ladd.

Rich Peverley continued his good work of late. He was all around the net with several good chances, getting off four shots on Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom. Late in the second, with Atlanta up 2-0, he dug the puck out behind the Wild net and brought it back around to set up Ladd’s goal to give the Thrashers a nice pad going into the second break.

Peverley finished with one assist and was a +2.

Zach Bogosian was trying his best to escape Schnide Island as the defenseman launched a game-high 6 SOG. Unfortunately, however, he remains on Isle de Schnide along with Johnny Oduya, Brent Sopel, Ron Hainsey and Freddy Meyer, who was a healthy scratch for the second straight game after returning to active duty with the team.

To be sure, this was the most solid, consistent, complete win of the season thus far. They’ll need another such effort Saturday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins pay a visit to Thrasherville. The Pens are 7-8-1 and will play in Tampa against the Lightning Friday night.

116 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

November 13th, 2010
11:09 pm

Bogosian is dumber than a box of rocks.

stendek

November 13th, 2010
11:12 pm

I am totally outraged by the following. This a$$hole needs to be fired now. Damn clueless jerkoff bestard!…

“Just very frustrated after that (yet another total bullshet giveup debacle on home ice),” Thrashers coach Craig (Petrino) whined. “I thought we played very well (well enough to lose at home yet again right a$$hole). We battled (to get home as quickly as we could after game). We created chances (to solicit Atlanta hookers I guess) and we just gave up (only honest thing liar said) a couple (couple times two as in four goals moron). … We did a good job (glad you love losses so damn much scumball). I think in this case we deserved a better result (got one lazy uncaring team deserved jacka$$).”

So shove your transparent excuses wanna be coach. Heard all of em before! STENDEK

Red Light

November 13th, 2010
11:14 pm

Nice to see the building 85 percent full, although 45 percent were dressed in black and some sort of golden color. Pittsburgh is now 5-0 in the second of back-to-back games with no morning skate. In my opinion game changed when Craig Adams and Mike Rupp began banging everything in their path late in the second. Thrashers were outhit in their own building, which is unacceptable. Ladd best player on the ice for Thrashers with Buff a close 2nd tonight. Tough call on Burmistrov for boarding, which also tilted the ice in Pittsburgh’s favor. Pavs was not at fault. Couple of tough bounces.

Carter’s contract was expected just not the length. Comes off last game hat trick too.

Cam Ward pulled in second straight game for Carolina. Now 61 straight games without a shutout.

Southeast Division went 0-3-1 tonight against Pitt, Buf, Mtl and Philly. Hmmm?

Red Light

November 13th, 2010
11:15 pm

Sorry I missed you tonight R. Stroz. Had young teens with me!

R. Stroz

November 13th, 2010
11:31 pm

Red Light – Did you hear the vuvuzela after the Thrasher’s first goal?

BTW, I wouldn’t introduce young minds to the local lunatic either.

stendek

November 13th, 2010
11:38 pm

Falcons care. So, I have been told, do Hawks. Jury still out on Braves. Thrashers collect paychecks while awaiting first opportunity to escape from Atlanta. That should be evident to everyone! To those who shelled out money to watch shet job at Philips Arena. SUCKERS! PT was right. All of you require psycho assistance. Support the incompetence. Demand nothing. Nothing is all you will ever receive! STENDEK

stendek

November 13th, 2010
11:40 pm

Tough bounces Red Light? Now you sound like Sori Letemin and John Petrino. Expect better from you than that! STENDEK

Don Rickles

November 13th, 2010
11:59 pm

Was stendek kidnapped by aliens and returned due to faulty parts?

Alan R.

November 14th, 2010
12:27 am

You’re being pretty hard on the coach, there, stendek. The team had good effort, but made some mistakes tonight.

They also didn’t seem to read the boards very well. There’s a lot of things I’m seeing from Ramsay that is uncharted territory for the guys who’ve been here for a while. Passing off the boards is one big thing that I’ve noticed, and you can watch the game and tell if a player has played a system like that before. Our guys don’t seem to get it right very often.

Another thing I noticed was some awful officiating. Enstrom getting boarded really pissed me off, and there was an official watching him get boarded. No call? Preposterous.

Bogosian needs some downtime. By that, I mean time down in Chicago. Bogosian looks awful out there. Is there an injury he’s hiding again? Holding the stick too tight? Has his confidence level sunk so low, that it looks up to the ice level? Whatever it is, he needs some bigtime help.

Lastly, did anyone else notice how the power play looked more like the power pray? Well, there was a power pray going on at the Dome this evening, so the Thrashers may have picked that up in solidarity. http://www.gadome.com/events_ticketing/events/all/1007085.aspx

swede

November 14th, 2010
4:09 am

Bogosian is way too slow. Wonder if it´s the weight he+s put on during the summer. Remember first season when he transported the puck so great with his speed. He´s not even fast anymore as he was, you can easily see that.

Michael "the abbreviation"

November 14th, 2010
4:12 am

time to bench bogosian..he looks pathetic..pitiful pavs needs to sit more, just ride mason out craig petrino, please for all our sakes!!
another heartless effort, what a surprise! when you get complete incompetence from the top (craig petrino) the players sure seem to feed off that!! Hey Bogosian, I mean Bozo, sry, hey bozo..quit lookin at the stands for calculation of percentage filled/vs.empty seats you loser and play some damn hockey… I think I speak for many here when I say.. man, i wish we had chosen Luke Shenn, Filatov or Tyler Myers..(all chosen behind BOZO) Hey new and improved nickname…BOZO THE BUST!! Ill be back, stay true Stendek, much love..

Michael "the abbreviation"

November 14th, 2010
4:14 am

Bozo the Bust and Pitiful Paveloss… what a combo, takin the city by storm!!

Peachtree Barker

November 14th, 2010
7:20 am

Forget Hossa. Do you think Pens made out on the trade if you just consider Armstrong for DuPuis?

Rawhide

November 14th, 2010
9:15 am

GGGGgggggoooooooood Morning, Thrasherville!!!

Well, we are in the middle of a back-to-back weekend. Last night was a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh, this afternoon Atlanta takes on Washington for the third time this season.

Thrashers and Penguins and Caps…Oh my!

R. Stroz

November 16th, 2010
5:50 pm

Rawhide

November 19th, 2010
2:17 pm

R. Stroz – Nope.