Thrashers and Penguins and Caps… Oh my!

Good morning Thrasherville! Here are just a couple quick notes and thoughts regarding the Thrashers, the loss to Pittsburgh and this afternoon’s matchup in Washington D.C.

First off…if you cast your vote for Brent Sopel to be the last Thrasher off of Schnide Island, pick again. His blast at 2:41 of the first period gave Atlanta an early 1-0 over the Penguins, and came just 20 ticks of the clock after Chris Thorburn and Michael Rupp were put in a 2-minute time out for not playing nicely with each other.

Shortly after Sopes slipped off The Schnide, Dustin Byfuglien came painfully close to putting the home team up 2-0, taking a Rich Peverley pass from the left wing and snapping off a shot from close in. But Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made a great play moving to his left to get his skate out to block the shot. It was the first of several very good save he made to keep the Pens within one goal…including one against Andrew Ladd, who was able to find himself alone in front of Fleury after turning Kris Letang inside-out in the left wing face off circle.

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleurymakes a save on Dustin Byfuglien's wrap-around attempt (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on Dustin Byfuglien's during Saturday's 4-2 win over the Thrashers (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

As it turns out, it was just what they needed.

After the Thrashers outshot Pittsburgh 7-1 in the first four minutes of the game, the Penguins slowly began to turn things in their favor and Ondrej Pavelec was then called upon more often to try and continue his work of late.

Then in the mid to late stages of the second period, Pittsburgh turned the physicality knob up to 11 and started hitting anything that moved on the ice. It lead to Evgeni Malkin’s first of three goals, which came with 6:28 left before the second intermission…a quick snapper that went five-hole on Pavelec.

Malkin then scored twice in the third period for the hat trick…the fourth that Atlanta has surrendered to an opposing player so far this season. His second goal came while Pittsburgh was on the power play. He redirected a ricochet off the boards behind the net past Pavelec and then potted an empty netter to provide the 4-2 final score.

Sidney Crosby had deflected in a Deryk Engelland shot to tie the game at 1-1 less then three minutes into the final period.

On both goals in the second period, Malkin’s power play one and Crosby’s game-tying tally, Zach Bogosian was…er, uh, well…let’s just say he was “in the vicinity” of defending against the goal-scorers.

After the game, Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay gave high praise to the Penguins scorers say, “They’re not both just talented they’re strong. Malkin is a monster and Crosby is as strong on the puck as there is”.

Pavelec echoed those thoughts. “Those guys don’t need many chances to score goals,” the young netminder said. “They may be the best players in the NHL”.

Evander Kane knocks Pittsburgh's Deryk Engelland off the puck. The Thrashers will play in Washington Sunday afternoon and Kane has scored 4 goals against the Caps so far this season (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Evander Kane knocks Pittsburgh's Deryk Engelland off the puck. The Thrashers will play in Washington Sunday afternoon and Kane has scored 4 goals against the Caps so far this season (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

“It’s tough to play them for 60 minutes, but if we want to make the playoffs, we need to shut down those guys”.

As for the game itself…I thought it was an overall good effort by the Thrashers, they came out with a great deal of jump and life in their game. But the Penguins simply took this game over halfway through and grinded the win.

Now, the Thrashers wing their way to D.C. for the third matchup this fall against the defending Southeast Division champs. That’s a tough way to rebound against a hard loss, if you ask me. But Atlanta has found a measure of success against the Caps, earning 3 of a possible 4 points against the division foe in the previous two meetings.

Evander Kane has scored four of his seven goals against Washington, 2 in the 4-2 season-opening win and another pair in the 4-3 overtime loss on October 23.

Chris Mason is expected to get today’s start in goal for the Thrashers. He is coming off the 5-2 loss in Ottawa last Tuesday and is 4-0-1 against the Caps in his career with a 2.25 GAA and .924 SV% in six games played against them.

The Capitals find themselves once again atop the division standings. Their 25 points are 8 more than Atlanta and 7 more than second place Tampa Bay.

Alex Ovechkin leads their overall scoring with 23 points…9 goals and 14 points…while Alexander Semin’s12 goals are the most for that team. As with Malkin, Semin is one of four players to get the hats flying against the Thrashers. Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and St. Louis’ Jay McClement are the other two.

214 comments Add your comment

stendek

November 14th, 2010
8:17 pm

Can Thrasher apologists handle truth? Here it is. Crapitals went into cruise mode after lead swelled to two goals. Once Thrashers tied score the home team knew no other Thrasher goals were forthcoming. Just a matter of waiting for soft goal to go in. Strategy successful. That is the truth. Either believe it or get screwed! Makes no difference to me. I truly hate these bestards! STENDEK

Curly

November 14th, 2010
8:43 pm

Good effort by the Thrashers again tonight. I can handle a loss to the President’s trophy winner at home as long as the Thrashers played to win. Much better than what we have seen the past few years. Mason play was poor tonight. OP looked pretty good again.

Brendan – to answer your question – The Thrashers are actually a little better than I thought they would be at this point in the season. I had them pegged for a couple games below .500.

Smoothie

November 14th, 2010
9:03 pm

stendek – get your facts right buddy, Eager choked that game away by a) failing to support Burmistrov along the wall in the offensive zone before losing possession, b) making an unnecessary backhand pass (why so cute?) in the NZ to give the Caps possession and putting the rest of the players on their heels and c) by screening Pavelec by basically coasting in front of Erskine rather than use his stick to try to block the shot (in essence Pavs couldn’t see the origination of the puck on the shot). So before you put this amazing choke job on Pavelec, at least know what the hell you are talking about first!! Pavelec kept us in this game and gave these chumps a chance to win.

When are we gonna ban this clown? Such a pleasure to come to this once fun blog to commiserate with like-minded fans only to have to sift through tons of garbage and toxic dumps of derision from a deranged fool who thinks he’s the only one who knows anything about hockey and playing the game the right way. Piss off stendick!

stendek

November 14th, 2010
9:33 pm

See you are overjoyed with yet another moral victory Smoothie! You are not a true hockey fan. No accountability no change. Glad you apprteciate mediocrity. Also hate braindead morons like you! Do not like bullshet you spout but I am not crying like baby to have you banned. Grow up baby! STENDEK BTW – Screw you!

Hockey Biltong

November 14th, 2010
9:36 pm

Back on the meds….. Highs too high, lows too low!!!!

Smoothie

November 14th, 2010
9:41 pm

When was the last time you went to a game you screwjob?? Kiss my a$$ stendek, I support this team quite well thank you. And believe me, I’m no apologist. I want some repercussions from this two-game disaster over the weekend and 1 – 4 – 1 stretch. The Caps are charlatans with a sloppy, overrated defense and we failed to keep the pressure on them in the 3rd. We should have been playing with nothing to lose, but they played too conservatively and let the Caps dictate. But I’m not going to put this loss on Pavelec. He’s been our best player (outside of Ladd, Buff & Enstrom) since he’s returned from his “illness”. At any rate, I appreciate your passion, but your incessant whiny tirades laced with disguised profanity (real mature jackleg) is driving away the regular bloggers and certainly not inviting newcomers from joining the fray. It sucks to be a Thrashers’ fan, we get it. We’ve all been torturing ourselves for years, but can you just take it down a freakin’ notch? Christ!

stendek

November 14th, 2010
10:04 pm

Forgive me Rev Smoothie. Thrashers are good. Fans are sweethearts. All is right with world. Losing streak okay too. Guys are trying. God bless. Amen. STENDEK

stendek

November 14th, 2010
10:10 pm

This was posted PRIOR to third period Rev Smoothie. Forgive me for knowing Thrashers better than you ever will. Be awaiting your next stern sermon. Blessed be…

Look for Pavs to make several magical saves in third period but allow winner on whiff job. Believe Thrasher offense is through. Fans here will cry moral victory. In reality it will be no points. Again! With losing streak intact. STENDEK

Don Rickles

November 14th, 2010
10:18 pm

If there was a special olympics for bloggers, stendek would come in last.

stendek

November 14th, 2010
10:28 pm

For Hockey Biltong and Rev Smoothie…

From the mouth of Craig Petrino himself:

“We (must not mean Thrashers) talk so often about those neutral zone turnovers (must because you losers do em so well), dumping (what team should be) the puck in the middle (prime scoring area for opposition), especially on our backhand (any damn hand moron), It’s become a focus (glad to hear and see it bonehead). We (poker playing buddies perhaps) talk a lot about it (sh at front I suppose). The players (term used laughingly) talk a lot about it (sex with hookers maybe). Every once in a while it raises its ugly head (how about several times per game jerkoff).”

Brainless baldheaded buffoon! STENDEK

Red Light

November 14th, 2010
10:56 pm

Pavs is 9th in the NHL in save percentage and 12th in goals against average, while that’s not going to win you a Cup, he is playing with more confidence and that’s a good sign. He was partially screened on Erskine’s goal but I am sure he will tell you that giving up a goal from the blue line isn’t acceptable. I’m not making excuses for him, because he should have had Malkin’s first goal that went through the wickets last night, but the other four this weekend, no chance!

And I do agree on one particular item, that moral victories for a team in its 11th season should not be a measuring stick. Yes, they played well at times this weekend, but big deal, because they came away with zero points.

stendek, I fully realize who you do not like on this team, but I’d like to hear your perspective on what players you do feel this team can win with — both short and long term — and if you could add one player to the roster (I realize it will take more than one) that could make an immediate impact who would it be?

Sage of Bluesland

November 14th, 2010
11:25 pm

Don’t fret, folks…We’re only on our third “Five-Year Plan” now…It takes time.

Only the “True-Blue” sheep (like Smoothie) left to defend the indefensible.

Keep bewieving, clown…I think of you and just laugh…All of the ignorance you spout is truly entertaining!

Hanson Brothers

November 14th, 2010
11:34 pm

The season is now on the line for the Thrashers. They have a six game home stand and won’t have another one close to this long the rest of the season. If they can find a way to secure 10 of 12 points they will set themselves up for a playoff spot but if they struggle with six points or less it is improbable that they will recover. I know it sounds a little panicky to say the season is on the line before the new year, but points now are worth the same as points in April. There are no back to backs during this stand so I would not be surprised to see Pavs in goal for all six games unless he struggles.

Smoothie

November 14th, 2010
11:35 pm

Hey SOB, hope you’re having LOADS of fun with your butt buddy stendek. Keep spouting your meaningless bluster and perhaps you and stendek can help each other fill the immense holes (in your pants!) in your lives that seem to be causing you such pain. Thanks for checking in with us and preaching to the choir numbnuts. You do it oh so well.

Brendan

November 14th, 2010
11:48 pm

The Atlanta Thrashers have paid for a 29th or 30th place finish this season. Do I really need to provide a link to capgeek.com for the salary figures? Therefore, barring overachievement, the Thrashers should be reasonably expected to lose most of their games. Thank you, ownership that spends what pittance they have in terms of capital on the Atlanta Hawks (JJ, Horford, etc.) instead of the Thrashers.

I don’t like when the Thrashers lose games. I don’t like an ownership that does not care about hockey. I don’t like 10 previous seasons of no accountability for results. I don’t like the fact that the organization has not properly grown the sport within the region. I don’t like to tell people, “We used to sellout Philips Arena 38 times out of 41 home games, in our Inaugural Season,” because it rather demonstrably shows what ownership/management failures have occurred here. Things are what they are. I’m pleasantly surprised that the Thrashers can produce competitive games, given their cap limitations, compared to what most other teams have, in terms of a budget, and accountability within their organizations, and commitment towards winning. I didn’t expect 17-points in 18 games, based on training camp and preseason. So, in my view, the coaching staff and players have overachieved thus far. I’m happy for the success they’ve had. But, as a fan, I want to see wins. What fan wouldn’t? One day, we’ll have the kind of ownership that doesn’t have to resort to statements like, “moving in the right direction,” “incremental progress,” bluster about playoffs via the GM, and really ridiculous advertising strategies.

To Sage of Bluesland, I would say that the absence of a Tier I Superstar, or Superstars, plural, hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Atlanta hockey-going community. Sage loves to talk about boycott of the product. Just look at the attendance figures. They aren’t even close to what “lame duck Kovalchuk” games were producing. The announce crew can crow all they’d like about 14,000 to 16,000 at the Bulb, on Saturday. That’s the Penguins, a premier team, who drew a substantial amount of native Pennsylvanians (and bandwagon/Crosby-Malkin fans) to downtown, to cheer on their their hometown team, on a weekend night.

Brendan

November 14th, 2010
11:51 pm

Trixie, I’m in SPAM filters again.

Acer

November 15th, 2010
5:41 am

I’m trying to be patient with team this season, until game #25. Still, a few warnings signs pop up. Many things changed over the summer, yet the losing culture doesn’t leave Atlanta. I’ve seen some overall improvement but other chronic issues remain: unstable goaltending, a good offense, a mediocre/ bad D.

You have a lot of fans who have their “blame” sight set on the goalie(s), Zach or the defense. I think that a larger numbers of Thrasher supporters understand (small crowds at PA) who is responsible for the losing culture. And, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to constantly blame the team owners and Don Waddell. Only a removal of ALL of them will result in the much needed change of culture. WCS: A move away from Atlanta and the region.

jimbo

November 15th, 2010
6:57 am

While we’ve got better talent and are playing better, the end result when we play the elite teams is still a LOSS. Ramsey bemoans neutral ice turnovers. For cryin out loud, come up with a better zone type trap when we need to slow down a high flying team like the Caps. Where in the world is the supposedly defensive genius Torchetti? Team is fun to watch but still very frustrating in the 3rd,

OmniFan

November 15th, 2010
7:38 am

OK-let’s us sheep teach the owners a lesson. Let’s boycott the team and its advertisers. Lets erase the losing culture by getting them out of Atlanta. Life will be great then, won’t it?
No losing Thrashers to moan about. No downtown Atlanta traffic to fight to get to games since there won’t be any games. No weak radio reception OTP since our radio reception from Hamilton/Quebec/Winnipeg is nonexistent here anyway without the Internet. No subpar play-by-play guys and ignorant color commentators without local broadcasts-we would step up to Don Cherry quality pundits-if we can get the broadcasts at all. No lame between period interviews without NHL channel or Centre Ice subscriptions either. Well, at least we’d have the Glads to cheer for- and for how long would they survive? And once the Glads wither away, how long will youth hockey last here?
I remember the desolation that was Atlanta hockey after we lost the Flames-looked like the opening scenes of Alexander Nevsky. Missing the primes of Gretzky, Lemieux, Messier etc. I don’t want to go there again. The Braves had a horrible losing culture and zip for attendance. The Falcons had a losing culture and zip for attendance. With the right people in the right places, those franchises turned around very quickly. It can happen here (yes, it might and probably will require an ownership change).
Folks, however bad the Thrashers situation may be, it sure beats doing without NHL hockey in this town. If you love the game, don’t be so hasty as to rush it out of town. You will wait a long time before you have a chance to complain again.

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
7:46 am

The people who expected a complete 180 is now starting to realize such a thing is a lot easier said than done.

I like a lot of whatwe are trying to accomplish on the ice. We’re playing harder than we have in past seasons, but we still have kinks to work out. We played much better these past few games, but we still have work to do. Im excited about Pavelec, because he looks a LOT better now than he did in St. Louis. I am excited about the little things coming together. Players have admitted, on radio and TV, that they’re finally grasping the system.

Good things will happen. We just need to take it to the next level. Just win, and do it against the better teams!

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
8:00 am

I agree with OmniFan. Growing up here without hockey was really sad. I remember some of those hideous Braves games, like the 22-6 or something rout at the hands of the Giants. Then, to see the Flames won the cup after leaving Atlanta? That was hard.

Lets not relive the past. Some folks might want to “boycott” anyway, and thats their prerogative; however, calling people names for not following along in that ideal is childish at best.

Atlanta will get back on track. We can win. We will win. People just need to relax. The ship is on its way to being righted. Enjoy the ride – we have front row seats.

DWTOO

November 15th, 2010
8:14 am

See Rawhide’s rules – Don’t feed the trolls! Everyone falls into the trap now and then, but, I tend to bypass known naysayers. Relpying to them will just aggravate you. This rule does not apply to resident crumudgeon – Strozer (smile R. Stroz just pulling your change).

Some good points by Smoothie – new people to the blog could be influenced by some of the nonsense. Hope they read far enough and are savvy enough to recognize a troll. And OmniFan makes a god point – if the team leaves we’d miss it.

We’re making progress – we’re improving. All we all know the ASG is the worst bunch of clowns ever to own a franchise. They won’t be around forever. At some point we’ll see a change and perhaps a real owner will give Dudley the budget and scouts we need. Until then we’ll just have to muddle through.

Red Light

November 15th, 2010
8:34 am

Some ammunition for a World Be Free vent!

From Bucky Gleason, Buffalo News

Buffalo’s managing partner Larry Quinn has no plans for major changes to his hockey department, such as firing Sabres coach Lindy Ruff or General Manager Darcy Regier. Quinn believed the Sabres could turn around their slow start with their current roster, but he also made it clear they wouldn’t sit around if changes were in order.

“We’re not going to fire Lindy,” Quinn said. “Obviously, we’re not where we want to be. The best way to get where we want to be, it’s with Lindy. I don’t think there’s anybody else I would rather have doing that. One of the reasons I went down [to the arena] the other day is to take a temperature of the place. I don’t think Lindy has lost any players or anything like that. We’re not going to fire Lindy.”

And Regier?

“I feel the same way about Darcy,” Quinn said. “You’re going to go through periods like this. The worst thing you can do is point fingers at each other and blame people. Sometimes, things you do don’t work out in the short run. If we have to make changes, we’ll make them. Darcy knows he can do that. In the meantime, Lindy feels he can turn this situation around.”

“I don’t want to take a negative hypothetical,” Quinn said. “Both guys are part of our future. If that changes, they have a say in it also. The last thing we want to do in the second week of November is get all panicky.”

LAC

November 15th, 2010
8:55 am

I agree Standek & Sage & Stroz… Bloggers like this “smoothie” need to go away until THEY understand the facts and accept the fact this team could be MUCH better with a couple trades…

Go away “smoothie” you bring nothing to this discussion.

Viking

November 15th, 2010
9:11 am

LAC, What discussion?

Tom Lysiak

November 15th, 2010
9:40 am

LAC, what trades? Who is coming? Who is going?

R. Stroz

November 15th, 2010
9:51 am

After watching the games this weekend, I think it’s time to put a C on Ladd’s jersey. There were several players that busted their humps consistently. Burmistrov, Little, and Ladd come to mind.

On the other side of the equation, Mason and Bogosian are playing like a big pile of feces.

Most improved player, Pavelec.

waffleboy

November 15th, 2010
9:56 am

Okay guys, let’s all take it down a notch. Remember, it’s just sports, it’s not the Paris Peace Talks for crying out loud.
Sports are here to give us something to root for and root against. Take the good and leave the bad, but don’ try to hang your personal happiness on the success or failure of your favorite team. First, it’s not going to work, you’ll never be truly happy. Second, the lows we’ll always be too low and the nighs will never be high enough.
Do you have your health? Do you have a family that loves you? Do you have a job to help pay the bills? Because millions of Americans have none of these things. I find it a little embarrassing to see posts like this on a weekend where most sports team to took the time out to honor our veterans. You know, those guys dying overseas who have something legitimate to complain about? You guys make me sick. No one has the right to tell someone to leave this board and no one needs to take a friggin hockey discussion to the level of personal attacks. They have no place here.
Let’s try to maintain a level of rational discourse. This goes for the lot of you.

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
9:57 am

Interesting considering I probably propose more trade scenarios than anyone! How about Bogosian for Wheeler you tool? Or is that too complicated for your simple mind?

Bill – stendek-like apology here (like it really matters when the horse is out of the barn) but I figured I’d throw some sand at the resident bullies in the sandbox so the other kids wouldn’t be scared off from playing. Bad enough we gotta deal with this horrible hockey franchise, too bad its crappiness has to bleed into this normally intelligent “discussion” about hockey.

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
10:12 am

Stroz – you forgot Antropov. Other than a few PP goals, he’s been pretty bad. Looks like he needs a lot more rest for his hip. He just seems a step late in the corners and along the boards, and you can tell its a struggle for him to get up ice on the backcheck, sad.

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
10:32 am

If anyone here had Scott Gordon of NYI in your coaches death pool, come and collect your prize. http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/islanders/isles-files-1.812028/breaking-scott-gordon-let-go-as-head-coach-1.2462612

stendek

November 15th, 2010
10:40 am

<3 <3 <3 :) :) :) STENDEK

Dandylions

November 15th, 2010
10:51 am

As a long time lurker of this blog I have to agree with Smoothie. Why do you haters even watch the games if it brings you so much pain? After a win it’s “magnificent Mason” and after a loss it’s any childish name you can make up. Just sad that someone’s life is so miserable – have a beer and chill out!

litz

November 15th, 2010
10:58 am

Dandylions – I think it’s the “have a beer” that’s half the trouble …

R. Stroz

November 15th, 2010
11:00 am

WOW, it’s really a Monday.

Smoothie – I honestly think the only reason Antropov isn’t on IR is the need for his salary cap hit to meet the salary floor.

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
11:00 am

have a beer and chill out!

Or an entire case. Pabst is pretty cheap.

Dandylions

November 15th, 2010
11:05 am

Litz, I have found life is much more enjoyable with a cold one!

Flames

November 15th, 2010
11:07 am

WOW- this is a heated blog! OmniFan – you hit the nail on the head with your post. I would rather have a team to cheer for that no team at all. News on Boulton… He possible has a broken thumb. The X-ray showed a crack. He is having another X-ray as we speak. If broken he could be out for 4-6 weeks. It was one hell of a fight…

R. Stroz

November 15th, 2010
11:10 am

If Bolts is out, is Cormier ready?

Flames

November 15th, 2010
11:12 am

R. Stroz- Great question! I’m really not sure if he is or isn’t, was he sent to Chicago to get some games under his belt. I can’t recall…Can anyone answer that. Smoothie- Do you know?

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
11:25 am

Flames – thanks for the report; that’s too bad about Bolts and it turns out it was a pyrrhic “victory”…he pumped up his team, but they couldn’t ride the wave of momentum to a win. Really should have scored on one of those two breakaways after the shorty. Bygones as Brendan likes to say.

As for Corms, I don’t think there has been any report on him other than the fact that he has begun skating again. But C-Viv didn’t seem certain if he was even out of the walking boot despite resuming skating. Apparently the boot is serving as a precautionary device to protect him from reinjury after skating…who knows? But I would imagin he’d have to have a medical rehab stint in Chicago before he suits up for the parent club. I think this could be when we call up Machacek (especially if Modin is gonna miss a couple more games) or even Freddy the Fly since he was a very tough cut at the end of camp.

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
11:25 am

The last thing I heard about Cormier, is that he was skating, but still using the walking boot. I don’t think he’s even had a full practice in yet.

Hate to say it, but I don’t think Cormier is ready. I don’t think the coaching staff wants to push him, either. Call up for Machacek?

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
11:26 am

Smoothie – you beat me by mere seconds! SECONDS! That’s what I get for working, I guess! ;)

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
11:30 am

“Sports are here to give us something to root for and root against. Take the good and leave the bad, but don’ try to hang your personal happiness on the success or failure of your favorite team. First, it’s not going to work, you’ll never be truly happy. Second, the lows we’ll always be too low and the nighs will never be high enough.
Do you have your health? Do you have a family that loves you? Do you have a job to help pay the bills? Because millions of Americans have none of these things. I find it a little embarrassing to see posts like this on a weekend where most sports team to took the time out to honor our veterans. You know, those guys dying overseas who have something legitimate to complain about? You guys make me sick. No one has the right to tell someone to leave this board and no one needs to take a friggin hockey discussion to the level of personal attacks. They have no place here.” – waffleboy

I gotta say that this is perhaps the best post to grace this blog in quite some time. He’s right and I am guilty of such personal attacks. But I’m not sorry. I don’t really take this as seriously as some of you might think. Yeah, I was pissed about HOW we lost last nite, but I think it rankled me more because the effort has been there of late and the rewards are not coming with it. Hopefully they have turned some kind of corner and they will start to reap some just rewards for their hard work. However, they still have several issues to address. As for my comments, I apologize to anyone else (outside of the three yahoos I called out in my posts) for creating the hostile environment that I myself decried. But I’m getting really fed up with seeing the same redundant drivel get posted here ad nauseaum when things don’t go well. I think one bitchy rant per game is sufficient and I’ll go back to ignoring LAC and SOB, who are probably not sorry in the least either.

Joe Friday

November 15th, 2010
11:32 am

Mason reminds me more and more of Moose as time goes by. Stout at first and can steal a game here or there, but has breakdowns after too much work. Pavelec looks to be the #1 now.

This upcoming stretch of games is going to make or break our season. I’m not going to lose sleep over the Pens and Caps games, they have too much offense and we’re still too weak defensively. But this club needs to bank some pts here over the next couple of weeks if they’re to stay in it. I hope that Coach uses these two days off here to work the defensive side hard, scoring is coming, we need to start shutting things down in our end.

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
11:32 am

Alan – c’mon man, you know better than that! Working??! It’s 11:30, isn’t it lunch time for someone where you work!? ;-) Astute hockey minds think alike, and in concert apparently. Just like SOB and LAC.

Ooops, there I go again. Letting the trolls enter my consciousness!

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
11:54 am

Not yet, Smoothie. I typically take my lunch around 12:30pm or so ;)

Relax, and don’t let the comments get to you. Or else, you’ll end up like this: http://tinyurl.com/2dx3mne

Dwayne

November 15th, 2010
12:02 pm

Thrash let some great oppertunities slip past them(mason). Really needed at least 7 point out of the last 6 games, what, we 1-4-1 in the last 6? Can ya really just blame one or two people? Mason and Zach? Where is Kane? Remember, Lits has been out also. no blaming Lits, but u know what i’m saying. Every mistake Atl. makes late in a game seems to bite them on the butt. I do beleive the next step for Kane is the pressbox, maybe a call up is in order. I agree that Ladd should be Captain, someone needs to take charge of player issues, if there are any.

Russian

November 15th, 2010
12:02 pm

Come on guys, STOP Bitching around. We are all Atlanta Fans. I am critical person also, but I like to see TEAM here. We have lot of disscuss here.
Bolt can be out for long time. Who is going to call? – Corms is not ready, but I like to Freddy Fly. He can fly with Burmy and Eager.
Modin is out also and we do not know hoe long. – I like to see Machacek with Antro and Throbon.

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
12:10 pm

I’ll be alright Alan…I actually extracted some degree of perverse satisfaction and humor from the whole thing. Just like most of what I write, my comments were meant to be tinged with some sarcasm. Although I did mean a lot of what I wrote in this case. But I’m not willing to give up on this hockey team yet, or will I ever in all likelihood.

Anyone else think it’s time to sit Antropov for a game or two, or at the least shorten his minutes? Perhaps shorten his minutes to 10 min or so with PP time? He can play on a lower line at home and not get exploited like he does when playing on a less talented line on the road. Call up Machacek and tell him to hit everything in his path and simply play his north / south game driving the net at every opportunity. Perhaps call up Fly as well for some reserve pop off the buffet line if Modin is banged up and needs 2 or 3 games to heal.

Ladd – Pevs – Bergie (ain’t broke so no need to tweak)

Kaner – Lits – Macho (Kane & Lits are showing some chemistry)

Antro/Modin – Burma – Thorbs (Burmy & Thorbs seem a good fit)

Eager – Slates – Stew/Fly (Eager provides muscle if Fly is buzzin)

Whatta y’all think? Corms ain’t ready, Modin could need rest and Antro probably needs less ice time or extended rest as well.