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

joedaiceman

November 15th, 2010
12:27 pm

I was at the game and other than the first 10 minutes, the Thrashers were completely outclassed. I pine for the return of the Thrashers that beat the Caps on opening day. The team that showed up then was world class. What I saw on the ice on Saturday was a mediocre team.

Red Light

November 15th, 2010
12:34 pm

Interesting isn’t it, that the Thrashers best line night-in, night-out, is the one that Ladd is on? Sure, he’s had a few rough games, but he is the leader (with or without the “C”) in my opinion.

But, the Thrashers don’t have a “top” line yet, and they need one desperately. Why? Because if the opponent needs to focus on that line, putting their best d-men and forwards out against it, then theoretically, the other lines should benefit.

For the purpose of straying from the tete a tete that has broken out here, give us the three guys you would use as your top line that would be the most difficult for opponents to defend. Hint: The line doesn’t have to be your three top snipers, but the three guys who would be most difficult to deal with!

Obviously, one of my top three is Ladd! I’ll give you the other two later.

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
12:35 pm

Where is Kane?

Workin his butt off. He’s not doing the right things (really, the name is Evander Kane, not Evander Kovalchukj), but at least he’s making an effort.

I was at the game and other than the first 10 minutes, the Thrashers were completely outclassed

You must have been getting popcorn and drinks when the Capitals went on the penalty kill on their own power play. The majority of that Caps power play in the second period was played in their own zone, as Atlanta stripped Ovechkin of the puck multiple times, and returned it for shorthanded bids, or to just lollygag around and burn time off the clock.

Atlanta has a lot of work to do, but they certainly were not “outclassed” for the majority of the game.

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
12:39 pm

Red Light: I’ll play.

Ladd-Burmistrov-Bergfors

Sage of Bluesland

November 15th, 2010
12:39 pm

“…with memories of how you ruined a blog, a man (Waddell) and an entire franchise.”

Wow, that’s quite a stretch for the biggest drama-queen/clown on here…I (or we) “ruined a man”, that individual being Don Waddell?

Wow. For once, I’m near speechless…

Whoever said ownership needs to change gets the gold-star…The rest is just “putting-the-Smoothie” on the deck chairs of the HMS Titanic….

This ownership group needs some more “encouragement”, if you will. Don’t start subsidizing their incompetence now, for Heaven’s sake!

World Be Free

November 15th, 2010
12:55 pm

I haven’t read all of today’s posts, but they are predicably negative. We just played back to back gaes against 23 good teams and lost both in the 3rd period. I am concerned over our ability to close the deal in the 3rd and the play of a few players. Just wonder where this team would be if Dudley had not pulled off the 2 trades with Chicago this summer.

FYI-could be worse, the Leafs’ fans are booing their new captain Dion Phaneuf. Tronna is in a free fall with no first or 2nd round picks next summer. Toss in no cap space, no real prospects to trade or UFAs available to sign. Another long winter in Toronto.

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
12:56 pm

The fact that you can’t see the sarcasm dripping off that statement SOB just goes to show what a stooge you really are. Moving on…

R/L – I’d have to go with Ladd-Little-Kane

I realize Kane has had some issues with his overall game, but I think he’d thrive alongside these two as both Laddy & Lits are not afraid to mix it up in the corners. I think Kane would follow suit and exert the same forechecking effort of the other two, but his lethal wrist-shot would benefit more from the work of the other two as he tends to get to the shooting areas more often than say Bergfors or Peverley. I love Pevs, but he’s at best a 2nd liner. 2nd line should probably be the following: Bergie-Pevs-Byfuglien (but that’s a whole ‘nutha blog!).

I think its time to scrap the “he must be a lefty to play LW” line of thinking and reward effort and production with minutes. Not to say the bottom two lines shouldn’t get minutes, but I’d rather see a distribution along the lines of 18-16-14-12 as opposed to 16-15-15-14 although I think we’re seeing the bottom lines play much less of late.

World Be Free

November 15th, 2010
12:56 pm

That’s 2 good teams not 23

sisu

November 15th, 2010
12:58 pm

I wonder when it will be announced that Boulton suffered a concussion? It sure looked like he did after the fight…Mason has folded the last few games, he needs to pick it up.

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
12:58 pm

World – you really should go back and read, quite entertaining I reckon. :cool: Just another day at the office poking fun at our resident bi-polar fanatic, beat-writer bully and legend-in-his-own-mind. I think you can put the name with the descriptions. What fun!

stendek

November 15th, 2010
1:01 pm

DWTOO

November 15th, 2010
1:10 pm

Smoothie – everyone succumbs to the negativity at some point. I just try to keep the mantra “don’t feed the trolls”. They thrive on bringing someone down with them. There are certain posters who I just pass right thru.

Duds should be calling Ladd’s agent right now and starting negotiations. Sign him long term and give hime the “C”. As for R/L’s top line I’d have Ladd, Burmi, and Bergie. Think Burmi can take care of himself and these guys all hustle.

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
1:13 pm

In today’s ‘discussion’ so far, here’s something else that has seemingly slid under the radar in these parts:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Have-Savard-emails-exposed-NHL-s-Colin-Campbell-?urn=nhl-285531

very interesting reading.

R. Stroz

November 15th, 2010
1:28 pm

Let Boris nut punch Colin Campbell, then fire him.

Midfield

November 15th, 2010
1:30 pm

Not impressed with Kane as of late. If he thinks that he can play on his talent, forget it – not nearly enough to free skate like his white twin Patrick in Chicago, for example. Evander is a skilled forechecking and backchecking forward, and his key to being productive is to concentrate on doing little things right.

Rawhide

November 15th, 2010
1:34 pm

Wow…I take one evening off to spend with my family before having to fly to Miami on business this morning and…looking around at the cyber-mess on the blog…THIS!

Folks…It was a game. One game in an 82 game season. I hate it when my team loses too, but come on. If your team losing a close game is gonna send one or two of you off the deep end, then may I suggest stamp collecting or maybe chrocet as a hobby?

…sigh…

I will try and have a new blog later tonight after I get to the hotel…

Brendan – Your 11:48 pm was freed from Blog Puratory.

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
1:35 pm

Good stuff there Alan…Jack Edwards nailed it last year. Regardless of his disgusting biases and favoritism, he sucks at his job as “arbiter of justice” for the NHL. He needs to go.

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
1:52 pm

Smoothie, Stroz: Here’s more. NSFW for language (unless your company, like mine, doesn’t really care): http://deadspin.com/5690212/weekend-winner-the-nhls-petty-tyrant

Cornbread

November 15th, 2010
2:05 pm

Atlanta has played 3 very good games in a row, 2 of which were against elite teams and the other a defensive shut-down team. They are starting to get it. Unfortunately they may not have gotten the results they deserved.

This team knows they are good and capable of putting it together against the top teams in the league. Even in their loss against the Sens I saw something in them I have not seen from the individual Thrasher teams of the past, they were pissed! More importantly, they knew they were capable of playing better and got beat bad by a lesser team. Still, they kept coming instead of packing it in for the night. t was the same Saturday and Sunday.

They came back last night on the road against a team many have predicted to win the Cup. They made some bad plays and they know it. Eager’s turnover that led to the winning goal was uncharachteristic and you could see it bothered him. Still, the players on the bench were supporting him.

They are young and talented and very close to putting it all together. I believe that and I know the players and Coach Ramsay do as well. They have what it takes to go on an extended winning streak. Exciting time to be watching the Thrashers.

World Be Free

November 15th, 2010
2:17 pm

Smoothie-saw his postings, he only comes out when things go wrong.

Some folks take this stuff too personally- as Don Henley once said- “you put it all behind, cause life goes on, you keeping that anger, it will eat you up inside”. Or something like that.

Moving forward-and remember it could be worse, you could be a Toronto Maple Leaf player dealing with their Shiite fans. You wonder how Colby likes Tronna now?

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
2:22 pm

“You wonder how Colby likes Tronna now?”

Cuts like a knife, but it don’t feel ‘right! Nana na na na na nana…To paraphrase another 80’s singing sensation (from Canadia!).

What more can we do for Toronto? We gave up our best grinder (lol) and best sniper (C-Mac) just so they could have a chance!!

Zombie Steve

November 15th, 2010
2:24 pm

Everytime I read a Stendek post, I hear the voice of Gilbert Gottfried in my head.

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
2:29 pm

Here’s an email from Campbell that even involves our own beloved Thrashers. Check this shet out:

Re: Penalty
11/#/2007 10:48 PM
Colin Campbell to Stephen Walkom

Did you find out anything? It was [another referee] that made the call. Keep Warren and gas this ____head. 90 seconds left and he calls a weak penalty…tripping. Makes me sick. If I was at the game I would have had to fine me.

The game? http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2007020252

No wonder we get so many “two minute minor for playing hockey in the south” penalties.

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
2:47 pm

Alan – interesting indeed, but that date doesn’t seem right. It says 4/8/2009 and that we have Hossa. Wasn’t Hossa traded in winter of 2008? That game in reference must’ve been 11/xx/2007??

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
2:54 pm

Smoothie, if I recall correctly, the date at the top of the NHL page is the date the NHL.com site was re-designed. The date of the referenced game is 13 November 2007. For a better look, see here: http://espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=271113028

Tony C.

November 15th, 2010
2:57 pm

Yeah this Campbell thing is very…I won’t say enlightening, because it doesn’t really something new-just kind of validates what I (and most other fans that I know of) think of Campbell’s uneven (to be VERY kind) judgement.

As a side note (and please realize I’m not saying ALL here); kind of funny how Canadians like to portray themselves as even-keeled and accepting but yet are very petty/closeminded when it comes to hockey (case in point: Colby Armstrong-supposedly the consummate “hustle” player but I’ll kiss your @ss on national T.V. if you can show me more than 3 games during his time here where he did in fact, hustle-Then there’s countless guys who get painted with the tar brush at a young age and NEVER get the chance to live it down-or the decades long [and wrong] view that all Russians/Europeans are “soft” ).

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
3:00 pm

Okay, that certainly makes more sense.

I wonder when Campbell is going to start hating on Burmistrov and accusing him of diving all the time to draw all those penalties?

Tony C.

November 15th, 2010
3:01 pm

here’s a cached list of the emails from Campbell…The server is choking on the demand, but there are a few dealing with Le Thrash specifically that I’m anxious to read.

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
3:13 pm

Smoothie, when was the last time Burmi drew a penalty? ;)

Tony, I’m estatic to see the site is back up! I caught a glimpse of it when I got to work this morning, then it went 403. I figured lawyers got to it. I guess they didn’t!

Everyone, TSN is now running with the story. For as bad as the Toronto Sports Network can be at times, a story of this magnitude is only carried if there’s fire somewhere. Well, I think it’s safe to say that fire has been spotted. It doesn’t tell us anything new, except for Bill Daly and Colin Campbell’s own comments regarding the emails.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=341367

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
3:13 pm

My mistake, it’s just a google web cache. Still, I’m happy to see it got cached before it went down, at least.

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
3:23 pm

Yeah Alan, that Burmy kid NEEVVERRRR draws a penalty. What a waste of a pick?! ;-)

Nate

November 15th, 2010
3:25 pm

I think a lot of us (including myself) need to come full circle. Before the start of the season, most felt the Thrashers would fall just short of the playoffs. Others felt they might sneak into the 8th spot. Very few thought the season would go better than that. The team got off to a better than predicted start so expectations have grown, but I think it’s time we all come back down to reality.

I doubt ownership truly believes any year to be “the year” for a turnaround. But given the comments in the off-season, I think the 2011-2012 season was insinuated to be that year. Not this year. This team has too many moving parts to come around in time to bank enough points to make the playoffs. Maaaaybe the 8th seed if some other teams continue to falter around them.

Everybody just needs to relax and realize this team is succeeding/failing at the rate it was designed to do so.

World Be Free

November 15th, 2010
4:06 pm

Smoothie-I hope it is another 43 years before Tronna wins a Cup.

I feel old-Gilbert Perrault, my childhood hero turned 60 this weekend. The guy had the talent, if he old had a BIG heart!

DWTOO

November 15th, 2010
4:20 pm

You’re right about feeling old – The French Connection – Rick Martin and Rene Robert on the wings and Perrault in the middle. Right?

Spud Webb

November 15th, 2010
4:42 pm

WOW it’s the end of the world, it’s the end of the world!! RUUUUUUUUUN. woooooooo!!!
Stendek…go to the falcons blog, they’ll get a kick out of you there! Not sure why you watch the Thrashers, do you like living in misery? Don’t answer that, I think we all know the answer!! ahhahaha
Red Light, NICE work by your gang, uh, team last night!!! Avery at his best huh???

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
4:45 pm

Wow GP is 60?? Damn, I know I’m a bit younger but it still doesnt seem that long since my first poster and jersey were to honor the savvy and skilled Gilbert Perreault!

cousin Eddie

November 15th, 2010
5:03 pm

Yeah, I’m going to have say that’s why I don’t like the color yellow! Geesh! The sky is not falling, it open up, hence the rain! Duhhh!

Red Light

November 15th, 2010
5:14 pm

Spud Webb: Avery was at his worst again. Up 5-2, what was the sense in all that?

Brendan: To answer your question about McPhee, I said this at the trade deadline…

“You tell me who the best GM in the game is? I say McPhee!…”

McPhee fully understands what he is up against in terms of Cap space (currently 14th in the NHL this season) and has a great feel for personnel (the notable exception: Michael Nylander). He let Huet walk after dealing for him at the deadline in 2008, and we know where he is today (Swiss League).

In 2004, he dumped salaries of Gonchar, Jagr, Bondra, Nylander, Grier, Lang and Konowalchuk and got Shaone Morrisson, Jeff Schultz, Mike, Green, Tomas Fleischmann and Brooks Laich as a result.

He has UFAs to be Fleischmann, Semin, Laich and Erskine to sign but has only $37.1 million committed next season and $25.6 in 2012-13 so far. In other words, he hasn’t created the same type of problems that Chicago, Philly, Vancouver and New Jersey have, even with locking up Ovechkin and Backstrom through 2021 and 2020, respectively.

Caps’ record with McPhee as GM from 1997 to 2010
1,002 games • 471 wins • 389 losses • 69 ties • 73 OTLs

All that said, the Caps haven’t won diddly yet, but the building is “full” and that team has become an annoyance to the rest of the Southeast Division! He might not be in Ken Holland territory just yet, but he is easily one of the best.

Red Light

November 15th, 2010
5:38 pm

At this point in time, without the availability of a top line center, I’d have to use… • Ladd • Peverley • Bergfors as my top line.

With Modin, Cormier and Boulton injured, it’s time to give Riley Holzapfel a look. The team needs someone to play center, in my opinion, as I still believe that Little is more effective on the wing. But, I’ll bet they’ll recall Machacek or Dawes for Wednesday’s game.

Brendan

November 15th, 2010
6:45 pm

Red Light, “thank you.” And I completely agree. That’s why, I was surprised about the negative comments by posters following the loss AT WASHINGTON. That’s a great club. With a standout GM. With a budget substantively larger than ours.

I can understand the whining and moaning and groaning … after a 3-0 “watching the grass grow” loss at the Bulb to the Columbus Blue Jackets. There’s a team that is, essentially, in the same boat/history as the Thrashers. But if Atlanta loses to the 2009 Stanley Cup Champions and the 3-time defending SE Division champions and defending President’s Trophy winning Capitals, I don’t blow a gasket. I’m not happy about it. But I keep some form of ‘perspective’ about the loss.

If we get B-slapped by the Islanders, you might see me here … getting ‘negative.’ Atlanta should be better than the Islanders, for example. I commend McPhee on his years of experience and overall success. To me, one of his coups was re-inking Ovechkin to a 13-year deal. I mean, way to completely side-step that issue. The Capitals KNEW they needed to draft him 1st overall in 2004. They did. And Ovie signed with them. The Capitals KNEW they needed to lock him up, quickly, or he’d be gone, if the franchise stumbled, as his UFA years approached. McPhee has placed many 1st round picks into his lineup, often while overlooked by the hockey media. The Capitals franchise has never won a Stanley Cup. I have to believe that they will win one, relatively soon. Maybe, even this year. We’ll have to see.

Red Light, not to put you on the spot, but if you had to project a Stanley Cup Finals, do you see Washington as the Eastern Conference representative? And if so, who do you like out West, and as the Eastern CF opponent for Washington?

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
6:55 pm

Red Light, I guess two out of three isn’t bad, for me. Peverley is another good choice at center for that line, and I think I would trust him more with a D-zone face off.

Smoothie

November 15th, 2010
6:56 pm

Brendan – it wasn’t who we lost to, it was the manner in which we choked it away. We already have 1 win under our belts vs WSH and that confidence should have been augmented by their rally in the earlier road contest to tie and force OT. Add to that fact that Wash’s blueline is FAR from top notch.
Last nite the boys rallied admirably in the 2nd period. Both teams had traveled and both teams benefitted from some dumb and good puck luck. There was NO reason why we shouldn’t have come out in the 3rd and tried to assert our F/C aggressively and perhaps even a bit recklessly (safe is death aint it?).

You can’t beat WSH by sitting back on your heels and letting them dictate. You can’t put a rookie C out there in the off zone to take a F/O against Steckel, the BEST draw-man in the NHL!! Pretty much everything we did in that 3rd period was wrong and the approach made no sense considering how we played in the previous 8 periods. They choked on fear. I want them to stare fear down and go down swinging at least. All I ask.

Red Light

November 15th, 2010
7:11 pm

As I posted just prior to the season, I like Boston in the East and LA in the West. Haven’t changed that opinion at all.

Smoothie: There are guys on this team that don’t know what it is to pay the price late in the game, at least not in November! They got outhit two games in a row, and no one (Eager) went down to block Erskine’s game winner.

stendek

November 15th, 2010
7:14 pm

Smoothie is an adversary but he fights the good fight. I appreciate that. I respect many others who think I am full of, uh, something with an unpleasant odor. One writer went over the edge. Family should never be attacked. There is a line of decency which should never be crossed. Name of guy is Alex. On Chris site. Hurt me deeply. Yes, I do have feelings. My response was:

I and most Americans in my financial distress are outraged by your post Alexander! You sound like a damn foreigner anyway. So screw you! Professional athletes are vastly overpaid. I have no say whatsoever in regard to what Thrasher management does or does not dole out to players! I think the uncaring sons of betches should be making minimum wage. Would still be overpaid for performance! My wife and I are forced to raise a child, we are both disabled, in an entire month on what one Thrasher player, according to what was written, draws in one minute. ONE MINUTE! The present corrupt Barack Hussein Obama administration has cut food stamps and continues to do so. I personally feel checks are next. Only one disability check per household! Fed gov told us increases were frozen because inflation did not go up. Uh huh! So never tell me about financial hardships of professional athletes a$$hole. Being a professional athlete is a privilege not a guaranteed right! Where else is one rewarded for continued failure? I do not know from whence cesspool country you came but go the Hell back there! As for not addressing me directly again I thank the good Lord for all blessings big and small. You can just drop dead Thrash Head! Damn censorship advocate. You jerks make Smoothie seem like a saint! STENDEK

Thrashers27

November 15th, 2010
7:29 pm

So, anybody know what Boris’ status is? I get it that his time in Atlanta is all but over, but since he was called back up and nobody claimed him off of waivers, wouldn’t he count as a body on our roster? Seems to me he’s in a state of limbo.

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
7:54 pm

The Colin Campbell mess keeps on getting messier. Check this out

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/nov/14/tsa-ejects-oceanside-man-airport-refusing-security/

Key line from this one? As one referee said today, “I can’t believe it took so long for this to come out.”

Boom goes the dynamite!

Alan R.

November 15th, 2010
7:55 pm

That was the wrong link, because I apparently didn’t copy the right one. See this link instead.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs/elliottefriedman/2010/11/campbell-emails-puts-objectivity-into-question.html

dwayne

November 15th, 2010
7:58 pm

Washington will not win the cup, this year or any other year. No defense, suspect goaltending. I do not care about the fire power they have. I have been watching this game seriously for 10 years, watched the Flyers before that off on on, but mostly Thrashers, so maybe thats not a good measuring stick, but most Stanley cup winners in recent year ride a goaltender that gets hot at the right time. Can you see either Noyvirth or Varlymov doing that? Not thru 4 series.

dwayne

November 15th, 2010
8:06 pm

I haven’t looked up any stats, so I don’t have proof to back up my statements, it was just an opinion. So, if you’ll excuse me now, I’m just going home, grab a shower and shave, give the wife a little pickle-tickle, and I’m on my way.

Rawhide

November 15th, 2010
9:16 pm

Hello gang…sorry I have no blog entry tonight. Been a busy day of travel, meetings, balh, blah, blah….

I just had enough time to log on and take care of some “blog admin business”…not the type of stuff I wanted to have to do tonight, but….

Anyway…keep up the discussion, keep it within the realm of decency and I’ll catch up with ya tomorrow.