If your Thanksgiving turkey has no wings, there’s a reason for that

All around Thrasherville today, as family and loved ones sit down to enjoy their Thanksgiving turkey…they will find certain parts of the bird missing. Well…there’s a reason for that. You see, last night the Thrashers devoured the wings.

The Detroit Red Wings, that is, as the Atlanta Thrashers ate them alive to the tune of 5-1.

In yesterday’s blog we discussed how the Thrashers could resists the Big Red Borg’s attack. I mentioned that Atlanta would need to take on some of the characteristics of the visiting Red Wings if they were to be successful.

Chris Thorburn celebrates his goal that gave the Thrashers an early 1-0 lead against Detroit Wednesday night (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Chris Thorburn celebrates his goal that gave the Thrashers an early 1-0 lead against Detroit Wednesday night (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

They would need to continue their recent trend of not committing untimely errors in the defensive and neutral zones…check.

They had to find a way to match the Wings speed and physical play…check.

They needed to skate each shift, from the very first one to the final horn, as if everything rode on it…check.

And the man ‘tween the pipes needed to once again come up big…check.

There, now that wasn’t so hard after all…was it?

Atlanta won battles all night long, they out worked Detroit, They outshot them, they were aggressive in the neutral zone, played sold defense and were as invasive and intrusive to the Red Wings defensive zone as  TSA agents at the gates of Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

After Chris Thorburn and the fourth line staked Atlanta to an early lead, Captain Ladd then converted a great pass from Rich Peverley for a shorty to put them up 2-1. In the second period while on the power play, Bryan Little fed Anthony Stewart with a great pass from the left wing and Stewey put the Thrashers up 3-1. And then when Little snapped home a shot over Jimmy Howard, the home team had taken a 4-1 advantage and it was clear the wheels had come clean off Detroit’s little red wagon.

Dustin Byfuglien’s power play blast in third simply added the icing to cake, providing the final score of 5-1. But he also made sure one Wings fan sitting near glass knew exactly what team had trashed his Red Wings as he tapped his stick on the glass, then turned display the A-T-L-A-N-T-A along his left sleeve to him. Nice.

In goal, Pavelec continued his stellar work of late, turning aside 32 of the 33 shots he faced. Only Todd Bertuzzi’s power play goal beat him. In doing so, Opie improved his record to 4-4-2, lowered his GAA to 1.84 and raised his saves percentage to .942%.

To say the least, this was a huge win for a Thrashers team that seems to be gaining confidence each and every game. In the past three times out, they have defeat the best teams the Eastern and Western Conferences have had to offer…by a combined score of 10-1. I for one could not have had my Thanksgiving holiday started in a finer fashion.

And speaking of Thanksgiving…

I would like to take this opportunity wish each and every one of you the best today as we take time to give thanks for all we have. Among the many, many blessing that I count in my own personal life are each and every one of you who take time out of your busy days to spend here.

Whether you are simply a reader or one to posts comments as well, I cannot convey to you my gratitude for helping to make this little online forum what it is. As I like to tell anyone who’ll listen…the comments posted below here and on Chris Vivlamore’s blog are simply some the best, most intelligent, thoughtful, entertaining, knowledgeable and humorous in the Thrasherville blogosphere.

For those of you who classify yourselves as “lurkers”, I do appreciate it when you stop me inside Philips Arena to introduce yourselves and tell me you are regular readers. I enjoy chatting Thrashers hockey with you and ivite you to join the frey down below too.

For that, I cannot say thank you enough.

If you are traveling this weekend, as my family and I are, please be safe and enjoy your time with family and friends. I look forward to seeing all of you again very soon at future games.

Happy Thanksgiving, Thrasherville!

103 comments Add your comment

saluda26

November 25th, 2010
7:49 am

The Thrashers played a complete all around game last night. It really feels good to be a Thrasher fan today. What was even better was seeing all those Red Wing fans leaving with their tails tucked between their legs. Chew on that game for a while Detroit. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

World Be Free

November 25th, 2010
8:03 am

Thrashers outskated older Red Wings. This team knows they can skate with most teams. Happy Thanksgiving Rawhide, to you and your family.

Smitty

November 25th, 2010
8:05 am

Looks like the Thrashers are starting to jell. It could not have come at a better time as they face some of the better teams during this home stand and the upcoming road trip. All four lines are contributing as Ramsey continue to roll the four lines. Would like to know the ice time the fourth line is getting and if it is a significant amount.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Joe Friday

November 25th, 2010
8:14 am

What a great, great effort. Naming Ladd captain brought it all together. The system has clicked for the guys and they have all bought in. To kick detroit,s butt is icing on a very tasty cake. You guys still want to dump Stewart? Slater on the other hand took a very bad penalty. Wasn’t suprised to see more cheap stick work and diving out of the notoriously cheap wings.

Buf is just classic, loved him showing up that wings fan. Rawhide made the telly. Pave with another stellar outing.

This is going to be fun, boys. We have a real hockey team. The chicago boys have brought some swagger to our club.

Happy Thanksgiving to all, I am very grateful for all the blessings in my life, including finally having a real hockey club. We long suffering fans deserve it.

English Teacher

November 25th, 2010
8:30 am

Mine has wings, but they have been brutally roasted.

GRITS and Pucks

November 25th, 2010
8:32 am

Happy Thanksgiving! You truly are a great read, and I am thankful for the witty and fun look at the Thrashers you give to all of your readers :-)

Marcus Valdes

November 25th, 2010
8:35 am

Enjoyed meeting you last night Iceman. Guess I’m one of the “lurkers” :) I was 8 rows away from Buff and the wings fan. What a fun game. I don’t see a team that we can’t handle right now. I was worried about consistency, and we finally seem to be showing sum. Here’s hoping success begets success. Looking forward to the weekend!!! Let’s make it 5 in a row!!!!

Hip Czech

November 25th, 2010
8:37 am

WBF, that was my thought watching the game last night…the Dead Wings looked old and slow. Maybe they didn’t come ready to play, weren’t up for this game, or any of they myriad of excuses Detroit fans will give…but, the Thrashers were the faster, hungrier team.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

GRITS and Pucks

November 25th, 2010
8:38 am

Oh… Also, I think I am in <3 with Big Buf; his personality on ice and presence has me watching and waiting to see what's gonna happen everytime he steps out on to the ice.

wvubru

November 25th, 2010
8:41 am

I’m not a lurker but I don’t post much anymore either. I do read these blogs at every update.

Been a STH since day1 and I can honestly say this is the best TEAM we’ve ever enjoyed at Blueland. I’m very confident the level of play will continue. It will be a fight to earn a playoff spot since there is very little difference between the top 24 teams in the leauge and 16 make it. Take nothing for granted and let’s support this team as they work towards the goal. They deserve it.

NYC

November 25th, 2010
8:41 am

I’m thankful for the emergence of Pavelec, a three game win-streak,….and Big Buff!

Dwayne

November 25th, 2010
8:54 am

The more wins, the more fans, the more lurkers become bloggers…
The Big Red Borg became the wittle wed wagon last nite.
3, count them, 3 straight games without a minus Thrasher!!!!!!

Dwayne

November 25th, 2010
8:57 am

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Be safe.

The Real Thrash

November 25th, 2010
9:00 am

How ’bout them, er, THRASHERS!

The Real Thrash

November 25th, 2010
9:00 am

Safe journeys.

World Be Free

November 25th, 2010
9:01 am

I guess I need to pick on players more often; first Pavs now Stewart. Keep reading the blog boys.

DWTOO

November 25th, 2010
9:03 am

Had to be one of the top five nights ever to be in Blueland. Several times we heard referrals to the many SC’s won, but, they didn’t count last night. A true team effort for 60 minutes!

And I really liked Buff pointing to the ATL on his sweater – maybe he should change it to ATTITUDE. He’s bringing what we’ve needed here for many years.

Read the link posted by Alan R on Viv’s blog. Much moaning, whaling, and nashing of teeth in the Motor City.

DWTOO

November 25th, 2010
9:05 am

WBF – Rawhide and I were discussing that last night at the post game. Your astuteness is amazing. Stewart hustled his butt last night.

It’s great when you go to the post game show rather than fight traffic.

Big Momma

November 25th, 2010
9:06 am

I’m one of the lurkers although I did meet you at a game last year. We were at the game last night and were very impressed with level of play from our team. They are really making this season exciting.

We came home and turned on the dvr to see Buff’s goal celebration again and guess who we saw celebrating in the crowd? You looked like you were enjoying the goal as much as Big Buff was!

Happy Thanksgiving! We appreciate you and your wit and insight – thanks for sharing.

World Be Free

November 25th, 2010
9:19 am

Hip-Wings have played alotta games over the past 10 years, regular seasons, playoffs and Olympics. The guys still have the skill, Datsyk is STILL my favorite player-but time is catching up to them. Modano is a 3rd liner at best.

DWTOO-I actually saw Stewart hit someone last night!

JT from Columbus

November 25th, 2010
9:23 am

Awesome game last night. Lot’s of things to be thankful for today, but one thing form last night I’ll always remember is watching the game with my 8 yr old son and him getting so excited at every hit and goal. Think we have a new Thrashers fan!! Happy Thanksgiving one and all.

Bluenote

November 25th, 2010
9:34 am

No Sage in the dressing today?

Winning solves a multitude of problems.
I’m thankful for a couple of character win and some great work from Opie.
Could not be more pleased to be more wrong about his potential
What can they accomplish with Comier in the lineup?

Safe travels all

Christy

November 25th, 2010
9:40 am

Overheard in section 212, among a sea of Red Wing fans sometime during the late 2nd period last night – husband to wife – “How are they out-skating the red-wings?”, wife responds, “I don’t know, but they are!”

That may have been my favorite moment last night if not for Little’s goal.

That was as much fun as I’ve had at a Thrasher’s game in a long while.

Happy Thanksgiving all.

glovesave29

November 25th, 2010
10:19 am

Just for fun, I did go on to the Canadian blogs last night – and most were pretty complimentary of the Thrashers. The negatives generally came from those who did not watch the game, but just saw the final score.

The key is to continue to build on this and not merely be satisfied with the results. The style we played last night was the perfect foil for the type of game Detroit plays. As long as the effort is there as we all witnessed last night, we will see more than our share of W’s this season.

It’s a small winning streak. Not time to start selling playoff tickets just yet. But I do think we got to see what kind of team that Rammer and Duds are building. It’s time to start filling the arena on a regular basis.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

wristshot

November 25th, 2010
10:22 am

Smitty – Fourth line TOI is up significantly from what it was when the Greek Gods were averaging around 7 minutes a game a couple years ago. Last night Boulton had 10:22 for 16 shifts, Slater had 10:44 for 19 shifts and Thorburn had 13:24 for 20 shifts.

Andrew Ladd led all forwards with 20:14 for 27, Peverley was 2nd with 18:26 and 27 followed by Burmistrov in third with 16:43 and 22. Ramsay really does like rolling four lines!

Zoomo

November 25th, 2010
10:33 am

What are complete game victory. It really is a good day in Thrasherville.

Happy Thanksgiving, Rawhide and family. And the same to all the posters and lurkers.

Chris16

November 25th, 2010
10:36 am

Man what a great game to watch, I wish I went last night but with ten or more people coming to my house for thankgiving I had alot of things to do to help the wife out. I will be there for the BLACK FRIDAY GAME To See Some Doorbustering of the Montrel.See You Soon

Mr. Heat Miser

November 25th, 2010
10:37 am

DeBorgification complete.

Darkhorse

November 25th, 2010
10:40 am

Best complete game they’ve played by far this season. I was very impressed. Only one game though, and a tough, fast team comes in tomorrow night in Montreal. Just want to see this team develop consistency. A win on Black Friday would be the perfect gift for me.

Flames

November 25th, 2010
10:58 am

Happy Thanksgiving!! Go Thrashers!!

Tom

November 25th, 2010
11:00 am

First game of the season for me and it was memorable. The boys came out and played with fire. Tomorrow the Habs come in and another effort like last nights and we may start being on the radar of teams across the league.

Moth Balled Jersey

November 25th, 2010
11:06 am

I can’t wait until all those Atlantans who only show up for the visiting team become bandwagoners for the HOME TEAM too. We can use you people every once in a while. And you can still wear your Chicago, Wings, Boston, and Pittsburgh garb. We don’t care. Just come out and be on the side of a Thrasher win for a change. Even Byfuglien has thrown down the gauntlet.
And, nice words by Bryan Little after the game at rinkside! Nice job boys. Keep it up.

R. Stroz

November 25th, 2010
11:10 am

An extra special Thankgiving treat, another replay of the game starting on Sports South, RIGHT NOW.

Dwayne

November 25th, 2010
11:11 am

15337 fans in attendance last night. Is that enough for you Bogo??

Puckhead

November 25th, 2010
11:20 am

Last three games the Thrash have faced 5 goalies and scored on them all. Gobble Gooble

Alan R.

November 25th, 2010
11:27 am

15337 fans in attendance last night. Is that enough for you Bogo??

Well, to be fair, I’d say about half of ‘em were in the visiting teams gear. But the noise level was certainly there, and it sounded like sine of the visiting fans were cheering on the home team by the time the game ended. Although, there was a stream of ‘em leaving with about four minutes left in the third period.

Regardless of all that, if you want fans in your building, you need to play like this. Consistently.

red wing fan 4life

November 25th, 2010
11:29 am

nice game thrashers but your not in the same league as the wings if the thrashers are any good we’ll see ya in june that’s when you’ll need to beat the wings or out in four detroit gives you “WINGS” happy thanksgiving y’all

Smoothie

November 25th, 2010
11:30 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you Bill, the new hardest working man in showbiz! Also, here’s to a peaceful, relaxing holiday weekend for all the Thrashers fans who frequent this blog as either a reader or a poster. If last nite’s game is any indication of this team’s potential, then I think this blog may become an even more popular place! And congrats to the Thrashers for a fine stretch of hockey against some of the league’s best. Don’t eat too much turkey and come back rested with some fire in your bellies pour les Habitants!

See ya down at the Bulb on Friday nite!

Michael

November 25th, 2010
11:31 am

If this team can play like this MOST nights as ALL nights is not possible, they will make the playoffs. They looked great last night. Even though there were a lot of Detroit fans, they guys definitely responded to the crowd support. Now we just need more fans on a consistent basis. Go Thrashers!

Moth Balled Jersey

November 25th, 2010
11:40 am

I didn’t see the Wings playing in June. But then again, I wasn’t on the golf course.

Red Light

November 25th, 2010
11:47 am

As Ramsay said after the game, he doesn’t care whose fans are creating the noise, he’s just glad there is noise and some excitement in the building.

Pavelec has won 3 straight and 4-of-5 starts. If he wins Friday night, it will mark the first four-game win streak of his career.

In home games during the Thanksgiving holidays since 2003, the Thrashers are 4-5.

The Thrashers are 3-0-2 in their last 5 at home against the Habs and are 4-1-2 in the last 7 overall vs MTL.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! May God bestow upon you all the blessings you and your families deserve this holiday.

Bill, thanks to you for providing a thought-provoking forum in this age of three-paragraph sports news columns and unbalanced reporting.

Extraordinary performance last night, all the way around!

Dwayne

November 25th, 2010
11:47 am

Your absoluetly right red wing fan 4life. All we ever wanted in Atlanta was a TEAM that would show up and play hard every night. We, for the most part, do not have any grand illusions of a SC in the near future. We still have a goofball for President and the Octotards as owners. If Duds can overcome those 9 idiots, he should seriously be considered for the GM of the Year award. I know, I’m kind of putting the cart before the horse.

Sage of Bluesland

November 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

“…We still have a goofball for President and the Octotards as owners….”

Spot-on, Dwayne. Thank you for that much-needed jolt of reality.

(Otherwise, Joe-Bob might be swept away in that euphoria he USED to feel when thinking I was wrong about Don Waddell all those years ago…and then proclaim he ‘knew it all along’…)

The season is still young, folks. We’ll see what happens come February and March–and when the budgetary concerns come into play…

Jason

November 25th, 2010
12:25 pm

I’m thinking they could have had 17,000 in there at least if not for the DREADED BLACK CURTAIN OF DOOM hanging over the 400s.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Blueland Buddha

November 25th, 2010
12:29 pm

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Loving the way the Thrash are playing right now. And hopefully more people take notice and get back involved in supporting NHL hockey in Atlanta in 2011! GO THRASHERS!!

Alan R.

November 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

Turkey of Bluesland ought to get back in the oven. GOBBLE GOBBLE.

Alan R.

November 25th, 2010
12:50 pm

Dan Kamal’s call on the radio last night on Andrew Ladd’s shorty made it to the Sportsnet.ca video recap of the game. Pretty amusing stuff. http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/scores/20101124/Det@Atl/story

Brendan

November 25th, 2010
12:50 pm

If you’d told me that the Thrashers would be over .500 at Thanksgiving, I’d have said the team was wayyyy overperforming. Segue, Sage has brought up the topic of budgetary concerns in February. As I post, I tread hesitantly. We’ve seen the Octotards track record on spending. We don’t need to review it. But, perhaps, it’s time to dust off the topic of whether or not they’d actually ADD PAYROLL if the team were HONESTLY in contention for a playoff berth. The first and immediate answer is, “No!!”

But, let’s not forget something here. Dudley was given a budget OUTSIDE of the league-mandated spending parameters. Which means, what? It means the Thrashers have paid for a 29th or 30th place finish, this season. If, come February, the team is where it is now, in playoff position at # 8, then the Octocluster shouldn’t simply ignore the possibility of $4 million in guaranteed playoff revenue that would come from hosting Games Three and Four, in the opening round of the playoffs.

There’s something else to consider, about February spending. What?? It’s prorated. Which means, what? It means adding a $5 million-a-year player doesn’t actually cost $5 million. It costs the REST of the $5 million beyond what the player’s team has already paid him. I speak this with no one in particular in mind, but in generalities. The Octocluster ‘could’ decide … that the ‘return on investment’ is good enough to deserve further funding. As long as the Thrashers don’t give up coveted 1st and 2nd round picks, or prized prospects, or pick up players with years left on a bad contract, they’d do well to add payroll. Some teams … simply want to dump salary. Heck, I recall Atlanta trading last year, for something called, “future considerations.” I have NEVER in my life … understood … what ‘future considerations’ are. What are they? Are they draft picks? Are they ‘players to be named later?’ Is it “cash?” I have no blessed idea. The GM knows! Well, okay. I assume the GM knows what ‘future considerations’ are. But my point, here, is that if we can trade ‘future considerations’ instead of something of determined value, to push towards the playoffs …. I’m in favor of it. If Slater, Boulton, Thorburn, or even a player with years left, like Hainsey, could be used to ’sweeten up the deal,’ I’m also in favor of that.

Sage does have a point about spending … when it might matter most. I wish we could have different owners in place by the trade deadline, but I highly doubt it. But I’d have to believe … that the possibility of “pure profit” called “playoff revenue” would interest them, especially in light of the fact that this club will get $14 million in revenue-sharing monies, while fielding a team below the FLOOR of the salary cap. Perhaps, just perhaps, that additional outlay of dinero might become a reality as a reward for the Thrashers continued success this year. So go to games, and cheer them on.

LAC

November 25th, 2010
1:19 pm

The Washington & Detroit games have been The Two Best games in Thrashers history.

Well, the 9-0 rout of to be Cup Champion Carolina ranks right up there too.

But these two games were a piece of work from start to finish. No turnovers in netural zone, one shot and out in the defensive zone and many many takaways for us. Not to mention SOLID Goaltending…

It will be interesting to see how we do in these next two games, there are 60 left and no letting up…

Alan R.

November 25th, 2010
1:42 pm

Thanks, LAC, for putting the “Happy” back into Happy Thanksgiving, after Brendan’s morbidly depressing post.

We’re doing good and playing well. A little ahead of where I expected us to be at Thanksgiving 2010, and extremely pleased for that. I want us to continue the stellar level of play. Two tough games against Montreal and Boston coming up, so the boys can’t let up in the slightest.

Skate to the throat. Do it, Thrashers!