A Thrashers winning streak…what is it?

If I had told you just two weeks ago the Atlanta Thrashers would today be one of the hottest…if not THE hottest…teams in the NHL, you would have sworn I was hitting the holiday spirits a little soon. They had just dropped a tough one to Florida, had lost three straight and six of their last seven. They were playing sloppy, making critical mistakes too often and dropping stinkers on the ice regularly.

Many thought they could improve and play better as a team eventually. But seeing teams like the Caps, Detroit, Montreal and Boston on the horizon…well, things looked like they wouldn’t be getting too much better any time soon. And as for any discussion of taking five consecutive by a combined score of 19-3…well, surely you can’t be serious.

But as it turns out, that’s exactly what they’ve done…and don’t call me Shirley.

Yes, the Thrashers have treated their fans to some of the best hockey ever seen around these parts. In contrast to what we’ve become accustomed to around here for the past several years… it’s an entirely a different style of hockey, altogether.

everyone at the same time… “It’s an entirely a different style of hockey”.

As you’ve probably noticed, ever since this team started the five-game winning streak the good people of Thrasherville have been happy and have noticed thing they’ve never new were there before; Birds singing, dew glistening on a newly formed leaf… stoplights.

Admittedly though, the recent run of great play and team-oriented hockey has left me shaken and disturbed, and all the questions keep coming up over and over again, like bubbles in a case of club soda.

Can they continue to get the same kind of consistent, disciplined performance from all players?

Can Ondrej Pavelec…now 6-4-2 with a 1.62 GAA, .949 SV% and 2 shutouts…maintain that level of excellence?

Will wonder-kid Alex Burmistrov be ready to go tonight after the hit he took Sunday?

How much more can they expect from Dustin Byfuglien, who now leads the team with 25 overall points, (9 goals & 16 assists) and is a +4.

Can this squad continue to outperform their opposition…even when it’s fourth and fifteen and your looking at a full court press.

Can they, when the whole crew is up against it, and the breaks are beating the boys…can they get out there and give it all they’ve got and win just one for the Zipper?

Honestly…shrugs…I dunno.

But if there is a sure fire way to keep this winning streak going, it’s this: score goals and stop others from scoring on you. Or stop other teams from scoring then score yourself, whichever way you wanna do it. Just remember the two key elements here…score more goals and don’t allow them to score as many.

Of course, statistics show they’ve only got a 50/50 chance of continuing the streak…though there’s only a 10% chance of that. But it’s a chance they’ll just have to take, win or lose. After all, you take a chance getting up in the morning, crossing the street or sticking your face in a fan.

Following their successful homestand, the Thrashers boarded a chartered airplane Monday and winged their way westward where they’ll try to keep their winning ways going away from Philips Arena. They’ll begin a three-game road trip starting Tuesday night in Denver against the 13-9-1 Colorado Avalanche. The Avs currently are tied with Vancouver for the Northwest Division lead, both with 27 points. And I’m sure you all join me in saying to the Thrashers…”Good luck. We’re all counting on you”.

That, and let’s certainly hope no one ate the fish as their in-flight meal, instead opting for the steak.

Given the choice between the two…I would have had lasagna.

After their date with the Avalanche, Atlanta will then head to Pittsburgh and Washington later in the week to try and impose the smell of fear upon the Penguins and Capitals.

And now in closing, and to show our support for the Thrashers and our country…let’s all rise and sing our National Anthem.

…ahem…

“Oh say can you see…by the dawn’s early light. What so proudly we hail…in the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose bright stripes and broad stars…in the perilous night…for the ramparts we watched…uh, da-da-da-da-da-daaaa. And the rocket’s red glare…lots of bombs in the air…gave proof to the [Knights!], that we still had our flag. Oh say does that flag banner wave…over a-a-all that’s free. And the home of the land…and the land of the – FREE!”

Today’s blog entry is dedicated to the memory of Leslie Nielsen who past away Sunday at the age of 84. Most of us remember Nielsen for his comedic roles in Airplane as well as The Naked Gun, however he was a dramatic actor prior to turning to comedy. Among other roles, he also portrayed Captain Harrison in The Poseidon Adventure. Before his career in acting, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Thank you for all the laughs, Leslie. May you rest in peace.

169 comments Add your comment

cousin Eddie

November 29th, 2010
10:54 pm

10% of 50/50 chance. huh!

Sara

November 29th, 2010
10:56 pm

ssshhhhhh quit telling everybody. Is better to be sneaky. ;)

sisu

November 29th, 2010
10:57 pm

should be interesting to see how they do in this short trip, here is thinking 2 – 1

Alan R.

November 29th, 2010
11:05 pm

Don’t just win it for us, Thrashers. Win it for Leslie Nielson! Kick that Avalanche arse all over those mountains!

Hoof Arted

November 29th, 2010
11:16 pm

Alan R., Mountains? But we’re over Iowa.

The cornfields! The cornfields!

Alan R.

November 29th, 2010
11:19 pm

Man, I was expecting someone to hit that low, hanging curve right out of the park.. but I didn’t know it’d happen so soon. Kudos.

kracker

November 29th, 2010
11:30 pm

R. Stroz

November 30th, 2010
12:40 am

Surely the Thrashers will bring home some points from the road trip.

Roger that.

Darren

November 30th, 2010
1:13 am

It’s not from the movie, but this is one of my all time Leslie Nielsen clips. Sort of reminds me of a Buffa-slug Sabres fan’s typical hygiene. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5egaR4WvLPY&NR=1

LAC

November 30th, 2010
1:48 am

Atlanta 4 Colorado 1 Tuesday night.
Atlanta 2 Pittsburgh 1 Thursday night.
Atlanta 6 Washington 3 Saturday night….

Let’s see this take place…..!!!!!

Checked on our former #17.

After 50 games with New Jersey here is his Goal/Assist/Point/+-

Goals 14
Assist 23
Points 37
+ / – -2

This is a New Jersey NIGHTMARE !

Thrashers27

November 30th, 2010
1:52 am

Hey, isn’t that Enrique Pilazzo? Go Thrashers!

World Be Free

November 30th, 2010
5:36 am

Sounds like Bob Feller is sick too, he of the blazing faastball. Pretty soon we will be the old guys out there. The Poseidon Adventure was one of Leslie’s last “stiff” roles. RIP my friend.

LAC-Kovy has 10 points in 23 games. Only 14 2/3 years left on his contract.

No idea where the team is going folks, but this last week or so has been the most fun I have had as Thrasher fan in some time. Happy that Pavs has proven me so wrong, cuz Mason has not been too hot so far. Darren, easy now be nice, no Sabres’ fan has done anything to you, lately that is.

Bluenote

November 30th, 2010
6:51 am

Godspeed Leslie. You gave us a lot of laughs.

Keep up the great work Rawhide

The Real Thrash

November 30th, 2010
6:57 am

Surely the true test is on the road!
And don’t call me Shirley!!

HookyBob

November 30th, 2010
7:27 am

I may have missed this earlier but a big RIP to Pat Burns.

Rawhide

November 30th, 2010
7:48 am

OK, so…anyone else noticing that the Thrashers flagship staion AM680 The Fan is now broadcasting on 93.7 FM?

Or is that just a special perk reserved only for my car? :cool:

Cliff Fletcher

November 30th, 2010
7:49 am

The 2nd best thing about winning is that it keeps Sage quiet. “The Wiesel” never comes out when the Thrashers are winning, only when they are losing.

BG33Brown

November 30th, 2010
7:52 am

I’ve just been swimming in raw sewage AND I LOVE IT!

It’s gonna be tough to win tonight, you can expect a let down game after such a great homestand. Hope they can keep it going.

Tom

November 30th, 2010
8:05 am

Since the Thrashers will be out of town, do you think Billy will go see the Gladiators instead? I heard he likes their movies.

Slaw

November 30th, 2010
8:14 am

It’s been 10 years….can we let the “Knights” thing go! It’s embarrassing!

Larry E

November 30th, 2010
8:16 am

Thrashers good luck and keep thehard work up. And goodby Leslie, thanks for the smiles and comedy in a sick world.

Dwayne

November 30th, 2010
8:17 am

Great movie, why Leslie never won an Oscar for his performances is beyond me. Go Thrash!!!

Mike

November 30th, 2010
8:19 am

Steve

November 30th, 2010
8:26 am

Suck!

I hear you Slaw.

World Be Free

November 30th, 2010
8:33 am

Slaw-it is silly isn’t it; a bit disrespectful to the U.S. National Anthem as well. Then we have the 1/2 dozen idiots that booed the introduction of the Canadian anthem on Friday against the Habs.

World Be Free

November 30th, 2010
8:38 am

Just what does one do in the Royal Canadian Air Force?

Mike

November 30th, 2010
8:41 am

How did it even start? Obviously because of the Knights – but has it been going on since the first game? Was it carried over from what they did at the Knights game? Or did one person do it and everyone follow?

Red Light

November 30th, 2010
8:42 am

Booing any national anthem, except those that your country is engaged in war against, is simply bad form and shows a lack of respect especially to those Thrashers players who grew up elsewhere. Simply ridiculous!

From the Buffalo News
Terrence Pegula, who made his fortune in the natural gas and oil industry in Pennsylvania, has emerged as a serious candidate to purchase the Sabres. His wife is from Western New York and he’s an avid Sabres fan and former hockey dad who donated $88 million to Penn State for a new arena and Division I hockey program.

Pegula could not be reached for comment Monday, but his name has been floating around NHL circles for months as a potential buyer. Sources confirmed Monday that his interest picked up in recent weeks, although an agreement did not appear imminent. Any sale could take several months, assuming he doesn’t lose interest or have negotiations fall apart.

Leslie made a career out of being a buffoon…and it seems as if Lou Lamariello has opted that same stance. (…he said pandering to the ongoing anti-Devils sentiment).

Red Light

November 30th, 2010
8:51 am

Bill:

93.7 is a Macon, Ga. radio station and is not even listed as a Thrashers radio affiliate, nor are they part of the Skyview Networks. Maybe it’s similar to the Roswell, NM alien sightings. dew-dew-dew-dew-dew; dew-dew-dew-dew-dew!

Red Light

November 30th, 2010
8:52 am

Lost one Trixie, prior to the 8:51 am post.

Spud Webb

November 30th, 2010
9:12 am

Lol….good luck we’re all counting on you, a CLASSIC. ahahhaha

Blueliner

November 30th, 2010
9:24 am

It’s an entirely a different style of hockey

Rawhide

November 30th, 2010
9:29 am

Slaw – For the record…you can count me as one of those who do not yell “Knights” during the national anthem. I put it in there merely for context, given some Thrashers fans engage in the practice.

While I would never attempt to impose my feelings and beliefs on others in regards to this issue…they are free to do as they wish… I personally find it rude and disrespectful to our nation and those who serve in her defense.

To place this in a little futher context if I may…as I type this, my son is currently being interview by Rep. Gingrey’s service academy nomination board. This time next year he will be, in one way or another, serving to defend this country, her people and all that anthem represents. That is something I do not take lightly and will always stand in quiet reverence as it is performed.

Carry on

Alan R.

November 30th, 2010
9:30 am

Red Light – Perhaps 680 is broadcasting on 93.7 now, but hasn’t posted that info on their site yet? If Bill is getting the signal, maybe theres something to it?

DWTOO

November 30th, 2010
9:33 am

A winning streak – something we don’t see often around these parts.

Badger Bob

November 30th, 2010
9:36 am

Looks like I picked a bad season to quit being a STH…

Red Light

November 30th, 2010
9:38 am

Badger Bob:

Nice to have you back. E-mail me about Friday Dec. 10’s game vs. the Avs.

J(Z)

November 30th, 2010
9:58 am

I’ve never been a fan of the “Knights” yelling either but this is an argument neither side will budge on. Since so many people scream it, I have lately been yelling “Thrashers” instead to amuse myself.

RIP Leslie Nielson

Go Thrashers!

Red Light

November 30th, 2010
10:03 am

Pavelec has allowed just 18 goals in his last 11 starts spanning 737 minutes since his feinting spell/concussion! That’s one goal allowed for approximately every 41 minutes played.

Tom

November 30th, 2010
10:07 am

Interesting tidbit, the Avalanche traded for Matt Hunwick yesterday. He will be play the Thrashers tonight.

Finally, here’s some info on Matt Hunwick, the former Michigan star who was acquired today from the Bruins for similarly young D-man Colby Cohen. Hunwick, 25, is about 5-11, 190 pounds and can wheel it pretty good from the back end. Much quicker than the bigger Cohen.

I wonder if he is ready to go another round with Evander Kane? Or is Kane still held in such regard in the Boston area that Hunwick’s decision to fight him cost him his place on the team?

Zombie Steve

November 30th, 2010
10:12 am

Should we start referring to the Buff/Toby line as Master Blaster?

Red Light

November 30th, 2010
10:13 am

Tom:

Hunwick’s fight with Kane had nothing to do with the deal sending him to Colorado. The Bruins had to free up Cap space so that they could make room on the roster for Marc Savard.

Tom

November 30th, 2010
10:21 am

How is it possible we have the lowest payroll in the league by over 2 million dollars than the 29th place Islanders and 8 million dollars less than the Lightning, 9 mm less than Carolina, 10 mm less than Florida, and 15 mm less than Washington.

Full credit should be given to the coaches for getting a team playing this well with such a huge payroll discrepancy. And if we had half a brain we would be looking for a couple big name players at the trade deadline that will play our system. Oh, and making substantial long term offers to Buff and Laddy today would make sense too.

Tom

November 30th, 2010
10:23 am

Red Light/ I know, I was being facetious. I got to give the guy full props though. Evander has been itching for a fight the last few games and for Hunwick to step up and dance with him to rally his team took courage. I would not mind a guy like that on our team.

Red Light

November 30th, 2010
10:37 am

Agreed Tom.

Patrice Cormier has been activated from Injured Reserve and assigned to Chicago.

Matt

November 30th, 2010
10:53 am

Tom-your Airplane reference to the “Glads” nearly made me spew the water I was drinking. Props to you on that one.

Tom

November 30th, 2010
10:55 am

Thanks Matt. Rawhide inspires me. :)

Thrashpuppy

November 30th, 2010
11:08 am

I felt this was the best type of system to get a team with a low payroll rolling and Coach Ramsay seems to be pulling it off now. Can we continue to roll this hot? That remains to be seen. But I expect this to be a good year for us overall, better than many folks expected early on. I’m thrilled to see it!

Leslie was quite a talent, especially in his funny roles. Thanks for the references to him that made me grin! Some fun memories!

Rawhide

November 30th, 2010
11:42 am

Tom – Glad to know I am an inspiration to someone :grin:

Red Light – Macon you say? Well…I listened to it all morning driving between my home in Acworth to Dallas, Ga, back to NCHS and then down to my office near the Cobb cloverleaf. Comes in pretty good.

Looks like those OTP now have a signal to listen to games on radio.

AtlFlamesFan

November 30th, 2010
11:45 am

Never yelled “Knights”. But that’s not important right now. And don’t call me Shirley.