Thrashers look to make it seven the hard way in Pittsburgh

When the Thrashers knocked off the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night, they matched their all-time winning streak record of six games. Tonight in Pittsburgh, they’ll look to do what no other Thrashers team has done before…go seven consecutive matches in which they earned 2 points in the standings.

While most of the wins in the past week and a half have come by decent margins…three or four goals…they almost saw things come to an end in Denver. As the game progressed, the Avs took over play and led 2-1 late in the third. But another big…huge…monstrous goal by the Dustin Byfuglien got it to overtime where Anthony Stewart provided the game-winner.

Coach Ramsay was pleased to see his team continue their winning ways, he also noted they simply didn’t play as well as they had recently. “As great as this is, and it’s really fun”, the coach commented after the game “We have to understand how we did it and stay away from those lulls”.

Now, the last time Atlanta strung together six consecutive wins was back in March of 2009. That streak started with a 2-0 shutout of Montreal, continued with a 5-2 win against Calgary, then Colorado 3-0, Edmonton 4-3 in overtime, Buffalo 3-2 in a shootout before knocking off Washington 5-1. They failed to push it to lucky seven when they dropped a 6-2 decision in…why, look at this… Pittsburgh.

Penguins…why did it have to be Penguins again?

Regardless, that’s the team that once again stands between the Thrashers and a new franchise record of seven straight victories. And as it turns out, the Penguins themselves are on a bit of a tear themselves as they will come into the game having won the same number in a row the Thrashers seek, seven.

If…if…IF…Atlanta is successful this time, it’ll mean they earned seven straight victories against some of the best team the NHL had to offer…oh, and the New York Islanders, too. Already kicked to the curb during this six-pack of hockey delight for Thrasherville have been division-leading Capitals, Red Wings, Canadiens along with the likes of Boston and Colorado, who also have winning records. And now…if things turn out as we hope … the Penguins.

That my friends is what I’d call getting seven the hard way.

Expect to see Ondrej Pavelec in goal tonight, (duh5). Seriously, I’m running out of words to express just how impressed I’ve been with Opie since returning to the lineup. Incredible, fantastic, awesome, magnificent, magical, solid, consistent, extraspecialsuperspendiforous …yes, all these and more apply.

Ondrej Pavelec is now 7-4-1 with an outstanding 1.65 GAA, .948 SV% and 2 shutouts (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

Ondrej Pavelec is now 7-4-1 with an outstanding 1.65 GAA, .948 SV% and 2 shutouts (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

Overall Pavelec is now 7-4-2 with a 1.65 GAA, .948 SV% and 2 shutouts. But going back to last November 19 when he came on in relief of Chris Mason in Washington, he’s stopped 230 of the 238 shots taken against him…a .966 SV% during about seven and two-thirds games.

Other players of note include, but are not limited to…

Byfuglien, who has 5 goals and 6 assists during the streak and is a +7 during that time as well. The Buffinator has notched at least a point in nine of the last twelve games, 13 of the last 17 and 17 of the last 22 Thrashers games played. For the season he has 10 goals and 27 overall points. Both lead the team atop the stats sheet.

Captain Andrew Ladd, it should be pointed out, is undefeated in that role with the Thrashers as the current win streak began the day after he was given the “C” to wear on his chest. He finished the month of November with 4 goals and 9 assists.

Evander Kane has used his +4 rating over the past six games to improve his numbers in that column. He has also knocked in a pair of goals and pair of helpers since the 5-0 win over Washington.

Toby Enstrom has one assist in the past five games, as well as a goal. He now leads the team with 18 helpers and is a +8 since November 11.

Rich Peverley has also been productive during the streak. He has 3 goals scored in the last three games and is a +3 since the 5-4 loss in Washington.

Colorado's Brandon Yip was kind enough to provide Thrashers rookie Alex Burmistrov with some help on his backswing during Tuesday night's 3-2 win over the Avalanche (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

Colorado's Brandon Yip was kind enough to provide Thrashers rookie Alex Burmistrov with some help on his backhand swing during Tuesday night's 3-2 win over the Avalanche (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

Rookie phenom Alex Burmistrov continues to impress. His +4 rating during the current win streak points to his great work back checking. That coach Ramsay is comfortable using the kid on the PK is also a testament to his hustle and hard work. He has 3 goals and 13 points on season to go with is overall +5.

And not to be overlooked here is Bryan Little’s +5 rating during the current stretch of success.

I could go on and on…talk about the great penalty killing unit, the overall team concept on both ends of the ice, the solid effort from each player each shift. But what would that leave you with to bring to the table of discussion as we prepare to watch the Thrashers roll for lucky number seven Thursday night?

85 comments Add your comment

SomaAtl95

December 2nd, 2010
11:40 am

Not that I condone violence, but it would be nice to see Buff check Crotchby so hard that he has to leave the game – we will win if we can quiet their building early on and bring OUR game to their house. I’d love the day that I see as many blue jerseys in their house as we see pens jerseys in ours. Fairweather fans in Atlanta can jump on the Thrashers bandwagon and fairweather fans across the country will join in. Most of us faithful will just laugh at all the “new fans” but welcome them with open arms!
GO THRASHERS!

Rawhide

December 2nd, 2010
11:41 am

Just a reminder from the previous blog…information about the special ticket offer for next Friday’s game can be found in the Bulletin Board section of Trixie’s Corner.

Dwayne

December 2nd, 2010
11:42 am

I’ll be parked in front of my tv with my “cup” on. And I aint talking bout Lord Stanleys cup either!!!

Thomas Magnum

December 2nd, 2010
11:54 am

Dwayne has got to protect the family jewels!

glovesave29

December 2nd, 2010
12:01 pm

Nice Pat Benatar reference!

Go Thrashers!

Dwayne

December 2nd, 2010
12:03 pm

Just ordered my 2 tickets for the Dec. 10th game!!! Thanks Trixie and Thanks Karin!!!

Get The Puck Out

December 2nd, 2010
12:05 pm

Confidence is a wonderful thing, ain’t it.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

December 2nd, 2010
12:10 pm

Mr. Dwayne – You are very welcome, sir. Oh…and make sure to wear the white gloves. Don’t want to get any fingerprints all over “the cup”.

razorneck13

December 2nd, 2010
12:19 pm

Been a while since I’ve seen or heard the “Believe in Blueland” adveritising campaign thingy. That could be due to the fact that I’m not inclined to pay attention to advertising or that I admittedly seldom visit the Thrashers website. How much unbiased journalism can one get from an NHL team website anyways? Not knockin’ em really, just sayin’. I suppose that’s also a testament to Rawhide and Vivlamore, kudos to those guys. Anywho, years after noticing the aforementioned Thrashers marketing doohickey, I finally believe in Blueland and I like it too.

LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!

AtlFlamesFan

December 2nd, 2010
12:22 pm

Time to “BUFF” the Norris Trophy!

Sara

December 2nd, 2010
12:26 pm

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news?slug=ys-forbesnhlgms120110

Gee look who landed in 5th place on a best GM list? ;) HAHAHAHAHA

Sorry, totally off-topic but I just couldn’t resist putting that out there.

Go Thrashers!

Red Light

December 2nd, 2010
12:30 pm

My latest post about the Thrashers Fabulous Fortnight! It’s long, as usual, but I think you’ll enjoy it.

http://sportssoutheast.com/index.php/red-light-report/59-nhl/229-a-fabulous-fortnight-for-thrashers-fans

Sorry that I will have to miss the Dec. 10 extravaganza, but I’ll be out of town. Nashville on Monday anyone?

Darren

December 2nd, 2010
12:39 pm

Both C-Viv and Kevin Allen report Kane is out tonight; C-Viv notes Freddie Meyer will play as a 7th D.

World Be Free

December 2nd, 2010
12:40 pm

Sara-as some of us foresaw before the season, no surprise here.

Big game tonight, competes with Arizona/Arizona State. I will be major-league depressed when college football is over.

Darren

December 2nd, 2010
12:45 pm

In case you missed it, my harsh rebuke of Jack Edwards in the earlier post:

Yes, and I’m sure all of the 5 million other Atlantans are so likely to be surfing the Internet, specifically on NESN’s Web site, of course, just waiting for an article by Jack Edwards to be posted before finally jumping up out of their chair, running out of the front door, and screaming a la Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, “Yes!!! Yes!!! Thank you Jack Edwards! I am now buying a Thrashers ticket because of you!!!”

No, I’m pretty sure the only people that will read that article are already going to be quite familiar with the rules of hockey in what was perfectly described earlier as a piece of garbage. Great job pointing out the attendance difference, too, Dr. P.

Darren

December 2nd, 2010
12:53 pm

Good stuff Red Light. Excellent recap of the last two weeks. May it continue these next two weeks and beyond!

Monkey

December 2nd, 2010
12:59 pm

Looking forward to tonight’s game with a big plate of Poutine, beer and my wife.

Dwayne

December 2nd, 2010
1:01 pm

Please everyone, come to the Dec 10th game. If anyone else bails, I’ll feel like Schleprock or Pigpen. Depending on which cartoon you like.

Athrasherfan13

December 2nd, 2010
1:02 pm

Paging Mr. Roenick, Mr. Jeremy Roenick. Your table is ready sir……and your great big heaping, helping of CROW is waiting for you. Mr. Roenick….are you there or are you still unable to remove your foot from your mouth?

R. Stroz

December 2nd, 2010
1:10 pm

Hopefully, one of the Thrashers will provide Cindy Crotchby a nice CAN OPENER just in time for Christmas.

razorneck13

December 2nd, 2010
1:14 pm

Ok, not that I was on their bandwagon, but Forbes just lost a bunch of cred so far as reporting on the NHL (not that they had any on such matters). D-Wad has landed lot’s of good or great players, but without playoff wins so what?

Best bang for your buck hardy har, I don’t think Mr. Waddell was trying to be entirely frugal either, ownership supercedes GM’s in that department. He just couldn’t put success together with what he had to work with (admittedly very hard). Again, this is in all likelihood Duds’s doing, he got Rammer (THE KEY) who’d probably still be an assistant coach back in Boston if not for Dudley’s incredible foresight.

It breaks down like so:

Duds get’s Rammer, who in turn applies his uncanny MacGyver-esque abilities to find his way out of handicapped scenarios. Which also makes me believe he can get out of anything, so he’s sorta like Houdini too. Bonus. Way to go Duds!!!

razorneck13

December 2nd, 2010
1:15 pm

Thanks for that post Sara.

Hockey Biltong

December 2nd, 2010
1:21 pm

Who is gonna bust Cindy in the nuts?

Buzilla in CT

December 2nd, 2010
1:22 pm

haven’t posted in a while, but I have been watching the games. Most impressed with the New Look Thrashers. Is Kovy a franchise killer? Jeez. Has Boris played at all this year? I haven’t seen him. Being half giant he is hard to miss.

Buzilla in CT

December 2nd, 2010
1:26 pm

Since he got his chestnuts roasted on an open hand by Sindy, maybe he should get a little playing time tonight. Just long enough to get his hands around 87’s neck

SomaAtl95

December 2nd, 2010
1:29 pm

Buzilla – remember the show “Soap”? I could hear the announcer for that show asking those questions – just gave me a chuckle. I like seeing our friends to the great white north proclaim “Atlanta and NJ have switched places”
Maybe when the rumors of the Oilers moving dies then the next franchise to be plagued with relocation rumors will be the “First Class” New Jersey Devils. I was upset when Kovy was traded but in hindsight I’m thinking that is what saved Hockey in the ATL.
Anyone wonder is Kovy has said anything about the Thrashers turnaround? I’m sure he would prefer those questions from the NJ/NY media now…

Rawhide

December 2nd, 2010
1:30 pm

Zilla – Boris played in the first preseaon game last September then never saw the ice again as a Thrasher. When Slater came off IR he was sent to Chicago to play in the AHL. Since that time, we was waived…but no takers. So he’s still with the Wolves.

That WOOOSH-ing sound you hear is a top-round draft pick circling the drain.

Buzilla in CT

December 2nd, 2010
1:54 pm

You know what. I remember reading that now. I am not giving up on him yet. Chara was a freaking nightmare before he learned how to use his gauky frame. I am sure we could have used that pick for something else, but the @ss clown Donald McWaddell isn’t pulling the strings anymore. I believe he is in charge of filling the arena…..nice work.

Buzilla in CT

December 2nd, 2010
1:56 pm

Sadly I do remember “Soap” as well as “Benson”. Man am I getting old.

Dwayne

December 2nd, 2010
2:15 pm

@ss clown Donald McWaddell….NOW THAT IS FUNNY, I got pepsi spewing from my nose!!!!!

Hoof Arted

December 2nd, 2010
2:50 pm

Go Thrashers! Beat Penguins!

Atl 4 Pitt 3 in a barn burner of a game!

Brendan

December 2nd, 2010
3:04 pm

Funny, and here I thought Rick Dudley was the GM.

Joe Friday

December 2nd, 2010
3:11 pm

Sara, you can’t let go can you? After all the years and novels worth of wasted words you’ve spent defending the indefensible, Waddell, you post that link? If it was only laughable, it would be funny, but Forbes just shows their collective rears and why they should stick to pumping overvalued stocks and stay out of the sports reporting.

Their criteria led them to exclude Risebrough, but include Waddell (because Waddell is still the GM?).

Completely utterly ludicrous.

With Kane out and the Pens and Fleury firing on all cylinders, they’re going to have to have a stand on head performance out of Pavs tonight to take the streak to 7. No shame in a loss tonight though, Pens are en fuego, just play your game boys and mabye that puck will bounce right for us.

World Be Free

December 2nd, 2010
3:23 pm

Razor- I.D.W.T.

Zombie Steve

December 2nd, 2010
3:50 pm

Joe F – Not having Kane sucks, but don’t get him TOO much credit. This team has goals dropping from every line.

All we need is another solid night from Pavs and a helluva showing from our defense.

Spud Webb

December 2nd, 2010
4:00 pm

Marco Sturm to the kings for a conditional pick. Saves the B’s 3.5 million.

Zoomo

December 2nd, 2010
4:19 pm

I haven’t been this pumped up for an early December t-birds games since, well…since never.

Should be a good one.

DWTOO

December 2nd, 2010
4:52 pm

HB – you’re assuming Cindy has a pair.

Alan R.

December 2nd, 2010
5:05 pm

Hey Sara, you were right. :P

Red Light

December 2nd, 2010
5:12 pm

Interesting that among the Top 5 GMs, rated by Forbes, only Detroit’s Ken Holland has won anything or had any playoff success.

The playoff record of the other four since 2005-06 season: 58-66

Red Light

December 2nd, 2010
5:15 pm

Get The Puck Out

December 2nd, 2010
6:15 pm

Hey Sage…. Where are ya man?

Sage of Bluesland

December 2nd, 2010
6:54 pm

…Still around…but laughing at Joe Friday using some of my words…It’s funny, I remember when he was on the Don Waddell/Give him time/They’re making incremental progress bandwagon.

I’m sure he’s forgotten all about that, though…Revisionist history and all…

Just when I was hoping for a wittle spweadsheet, too…

Poor Sage

December 2nd, 2010
7:06 pm

I bet Sage cheers for Mr. Potter in It’s A Wonderful Life.

razprneck13

December 2nd, 2010
7:17 pm

World – I.D.W.T = In Duds We Trust Is correct, no?.

sisu

December 2nd, 2010
8:22 pm

darn, a hat trick??? Really, ok now that is all the team gives up right? Right!

Tom

December 2nd, 2010
8:50 pm

Did anyone else see the between period interview with Waddell. Whomever made fun of his marketing acumen has been proven right. I tried to do a screen cap of him and his marketing paper.

Buy More Tickets.

That exchange explains a great deal.

Hoof Arted

December 2nd, 2010
8:57 pm

Tom, I saw it. Good God.

That clip is going to be played all over the Canadian media tonight. “Look at the poor Thrashers team president trying to get fans to buy tickets”, they’ll say.

*facepalm*

Of course if it hadn’t been for him almost singlehandedly killing the sport in this town over the past decade maybe he wouldn’t have to be doing that.

KLS1

December 2nd, 2010
9:14 pm

Waddell looked scared…they must be considering moving. A Freudian slip as well when he said “we are going to try to make it work in Atlanta”…try to make it work?

10 years of misery and now the fans are the villains….

Thrashers27

December 2nd, 2010
9:15 pm

Ugh…third period…ARE THEY TRYING TO LOSE THIS GAME?!?!?!?