Thrashers have their fans expecting good things

I missed the first part of the game night game due to an NJROTC booster club meeting. However, I was receiving text updates from our good friend FormerIslesFan…as I sat in the back of the classroom…behind a rather large fellow…out of sight from the person speaking up front.

Some lessons learned in school always stay with ya, eh?

Anyway…as I was sitting there glancing down at my cellular communication device, I saw his messages flashing the un-good news of how the first period had progressed. First came the text that the Thrashers had fallen behind 1-0… then 2-0. However, I have to admit that this news wasn’t met with the normal reaction I’ve had in the past after learning this team had fallen behind early.

You know…that “Oh my good lord these guys have taken the night off and they are just gonna drop a giant steamer on the ice tonight” kinda feeling.

Yeah…that one.

Zach Bogosian acknowledges the crown Monday night after his game-winning goal in overtime. It was his second goal of the season (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Zach Bogosian acknowledges the crown Monday night after his game-winning goal in overtime. It was his second goal of the season (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Instead, the initial thought that entered my head was, “Hmmm, been quite a while since they had been in that predicament. Let’s see who they can battle back to make a game of it”.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, I was necessarily thrilled that they had dug themselves an early hole. But I figured there was plenty of time to get things going…just had to shake that first-game-back-from-a-road-trip funk. And after all, the way these Thrashers have been playing lately, there really isn’t a sense of certain pending doom when they do actually fall behind. There’s absolutely no quit in these boys.

It was as if I was expecting good things to happen. Yes…expecting. And I just know I’m not the only one who felt that way.

When I made it to the car for the drive home…listening on the clear signal provided by 93.7 FM…Jimmy Slater had pulled them back to within one and the always welcome voice of Dan Kamal was describing a game that seemingly was turning in the favor of Atlanta. It sounded more like the Thrashers we’ve come to know and love recently.

I got home in time to see the third period in its entirety. What I witnessed was a Thrashers team continuing to do the things it has done lately to put themselves in a position to win. They were putting a great deal of pressure on the Preds in their end of the ice and attacking Anders Lindback’s goal furiously. They were banging Nashville players against the boards and winning battles all over the ice. They were controlling the puck in the offensive zone and limiting their opponent’s time in the defensive zone. Nice, clean passes were well received and mistakes were cut back to a minimum.

The hard work paid off when Nik Bergfors drew a boarding call that sent Shea Weber to the sin bin at the 6:44 mark of the third. Five ticks of the clock later, Andrew Ladd swatted home a rebound to tie the score at 2-2. It was goal number 10 for the Thrashers captain and his fourth tally while on the man advantage. The third one came just last Saturday in Washington.

Both Ladd’s and Slater’s goals came as a direct result of faceoff wins. On the night, Atlanta won 36 puck-drops to Nashville’s 15. This is part of the little things done that add up to big wins.

“The second period set us up for the third period”, captain Ladd said afterwards. “We were playing with confidence. We were playing smarter. We were winning battles we didn’t win in the first period”.

Ondrej Pavelec covers up the puck with a 'snow angel' save against Nashville. Pavelec stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faved to improve his record to 9-5-2 (Michelle Rivers)

Ondrej Pavelec covers up the puck with a 'snow angel' save against Nashville. Pavelec stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faved to improve his record to 9-5-2 (Michelle Rivers)

The comeback was then completed in overtime when Zach Bogosian blasted a shot past Lindback after Ben Eager fed him the puck from the left boards. Eager had won the puck from between the skates of a Preds player who had lost his stick.

As for Bogey’s clumsy celebration…well, I think he summed it up best by saying, “It’s only my second goal of the season, so I need to work on that a bit”.

The Thrasher are now enjoying an 8 wins in 9 games run…including six consecutive at home. The last time the fans of Thrasherville were sent home disappointed was back on November 17 when they fell 2-1 to the Florida Panthers.

Ondrej Pavelec was again solid between the pipes for Atlanta, just as we are now coming to expect from him. He flashed the leather…he kicked out shots…he even managed a snow angel to keep the puck out of the net in the third. Opie stopped 27 of 29 for the win to improve his record to 9-5-2 with a .1.71 GAA and .947 SV%.

Yes, this is a different kind of Thrashers team…one we’ve waited for over a decade to witness. They are playing the type of hockey right now that has fans expecting…not simply hoping, but expecting… that good things will come from them. They fight, they work, they hustle, they grind, they skate, they battle, they hit, they endure, they attack, they defend, they support one another… and most importantly, they win.

One thing else these Thrashers do…they do deserve our support. So get you butts to Blueland and expect to see some good hockey.

See you Friday.

180 comments Add your comment

Alan R.

December 8th, 2010
2:54 pm

Love the rant, Smoothie! Especially the bit about our “flagship station.” Some sports radio channel that is.

English Teacher

December 8th, 2010
3:13 pm

Great article, Rawhide. I felt the same way when I finally got to turn the game on and found them down by two; I knew they were going to battle back.

Got my tickets and my t-shirts! See you Friday!

kracker

December 8th, 2010
3:14 pm

hockeymom92: Go here…err below, for two free Thrashers tix if you donate a Toy Drive toy gift at any of nine listed Kia Motors locations. Hope you can make it!

http://thrashers.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=66222&navid=DL|ATL|home

Cornbread

December 8th, 2010
3:16 pm

Red Light, good stuff thanks for the link.

World Be Free

December 8th, 2010
3:35 pm

Smoothie, Dennis Miller would be proud

Jason

December 8th, 2010
3:43 pm

First, thanks to everyone for their kind words about my post of late last night. It didn’t feel like it was a “BCotY” Nominee when I was writing it, but I guess when you write from the heart, it never does.

Second, a high school kid thinking a college football coach resigning is a “big problem” warrants the “Breaking News” banner on every page of AJC.com? Really? Hate to see what happens if actual news ever breaks.

Third….um….don’t really have a third other than Go Thrashers!

Red Light

December 8th, 2010
3:45 pm

Smoothie

December 8th, 2010
3:53 pm

Jason – nice name by the way! :-) I too appreciate the heartfelt sentiments you expressed in your post, was that your first time chiming in? If so, one helluva an introduction! If I ever see / meet you at a game, I’ll gladly buy you a beer so we can toast to SOB, Stendek and PnS, our friends of misery! LOL

Thanks for the support on the rant…glad y’all liked it! Now it’s time to formulate some less impassioned, but still passionate, thoughts for my next blog at another site. I don’t want to be a real blog ‘ho and start cross-promoting without Bill’s blessing as I’m certainly not trying to steal his audience…not that I have anything to worry about. But if you follow me on twitter, you know what I mean! :cool:

Party on Thrashers’ fans! And see you at tha Bulb babeeee!

Alan R.

December 8th, 2010
3:54 pm

Hate to see what happens if actual news ever breaks.

That’s what super glue is for.

Smoothie

December 8th, 2010
3:54 pm

Oh dear heavens what is going on with the ajc.com servers today? Is Urban Creyer bringing down the house?? :roll:

Smoothie

December 8th, 2010
4:01 pm

Trix, I’m stuck in the filter again. I’ll be sure to add you to my list of friends who receive bourbon balls from Kentucky!! Thanks in advance.

DWTOO — speaking of balls, yes, I am quite thankful for my strategically placed beer as I couldn’t see that Weber had whipped the puck around the glass out of frustration since I was looking thru the camera lense. Phew!! Certainly was a very opportune event and I tried to take full advantage

Riceowls

December 8th, 2010
4:08 pm

There are $80 million reason why the Thrashers won’t relocate. Its called the $10 million/year ASG gets for naming rights. No Thrashers, no deal. (According to ESPN, $9.3 million thru 2019)

Plus, I doubt ASG is losing money. Why? They own the rental rights to Phillips. They pay themselves to play there. Also, the court battle is over who gets to buy the other out. If they were losing money it would be over forcing the other side to buy them out.

Any story that doesn’t address these issues is half-baked.

EA

December 8th, 2010
4:25 pm

Relocation or not, our attendance looks horrible on TV. If only those commentators would recognize the reason for the fan loss, it might help. I really hope that we are on the upswing for good and better attendance follows.

Dandylions

December 8th, 2010
4:28 pm

Is it Friday yet?

ben

December 8th, 2010
4:36 pm

personally, I feel that this is a top-8 team. Attendance is not one of the things I have been charged w/ caring about, so I try not to. I feel that this team will move . . . to a better locale . . . in Atlanta. Winning and new cash are the cure not Canada.

10 horrible years of losing

December 8th, 2010
4:55 pm

Winning cures ills but not for Hawks but will for TRASH
Why?
The NBA is boring, it’s that simple.
The hawks should move

Red Light

December 8th, 2010
5:06 pm

As we pointed out several weeks ago, and echoed by ThrasherTim yesterday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com just Tweeted the following observation…

“The Leafs are 7-2-1 when Colby Armstrong is in the lineup and 3-10-3 when he doesn’t play. Coincidence?”

BTW, did anyone think that Weber’s check on Bergfors (?) Monday night should have been a boarding call? I have not seen the replay but didn’t think so at the time. Help!

Smoothie

December 8th, 2010
5:10 pm

R/L – the only thing that matters is it was CALLED a penalty and we took full advantage of it and tied the game. We’ve had so many calls not get whistled in our favor (as well as vice versa) so you take the good with the bad. Why do you ask? Doing a story about questionable hits and such?

Tom Lysiak

December 8th, 2010
5:33 pm

I’m not sure the players know what is boarding and what isn’t any more. Most players appear tentative approaching a player along the boards to me now.

iamtheratio

December 8th, 2010
5:34 pm

@Rawhide: I might actually be able to go Friday night now, I’m going to try to get a few friends together and call your rep. Hope to see you there if everything works out!

Cornbread

December 8th, 2010
5:45 pm

RL, I believe there was a replay of the hit from a different angle than originally aired live which I too thought may have been questionable. Form that angle it looked like Bergy was hit from behind face first into the boards. One of those that could have gone either way.

Red Light

December 8th, 2010
6:48 pm

Thanks guys. Just interested, not trying to make an issue of it, but from my angle, which was across ice, it looked like a decent hit. I thought because Weber was so much bigger than Bergy that the force of the hit caused it to look worse than it actually was.

Have fun on Friday night everyone, sorry I can’t make it. But, I hope Section 204, and elsewhere, has a great time!

rob

December 8th, 2010
6:57 pm

Got a call in for your deal Rawhide, waiting on the call back. Last game I was at was actually the Thrashers last home loss. The Thrashers record this year when I attended is 2-1. Hope it continues to be winning record and we win Friday! Don’t care about the ownership idiots running this team. I care about hockey. So while they are here I will attend games and cheer til I am hoarse. Gonna bring the kids to see as many as possible as they are hooked on the game too, and gonna try to bring as many friends as I can too. How about getting some shirts made up that say “In spite of all you do to the Thrashers ASG, WE ARE WINNING!” Or hand held signs saying, “trading waddell will bring all the fans back” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

goose

December 8th, 2010
7:37 pm

For People who say tickets are too high for them to go- Don’t forget about the scalpers. Their tickets are cheap and they are good seats. Two club tickets for $30-40 dollars is a great deal. Some of these guys even have business cards to so you can call before you go down there and see what tickets they have.

SGT. Stryker - USMC

December 8th, 2010
8:02 pm

Do your part and take one of these rednecks….sorry i mean southern folk… to their first hockey game. I’ve done it at least 20 times over the years and i’m taking a fine lil gal to her first one Friday night.

SGT. Stryker – USMC ( better not remake Sands of Iwo Jima too you bums !!! )

SGT. Stryker - USMC

December 8th, 2010
8:07 pm

Alan: Do you still feel Pavelec needs to drag his shrink around with him to the games the way Smoltzy used to do ?

Rawhide

December 8th, 2010
8:38 pm

iamtheratio & rob – Great….look forward to seeing ya both there. Karin should get back with ya in the morning.

hockeymom92

December 8th, 2010
8:53 pm

Kracker – thanks a bunch for the link. Donating a toy or two is an great idea even without the tickets – those are a nice bonus! :)

Rawhide

December 8th, 2010
10:02 pm

OK gang…we’re in the middle of a few days off between games. So what do ya say we take our annual trip down to the Thrasherville NHL Team Adoption Center and see about picking out a Western Conference team?

R. Stroz

December 10th, 2010
3:39 pm