Devils left out in the cold as Thrashers win 7-1

Saturday night as I was driving up Marietta Street on my way home from the game, I noticed a Salvation Army truck motoring down the road. As it passed by, I thought to myself that it was probably an emergency shipment of sweaters and coats being rushed down to Satan and his band of demons…because Hell has officially frozen over.

Why do I say this? Well…where do I begin?

First of all, there was this 7-1 beat-down of the New Jersey Devils that had just taken place down at Philips Arena. The Thrashers had jumped all over them like the visiting in-laws would your holiday dessert tray. And much like those tasty Christmas treats, when they were through all that remained were crumbs thrown all about the place.

It was as if they’d ripped the number 17 off an old Ilya Kovalchuk jersey left over in the supply closet and tossed it up on the scoreboard…backwards.

But that’s really not all that bizarre mind you. I mean, a good team is supposed to take care of business at home when the second-worst team the league pays you a call. Especially when said team had just been beaten up the night before by the Nashville Predators.

Eric Boulton reacts to scoring his first ever hat trick. Yeah...it was so bizarre that even the ref had to turn and see if was #36 that scored again (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Eric Boulton reacts to scoring his first ever hat trick. Yeah...it was so bizarre that even the ref had to turn and see if was #36 that scored again (AP Photo/David Goldman)

But the victory, coupled with the Washington Capitals 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins, allowed Atlanta to not only take over sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division, but they will awake Sunday morning to find themselves firmly ensconced in the second spot overall in the Eastern Conference. Washington, on the other hand, will find themselves in third place in the division…tied with Tampa Bay but having played 2 more games than have the Lightning. The Caps are now seventh in the conference.

I’ll now pause to give you a moment to collect yourselves after dealing with that little piece of 411

All in all…just about everything that could go right this night did go right. About the only thing that did not is that Miss GritsandPucks didn’t win the Two Minute Drill contest. Too bad kid, maybe next time.

Also consider this…with the six-goal victory, the Thrashers now are a +12 in goals for/goals against this season. Consider that the year they actually played beyond the mandatory 82 game minimum, the Thrashers were merely a +1 in that stat. They were +6 the season prior to that, the highest it’s ever been to finish a season.

Then there is the fact that Ron Hainsey finally got off Schnide Island by opening up the night’s scoring. Very fitting given his picture was on the cover of the game program.

Hmmm…I wonder if we can find a way to get Tim Stapleton on Tuesday night’s handout.

Just prior to Hainsey’s score, an Atlanta Police squad car had flashed its way near the ice from the tunnel where the Zamboni normally comes out of. Out from the back popped Thrash, who had just been sprung from the Gwinnett County lockup. I guess the transfer was made somewhere in DeKalb County.

But even witnessing a jailbird fly the coop and be rushed rink side wasn’t the most unusual occurrence on this winning night.

No…what made this evening go from odd, to weird, to bizarre to something akin to an artic blast in the underworld was Eric Boulton scoring not once…not twice…but thrice, causing the hats of Thrasherville to fly out of the stands down into the ice. They were goals number two, three and four for Bolts on the year and now moves him to with just four of Ilya Kovalchuk’s total for the season.

“I honestly did not believe I would get that last one”, Boulton said after his first-ever multi-goal game. “I thought this was too good to be true”.

Boulton finished the game a +3 and is now a +10 overall. In fact, he is the lone player remaining in the league who has yet to finish a game on the wrong side of the +/- rating.

Since Boulton had taken on the role of goal scorer Saturday night, Rich Peverley decided to play the part of the tough guy and took on Travis Zajac in the third period of the 7-1 win against the New Jersey Devils (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Since Boulton had taken on the role of goal scorer Saturday night, Rich Peverley decided to play the part of the tough guy and took on Travis Zajac in the third period of the 7-1 win against the New Jersey Devils (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Making matters even that much stranger-er-er was the fact that Rich Perverley ended up in the sin-bin for five minutes after a fight with Travis Zajac. Really now, if I were to have pointed at both Peverley and Boulton before the game and said, ”One will get into a pretty good fight and the other would notch a hat trick”, how many of you would have figured it would turn out the way it did?

looking around the blogosphere…Uh-huh, me either.

The loss and his team’s ever-deteriorating season left former Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk using words like “embarrassing”, “unacceptable” and “Everything went wrong”.

Of course, nothing Kovy said there about him team after a game is truly remarkable. He could have used those exact same words many times over during his time here. Glad to see he packed them in his bags with him last February and has found good use for them.

When asked his thoughts on the position he now finds himself in, he quipped, “Yeah, I mean, what do you think. We’re still100 points out of the playoffs”.

Well, really maybe only 70 or so. But we get the point.

As loud as the booing was for Kovy from most of the season-high crowd of 17,024, there were plenty of “Moose” calls for another former Thrashervillian, Johan Hedberg. Moose came on in relief of Martin Brodeur after captain Andrew Ladd put the Thrashers up 4-0 in the second period.

Yes, the “Booooooooooo”s for Kovy were loud, as were the “Mooooooooooooose” calls for Hedberg. But it was Eric Boulton and the now-first place in the southeast and second place in the east Atlanta Thrashers that are making most of the noise in the hockey world these days.

Boultsy with a hat trick…the Thrashers beat the Devils by six…Hainsey off The Schnide…Atlanta fans cheering for a New Jersey backup goalie…Atlanta scoring 12 more goals than they’ve allowed all year…the Thrashers atop the division and second in the conference almost halfway through the season…Atlanta on an11-2-2 tear over the past month or so…and a large rowdy crowd at Philips Arena, all beginning to believe the playoffs this spring are a real possibility.

My goodness. I hope that Salvation Army truck got where it was going…’cuz el Diablo must simply be shivering.

What’s that I see Mr. Devil…a snowflake? Better bundle up…it’s gonna be a long winter.

106 comments Add your comment

Tom

December 19th, 2010
1:01 am

First on a great thread! What a game and what a night!

Tom

December 19th, 2010
1:06 am

Here is my question and it is a serious one.

Who would you rather have on your team, Eric Boulton or Ilya Kovalchuk?

Boulton is +10 with 4 goals, Kovalchuk is -21 and has 8 goals.

Bolts is cheap and year to year. Kovy is 15 years and 100 million dollars in the hole.

Honestly, I think the Thrashers are better off with Eric Boulton in their line up than Ilya Kovalchuk.

That is something I never would have imagined…

Eric Boulton

December 19th, 2010
1:09 am

Tom,I may be cheap….but I’m NOT easy.

Nuts for Boults

December 19th, 2010
1:17 am

I am just glad I witnessed the Boulton hat trick.

LAC

December 19th, 2010
1:21 am

Great Game & Great Crowd, But TSN story seems to dampen things. Seems the NHL will not stand by Atlanta like in Phoenix… Sorry to see, hope NOT true, but Bill Daley seems to think hockey is over here for good.

The look on old worn out #17 was priceless, just priceless, he looked wreched, haggared and just plum Stunned, I really wonder if he now knows he made a BIG mistake, The Thrashers will win The Cup before any old worn out NJ team does, they are toast and so is #17, glad to see he is STILL a solid COASTER !

Alan R.

December 19th, 2010
1:29 am

Ilya Yashinchuk.

SomaAtl95

December 19th, 2010
1:33 am

This victory brought to you by the number 7 and the phrase “Kiss our FIRST CLASS @SSES #17″
What a complete joy to see. Was telling Mr Heat Miser the other day that it would be fitting to leap into first place over the Caps by beating IK. Hows Karma now #17? Funny when that big steamer that you took on Atlanta fans with your lies last season comes back to you. #17 shall now be known as “The Newark Steamer”
GO THRASHERS!!

Nate

December 19th, 2010
1:33 am

LAC – I wouldn’t be too worried about it right now. 17,000 plus has to be near the top of any Thrashers December home game in the last five years. It will only get better in January and February as football season ends if the team keeps winning. Hard to justify moving a team drawing that well even if it is in the south. Plus, as others have pointed out, the buyout clause for the Philips deal is enormous making it difficult to move the Thrashers (or Hawks for that matter).

Brendan

December 19th, 2010
1:34 am

It is amazing that Boulton has yet to have a minus game, this season. I didn’t know he was the only player in the NHL for whom that stat is true. Good for Boulton. The Greek Gods line has a great game.

If it were Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and it were tied, late in the 3rd period or in overtime, and my favorite team was slated to go on the Powerplay … and I had to pick four forwards and a defensemen, NHL-Wide, to be on that ice … in that situation … I can guarantee you … I’d never pick Eric Boulton. I would, without hesitation, put out Ilya Kovalchuk. Who has scored more goals, since 2001, than Kovalchuk? Someone will chime in, “Jerome Iginla, of course.” And that’s not really the point, now is it? If you’re looking for a gamebreaker, a sniper … a multi-million dollar piece of talent … you’d include Ilya Kovalchuk in the discussion.

Rawhide, I peeked out my window for signs of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but found none. So, everyone who bet the world would end before Boulton got a “hat trick” … owe Vegas some money.

I didn’t much care for the “booing” of Ilya Kovalchuk, but then again, I am a gargartuan fan of “freedom of speech/expression,” so I cannot say anyone shouldn’t do it. I can merely be disappointed that they did. Like I am when they continue to yell “Knights!” during the anthem. And sometimes, I see a 11-year old doing it. Which prompts the question, “Were you even BORN when the Knights played at the Omni?” And the obvious answer is, “no.” Therefore, an 11-year old cannot be honoring his time-tested, pattented tradition, carried over from his support of the IHL and the Atlanta Knights Hockey Club. He wasn’t even in his mother’s stomach. “Monkey see, monkey do,” I guess. Now, if we could only get the monkey mimics to scream something useful. That continues to be my wish.

Great win, Thrashers! Wonder if Ilya is spending the night at his lavish mansion, here in Atlanta?

Rawhide

December 19th, 2010
1:45 am

Rawhide, I peeked out my window for signs of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but found none. So, everyone who bet the world would end before Boulton got a “hat trick” … owe Vegas some money.

Brendan – Ya know…I spoke with Anthony Stewart after the morning skate. We got around to his hat trick in SoCal earlier in the season and I told him about the little cyber-wager we had about who was going to notch the first hat trick and when it might come. When I told him no one guessed his name, he responded by telling me that was “surprising”. After all, he told me, he DID have all of 4 goals coming into the season. So why would anyone count him out of that consideration?

Maybe I should ask Boulton what he thinks about not being anyone’s guess in the “Which Thrasher will Score a Hat Trick”contest this fall.

Sure, he wasn’t the first, but who woulda thunk he and Stewey would be the first two?

Strange times,my friend…strange times.

Smoothie

December 19th, 2010
2:17 am

Every miss begins with K!

Lrts hope the weird carom off the end boards that resulted in Boults’ first, and probably last, hat-trick has officially negated the bad karma that has hung like a dark, hopeless pall over this franchise since April 12th, 2007. Yeah, Moose was “in net” then too. When the Devil comes down to Georgia and gets his horns handed to him by the long arm of Ten Gallon Dick Peverley, you best believe the curse has been reversed…fo’ shizzle my Blueland bizzle!

_evils_fan – cuz ur team has no ‘D’, whatta ya think of Kovy and his -21 now?

litz

December 19th, 2010
2:28 am

You know … I went and read through that TSN article ( http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=345914 ) …

1) there is nothing new in there .. it’s full of rehashed quotes, etc.
2) read the comments – nothing but quebec whiners and people telling ‘em where to stick it
3) as DW pointed out … until you can figure out how to move the building with the team, the team is not moving (the financial hit for buying out Philips is something like 80-100mil)

I still say – watch the Islanders in 2015, if the municipality up there continues to refuse to build a new arena …

R. Stroz

December 19th, 2010
3:20 am

It’s just a shame no one had a Mickey Mouse hats with those big ears to toss on the ice when Boulton scored his third goal.

That would have been PRICELESS!

Cornbread

December 19th, 2010
4:22 am

The Boulton – Slater – Thorburn line is the best fourth line in the NHL.

Eric Boulton is one Hell of a hockey player.

Ben

December 19th, 2010
5:29 am

Why are people hating on Kovy? He was, and still is, the best player this franchise has ever had. And what did we reward him with? He gave us his all for seven or eight years, and what did we ever give him? A good supporting cast? No. When he left us, it didn’t look like we were going anywhere. Who could blame him? Do people not realize how long almost a decade is? Granted, I’m kind of off and on with hockey, so maybe there is something I’m missing. And you can tell how humble he still is by his comments on expecting to get booed. Makes me sad…

MRE

December 19th, 2010
6:15 am

BEN—He was offered a much better deal than the one he finally signed to stayin ATL and thumbed his nose at it. Thats where most of the angst comes from.

ben

December 19th, 2010
6:34 am

hey Ben, bro we gotta work out who is who here. So hows about I go by lc_ben, or just ben? Anywho, as I’ve said before I think it’s just a bunch of 51st State whining. Why can’t Bettman drag the Maple Leafs management into his office and make them get more competitive? I bet most of this crap disappears if the Leafs got a lot better. Anywho great win! Watch for the Isles to stay right where they are. Moving that team to Vegas or KC does nothing in the long term. Because they’ll just keep right on sucking there, and that would be a lot of egg on the NHL’s face.

lola

December 19th, 2010
6:47 am

What a night indeed. I’m like little Susie from Miracle on 34th Street when dreaming about Santa Claus: “I believe. I believe. I know it’s silly, but I believe!” lola has always believed in ERIC BOULTON!!! who says after the game: “This is only the beginning, so here we go.” GO THRASHERS!

Marcus Valdes

December 19th, 2010
8:36 am

Great post Rawhide. Here’s hoping we stay at #1 until the end of the playoffs!!!!

Rawhide's cat

December 19th, 2010
8:39 am

Brrrrrrr…hell isn’t…t-t-t-the…only…p-p-place…t-t-ttthat’s….c-c-c-cold. It’s s-s-s-still freaz-z-z-z-zing out here t-t-t-too.

C-c-c-can I p-p-p-please c-c-c-come inside…n-n-n-now?

rob

December 19th, 2010
8:48 am

I had to relive the excitement with the replay. What a game to have missed for the in laws party!!!! Anyway….fans? Who has fans? We have fans. Dyed in the wool true blue hockey fans. Boo’ed the bum Kovy, gave Moose a moment, and then threw their hats on the ice for one Eric Boulton! Who says the south knows nothing about the game and it doesn’t belong here? Keep the freight train in motion boys….and don’t look back at the carnage being left behind by YOUR ATLANTA THRASHERS!!!!!!!!!!!
How you like me now? Click click BOOM!

suzy-q

December 19th, 2010
8:49 am

When will the sweater number 17 be assigned to a new Thrasher? I hope soon.

Glad this game is over. We beat them, IK said appropriate words, Moose was honored, first place in division today and Thrash is sprung from Gwinnett sin-bin. Now …..
Good Morning Maple Leafs!

Hoof Arted

December 19th, 2010
9:00 am

I went straight home from the game and went to bed. I was tired. But I get up this morning to flip through the sports pages on the internet to find our BlogMaster was posting a new entry for us around 1 o’clock in the ever loving morning? Simply the hardest working man in blogbusiness.

What was that final vote selection in the previous blog, “Kovy who”? Very appropriate after last night’s showing I’d say.

I think they should raise the #17 Kovalchuk Thrashers jersey to the rafters of Philips Arena. Yes, I really do. Right in front of where one of the Thrashe heads spew fire. That way the next time we score a goal, poof, up in flames it goes.

Eric Boulton? Are you serious, Eric Boulton? The hockey gods must finally be smiling on us. Really though I’m happy for him. He’s been one of our hardest workers and I’m glad to have seen this happen for him.

World Be Free

December 19th, 2010
9:05 am

LAC-TSN has NEVER supported hockey in Atlanta for one minute, especially when there are Canadian cities that would love the steal this franchise. So their “report” is not surprising. The Canadian media is much more slanted that U.S. media, which is why I learned to ignore them long, ong ago. And why won’t Bettman support the game here if he already has in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Buffalo? He seems like a consistent guy.

World Be Free

December 19th, 2010
9:11 am

lola-that was your early Christmas present.

Does Bolts read Rawhide’s blog? I called out Boulton earlier in the week for his lackluster play, lack of hitting. I was unaware at the time that he was a + player, which is an achievement even though he usually plays against the other team’s 4th line. Guess he saw the light and went back to crashing the net. Good things happen when you go to the net.

If there was a game I should have made, it was last night’s game. Oh well, at this pace, I hope we have many more just like it. I think we should all now be over Kovalchuk, cuz he is just another opposing hockey player now. The Kovalchuk Era in Atlanta has been put to rest.

Jake

December 19th, 2010
9:11 am

Seems that the point about Kovalchuk is, “Does he make the players around him better?” And the conclusion would have to be no. Yes, he’s a great individual player, but it’s a team game and it appears that neither he nor his coaches have been able to integrate him into a productive team concept.

Fause

December 19th, 2010
9:11 am

Note to Ilya,

If the Devil offers you $100. million, it comes with a catch. Been there, done that. signed, your friend. Faust.

mike

December 19th, 2010
9:12 am

great win. major point after 2 years of searching nobody want to invest to keep thrashers in atlanta. what this mean? no money to resign star players like buff., endst., pav. to big contracts. what it’s mean? people leaving thrashers, again bad team and finally relocation. could happen in two years. even sold out building not going to replace real money from investors or new buyers needed to make franchise stay here. so far rich folks including blank not interesting and this is no good.

Lee

December 19th, 2010
9:13 am

Heck of a game last night….and the Boo’s and the Moose’s were loud too. Best of all, Boults got the trick! I didn’t really care if the goal was good, bad, or ugly, it still counts and he deserves every bit of it….

Zoomo

December 19th, 2010
9:18 am

ALl I can say is “that was FUN”! Always nice to get an easy one. Loved the Kane>Stewart>Kane goal. Happy for Boults. Great guy. Loved Darren Eliot’s comment after the 3rd goal “you might as well throw hard hats”.

I didn’t boo Kovy. Hate the way it ended here. Like where things are now.

Kovy was a good solidier while he was here. And a very good person off the ice – as I was reminded last night by a story from a pal about Kovy going to the hospital to spend a few hours with a terminal kid that loved the Thrashers. He did a lot of that – without much prompting and with zero publicity.

hoosier_hoser

December 19th, 2010
9:57 am

I sit behind the Devil’s attacking goal in the 1st and 3rd. I haven’t rewatched the match yet, but Kovy was a threat every time he had time and space. He was fast, he had a good handle on the puck and his shot always targeted a scoring area.

I was surprised that when the puck was on the right, the PK point of the Thrashers moved back into the slot. Kovy had a lot of ice to receive a clear pass and get off a 1-timer. On his goal Slater couldn’t possibly get from the slot to mark Kovalchuk.

Watching from the Thrasher perspective, Kovy is superb offensive talent. His +/- speaks to the rest of his game.

Largo65

December 19th, 2010
10:07 am

Hilarious, one win against an aging team and all of a sudden the fans of this joke franchise are planning the Stanley Cup parade route. The ONLY reason 17,000+ fans showed up to that game was for one reason only, Ilya Kovalchuk. So it seems that fans are not interested in watching anyone in the current roster play, only a former player who they show up to boo. This is Atlanta’s second kick at the NHL can and once again fans are staying away in droves. This team will go the way of the Flames before long.

Tony B

December 19th, 2010
10:09 am

People of Atlanta.

If you love this team, and want to keep it here, you need to get out and buy some tickets. Last night, I took two extra people, and they had a blast. I would encourage all fans to do the same. This city needs to show the NHL it will support a team. Attendance is on the rise, and I was very encouraged by last nights crowd. We are in first place, and there are no excuses. If you have problems with the ASG or DW, well stand in line, But don’t let that stop you from supporting the team. I have made a commitment to be in the building for every game. If 9000 others will do the same and bring one person along for the ride, then Canada can go find someone else to bother.

This team is for real. It has that magic season feel, much like the 1991 Braves. The talk is no longer can we sneak into the playoffs. Its no longer can we win a playoff game. Its no longer can we actually win one playoff series. No,the expectations now are, Can we win the Stanley Cup.? Read it again, Can we win the Stanley Cu?p. Because that is the new standard for which this team must strive. Amazing to even see those words.

Go Thrashers.

World Be Free

December 19th, 2010
10:14 am

Tony B-great post, well stated

World Be Free

December 19th, 2010
10:16 am

Largo65-have a rgeat holiday season

Tony B

December 19th, 2010
10:19 am

So Largo65, so do you want to add Detroit, Washington, Colorado, San Jose, Boston, Montreal (do I need to keep going here) as aging teams the Thrashers have beaten. Really dude, you need to look up you facts before you spew you stupidity to the world.

I bet your from Canada. Or New Jersey.. .

Heather

December 19th, 2010
10:22 am

It seemed like the guys were taking it easy on Moose when he first came in. Any chance you can get any comments from anyone on that? I really miss the Moose and it seems like the guys do, too.

World Be Free

December 19th, 2010
10:30 am

Not sure if they were Heather. Maybe they were savings their strength for the coming week, 3 games in 4 nights leading up to the break. Tronna will be in a bad mood, St. Louis then Boston. Hope to see good support Tuesday against the Blues.

BeerDawg

December 19th, 2010
10:32 am

Kovy is to the Thrashers what Vick is to the Falcons. Forget about him people, bygones….if it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t have Buff, Ladd, etc. Move on!

My biggest worry is keeping the Thrashers here!!! All the regular fans need to take friends and family who don’t know hockey. What’s worse than bad hockey?….NO Hockey!! Boulton was right at the interview at the end of the game, they’re just gettin started….Come to the games!!!!

English Teacher

December 19th, 2010
10:38 am

What a remarkable season so far! The 11-2-2 stat just blows my mind. I’ve been saying all along that I’d rather have a TEAM of hard-working guys with heart than a one-way, cherry picking, “superstar.” I hope I’m proven right in the spring!

I’m very, very proud of the Thrashers.

jen

December 19th, 2010
10:39 am

Said it on the other blog and I’ll say it here. We have the best 4th line in hockey right now. I love how balanced this team is. I really hate that Bergie is on the clock now. I still don’t get why you sit the 3rd place scorer on the team for Freddy Modin

razorneck13

December 19th, 2010
10:39 am

Yeah, we’re in another dimension, we went through some kinda vortex at some point. Last night solidified that simpleton’s armchair theory hypothesized only with bogus scientific evidence. Still waiting to see Rod Serling in the booth on Sports South. Anywho…

This season everyone’s important, everyone’s relied on AND they’re pretty much ALL impressive…Rammer’s system works and the team knows that. I’d imagine that their collective momentum is soaring, this is seemingly sustainable play too. Beautiful, seriously I’m almost misty eyed over here.

Back to the odd stuff. We annihilate consistently, NJ with Kovy stink joints up consistently. One of our best lines is our 4th (I LOVE em, currently the baddest grinders on the block), they’ve got Bolts scoring a hat trick. Our attendance and atmosphere grew exponentially last night (maybe from NJ and Kovy, but I hope that’s not it) . Buff is beyond an all-star caliber defenseman, I’d say others besides just Enstrom are all-star ballot material too (PAVS, PEVS, LADD, KANE, IMHO). Thrashers lead division and are 2nd in the East. Our special teams especially our PP are amongst the very best. I could go on and on, but I digress. How does this not seem surreal?

Stuck in NJ

December 19th, 2010
10:40 am

While I’m as excited that the Thrasher’s are in first place and its a helluva an accomplishment, we have played 2 or more games than the Lightning, Hurricanes, Bruins and Habs. Until the number of games played evens out, being in first is somewhat illusionary.

Is it just me or does it seem to anyone else that thrasher’s have a more hectic schedule in the first half of the season. I guess it is better to have more of your back-to-back games early when you think about the grind of the whole season.

Mrs. Zoomo

December 19th, 2010
10:46 am

Adding to what BeerDawg said..if it wasn’t for Vick the Falcons wouldn’t have Matt Ryan.

What a fun game to watch! And we love Eric Boulton so it was great to see him get the Hat Trick. And it was little Zoomo’s first live Hat Trick. All in all a great night!

DWTOO

December 19th, 2010
10:52 am

Please return to your mother’s basement now, Largo. Your moment in the sun, along, with your witty comments, are OVER!

A Pev’s fight and a Bolts hat trick and 17,000 fans cheering for the same team! Along with the nice bottle of vodka from the tailgate white elephant exchange all in all a good night.

razorneck13

December 19th, 2010
10:54 am

I feel bad for Kovy, I know, I know…you don’t. Is it wrong that I kinda felt happy for him when he scored one goal in a clearly lost game during a debacle of a season? I wasn’t rooting for NJ, but I really hate it for him, again not regarding his paycheck, just his situation. I hope he’s not getting all the flack from NJ fans for their lack of quality hockey, he was the only impressive one out there last night for them.

Ditto that for Brodeur (I’d like to see him go out in a manner that doesn’t involve a monolithic drop in the quality of his play). I know I’m a sap…insert chastising here.

LET’S GO THRASHERS!!! (Sincerely)

moriler

December 19th, 2010
10:54 am

Fourth lines… fourth lines. Sherman, set the Wayback Machine. Where have I seen this 4th line before?

I’m thinking of a fourth line in a particular franchise, one that had been mocked for more than 20 years. This line had an undersized, quick-skating center, an enforcer with just enough hands to hold the stick in the right direction best 2 out of 3, and another big, physical guy with surprisingly better scoring talent than you’d think; he was never flashy, but somehow he managed to be in the right place a lot. It was the “energy line” for that team; the coach also believed in rolling 4 lines and expecting them all to do everything on every shift, especially play defense.

The center for that line suffered a major injury one year as well, but they came back the next playing even better. In fact, the enforcer was the one who scored the Cup-winning goal for them at the very end of that season.

Anyone else remember that line?

Archie Bunker

December 19th, 2010
11:09 am

I have a hangover and lost my voice BUT it is well worth it ! Thanks Santa !

Flagstaff

December 19th, 2010
11:18 am

Moral of the story: the Salvation Army is run by Satanists. :)

A27

December 19th, 2010
11:25 am

Awsome game…. Funny thing is I turned to my brother and said “if Boulton scores a hat trick the ice will crack open and hell will spew out.” Ha what game…what a night and what a hangover. GO THRASHERS!!!