Did the Thrashers catch a break in Florida last night?

So did the Atlanta Thrashers catch a major break in Sunrise, Florida Wednesday night? Certainly the Panthers think so.

The controversy happened with 6:22 remaining in the third period and Atlanta up 3-2 on a pair of Rich Peverley goals and one from Nic Bergfors. Bryan McCabe shot from the left circle got through Ondrej Pavelec’s right side onto the line…maybe past the line.

A quick look at the play can be found towards the end of this highlight clip.

The referee behind the goal waived it of, blowing the whistle to stop the play. McCabe and the Florida bench waited for a video review from the NHL official’s in Toronto. However…and admittedly, surprisingly…no such review would be forthcoming.

Wednesday night's big players for the Thrashers Ondrej Pavelec and Rich Peveley congratulate each other after the 3-2 win in Florida. Peverley scored 2 goals on 8 shots while Pavelec stopped 33 of 35 Panthers shots. Or was it only 32? (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Wednesday night's big players for the Thrashers Ondrej Pavelec and Rich Peveley congratulate each other after the 3-2 win in Florida. Peverley scored 2 goals on 8 shots while Pavelec stopped 33 of 35 Panthers shots. Or was it only 32? (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Instead, play continued and the Thrashers escaped south Florida with 2 points, leaving Panthers coach Pete DeBoer “baffled”.

“It looked like a goal to me”, DeBoer commented afterwards. “I’m baffled as to why the referees, to make certain, wouldn’t have gone to the penalty box and asked that they take a look at it or Toronto would have buzzed and taken a second look at it. They look at everything else”.

Regardless, the win puts the Thrashers at 22-15-6 for 50…good enough for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Pavelec was again outstanding as he kicked aside 33 of 35 Panthers shots. It’s no too often that an NHL goalie can face that many shots and almost consider it a “night off”, but seeing how last Sunday he was called upon 50 times to make saves in Montreal, it may have just felt that way for Opie.

Pavelec is now 15-8-4 with a .936 SV% and 2.14 GAA.

As stated above, Peverely notched goals number 10 and 11 on the season while Nic Bergfors scored his first since December 10th …a rather fortunate bounce for Bergie as it deflected in off Panther netminder Tomas Vokoun and trickled in over the line.

Vokoun did not have a very good night at all and was lifted after Peverley’s second goal of the game gave the Thrashers a 3-1 in the second period. He departed after allowed three goals on 15 shots during 26:27 TOI.

Rich Peverley’s power play goal late in the first was a thing of beauty, however. He made a strong move out of the corner on Vokoun’s right, drove the net then knocked in his own rebound while falling to the ice. The Pevs Dispenser now has 11 goals and 14 assists on the season. He took a game-high 8 shots on goal as well in Florida.

“Peverley did a great job,” Ramsay said of Wednesday night’s offensive hero. “He took the hit to draw the penalty, then took the puck to the net. That was a real good effort from him. Take the penalty, then score. Give him four marks for that one.”

Next on the agenda is the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday night. They are struggling right now with a 14-20-4 record and reside in the cellar of the Northeast Division. The Leafs will head to Atlanta after playing St. Louis tonight in Toronto and could be in 14th place in conference if they lose to the Blues and the Islanders win in Edmonton later on in the evening.

These are the teams the Thrashers need to take of business against, needless to say. They may have gotten a lucky break in Florida last night, but generally speaking a team creates it’s own luck more times than not.

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176 comments Add your comment

hip czech

January 6th, 2011
10:12 am

I think it was a good goal, the puck is inside the net, caught up in the padding at the bottom of the goal.

I remember watching it live last night and seeing Pavs pull the puck out of the net and wondered how in the world he got away with it….either that or he picked up his contact lens from inside the goal.

waffleboy

January 6th, 2011
10:15 am

Was definitely surprised the play wasn’t reviewed, but it was so close there’s no way Florida could say it would have been overturned. That said, if I was in Florida’s skates, I’d be pissed that it didn’t at least go to Toronto. Guess they were to busy trying to figure out what was going on in the third period of the WJC gold medal game. ;-)

Joe Friday

January 6th, 2011
10:21 am

Bah, we outplayed them and had that game well in hand, it was the Panthers who were lucky to even be in that game.

Great to see the boys skating well with their legs back under them. Let’s take 2pts in a big way tomorrow night, looking for a 5-1 spanking of the Buds. Then let’s try to get a point at least in Carolina and then sit back and rest and let some teams play catchup on the number of games in hand and see where we stand at the end of next week.

If Dudley has a move to make, this weekend is it so the new guy can get in here and practice with the team during next week’s downtime.

Russian

January 6th, 2011
10:22 am

No Goal means No goal. I do not care if Panters scored that goal. We won and End of Story. We have to win at Friday. Totronto will be tired and we have to take them.
Also, Russia vs.Canada was a good game. :-)

Thrashersfanone

January 6th, 2011
10:25 am

On Pav’s second goal the play should have been called dead before Pavs skated away with it because Florida should have been whistled for the off sides. The puck came over the blueline then brought back in again (another break). Nice win for us, and now must take advantage of the Leafs coming in on a second night of a back to back. Go Thrash!

Red Light

January 6th, 2011
10:25 am

Leafs play at home tonight against St. Louis before heading to Atlanta. It’s time for a blow-out tomorrow night with the Thrashers getting another day of rest in between. The Thrashers are 14-5-2 this season with one day of rest between games. The Leafs are 0-3-1 in the 2nd game of the previous four back-to-back sets. 5-1 sounds good to me Joe Friday!

Smoothie

January 6th, 2011
10:26 am

This phantom goal business is a pant load of whiney sore loser-dom. What about the 2nd period near-goal by Little when the puck ended up under Clemmensen and somehow, without the aid of a Thrasher, Clemmensen ended up inside the net. That wasn’t reviewed and perhaps should have been. Also, I think Toronto has the discretion to review a replay even when the play resumes. Should a goal be determined to have happened (wow, grammar police will be in hot pursuit over that one!) then they can halt play, put time back on the clock and restart the game. It’s rare but I’m pretty sure it has happened.

But you know, Kitty Kats do love to meow and whine! ;-)

Thrashers27

January 6th, 2011
10:26 am

Maybe the refs had blown, or were intent on blowing the whistle before the puck’s location was even in question, so they had no need to make the call to Toronto.

JB

January 6th, 2011
10:29 am

im not sure if it was over the line or not but even if it was, the call went our way and i’ll take it. lord knows we’ve been on the wrong end of A LOT of bs calls and non calls over the years.

A2B

January 6th, 2011
10:31 am

Florida also caught a break because Clemmenson definitely had a puck in the glove hand that was way behind the line before the ref blew the play dead (I believe it was the third period as well). So I guess it was evening out since the Thrashers had one missed as well.

R. Stroz

January 6th, 2011
10:32 am

The refs gaveth (the offsides goal) and they tookth away (the janitorial cleaning goal by Pavelec).

The hockey gods have spoken.

Smoothie

January 6th, 2011
10:33 am

Not to change subject, but I thought it interesting there was no mention of the Thrashers as a possible trade partner by Mark Everson of the NY Post. Thusly, you can bet that we’ll end up with Jamie Langenbrunner, a RW by the way, by week’s end! ;-) Gleaned from Spector’s Hockey rumour round-up: “Teams believed interested in Langenbrunner include the LA Kings and San Jose Sharks, but it’s also possible he could be dealt to an Eastern contender like Washington, Pittsburgh or even Boston.”

Smoothie

January 6th, 2011
10:33 am

A2B – see my post. I think you’re referring to the rebound chance after Little hit the post in the 2nd n’est ce-pas?

ZAvalanche

January 6th, 2011
10:34 am

Didn’t see the game – and Rawhide the link for the replay is down. But from what I have read the non-goal is still worthy of review. Nice work anyway Thrashy! And nice work by our USA Juniors on the Bronze. I know were were hoping for gold again but there are some very talented teams out there we did a good job against the offensive powerhouse Sweden! American hockey is alive and growing, Congrats Boys!

hip czech

January 6th, 2011
10:34 am

JB, I was thinking the same thing…all of those strange bounces of the boards that wound up in our net (the worse being the playoff game) and all the bad calls against the Thrashers (I still remember a home game against Boston in ‘05-’06 where the Bruins had like 10 power plays and the Thrashers none, most on bogus calls)…things are maybe starting to even out.

And, like it was mentioned, good teams create their own breaks.

Now, if only Versteeg comes in Friday as a Maple Leaf and leaves Saturday as a Thrasher.

Puckhead

January 6th, 2011
10:37 am

Checked the standings today – its still a Thrasher Win – NO GOAL! From the view on TV it looked like a preseason crowd at the game – can you say Winnipeg? Way to go Russia (can’t believe I ever said that)

philalamo

January 6th, 2011
10:42 am

Now, if we could only get the Owners to care about the Thrashers . . .

ZAvalanche

January 6th, 2011
10:45 am

What really pisses me off is how NHL.com caters only, seemingly, to the Pens, Caps, Blackhawks, Detroit and the Rangers while other good teams are overlooked. What a poor product as it should be the face of the league.

Rawhide

January 6th, 2011
11:00 am

ZAvalanche – Try the link again…seems to be working for me now.

BTW, did I mention how nice it is to have you back with us again posting comments? Here’s to an Avs-Thrashers SCF.

Alan R.

January 6th, 2011
11:01 am

Like I said on the last blog:

McCabe’s goal was good. Higgins’ goal was not. I’m going to chalk it up to this being a “make up call” and move on. While Panthers fans may disagree (and really, why should they agree, after seeing McCabe robbed?), it is what it is. We still have three meetings between our two teams this year. Make the most of your chances.

A2B

January 6th, 2011
11:13 am

Smoothie- you are correct, that is what I was talking about. Your post just didn’t show up as I was typing mine, sorry for the redundancy.

:)

January 6th, 2011
11:20 am

Looked they like should have at least given it a review. Since you have to consider the whistle and all, it still might not have been a goal. Looked in though.

And Puckhead, I don’t think we really have room to talk considering the Panthers are averaging 3k more a night than the Thrashers.

LAC

January 6th, 2011
11:22 am

Reminded me of the Boulton goal against NJ. Same thing. We were LUCKY, but isn’t about time ???

On The Fly, had us at the end of the night, love it, ignored again.

Lastly, How can Tampa be on top in the SE ??? They have been Blasted 8-1 twice, last night and against Boston, and 6-0 at Washington… Our worst loss is 6-3.

Hope to put a GOOD WHIPPING on The Hapless Leafs Friday night !

LAC

January 6th, 2011
11:25 am

Why in the Heck would we need Langenbrunner ?????????????????????????????????????????

Smoothie

January 6th, 2011
11:32 am

A2B – no worries, just wondering if there was another instance that I missed…was sort of distracted in the 3rd period.

LAC – he’s a gritty RW with much better wheels than Freddy Slowdin, why not? Low risk as he’s a UFA this summer. If he doesn’t work out over the next month, make a trade at the deadline. I’ll admit, there are other guys I’d rather have, but compared to Modin, I think Jamie has some good hockey left in him. Just throwin it out there for discussion, thanks for adding such an in depth viewpoint.

AtlFlamesFan

January 6th, 2011
11:37 am

Once the puck is dropped, the opportunity for a review is over.

ZAvalanche

January 6th, 2011
11:38 am

Thanks for fixing the link Rawhide. That was definitely a goal but oh well, its all over but the crying! Nice work by Peverley and OP. Toronto should be a push-over for Thrashy but over confidence is a dangerous thing. Avs vs Thrashers for the cup, ouch, that would be hard for me mostly because you have a better team right now. The Avs are good but really young and our most important position, keeper, has been really shaky of late while OP has been lights out. Thrashy can be fairly comfortable with scoring a few and holding on with OP in net while the Avs need about 4-5 goal a game to be comfortable with getting a win and we all know that there are no teams in the league that can count on having 5 goals a game. We have serious issues on D here in CO. Plus we aren’t even mid way through our season and already have over 200 man-games lost to injury.

I think Thrashy has a good chance to do very well in the playoffs if you are healthy and OP is hot. No team wins the cup without a goalie that is on fire. OP has what it takes I think. Happy to see Thrash-nation alive and well. Side note: thanks for the link to the ticket deals, I have told several friends about the deals and they are taking advantage!

Zombie Steve

January 6th, 2011
11:39 am

I think it will be tough for us to pluck Versteeg from the Leafs; they seem to be more inclined to move some of their defensive pieces…

ZAvalanche

January 6th, 2011
11:45 am

@AtlFlamesFan

That is actually incorrect – at least it was with the rules several years ago. Unlike in football where there cannot be a review after the next play is snapped, the NHL refs can award a goal after play has resumed. Doesn’t happen very often, I’ve only seen it twice, but it is allowed. And if they do award the goal even after say, 3 minutes of play, they don’t reset the clock. When I first saw it happen I was in total agreement with you and thought “how can they do that?” but it is in the rule book. That is why I was baffled, after seeing the replay, that they didn’t give it to them.

TrueBlue

January 6th, 2011
11:49 am

I have a feeling the play was called a non-goal because of the way McCabe jabbed at the puck, which I believe, Pavelec already had covered. Then again, who cares! Win for the Thrashers is all that matters!!!

World Be Free

January 6th, 2011
11:51 am

As Alan R stated earlier, Higgins was offside so it is all even.

Red light, as usual you make your case and back it up with sounds numbers. I can’t argue with your post, your numbers. Here is my point-

The two 22-year old have played well for the most part. My issue with the Caps is that the team just does not play like they have total confidence in their goaltending. Just a get this feeling when comparing the Caps with other teams that have elite goaltending, which is what you usually need to go deep in the playoffs.

js

January 6th, 2011
11:53 am

I think the biggest break the Thrashers got last night was when Buff got up and played after going into the boards awkwardly behind our net. Losing him right now could really change the way things are going.

Smoothie

January 6th, 2011
11:55 am

“Never mind that, according to league officials at least, all goals are reviewed via video replay in-house or in the so called “war room” in Toronto.”

From the late Jim Kelley in his SI.com column earlier this year. Panthers probably feel like they are getting red-headed step-child treatment by the NHL between this and the Colton Orr incident.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jim_kelley/11/04/nhl.replay.review.controversy/index.html

Hoof Arted

January 6th, 2011
11:56 am

Maybe it was a goal, maybe it wasn’t. I don’t know and I don’t care, with all due respect to Panthers fans. Both of them.

Thrashers got the two points, we move on.

We talk a lot about the little things players and teams must do consistently to be winners. The goals were nice, Pavs was great again and yeah we may have gotten a break on the McCabe play. But at the end of the game, with just seconds left on the clock, there was a faceoff in our D-zone. The only hope the Panthers had was to win the draw, get off a shot to try and tie the game.

They never got a chance because the Thrashers won the FO. Who won that all-important draw for us? Rich Peverley.

Those things stick out to me.

ZAvalanche

January 6th, 2011
12:02 pm

@Hoof

Yeah, those are the things that change the game – every coach will say that. Face offs in you own zone, 1 point ahead, with little time remaining are HUGE. Pevs was rocking it. Like your train of thought.

Midfield

January 6th, 2011
12:04 pm

It would have counted for the Pens, that’s for sure. By now, the league have raised their expectations so high that – as I noticed – they go on a 15-minute debate about every call made against them, with complete impunity.

Rawhide

January 6th, 2011
12:07 pm

Hoof Arted – Great point. Peverley won that faceoff and denied FLA even the chance to get a shot off. This is indeed an example of the “small” things that are so dearly needed in games but sometimes get overlooked.

I think the biggest break the Thrashers got last night was when Buff got up and played after going into the boards awkwardly behind our net. Losing him right now could really change the way things are going

jsbowing head, reciting silent prayer….and everyone said, “Amen”.

World Be Free

January 6th, 2011
12:08 pm

Reading the Tronna papers is both funny and scary. What gets me are statements like “Toronto deserves a great team because they are a great hockey market”. Leafs’ fans have to sit back each season and watch teams from “lesser markets” win the Stanley Cup. Talk about an entitlement personality!

ZAvalanche

January 6th, 2011
12:16 pm

@World Be Free

Sounds like UGA fans………. No offense if you are one :)

Alan R.

January 6th, 2011
12:24 pm

It’s not just Waffle Town, either, WBF. You have people who say things like “I live in Spread Eagle, Newfoundland, and we DESERVE a NHL franchise!”

As you said, both funny and scary.

cousin Eddie

January 6th, 2011
12:25 pm

Have to commend Russia for giving all Canadians wedgies last night and stealing their gold medal. Good job Thrashers for not giving Florida a point, Carolina only got one point, and Tampa just got caught taking a dump in public. The Hockey gods were definitely on the USA and Thrashers’ side last night.

Russian

January 6th, 2011
12:32 pm

TSNBobMcKenzie
.Whitfield (BOS). M.A. Bergeron (TB) and Wilson (CBJ) clear waivers. Commodore (CBJ) on waivers, Valabik (ATL) on re-entry waivers.

We have to take Commondore. He is a good Homestand D-man. Come on Dudley make a move.

Smoothie

January 6th, 2011
12:37 pm

Valabik insurance in light of Byfuglien’s potential groin / leg injury from last nite? Or an attempt to clear space in CHI for future demotion when we complete a trade this weekend for the parent club?

Smoothie

January 6th, 2011
12:38 pm

Russian – no offense but I think I’d rather have Valabik over Commodore, or even Kristi Yamaguchi. Isn’t he the one married to her? Or is it some other former Cane?

Red Light

January 6th, 2011
12:45 pm

World Be Free:

Perhaps the Caps real problem is that they have no one on the roster with a Stanley Cup, except for Knuble who only played 3 games for the Wings when they won in 1997-98? Their key players have had no playoff success and all are still relatively young.

Red Light

January 6th, 2011
12:46 pm

Commodore is a pro. Valabik is not.

Red Light

January 6th, 2011
12:47 pm

Bret Hedican is Kristi’s husband.

AtlFlamesFan

January 6th, 2011
12:51 pm

Yamaguchi married former ‘Cane Bret Hedican, who has retired.

World Be Free

January 6th, 2011
12:52 pm

Z-Avl I am not a big Bulldog fan, but I do know Mark Richt is the worst coach in the SEC. Five star recruits are steering clear of Athens.

Alan R-right on, I experienced that when I lived in Buffalo and Hamilton thought they were more deserving of an NHL franchise. Some folks even think Regina, SK is an NHL town! Please

Red Light-I think you are right on the mark with Washington, much better than my take on the Caps. Toss in a GM and head coach that have no Stanley Cup experience and you have a team with high hopes moving into uncharted waters.

Smoothie

January 6th, 2011
12:53 pm

I think Commodore should retire as well. Was never really impressed with him even the year the Canes won the Cup. Hell I had friends of mine who love the Canes tell me he stunk then. Overrated. Pass.