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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Flagstaff

January 7th, 2011
10:09 pm

“Remember when we spanked the Canes 9-0? Good times. Carolina also won the cup that year. Not saying *we* will win the cup, just saying that even good teams have really bad games sometimes.

Look, every team gets really whalloped every season. It’s why we play the games. Way too soon to panic, but I do agree that a couple personnel changes, or a benching at the very least, needs to occur soon.”

You make a fine point, Alan R. It’s really no different than a 1-0 (regulation) loss in terms of what it does to our record. That being said… that sucked. No two ways about it. Yuck.

Alan R.

January 7th, 2011
10:14 pm

There’s some bright spots to be seen, here. Cormier got his first NHL goal, we didn’t lose by two grand slams, and Ramsay will have some words of wisdom to impart upon those of us who religiously watch his press conferences from the Thrashers’ video site.

KLS1

January 7th, 2011
10:17 pm

Too much juggling, time to draw some lines in the sand. Modin experiment needs to end. Thorburn and Boulton are 4th liners, good 4th liners but quit moving them up. Leave Ladd, Peverly and Bergie alone.

Give Kulda a shake…

Furious George

January 7th, 2011
10:39 pm

Well that completely sucked out loud! Could not watch any more after the 5th goal. This is not how you attract new fans. This is one of those games that you throw the tape away and move on. Gotta respond on Sunday.

Jack Frost

January 7th, 2011
10:40 pm

Special Weather Alert: Thrashers grounded by snowman “plus one.” More snow on the way……….

Alan R.

January 7th, 2011
10:40 pm

Ladd is one pissed off mofo. I have to wonder if any paint will be left on the locker room wall, because after he scored his goal, he looked like he was going to go nuclear.

Flagstaff

January 7th, 2011
10:42 pm

Alan R.– I left after it was 9-1. I usually never leave early, but I was kind of feeling sick anyway today, so… Care to explain what exactly happened with Ladd?

Hokie P. Clisters

January 7th, 2011
10:49 pm

Well Mr. Rawhides, I guess the only break we got tonight was the merciful horn ending period # 2. They should be spitting out nails when they play Sunday. I expect them to respond well. If not, then Rammer’s got alot of work to do during the 4 day off schedule. They certainly need to get the stinch of this mess out of their nose ASAP.

Alan R.

January 7th, 2011
10:58 pm

Flagstaff: On his goal “celebration,” the only thing he did was look at his linemates and nod his head. It was very terse. Not one of those “We’re down by two field goals, why celebrate?” kind of nods. It was a “You kids just wait til we get home. You are SO dead.” kind of nod.

Alan R.

January 7th, 2011
11:02 pm

Also, I wasn’t at the game. I caught the Leafs broadcast. I stopped watching after we went down 5-1, but popped back in on mute a little later in the third. I missed Cormier’s goal, but saw Ladd’s.

Matt

January 7th, 2011
11:19 pm

Man, that was just the pits. I took my daughter to her first game and may have traumatized her for life.

Eager-you suck and deserve the pine.

Bogo-you stink and need some serious time in the minors.

D-Men-learn when and how to pinch in correctly. That third (?) goal was a direct result of a pinch gone awry.

Everyone else should be embarrassed and ASG should refund the money we shelled out for this debacle.

And “Sheeple Boy” you are a gutless wonder.

Brendan

January 8th, 2011
12:13 am

Well, if Atlanta did ‘catch a break’ in the Florida game, then ‘instant karma’ got us, tonight. I think the Penguins recently beat the Lightning, 8-1. Does that mean Tampa sucks, and will now fall to 13th place?

Look, the play is under .500 lately. Time to panic? Not really. Time to be ‘okay’ with prolonged point droughts? No, absolutely not. Not when there’s really so few points separating the field in the Eastern Conference. Every team experiences losses like this. It’s the “snowball” effect. It was POINT NIGHT for Toronto.

We’ve got to focus on Carolina, now. It’s a big game, as they all are, at this point forward.

Brendan

January 8th, 2011
12:14 am

Ranallo-warning???

R. Stroz

January 8th, 2011
12:28 am

Is Nabby still available? Mason plain sucks.

Also:

Modin Sucks.

and send Bogosian to the minors. The kid is making Boris look good.

LAC

January 8th, 2011
12:32 am

Boris is 110% better than little marshmellow zach, Bring Boris up and WAIVE zach #4, HE STINKS LIKE HELL !

Red Light

January 8th, 2011
12:40 am

Team quit in the second, played hard in the third even though it was way too late. That’s a good sign. Another good sign will be if Eager is shown the door prior to the Carolina game Sunday. He embarrassed himself and his teammates tonight.

R. Stroz

January 8th, 2011
12:52 am

Waive Eager, bring up Machacek from Chicago.

SomaAtl95

January 8th, 2011
1:23 am

Anyone remember the blowouts that the Thrashers handed to other good teams in the league? Did their nay-sayers come out and say the season was over? Did their respective Sages show up and spread doom? No. It was a crap loss. Last crap loss we had Ladd was given the C. I foresee changes in the same vein in the next couple of days. Nice to see Sage is alive since he hasn’t been here to gloat and insult us in so long… he reminds me of Randy Quaid in the “Major League” Movies who does nothing but complain until the team makes the playoffs.
This is NOT the Thrashers teams of the past, players will be held accountable and heads will roll.
I’ll be at practice tomorrow giving support to our team. If you see a guy in a yellow Byf jersey come by and say hello :) It’ll be me. I may be a sheeple, but if the team were to pack up and leave town I know that I wasn’t part of the problem – the panicking negative Nancy naysayers are the problem. We aren’t going to win every game. Preparing for the team to leave town after one loss is a little premature. I dare any of you to tell me of an NHL team that won every regular season game. Until then take a chill pill, relax and build a bridge so you can get over it!

Thrashers27

January 8th, 2011
2:20 am

Certainly not the end of the world, but those boys did lay a big deuce on the ice last night.

I decided I’m never going to post comments as the game is in progress again. Seems like every time I do, the game reverses almost immediately after my comment. So, no more.

Get it together, boys.

I don’t advocate the dumping of Eager, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Machacek get a look-see.

Spud Webb

January 8th, 2011
9:02 am

THUD….time to move on from that nightmare, only to wake up and realize I saw what I saw.
Sunday can’t get here fast enough!!!

Rhythmpenguin

January 8th, 2011
9:10 am

Eager should not play for the Thrashers any more. At least until he learns to control himself. When he gets riled up he can’t control himself and self control is essential to playing in the NHL. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him playing in Europe sometime soon.

Rawhide

January 8th, 2011
9:13 am

Rhythmpenguin – Myfeelings exactly, as youall can read here.

Red Light

January 8th, 2011
9:17 am

The Thrashers allowed 6 Maple Leafs goals in the 2nd period last night. The last time they allowed 6 in a period was March 21, 2000 against Ottawa when Damian Rhodes faced his former team. It also was the second time the Leafs hung a 9-spot on the Thrashers at Philips Arena. They also accomplished the feat on Oct. 14, 2005. That night the Leafs scored 7 power play goals and five in the third period.

Best news is that they play at Carolina tomorrow and have had great success at RBC Center. They went 3-0 in Raleigh last year and are 9-4-1 in their last 14 on Tobacco Road.

ZAvalanche

January 8th, 2011
11:30 am

As miserable as that must have been to see, a good a$$ whoopin’ every now and again isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sorry Thrashy, that must have hurt.

R. Stroz

January 8th, 2011
11:22 pm

Rawhide

January 12th, 2011
7:43 am

R. Stroz – Nope.