An embarrassing night in Thrasherville

I understand the weathermen in Atlanta are predicting some snow to come through these parts later this weekend. But even before the residents of north Georgia swarmed the local Publix and Kroger stores to strip the bread and milk shelves bare, the Toronto Maple Leafs came to town and built a snowman in Philips Arena. A snowman, that’s 8 on the scoreboard… in the first two periods alone!

That’s right, by the time the teams retired to their respective locker rooms for the second intermission, the Leafs had dropped an eight-spot on the Thrashers on their way to a 9-3 thrashing of our hometown ice birds.

After Friday night’s craptacular effort, it’s hard to remember that it was a one-goal game halfway though the second period. Yes…it was 2-1 Leafs at the midpoint of the game, but that’s when everything seemed to go to Hell in a hand basket.

In a seven minute and forty-three minute span, Toronto dropped six goals in on Thrashers netminders…two on starting goalie Ondrej Pavelec, three on backup Chris Mason, and then another on Opie who was put back in between the pipes by coach Craig Ramsay with just 46 seconds left in the period.

For a while there late in the middle period, it was almost as if Opie and Mason wee taking regular shifts with the rest of the skaters.

Now at this time, I’m going to play my “It was only one game” card. Sure it was a stink bomb and deserves its rightful place alongside of other debacles of Thrashers past, and maybe a proper amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth is appropriate by fans on the blogosphere…if nothing else to help in the healing process. But this is a different team then those of the past, and I won’t let it deter me from looking forward to what this team can accomplish this season.

Just about everyone on the team deserves some share of the blame for this odiferous effort. They’ll learn from it hopefully and apply the lessons to future endeavors. The zero collected in the standings after a 9-3 loss is just the same as dropping a 3-2 decision and the important thing here is to not allow it to spill over into tomorrow’s game in Carolina.

However…

What cannot be overlooked or swept under the rug here is the fact that five of the Leafs scores came while Atlanta was attempting to kill off the on-ice transgressions of one player…Ben Eager. I don’t know if that’s some kind of NHL record or not, but I can’t recall another time in which one player’s time in the sin-bin led to that many goals.

In the first period he had doubled his penalty pleasure by adding a cross checking penalty after a roughing minor. Then in the third after he ambushed Colby Armstrong in the corner, striking him with the stick in his hand, the Leafs were given a five-minute man advantage in which they could score at will.

After failing to exchange New Years greeting last weekend, the Thrashers Eric Boulton and Toronto's Coulton Orr exchanged belated New Years greetings Friday night (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

After failing to do so last weekend, the Thrashers Eric Boulton and Toronto's Coulton Orr exchanged belated New Years greetings Friday night (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Turns out, they had a lot of will.

Obviously, Eager’s actions put his teammates in a rough position all night. He played right into Armstrong’s game when he sucker punched him from behind. As we observed for a couple years here, Colby has no issue with taking the occasional…shall we say… “inexpensive” shot on opposing players. Some might call him “scrappy” or an “agitator”… a player that adds a certain degree of “sandpaper” to the game. Others still may chose to use the term “cheap-shot artist”. However, he’s not really one to man up, drop the gloves and go toe to toe with an opponent he may have taken issue with during the game.

Regardless, I’m sure Mr. Eager will be sitting a few games out for his actions and surrendering a significant portion of his pay to the league office. And that’s as it should be.

Certainly coach Craig Ramsay was none-to-pleased with what went down on the play either saying, “We want our players to play hard. We want them to play physical with body checks and fight for the puck. We can’t condone that”.

A few weeks back, someone close to the organization clued me in that Ben Eager has not made a lot of friends in the Thrashers locker room. After his actions Friday night I don’t think he’s won over many more. As the good coach said, you want hard-nosed, gritty players…players that are even willing to drop the mitts in defense of a teammate who may have been treated unkindly by an opponent. But you don’t need someone who will put you in the kind of spot Eager did by losing governance of his sense and reasoning.

That’s not exactly the “smart” brand of hockey Ramsay has sought to teach this team.

Given his play this season, the amount of penalties he takes, his reported discourse in the locker room, what seems to be a near-permanent place in Craig Ramsay’s doghouse…and then last night … I wouldn’t mind if Friday night was the last time we see Ben Eager in a Thrashers jersey. When he is cleared to play again after serving whatever suspension he surely should receive, it wouldn’t bother me a bit if he becomes a fixture in the press box, the Thrashers dealt him away for a fifth or sixth round draft choice…or just waved him with intent to release from contract.

Is Ben Eager THE sole reason the Thrashers plopped a steaming, heaping pile of FAIL on the ice Friday night? Nope…plenty of blame to go around there, that’s for sure. But he’s not been a lot of help and last night his actions were an embarrassment.

And that’s worse than simply losing a hockey game…even if it was of the 9-3 variety.

146 comments Add your comment

Rhythmpenguin

January 8th, 2011
9:14 am

Red Light

January 8th, 2011
9:18 am

Three in a row Bill. Ugh.

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.

Rhythmpenguin

January 8th, 2011
9:20 am

Re-posting from the last article:
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.

R. Stroz

January 8th, 2011
9:36 am

That steaming pile of FAIL smelled bad too.

Sara

January 8th, 2011
9:37 am

Bill that photo was the one thing that could put a smile on my face this morning! Ugh what a stinker. Eager can go flush himself down the nearest toilet. That said, it would have been nice if the refs had done their jobs last night instead of letting the Leafs get away with so much crap to the point it boiled over like that. At the very least, Buff should have been allowed to pound Beauchemin instead of the little pansy hiding behind the refs skirts. Oh well, better luck next time.

Was nice seeing you last night along with Russian and meeting WBF was a pleasure. As for you, Stroz, well, my mama always did say if you can’t say something nice you shouldn’t say anything at all. ;)

Rawhide

January 8th, 2011
9:38 am

Red Light – Would that be considered a Ranallo Hat Trick?

Sara – Always a pleasure to see you.

Mr. Heat Miser

January 8th, 2011
9:45 am

Fans should get a refund and a public apology.

Tom

January 8th, 2011
9:46 am

Sara

We had the same impression watching the game here. I do not know if it is subconscious, or that the grading of the refs comes out of Toronto, but whenever the Thrashers play Toronto the calls always seem to go the other way unless the game is a blowout.

Eager’s first penalty was a single, not a double.

Then they hooked us, and then hooked Enstrom again. It was not even close the second one. Yet the refs had the chance to give us a 5 on 3 and ignored it.

Now Eager’s sucker punch on Coby was uncalled for and deserved the 5 minutes. But they missed the hit on Buff during the icing play just before that. The same play the Thrashers had been called on a couple of games earlier.

As a fan, the refs are always an easy target, but the history is there and any review of the tape would show these guys blew a lot of calls, all in one direction…

Tmlfan

January 8th, 2011
9:54 am

I’d like to know exactly what Armstrong did to deserve any anger from eager. His hits were clean and he didn’t look like he was challenging eager. He wasn’t looking at him or saying anything to him. Eager is a goon and that’s all there is to it. There is ZERO blame to be put on the leafs whatsoever and there were no mistakes by the refs. Just a terrible game by Atlanta. So quit making excuses.

Sara

January 8th, 2011
10:00 am

And here I always thought Vancouver was the Canadian city where they smoked the wacky weed. At least we don’t throw waffles at our team.

Tmlfan

January 8th, 2011
10:08 am

Yes because the actions of two stupid people can be held against the millions of leaf fans. Cause thats certainly representative of all of us. Do you really think a penalty or two against the leafs really would have helped any? Suck it up and place blame where it belongs.

Matt

January 8th, 2011
10:10 am

On a Friday night game like that… I think about the hundreds of folks that were attending their first Thrashers game and probably won’t come back. That’s sad.

Tom

January 8th, 2011
10:16 am

Ha, you are right Tmlfan, everything the leafs do is perfect. The team is the paragon of hockey virtue and the coaching staff is the essence of brilliance. The conspiracy is always against the Leafs and if it was not for the Refs they would have won the cup every year for the past 43 years.

Jesus, son, do you read what you write?

If your team was not in Toronto with a cadre of sycophantic fans that accept a terrible product your team would be in talks to move to Quebec. The only thing that keeps Thrasher’s fans sane is that our ownership and management is not worse than yours.

Can we say 1967? Can we say it out loud. Your team has more money than God yet they can not get out of their own way. With all the benefits that Toronto has the best you can do is the bottom of the Eastern Conference year after year? You pine for the Sundin days?

Sure the Thrasher’s organization has issues. But man, go look in the mirror Tmlfan. Your team is the essence of suckitude.

lola

January 8th, 2011
10:23 am

Thanks for the Boulton pic, Mr. BlogMaster! I will trust that Coach Ramsey will make the necessary changes so there will be no repeat of last night’s Snowman! & I will continue to cheer as hard as I can & do it in person … so they can hear me!

Tmlfan

January 8th, 2011
10:24 am

And yet Tom that is all still totally irrelevant to the fact that the blame of last nights loss lies squarely on your own team and nobody else because even if you got a goal or two off of the peanlies that “should” have been called against the leafs guess what you still would have lost. I lost count of how many times you pulled your goalie. Guess what you have to allow less than nine goals even if you score five.

Tmlfan

January 8th, 2011
10:26 am

And btw there were penalties missed against the leafs as well.

Tmlfan

January 8th, 2011
10:28 am

I mean against Atlanta.

Sara

January 8th, 2011
10:29 am

Boy are Leafs fans milking this one for all it’s worth. I suppose when there aren’t many bright spots in a season, you have to make the most of the few you do get. You know what Tmlfan … enjoy the nice victory for your team. Hope you recorded it so you have something to watch come April.

Tmlfan

January 8th, 2011
10:30 am

And about that pic. I guess it’s good for you fans that the video wasn’t posted cause that tells a different story about that fight than that picture.

EA

January 8th, 2011
10:30 am

I don’t condone what Eager did. However, I saw Colby take a cheap shot on an unsuspecting Peverly which honestly could have led to an injury. A former team mates way of saying hello? Also, he was trying to mix it up with Boulton. I have seen him do this some crap with his former friends in Pittsburgh. I watched the 2nd period again when I got home last night just to see it more clearly. The cheap hit from Eager did not get much of a rise out of the announcers. I got the impression that they thought Armstrong was causing his brand of trouble of all night.

Rawhide, I am with you. Let’s hope this is one of those games. Tampa had one the other night. What kept playing through my head was Darren Elliot saying on the previous broadcast, “I hope they don’t go home, get comfortable and lay an egg”. That could have been more true.

Hats off to Buff. He played hard all night. When bleeding from the nose, I was shocked to see you him on the ice a couple minutes later with his nose packed.

Michael "the abbreviation"

January 8th, 2011
10:35 am

you forgot to mention bogosian, and his epic pile of fail he consistently dishes out.. seems like anyone close to the team seems to forget to mention bogosian

EA

January 8th, 2011
10:37 am

TML you really sound silly getting all worked up over this game. Your team is not that good. I read your papers. Your fans are not exactly singing the praises of the Leafs. It is pretty up and down. Take your 2 points and enjoy the result of a terrible game by the Thrashers. You know how it feels to watch some lousy games by your team. As it stands now we are in 7th place. The Leafs are in 13th.

Rawhide

January 8th, 2011
10:42 am

Michael “the abbreviation” – Ahhhh…but if I did mention Bogosian, or eveything about the game fo that matter, what would there be left for you and others to bring to the table of converstation? :cool:

Serioulsy though, he was indeed terrible.

And while we’re on the subject…Mason too. He was quoted by C-Viv as saying, “I wasn’t ready to play tonight. I was terrible when I was in there.”

Really? Wasn’t ready to play? I mean, who else did he think was gonna come in off the Thrashers bench if Opie needed to come out?

What a major disappointment he’s been.

razorneck13

January 8th, 2011
10:43 am

Eager took our collective heads right outta this game, period starting with that STUPID STUPID DOUBLE MINOR in the 1st, then with that STUPID STUPID ARMSTRONG DEBACLE! He’s knows nothing about nuanced pugilism and needs to go ASAP. Eager makes me love how guys like Boults play that side of the game so much more. Anywho…

Yeah, Eager did it. I blame our confusion and panic on him, it’s a momentum influenced game after all. Case and point: How disoriented did you feel once that scoring clinic really opened up in the second? Exactly.

In summation and once again, the loss was embarrassing, but Eager’s brand of toughness…even moreso. He’s gotta go, I think him taking on COLBY ARMSTRONG LIKE THAT WAS A CHICKEN**** MOVE!!! I don’t take up for guys just because their “on our side” either. Pack him up and send him on his way.

Fan from Carolina

January 8th, 2011
10:50 am

Rawhide, Your writing is so good ‘day in and day out’ plus the pictures recently are priceless. Not kissing butt here since I don’t post that much but giving credit where credit is due after suffering from the miserable predecessors that held your position. Tough game coming up against the Canes at the RBC. They are in a big push right now, off a nice 5-3 win plus Staal and Cole are looking good. Cam Ward can blank anyone when he is on.

Rawhide

January 8th, 2011
10:53 am

Fan from Carolina – You’re too kind…thank you. And it’s a good think you’re not kissing butt, wouldn’t get ya anything around here anyway. :grin:

Glad ya like the photos…I try to bring a little humor to the blogosphere, especially after a game like last night’s.

razorneck13

January 8th, 2011
10:57 am

No offense if you like em, but I’d also like to hypothesize without anything to back me up, the fact that this loss may also be linked to wearing of our atrocious 3rd uniforms. We seriously need a do-over on that thing.

R. Stroz

January 8th, 2011
11:08 am

Armstrong is litle more than a less talented version of Sean Avery.

Flagstaff

January 8th, 2011
11:09 am

Rawhide: I don’t feel mad at Mason any more, because at least he owned up to his awful performance. Yet, still, that doesn’t excuse how his play has dropped off since Pavs became healthy again. He’s never before been a true backup goalie, and he’s not used to long stretches with no gametime action, but still, he must adapt…

I’m kind of surprised that Eager is not liked in the locker room; to hear Buff talk, it’s one big, happy family that works hard, has fun, and wins hockey games. Early on in the season, I really liked him as he seemed like a hard-working guy who would give a good effort, intimidate the other team, and occasionally chip in offensively. (That time he rushed late in a laugher to beat out the icing call comes to mind, as do the many times that he acted as Burmistrov’s bodyguard.) But, still, we haven’t really heard much from him after he had been benched for long stretches, or why he was originally benched in the first place. Perhaps a poor attitude in the locker room has to do with it.

I’m usually skeptical of this organization when it comes to making mid-season trades, but Dudley’s no dummy, and he’ll know when action must be taken, if only to shake things up. I won’t be surprised either way if a trade does or does not go down this weekend. I won’t care, as long as they come out flying against the Canes, and start a new, meaningful winning streak.

LAC

January 8th, 2011
11:17 am

Well, eager’s first cross-check was nothing more than a bump by the boards. The leaf player high sticked him and it should have been two and two. NOT 4 !

But I agree the refs were TERRIBLE ! Where do “they” get their training ? These clowns last night looked like Little League guys, seeing only one team in the wrong. I hope Mr.Bettman and his
office take a LONG hard look at the MISSED calls last night against Atlanta ! I believe a couple
refs might need more seasoning in the ECHL, because they are NOT NHL quality from what was MISSED last evening.

Now then… Rick Dudley has made changes here… He knows the game , as does Craig Ramsey.
Now tell me this… Why in the Hell do they even think zach B. is a good player. Everyone on this blog sees he stinks at playing the game. He is SOFT as a fresh loaf of bread, He is Constantly
OUT OF POSITION, and he cannot process the thinking part of the game. He is like a tree out there
and has NO idea what to do.

Rick Dudley, You HAVE to get rid of little zach B. He is KILLING the team. Why can YOU not see this ? You are the GM, yet you turn a Blind Eye to the fact the #3 pick is a complete BUST.
Maybe he does NOT want to be here, FINE, ship his butt out, but as a long time fan, this guy is
Terrible and has NOT improved at all the last two seasons, and the fact is now…. The GM & Coach are turning a BLIND EYE to the fact this kid is a LOSER and will never be anything more than AHL or ECHL call up material, it is BEST to move him ASAP, Mr.Dudley rather than continuing to watch his inability game after game, I for one am SICK of it !

Adam

January 8th, 2011
11:32 am

There’s a good replay on Puck Daddy’s blog of the Eager punch.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Video-Ben-Eager-s-sucker-punch-on-Armstrong-lea?urn=nhl-304927

Eager did let go of his stick before he threw the right, it just didn’t fall to the ice. The stick was caught between Eager’s arm pit and the boards so it wasn’t in his hand when his fist meet Colby’s face. Given that I don’t see the intent to injure. Roughing yes, 5min major no…

As a matter of fact if you look at the video Colbycheese takes a shot with the butt of his stick into Eager’s chin before Eager cracked him. Look at the 1:33 mark. Do to positioning the ref didn’t see that.

Jordan

January 8th, 2011
11:33 am

Hey Sara, how about you consider the fact about how many cups Toronto Maple leafs has won compared to your Atlanta Thrashers, yeah, so shut it and stop accepting the fact that Toronto Maple leafs clearly OWNED your TRASH team.

brett

January 8th, 2011
11:36 am

4 games for eager apparently. serves him right for being a jackass

brett

January 8th, 2011
11:39 am

then again how come lucic never even got a game for the freddy meyer hit?

Alan R.

January 8th, 2011
11:48 am

Bogosian had quite a few brainfarts last night, but why again are we directing our ire in that direction? He’s not the one who took 19 minutes in penalties last night, and just got suspended for four games.

Armstrong was running his mouth all night. It’s what he does, and last night is no different. His run at Peverley was questionable, to say the least, and it looked like Peverley avoided most of what could have been a very bad hit. No harm, no real foul, since Peverley is fine.

If you’ll notice, right before Eager smacked Army in the face, he tried to lay him into the boards. He missed his hit. Play was stopped because Byfuglien was going off for two minutes. Knowing Army like we all do, he probably ran his mouth at Eager regarding his attempt to lay him into the boards. Knowing Eager like we all do, he probably let his anger get the better of him, and whapped him in the face.

ukyo(THS)

January 8th, 2011
12:04 pm

Watching the replay again… yea, Eager was doing some dumb stuff, but he [b]DID NOT[/b] hit Armstrong with his stick in his hand. As noted above, he dropped the stick before hitting Armstrong after getting butt-ended to the face. Both he and Armstrong should have been the box over that one. But since Armstrong is such a wuss he decided to dive and act hurt rather than man up for his actions. He was a marginal player here with a reputation for being a chippy / cheap player. He’s the same marginal player today. Eager should not have given him the time of day. But… once Eager gets worked up there appears to be no reasoning with him.

Also, Eager may have been after Armstrong for the semi-late hit Armstrong delivered on Burmi over by the Toronto bench earlier in the game. Who knows? All I know is the officials had to make a split second decision during the scrum and they made the wrong one. They thought Eager hit him with stick in hand when obviously he didn’t. It’s was Armstrong’s Academy Award flop to avoid getting destroyed that swayed the call.

Oh, and I’m a fan of letting the Leafs have this one and celebrate. They have so little to look forward to, so they have to take it on the rare occasion they get it. Let them have this one. It’s not like it matters. They are only hurting the draft position of whom ever owns their first round pick.

Tom

January 8th, 2011
12:07 pm

Brett, Eager did deserve something, but you are dead on regarding the lack of “oversight” with Lucic. The league has a problem with giving out punishments and it seems to be getting worse.

eugene

January 8th, 2011
12:09 pm

Atlanta didn’t show up to play. They took Toronto for granted even though the Leafs have scored a ton of goals lately. Nobody was willing to pay the price and park their bodies in front of the net. The third string Toronto goalie left juicy rebounds for Atlanta and nobody was there to tap it in. It’s easy to say it’s all Ben Eager’s fault, but the truth of the matter is, every Thrasher player out there stunk. It was so bad, I left when the score was 6-1 because I couldn’t bear to watch anymore.

ukyo(THS)

January 8th, 2011
12:11 pm

I was afraid when they took the ice to Enter Sandman that they would sleep walk through the game. I hate being right all the time. :(

Alan R.

January 8th, 2011
12:20 pm

It’s easy to say it’s all Ben Eager’s fault, but the truth of the matter is, every Thrasher player out there stunk.

Eager being out there resulted in five power play goals against us. Five of ‘em. Subtract those, and the potential final score of the game is 4-3 Toronto.

It’s not only easy to say it’s all Eager’s fault, there’s actually a bit of truth to it.

DWTOO

January 8th, 2011
12:24 pm

Jordan/tmlfan – This a Thrasher fan blog so what do you expect – us singing the praises of the 14th ranked team in the East. Get lost! And while we don’t have your storied history I hope we a Cup within the next 40 years.

Was able to make practice today. No Ramsay. Eager was the last out of the locker room and didn’t look to happy. Now we know why. He was the only one in the dark blue jersey and stood by himself most of the time. Not too many smiles among

goose

January 8th, 2011
12:29 pm

I think the spirt of Alexei Zhitnik has come back to haunt us in the form of Ben Eager

how do we taste?

January 8th, 2011
12:44 pm

So atlanta finally puts together a season where they don’t sh*t the bed (yet) and now you’re all talk lol the LEAFS (13th) destroyed you in our own barn in front of all 5000 people that watch your team. And if I hear 1967 talk anymore I’ll lose my mind. Atlanta, how many times has your glorious franchise made it to the playoffs? Once…what happened? Swept by the rangers. So stop boosting your awful club, it’s only a matter of time before you slip down the standings…just like every year. Silence.

LittleThrash

January 8th, 2011
12:48 pm

Hey Jordan, you can rub the cups you have in our faces, but that doesn’t move you up in the standings anymore than the 6-3 loss you had IN toronto did. Congratulations on the win. We beat you at home, you beat us at home even worse. But we are still ranked higher and thats what really matters. Take your win and your waffles from Atlanta, and go back to Toronto.

@Tmlfan you’re an idiot if you don’t think Armstrong wasn’t saying anything to Eager. It’s hockey. Everyone is talking trash. Armstrong talked trash about Atlanta when he left, and I am positive he was talking trash on the ice last night. Pretending he didn’t say anything is dumb. Also, the refs did miss calls, both ways. But you are a fool if you think the refs were anywhere close to fair. The only reason the double minor on Crabb was called was because Buff doubled over and was dripping blood on the ice. Totally fair, rightt? And, no one blamed solely the refs. Read the article. It is blaming Eager. Then people blame Bogo. Yes, the refs made bad calls, but how do you know the outcome if the refs called a penalty on the maple leafs in the first period and we go up 2-1? We played terribly, which is why we lost, but the refs didn’t help at all.

Did anyone read the blog about Ramsey playing with the PK? I guess last night was his experiment, and it turned out horribly. Maybe it was a good thing we lost so bad so now he knows who he can trust on the PK. What better way to try it out when serving that many penalties?

ZAvalanche

January 8th, 2011
12:51 pm

Ouch, that was bad, ugly, mega fail, “insert any negative adjective here”. Facts: Eager needs to learn a bit of discipline or pack his bags. This is the kind of game where OP gets really ticked asks for a trade (reference Partick Roy in the Montreal game in ‘95). Ramsey should never have put OP back in (I also thought there was a rule against that but I am wrong) – the game was over by then and Coach should have managed better.

Additionally the main instigator in the game, talking to you Benny Boy, should have been benched and I think he will be for several games.

However there are some good things to come of this – if it is possible. Good teams, which Thrashy is, usually rebound hard from a drubbing and I expect them to. Eager is deep in the dog house and it may change his attitude and lack of control. Guaranteed there was a pretty heated talk in the locker room and the Captain needs to hold a players only meeting. Some control needs to be established. Simple fact; in today’s NHL if you put yourself down a man that often you are going to lose, even against teams that aren’t that great and it really pisses off your keepers. Be glad it was only a regular season loss (referencing WCF Avs-Detroit – 7-0 Detroit). The measure of a team is how well they bounce back. Thrashy, the test is now. Based on what I have seen of this team they will be fine but you cannot count on handouts, you gotta work for it. Good luck Thrashy!

Alan R.

January 8th, 2011
12:52 pm

LEAFS (13th) destroyed you in our own barn in front of all 5000 people that watch your team.

You forgot to carry a two or something, because your number is about 10k off.

And if I hear 1967 talk anymore I’ll lose my mind.

You’re spouting your garbage in enemy territory. 1967. Suck it.

Atlanta, how many times has your glorious franchise made it to the playoffs? Once

That’s more times than the Leafs have since the lockout. Suck it.

Begone, knave.

LittleThrash

January 8th, 2011
12:53 pm

If you remember, the Thrashers got beat by the Bruins and the Pens after both teams suffered bad losses. Now its our turn to do that to Carolina who is coming off a 5-3 win and have less to redeem themselves by.

ZAvalanche

January 8th, 2011
12:58 pm

@ how do we taste – why the hate? Check the standings, you are basically mathematically eliminated right now. Yeah, you had a good game, congratulations – seriously. Just be glad that hockey is starting to be good in the South and with the profit sharing rules in the league that can only help your organization. Don’t be a jerk. Win with dignity.

chris16

January 8th, 2011
1:41 pm

Well I like a refund on this game please. Ben Eager needs to be traded who signed this guy? What a big D-Bag.

Sage of Bluesland

January 8th, 2011
1:51 pm

Do you feel the tension in Thrashersland, folks? I think you do….and deep down you know the deal….

(well, at least if you’re honest with yourselves…)