Thump! Thrashers fall out of playoff berth

That big thump you heard coming from Raleigh, North Carolina was the Atlanta Thrashers falling out of their playoff berth. We’ve seen it coming for some time now, like a train wreck playing out in slow motion…but the sound of it when it actually happens is still rather sickening.

On December 20, the Thrashers beat the Maple Leafs in Toronto 6-3. The win gave them a 19-11-5 record, which at the time was good enough for first place in the Southeast Division and second seed in the Eastern Conference.

That was the high water mark of the season so far.

After the 4-3 overtime loss in Carolina, the Thrashers have now gone 5-10-5 since that time, with only two of those wins coming in regulation. Seven of the 10 regulation losses have been by 3 or more goals, one was by 5 goals and two were debacles in which Atlanta was outscored by 6. In fact, the Thrashers have not even held a two-goal lead in any game since that win in Toronto.

Saturday night, the fall from the top was completed.

As a result of the disappointing outcome Saturday night, Atlanta finds itself in a position they’ve not been since the beginning of the season…out of a playoff spot. The Thrashers and Canes each have 58 points, but they have two more wins and two games in hand. Thus, Carolina has evicted the Thrashers from the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference and has relegated them to the highest non-playoff spot.

Nic Bergfors scores a first periiod goal to give the Thrashers a 1-0 lead, an advantage they failed to hold. They aslo have failed to hold on to their playoff spot as the 4-3 OT loss to Carolina drops themm to ninth place in the Eatsern Conference (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Nic Bergfors scores a first periiod goal to give the Thrashers a 1-0 lead... an advantage they failed to hold. They aslo failed to hold on to their playoff spot as the 4-3 OT loss in Carolina drops them to ninth place in the Eastern Conference (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Much like Thursday night against the Flames, they played a good game for the most part. They got another strong start from Ondrej Pavelec between the pipes as he stopped 33 of Carolina’s 37 shots. Atlanta also got a pair of very big goals from blueliners in the third period as Brent Sopel and Zach Bogosian each tied the score in that period with blasts from the point. And the penalty kill unit even came up huge in killing of 5 of the 6 Hurricanes power plays, including a two-minute long 5 on 3 that was wrapped around the second intermission.

But once again…the hard work comes up just short.

If you were a neutral-party observer tuning into the game in hopes of watching a very entertaining match, you were not disappointed. It was a close, hard-fought game with the outcome in doubt until the end. But for residents of Thrasherville…this was just the latest in what has been a very frustrating six weeks.

All this underscores the need for the organization to make some sort of move prior to the trade deadline at the end of the month. And the way things are going, it needs to be sooner rather than later. This team needs a strong left wing to take Fredrik Modin’s ice time away from him and add a spark to this offence.

They also, in my opinion, need a veteran defenseman to help this team shut down opponents. But then again…we’ve been saying that every winter for how many years now?

Getting Toby and Slater back onto the ice again will obviously been of benefit. However, this squad is still going to need some help from the front office or this season is in serious danger of going the way every other one has save the spring of 2007.

Trying to close out on a positive note…I was very happy to see Nic Bergfors’ good work of late pay off with a goal. It was only his second goal since the last time the Thrashers played in Carolina a month ago but his play recently has been very encouraging.

Unfortunately for Bergie, the game-winner scored by the flames Thursday came via his miscue in the defensive zone. Too many times in a close game like that, one bad play can mean al the difference and will negate the hard work and effort otherwise put forward.

But in a rare moment of candor in professional sports, he manned up and took full responsibility for it afterwards. “Terrible play by me,” Bergfors said of the play. “I tried to chip it out in the middle because I knew their guy was at the wall. I have to look up there and make sure someone is there if I don’t get it out. It was my point”.

“That was a brutal play by me. I have to look up. If nobody is there, I have to eat that puck”.

I’m always appreciative of a young man understanding the importance of owning up to his mistake and making no bones about where responsibility lays. It’s a sign he understands what he’s supposed to be doing and knows what is expected of him.

It also speaks well of his maturation process.

Also worth noting here is the play by Arturs Kulda. Not surprisingly, he put in a strong game on defense filing in for Freddy Meyer. He seems to always be in good position and provides the coach with quality third line defensive minutes.

By: Bill Tiller – AJC.com Thrashers Fan Blog

143 comments Add your comment

shootoutloss

February 5th, 2011
11:34 pm

No, the thump was the sign of me throwing my remote at the TV

shootoutloss

February 5th, 2011
11:35 pm

Sound. Wtf. Not sign

Sage of Bluesland

February 5th, 2011
11:35 pm

Rawhide: berth…Berth…BERTH!!!

(Sorry, it’s one of those grammar-things for me)

We’re in ninth place! (to mirror someone who was shouting a sheep-rallying-cry about being in eighth place just recently)…

Here we go….Feel it yet, Thrashersland?

B. Thenet

February 5th, 2011
11:41 pm

You give Pavelec too much credit, the last two goals are on him. He needed to be better in a big game, and he was not up to the task.

Rawhide

February 5th, 2011
11:42 pm

Sage – Thanks…facepalm…it’s bErth of course. Like Bergfors’ comment regarding his play on that goal Thursday night, I offer up no excuses. It has been corrected.

And now, I must perform a little bit of blog admin work…

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If you are one of those who frequent this site and have a blog or message board of your own you’d like to funnel traffic to, you are more than welcome to do so as a part of your comment or you may ask me to add your site to my blogroll found to the right. The blogging platform in Thrasherville is quite vast and there’s room for everyone and I’m all to happy to do so.

If you wish to add your site to my blogroll. Simply link it here with your comment or e-mail me at rawhide528@yahoo.com.

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Thank you.

Sage of Bluesland

February 5th, 2011
11:43 pm

Out with the Mrs. and DVR’d the game…Watching it now…Not as bad as I thought it would be and only a few minutes left in the 2nd period….Still tied, to my surprise.

Love not having the commercials, etc. DVR is a wonderful invention. Of course, had to ‘ruin’ it by seeing the score. Surprised we got a point.

But, hey, we’re in ninth place! No trade is going to significantly help, folks….WAKE UP!!! Stop with the pipe dreams (hey, no pun intended–but not bad!)….

Rawhide

February 5th, 2011
11:47 pm

B. Thenet – Respecting you observations, but I’ll have to disagree with you. The Canes made some good shots. If anything, the last goal scored in regulation saw Bogosian losing his edge while defending. May have even knicked Zach’s stick on the way by…but I won’t swear to that.

At the beginning of OT, Opie made a great glovesave…then Cole used Oduya as a screen for his goal in overtime expertly.

CatThrashFever

February 5th, 2011
11:56 pm

:*(……oh no Thrashers travel to Toronto for their next game….the beginning and the end to it all! We can only hope it is not the same debacle of our last meeting with the Leafs. I unfortunately had the experience of watching that last game in person….Please… please…. please let’s win one in regulation in Toronto!!!

PS: maybe a new trade or two would spark something in the team! And I really miss Slater and Toby…

(still crying) :*(

LAC

February 6th, 2011
12:03 am

I really don’t know just what to say. Why can WE not whip Carolina ? Tampa owns us, We own D.C.
and Florida. But this team needs a spark and needs it NOW.

Three goals were Weak and should been stopped. Carolina lost their first two out of the ASG break, and instead of making some hey, we have fallen flat on our face and OUT of the playoffs.

rick dudley I believe has NO clue as to what to do, he speaks, but says nothing and does Nothing, so as a GM so I give him a d- at the very best. No playoffs, He should be FIRED.

Craig Ramsey has shown he has no clue as to what to do to correct this issues at hand. Hummmm….

I watched Eager today in SJ game, busting his tail all over the ice and we got ONLY a 5th rounder for him, You can bet he is glad to be off this sinking ship. Just nuts dudley is being so damn LAME and not addressing the problems… For crying out Loud, DO SOMETHING !

B. Thenet

February 6th, 2011
12:09 am

Never liked that Eager trade.

This team had crap depth to begin with, we trade an NHL caliber player for a 5th rounder, Slater gets hurt, Bolts is in the dog house for some reason, and we get Tiny Tim Stapleton in our starting lineup.

Eager was a useful NHL forward, we barely have 12 of those most nights.

Oh and Boulton had better be in the lineup on Monday. I have no clue what Ramsay sees in Stapleton, but he brings nothing to the table other than it looks like the kid from the pee wee player of the day is taking full shifts on our team.

Smoothie

February 6th, 2011
12:32 am

Put a fork in us cuz we done! The trade that has been mentioned as being “actively pursued” should have happened weeks ago. And yes, considering Eager’s size and speed, he never should have been traded without a backup plan in place. A healthy Modin does not constitute a backup plan. He’s here ostensibly to tutor our youth but all he teaches them is how not to play within yourself, over-extend, get out of position and take bad penalties. And speaking of penalties, how on earth was the “penalty” on Oduya resulting in Staal’s PPG a penalty!? He lifted the stick and rode the body off the puck, textbook. No wonder he got so gunshy later on and just kept back-pedaling. Still, this team has needed another 15-20 goal scorer for months but no one wants to trade unless we give up our 1st rounder. Hopefully another GM will get desperate before Duds does. Of course, they could always call up Postma too and move Buff back to forward till Toby and Slater get healthy.

Brendan

February 6th, 2011
12:35 am

5-10-5 for 20 games. That’s fifteen of a possible forty (15/40) points. That’s a (Kansas City Royals-like) .375 clip. Well, I always said points would be harder to come by after New Year’s Day. Of course, that sort of thing is ‘common knowledge,’ but I do repeat it from time to time. Aside from the time we got Kari Lehtonen back from injury in 2006, I’m hard pressed to thing of a stretch run that was memorable by this team.

Don Waddell used to bluster about ‘meaningful games in March.’ At .375 clip, those March games will NOT be meaningful. I hope Sage of Bluesland is wrong, and that trades can happen to result in something meaningful. But, I suspect that the budget was set BELOW the FLOOR of the cap for a reason. So, I suppose it doesn’t matter how much cap room this team has, the ownership would have to ‘greenlight’ more salary. Hmmn, the owners love basketball and are fixated on a deep run by the Hawks. What are the odds that any money will come the way of the Thrashers???

PB

February 6th, 2011
12:37 am

So now it is official. Our team is not as good as the Canes either. We already knew they are not as good as the Lightning or Caps (h2h record notwithstanding, they won’t come close on points) and now they are looking up at the Canes. Fourth out of five in the southeast conference. A couple more bad games and the Panthers pass them up too.

Wayne stuck in AL

February 6th, 2011
12:40 am

After the last game, I wrote on an AJC blog (IceMan’s or Vivlamore’s, I can’t remember) that I washed my hands of the Thrashers. A local Atlanta sportsradio personality wondered why I finally gave up on the team after 11 years. Here is my (cleaned up) response:

What really [irritated me] was:
1. This past summer, the acquisition of the 4 Blackhawks and the hiring of Craig Ramsay was sold to us as we were going to get a Thrasher team 180º apart from what we had been seeing the first 10 years. Instead, we’re getting the same old, same old. This team is not tough enough, nor do they play good enough defense. While I’ve watched hockey off-and-on for about 40 years, and have only put on skates once in my life (February 1977 in Huntsville, AL), I can tell that Zach Bogosian needs to be sent elsewhere. His defense, and most importantly, his puck-handling is KILLING this team (even though he scored the late goal tonight).
2. When the team got off to the fast start, we all thought, “This is not your father’s Thrashers.” After this 20-plus game collapse, yes, they are. This team needed a good season not only to get people to buy advance tickets, but also to build up the season ticket base for next year to sign Byfuglien and others to long term deals and to maybe sign some free agents. (And not incidentally, to get some positive talk on Atlanta sports-talk radio.) Instead, we’ll dredge up the bottom of the attendance figures, Atlanta Spirit will financially starve the team again, and the rumors will continue that the team will be moving. [I also included a link to last week's poll about Atlanta being one of the LEAST desired player destinations.]
3. The press attention (CNN, TSN, AP, Yahoo! Sports) over having 4-5 black players on the team will be irrelevant if the team doesn’t win AND Atlanta Spirit and clueless Thrasher mgmt. doesn’t do a Hockey 101, 201, etc. utilizing current technology (website, OnDemand, etc.)

BMF

February 6th, 2011
12:43 am

Thought tonight’s game was excellent, exciting game, but with an all too familiar result. Good hitting, both teams getting at it, good hitting. I haven’t said this yet after a loss, but I have to point a finger at Pavelec, 3 of the 4 Canes golas were weak, especially the OT goal. The 3rd goal was weak too, and the 2nd goal (the Staal goal I think), he made the first save but gave up a juicy rebound and basically gave away the entire net on a tight angle and Staal buried it, perhaps his momentum gave away the goal after the first save (which was nice). But the 3rd and 4th goals were weak wristers and I think he should have had both of those. Pavelec has been a warrior all season, basically playing every single day of late, and I hate to blame him, but I’m sure he’ll tell you he should have had both of those last 2 goals. Great PK on that 5 on 3, excellent work there. Not impressed with Kulda, he made a few bad turnovers. Bergfors’ goal on that Little pass was a beauty. Somebody explain to me how the high-stick that Stewart took was only a 2 minute penalty but the one that put Kane in the box on thursday was a double minor. Thought we’d have a 4 minute power play there, and holy crap did the refs let Carolina get away with interference basically the whole game. Really surprised we didn’t fight in the 2nd period, the game was getting very heated, especially after Corimer got dudeman to punch him in the face for matching minors. Although Bogosian has been playing slightly better of late, I’m not thrilled to see him out there prominently on the power play, and Rawhide i’m with you on the belief that we can find somebody else better to log Freddy Modin’s minutes. Some other thoughts of mine are that Stapleton played ok but he’s small and gets knocked off the puck a lot, and that Peverley isn’t quite as comfy on the wing as he was at center, but he did some decent work out there. Agree with Ramsey that if we keep playing like that and we’ll win some games, but come on, WHEN? The time needs to be now, yesterday even. We are bleeding.

PB

February 6th, 2011
12:45 am

Also – I am so dam sick of watching these guys miss the net without being tipped or anything. Stapleton and Buff, I am talking to you. Dishonorable mention to Ladd too, for the post at the end.

Brendan

February 6th, 2011
12:50 am

Smoothie, remember something important. If we just wait until Game 78, all kinds of a AFFORDABLE possibilities open up, with prorated salaries. (That’s sarcasm, we all know the deadline is Feb. 28th.) Of course, why not wait ’til Game 82? And at that point, we can say the season’s over, so why bother making any moves?? We will have kept that budget just where the uncaring “Heptacluster” (Copryright, 2010-11, poster Brendan) likes it to be. You got it, BELOW that which is required by the league.

B.Thenet, I thought Pavelec was at fault on AT LEAST two (2) of those goals. If he screened, I didn’t see it. If there were deflections by his defensemen, those are tough breaks. But, it seems like he could kept at least one or two of those pucks out, tonight. Now, that doesn’t mean Pavelec sucked tonight. He played pretty well, overall. He robbed Carolina at least TWICE. Maybe that’s a “wash” for the two he let in?? I don’t know.

I know this much. I’m sick of our ’soft’ play in the corners. We cough pucks up with no pressure on us. We don’t win battles along the boards. We rarely generate offensive zone turnovers. Why? We’re soft. Or we’re UNINSPIRED. The first time I saw inspirational play occured right after Bogosian’s game-tying goal. Thennnnn we saw some heart. We gotta play like that all game long. At this time of year, the games can be UGLY, so long as they result in wins. A .375 clip won’t get it done.

Wayne stuck in AL

February 6th, 2011
12:53 am

BTW: the Thrashers will lose by 3 goals in Tronna on Monday night. Book it.

Wayne stuck in AL

February 6th, 2011
12:56 am

To Rawhide:
If you’re going to ask for submissions to your blogroll, shouldn’t you at least clean up the list you already have? Tumbleweeds are growing on some of those blogs, and I don’t get the one for Kristi Dosh…

BMF

February 6th, 2011
1:05 am

Just took another swig of the Thrashers cool-aid. Our schedule coming up is good. We can beat Toronto, and a home rematch agains the Rangers and home against these same Canes, I really think we can win all 3 of those. The effort has been there the past two games. As bad as we’ve been for the past 5 or 6 weeks, we are still in the hunt for playoffs. It needs to start on monday in Toronto. We killed them last time we went there (and Rawhide pointed out, that was the high-water mark of our season), and we need to do it again. A solid 2-goal regulation win is what this team needs to spur a good run. And for one of our guys to plaster Colby Armstrong into the boards. Can we rent Eager back for one game? I know he’d be up for that..

JohnD

February 6th, 2011
2:30 am

There is no paypack to being a Thrashers fan… Considering the emotional investment I’ve put into this team over the last decade, I never get anything back from them. The most frustrating part is that after all these years, and many different players, the team continues to do the same dumb things, making the same lazy mistakes. Every night, I expect them to lose even before the first puck is dropped. But I’ve continued to watch them, night after night.
Tonight was a little different, though. After the game, I realized that I dont know or care when the next game is. Sadly and suprisingly, I think I really am losing my interest in them.

Cornbread

February 6th, 2011
3:48 am

1. Zach Bogosian played a great hockey game.
2. Ondrej Pavelec did not play a great hockey game.

I’m not saying Pav’s had a bad game, he did not, and the Cane’s had some great shots, but great saves are made off of great shots. Zach played a complete game and looked very solid on the PP. There were questions the other day about him missing the net, including from me. I think we saw tonight with his late game tying goal why he was out there. Great coaching by Coach Ramsay to change the look up. If the Thrashers get Zach and Ondrej playing great on the same night, look out.

Not Blind

February 6th, 2011
7:18 am

Modin made a great play in the neutral zone on Cole’s game winning rush ! Got right out of his way .

kovyoverrated

February 6th, 2011
7:44 am

Time to start thinking about where to shift the alliance. Do I go with Nashville? Very physical, Cool uni’s and 5 hours away. Or Carolina? They have a star(Staal), very young, and 6 hours away. We have about 7 months to make a decision….

Rob

February 6th, 2011
7:54 am

The team needs that top 6 forward now – I want to throw something at my Television every time I watch Tim Stapleton have a nearly open net and either miss the net or fan on the puck. I don’t understand why they’re playing him: He gets knocked off the puck, 17 games with no goals, no prospect upside (28), and he doesn’t/can’t really hit or fight. The only reason I can tell is he is more responsible with the puck than Bolton.

Sage of Bluesland

February 6th, 2011
8:05 am

“… If the Thrashers get Zach and Ondrej playing great on the same night, look out.”

Ugh–just lost a post in purgatory on Cornbread’s (i.e. Don Waddell) ridiculous statement here….Really?….Really?!

Who would have thought this was the entire key to the Thrashers…

How utterly embarrassing.

The humor value is worth it, though…

Always Hoping

February 6th, 2011
8:12 am

BMF….agree with you on Kulda as he got his pocket picked a few times and took a bad penalty. Not a total disaster but nothing impressive. Pevs hitting the post on the short handed opportunity was crucial in my eyes. He has a wide open net and clangs it off the post.

Do we know why Buff was sitting late? Was it injury or punishment?

Rawhide

February 6th, 2011
8:15 am

WSIA – Thanks for the heads up on the Kristi Dosh link. I took it down and will find the new to her site later today. Maybe while I’m lounging on the couch this afternoon checking out the Super Bowl festivities I’ll take a quick look-see at the others.

However, truth be told…that PSA was geared more twards people trolling to simply post up pleas to check out their message boards. Again, I don’t take issue with them coming here to look for web traffic, but doing it like that just isn’t cool.

Kovy's Agent

February 6th, 2011
8:19 am

Given the current roster I think last night’s game is about as good as this collection can produce. I mean, when you get goals from Bogo and Sopes and it still isn’t enough, well that says something. Let’s face it, they won’t give the effort they gave last night in every game, just won’t happen. And I’m not holding my breath that a 20 -30 goal scorer will be showing up by the trade deadline. The owners have probably told Duds “see what you can get for a bag of pucks and some sticks otherwise we’re not interested.” So, we’ll move a mediocre player for another mediocre player, put them on a line above where they belong and hope for a miracle. Lottery draft here we come, yet again.

thrash head

February 6th, 2011
8:20 am

I’m actually working in Greensboro and went to the game last night. Sorry to those guys that disagree, but three of the four goals were weak. AND all three were high to the blocker side. I hope that is not a weakness the league has picked up on.
The flip side is we could have been down 3 or 4 goals after the first period if Pavs had not made some huge saves.
I thought Sopel looked horrible, despite having a goal. I’ve never seen a defenseman that absolutely refuses to play the body in the low slot. Jeez, at least let the guy know you are there. I’m not sure why we had him killing penalties.
Kulda looked completely lost the first two periods. Played a little better in the third.
Somebody tell Bogo you don’t take slap shot after slap shot from the blue line when you have a two man advantage.
Buff did NOT have a good game.
Burmistrov played a solid game. His speed really gave the Canes problems.
In summary, I’ve never seen a team so hesitant to take the body. One of the basics for hockey is “finish you check”. The Thrashers let a guy make a pass and then just skate right by him.

Fan from Carolina

February 6th, 2011
8:26 am

I also watched Eager yesterday afternoon and he looked like a player I would want on my team. I wonder what really happened here (behind the scenes) with the Thrashers? I also watched the Montreal game still waiting for them to fade. Completely wrong in my assessment mainly due to overlooking the playoff studs in Gionta and Gomez who have carried them to many wins down the stretch. How did NJ let these two guys go?

Brian west palm beach

February 6th, 2011
8:27 am

Pull the f-ing trigger duds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thrash head

February 6th, 2011
8:35 am

And I forgot to say “Stapleton is a JOKE”. He skates around like a 12 year kid at “public session”.

Fan from Carolina

February 6th, 2011
8:39 am

If you don’t feel like watching all the Super Bowl nonsense leading up to the game tonight and really like hockey in general, there is a Caps/Pens game on NBC at 12:30 today followed by Lightning/Blues at 3:00 if you have NHL Center Ice featuring one of the best announcers in hockey (IMO) in John Kelly. Sounds just like his dad Dan Kelly who broadcast for years and years back in the 60’s and 70’s. Yeah, I’m getting old. The hockey version of the Carays (Harry and Skip). Well, I just looked at the Center Ice lineup and only one broadcast is being shown. Hoping it is the St Louis feed and not the Lightning one with the stammering ‘Chief’. Have a good Sunday everyone!!

Buff-n-stuff

February 6th, 2011
8:51 am

Of course, after llast night’s loss, the “Winnepeg Rumors” started again on the ESPN Rumor Mill…..says, “Looks like Winnepeg Finally Gets Their Team”…..GREAT !!!!

Marcus Valdes

February 6th, 2011
8:56 am

I hate to see everybody giving up on the team. We’ve had a great run, followed by a mediocre run. If we start playing 30 percent better, we are in the playoffs in my mind. At that point, as everyone knows, anything can happen. Agree we need a trade, but let’s not give up on our team so easily. I think that is one problem with Atlanta fans in general. Too fair weather. LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!

Cup Guy

February 6th, 2011
9:09 am

Hey rawhide and fellow readers. I was personally at the game last night. I want to get a few things straight about the goaltending.

Pavs was game on! He played one hell of a game. He only gave up one bad goal. That was the stall goal. He made the initial save but gave a big rebound up and while trying to straighten up gave up a 5 hole goal. Goal number 2 was absolutely beautiful for the canes. As a hockey fan you have to say it was sick. He used our defenseman as a screen and shot high blocker side. It was a perfect shot! Goal 3 was awful defense on our end. Pavs got hung out to dry on that one. And goal 4 was a deflection off of a sliding bogo. It was a little weak but when you talk about deflections it is what if is.
The effort was truly there tonight. It was the first game since the break where I saw real effort. Thursday was a garbage game and we don’t need to mention Tuesday. Here is the problem with our effort. It was good. The coach and players are happy with good. But this is the fracking NHL. Good gets you a lose or if you are lucky 1 lousy point. Everyone always days well at least we got one point. Frack that point! You learn more from a loss bc you don’t have that attitude “well at least we got a point. ”
All you bandwagoneers this is your exit. Please get off and never get back on. Atlanta has other teams that like you type of people. Hockey is for real fans that bleed with the team and heal with the
team. I read all your comments about how we will never amount to anything or telling me to quit bringing the cup. You guys are just as bad as saber fans if not worse. What this team needs is real fans that will come into the building and cheer the whole game. At the top of your lungs. Who have to call out of work the next day bc they can’t talk. We need “Thrashvillians” to show up. Those are people who attend these road games. Who recruit friends from work. Who buy tickets just go give away to people they don’t know. I commend everyone that came last night. I even commend the caniacs who were very hospitable. It was a good game with the team that gave the great effort winning.
The Cup will always be there regardless of what you think or request bc he is a true fan. Cup Guy Jr will always be there bc he is a true fan that understands the game. Rabid fan will be there bc he gets the ups and the downs. Rawhide will be there (unless his bride says otherwise) bc he makes up part of the team. All the true fans of Thrasherville make up a part of Atlanta Thrashers!

Jake

February 6th, 2011
9:22 am

Still looking for insight from someone — Rawhide? VIvlamore — about why Thrashers are consistently outshot. And what, exactly, is Ramsey’s defensive philosophy? The only thing I’ve seen are his comments about wanting defensemen to join the rush. Whether Pavelec was off or on last night is beside the point; the truth is, the guy’s got to be shell-shocked by now. He’s faced so many shots he should be treated for post traumatic stress disorder. I agree with comments above about the Thrashers failure to hit anyone. There is no pride at the defensive end and, generally speaking, no “attitude.” I hope I’m wrong, but while Ramsey is a slight improvement over Anderson in terms of teaching, he appears to lack the aptitude and the attitude to lead a first-rate program. In other words, he’s better off as what he was before he got here — an assistant.

Hockeynut

February 6th, 2011
9:29 am

Move the team to Winnipeg and get it over because Atlanta does not supports this team anyway, last night was not what we expect to see so say hello to the cellar which is just around the corner and get rid of that GM we have what a waste………….

Joe Friday

February 6th, 2011
9:31 am

Anyone hear why Coach benched Buf late with a must win game on the line?

Anyone have an insight into why coach keeps playing Modin and Stapelton and has Boulton riding the pine?

Anyone have an insight into why Dudley has made no move when it’s been apparent we needed one for over a month?

Bueller? Bueller?

Rawhide

February 6th, 2011
9:32 am

Cup Guy – You all came through loud and clear last night. A very good showing by Thrasherville in Hurricane Alley.

Jake – I think you answered your own question by saying, “I agree with comments above about the Thrashers failure to hit anyone. There is no pride at the defensive end and, generally speaking, no “attitude.””

Fan from Carolina – I’ll be checking out the Bolts-Blues matchup. At least I’ll know who to root for/against in that game.

Joe Friday

February 6th, 2011
9:40 am

“Pavs was game on! He played one hell of a game. He only gave up one bad goal. That was the stall goal. He made the initial save but gave a big rebound up and while trying to straighten up gave up a 5 hole goal. Goal number 2 was absolutely beautiful for the canes. As a hockey fan you have to say it was sick. He used our defenseman as a screen and shot high blocker side. It was a perfect shot! Goal 3 was awful defense on our end. Pavs got hung out to dry on that one. And goal 4 was a deflection off of a sliding bogo.”

I agree with you, Pavs played fine, our d was woeful again defending the rush. But Staal’s first goal went top shelf where Cup Guy Jr. hides the Playboys from momma. Goal 3 was the deflection off of Bogo’s stick, Pavs had no chance on it. I think Goal 2 was and I know Goal 4 was where Oduya was backpedaling out of the way letting them rush right into our zone and get a shot off from the scoring zone.

Someone needs to teach Oduya and Bogosian to quit backpedaling their way into no man’s land . . . get in his grill and stand the guy up!

Red Light

February 6th, 2011
9:40 am

It’s a meaningless stat, sort of, but since Jan. 2 the Thrashers have had the lead in 12 of the 14 games they have played but managed to lose 10 of them in the process.

Also of interest, is the fact that the Thrashers have had just four wins (Wash.-Dec 4, Toronto-Dec. 20, NJ-Dec. 18 and Wash-Jan. 26) since Dec. 1 where they scored first, held the lead throughout and won the game. They have won 11 games since the six-game winning streak ended on Dec. 2.

Thrashers were 13-9-3 on Nov. 30, while the Canes were 10-11-3, or six points behind. The Canes earned 11 points in the next 7 games, but by the first game after Christmas, they were still just 15-15-4, while the Thrashers were 19-13-5 and held a nine-point lead on the Canes.

Tampa Bay was just 2 points ahead of the Thrashers prior to the Dec. 26 game with 2 games in hand, and Washington also had 45 points. Florida had 32 points going into their game vs Boston Dec. 27.

Look at the standings today and you’ll see Tampa with 24 points since Dec. 26, Washington with 21, Carolina with 26 points, the Panthers with 20 and the Thrashers with 15. That is a ton of lost points within your own division.

Thump or Thud?

Red Light

February 6th, 2011
9:43 am

Joe Friday:

Take a look at the replay of Sutter’s goal and that might be the reason Buff was “admonished.” He was statuesque at center ice.

Thrasher

February 6th, 2011
9:44 am

Who are you fooling? They are not making the playoffs because those are the thrashers and this is Atlanta. We are losers, just ask the hawks, braves and recently falcons. We know constructions and building houses for nobody to live in, that is all.

jimbo

February 6th, 2011
9:46 am

5-10-5 says it all. This was not simply a collapse after the All Star break but a train wreck a long time in motion. And, what do Duds and Mr Peepers Ramsey do about it? Tiny Time and Freddy. We stink like day old sushi and there is no light at the end of the tunnel only another oncoming seat on the sideline at playoff time. Say goodnight guys.

alex

February 6th, 2011
9:51 am

agree this cheap roster played as good as there’s skill level permit. on Friday saw very emotional gearon on hawks basketball, but they not coming closely 10 miles to Philips when thrashers playing. i think they hate hockey surely understand nothing in this great simple game. it’s above there’s brains. what i anxious to know is officially this team for sale like sabres or they looking only for investors. but this is minor asg bunch of fat losers. 2 years from they also going to at least 10year recession with lively basketball. they operate both team with same cheap brainless method.

moriler

February 6th, 2011
10:01 am

Same old folks whining about how a trade should’ve been done by now, and same old folks never naming any names they’d go for or give up. Put up or shut up, children. (And don’t include that first-rounder, that and second-rounders are the only picks that are really reliable in the NHL draft) Yep, I think we need a trade too — but I don’t see anyone we can get that won’t cost us an arm and a leg. Dudley’s gonna have to fleece someone to make it work.

Hate to say it, but Pavs should’ve stopped that third goal. Bad time for him to have a bad night, especially when the team was out there pickin’ him up. Not much more to say, really; you can’t bust on Pavs because he’s been the only guy out there a lot of nights. Just plain old bad timing.

World Be Free

February 6th, 2011
10:14 am

Not much fun on the blog again today. The enthusiasm of December is gone in both the team and the fans. I would be upset had they lost by 3-4 goals in Carolina, but lose in OT and say the world is over is a bit of a stretch. Good fans seem to maintain some type of optimism, or why waste your time watch the game or taking time to post your thoughts on a blog?

Trades-so few teams selling and so many teams buying is going to push the price of quality players up beyond their actual value. That’s why Dudley has not made a deal yet folks, not because he does not know what he is doing. If we want Hemsky, we will need to give up and #1 and Kulda for a player making $4M who is only signed through next season. Anyone on this blog willing to pay that price?

Ironically, we have a parallel team in the West in the Columbus Blue Jackets. Like the Thrashers, they have only been to the playoffs once losing to the Red Wings in a short series. The once-high enthusiasm that existes in Columbus is gone too. The Avalache, Stanley Cup winners in the 90’s are having a tough time getting people into the arean in Denver, a real good sports city.

And so it goes…..

World Be Free

February 6th, 2011
10:19 am

I am not saying anyone is wrong for being pissed. You all have a right to be. I am pretty uphappy right now too. I am not being Mr. Pollyanna