Loss to Senators just more of the same for Thrashers

After last night’s most recent setback for the Thrashers, there were a lot of familiar lines coming from the losing locker room. It’s understandable I suppose…there’s really only so many ways you can describe yet another loss that materialized in much the same way a number of game have previously.

To illustrate this, let’s play a little game this morning, shall we? We’ll call this “The Now or Then Quote Game”. Basically, I’ll give to a few quotes that were attributed to players or the head coach following a loss. All you have to do is guess which one was said after last night’s 3-1 loss to Ottawa or after a previous defeat.

Oh, and no cheating, gang. No flipping back through previous game reports to match the quote with the game. Try to see if you can do this on your own.

OK…here’s the first group of quotes to play with:

1. “We all feel frustrated…we talk so much about shooting the puck at the goalie’s feet, and then we shoot it into his mid-section”

2. “It’s frustrating. We’re losing these games and we’re losing ground in the standings.”

3. It’s frustrating. We feel we are playing OK. But we are not getting the job done”

Losing can be “frustrating”, and that’s been a very common word used in the Thrashers locker room recently. One of those statement came from coach Craig Ramsay flowing the 3-1 loss to Montreal earlier in the week while the other two were offered up by Chris Mason…one last night and the other last Friday to sum up his thoughts about losing to Florida in a shootout.

As the Ottawa Senators celebrate one of their goals, Thrashers defenseman Zach Bogosian seemingly looks to the heavens trying to figure out a way to describe this latest defeat (AP Photo/John Amis)

As the Ottawa Senators celebrate one of their goals, Thrashers defenseman Zach Bogosian seemingly looks to the heavens trying to figure out a way to describe this latest defeat (AP Photo/John Amis)

Here’s another set of quotes for you to choose whether it came last night or some time ago:

1. “I thought we played extremely well and unfortunately…”.

2. “We’ve been doing a lot of good things lately”.

3. “We played good. We should have won”

4. “I think we are playing extremely well…but you still have to score”

Yeah…I know. This is a pretty tough game to play, isn’t it? One of those quotes came last night, one was offered up following the 5-3 loss in Edmonton, another came following the 4-2 loss to the Flames and one from the Montreal game on Tuesday.

But really…you could mix and match up any of them and attributed them to any one of several games since the All Star Game.

Read for round three? OK then, here is another crop of quotes following Thrashers losses recently:

1. “I think perhaps we need to take more pucks to the net with our big bodies”.

2. “We didn’t go to the net hard so he probably saw every possible shot”.

3. “We’re putting the puck on net, and sooner or later it’s bound to go in”.

Are ya dizzy yet?

One of the above quotes came from Nik Antropov last night, one from Ramsay after the loss to the Habs and the other came after the defeat in the desert to the Coyotes.

For five straight games now the Thrashers have put 40 or more shots on the opponents net. Unfortunately all they have accomplished by doing it has been to greatly enhance that goalie’s saves percentage numbers. They are 1-3-1 in those five games and have found the net just 7 times while taking 214 shots.

Heck, Fredrik Modin was able to pot 7 on just 51 SOG while a member of this team.

And now, one last group of random quotes for you to ponder. Again, unless you’ve memorized all of Chris Vivlamore’s post-game reports, I think you’ll have tough time figuring out which one came from what game.

1. “We found a way to play another great game… We did what we wanted to do. We were very aggressive. We showed some real speed up the ice. Then, pucks didn’t go in again”

2. “When you’re going through these stretches, the key issue probably is to try to score a couple early and get everybody on a roll, get everybody feeling good about what’s going on, not saying, ‘Oh my God, here we go again’”.

3. “It just seems like one little breakdown and it ends up in the back of our net”.

4. “Seems like it’s the same story after every game. There’s an intangible that’s missing, and we need to find out what that may be. We keep losing games and losing points”.

Two of those quotes came from coach Ramsay, one from last night the other after the loss to the Panthers last week. One came from the mouth of defenseman Zach Bogosian as he sat in his locker following the Senators game.

The fourth quote is credited to now-former Thrasher Rich Peverley while out in Phoenix. I would dare to speculate he doesn’t need to worry about his current team needing to find that certain “missing intangible” component.

OK, so I gave that one away.

Playoffs? P-Playoffs? Are you kidding me… playoffs?

Continuing with our Fun and Games Friday theme…I leave you with this last simple question to ponder. Do you believe that the Thrashers postseason hopes evaporated in the wake of an embarrassing loss to a team sitting at the bottom of the conference standings?

I would argue that the answer is, “Yes…yes they most certainly did”.

However, I would contest that it wasn’t the most recent debacle that sealed their fate, but rather it was a couple weeks ago when they blew a 3-1 third period lead in losing to the Oilers. And all that we’ve witness since then is simply the residue that came from that heaping, steaming pile of FAIL that was dropped on the ice in Edmonton.

After that demoralizing defeat, I remember thinking to myself that was the type of loss a team just does not recover from. At least, that is, not one that the head coach has labeled as “fragile”…and especially not a team in which said coach has displayed no ability to properly address the problems plaguing the team.

What was once “A bounce here or a bounce there…”, for John Anderson has now been replaced with Ramsay’s “We played hard and did good things, but…”. Because of that, as this season winds to a close I would suspect we should prepare ourselves for more quotes from he and his locker room that read much like those found above.

“We didn’t go to the net hard so he probably saw every possible shot”…

“It’s frustrating. We’re losing these games and we’re losing ground in the standings”…

“I think we are playing extremely well…but you still have to score”…

“It was very somber at the moment. That was a game we felt we should have won”…

“It just seems like one little breakdown and it ends up in the back of our net”…

“We didn’t go to the net hard so he probably saw every possible shot”…

Etc, etc., etc…etc…

147 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

March 4th, 2011
11:36 am

R. Stroz

March 4th, 2011
11:46 am

I have another game to play, fill in the blank..such as

The Thrashers couldn’t score at …………..

Here are a few examples to get you started…

The Thrashers couldn’t score at a cougar convention after Bon Jovi played in concerrt.

The Thrashers couldn’t score at an orgy.

Npw, it’s your turn

Mooseberg

March 4th, 2011
11:46 am

No skill, no system, no points, can’t hardly watch anymore = Thrashers

Dwayne

March 4th, 2011
11:48 am

Dwayne

March 4th, 2011
11:48 am

a sex addicts meeting

Dwayne

March 4th, 2011
11:49 am

a empty net 10 minutes after the opposition left the ice

Dwayne

March 4th, 2011
11:52 am

I’m still holding out hope for a miracle. I know that is sad, but i still love the Thrashers….sniff, sniff

:(

March 4th, 2011
11:53 am

Yeah, I have to say I gave up on playoffs after the Edmonton game. The Carolina game happened right after a win so I was still feeling good there, and the Phoenix game was kind of messed up by that questionable goal so the loss didn’t feel as bad. But yeah, that Edmonton game was pretty much it. We can’t even beat the Oilers, the worst team in the league, when carrying a 3-1 lead in the third. And last night showed that we also can’t beat the Senators, the second worst team in the league, when the game is tied 1-1 in the third.

This is getting embarrassing. I’m expecting a lottery pick at this rate.

:(

March 4th, 2011
11:54 am

Wait ii was 2-1 in the third last night, not tied. Whatever. We still suck.

BLUELANDbeliever

March 4th, 2011
11:54 am

Well, it is frustrating. I dont understand why this is happening. Granted last nights play wasnt the best but Tuesday was just a dagger in the heart. COME ON GUYS! QUIT WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO STEP UP! SCORE DAMNIT!!!!!!!!! LETS GO

Putting On The Foil

March 4th, 2011
12:00 pm

In total agreement Rawhide. I alluded to these same type quotes on a previous blog (yours or Viv’s, don’t remember), but for a coach who over-analyzed every aspect of the game when the Thrashers were winning earlier in the year, these quotes are almost comical when they are losing.

Matt

March 4th, 2011
12:01 pm

This team is absolute garbage. Just pathetic. I can’t find a single silver lining.

Always Hoping

March 4th, 2011
12:01 pm

…….a Bingo game for the blind!

World Be Free

March 4th, 2011
12:03 pm

Kinda reminds me of a line from “The Natural”

“Losing is a disease”

Hey Rawhide, thanks for the Jim Mora quote. Another one my favorites from Jim, after a loss-
“We didn’t do diddly poo out there today”.

“Playoffs, are you kidding me? I just want a win. Don’t be talking about playoffs!”

ZAvalanche

March 4th, 2011
12:06 pm

The worst game for Thrashy was not the drubbing by Toronto. I agree with blog master that the end came in the loss to Edmonton. Good teams, on average, win when heading into the 3rd with a 2 goal lead. Do I think everybody on the team has given up? No. Hockey players aren’t like NFL or NBA players and take their pride very seriously. We just don’t have the horses for the race.

SportsFan

March 4th, 2011
12:07 pm

The 50/50 ticket draw last night was $256….nice to see the fan support is alive and kicking! lol

Mr. Heat Miser

March 4th, 2011
12:08 pm

Glad I watched this “Brutally Good” game from the confines of my couch last night.

Always Hoping

March 4th, 2011
12:13 pm

“The 50/50 ticket draw last night was $256….nice to see the fan support is alive and kicking! lol”

Even funnier was the “Scana Energy Hot Seat” game was done during a Ottawa power play. The only consolation was the “hottie” playing the game.

A close 2nd was the $5 Home Depot Gift Card handed out during another game.

Stan Drulia

March 4th, 2011
12:29 pm

Yep, the Edmonton game was pretty much the final nail in the coffin. If someone would have told me in December that we weren’t even going to get the eigth spot I would have laughed in their face. Was sure this time was for real. They let me down again. And then to top it all off with this ownership garbage???!!! Man, tough times being a Thrashers fan right now.

Sage of Bluesland

March 4th, 2011
12:32 pm

It looks like Mr. Heat Miser is finally getting it….It’s been years, I’m sure, but welcome to reality and sanity.

Nice article, RH–but it’s funny how the more things change in Thrashersland, the more they stay the same.

Precisely why I laugh at the “all we have to do” tactical-proclamations which are nothing more than fools-gold…submitted by fools, too.

The problem is purely strategic in scope and effect. Ownership-management and talent-evaluation-acquisition-preparation…It’s funny how the “Legends of Blueland” never really make an impact on the parent-club, isn’t it?

I’ll give the odds at one-year before the peanut-gallery starts criticizing the signing of Big-Puff…

(Yep, the more things change, the more they stay the same….Some just “know all along” a little bit quicker than others…)

Hand Ov Thrawn

March 4th, 2011
12:32 pm

After watching the last few games, we couldn’t even beat the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Not Blind

March 4th, 2011
12:33 pm

I see one of the problems – accountability. They say “WE”. They need to be saying “I”. “I didn’t go to the net” “I didn’t play hard in the corners” “I didn’t hustle to back check”. If the individuals not doing all the things needed to be successful would admit it maybe the shame would make them try harder next game.

Hoof Arted

March 4th, 2011
12:35 pm

In what may be a feeble attempt to pull this fine blog out of the gutter, let me respond to R. Stroz’s game bay saying, “The Thrashers could score at….a point in the schedule when their season depended on it”. Because that has been exactly the case these past few games.

Oh and BlogMaster, is it too late to change my vote last week from “Wait until the season is over” to “Fire Ramsay now”? Yeah it may be too late to salvage this season but it’s clear he simply has no response for the Thrashers problems now.

Shawn@GSG

March 4th, 2011
12:35 pm

I can’t even watch the games anymore – too pathetic. I just wait for the scoring alerts to go off from my phone while I do something more constructive. Maybe we need Charlie Sheen to buy this team to start “WINNING” ha ha…

Monkey

March 4th, 2011
12:36 pm

Left the game early last night…not as early as the players. Not fun anymore.

Only thing getting to the game tomorrow is a tailgate in the Gulch with friends.

Thrashers27

March 4th, 2011
12:38 pm

Yep, I’m hangin ‘em up for the season. In the words of the eternal Cubs fan…”next year”.

R. Stroz

March 4th, 2011
12:42 pm

The Thrashers couldn’t score at a bowling alley with bumpers blocking the gutters.

Alan R.

March 4th, 2011
12:42 pm

The Thrashers couldn’t score at tee-ball.

ZAvalanche

March 4th, 2011
12:46 pm

SOB, man, I am glad I don’t live in your dark world. Yes, having a sucky team, well,…………sucks. Not having a team sucks more. If you wont support them through rough times you cannot b!tch about the prospect of losing them. If you only want to support good teams then go defecate on some other team’s blog.

Hoof Arted

March 4th, 2011
12:47 pm

These Thrashers probably couldn’t score on last year’s Thrashers.

Tell me again Bruce Levenson, are we moving in the right direction?

World Be Free

March 4th, 2011
12:49 pm

Stan, there’s a couple losses this season that I would look at as the of no return. The loss in Edmonton was certainly one that you could look at for sure. I thought the Carolina loss, 2-1 a few sundays back was the real back breaker–47 shots and one goal. In Edmonton, a clear case of not being to hold a lead, against Carolina, a case of not being able to close the deal. Discipline is major issue here.

And it’s the old Brooklyn Dodger fans that used to say “wait till next year”. Took them 65 years to win a World Series.

Rawhide

March 4th, 2011
12:53 pm

Tell me again Bruce Levenson, are we moving in the right direction?

Hoof Arted – The only way this organization will be “moving in the right direction” is when Bruce and the rest of the ownership cluster move out of the picture.

(Coach) Lawrence Welk

March 4th, 2011
1:06 pm

Wunnerful, Wunnerful. Tonight our top line features the lovely Lennon Sisters, while Bobby and Cissy dance in defense. And now, until we meet again – Audios, Au revoir, Auf Wiedershen. Good night everybody!

Hoof Arted

March 4th, 2011
1:09 pm

What did Mark Stuart say when he came off his 4-day drinking binge?

“I signed a three-year contract with WHO…?”

Joe McGrath

March 4th, 2011
1:33 pm

Any of you regulars have advice on how I can get the cheapest ticket for best seats. Please, no jokes about “stay home, it’s not worth it” etc. We’re attending because I’ve promised all year we’d see a game. I’m monitoring Stub Hub, and I’m only seeing lower bowl seats for about $39 (currently). SHould I hold out.
And on a second note, my second team, the Nashville Preds, shutout the Canucks in Vancouver 3-0 to leap into the 7th palyoff spot in the WC.

Wayne stuck in AL

March 4th, 2011
1:43 pm

I gave up on this team exactly a month ago; I’m surprised no one else has either.

Craig Ramsay = John Anderson.

Diddly Poo

March 4th, 2011
1:50 pm

The Thrashers don’t even deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as me…they are beyond diddly poo, they are wretched excrement.

Thrashy Thrashy

March 4th, 2011
1:53 pm

being Thrashers head coach = hopeless situation

Dustin Byfuglien

March 4th, 2011
1:54 pm

I stood still and waited for Toby to collect the loose puck so I could move up the ice, but it went in off my skate. I’m going to get new skates with shorter blades.

Joe Friday

March 4th, 2011
2:00 pm

Good to see Coach Ramsay’s new system is working great. Wait, what?

Good to see the Buf got so lucky to have that shot go in, after all he shot is so hard! Wait, what?

Great to see Enstrom allow it all to happen for Buf with that fantastic pass he made to him getting the primary assist, I can’t believe Oduya, Hainsey, Bogosian and Stuart can’t get any assists passing to Buf. Wait, what?

Playoffs have been out of the picture for quite some time. There’s still a good young core here, hope in the new ownership that should be in place by next year, and if we can sign a couple top end guys with the new owner’s money and get a real coach, then next year should be looking good.

Alan R.

March 4th, 2011
2:13 pm

The Thrashers couldn’t score at pinball.

The Thrashers couldn’t score at an empty net

ben

March 4th, 2011
2:17 pm

@Mr. Tiller,
these owners have been emotionally, psychologically, and intellectually out of the picture for a long time. We need them financially out as well.

Jason

March 4th, 2011
2:18 pm

The Thrashers couldn’t score at baseball (admittedly, I get confused on how to properly record foul outs in my scorebook as well).

Smoothie

March 4th, 2011
2:24 pm

Joe McGrath – just wait it out my friend. I got two in 122, row L yesterday late morning for the Sens game for the whopping low price of $10 each with printing & “admin” fees. Saturday may be a bit higher demand but you should be able to do better than $39 the day of.

HockeyGoon79

March 4th, 2011
2:24 pm

It’s a cryng shame to look at where this team is after where they were at the midpoint of the season, a total disgrace. Ramsay has had more than enough time to turn this around and he’s proven he can’t.

Crying shame, it is.

Smoothie

March 4th, 2011
2:29 pm

Joe – the only reason we scored is because #5 knocked Wheeler into Anderson. If he wasn’t so green, he’d know that Wheeler wouldn’t have tipped it anyway and probably would have skated to the other side so Anderson would have a clean view of the shot.

Smoothie

March 4th, 2011
2:45 pm

“The word of the afternoon in the potential sale of the Thrashers, Hawks & Philips…OPTIMISM Significant progress being made towards offer!”

From John Kincade’s lips to God’s ears we hope!

Anyone around here know what the word “optimism” means though? Sage?

Acer

March 4th, 2011
2:51 pm

I’m already sick of Kincade’s Eklund style rumors. His latest tweet can be interpreted in many ways.

SomaAtl95

March 4th, 2011
2:51 pm

I tweeted in my own frustration last night as the game progressed:
First Period: Tonights Thrashers game brought to you by AT&T – because Atlanta keeps telegraphing their shots on goal.
Second Period: The Thrashers should call Stella and talk. They need to get their groove back.
Third Period: It’s good the Thrashers have The Home Depot as a sponsor… they’re experts at digging holes.
After Mason allows yet another point: Mason, why can’t you be more like Opie?
and after hearing McConnell say “The Thrasher need a pair” I laughed and told my wife, “Yes they definitely do need a pair, they aren’t playing like it” and was just so disgusted that I stopped caring about hockey for a little while.
I love the Thrashers and want them to stay in Atlanta, but after this string of games I feel like I have “Battered Fan Syndrome”, we as fans can only say for so long that the Thrashers are better than this before we give up on them.
Hopefully the ownership situation is fixed in this off season – if we suck this bad in the future we need to not worry about Canada wanting our team, they actually want teams that know how to win or at least some expectation of winning.
Tired of Atlanta staying “Loserville”

40yrs

March 4th, 2011
3:24 pm

Sitting at the game last night I started wondering what it takes to get the fans to boo this team. Are we that used to bad hockey that is all expect?

I read the local news of the city I grew up that has a hockey team and when the fans think they are not playing well or showing no effort they boo. When the period ends they sarcastically cheer.

I say we need to let the players know how unhappy we are. Not by staying home but by BOOING AS LOUD AS WE CAN!!!!!

I still have my bag don’t make me use it again.