Thrashers vs. Devils – A tale of two teams

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

I take you back to December 18, 2010, the last time the New Jersey Devils played in Atlanta. They slumped out of town after being drubbed 7-1 behind an Eric Boulton hat trick and their overall record fell to 9-21-2. The Thrashers, however, saw their position in the NHL standings elevate to 18-11-5 and the 41 points earned after just 31 games were enough to place them atop the Southeast Division.

The lone goal scored by the visiting team that night was former Thrashers Ilya Kovalchuk. It was only his 8th of the season thus far.

We in Thrasherville were dancing in the streets with joy as we experience a type of success not often seen in these parts. Two days after crushing the Devils, they traveled to Toronto and blew away the Leafs 6-3 and whispers of “Jack Adams” floated around Craig Ramsay. Truly, it was the best of times.

Devils fans, on the other hand, were left dealing with the exact same kind of misery we usually are accustomed to…losing and lingering around the bottom of the standings. Surely it was among the worst of times for them.

Oh how times have changed.

The following week, following a 5-1 loss to Washington, the Devils relieved head coach John MacLean. 9 wins in 33 games, it would seem, is unacceptable for the New Jersey organization. That, plus it would appear there is no rule up there which states that a long-time assistant and AHL coach must be given a year or two into his first NHL head coaching job before determining whether or not things are working out.

Stepping back behind the bench for the Devils was their former coach Jacques Lemaire and the rest, as they say, is history.

After losing 5-1 to the Islanders, 4-1 to Toronto and 3-1 to the Rangers, the Devils welcomed in the Atlanta Thrashers for a New Years Eve matchup. The result was a 3-1 win for the Devils. They used that victory to then catapult themselves to a 30-7-2 record so far in calendar year 2011…including a ridiculous 20-2-2 run.

As for that Kovalchuk fellow…he’s netted 10 goals and 9 assists in the last 17 games, six of which were game-winners. Oh yeah…and he’s a +11 in those games as well.

In their most recent game they fell 2-1 to the last place in the east Ottawa Senators, but the Devils still remain as hot as the flames of Hell. So much so that Lemaire is now being given serious consideration for the Jack Adams Award… even if they do fail to make the playoffs.

Conversely… even though the Thrashers have found a way to win two straight games in overtime this past week, they’ve sunk like a rock in the standings in the past several weeks. Since we watched the Devils slip out of town with their forked tails tucked between their legs last December, they have gone 10-17-6…8-13-5 since the defeat in New Jersey to end 2010…4-9-2 since the All Star break.

Only three times since the Thrashers high-water mark last December have they denied an opponent two points for a win or even one consolation point for at least getting the game into overtime. They’ve procured 24 points in the standings since then, but have given away 42.

Too many times we’ve seen a minor setback in a game turn into a major crisis. One goal scored against us turned into a second one seconds later…three or four more before all was said and done. Skaters have quit before the second period was complete, pucks wind up in our goal after a failure to clear the defensive zone, the offense went AWOL for a period of time and adjustments made by the opposition went unanswered.

Now, as the two teams again prepare to face off at Philips Arena just three months later…they both find themselves clinging to their slim postseason chances, each with little to no margin of error remaining to play with.

As for the Thrashers, I would think that unless they can extend their current two-game winning streak to four, five or even six games with wins over the Devils and Philadelphia Flyers their hopes for the playoffs are all but gone. If they are unable to do so, then the remaining games will serve only to determine where they’ll end up in this summer’s draft.

But as we’ve seen with New Jersey, until a team is mathematically eliminated anything can happen. That’s why they play the games after all.

Regardless, when you watch these two teams take the ice tonight you’ll be watching a tale of two different teams…two different organizations…play out the final chapters of a season that has taken two separate paths since they last met here.

128 comments Add your comment

Red Light

March 11th, 2011
11:09 am

Ilya Kovalchuk averaged 300 shots-on-goal per season for his last seven seasons in Atlanta, and took 12.7% of all Thrashers shots from the start of the 2005-06 season to Feb. 2, 2010 (and that stat includes 10 games he missed due to injury). In NJ, he has taken 11.1% of all Devils shots (including one missed game), but is averaging a half-shot less per game for the Devils.

I’m afraid the king of all shot-hogs, however, is Ovechkin, who has taken 16.7% of all Capitals shots since the start of the 2005-06 season, averaging 5.33 shots per game.

Since Lemaire left after last season, he has coached 10 new players (since coming back to NJ in late December) that weren’t on the roster last April.

Another must-win game, the third this week!

Red Light

March 11th, 2011
11:12 am

Stats of former Thrashers playing against their former team…
Gm. G A P +/-
Heatley 18 10 9 19 -1
Hossa 4 4 2 6 +6
Kovalchuk 3 2 0 2 -3
Savard 16 2 13 15 +8
Dupuis 12 0 2 2 +2
Belanger 6 1 1 2 +4
Brunette 9 6 6 12 -1

Alan R.

March 11th, 2011
11:12 am

Another must-win game, the third this week!

If we lose this one, though, we might as well start planning for the lotto.

Red Light

March 11th, 2011
11:15 am

Blake Wheeler talked about Craig Ramsay and how he hasn’t changed his approach from his days as a Bruins assistant to being the Thrashers head coach.

“He’s identical. He hasn’t changed a bit. I am really excited about the opportunity to play for Rammer because, myself included, everyone in Boston just loved him as an assistant coach. He was just a really popular assistant on our team, someone who guys always looked to for honest advice. He never sugarcoats anything. When I came here, I was probably expecting him to be a bit more serious or a little bit different, but he’s the same exact guy. He is just so positive back there. He’ll let you know when you screw up and that’s what you want as a player, to hear how it is, and that’s what you get with Rammer.”

SomaAtl95

March 11th, 2011
11:21 am

Hoping for another unexpected Thrashers hattie tonight! Hopefully the October – November – December Thrashers are playing tonight because the Jan – Feb – March Thrashers have not been impressive.
Besides, I’m getting tired of some blogs referring to #17 as the “Leader” of the “Miracle Devils” Hopefully Kovy plays with as much care as he played here when writing was on the wall.
Will he be Booed every time he touches the puck?

JB

March 11th, 2011
11:24 am

he was last time. he was my favorite player when he was here and pretty much the reason I became a thrashers fanatic and I even caught myself booing him every time he had the puck.

…beer might have had something to do with it :-)

ZAvalanche

March 11th, 2011
11:46 am

Before I get on with the Devils, just want to share an interesting article regarding the Chara hit, Air Canada threatening to remove their NHL sponsorship, and Bettman firing back. Written by Adrian Dater from the Denver Post (certainly no C-Viv or Rawhide), but good writing and info at any rate. Check it: http://blogs.denverpost.com/avs/2011/03/10/air-canada-threatens-to-pull-nhl-sponsorship-over-player-safety-concerns-seven-years-after-sponsoring-games-in-which-todd-bertuzzi-has-played/6641/ .

Rawhide

March 11th, 2011
11:46 am

Another reminder for you all of the Thrashers viewing party at TJ tomorrow night. It’s located on Holcomb Bridge Road in Alpharetta.

If you’re attending, please be sure to bring food items for the drive to help stock Atlanta area food banks. You’ll receive a raffle ticket to win Thrashers items just for showing up plus additional ones for every 5 food item brought.

Hope to see yaou all there.

moriler

March 11th, 2011
11:51 am

At least one thing is good: if we make the playoffs this year, we’ll have been playing hot to do it. And history has shown across many sports that hot teams coming into the playoffs tend to outperform teams who’ve just coasted in.

Smoothie

March 11th, 2011
11:58 am

Kovy’s 22 goals, while a seemingly paltry sum for him as a Devil, would look mighty good right now in the Thrashers goals for column, eh? We’ve lost probably close to two dozen games by one goal and we’re 12-11 in OT/SO or something along those lines. Just think if we had Kovy’s 9 GWG in addition to Byfuglien’s 6 GWG. Oh wait, we’d have to have owner’s who gave a crap to pull that off. I daresay we’d be looking at a 4 or a 5 seed right about now despite our near 3.00 adjusted GA average.

Wayne stuck in AL

March 11th, 2011
12:02 pm

Jacques Lemaire > Craig Ramsay

BLUELANDbeliever

March 11th, 2011
12:05 pm

theres a reason we (i) call him kovalsuk and im pretty sure lemaire knows why. I miss his skill, not him.

ZAvalanche

March 11th, 2011
12:08 pm

I don’t know Smoothie, Kovy, while he is a good player, seemed to have a very childish attitude. Yes, if Thrashy could get the “I want to play hard” Kovy then yes, I would love to have him. He just plain gave up here and was collecting his check without regard to how he earns it.

Eileen

March 11th, 2011
12:10 pm

I will take Ladd’s 20 plus goals over Kovalchuk.

Tom Lysiak

March 11th, 2011
12:12 pm

Yep, big changes since that 7-1 blowout. I gleefully wore my #17 jersey that night with “Team Killer” taped over the previous name. It seemed to really be the case back then. Well, it appears Lou realized the coach and his system were the actual problem and voila….here we are. I’m not wishing #17 was still playing here as I believe it was time for a split. But, they have figured things out there and Lou is no longer a laughing stock around the league. I wish we could figure out the problem here (besides idiot ownership).

Tom Lysiak

March 11th, 2011
12:14 pm

Also, I thought Ladd’s signing was imminent???

World Be Free

March 11th, 2011
12:14 pm

I think we have booed Kovalchuk enough-time for the team to show Kovy he made a mistake by wanting to leave town by beating his team while they are not. Not to say he was wrong for wanting to follow the hockey crowd out of town-it’s the way it was done that stinks.

Saying it again-Buff on forward. He’s not the different on defense, so why not move him somewhere where he can truly make an impact? Observe the look on opposing defenses when he heads to the net-their shorts get a little heavy.

Red Light

March 11th, 2011
12:15 pm

Marty Brodeur has seven career shutouts against the Thrashers including five at Philips Arena.

h

March 11th, 2011
12:16 pm

Sorry Smoothie…I’ll take any of the other 28 players who have more goals (and better +/-) than him at a much cheaper price (other than Ovy who is more expensive…but I’d take him first too)…..Guess I’d take him over Kessel….maybe….but in theory, I agree that we could use another 20 goal scorer. Nobody woulkd deny that.

hip czech

March 11th, 2011
12:19 pm

and whispers of “Jack Adams” floated around Craig Ramsay

now there are screams of “Jack Daniels”

World Be Free

March 11th, 2011
12:22 pm

ZAvs-thank for the lnk, always good to get the perspective from other cities. I actually like Bettman’s retort-basically, the door wings both ways.

I like Air Canada, but I liked CP Air better when I flew them in the mid 80’s. The funniest things about Air Canada is when they have a flight delay because the plane is being cleaned-”stand by while the plane is being groomed”. I am flying in a plane or a dog?

hip czech

March 11th, 2011
12:31 pm

I’m still in the camp that Chara should have gotten some punishment…especially when the league turns around and hands Kubina a 3 game suspension the next day.

But, the civil authorities stepping in is idiotic, as is the Air Canada threat. If we go down that path then next time Cindy Crosby punches below the belt the state of Georgia can step in and press charges (though it might result in a hung jury).

LAC

March 11th, 2011
12:34 pm

Red Light, Yes Brodeur has whipped us several times… However on the last visit here we CHASED him as we have done four times in his career. He has handled us several times, but WE have handled him as well at times. I just hope we play a tough game with them and another 7-1 win would be…. refreshing !

World Be Free

March 11th, 2011
12:36 pm

hip-I am totally with you about the “authorities” getting involved in incidents like the Chara hit. Watch the nightly news and you can see the authorities have more important issues to tend to, Montreal included.

ZAvalanche

March 11th, 2011
12:37 pm

WBF, ha! I do like Air Canada as well. There is, to me, no comparison between the Bertuzzi incident and the Chara one. Interesting that Air Canada didn’t have much to say about Bertuzzi, perhaps because he was suspended. I still don’t think Chara deserves a suspension. I am trying to think of a way to make that area of the ice more safe but I am not coming up with much. It just is what it is. Any of our stat masters know if there are more injuries in the 16 game NFL season or the 82 game NHL schedule? Based on what I have found, injury rate for the NFL due to direct contact is way higher than in the NHL but one league aggrandizes it and one kind of does – I will let you guess which is which. But you don’t see Budweiser pulling their support when a player gets mowed. I am really wondering why Air Canada is doing this……..perhaps it is because Thrashy isn’t moving there………….

ZAvalanche

March 11th, 2011
1:00 pm

@ Blog Master

Thanks for your shout-out the other day, the AJC needs to pay your mortgage as this is one of the best hockey blogs on the planet, and is made even better by the folks who post here. Those who say hockey isn’t valid in the South are clearly wrong. Wish I could join you all at TJs, perhaps soon….. Go Thrashy! Make Brodeur and Kovalchoke eat crow!

KLS1

March 11th, 2011
1:06 pm

A win tonight will officially put this team on a roll. A loss and it is to the bottom we go. We really need to see a couple players step up and carry us to the playoffs.

Alan R.

March 11th, 2011
1:10 pm

Ben Wright reports that Mr. Benning has passed away. My heart goes out to his family. May he rest in peace.

http://bluelandblog.com/2011/03/11/some-sad-news/

AtlFlamesFan

March 11th, 2011
1:11 pm

Move the center-ice stanchions about 2 feet from the boards. At the blue line side of the benches, taper the last 8 feet of the glass away from the boards so the bench stanchion is also 2 feet from the boards.

ZAvalanche

March 11th, 2011
1:12 pm

KLS, agreed. Yet another defining moment. Anybody know the progress on Ladd signing? I would think that A$$G would want to put our important players on the payroll to attract new owners………as they did with Buffy. Keep it rolling.

AtlFlamesFan

March 11th, 2011
1:12 pm

I will no longer boo Kovy. If the reports are true, he refused to sign because ASG refused to guarentee that the Thrashers would not leave Atlanta. Bottom line: ASG!

ZAvalanche

March 11th, 2011
1:16 pm

AtlFlames – that is a good idea and I thought of a similar idea, but there is still a surface to run into. Only thing I can really think of to help is fully glass the whole boards, which would require the player to change lines through the doors only, or how about a gentle curve to the glass by the benches?

hip czech

March 11th, 2011
1:16 pm

It is sad news about Mr. Benning indeed, will be praying for Mrs. Benning.

Rawhide

March 11th, 2011
1:17 pm

RIP Mr. Benning.

God bless Mrs. Benning and the entire family. Very, very sad news indeed.

Come on Thrashers…let’s go out there and win this one for him and his lovely wife.

Joe Friday

March 11th, 2011
1:18 pm

“it appears Lou realized the coach and his system were the actual problem and voila”

What, you mean the Devils turned it all around just by getting rid of a coach and his system that didn’t work and instilling a coach who’s system does work? And this new coach did it with the same players? Man, I wonder if that would work here?!?

Joe Friday

March 11th, 2011
1:20 pm

Oh man, that is very sad. What a way to live your life now, taking your wife to the hockey game all dressed up, so late in your years. I will remember that fine gentleman and seek to emulate him in my advanced years, may your soul rest in peace and be welcomed by our Lord, Mr. Benning.

Thrashers27

March 11th, 2011
1:22 pm

RIP, Mr. Benning. You will be missed in Thrasherville!

AtlFlamesFan

March 11th, 2011
1:29 pm

Per the article, Mr. Benning earned a Purple Heart storming the beaches of Normandy.

Red Light

March 11th, 2011
1:30 pm

Excerpts from Star Ledger article from today!

“If they sell (tickets) to people who care about hockey, I’m sure they will survive,” Kovalchuk said. “I don’t know about Winnipeg. I don’t think the guys (players) want to go because this is a great city. When we made the playoffs here a couple of years ago this city was buzzing. We sold out every game. At some point ownership has to do something.”

He would like to see the Thrashers stay.

“I would like to come back here and play against them. Like I said, I have a lot of great memories from this city and I still have strong feelings for the team. I care about them,” he said.

“It would be difficult if they moved. I wouldn’t be hurt, but I want them to do well. I remember the fans. They are really patient fans. They’re very disappointed in the way they’ve been treated by ownership. The problem is not going to go away in one day.”

http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2011/03/devils_2.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Hoof Arted

March 11th, 2011
1:31 pm

Oh my, what sad news today about Mr. Benning passing away. My prayers go out to his whole family.

I remember when BlogMaster and those who read it efforted the drive to get he and Mrs. Benning voted as the 7th fan Award winners. It was some of the best stuff to come out of a fan base I’ve ever seen.

For those who may not remember, read some of the comments here in support of this wonderful couple.

http://blogs.ajc.com/iceman-thrashers-blog/2010/03/18/kiss-cam-couple-for-7th-fan-update-and-un-good-math/

RIP Mr. Benning. You shall be missed.

Sage of Bluesland

March 11th, 2011
1:33 pm

All dressed up and no place to go….as long as Don Waddell is your GM….

All such a waste.

Oh well, we’re further ahead of at this point in our progress; the future is bright; we’re building through the draft; et. al.

Tom Lysiak

March 11th, 2011
1:39 pm

Very sad. The Bennings were such an inspiration to the fans. The crowd reaction always made that clear.

Darkhorse

March 11th, 2011
2:05 pm

Just wanted to echo the comments of others and pay my respect to Mr. Benning, his wife, and their family. Very sad news indeed….Always a bright spot seeing them on camera and around the arena.

World Be Free

March 11th, 2011
2:06 pm

I sat 2 seats over from the Bennings last week – the night we had the Jimmy Hendrix redition of the National Anthem. Mr. B stood tall in honor of the national anthem, though I am sure he would have preferred Perry Como’s version of the Star Spangled Banner.

Real sad, as corny as this sounds, we should honor the man and his family before the game with a moment of silence.

World Be Free

March 11th, 2011
2:10 pm

ATL Flames Fan-thanks for the Normandy info, I did not know that.

h

March 11th, 2011
2:13 pm

WBF, I agree…..if not before the game, during the time when we’d normally have the kiss cam…..and they can show their picture instead.

Hockey Biltong

March 11th, 2011
2:15 pm

RIP Mr. Benning and thoughts and prayers to the missus….very sad.
Squeaky Frommage and I loved seeing them on ‘kiss cam’….

Eileen

March 11th, 2011
2:18 pm

It was always a pleasure to see Mr. and Mrs. Benning on the kiss cam. RIP. Kovalchuk’s comments are so classy. It is nice to see someone on the inside stand up for the great fans in Atlanta. .

Rawhide

March 11th, 2011
2:19 pm

Red Light – Nice words from Kovy. Thanks for sharing.

Hoof Arted – Yes, Thrasherville stepped up big time for the Bennings. It was a wonderful sight to see when they were honored after the win over Pittsburgh.

I sat in the section beneth the two during the Montreal game last week. I shook his hand on the way out and told him “good-night”. It said “Good to see you” and Mrs. Benning smiled as she always does. That’s the image I’ll always keep.

My good friend Razor Catch Prey of The Blueland Chronicle has penned a nice tribute to Mr. Benning. You can read them –>HERE<--

Well done, RCP.

POM-POM

Mrs. Zoomo

March 11th, 2011
2:20 pm

RIP Mr. Benning. What sad news. We always saw him and his wife after warmups – he’ll definately be missed.

Smoothie

March 11th, 2011
2:29 pm

Wow, truly a sad day for Thrasherville. Prayers to the Benning family and especially to Mrs. Benning for your loss. It may be a bit too soon to honor the family with a ceremony, but a moment of silence should definitely be in order. RIP.

World Be Free

March 11th, 2011
2:31 pm

h-even better!

Red Light-I hope there is not one boo for Kovy tonight. Time for everyone to move on. He is earning his big contract in NJ, that’s for sure.

Mr. Heat Miser

March 11th, 2011
2:38 pm

A sad day indeed. I feel for the entire Benning family.

POMPOM

KLS1

March 11th, 2011
2:56 pm

Condolences to the Benning family…we’ll miss seeing him at the games.

hip czech

March 11th, 2011
3:01 pm

quote from Moose:

“With the sale of the Thrashers uncertain and the team’s struggles at the box office, there is talk again of the team leaving Atlanta. Hedberg believes the Thrashers can succeed here, though, if given the chance.

“I’ve seen this market work,” he said. “I was here my first year (2006-07) and we had a really, really good team. We made the playoffs and we had high expectations to make a good run at it and the building in the playoffs was electric. This is a market where when other sports like football stop, you get more fans coming back leading up towards the spring. There is no doubt in my mind that this market could work, but it takes time to build up a fan base and it takes time to build the grass roots of hockey where people have to play hockey for a while. You just have to keep with it and grow. That’s why I think it’s going to be in years to come a very strong market.” ”

Way to go Moose!!!

C’mon Thrashers win one for the Benning family!

Red Light

March 11th, 2011
3:20 pm

To your point World Be Free…

In the past 6-plus seasons, Kovalchuk has 70 goals, 68 assists and is a +30, yes I said a +30 in 135 games in March and April from 2002-03 to present.

World Be Free

March 11th, 2011
3:21 pm

hip and Red Light-thanks for the interesting quotes from the ex-Thrashers, how they feel about this team if it were done “right”.

sisu

March 11th, 2011
3:31 pm

Sad day indeed, RIP mr. Benning and hope for the best for all the Japanese people in distress today :(

World Be Free

March 11th, 2011
3:49 pm

Red Light-all the more reason to put away the boos on Kovalchuk. It’s not like he was wrong about what has been happening here, you just wish it would have been handled better.

sisu

March 11th, 2011
4:03 pm

Mixed feelings about Kovy’s comments, just shows the fans were right all along and he did not want to leave….

Red Light

March 11th, 2011
4:19 pm

In my opinion, and I know that I was born in the Stone Age, but there is nothing more annoying than watching a hockey game and listening to fans boo a former player, or a player they dislike, every time he touches the puck. It takes away the spontaneous excitement and the experience, AND, half of the people booing don’t even know why they are booing. The guy played almost 8 years here, and walked because of ownership, not the fans.

Smoothie

March 11th, 2011
4:19 pm

http://hockeyindependent.com/blog/?p=32476

Hey there “Slim”! I’d like for you to meet my buddy “Chance”.

World Be Free

March 11th, 2011
4:31 pm

R/L-
Like you, I am originally from Bedrock and agree that it seems a bit juvenile to boo players for extended epriods. Chara has been going through this for some time, Bobby Hull used to get booed in Tronna all the time-you know that great bastion of hockey, Toronto!

I can see booing a thug or a player that detracts from a game/sport. Kovy and Chara do not, neither did Hull. I didn’t boo Kovy late last season and I won’t tonight either.

Smoothie

March 11th, 2011
4:44 pm

What a couple of old fuddy-duddies!! ;)

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Nah, just kidding. I’ve had my boo, now it’s time to move on.

But Kovy must go down, and he must go down hard tonite!!! La Parka!

Zoomo

March 11th, 2011
4:58 pm

Nice blog Smoothie.

More condolences to the Bennings from here. Sad news. So glad Bill pushed for their recognition last year.

ZAvalanche

March 11th, 2011
5:00 pm

I have no problem with booing players if they are sucking, had ill-will toward the team or had a bad penalty. Kovy got scared of moving and got no reassurance from the owners = hard to blame him. Good luck tonight Thrashy, show him what he is missing.

Tom

March 11th, 2011
5:02 pm

I said this elsewhere, but it is so true.

To the rest of Atlanta, Mr. Benning was a war hero and a successful businessman. To the Thrasher’s fan, he was the standard of what we all should be.

R.I.P. Mr. Benning.

(PS During the first few seasons the Bennings sat a couple of rows above us in 111. I had the pleasure of talking to them every couple of weeks. Wonderful people.)

Joe Friday

March 11th, 2011
5:12 pm

“Mr. Benning earned a Purple Heart storming the beaches of Normandy.”

The greatest generation. Our countrymen has lost touch with what it takes to be a man like that.

Red Light, are we allowed to still boo Heatley? Just want to make sure that I know what’s acceptable, and what’s not . . .

Geddy Lee

March 11th, 2011
5:36 pm

I was going to leave a quote from the song “Marathon”, but then scrolled down and discovered that Mr. Benning died. Sad news!

Suddenly -
You were gone
From all the lives
You left your mark upon….

RIP Mr. Benning

You will be missed.

ben

March 11th, 2011
5:40 pm

I don’t boo Heatley, he’s a child, and no one’s prefered role model, but I don’t boo. Baseball, I boo players, not hockey. I’ve no idea why.

AtlFlamesFan

March 11th, 2011
6:03 pm

Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Celebration at the White House. Ex-Thrasher Brett Sopel joins his old teammates at the event. Big Buff and Ladd could not attend due to tonight’s game at Philips.

http://www.wsbtv.com/video/27165429/index.html

Brendan

March 11th, 2011
6:47 pm

RIP Mr. Benning. Blueland’s flag is at halfmast today. I hope the Thrashers name his seat after him. Or name his section, the T.R. Benning Memorial Section. Or give the family his seat.

It’s tough to demand a win for the Bennnings, but it sure would be nice!

Tom Lysiak

March 11th, 2011
7:05 pm

As a bit of a diversion from all the bad news of the day….it is hilarious reading the Canadian fan’s comments on the TSN story about Bettman signing a new 5-year deal in November.

Alan R.

March 11th, 2011
7:24 pm

I can only hope to be half the man that Mr. Benning was.

ZAvalanche

March 11th, 2011
9:04 pm

Common Thrashy! Play it close to the vest, keep it up!

ZAvalanche

March 11th, 2011
10:05 pm

Tom

March 11th, 2011
10:07 pm

If you DVR’ed the game they did a nice tribute to Mr. Benning and showed Mrs. Benning at the game between periods.

Tough loss to the Devils in OT. We gave up leads throughout and could not capitalize on the 4 on 3 in the OT and the Devils could.

Can we hire LeMaire next season?

Curly

March 11th, 2011
10:10 pm

Thrashers find a way to give another one away. 3 PP goals for the Devils. Every time the Thrashers score a goal they immediately take a penalty (or two). Apparently there is a lack of discipline on this team. This time of year you have to tighten up. (Stewart again is invisible). Pavs played a great game but he can’t do it all.

Joe Friday

March 11th, 2011
10:12 pm

Anybody have any questions left that Ramsay is the problem?

Didn’t think so ,,,

Brendan

March 11th, 2011
10:26 pm

Question for Red Light, or anyone else willing to do the research. How many times have the Thrashers taken a second penalty, to put the opposition on a 5-on-3 powerplay? Follow up question, of those times, how many times did Chris Thorburn take the 2nd penalty. Yet another follow up question, how many times was that second penalty the reason the Thrashers were scored upon?

On the Devils 1st PPG, up 5-on-3, Johnny Oduya has full possession of the puck, standing half way between the faceoff circles and the blueline, and instead of clearing the zone between the two point defenders, he opts to go up along the wall. The result? The puck never clears the zone, and NJ eventually scores a tap-in goal, inside the blue paint. Sigh. Execution of basic plays is so vital.

I can’t blame Pavelec for any of the goals tonight. In the pre-game show, John Kincade touted how well the trade deadline moves had improved the team’s PK, killing 23 of 25, I think he said, since the moves. Well, the luck ran out. On a night where we honor the dead, our playoff berth took a fistful of pills. They tried. Clearly, the Thrashers did try. They still do gain a point over Carolina, which lost in regulation time to Washington.

Ottawa beat TB, 2-1, in regulation time. Wow, the Senators don’t want that 1st overall pick. Edmonton picked up a ‘pity point’ vs. Detroit tonight. Can you believe it?, the NY Islanders won again! The Isles knocked off Boston, 4-2. Poor Columbus. They lose, in regulation time, 4-2, to Los Angeles. I’m not sure if that seals it for the CBJ’s, but if not, it sure hurts them. Anaheim is up on Colorado, 4-2, in the 2nd. Dallas is whooping it up on Minnesota, 4-0, in the 3rd period. That’s a rough loss, and a 4-point swing, for the Wild to the Stars. Not sure if Kari’s in net, or what.

Congrats to Kovalchuk for a 2-points night, that included a goal and an assist on the OT winner. Wait, did Kovy get in on the 1st Devil goal, too?

AtlFlamesFan

March 11th, 2011
11:01 pm

What happened to our All-Star Enstom? He was horrible tonight. 2nd game in a row that late in the game he lets someone get behind him leading to the tying goal. Mis-handles the puck and has to hook a player to prevent a breakaway. Did it again (late in the 3rd), where he should have gotten called for another hook, but they still got off a great shot on a 2-on-one. Whew!

Joe Friday

March 11th, 2011
11:05 pm

“Johnny Oduya has full possession of the puck, standing half way between the faceoff circles and the blueline, and instead of clearing the zone between the two point defenders, he opts to go up along the wall. ”

It’s that time of year that the goats are letting their horns clearly shine. Hockey is a team game and you win as a team and you lose as a team, but tonight clearly showed that there’s some guys getting the job done, and some guys who’s horns are clearly showing . . .

Studs: Pavs, Buf, Ladd, Little, Wheeler,

Goats: Ramsay with the #1 dark star (he’s called some bad games, but tonite took the cake), Enstrom, Thorburn, Oduya, Stapelton (not his fault as much as coach putting him in bad situations that he’s not capable of), Stewart, Dvorak (with quite possibly the worst attempted clear on a PK I’ve seen from our club this year)
Really sucks to watch some guys play so damn well and be hamstrung to a loss by a lame coach . . .

Joe Friday

March 11th, 2011
11:07 pm

“What happened to our All-Star Enstom?”

Not an All Star, rode Buf’s coat tails when Coach’s system of having the d jump up was working, but he’s a #3 dman, no more, no less. When he’s asked to do more in prime time, his defensive weakness is exposed

EA

March 11th, 2011
11:32 pm

NJ paper called Kovalchuk’s reaction to his goal an “in your face” celebration which was met with loud boos.

Badger Bob

March 11th, 2011
11:42 pm

WBF and Former Isles Fan – great meeting you guys! Some of the best fans in the world there at the Bulb. R/L, Smoothie and Blogmaster, it was a true priviledge chatting with you again.

JF: Absolutely right on the studs. The truth is most every other team (certainly the Devils) has 8 or 10 consistent studs. We have a worthy top line, and a bunch of marginal third-fourth liners at forward. The only positive thing Antro did all night was upset Brodeur on the Buff goal. This says it all – Anthony Stewart is our fourth leading scorer at forward. We are that thin up front. And the Buff goal masks the fact that our powerplay was utterly impotent all night. Playing dump and chase with the man advantage, against Brodeur who took to clearing the pucks himself, was pretty pathetic.

Still, an entertaining one against superior talent and coaching system. I vowed not to boo Kovy, but when he starts out by diving over Buff’s stick in the first I just couldn’t help myself…

Charlie Sheen

March 12th, 2011
12:07 am

Ilya Kovalchuk is a complete troll. Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler are true warlocks filled with tiger blood and adonis DNA. That is all.

Badger Bob

March 12th, 2011
12:17 am

Some late night stats, mostly depressing, about some trends that were reinforced tonight:

Thrashers are the only team in the NHL that’s sub-.500 when scoring first
With one more 3 PPG against game, we’ll suplant the Avs as the worst penalty kill in the league
Thrashers go to OT more often than anyone else – 35% of the time. League average is 24%.
And one final nugget to sleep on – Thrashers have the fewest regulation wins in the NHL at 16. Consider that Edmonton has 19 and Ottawa has 24. Yikes!

Jason

March 12th, 2011
12:17 am

My best friend – who has been to maybe three hockey games in his life – left there tonight asking me this:

“When the Thrashers had the power play, they just stood around and passed the puck and let people get set up in front of them so they couldn’t shoot it. The Devils just went right at it. The Thrashers played way back when they had the power play, but the Devils all crept in and really forced the issue. Why?”

I just sighed and walked faster….

Smoothie

March 12th, 2011
1:30 am

Gentlemen and of course ladies, ’twas indeed a pleasure to sit amongst such a knowledgeable, passionate and classy group of fans as the ones we had assembled down in Section 107 of Blueland, or should I call it “Blogland”? Hat tip to the following: WBF (thanks again bud, U R da man!), WBF’s lovely daughter, R/L (Hilton Head is calling our names), FormerIslesFan (good to see you again), BadgerBob (always a pleasure), Amy (nice to meet you if you’re checking in here at Billy’s blog), the talented Audra, who deserves much more face time as the b/w period interview host down at the Bulb, and last but not least, our irrepressible Blogmaster extraordinaire, Billy Tiller: you are an inspirational force on the United Thrasherville Blogging Front! I am your humble servant.

And before I forget, a big shout out goes to the one, the only, a myth and a legend, and not just in his own mind, Joe Bob Friday!! About time the two of us met face to face! And I must say, you’re much more of a tarpon than a grouper!!

I’m tired as balls, otherwise I would join in the tear apart Toby parade, but I have the pleasure of waking up early on a Saturday to go into work. Till tomorrow, I will bid you all a good night. And with my parting shot, I must send out some cyberweb prayers to the nation of Japan. Everyone here in the US of A is praying for your health and safety in this terrible time of need. Really puts things in perspective don’t it? That’s why I am so especially humbled to call myself a citizen of Blueland, some of the best fans, and people, anyone will ever find in any city, anywhere. God bless!!

litz

March 12th, 2011
2:18 am

I’ll add that it was great to bump into Rawhide and all the bloggers before the game … I didn’t sit with them (had nice section 115 seats tonight), but was good to put faces to names and chat for a bit.

The tribute to T.R Benning was absolutely A+ class, from the organization.

Moment of silence prior to the anthem — for him AND for the victims of the earthquake.

Class act, and they should be applauded for it. There was a tweet afterwards that the family was deeply moved, which just justifies how right and proper it was.

The last “frame” of the Kiss Cam was a still picture of Mr and Mrs in full “Kiss Cam Mode”, and a note “Thanks for the Memories”.

It got a standing ovation, as did a fan sign stating pretty much the same thing.

Again, Blueland shows its mettle. Was excellent.

Oh yeah, there was a hockey game too … can’t really say anything that hasn’t been said above … just a big ol’ empty feeling walking away. We needed those 2 pts, and simply didn’t do what was needed. Plain ‘n’ simple.

ben

March 12th, 2011
7:15 am

Mr. Benning, bless you.

I said this before, and will say it again. I owe Kovy and Hossa an apology. They got out while they could. To the classless CanaTrolls who say my hometown ain’t a hockey town, what is the attendance of AHL teams? That’s what this team is, an AHL team running around in NHL sweaters. For all but 3 seasons, that’s all it’s been. The best days are ahead, not behind. I say give Ramsay 2 years under the new owners. Outside of Buff and Ladd, he’s clearly going into a gun fight with a squirt gun.

It was good to see my favorite Thrasher, #17, again. We’re not making the playoffs. A curiously timed slump after the settlement saw to that. Cheer up! We reside in the seventh largest city in northern North America. Les Thrash are here to stay! New, committed owners are coming, Then, a town of 6, 000, 000 will prove Gary Bettman right to stick by us.

KLS1

March 12th, 2011
8:09 am

I just hate it that we are relegated to looking toward next season, the draft, and possibly losing the team to Canada. A truly pitiful state of affairs for us die hard hockey fans.

The penalty by Kane was horrible…this kid does more wrong than good…looks like another bust that is not ready for the big show. He thinks he is Kovy jr…but he ain’t Kovy.

Joe Friday

March 12th, 2011
8:26 am

good points, Badger Bob. Red Light pointed you out after you went back to your seats, sorry for not introducing myself, next time.

Smoothie, nice to meet you, finally. Tarpon? I like it!

Red Light

March 12th, 2011
9:05 am

The Thrashers have only allowed (5) 3-on-5 shorthanded goals and (50) 4-on-5 shorthanded goals. I haven’t found number of times they were shorthanded 3-on-5 yet.

Red Light

March 12th, 2011
9:07 am

Sorry, here is the correct breakdown:
3-on-4 3
3-on-5 5
4-on-5 47

Sage of Bluesland

March 12th, 2011
9:16 am

Turned the game, with the Mrs., about one minute prior to the OT winning goal. Thankful I didn’t waste my money and time on yet another loss.

Hilarious on the late-breaking criticism of lil’ Toby….It’s funny, someone here actually was proclaiming him to be of ‘Hall of Fame’ potential. Yes, that’s right–pretty ridiculous, isn’t it!

Nope, blame the symptoms all you want….You can’t make silk purses out of sows’ ears…Until the real causes of the incompetence are addressed, nothing will change.

Just ask Curt Fraser, Bob Hartley, Coach Sunshine, and the Bald-Guy….(I’ve stopped bothering with names anymore with such nonentities)….Oh, and of course, just ask Don Waddell; he’s such a “nice-guy” and all…

Not another one of my dollars for the offensive and insulting incompetence.

R. Stroz

March 12th, 2011
9:45 am

To start, I would like to thank God for giving us the opportunity to meet and cherish the Benning family. In a day and age of shameless self promotion, the Bennings emulate the ideals we should all strive for, duty, honor, respect, and humility.

Their generation has endured hardship without asking for anything in return. If you haven’t seen the movie Saving Private Ryan, take a few hours out of your day to understand the definition of sacrifice and honor. Then ask yourself, would you have the fortitude to storm Utah and Omaha beaches at Normandy: Mr. Benning did.

Watching Mr. Benning continue to “date” his wife in his more distinguished years by taking her to Thrashers games, conveys a charm, elegance and chivalry our society has largely lost, while, at the same time, providing a goal for all of us to attain. His sense of duty to his wife was “on display” nearly every game. Even after Mrs. Benning was unable to walk into the arena on her own, Mr. Benning continued to bring her to the games, displaying a sense of chivalry lost on subsequent generations. So men, to honor Mr. Benning, take your wife out on a “date”, open the car door, open the restaurant door, and generally act like real men, not just today, but for the rest of your lives.

I would like to thank all of the Thrasher fans who took the time to write emails that resulted in the Bennings winning the 7th Man Award. In retrospect, this seems like the least we could have done, yet, in doing so, we performed “our duty” to honor such a magnificent couple.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Benning family, and as Thrasher fans, we know there is an extra angel looking out for everyone.

Red Light

March 12th, 2011
9:55 am

Nicely done Stroz and thanks for the generous donation to St. Baldrick’s!

World Be Free

March 12th, 2011
9:58 am

Nice post Mr. Stroz, very nice. Great to finally meet Badger Bob, litz and FIF.

The scariest thing about last night is that the coaching “staff” actually called time out in OT to plan that power play. That was the worst PP in history. They don’t allow public flogging anymore, if they did some people would be in trouble. Then the Devils got a cheap power play and showed everyone how it is done. End of story, at least for now.

So as Joe Friday noted, anyone else have any questions as to what the real problem is?

alex

March 12th, 2011
9:59 am

kovy wanted guarantee from owners that team not going to relocate before he sign here. he not get this. kovy liked Atlanta very much almost like his original born tver. i knew that from inside sources. you free to not believe but this is a fact. kovy scored here more than 300 goals including 4 with Tampa to cover fifth available goalie, including two back to back hat tricks away in Ottawa and Tampa. nobody able to do that in 20 years, no Crosby, no ovy. kovy still owned home here. boo him for that idiots and praise the smart owners.

World Be Free

March 12th, 2011
10:00 am

Pavs deserves a better fate than this…..

Red Light

March 12th, 2011
10:05 am

One day, the Thrashers will learn how to win important, close games. For now, we must watch guys like the Devils’ Greene take one of Byfuglien’s shots off the toe, scramble to win a battle along the boards while playing 3-on-4, and watching the dinosaur Colin White beat Enstrom to a puck after the first face-off while playing 3-on-4 along the blueline. In short, the Devils displayed learned behavior last night on how to win games that they probably shouldn’t have. And, the Thrashers did the same thing they have been doing for years, earning one point in a vital game, rather than putting an opponent away when they had the chance.

Bad penalties, poor center ice and D zone coverage at times, being outhit in their own building and turning the puck over.

When will they learn?

World Be Free

March 12th, 2011
10:11 am

The last thing any New Jersey Devil player wants is to NOT hustle and then have to go back to the bench and face Mr. LeMaire. Do Thrasher players have a similar worry? Fear is a tactical tool in the right hands.

Smoothie

March 12th, 2011
10:26 am

Stroz – bravo sir! Elegantly stated and so very true. We lost a true hero and chivalrous man on Thursday. God rest Mr. Benning’s soul.

R/L, WBF, JoeF – y’all nailed it on the head. Too many careless mistakes and penalties. Perhaps the magnitude of the game (basically a must-win) gets into their young heads and causes them to play tentatively. At least it wasn’t a 3 – zilch or 4 – nada stinker like the ones they squeezed onto the ice last March when they faced a must-win contest for the #8 seed. Progress? I don’t know.

They have players who battle and hustle, but then there is always that nagging lack of talent which ultimately does them in. It’s like that Arkansas bread horse that cleans up on the intermediate tracks winning enough stakes money to get his head bashed in by classier horses at the Belmont. I do believe several good pieces are in place and there is much to build upon.

Enstrom stunk to high heaven last night, but let’s be fair, he’s been the best player on the ice for the Thrashers on several occasions this season. Just don’t know why he of all players wasn’t better prepared mentally for the game. Perhaps the Devils’ physicality got to him early and got him thinking too much. Probably the weight of worrying about his new defensive partner Mr. Bogosian Implosian. Although he seemed to play much better than Tobey last night.

Anyway, all of the dumb penalties were completely avoidable with more poise and composure, but there are too many weak links causing the fence to wobble and waver over the course of a game against a superior opponent. How could MacLean screw this team up THAT badly??

World Be Free

March 12th, 2011
10:48 am

Smoothie-you wonder if the hand is still bothering Toby and the leg still bothering Burmie. Boh guys were non-factors last night. Those refs were so awful last night too, no excuse cuz the Devils played with the same refs. But the Kane penalty in OT was a joke, make up call as we agreed. If you are going to call that stuff then don’t call any penalties at all. Let the players play and decide the outcome 4-4.

Smoothie

March 12th, 2011
11:03 am

Yeah, I fail to see how any real advantage was gained by calling Kane for the trip. The puck was pretty much already gone and I think Jersey still had possession, but I could be wrong. When it happened, I thought to myself “phew, we dodged that bullet”, then a full second later, since the Devs failed to make it through the NZ, the arm goes up and we bend right over on the penalty kill yielding to Mr. Kovalchuk and Travis “don’t call me Darcy” Zajac. Ugggh. Whoever’s in charge of the damn PP (Torchetti) needs to watch that puck movement sequence over and over and over until it sinks in. Our coaching doesn’t suck, but it pretty much blows when the chips are on the line.

Smoothie

March 12th, 2011
11:15 am

You know what’s worse than choking in a big game?

When the teams you’re chasing are choking as bad as you are making the opportunity to catch seem like a great, big golden prize that is almost within reach, but keeps slipping through your finger tips. To wit:

Since the All-Star Break, these are the records and points won percentages of our three primary foes (I don’t need to highlight how well New Jersey has played to rise from the depths of hell):

New York Rangers: 6 – 10 – 1 (13 out of 34 possible points or .382)

Carolina Hurricanes: 6 – 8 – 4 (16 out of 36 possible points or .444)

Toronto Maple Leafs: 10 – 4 – 5 (25 out of 38 possible points or .658)

Of course, Toronto had a much great gulf to traverse and even playing at that .66 clip over the last 15 games will net them only 86-87 points. For the Rangers and Canes, they are sitting in an awfully precarious position as their respective post-ASG pace has them on track for 84 and 85 points respectively. So it’s starting to look like 88 points will be the magic number with non-SO wins being a factor as a tiebreaker.

To get to 88 points, the Thrashers need 10 more wins or a 9 – 3 – 2 record at the very least to get to 88. Problem is they will lose any and all tiebreakers. So 89 is probably necessary for them. Hainsey said they need to win 11 games, but 10 – 3 – 1 is the minimum they’ll need for 89 points and then they’ll need plenty of help from not only the Rangers, Canes and Loafs, but also the New Jersey Devils who are still hotly nipping at their heels.

Tom

March 12th, 2011
12:05 pm

So here is my question today:

If we could get a new head coach tomorrow, would you prefer a crusty curmudgeon like Lemaire or a teacher like Ramsay?

I am going with the curmudgeon. He tends to win games and if the players don’t understand his system they leave. The teacher is always trying to work with the players and give them second chances.

Badger Bob

March 12th, 2011
12:11 pm

Stroz, very well said and we echo your sentiments. My prayers go out to Mr. Benning’s beautiful bride. Rawhide, you too are a class act for helping them get that 7th man award. I hope they keep that picture of them getting the award with Antro up at Phillips for the duration.

A positive last night was whenever Buff charged through the neutral zone and toward the net. It throws the other team into chaos, even a disciplined one like NJ. But it also throws our forwards into chaos as they figure out who is to cover his point. So why, then, is Buff not bolstering our forward lines? Would having Postma or Kulda on D really be that big a loss over Buff?

And as y’all, I remain haunted by the contrast of the PPs last night. NJ had a plan and they executed it each time. Ours is a mad scramble. Perhaps we need a new special teams coach? Suggestions for upgrading that role?

Sage of Bluesland

March 12th, 2011
1:34 pm

…Laughable that “all we have to do” is fire the coach…Laughable.

Yeah, based on our talent, we’re on the verge of the Stanley Cup…

Good Heavens. Stop listening to Joe-Bob-Revisionist-Historian…

Smoothie

March 12th, 2011
1:49 pm

BadgerBob – no doubt it makes you wonder if we wouldn’t be better off with Byfuglien charging down the wing and getting into the corners as a forward. It would certainly help balance our top two lines and considering Ramsay has shortened (sorry Timmy, not a shot at you!) his bench considerably, I don’t see why defensive pairings of Hains/Oduya, Zach/Toby and Stu/Kulda couldn’t manage to defend our goal adequately. If Buff is on the ice with Kane and either Burmy/Antro, I reckon we’d have a lot more zone time from our top two lines that would in turn take some of the heat off our defense. Isn’t that what Ramsay’s system is all about? Making the other team play defense?

It won’t happen, but I’d love to see these lines for the last 14 games:

Ladd-Lits-Wheeler // Kaner-Stapes-Buff // Schremp-Burmy-Antro // Boults-Thorbs-Dvo

Nobody pinch me, I don’t want to wake up!!

ZAvalanche

March 12th, 2011
3:47 pm

Buffy should have been playing forward a long time ago.

ZAvalanche

March 12th, 2011
4:06 pm

To make Thrasher Nation feel better, the Avs have lost 17 of 18 and are without four of their top scorers which just recently included Hejduk and possibly Stastny. 340+ man-games lost this season. Super. And like Thrashy, we play good for a large part of the game and then allow 4 (seriously, 4???!!!!!!) goals in a single period. I guess my sports season is over so it is on to watching reruns of Charlie Sheen’s reruns of his utter demise and collapse – sadly I can’t make his stand-up appearance in Detroit…………yeah, really sad.

World Be Free

March 12th, 2011
4:22 pm

Sage-nobody said the only problem with this team is the coaching. Nor did anyone state that a change in coachs would assure the Thrashers a Stanley Cup.

The on-ice tactics of this team are in question and the general feeling is that a different coaching philosophy may yield a better outcome on a game by game basis. Just look at special teams; the inability to kill penalties or be effective on a power play after calling a time out to discuss strategy.

It’s not the only issue, but it is one of the problems bloggers with hockey knowledge can address.

AtlFlamesFan

March 12th, 2011
9:36 pm

WOW! WOW! WOW!

litz

March 12th, 2011
9:36 pm

You want your shocker of the year?

Down 3-zip, 3-1, then 4-2 …

The “the season’s dead, over and done” Thrashers just roared back and beat Philly in OT 5-4 !

Thrashers27

March 12th, 2011
9:42 pm

OMG! I had given up.

Tom

March 12th, 2011
9:44 pm

That was fun. I almost turned the game off at 3-0 but I got the payoff tonight.

Sorry for missing the viewers party. Coached a 5 pm game at the cooler for inline and then raced down to our home rink so we could make youngest son’s game, or at least the last 2 periods.

I bet the party was a blast.

Tom

March 12th, 2011
9:47 pm

Oh, and 25 overtimes in 69 games. I wonder what the record is?

And kids, we are only 4 points behind a slumping Rangers after taking points in the past 4 games.

Brendan

March 12th, 2011
9:52 pm

If you’re the sort that believe in miracles, and I am not, then THISSSSS was the game you’ve been waiting for. This is the game where you say, “That was the moment.” If the Thrashers win all but one of their remaining games, they’ll make the playoffs. They’re 3-0-1 in their last four.

Let’s face it, down 3-0, coming into the 3rd period, this game was over. Their opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers, are the # 1 seed in the East. And it’s in PHILLY. And it’s SATURDAY NIGHT, where Pennsylvania’s loudest, most obnoxious,and DRUNKEST FANS come to dwell to truly be “puckheads.” It was over. Craig told Pavelec, “Take a shower, son. Your night is through.” Enter Chris Mason. Mason only gives up one (1) goal, a PP “hat trick” goal for Leino. Little did Leino know … that he was about to be fitted for goat horns. In the overtime, it was Leino’s turnover that led to the 2-on-1 that resulted in the OT GWG by Hainsey, from E. Kane and A. Stewart. How about R. Dvorak setting up Captain Andrew Ladd for the game-tying goal?!!

Flyers led, 3-0. Then 3-2. Then, 4-2. Then the Thrasher rally was on! The tying goal comes in the final minutes, with Mason on the bench, pulled in favor of the extra skater. For Hainsey, it’s his SECOND OT winner of the season. And how abou this?? Goals from defensemen. Toby Enstrom had one, too. Niiice.

If you believe in miracles, this is how it starts. I’m not a miracle advocate. I’ve seen two miracles in my life. One was the 1980 Olympic team. And the other was sneaking off with Becky Schmengler at the Spring formal, for some “night putting.”

ZAvalanche

March 12th, 2011
10:42 pm

Damn! Just got back from the airport and saw the final! Wow. If you are looking for a “heck yeah this is what we do” moment, this is the one you are waiting for.

LAC

March 12th, 2011
11:09 pm

If we played like this 3/4 of the season, Think how many extra points we would have in the bank ??

In all the years of Thrashers hockey This was THE BEST comeback I have ever seen.

There was a 6-5 win over New Jersey where we lit up old Marty for 3 in about three minutes about 5 years ago, but this was as exciting as I have ever seen this team play. Problem is… We cannot
seem to duplicate it game after game. Well motivation is the standings… And IF we do make it,
and play Philly in the playoffs, could we-would we ???

Great comeback, now for a solid effort in NJ to secure two more points as they are only two back now. I also LOVED watching their fans right after the goals, just loved their expressions of SHOCK & DISMAY !!!!!

ZAvalanche

March 12th, 2011
11:16 pm

LAC, I love to see you post a positive message! But no way in he!! Thrashy could take Philly in the playoffs, though I would love to see it.

LAC

March 12th, 2011
11:27 pm

Z, look at last year, Montreal was a Giant killer… What would that do for us if WE did it ?

To FINALLY go through the handshakes and we skate off WINNERS, I wonder could we all stand it being that good !!! Remember, it has to happen at some point. I just hope we don’t have a stinker in NJ Tuesday.

ZAvalanche

March 12th, 2011
11:39 pm

LAC, your are 100% right, and I hope to hell we do it. To hit a winning streak at this point would be amazing, unpredicted, and devastating to whomever we take down. Cross your fingers, kick the black cat out of the room, don’t walk under the ladder and just trust in Thrashy. Man, I so hope you are right (and sincerely apologize if you are not a man, just a figure of speech).

Rawhide

March 13th, 2011
8:15 am

Good morning gang. After last night’s thriller in Philly I have but one question for you:

Is it safe to use the ‘P’ word in Thrasherville again?

R. Stroz

March 17th, 2011
10:29 am

Rawhide

March 18th, 2011
3:34 pm

R. Stroz – Nope.