After dramatic win in Philly can we mention the ‘P’ word again in Thrasherville?

Last Wednesday night I was sitting in the Taco Mac on Highway 92 near King Road in Roswell. My friend Tom Ferda and I were viewing the game being played in Carolina that night on the HUGE TV screen located on the back wall…those who have been in that establishment know what I’m speaking of.

Anyway…as we were breaking bread together and preparing for the puck to drop, he commented that he truly felt this team still had a run in them. I came up from one of my hot wings long enough to respond, “Who…what? Which team are you talking about, the Thrashers or Canes?”

Tom insisted he was indeed referring to our Atlanta Thrashers.

“Look”, I said while picking up the last chicken wing. “The Thrashers playoff hopes are kinda like these plate of wings here”. I then gobbled it up and tossed the bone into the basket. “They’re finished.”

Wiping my hands on a napkin…or the back of a hoodie belonging to the kid sitting beside of us, I can’t remember which…I then continued, “The only ‘run’ that might be found in this Thrashers organization this season would be found on the back of one of the Blue Crew’s stockings.”

“However”, I added, “Seeing that they actually won last Saturday, if they can rattle off something like 5 or 6 points against the Hurricanes, Devils and Flyers these next three games…then come talk to me.”

OK… well I guess it’s time to talk.

Following Saturday night’s thrilling come-from-behind win in Philadelphia…one that saw the Thrashers overcome a 3-0 deficit after two periods, a 3-1 and 4-2 disadvantage deep into the third, only to then win it 5-4 in OT…they now find themselves only four points out of a playoff spot. It was their fourth overtime game in a row, but they have won three of them.

Ron Hainsey celebrates his overtime game-winning goal in Philadelphia Saturday night (AP Photo)

Ron Hainsey reacts after scoring the overtime game-winning goal in Philadelphia Saturday night (AP Photo)

For those who might be concerned about giving away yet another overtime consolation point to an Eastern Conference foe…don’t be. I mean, it’s not like we’re going to catch the Flyers anyway. All that matters is the all-important two points procured in the standing.

The way I’m looking at things now, if the Thrashers are going to qualify for this spring’s Great Hunt for Lord Stanley’s Cup…good Lord, I don’t believe I’m even saying this…Atlanta is going to do so only if they’re able to squeeze into one of the last couple of spots. Philly, Pittsburgh, Washington, Tampa Bay, Boston and Montreal should occupy spots one through six, mixed and matched in various possible orders. That leaves the bottom two spot, currently occupied by the Rangers and Buffalo, to be contested for.

To put it in a different light, no longer look at the Thrashers in the Southeast Division…instead view them as a part of the newly formed six-team “Squeeze-In” Division. The top two finishers in this division get into the playoffs.

Those in the “SID” are the New York Rangers, Buffalo, Carolina, Toronto the Thrashers and New Jersey.

After Toronto’s 4-3 win over Buffalo and the Rangers shootout win in San Jose, New York leads the SID with 76 points and the Sabres are second at 74. Carolina, who were knocked off by Columbus at home, remains at 72.

Then you find both the Thrashers and Maple Leafs sitting at 70 points apiece. After that with 68 points are the Devils, who Saturday night won again in overtime…this time on Long Island.

Buffalo takes Ottawa today and the Leafs will host Tampa Bay Monday. On Tuesday Atlanta is in New Jersey, the Rangers take on the Islanders while Carolina goes to Buffalo.

Atlanta has earned 7 of a possible 8 points in the last week to claw themselves back to this level, and with 13 games left on the schedule they’ll still need somewhat of a miracle finish if they are to play beyond the mandatory 82 on the schedule. Things won’t be getting any easier for the Thrashers either as they are looking at heading to New Jersey Tuesday night, welcoming in Philadelphia on Thursday before shuffling off to Buffalo on Saturday.

So will the Thrashers actually make a run at the playoffs during the last month of the season? Eh…talk to me this time next week.

A great idea to honor an honorable man, T. R. Benning Jr

As you all have certainly heard by now, T. R. Benning Jr passed away last Thursday at the age of 89. Mr. Benning was the gentleman seen so many times on the Kiss Cam with his lovely wife Maria. The two were honored last spring with the Thrashers 7th Fan Award.

I was told last night while viewing the game at TJs Sports Bar & Grill that someone had come up with the idea to name the 7th Fan Award in honor of Mr. Benning…call it, maybe, “The T.J. Benning Jr Memorial 7th Fan Award”.

I don’t know who was the one who first thought of this, but I can think of no better way to honor a man who we all came to admire so much. It would also be a wonderful way to honor Mr. Benning for his service to this country during WWII.

Mr. Benning was a part of the 254th Engineer Combat Battalion stationed out of Newquay, Cornwall, England in the days and months leading up to the Normandy invasion. On 7-June, 1944, D-Day + 1, he commanded the 3rd Platoon Company B of that Battalion as they came ashore on the Beaches of Normandy, France. While on patrol, he was wounded and evacuated to an army hospital back in England. However, by November of that year he was back in action. He took over command of the 2nd platoon of Company B while in the Ardennes Mountains of Belgium and saw action during the Battle of the Bulge.

Mr. Benning came back from Europe with a purple heart and his first wife, Loretta Margaret Serey, whom he met while recovering from his wounds. She passed away many years ago.

The T.J. Benning Jr Memorial 7th Fan Award…a great idea that I would love see made happen by the Thrashers organization.

And finally…Thank yous and shout outs

I would like to thank each and every one of you who came out to TJs last night to watch the Thrashers beat Philadelphia. A double-special thank you as well for all of the food items that were brought out by you to help the Atlanta Thrashers Fan Club provide much needed help to keep Atlanta area food banks stocked for those less fortunate. John Mikalonis of the ATFC did a great job organizing this event and he’s to be commended for his work.

Well done, John!

In addition, a big, heart-felt shout out to Tim Ecclestone and his fantastic staff for doing their usual bang up job. Also, for those of you who attended a similar event at Rafferty’s in Kennesaw and donated there…thank you so very much as well.

I would also like to add just how much fun I had Friday night, despite the less-than-desirable results against the Devils. I had the pleasure of spending that game with my good friends and frequent contributors of this online forum World Be Free, his daughter, FormerIslesFan, Smoothy, Red Light and Badger Bob. We were honored by the presence of Ms. Audra Martin, and also joining us in section 107 was our friend Amy.

Oh, and Amy is going to have to chime in and share her thoughts on a new idea regarding overtime and penalties. Either that, or I’m just going to have to tell you all myself and claim the credit for it.

Lastly, as we all were gathering out in front of the will-call window of Philips Arena, we were joined in conversation by another frequenter of this blog, litz. It was indeed an honor to make his acquaintance as well.

151 comments Add your comment

Sage of Bluesland

March 13th, 2011
8:32 am

Maybe the coach’s system is working after all?

Hahaha.

Nope, Fools-Gold, folks…

Hoof Arted

March 13th, 2011
8:46 am

Playoffs? Pl….playoffs? Are you kidding me?

Playoffs?

Well, OK. Maybe we can use the word around here again. But only with the words “slim” and “chances” on either side of it. But at least they are still alive and kicking, right?

Sage of Hindsight

March 13th, 2011
8:48 am

Above poster is a know nothing PITA

Big Daddy (formerly waffleboy)

March 13th, 2011
8:58 am

That’s why we’re fans, so we can have these conversations! The Thrashers need to focus on winning only one game—the next one. We are free to speculate about playoff scenarios and scoreboard watching. We have ample opportunity to make the playoffs and every game counts. We need to keep taking care of business and let the chips fall where they may.
That being said, I feel we’ll come up just short, similar to the 2005-6 season.

Rightshot

March 13th, 2011
9:00 am

Well there I was, all ready to start watching America pickers after the second. I just couldn’t resist the urge to watch the first few minutes of the third. Good thing I did. American pickers was a rerun anyway.

Good win and hope for more to come. Good luck gentleman

My condolences go out to Mrs. Benning and family. I agree the award should be named after Mr. Benning. The fan award should be named after a fan.

Rhythmpenguin

March 13th, 2011
9:06 am

The 7th man award should definitely be named after Mr. Benning!

glovesave29

March 13th, 2011
9:17 am

That’s a great idea to name the award after him. Since it is a good idea, the ASG will of course not do it.

Great win last night. Really fun to watch it at a TJ’s with a nice sized crew. When Ladd and Hainsey did their work, that place EXPLODED!

Let’s see where we stand after the rematches this week. Perhaps this thang ain’t over after all!

Go Thrashers

POM POM

Hoof Arted

March 13th, 2011
9:22 am

BTW, I love the The TJ Benning Jr Memorial 7th Fan Award idea. Whoever came up with it should come forward and get a much deserved pat on the back.

Make

This

Happen

Thrashers!!!

Fan from Carolina

March 13th, 2011
9:25 am

If the Thrashers can beat the Devils in Jersey, yes, you may bring up the ‘P’ word again. Remember that as impressive as the win was last night, Philly has been in a real collapse mode lately. Hard to believe but the Caps are just 3 points out from 1st.

KLS1

March 13th, 2011
9:38 am

Great win…I don’t know how this team is still in it but they really are. It would be a great time to get hot and push right into the playoffs!

It will require more character than any thrasher teams of the past have been able to display but just maybe possible?

A2B

March 13th, 2011
9:40 am

Mark this down as the turning point in the franchise. I’ll be the first to say it, this is the run we have all been waiting for to look like November again. Any team in the past for this franchise folds there but you can see how this team kept fighting and found a way to win. Believe in Blueland.

World Be Free

March 13th, 2011
9:45 am

Hoof-you beat me to the punch on “playoffs”.
Mr. Rawhide, yes, great times both Friday and Saturday night-TJ’S was rocking last night, never say die attitude was in the air, though it may be in vain. It will be a great run to the playoffs, hope we get some good signs out of the excercise.

Give THE PLAYERS credit for last night’s win. They never gave up, took advantage of Philly’s average defense and goaltending. For all the heck I give Anthony Stewart, he made a nice play to start the breakout on the game winning goal. Ron Hainsey-hero. Wheeler played a nice game yesterday too. Stuart and Wheeler are really starting to make that trade look very nice.

Finally, great on the 7th fan award-awarded for dedication and commitment

World Be Free

March 13th, 2011
9:48 am

Oh and FYI-the Toronto Maple Leafs are for sale too. I saw we start a rumor that the Leafs are being sold to a major corporation and moved to Seattle. The Boeing Leafs, or something like that.

What would be even better? Have Jim Basillie buy the Leafs and screw them up even more, just like Harold Ballard did 30 years ago.

LAC

March 13th, 2011
9:52 am

A Great step in the right direction… However, there are still two games this week at NJ and Philly again, and they will be out for blood, so to speak after this game, which, in my opnion, wasmaybe the best game in Atlanta Thrashers history. The 9-0 Blasting of Carolina in 2006 was a good one too.
But this really showed what this team can do when they all show up, and let’s face, a lot of nights several guys don’t. But it was GREAT to watch their coach being all flustered and upset, just great to see.

Mr. Heat Miser

March 13th, 2011
9:52 am

Sorry I could not make it out to TJ’s last night. I guess Charlie Sheen Gabe a pep talk in the locker room during the second break and put #tigerblood in the water bottles. This type of heart is going to be needed to make the playoffs.

LAC

March 13th, 2011
9:53 am

WBF, I say Leafs to Kansas City. Then Nashville can move to the Southeast where they belong !

AtlantaVols

March 13th, 2011
9:53 am

Unbelievable win! The grit and determination was like no other. Pretty depressing game until we found away to pull through. Lets keep it rolling! Lets go Thrashers!!!!

Smoothie

March 13th, 2011
10:05 am

I love how SOB comes to the blog to pee all over Rawhide’s cornflakes. Then even better is the fact that someone comes behind the miserable SOB to ask “Who Farted?” essentially. Is this a great blogging community or what!?

Damn it Sage, can’t you just be happy for the boys for once instead of spewing your usual poo-laced mouth blather?? They finally did something they haven’t been able to most of the year, and that’s come from behind to win a game in which the odds were seemingly insurmountable. Just enjoy the moment and the emergence of Evander Kane as a pre-eminent power forward RIGHT wing!!

The team is going to get sold and you’ll be able to find a reason to be happy again in your sad, pathetic blogging existence. The ASG wants out, they NEED out, they are bleeding money. Your boycott has been successful. Now shut the hell up!!!

Hockey Biltong

March 13th, 2011
10:09 am

Go Thrashers!!!!!

Buff-n-stuff

March 13th, 2011
10:12 am

SMOOTHIE – Sage will always be our “blog cynic”, which ironically is a “good thing”, as it can sometimes function in a “reverse psychology” sort of way, as evidenced by our boys recent run. Sage wants the boys to win, he just spews negativity as his way of hoping for what he really wants.

I want to be at the Philly game next week. That ought to be a physical game !!!

Hope we can keep the momentum going Tuesday in NJ….

Fair and Balanced

March 13th, 2011
10:37 am

I sincerely doubt that Buff n Stuff, Sage revels in his msnbc world of whining and complaining and won’t ever be happy till our team is sold to Hugo Chavez and moved to Caracas.

Sage of Bluesland

March 13th, 2011
11:04 am

Whoever doesn’t think that the Flyers simply fell asleep after being up 3-0 in the 3rd period is Joe-Bob-Fridaying themselves….All of a sudden, they had to turn the amp up and couldn’t do it. We are not to be taken seriously, folks, and a large lead actually puts the other team to sleep, as it were.

If…If…IF we’re taken seriously for the full game, we’re toast. Spin it any way you want, but in the end it is what it is.

Weirdly enough, a sizable lead (by the opposition by mid-game) might be this forlorn team’s most deadly weapon…

Just like November was the “turning point” for this franchise, I’m seeing some of it again from the Sunshine Crew–who are so desperate to bewieve in anything it’s actually humorous…Now some clowns are proclaiming, “You heard it here first!” and other such rot….

(Now we just need a wittle spweadsheet to prove the ‘numbers behind the numbers’…and that Donny is still doing a gweat job and all…)

Hilarious, really.

drajax

March 13th, 2011
11:07 am

At this point I would hope Ramsay would realize he cant trot Pavelac out there every night. Mason has a pedigree for late season play and the team should let him carry the load the second game of back to back games. Did anyone see Hainsey’s on the post game show? I was wondering why the attitude?

Hockey Puck

March 13th, 2011
11:07 am

I turned the game off after the 2nd period and watched replays of Charlie Sheen rants as I found them more entertaining than the game.

Hockey Puck

March 13th, 2011
11:11 am

Thrashers need some of Charlie Sheen’s drugs that will enable them to play like a tiger for 3 periods

tonyb

March 13th, 2011
11:19 am

Interesting numbers.

16000 for Thrashers-Devils Friday night
15500 for Hawk-Portland Saturday

So, does this mean Hawks are moving to Winnipeg too.

Got to love the ASG, destroying pro sports in Atlanta, one team at a time.

kj

March 13th, 2011
11:41 am

After the first two periods I think the stats showed the Thrash with 14 hits??? Frank hits Mike more by accident in someone’s attic on AP for crissake….I too was ready to just go back to the Wings/Blues but for some reason – blind hope – I stayed with it. Whatever pissed off Evander Kane, please bottle that for the next game. He played with passion AND purpose and helped propel the team in the comeback. Epic.

ZAvalanche

March 13th, 2011
11:48 am

No matter which way you spin it, Thrashy took down one of the best teams in the league. No, it wasn’t an a$$ whooping but still a win. Enjoy the victory ppl and look for the next one.

Tom

March 13th, 2011
12:15 pm

kj – great point on the hits. This team has a tendency to play soft. When they start hitting their level of engagement and passion increases.

During the run in November and December the Greek Gods would get the hitting started early and get that precious zone time below the red line. We have been missing that. A little gristle in our game would do us well for the rest of the season.

Amysn11

March 13th, 2011
12:33 pm

My wanna-be-new NHL Rule: If a team takes a penalty in say the last 30 seconds of a game, the period should be extended until the PP time runs out or the PP team scores a goal. Its only fair!

P.S. Really like the idea of the 7th fan award being named after Mr. Benning. Thoughts and Prayers out to his loved ones.

ZAvalanche

March 13th, 2011
12:40 pm

Interesting idea Amy, very interesting. I don’t think it would go down though, the team on the PP would much rather have a 4 on 3 than a 5 on 4. If overtime was 5 on 5 normally, then yeah, I have no problem with that idea as it would pretty much change very little. Like the idea though :)

Amysn11

March 13th, 2011
12:44 pm

It could at the end of OT or say the team that draws the PP is down a goal then the time would be extended and could potentially lead to an OT.

The Real Thrash

March 13th, 2011
12:53 pm

One game at a time. Build on this. No scoreboard watching just take care
of your own business.

World Be Free

March 13th, 2011
12:53 pm

LAC, we could have some real fun with this Leafs thing, if we are so inclined to do so. Wonder how much whining and crying we would hear from Hockey Night in Canada? The best thing that could happen is Hank Steinbrenner buying the Leafs!

Sage-Look at the bigger picture; the Flyers have been in a funk for some time. I mentioned last week that maybe they made too many moves this year without making the biggest move-getting a top flight goaltender. Timmonen and Coburn are mobile, but the rest of their defense are immoble. They are an inconsistent team and as you stated, fell asleep late to allow the Thrashers to come back. They did the same thing against Buffalo and Tronna last week.

Nice to see us come back for a change.

ZAvalanche

March 13th, 2011
1:07 pm

In the style of Peter King (some of you know who he is), here are the ten things I think I think (not that you really care, I am just bored).

1. Toews is trumping Ovy – badly.

2. The Devils are going to run out of steam here soon (maybe) and if they don’t it will be because of Brodeur.

3. How flipping tough are hockey players? O’Byrne for the Avs took a skate to the face, finished his shift, got 100 stitches and played within two games of the injury. Can you see TO doing that? Nope.

4. I look forward to seeing Thrashy vs Boston or Philly here in a few weeks – it could happen people.

5. As much as I enjoy football, the lockout can only help NHL exposure as national stations will probably set contracts with the NHL to broadcast games that would normally be occupied by NFL games.

6. Congrats to one of my alma maters, University of Northern Colorado, for making the tournament for the first time – but you are going to get mowed. Greatness has to start somewhere…..but I think it may take a long time…

7. There isn’t much talk about Vancouver and that scares me. A team who thinks that it is unappreciated is very dangerous. Add that to a VERY good team and, well, you do the math on that one.

8. If Thrashy can find a way to play like they did in the 3rd vs Philly, they will make the post season.

9. NHL players don’t get enough credit for what they do for the community, how frequently they stay out of the criminal news compared to other sports, and how much they play for pride and don’t drop shifts because “the coach yelled at me”.

10. How blessed are we as a nation to have the best athletes in the world (minus soccer – err, football) playing in our nation? Jagr, your Russian league experiment isn’t turning out the way you said it would……

OK, I will add an eleventh

11. Peter King writes a very good article every time, almost always regarding football (though he occasionally does give a hockey shout out). That being said, our resident Blog Master is a very strong second and that is a huge compliment. Keep it up Bill! And BTW, you should write for the Avs too…..

Sherry Taylor

March 13th, 2011
1:12 pm

Did anyone see, think it was NHL network, they had a post that the Thrashers lead the league in most points goals scored by defensemen. We are leading at something. And with three defenders doing the scoring last night added to the totals.

Ashamedly, I admit, I couldn’t make myself watch the game last night, I couldn’t take another heartbreak, especially after I flipped over to check the score and it was already 1-0 Philly. Then, it was 3-0 Philly. So, I continued watching HGTV until I heard my husband (from his man cave upstairs) yell and start clapping. I flipped back to the game and it was like a Christmas miracle, Ladd had just scored to tie it at 4-4. They also have scored (at home games(every time I go leave the stands to go to the rest room). I’m beginning to get a complex or at the very least an over-active superstition that I might need to spend the games there to begin with. :) Whatever it takes.

I’m with you there, whoever was the genius to come up with the idea, to name the fan award after T.R. You’re so right, the fan award should carry the name of a fan.

Player to be Named Later

March 13th, 2011
1:16 pm

Sage has a Mrs?

You guys been married a long time or are you on revolving five year plans?

Lee

March 13th, 2011
2:18 pm

The Thrashers need to take it one game at a time. If they think to far ahead, they won’t win. They need to be concentrated on that specific game that night and skate their heart out. I believe they can do it. I really do. But they’ll have to put in a LOT of effort into it.

GO THRASHERS

Jason

March 13th, 2011
2:28 pm

While I would love to see the award named after Mr. Benning, now that it’s come out that he was a (very successful) business owner, the ASG will probably use that as an excuse not to name the award after him. Or, they’ll try to go to his son and ask him to sponsor the award so they (ASG) can make money off of his memory.

I have to admit to staying up and looking over the standings a bit last night just to see if the playoffs were possible. Yeah, technically, they are. But, I think the schedule is going to prove to be a bit too tough for us going down the stretch and we’ll miss out by three points. That being said, last time we were that close, we won the division the next year.

Smitty

March 13th, 2011
2:40 pm

Just read that Rick Martin has died from a heart attack. Only 59. Bad day for Sabre fans.

Rawhide

March 13th, 2011
2:42 pm

Amysn11 – Well done. See…that was painless.

My suggestin was simply that a player in the pentalty box when time expired in OT would not be eligible for the shootout. He’s in the box, after all. But I like the extending OT out to finish the PP.

Everyone - Here’s an interesting blog entry by C-Viv. Seems as though Clint Malarchuk addressed the team during the second intermission. Ramsay said he had no words to say to them, but Malarchuk did.

An exerpt from the story:

“We had to change the tide,” Malarchuk said. “Then I kind of got a little irritated. It’s not my place to do this, [to] talk to the forwards or defensemen or the team. My job is the goalies. This is a bad deal for me to say ‘You’re out, you’re in.’ I turned around and said ‘You guys got to understand this [stuff]. These guys play every night. Can we not just gut it up and do it for teammates? We are a family and we have to understand that when one guy is down you fight, you push. We are family. Let’s do it for family.’

Hoof Arted

March 13th, 2011
2:46 pm

Dang. I wish he would have delivered that message about 3 or 4 weeks ago.

Glad to see someone on this coaching staff knows how to motivate players.

Smitty

March 13th, 2011
2:56 pm

Why is the goalie consultant giving the pep talk? Sure glad he did.

ben

March 13th, 2011
4:51 pm

it was a good effort, but no playoffs. two years from now, this team’ll be a beast. until then, they ought to man up and cut the prices. when the new owners come in, i hope that they can start building the history of this franchise into something solid. i now believe kovy when he said he wanted to stay here, and i’m sorry he’s gone. i only hope they retire his number when he retires

Brendan

March 13th, 2011
4:52 pm

Rawhide, if the Thrashers are 3-points out of of 8th, with 5 or more games to play, I think we can re-introduce the “P” word. Right now, the Thrashers are playing for positions and contracts next year.

If the Thrashers can get new ownership prior to the Draft, Don Waddell won’t be sitting at the table. Can you imagine it? A draft … without Waddell at the table? Maybe, not even there. Period, the end. Actually, if Waddell were released, I suspect the NHL network would hire him to cover the draft, for “GM perspective.” I’d actually rather enjoy that. We’d hear all his ‘alleged’ war stories about trades that never happened, but were proposed.

I long for the day … when a new team owner, willing to link his face to the franchise, emerges. That continues to be my wish.

WBF, I do hope Balsillie buys the Maple Leafs. I think the “valuation” of that team is $463 million, making it the most expense in the league. Are the Devils still for sale? Has Phoenix been purchased yet? In the last couple of years, Tampa Bay has had new ownerships, plural. The Edmonton Oilers got new ownership. So, people are buying NHL franchises.

Brendan

March 13th, 2011
5:02 pm

WBF, Smitty, Tom, Paminsky and other Sabre fans across the message board, condolences on the loss of Richard Martin, one of the greatest goal scorers of his era, in the 1970’s, a part of the famed “French Connection,” all of whom hang from the rafters of HSBC. I remember “Rico” as a rookie who scored 44 goals. Which, at that time, was somewhat unheard of. I think Bossy would come along to score 53, as a rookie. It’s funny what you remember about a player. But one year, and you Sabre fans will have to enlighten me, Rick Martin and Danny Gare came into the final game within striking distance of 50 goals for the season. I think Martin sat at 49. Or he had 48, and scored one to reach 49. Danny Gare came into that game with 47 goals. The final game saw Buffalo will an opportunity to clinch the game with an EMPTY-NETTER.
The puck was on Richard Martin’s stick. He paused, looked for Gare, who was looking for the “hat trick” in that game, and set him up for his 50th of the season, to complete his trick.

Now, that’s a selfless gesture. Rick Martin had Goal # 50 on this twig, but elected to pass to Gare, so he could have a 50 goal season and a hattie. Niiiiice.

Tony C

March 13th, 2011
5:42 pm

“There was such desperation on the faces of each player. Each player that came off [the ice] was exhausted but within seconds they were looking at me to go back out.”-Ramsay as quoted in C-Viv’s article…

They have to bring that for the full 60, not just the last half hour. Should they do that and The Byfuglien is able to come back from this leg thing (and hey, I don’t know you can afford to hold him out what with the opponents we have next on the dockett) at close to 95-100% then I think we have a shot.

This upcoming week determines much for April/May hockey.

Just remember, those same Flyers (in my mind the best team in the League-though Vancouver’s not far behind) with pretty much the same lineup got in on the last shot of a shootout…crazy things can happen when you refuse to lose.

LAC

March 13th, 2011
5:51 pm

Saw an interestin “Oil Change” on NHL network. Interesting to watch. It’s all about Edmonton Oilers and their young players. But they showed their farm team in Oklahoma City. Had about 10 minutes on them and the final comment made by Oilers Director of Player development was,
You HAVE to DEVELOP your OWN players to suceed. You cannot rely on teams where you DO NOT control your players. No truer words have ever been spoken, I hope a new owner would consider that, because Chicago is really not helping develop Atlanta players.

kracker

March 13th, 2011
5:57 pm

Heh. The Squeeze-in Division doesn’t make the task any easier but it is a fun way to look at it. Sooo…the Thrashers are yet again near the bottom of another division – but also only four points from the second and necessary spot. On to New Jersey! Fortunately, it is only for a day or less.

Red Light

March 13th, 2011
6:58 pm

Through it all, the Thrashers are six points out of the 8th spot because of Buffalo’s win and will have to jump three teams to get in and hold of the hottest team in hockey just behind them. And, the first tiebreaker being wins, Atlanta trails every team they are battling.

LA Kings, now 10-1-4 since Jan 22 in road games, have moved into 4th overall in the West, and all of a sudden the Caps have a five-point lead on Tampa Bay for the Southeast Division lead.