Schremp returns to Long Island and helps Thrashers to first regulation win since Feb. 11

So, just how long do you think it’ll take for Rob Schremp to get that smile off of his face?

The former Islander has said he holds nothing against New York for cutting him lose back on February 28. “There are no hard feelings”, he told Chris Vivlamore recently. “It’s a part of hockey…I appreciate what they did for me as far as giving me a chance”.

That’s the classy thing to say of course, and I’m sure Schremp was quite sincere with his remarks. But you just gotta know that somewhere in the back of his mind as he stepped onto the ice at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum he had to be thinking, “Man…what I just wouldn’t give to be able to score a goal here tonight”.

Rob Schremp celebrates his second period goal against the Islanders with Blake Wheeler, Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien. It stood up as the deciding goal as he and the Thrashers knocked off his former team (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Rob Schremp celebrates his second period goal against the Islanders with Blake Wheeler, Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien. It stood up as the deciding goal as he and the Thrashers knocked off his former team (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

It’s only human nature after all. Kind of like returning to your hometown for a high school reunion… with your stunningly beautiful wife… in a brand new German luxury sedan…and running into the cheerleader who had turned you down for the prom years before.

Well, score a goal is just what Mr. Schremp did…and not just any goal, but the one that wound being the game-winner. Schremp’s wrister beat Isle goalie Al Montoya at the 13:56 mark of the second period to de-knot the score at one-all. The assists went to Schremp’s linemates Larry Fine and Mo Howard.

No, no…make that Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien.

Atlanta improved their penalty-killing skills from last Saturday night, denying the Islanders on all for of their man-advantage situation. They were very aggressive in pursuing the puck and pressured New York all night long while a man down.

Chris Mason made his first start in goal since March 5 and improved his season record to 11-10-3. He looked sharp between the pipes as he stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced in the first period.

Wait…what?

Actually, the stats sheet reads the Islanders were only allowed 15 shots on goal for the entire game.

That’s right folks…one-fiver. That total is a season low for the Thrashers defense, besting the 17 allowed to the Carolina Hurricanes back on February 13…a game they lost 3-2.

Mason should almost feel like he should give back a portion of his pay for this night…almost.

Seriously though, Mason looked sharp when he was called upon. He was beaten only when John Tavares tapped home the puck after it had pinged the far post.

And of course, the 2-1 win on Long Island was the first in regulation for Atlanta since…flipping back through stacks of papers…since…flipping, flipping…ah here it is. It’s the first regulation win since February 11 when they knocked off the Rangers 3-2, snapping a streak of 15 games in which the Thrashers allowed opponents either 1 or 2 points.

That’s a long time. Too long.

But they will not have too long in which to celebrate this victory. They’ll wing their way back to Thrasherville for a Friday night matchup against the NHL’s best team, the 48-17-9 Vancouver Canucks. That’s not an easy way to wrap-up the tail end of a back-to-back set, mind you. But at least they took care of business on the front end.

Hopefully Schremp and his Thrashers buddies will still be smiling after that one.

113 comments Add your comment

Smoothie

March 24th, 2011
11:41 pm

Isles were definitely flat, but the Thrash took it to ‘em on the F/C and controlled the neutral zone most of the nite. If someone could only teach these guys how to shoot and score the puck so that they can get a better reward for their earnest efforts, we might be on to something here. The lines were balanced and I was impressed with the effort and determination of Maxwell w/ Inspector Lee (Stapes), enjoyed the rediscovered chemistry b/w Burmy & Antro (Thorbs was very good tonite along the walls) and Schremp finally got to play with some other skilled players, not to mention Dvorak seems to be back to full speed; he was flying out there. PK was crazy good, but not sure if they were simply taking advantage of an Isles team that lacked intensity and focus. But who cares, feels good to get a regulation win, but if they can’t win 4 or 5 in a row, I’d rather they go down with lots of good losses and determined efforts on the short-end of 1-goal games, like we’re used to! ;)

Rob Schremp

March 24th, 2011
11:49 pm

Hey New York Islanders – How do you like me now?

cousin Eddie

March 24th, 2011
11:56 pm

I just posted after Rob “THE COCKTAIL” Schremp!!

hoosier_hoser

March 25th, 2011
12:19 am

Like Ramsay and the coaching staff, we’ll all be watching Schremp the rest of the year. If he goes into the corners and wins puck battles and if he plays lock down defense, then he proves he is a good waiver claim. If not, then the Bergfors’ model applies. I trust the coaching staff has made their expectations clear.

Brendan

March 25th, 2011
12:22 am

Did you hear the Isles fans booing their PP unit? They booed the end of the game, too. Guess what it means? Yep, this game meant something to the Islander faithful. They wanted to at least be able to say, “Well, the difference between this year and the last few years running is … we’ve at least caught the Atlanta Thrashers.”

Nope. Not yet. Not this year, anyway. Everyone in the AJC contest with 91 and 92-points is still alive. At least until tomorrow night, when the NHL’s top point producing team arrives at the Bulb. I see a win for the Thrashers. Vancouver is looking to take a night off. They’re far, far from home, hoping to put this game behind them, without any injuries to their team, while giving their backup some work. Time for Atlanta to cash-in, and get to 76-points, same as 2008 and 2009.

LAC has been eliminated, as his 71-points are too far away from Chippers Love Child’s guess of 75-points. If the Thrashers get no more points for the rest of the year, Chippers Love Child would be the winner.

ZAvalanche

March 25th, 2011
1:48 am

Good to see one of my teams take a win. Brendan – I really hope for a win over Vancouver but I think it is unlikely. That team is crazy good. I still think Thrashy is only a couple of players away from being a good team.

Phil Fry

March 25th, 2011
1:57 am

I’m pretty sure the 3-2 win over the rangers was the 11th, because I went to the game for my birthday and it was the perfect gift.

World Be Free

March 25th, 2011
7:10 am

That was actually alotta fun to watch, so many parts of our game looked good last night. Give Ramsay credit for having the individual player meetings-kinda asking each player – “Do you want to play in the National Hockey League?”

The guys responded with a good effort, regardless of the opponent that type of fundamental hockey will win you alot of games in this league. We still need a finisher, too many chances not being cashed in. So is Schremp going to be resigned this summmer?

I was rejected by more than one cheerleader, but I still kept trying. I have seen some of our old cheerleaders lately, they are all hogs now.

World Be Free

March 25th, 2011
7:15 am

I have no idea what Bogosian was doing on the lone Islander goal. To say he was out of position is putting it very lightly.

Rawhide

March 25th, 2011
7:34 am

Phil Frey – Indeed it was Feb. 11, as the title says….but I put the wrong date in the story. My bad…thanks for pointing it out.

Happy Birthday late, BTW…

kracker

March 25th, 2011
7:59 am

Go figure. I finally throw in the towel on the season and change to draft lottery mode and these guys go out and play a great game. I should have given up on them about a month ago!

tonyb

March 25th, 2011
8:11 am

As the shots against totals have been going down, the winning has been increasing. Unfortunately, the hole dug from late December to early March is so deep, it looks nearly impossible to recover for a playoff berth.

Don’t write the Thrashers off yet against Vancouver tonight. Surprisingly, the team seems to respond well when taking on a quality opponent. The two recent wins against a very good Flyers team, along with the strong record against the Caps demonstrates that. But they will face, in my opinion, the best team in hockey tonight, so we can see how we stack up.

World Be Free

March 25th, 2011
8:41 am

kracker-I go back to the meetings Rammer had with the players. I think the players respect Ramsay, but he needed to get ion their faces abit to get this type of 60 minute effort out of them.

I guess the individual player meetings should have happened 8 weeks ago.

thrashersaddict

March 25th, 2011
8:45 am

Hate that I can’t be there tonight to see the win…Go Thrashers!

Rawhide

March 25th, 2011
8:50 am

tonyb – Yes, the overall season shot against/ game stat is down for the Thrashers. Currently they allow 31.7 SA/G, which is the 11th best in the NHL. That number was up around 34-35 around the middle of the season.

If you would have told me last fall our SA/G stat was going to be in the top half of the league…I would have thought this team would be sitting solidly in a playoff position.

shrugs

DWTOO

March 25th, 2011
8:52 am

MC and DE we commenting about the effort the Thrashers were displaying at the 13 minute mark of the first period. Remarked to MRS DWTOO that the problem is you need to play for 60 minutes. Fortunately last night they did.

kracker

March 25th, 2011
9:04 am

They have played pretty well for the last month or so, just not finishing games off or having crucial lapses that resulted in lost points. Last night they were pretty much on their game for the entire game. I guess that’s how you win 2-1 games. Too many times they have allowed the opponent a late goal to tie the game or take the lead.

Darkhorse

March 25th, 2011
9:27 am

Agreed, the team is two-three very good players away from being a solid team. But even with better players, a more consistant effort will be needed to stave off the annual JanFeb blues. Hopefully, this summer will bring good news for Thrasher fans, starting with new ownership that actually wants to own a hockey team and spend more cash on the roster and marketing to get them noticed around here. Maybe that will finally bring a positive trickle down effect throughout the front office.

Not sure what to think about this coaching staff. When we were scoring 4-5 goals a game earlier in the season, teams adjusted, and now we are squirting 2-3 goals a game at best. Where’s our adjustments to counter all that?

Phil Fry

March 25th, 2011
9:34 am

Thanks Rawhide! Always glad to help polish up what is always excellent writing.

rob

March 25th, 2011
9:40 am

Well we will see if my losing streak with the Boys In Blue ends tonight or not. Last 7 games I have been to this season have been LOSSES!!! Would be nice to get to see a few more WINS at home before the end of the season. Hopefully they play a solid game and give the place reason to be LOUD tonight!
LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!!

Tom

March 25th, 2011
10:02 am

Did anyone else see Schremp yapping at Montoya all game. He took a few shots in front of the net from the Islanders till he was done saying his piece in the second period and then after that period he followed Montoya with not the nicest expression on his face.

My bet is ol’ Montoya did Schrempy wrong.

Roberto

March 25th, 2011
10:14 am

What I don’t understand is how the season got to this point where a win over the Isles is such a reason to rejoice. The Pens are playing without Malkin, Crosby and a few other players for half the year and they are still mathematically alive for first place. Without Malkin, Crosby , and a couple of their other top forwards, shouldn’t they be , talentwise, equivalent to a team like the Thrashers? Oh, I forgot. They got a deeper D-corps which survived injuries to people like Orpik and the trade of Goligoski.

This seemed like the year the Thrashers would break out for at least a playoff spot. Now, it looks like just another year.

Smoothie

March 25th, 2011
10:16 am

Not that it really has much of a chance of happening, but the Thrashers will need to almost win out to have any shot at the #8 seed. Ideally, they go 7 – 0 – 2 or 8 – 0 – 1, but even 7 – 1 – 1 could get them there assuming Buffalo goes 3 – 5 – 1 over their final 9 gms. Getting to 88 points is not enough because ATL would lose the tiebreakers with Buffalo (number of non-SO wins and head to head), so 89 is a minimum needed for any shot. Of course, CAR would need to win no more than 4 times (4 – 3 – 2 gets them to 88 points, and a win over them on 4/8 would be essential so they don’t get to 38 wins AND 89 points). We would also need TOR to lose at least 2 games in regulation so they can’t get past 88 points and NJ would need to go 8 – 0 – 1 to get to 89 points so they’ll have a tough time getting there. However, should they get to 88 points and there’s a tie, they might sneak in with the most regulation, non-SO wins.

Now obviously, I don’t expect any of this to happen, but for those scoring at home, that’s essentially what needs to happen for the Thrashers to have any chance. As you can see, that loss to Buffalo was HUGE not only for the 2 points lost, but also in tie-breaker scenarios that might have occurred at 88 points rather than 89. Now it’s 89 points or bust. Our “tragic” number is now at 3 points as we cannot afford to squander anymore than 3 of the next 18 points.

Joe McGrath

March 25th, 2011
10:19 am

Nothing much to say except “good game” and “How In The World Did Maxwell Not Score From Stape’s Pass?” nI thought it was a slam dink, but somehow Montoya made th stop. Too bad ’cause Max played very well.

Smoothie

March 25th, 2011
10:42 am

Joe M – yeah, I liked Maxwell a lot. He pretty much won every puck battle he was in along the wall and in the corners. Scrappy player with more skill than Boulton. I think he could have a future with us and perhaps he learned a thing or two under Don Lever in 2008-09 before he left for Chicago. I reckon Lever shared his $.02 with Duds before he made that trade.

In case anyone was curious about Vancouver’s record against the Eastern Conference this year, here you go:

A record of 10 – 5 – 2 with a 4 – 3 – 1 mark on the East Coast.

Wins over Philly, Wash, the Isles, Jersey, CAR, FLA, Tronna twice and Ottawa twice with OTL to Buffalo and Tampa. Losses came at the hands of Boston, Pitt, the Rangers and Montreal twice. Road losses were at PITT, MTL and MSG.

I’d say we’re pretty much screwed. Hopefully we can sneak an OT point and maybe steal one with a stupendous effort by Pavelec. I reckon we’ll see their back-up but they have SAT to rest before Columbus. The scary part of playing VAN right now is that they’ve been red hot going 9 – 2 – 0 in the month of March with a 7-game winning streak, which included 5 straight ON THE ROAD against WC foes LA, AHM, PHX, SJ & CGY essentially wrapping up the Conference crown with a win over DET two nites ago.

Perhaps they will have a major let-down tonite, but they’re too good for us to win by more than a goal, that’s for sure!

World Be Free

March 25th, 2011
10:59 am

Joe McGrath-hope that’s not showing the quality of Maxwel’’s hands! I thought the same thing.

Roberto-I guess it is something positive to talk about for once, an oasis in what has become the Sahara Desert of a 2nd half of the season. Consider this is the first regulation win in almost 6 weeks, time for rejoice! Pens and Thrashers are not on the same planet, so it is tough to compare the challenges and accomplishments of each team.

@not_CThorburn

March 25th, 2011
11:18 am

hahaha! I guess that virgin I tossed into the volcano did the trick and we finally got a regulation win!

I’d do it again for tonight’s game, but hey, this is Atlanta. I don’t think I can find a virgin on such short notice.

not_Chris

LAC

March 25th, 2011
11:23 am

Brenden, I will miss that autographed photo of you and waddell for my winning guess, but this is one I am glad I missed.

Excellent game last nice, SOLID defense, it was great to see, a regulation win against a team close to us. Best defense of the season, although the Detroit game ranked up there.

Have a good feeling about tonight’s game, really we may pull one out of the fire.

But good game and hope it continues the last couple weeks of the season, something to build on for next year !

Thrashers27

March 25th, 2011
11:24 am

I hate to pee in everyone’s cornflakes, but that team that our Thrashers beat by one stinking goal last night was the Islanders…one of the only teams in the league that is consistently worse than the Thrashers. Color me unimpressed.

Now, if they do the same thing to the Canucks tonight, I’ll pee in my own cornflakes tomorrow morning.

ZAvalanche

March 25th, 2011
11:34 am

@ Roberto – if you are a fan you rejoice every win no matter what.

ZAvalanche

March 25th, 2011
11:37 am

Thrashers27, I would love to have you pee in your flakes tomorrow, but I think it is unlikely. Vancouver won’t take time off till they have clinched the President’s Trophy. But on the other hand, this is the NHL and anything can happen…

@not_CThorburn

March 25th, 2011
11:38 am

Thrashers27, will you post that on YouTube? The eating of them, not the actual act. That would just be nasty.

ps – Ohhh…I see your escape clause, there. You said you’d pee in them. You didn’t say you’d eat them afterwards. Smart.

Roberto

March 25th, 2011
11:49 am

All I am saying is that despite the Pens losing two elite forwards and a rotating group of 2 or 3 other decent forwards for most of the second half, they didn’t suffer the same kind of swoon the Thrashers went through. Shouldn’t the improved Thrashers supposed to be at least inthe same league as a top club missing 3 or 4 of its top 8 players? What does that say about the management that this is the state of the team despite coming off a 5 month stretch where they made two good trades? There were a LOT of defensemen up for grabs in free agency this offseason.

World Be Free

March 25th, 2011
11:56 am

Roberto-can’t argue with your good points-you see the differences between Pittsburgh and Atlanta. Hopefuly we can bridge the gap in the near future, so we are not forced to rejoice such events as simple 2-1 win against a fellow lottery pick team.

World Be Free

March 25th, 2011
12:00 pm

Thrashers27-I am going to tonight’s game with my sense of humor fully intact. Hoping to see last night’s effort, but not expecting the same results. Montoya is not Luongo, Moulson is not Sedin and so on.

World Be Free

March 25th, 2011
12:02 pm

Don’t you all wonder what Grabner did in the Florida Panthers’ camp earlier this year to force the Panthers to waive him after having just acquired Grabner from Vancouver? The kid is as skinny but he has wheels.

ZAvalanche

March 25th, 2011
12:11 pm

@ Roberto – I am not attacking you, just saying that you should just enjoy every win :) . WBF, bring your Vevuzela (sp) to the game and lets hope Thrashy takes down the ‘Nucks.

World Be Free

March 25th, 2011
12:14 pm

Z Avs-I don’t have one but I bet I can borrow my son’s trombone! Think they would let me in witht he brass?

Stroz is the vuvuzela guy!

World Be Free

March 25th, 2011
12:17 pm

Roberto-you know what makes me sick is seeing the depth in the Pred’s organization fron top to bottom. Here is another relatively low budget team that develops talent, there’s ex-Preds all over the league and they still fill spots from their minor league system. How many ex-Pred goalies are on NHL rosters? We have one, Chris Mason. Nashville’s development of players is similar to New Jersey’s.

Red Light

March 25th, 2011
12:28 pm

Interestingly enough, the Thrashers are 4-2-1 vs. the top 8 teams in the Western Conference this season heading into tonight’s game. They have Vancouver tonight and Nashville left on the slate.

That means against the bottom 7 teams in the West, the Thrashers are just 2-6-1.

Joe Friday

March 25th, 2011
12:29 pm

“All I am saying is that despite the Pens losing two elite forwards and a rotating group of 2 or 3 other decent forwards for most of the second half, they didn’t suffer the same kind of swoon the Thrashers went through.”

Yep, shows you what good coaching can do. That Pens lineup doesn’t scare anyone on paper . . . good coach = raising the level of the team play, everytime.

Great players don’t guarantee championships, but great coaches do (name me the last bad coach that won a trophy in any sport).

“I see a win for the Thrashers. Vancouver is looking to take a night off.”

You think? Our boys skated balls to the wall last night to eek out a win or the Isle, the Canuckleheads are going to be coming tomorrow night and I fully expect a 4-1 loss, they need and want home ice to try to avoid another early exit (I’d love to see another matchup with the ‘Hawks in the real season).

Sage of Bluesland

March 25th, 2011
12:29 pm

I don’t know why anyone would complain about our “player development” process? After all, there are always “Legends of Blueland” in the wittle bookwets which are given out at every game (well, at least there used to be–but that was during Don Waddell’s first “Five-Year Plan”; since I stopped putting my dollars in his and the inept ownership’s pockets, I can only assume anymore).

You mean our player analysis, selection, and development process is deficient compared to other professional organizations?

No!

ManUp

March 25th, 2011
12:31 pm

** Roberto said – > What I don’t understand is how the season got to this point where a win over the Isles is such a reason to rejoice. ** Me either, but in the south even the littlest of blessings seem to be seem to be a lifetime’s gift from The Almighty. And remember, this is basically as good as it gets some ten years after ;-)

Smoothie

March 25th, 2011
12:56 pm

R/L et al – we’ve lost our last 6 straight to Western Conference foes dating back to the 12/10 loss to Colorado in a game we should have won (we scored first and we were money scoring first till that point). Then we suffered the fateful loss to St. Louis at home on 12/21. Peverley hit the pipe twice in the last few minutes and we went into a tailspin for the rest of the season. Sigh. Yeah, we started out 6 – 2 – 2 against the West including wins over DET, NSH, SJ, AHM and Minny.

Red Light

March 25th, 2011
1:00 pm

Joe Friday: How about Ozzie Guillen?

R. Stroz

March 25th, 2011
1:07 pm

WBF – It’s an elongated collapsible bullhorn, not a vuvuzela.

Cliff Fletcher

March 25th, 2011
1:08 pm

sage of blueland/////

can’t complain about our player development process because we don’t have one. it might as well be a 50 year plan. if this keeps going the thrashers will soon be referred to as the los angeles clippers of the nhl.

i never thought dan bylsma would make an elite nhl coach-but the pens have been a different team since therion was fired and danny put in his place. like lemaire in nj, capuano in lonn- gisland (i know that sounds silly-but isles playing much better under him).

Al

March 25th, 2011
1:11 pm

As I predicted yesterday, tonights match-up will be a preview of the Stanley Cup Finals!
Yes sports fans, Atlanta WILL clinch a playoff spot and will go all the way to the Finals.
Watch the Thrashers thrash Vancouver tonight, remember that Daniel and Henrik will be too busy nursing their new baby to care….

PS.. I was reading a book the other day, and it said if you believe and throw positive thoughts and comments out into the universe enough times, they will come true. Therefore, Atlanta will win the cup, Atlata will win the cup, everyone, repeat after me, Atlanta will win the cup.
Note that I tried it this morning while going down an elevator saying “don’t stop on any floor., don’t stop on any floor”, and sure enough it worked, no one got on and the elevator didn’t stop until my floor.

Bbbb

March 25th, 2011
1:17 pm

@ Al: did you go down from 2nd to 1st floor?:))

Al

March 25th, 2011
1:21 pm

@ Bbbb very funny, it was from the 10th to the Basement. But don’t laugh, it works when you’re looking for a parking spot downtown too…the point is to always be positive, confident and believe. Someone shoud just tell the rest of the players besides Ladd and Buff, they were in the finals last year and won, why can’t they be there again. Lots of games left in the regular season..