I got to say, I really started sweating it there for a bit after I told my son that I told the Atlanta Thrashers they needed a win for his birthday. It was really only after we gave away the second goal in a row to allow the Florida Panthers to tie us, knowing full and well that we would end up in overtime. Thank you to our 3 stars, we saved a little extra cake for you!
#1 Andrew Ladd
(I am going to take it personally and tell myself that Buff did, indeed, read my post about which number my little man picked for his baseball jersey this season).
I will be honest though, there was not a lot of that magic I keep hoping to see now with our latest additions. I really hoped to see Dvorak shine just a little against his former team, but that was not the case. Niclas Bergfors racked up a point with the assist in the first goal of the game, a nice, gentle reminder of what we actually let go less than a week ago, but, unfortunately, I felt as though the Atlanta Thrashers really played very weak the first two periods. I really felt as though they were truly weaker than a few of the other more recent games. I guess I have to go back and correct myself from earlier in this post, I felt pretty nervous when I first realized that thought brewing as well.
The Thrashers continually shot the puck straight at the goalie throughout the vast majority of the game. Blake Wheeler’s second goal was the perfect example of what isn’t a habit on the ice. He was right there, saw that puck free as can be and pulled it in for the goal. We need more aggression on the ice like that. In the final half of the 3rd, we had it, but that is pushing it too far.
Off for the next 3 days, Coach Ramsay needs to start whipping these guys into serious WIN mode. We are up against the Canes next. The last time we were in Raleigh, we actually acted like we gave a **** about the game, only to come back to home ice and hand them the win (again). This time we need to give a real effort. Show that we have some real talent on this team. I know we do!
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