|34-39-9: 77 Points
||36-23-13: 85 Points|
|Ty Conklin||Jimmy Howard|
|2-0-0 Against Detroit||1-2-1 Against StL|
|1.50 GAA; .960 SV%||2.91 GAA; .913 SV%|
My God. One point away from the playoffs, one win to 8th place - even if it'd be temporary. Playoff atmosphere, decent attendance, and me in the club section enjoying really good food and overpriced alcohol.
Thank goodness this game didn't take place on $3 beer night, or else I'd be in a drunk tank somewhere. Getting back at me for singing the praises of our 1A goaltender, Johan Hedberg, karma decided to give me a 4-0 loss to enjoy that was capped off by a few soft goals and effort that was just not there enough from the team. Thrashers bloggers had been stressing the importance of the game since Sunday, and whispers were going around that the last time we had a 5 game winning streak was in the 2006-2007 season, where we ended the year atop the Southeastern Division. Unless we win five of our last 9 games in a row, it will stay that way.
The pressure proved to be too much, at least last night, for our young team. Expectations are higher for this team than it's been for years. Instead of being written off as being in year 10 of our 5 year re-build, bloggers and pundits were expecting us to leapfrog the Bruins and make our 2nd appearance in the playoffs - this can still happen, but only if they rebound mentally from the shaky game of last night. You can't have a couple near misses on a hot goalie and shut down like the team did on Rask last night. Our first round opponent would be the Washington Capitals. If we can't handle the decimated Bruins' offense, how in the world can we stand up to the best one in the league?
We can't. If we keep letting the pressure get to us, we won't make it. The guys need to read the (kind of) flattering Hockey News article by John Grigg that was published before yesterday's game. Put it up in your lockers. Lay a copy on John Anderson's desk. There's a lot more than postseason on the line - some respectibility'd be nice.
I've been accepted into the Bloguin circle of awesomeness. Thank you to Derek, Dave, Stephen (kick ass banner), and the rest of the Bloguin squad for welcoming me aboard.
The old Thrashing the Blues site can always be accessed at the top of the site, in case you want to thumb through some older posts, but from here on out I'll be centered here - update your bookmarks accordingly.
I'm very excited to be covering both the Blues and Thrashers over here now - no more tweaking the layout, no more trying to figure out what in the world I'm doing on a daily basis - I post, and then boom. It looks awesome. I'll still be working at the other sites I write on, but a bulk of my stuff will be here. The more interesting articles I write, the better the site does, so I'm going to try to be almost interesting.
Speaking of which, the Men Behind the Mask feature on Johan Hedberg I wrote for NHL Hot Stove got picked up and re-tweeted by Hedberg's agent Jay Grossman - you might remember him from such things as the "Ilya Kovalchuk Contract Saga." So, um, people read what I write apparently.
I have some more stuff coming up today regarding whatever the heck happened last night, and commentary a decently positive (if incredulous) write up on the Thrashers from The Hockey News. I will also try really hard to ignore the SB Nation kerfluffle between Stanley Cup of Chowder and the very pissed off Falconer.
Aw, who am I kidding. If the nice folks at CoC want to apologize to Thrashers fans for being asshats and to Bruins fans for making them look like schmucks, I'll say something.