Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What We Learned Last Night

(updated not once but twice below!)

- We can win games without Ilya Kovalchuk, but it's impossible to win without Ron Hainsey.

- You know, it's funny. Before this season I'd always disliked Sidney Crosby but I'd never hated the Penguins. This season has made me hate them: every game the Thrashers play against them ends with me feeling furious towards some Penguins player or other.

- Which brings me to Matt Cooke's savage hit on Zach Bogosian. And I don't mean "savage" in the sports commentator sense of "bitchin'" or "whoa." It was savage as in "barbaric," "malicious," etc. If you happen to run into Matt Cooke, remember to tie him to the front wheel of a steamroller. It's the only honorable thing to do.

- Do we have any defensemen left? If we lose Hainsey, Bogosian, and Valabik that leaves us with...what, exactly? Toby Enstrom and a bunch of Wolves?

- I think it's safe to say that Johan Hedberg's best days are behind him. Maybe there was no way he could've avoided the 6 goals against him...maybe it had more to do with playing a Hainseyless game. Who knows? He is totally Moose, though.

- I didn't mind losing, really. The Thrash had to lose a game at some point...I'm just slightly miffed at how a Pens player is allowed to get away with wrecking a future superstar while his team is fêted by the media as Awesomest Thing of All Time because Evgeni Malkin had 5 points or whatever. Did I mention that I hate the Penguins?

UPDATE: More on Cooke's assasination attempt. Rawhide writes, "for some odd reason, when it comes to hits on Thrashers by Penguins, the league has a habit of simply looking the other way." Indeed. Ruutu's hit on Kovalchuk, Letang's near-murder of Todd White earlier this season, now this.

One final note: Last night Cooke also demolished Slava Kozlov WHILE HE WAS SKATING TO THE BENCH. Very brave, that. Put a hit on one of the least physical players in NHL history then skate as fast as you can to the bench to avoid reprisal. The Thrashers tough guys deserve some blame for this as well, of course. Boulton, Thorburn, Exelby, Valabik etc. don't punish opposing teams for this kind of thing, so players feel they can get away with it.

UPDATE II: If you're interested in a forensic examination of Cooke's hit on Bogosian, and a comparison between it and a hard but clean hit on another Thrashers player earlier this year, head over to Blueland Outsider. It's much better analysis than "ZOMG it's hockey go cry pussyhat" or, from our angle, "Someone please kill Matt Cooke."

11 comments:

Thrashers Recaps said...

Yeah there's some BS going on between these two seasons this game. I can appreciate a good healthy rivalry but this is more of an ugly I-hate-my-stepfather-and-want-him-dead vibe and its not good.

By the way, where do you look for injury updates? I'll be checking all day today for word on Bogo, Hainsey, and Kovy.

Mortimer Peacock said...

I don't know where to check aside from Knobler's blog and Ben Wright's blog and Twitter feed. Those are probably your best bets.

Jay said...

Last night should have been the perfect time for Boulton to go after someone(a hard hit to Crosby perhaps?), but he did nothing. Bogosian was putting absolutely no pressure on his leg last night when he was leaving the ice. Not good. Moose sucks. I wouldn't mind seeing the Thrashers go with another backup next year. It's tough whenever Lehtonen is not playing that you have to score at least four goals just to be in the game. Last night was a downer in so many ways. It's going to say a lot about this team with how they come out and play Friday night against the Stanley Cup champions, and the return of an old friend(Hossa). Should be interesting.

Mortimer Peacock said...

Jay-

Amen to everything you said.

It really irritates me that Boulton didn't go after Cooke or anyone else.

FrenchCatalogues said...

Moose doesn't suck. We lost our defense is what happened.

Mortimer Peacock said...

I don't think Moose sucks, but he wasn't particularly sharp last night.

FrenchCatalogues said...

But, it's not on him.

Shawn said...

Cooke's hit was ridiculous. And I agree about the bitter taste you get after watching a Penguins game. But I don't think its Sidney Crosby's fault. More a team distaste.

Mortimer Peacock said...

No one said it was just on him. It's on him and everyone else. Yes, things would have been much better if we'd had our defense, and that had a lot to do with the 6goals, but Moose wasn't very good either.

Big Shooter said...

Hey, I've been hating the Penguins for the last 15 years. I'm just glad everyone else is catching on...

aaron said...

Thanks for teh linkage, boys. Pens games are getting chippy, aren't they? TR is right - all the bad blood is turning way badder. It would be extremely sweet if these "new look" Thrashers took a run (figuratively, of course) at the Pens in next year's playoffs. But who's available this summer to add the grit and the willingness to go out protect our guys? Watching Stevie Mac pound the living snot out of Ruutu was one of my favorite moments from last year.