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Postgame 8: Small players, Big win

October 21, 2009

Oh thank God. Or Gomez. Or Gionta. A win!

First of all, Ondrej Pavelec was ridiculous. Seriously. Who is he, where did he come from, and how did he learn those dance moves?

Love this quote from Thrashers coach John Anderson (from

(Pavelec) was great and I thought the guy at the other end was pretty good as well.”

Man, it’s like Halak can’t catch a break, even when he wins. I thought he was particularly excellent tonight, if a little underworked.

Anyway, Pavelec was really pissing me off until Gionta schooled him in the shootout.

Speaking of Brian Gionta, raise your hand if you want his babies. The line starts here.

Quick notes, because I am le tired:

Cammalleri seemed to be psyching himself out a lot tonight. He needs to calm down and stop putting so much pressure on himself, cause he was doing that overthinking thing we just loved when the Habs did it last year.  MAB, there’s this thing they do in the NHL, called receiving a pass, please get a how-to video or something if you’ve forgotten. Ew, it’s goalie controversy time again. I used to like Colby Armstrong. When did he turn into Steve Ott? The team played a better defensive game than usual, minus the major brainfart that led to that Thrashers goal and some minor ones that didn’t lead to anything disastrous. Scott Gomez is hilarious. It’s nice that Max jumped at Armstrong in retribution for MAB and everything, but he and Gui still gots to play much better.

Finally, a question.

Am I misguided in thinking that this team is capable of generating some serious offense? Or is every game going to be like this?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark permalink
    October 21, 2009 6:42 am

    Too bad about the goaltending controversy. There is nothing that sucks the energy out of a season than the constant worrying about goaltending.

    I was just thinking the other day how nice it was not to have to read articles every day about Ottawa’s goaltending situation. (I am doing some serious knocking on wood right now).

    • theactivestick permalink*
      October 21, 2009 10:20 am

      Leclaire is extremely capable, I gotta say. He pissed me off a lot his first game against the Habs (with the CBJs two years ago).

      I don’t even want to think about the Halak vs Price argument this early in the season. It almost makes me miss the “Trade Koivu” tirades.

  2. Mike permalink
    October 21, 2009 8:16 pm

    Gionta’s a machine. Can’t believe some people consider his contract to be so bad.

    And to answer your question, no, you’re not misguided. This team is capable of scoring 4-5 goals a night, but for whatever reason, it’s not happening. A few things could be to blame. No Markov on the back end making those sweet breakout passes, a Martin system that preaches defense first, or a simple cold streak.

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