Saturday, October 9, 2010

Season Opener! Thrashers vs the Capitals

FINALLY! It's time to drop the puck in Phillips Arena. Fans were excited to see their new players and get the season underway. Some (and by some I mean ME) were more excited than others. Michelle was awesome enough to get a picture of me with my signs for Big Buff and Chris Mason.




I was getting all kinds of love for my signs. Chris Mason looked at my sign and waved his glove at me and smiled. He later skated by and gave me a stick tap. While Buff was leaned up against the wall like this, he looked at my sign and smiled, then gave me the "what's up" head nod. Swoon!



The Gremlin! Brent Sopel swirling around being dramatic.



Chris Mason in his very popular old school mask.



Abby with her "Pavelec Saves" sign.



the crowd was excited to see Big Buff, too!



Don't worry, Johnny, you are still my favorite!



My signs weren't the only ones for Mason and Buff.



Welcome to the NHL, Alexander Burmistrov!


First picture of "swarm the goalie" with Mason!

Tonight was set to be a super awesome night. My friend, Randy won a suite and we had it for opening night. If I won the lottery, I'd be in a suite every night. Only cool people would be allowed. It would be a douche bag free zone.


Opening face off of the first game of the season!



So the game has been going for a few minutes. We are watching the action in our zone. All of a sudden I hear someone say "what's wrong with Pavs?"



Michelle took this moments before the drama unfolded.



I look down at the other end of the ice and see this. No one saw anything. He didn't get hit, he wasn't tackled, he just collapsed.

*DISCLAIMER* I struggled with the decision to post pictures of the incident. I didn't want it to be in poor taste, especially as we don't fully know what happened. I very carefully selected the photos for this section to be informative for those who weren't there without being graphic and exploitive. I have many photos from myself and others, some of which are pretty close up, but I will not be posting those.


This is how he stayed the entire time, no movement, twitching or shaking.



The team doctors for both teams came out to tend to Pavs. What was really scary is that he wasn't moving at all. He just remained splayed out on the ice. My husband was an EMT and what disturbed him was how long it took them to get Pavs on the stretcher.



After what seemed like an eternity, the medical staff got Pavs on the stretcher. The team banged thier sticks when they got him on the stretcher. After minutes of stunned silence, the arena erupted into applause.



The doctors taking Pavs out of the arena.

This was the scariest thing I've seen at a game. You just didn't know what happened. Everyone was so worried. The game had to go on though. It's not how I wanted to see him play, but welcome to the game, Chris Mason!



The Gremlin, Sopel, guarding the net.



Johnny trying to stop the cherry pickening Russian.



Cherry picking bastard!



Ladd up in Neuvirth's grill.



After some scuffle in the crease, Mike Greene covered the puck with is hand and Evander Kane was awarded a penalty shot!


Kane approaching...



YES!



Pevs almost gets one in.



Action behind Neuvirth.



Thrashers win!



First star of the game, Evander Kane!


I don't know how the guys managed to put aside their worry for Ondrej and play the game, let alone win. I could barely concentrate and I was just watching! Big Buff told them on the bench "win this one for Pavs." Looks like this horrific incident is gonna bring out the good in the team. Go Thrashers!

8 comments:

ATLANTA HOCKEY PICTURES October 11, 2010 at 6:25 AM  

the pictures looked great, i wish i could have been there. hockey is 100 times better than a funeral. i hate that happened to pav's. on a smaller side note its good to see john kincade back in the interviews.

Michelle October 11, 2010 at 4:19 PM  

what a strange, surreal, bizarre, and fantastic nite it was, for sure! Hey, only one thing, its' "chris" Mason. Steve Mason is CBJ :-)

Sunshine36616 October 11, 2010 at 4:47 PM  

I always fuck up the Masons' names lol. I got it right the first time. I'll just leave off first names, makes it easier.
I am well aware of where the other Mason is...I hear Serge cursing about it all the time, he has Steve on his fantasty team lol.

Michelle October 11, 2010 at 4:54 PM  

lol, i know you know, I was ribbing you. Reason being, when we played CBJ the other night and several of us watched the game streamed, it was so dicey because the announcer was constantly like Steve Mason, Chris Mason, Steve Mason, Chris Mason, it was like watching a ping pong ball back and forth, so I was just razzing ya.

Sunshine36616 October 11, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

Yeah, I know lol.

krisabelle October 11, 2010 at 8:08 PM  

Virginia, your signs were amazing! LOVED the Big Buff one, especially! Too funny. Looking forward to a great season, ay?! Samesies! :)

kaatiya October 15, 2010 at 8:04 PM  

That Big Buff sign is absolute genius. Love!!

Nuts for Boults October 18, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

Pavelec signed Abby's sign today. He looked good. He was joking around and smiling. It was good to see him. A relief even. The other Mason and Buff signs.....that would be Sarah Beth with the Mason sign and my friend Jennifer with the Bugg sign. Great minds think alike. See you soon.

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