Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Wild Time in Blueland

The Minnesota Wild blew into town Thursday night, a rare appearance from a Western Conference team. Playing next door were the Atlanta Falcons who were facing the Baltimore Ravens. What this means is that me and 18 other Thrashers fans were there to welcome the guys to the ice.

The night started to turn into a real disaster because I left my camera battery at work. My buddy Randy, who is the most awesome guy ever, handed me his camera and told me to use it for the rest of the game. Ha! What a nice guy.

Toy looks so deep in thought.

Ladd and Kane milling around waiting to take some shots.

Big buff sizes up the net and...


Here comes Sergeant Sopel!

Freddy sees me seeing him.

Pavs getting ready for some action.

My favorite Thrasher, Johnny Oduya.

Kaner has his eye on the net.

Sopel brushing his hair back.

Does anything say "Thrashers Warm Up" like Nik flying down the ice with his hair flowing and blowing in the wind.

Pavs has his game face on.

Buff has a different kind of face on.

Told ya Randy was awesome! John caught a stray puck and at warm up and Randy helped him give it to this little guy. It was his first hockey game, his dad was there in uniform for Veteran's Day and this little guy has his camo on, too!

Boultsie is supporting Movember.

Bogosian and Ladd horsing around.

Watch out Laddy, he's up to something!

Swarm the goalie.

Opening face off! Seats aren't as good for pic as they are sometimes, but a seat gypsy can't be choosy.

Pevs trying to get one in on Backstrom.

Johnny makes sure the net is safe and heads back down the ice.

Back in the Thrashers zone, Sopel helps Pavs guard the net.

Sopel spends a lot of time in front of the net.

Pavs keeping an eye on the action behind him.

Sopel keeping the zone safe during a penalty kill.

Unleash the Buff! Byfuglien is set free from the penalty box.

When Backstrom stretches, he always does this "kiss the ice" thing.

Keep it down there boys!

Thrashers putting the pressure on the Wild and making Backstrom dance.

A mass of humanity in front of Backstrom's net.

The Wild chasing Peverley down the ice.

Backstrom makes a save on Slater.

Thrashers win 5 - 1!! It was an awesome game and a good crowed, even though it was small. Those that showed up got a treat!

First star of the game, making 32 saves was Ondrej Pavelec!

We won at home and the team doesn't have to travel, Post Game Show guest! And we get the best, First Star of the Game, Ondrej Pavelec!

I love this picture, he looks like he thinks I am suspicious.

Ondrej talking to Kincade and Kamal.


Michelle November 14, 2010 at 2:26 PM  

it was fun to be one of the 18 in attendance that nite, what a great win~I love the pavalec face, lol. Driving home and listening to post game, we could hear Randy's whistling and your cowbell, Pavs was trying to figure out where it was coming from, lol.

Great recap, as always.

ATLANTA HOCKEY PICTURES November 14, 2010 at 8:02 PM  

there had to be more people at the post game show ? and i will have you know its seat pirate now ! great blog supa star.

Beth Dolgner November 15, 2010 at 6:15 AM  

Thursday was so much fun - too bad more fans weren't there to enjoy it.

V, is your shot of Jimmy when he made his goal? I know it came from a weird angle like that.

Sunshine36616 November 16, 2010 at 11:31 AM  

Thanks guys! Beth, I don't know, it might very well be. I'll do some investigating.


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