Pens fans make watching Pens play, a pretty ugly experience to start with. Pens make watching Pens play, thoroughly infuriating. Thrashers had called up Carl Klingberg to wear #48 for his first NHL game, and we scored early in the first period, and right from there, Pens started their “‘when things aren’t going their way, they get stupid ugly”, and that includes tripping (and riding 1/2 way down the ice on the back of Little, in this case), slashing, punching in the back, they know no boundaries. Likewise, many of their fans have no class when they come into the arena, and many of them are also regular Thrashers fans all season long and then jump on the Pens bandwagon when the team comes into town. Tonight was no exception.
The great part about tonight, tho, was that it was Fan Appreciation Night, so we got a Fan video and the “Jersey Off Our Backs” ceremony where each player gives his game worn jersey to a lucky Season Ticket Holder, and, the 7th Man On The Ice Award. I posted separately on these.
Goalie Matchup: Chris Mason v Brent Johnson
A few shots from the night
Fleury facing some shots in warmups
I think he’s going to try to stomp this one with his blades
A Flock of Penguins?
Ben Maxwell firing one towards the net
Little receives the Dan Snyder Award from Dan’s brother and Mother. What an honor!
And, the fun begins. Check the puck!
I think Klingberg would have played the entire game, if at all possible. And, he was great!
It’s great to see them smile anytime
I love to see Burmistrov in faceoffs. He gets down really close to the ice
Mace makes the save
Mace almost missed this one, it tipped his glove, hit the ice, and he kicked it away with his pads
Game over, and the guys do a final gathering before leaving the ice and then the 7th man and Jersey’s off their Backs Ceremony (in separate post).
And, the Atlanta Thrashers 2010-2011 Season has ended.
And, the 7th Man Award was presented to Mr. Fred Johnson, who I respect and admire greatly, and then the “Jersey Off Their Backs” presentation.
A few shots from the Jerseys off our Backs ceremony and Mr. Fred receiving his 7th Man Award and getting Kane’s jersey, and, the season ends.
Fans lined up to receive the game worn jerseys
Captain Ladd receives MVP Award!
Guys are ready to get going and on their vacations
Chris Thorburn. I’ve always love his under armor!
Pavelec heading over to give his jersey to a very lucky receipient
Big Buff heading over. I got his “away” jersey as a STH renewal bonus, so I’m happy!
Zubarev. We really like this guy!
Buff went down the line and shook hands with every single team mate. Klingberg still is mesmerized by his first nite in the NHL and getting to participate in the ceremony
The last wave bye to the fans in the stands
And, Mr. Fred receiving his 7th Man On The Ice Award! Sorry that it’s shaky, they were also showing several of his game shots on the jumbotron at the same time, and I couldn’t decided to stick to Fred or mix it up.