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Atlanta's Birds of Prey

ThrasherDid you know the Brown Thrasher is the State Bird of Georgia?

You do now!

That's free information you don't get anywhere else, unless, of course, you type 'georgia thrasher' into Google. Then you get all kinds of stuff, including information on birds. Like the one pictured at left.

And tonight, Atlanta's Thrashers -- a professional hockey team -- invade Sunrise for an exhibition game against Florida's Panthers. Cat vs. Bird. Hmmm. Doesn't seem fair. Unless you saw these two play last year, that is.

Anyway, kickoff at 7:30; check back for updates. Larae is apparently singing The Anthem. Which is always a treat.

UPDATES BELOW...

-- Warmups just complete, there seems to be more people inside the LAIM Center than yesterday against Chicago.

-- Speaking of Chicago, Marlins lead Cubbie Bears 1-0 with two on in B1....Somewhere Mr. Bartman cringes...

-- Yesterday, the team only had one Zamboni. Today? Two! Looks like Yellow Pages didn't renew their sponsorship because Zam2 is just yellow. That's right, no ads. Again, this will change.

-- KICKOFF TO THE 20

-- Anthony Stewart getting into it 12 seconds in with the incorrigible Boris Valabik. He doesn't win his battle. Valabik didn't tie down the jersey, gets a game misconduct. Goodbye Mr. Valabik, we hardly knew thee....

-- Back to action, ATL on power play because Stewie is called for boarding...

-- Steve Goldstein has nothing to do tonight because the game isn't televised. So he's bothering the working media in the press box.

-- Ha! Working media....

-- Marlins 2-2 one out B2....According to FSN, Marlins have won eight straight against the Cubbies. I know Mitch and Kenny wouldn't lie about such things...

-- FYI: Bryan Allen the healthy defensive scratch tonight.

-- Olli is the captain; Bo and Weiss wearing the A. Take off, A.

-- 4-2 Marlins; Panthers/Birds still scoreless...

-- Joel Kwiatkowski, fighting for a roster spot with the ATLs, on the ice. Good luck to Kiwi...

-- Icing. It was brought to us by Coke Zero. Or something like that.

-- Horton big shot off the pads of Lehtonen...midway through the first, scoreless still...

-- Vokoun makes his sixth save of the night...yes, still scoreless...

-- Kiwi to the box for 2; FLA power play w/ 4:41 left...

-- One shot on the PP..

-- ATL back on the PP thanks to a Campbell penalty...roughing on Soup...rough soup? send it back!

-- Cubbies coming back on the fightin' fish...tied @ 4, T4...

END OF ONE AT SUNRISE'S CENTRUST ARENA: FLA 0, ATL 0

-- Soup and Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman (of the St. Louis Lavallee-Smotherman's) throw down moments after Cory Murphy drops JL-S in the circle.

-- Yup, still scoreless..

-- I know its only preseason, but Vokoun looks pretty good. Has made some nice saves.

Jake -- The Panthers won't have to look far for a new broadcaster once Goldie hits the bricks. Jake Goldstein, 5, has been offering his brand of calling a game here in the second. The kid's got it down pat. Steve might start feeling the heat in a few years...

-- Been a parade to the penalty box. Salei the latest to head in. ATL on PP w/ 4:52 left in the second.

-- And still scoreless, thanks for asking...

FALCONS GOAL...BRETT STERLING (ROAD) FOLLOWS OWN REBOUND, BEATS VOKOUN TOP SHELF....PP GOAL....ATL 1, FLA 0...

-- Ever notice that, save for the Braves, all of Atlanta's pro teams are named after birds? If you count the Hawks as a pro team, that is...

PANTHERS SCORE...WITH 11.8 SECONDS LEFT IN THE SECOND, BRETT MCLEAN SHOVELS THE PUCK THROUGH THE LEGS OF TWO TEAMMATES AND GOALIE KARI LEHTONEN...FLA 1, ATL 1...

END OF TWO AT ROYAL BANK OF MONTREAL CENTRE IN SUNRISE: FLA 1, ATL 1

-- Panthers have nine penalties through two periods of play. ... ATL outshooting the Panthers 26-17...

-- ESPN.com's E.J. Hradek has the Panthers winning the SE division; teammate Scott Burnside has the Cats finishing fifth in the divisional race. So, ESPN.com has the Panthers finishing third officially?

-- Back to game action here in Sunrise, the City of Progress...

-- Mezei inadvertently takes out ATLs Pascal Dupuis. Four minutes for Branislav...

ATL PP GOAL...TODD WHITE, MR. FORMER WILD WHO WAS SUPPOSEDLY HEADING HERE, BANGS IN PUCK PAST VOKOUN FROM RIGHT SIDE OF THE POST....ATL 2, FLA 1 W/16:55 LEFT IN THIRD...

HAWKS SCORE AGAIN....THIS TIME BRYAN LITTLE BANGS ONE IN FROM LEFT SIDE...W/ 16:12 LEFT IN THIRD, HAWKS 3, HEAT 1

-- New this year: The redline at LAIM Center has pawprints as the cutouts. This I cannot make up. Feel like I'm in Clemson, S.C.

LITTLE SCORES AGAIN, ATL 4, FLA 1

-- Rob Globke playing well again tonight...making his presence known...

-- In other news, Marlins beating Cubbie Birds 7-4, B8

-- Hey, whaddaya know? ATL on the PP, Stefan Meyer in the box this time around...FLA's 12th penalty..

-- Globke just made a great play on the PK, didn't finish, but again...Rob Globke standing out...

-- And, FLA on PP....I think they forgot what that feels like...

-- Congrats to Deborah and Anthony on their engagement (it was just on the jumbotron). Don't know either of them, but feel good for them anyway...

-- McLean off the post...and a nice save by Lehtonen...This one's going into the books as an L folks (geez, I sound just like Brent Musberger)...

-- Will take this time to inform everyone that there probably won't be a post here tomorrow. Running errands and traveling to Atlanta. Hope to visit all the sites; the Georgia Aquarium, the King Center, Hard Rock, Olympic Park, Hooters, etc...

-- Nice little preseason fisticuffs in front of the FLA penalty box...fitting, actually...punches thrown, no whistle blown...

GOTS TO RUN -- YOUR FINAL FROM THE FIRST UNION ARENA IN SUNRISE:

ATLANTA THRASHERS 4, FLORIDA PANTHERS 1

GOODNIGHT, AND HAVE A PLEASANT GOOD EVENING FOLKS.

ENJOY FAMILY GUY...

 

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