Archive for December, 2007

Way to go Ribs.

December 30, 2007
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‘With his goal last night, Ribeiro is now a top 8 scorer in the NHL. Good job Ribeiro, good job! It also helps that he has the top shooting percentage in the league.

On another note, if you notice a #25 skating around in an upcoming game that would be old number #65, Chris Conner. He is changing to the number he used in college and uses when he plays for Iowa.

Stars Edge the Blues in shootout, 5-4

December 30, 2007
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Modano helped the Stars to secure a win; a win that early on in the game looked as though would come no problem. Paul Kariya and the Blues had a different plan.

It was the first meeting between the Blues and Stars this season. Last season, Blues had won 3 of 4. The Blues were looking to end their 2-game shutout streak and try to get a win under their belt. The ice was questionable last night, there having been a Dallas Mavericks game earlier in the day. The AAC crew were able to convert from basketball court to ice in a record breaking one hour and twenty minutes.

Paul Kariya took a penalty about 6 minutes into the game. The Stars were unable to convert, but didn’t give up; 5 seconds after the power play ended, Niklas Hagman got the puck in the net with the help of Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern. Finn on Finn crime as Razor put it. It quickly became 2-0 less than a minute later with a little luck; Stu Barnes was attempting to pass across the ice, only to have it bounce off Keith Tkachuk‘s skate into the net. Ten minutes into the period, Antti Miettinen got a breakaway, only to have it stopped by Hannu Toivenen; more Finn on Finn crime. About 3 minutes later, the Stars became scrambling in their own zone and St Louis took advantage. David Perron got a goal (from Keith Tkachuk and Lee Stempniak) past Mike Smith. At the end of the first, we all got a scare when Robidas appeared to be in a lot of pain.

Luckily, Robidas returned for the second period looking as good as usual. Jussi Jokinen, however was nowhere to be seen; he left in the first with a lower-body injury. Despite 5 penalties in the second (2 on Dallas, 3 on St Louis), both penalty kills were awesome, not letting one goal in the second. One interesting thing during the second, was Razor joking that maybe our rink is a little short than 200 feet; mostly because in the last game Halpern slide almost head first into the board and a Blues player did the same thing this game. “That’s how you turn a doberman into a pug,” he said. Which made me laugh, being the proud owner of a Pug.

Four minutes into the 3rd Mike Modano made it 3-1, with help from Jeff Halpern. But just a little over a minute later, Paul Kariya started what would be a great third period for him, scoring unassisted to give the Stars a 1 goal lead. He got the puck past Smitty again just 5 minutes later, tying the game with assists from Brad Boyes and Keith Tkachuk. Ribeiro gave the Stars another lead 4 minutes later, with help from linemate Brenden Morrow and D-man Stéphane Robidas. It looked like the Stars were going to be able to pull out the win. But with 2 minutes left, Matt Niskanen took a roughing penalty and Perron took a slashing penalty. Blues pulled their goalie, and it was 5 on 4 for the rest of the period. It looked like the Stars were going to be able to hold off Kariya, but with 11 seconds left in the period, he scored again to give him the hat trick, and tie the game at 4. Stempniak took the assist on it.

Overtime was full of chances, but no one able to convert. So the best shootout team in the league took to it again.

  • Mike Ribeiro is up first with no luck
  • Brad Boyes first for the Blues, which Smitty had an answer for
  • Sergei Zubov was unable to get the puck in the net
  • Paul Kariya tries but Smitty makes a fantastic stop
  • Mike Modano gets the only goal, a beauty
  • Lee Stempniak tries but hits the post

Stars took the win, despite Paul Kariya. Now don’t get me wrong, I am actually a Paul Kariya fan (he is my favorite non-Stars player) but not when he’s playing us. I’m sure my neighbors could hear my cries of “DON’T LET KARIYA HAVE THE PUCK!”

The Three Stars of the night were:

  1. Paul Kariya – 10th career hat trick
  2. Mike Ribeiro – 1 goal, 5 game point streak
  3. Jeff Halpern – 2 assists

Stars take on the Nashville Predators tomorrow night, New Years Eve. I will be in attendence, thanks to Caitlin at Hockey Coma. So everyone have a save New Year!

Tippett’s contract extended

December 28, 2007

Today the Dallas Stars announced that Dave Tippett’s contract has been extended through the 2008-09 season.  Associate Coach Rick Wilson and Assistant Coach Mark Lamb also signed extensions to next season.  I must say that I am very pleased with this.  I think Tipp has done some great things with the Stars, especially as of late (have you SEEN that PBC line?)  Of course, let’s not forget he became the third-fastest NHL coach to reach 200 wins. 

The Dallas Morning News Stars Blog has posted a survey about whether you think Tippett deserves the contract extension, so be sure to go vote.

Merry Christmas, Stars fans!

December 27, 2007

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There was a lot of celebrating from those two last night; both tallying 3 points in the Stars 8-3 win over the wild.  It wasn’t all them of course, 14 players got at least one point last night.

The scoring started early with Niklas Hagman getting one past Josh Harding just 1:33 into the game with assists from Mike Modano and Matt Niskanen.  Minnesota got on the board about 3 minutes later with a goal from Aaron Voros (assisted by Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brent Burns.)  Instead of giving a play by play of every goal (which would take forever) here is the list of who scored and when.

1st period
01:33 – Dallas – Niklas Hagman – Assist: Mike Modano, Matt Niskanen
04:50 – Minnesota – Aaron Voros – Assist: Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Brent Burns
06:20 – Dallas – Mike Ribeiro – Assist: Brenden Morrow, Antti Miettinen
06:57 – Minnesota – Pavol Demitra – Assist: Aaron Voros
09:33 – Dallas – Jeff Halpern (SHG) – Assist: Steve Ott

2nd period
03:50 – Dallas – Stu Barnes – Assist: Joel Lundqvist, Nicklas Grossman
08:13 – Minnesota – Pavol Demitra – Assist: Pierre-Marc Bouchard

3rd period
08:12 – Dallas – Brenden Morrow – Assist: Jeff Halpern, Mike Ribeiro
08:26 – Dallas – Mike Modano – Assist: Steve Ott
15:28 – Dallas – Brenden Morrow (PPG) – Assist: Antti Miettinen, Mike Ribeiro
16:17 – Dallas – Loui Eriksson (PPG) – Assist: Stephane Robidas, Jussi Jokinen

Six players on the Stars had 2 or more points; Mike Ribeiro (3), Brenden Morrow (3), Mike Modano (2), Antti Miettinen (2), Jeff Halpern (2) and Steve Ott (2).  Only 4 players didn’t register any points; Trevor Daley, Krys Barch, Mark Fistric and Sergei Zubov.  Yes, Zubov amazingly did not register one point tonight on 8 goals.  Of course, I’m sure he doesn’t mind since he is all about the team, and the team managed to win.  Brenden Morrow is on his fourth 4-game point streak of the season!  Antti Miettinen is also on a 4-game point streak.

Despite winning, Turco didn’t seem to be absolutely on top of his game during the first period.  Even Tippett noticed:

“I was concerned about our goaltender early,” Tippett said. “It was all about the goaltender. It was not just the two he let in, but the four he bobbled. It was on my mind to take him out, but we chatted between periods and he said he would be all right.”

After killing off all 4 penalties they took last night, the Stars penalty kill is now number one in the league at home, and number 1 overall.  They are currently ranked 10 on the road.

The three Stars of the night were:

  1. Brenden Morrow (2 goals, 1 assist)
  2. Mike Ribeiro (1 goal, 2 assists)
  3. Jeff Halpern (1 SHG, 1 assist)

With his goal and 2 assists last night, Mike Ribeiro is now 12th in the league for points but is 9th in the league for goals.  He is also listed on the ‘hot’ list of forwards on Yahoo! Sports, along with Antti Miettinen.

On another note, Tom Cowlishaw posted his annual list of D-FW’s Dynamic Dozen; a list of the 12 most valuable players in Dallas sports (Cowboys, Mavericks, Rangers, Stars.)  Two of the Stars made the list; Marty Turco at number 9 (took 7th last year) and Sergei Zubov at number 6.  Despite now being America’s Number One Goal scorer, Mike Modano (who took 12th last year) was not on the list.

Stars take on the St. Louis Blues Saturday.

Stars meet Wild for the first time this season

December 26, 2007

Tonight the Dallas Stars will take on former Star Todd Fedoruk for the first time since the Minnesota Wild took him off waivers in mid-November.   That is, if he dresses.  He has been listed as day-to-day for a shoulder injury.  Mike Heika at the DMN Stars Blog reports he has been cleared to play tonight, but it’s unsure if they’ll play him.

The Stars are looking to extend their current homestand to 2-0.  Minnesota haven’t played since their 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on December 22nd; ending a 3 game homestand where the Wild were 2-1.

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2007

First off, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.  Hopefully it’s full of joy and cheer!

Also, my thoughts go out to the family of the person that had the heartattack at the Stars-Montreal game Sunday.

Stars start 4 game home stand well

December 24, 2007

I apologize if this will seem short, I went to the game last night and today being Christmas Eve, I don’t exactly have a ton of time to update this.

First off, if you were at the game and saw “Happy Birthday Chris Conner” on the text screen on the jumbotron, that was me.  I was tres excited about getting to go to the game on Conner’s birthday.  All thanks to Caitlin over at Hockey Coma.

The Stars looked great through the entire game.  Scoring started just over 7 minutes into the game when Antti Miettinen, with some great puck handling got it above Carey Price, Ribeiro and Niskanen got the assists.  Brenden Morrow got a tip-in just 4 minutes later, with a pass from Ribeiro, Miettinen also got an assist.  That PBC line is really really playing well.  Poor Antti Miettinen, for the 3rd game in a row, had to serve a penalty he didn’t do when the Stars took 2 minutes for too many men.

The 2nd period had no goals, the Stars managed to kill the two penalties they took, as well as every other penalty they got in the game.

Scoring started again in the 3rd, first an unassisted goal from Ribeiro.  Then Stu Barnes added to it to give the Stars a 4-0 lead with a goal from Jeff Halpern.   Montreal managed to get one past Turco with 7 minutes left in the game, with a goal from Andrei Markov (assisted by Sergei Kostitsyn and Andrei Kostitsyn).

Mark Fistric appeared in his first NHL game ever, and played fantastic.  I was extremely impressed with him last night.

All in all, it was a great game.

The three stars were the PBC line, as expected

  1. Mike Ribeiro – 1 goal, 2 assists
  2. Brenden Morrow – 1 goal (the game winner)
  3. Antti Miettinen – 1 goal, 1 assist

Stars end road trip with 3-2 win in Calgary

December 22, 2007

So the Stars managed to pull out a 3-1 for their pre-Christmas road trip before heading back home.

Dallas started the scoring just under 3 minutes into the first, when Ribeiro got a puck past Mikka Kiprusoff with assist from the rest of the PBC line, Brenden Morrow and Antti Miettinen.  Calgary got 2 points on the board during the 2nd with goals from Alex Tanguay (with assist from Dustin Boyd  and  Robyn Regehr) and  Matthew Lombardi (with assists from Dion Phaneuf  and  Adrian Aucoin).  The Stars tied it up 4 minutes into the 3rd with a goal from Niklas Hagman with assists from Loui Eriksson and Trevor Daley.  All it took was less than a minute of overtime for Ribeiro to find the net again,this time from Sergei Zubov.

The Stars were very fun to watch last night.  The only bad thing about the game?  Mattias Norstrom left with a lower-body injury.  Hopefully he is okay and we don’t have to play without him for an extended period of time.  Good thing they called up Fistric before the freeze.

The three Stars of the night were:

  1. Alex Tanguay – 1 goal
  2. Niklas Hagman – 1 goal
  3. Dion Phaneuf – 1 assist

Okay, seriously? Mike Rogers from Fan 960 Radio, are you crazy?  Mike Ribeiro wasn’t in the top 3 stars WHY?  At least the NHL got it right and named him 2nd star of the night.

Sid the Kid/Stars take on Calgary

December 21, 2007

So Sid “The Kid” Crosby got into his first ever NHL fight last night against Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins.  That’s really all I have to say about it. 

Tonight the Stars take on the Calgary Flames.  The Flames are coming off a VERY successful roadtrip, winning all 6 of their road games.  Hopefully the Stars are able to stop that momentum and start a winning streak of their own.  Of course, Smith will be starting in goal since Turco started last night. 

Stars defeated by Vancouver, 3-2

December 21, 2007

A few more notes before I start the re-cap from tonight’s game of Stars at Canucks. NHL.com has posted a very amusing verion of the 12 Days of Christmas.

The Stars netminders had a bit of fun this morning at practice, bringing attention to the fact that Luongo does not strap down his flaps so they stick out further than the regulation of 11-inches. Roberto Luongo has also been named Goalies’ World magazine’s Goalie of the Year.

It was expected to be a low scoring game.  Afterall, every regular season meeting between these two teams last season ended with a score of 2-1.  The first 2 periods were no exception, with only one goal being scored.  Sadly, it was not a goal for our Dallas Stars, instead belonged to Mason Raymond from Mattias Ohlund and Roberto Luongo.  A little over 10-minutes into the game, the Canucks seemed to have an unfair advantage as Henrik Sedin held Jeff Halpern onto the ice after the faceoff until the play was called dead.  Unfortunately, no penalty came of it. The only penalty of the first period laid on Alexander Edler, who took 2 minutes for hooking onto Stars captain Brenden Morrow. The NHL’s 4th best power play went on the job but were unable to convert.

The second period started about the same as the first, until about 8 minutes in when Raymond scored the Canuck goal by “jitterbugging his way behind the Dallas net” according to the Stars’ own Razor Reaugh. The Canucks are 16-3 when scoring first, so it was definitely going to be a hard game for the Stars, but we all know our Stars are always up for that challenge. They got their chance about 11 minutes into the second when Mattias Ohlund took 2 minutes for holding. The Canucks assumed Turco had an empty net and shot at the net on a delayed penalty, only to have the refs call no goal. Unfortunately, this power play had the same outcome as the one in the first. The Stars power play has become so important on the outcome of the game that the Stars have never won in regulation without earning a goal on the power play, they either lose or win in overtime or the shootout. Stars got another chance just 4 minutes later, when H. Sedin knocked into Marty Turco (or appeared to) so he got 2 minutes for interference. The Stars had a lot of chances, but lost control of the puck close to the end of the power play which led to H. Sedin getting a breakaway right out of the box.  Robidas was able to challenge from behind and won. Stars took their first penalty of the game with 2 minutes left in the period. Turco got his 2nd penalty in 2 games, roughing for knocking H. Sedin back when he felt he was too close behind him. And just like last game, the penalty was served by Antti Miettinen. NHL’s 15th ranked power play tried to challenge the 5th best penalty kill and failed.

The third started with a little over 30 seconds remaining on the Vancouver power play. It wasn’t looking promising for the Stars, the Canucks are 15-0-0 when leading after 2 periods. Daniel Sedin scored just 3 minutes into the 3rd with a goal from Markus Naslund and H. Sedin, some quick passing left D. Sedin able to score while Turco attempted to slide across the net.  Jussi Jokinen made it a one shot game a little over 6 minutes into the third with a goal from Loui Eriksson and Niklas Hagman, their secret to getting it past Luongo?  Get him out of his net, steal the puck from him and use their quick passing skills to get it in front of the net.  The Stars were starting to play more aggressive than they had in the first 2 periods when Niklas Hagman took 2 minutes for goalie interference when he charged the net in an attempt to get another puck behind Luongo.  Stars were able to hold the Canucks power play at nil until Brenden Morrow took a penalty for holding.  With approximately 30 seconds left on the 5 on 3, D. Sedin converted on it with a goal from Ohlund and Sami Salo.  With 52 seconds left on the Brenden Morrow penalty, Taylor Pyatt gets 2 minutes for interference.  And just like the Ohlund penalty, the Canucks still shot the puck in the net only to have no goal called on them for the second time in the game.  This time, the Stars made no mistake and got a goal from Antti Miettinen (from Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro) with just 30 seconds left on the power play.  Four minutes later, Pyatt took a second penalty, this time for hooking.  The Stars were unable to get the puck into the net.

And despite the 3-2 score, Turco really played a solid game.  It was a game full of quick passing, luck and seeing who was able to get rebounds in a good spot.  This loss puts the Stars at 2-1 on the pre-Christmas roadtrip. 

The three Stars of the game were…

  1. Daniel Sedin (2 goals)
  2. Roberto Luongo (saved 33 of 35 shots)
  3. Brenden Morrow (1 assist and 3 shots on goal)

Daniel Sedin also took 2nd star of the night on NHL.com.  The Stars remain in the top spot of the Pacific Division, the Phoenix Coyotes took the 2 points last night in a shootout win over San Jose.