Merry Christmas, Stars fans!

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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.

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2 Responses to “Merry Christmas, Stars fans!”

  1. Caitlin Says:

    Finnjas all had points again!

    The stands were crazy. I was glad I got to go, although it was weird without you and Cat there.

  2. Patty (in Dallas) Says:

    The penalty kill is really making me proud. It even scores goals! :D

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