Archive for January, 2008

Every point matters..

January 31, 2008

This has been the chorus sung by everyone the past few weeks, every point matters.  How true it is if the Stars want to clinch the division title.  Currently, they are tied with San Jose with 63 points, Anaheim is right behind with 60.  Even the Phoenix Coyotes are inching their way into a playoff spot with 56 points.  San Jose also has 3 games in hand against the Stars, which makes each point in the upcoming games even more valuable. 

I really don’t think anyone will know who has clinched the division until the final regular season game is played.  The last 8 games for the Stars are all against teams in our division; we play each team twice.  And when the Stars meet San Jose in San Jose on March 27th, only then will they have played the same amount of games (it will be game 77 for both teams) so getting points in that game will be essential.  The Stars also face San Jose at home for their final game of the season.  It’s definitely going to be a close, close race.  Luckily the Stars have periods where they can rest in the month of March, and they’re definitely going to need it.

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Hard-earned win…Stars 4, Canucks 3

January 30, 2008

That’s what I’m going to call this one, a hard-earned win.  It wasn’t the prettiest, but it was a win and 2 points that are greatly needed.  Goaltending was fantastic and the grit needed to win was there in everyone. 

Scoring started a little under 16 minutes into the game when Trevor Daley, yes Trevor Daley, got one behind Curtis Sanford to put the Stars up 1-0.  Brenen Morrow and Mike Ribeiro took the assists.  Where was Roberto Luongo you might ask?  He was in Kazakhstan Florida with his pregnant wife.  Those ugly Canuck twins tied it with less than 2 minutes left in the 1st; Henrik with the goal and Daniel and Aaron Miller with the assist.

The 2nd period was all Stars.  Mike Modano got his name on the scoresheet with a goal over a minute into the 2nd, with assists from Niklas Hagman and Mattias Norstrom.  The Canucks and Stars traded off penalties throughout the 2nd, but Stéphane Robidas was the only one able to cash in on the power play with help from the 2 Mike’s; Modano and Ribeiro. 

Stars took all the penalties in the 3rd.  The only scoring that took place within those 6 minutes of penalties?  Steve Ott with a shortie 7:29 into the 3rd, with help from Jeff Halpern and Stéphane Robidas.  The Canucks rallied in the last 9 minutes to get 2 goals; Ryan Kesler with a wristshot from Matt Cooke and Markus Naslund from Daniel Sedin and Mattias Ohlund after pulling their goalie.

It wasn’t enough, Stars managed to pull out a great win and a great start to the Canadian roadtrip.

Updates won’t be so quick…

January 30, 2008

So last night, after a week of battling with my computer; it won.  Yes, my computer beat me and has now completely gone ape-shit bonkers.  So while I am waiting on a new systems disk to arrive so I can beat my computer once and for all, I am without.  All I have are the computers at work and whichever friends decide to be nice and let me roenack their computers for other uses.  I will get  the recap from last night up either while at the office of if I decide to roenack someone’s computer tonight.  We’ll see.

Was a sad night in my house last night, minus the Stars winning of course.

2008 All-Star Game on Versus

January 27, 2008

So I will be attempting to do a liveblog of this event, we’ll see how it goes.

Game starts with an overview of some of the players taking part in this years All-Star game. They inform us 2 goalies will be wearing microphones and it really excites me, considering how awesome Manny Legace was last night.

From the commercial break, they inform us the Hives are playing on what looks like the same type stage they used last year in the All-Star game held in Dallas. I might be lame, but I never saw what was so great about The Hives. I promptly mute my TV because The Hives are making my ears hurt.

I see the players come out so I unmute my TV to hear if anything is being said, but sadly all I hear is the mess of the band playing. The mess is still playing during the coach and player introductions, but I guess I can deal. AWW I love Ribs little smile after they introduce him, he looks so happy to be there, which is more than I can say for the rest of the players in the Western Conference.

I also must say, I am definitely a fan of this years All-Star jersey, much better than last year. I might even be convinced to buy one if I have the money.

Kathleen Edwards is singing O Canada……and doing a HORRIBLE job of it. I don’t know who you are, but please stop butchering their poor anthem. The Atlanta Boy choir is doing the US National Anthem. I don’t know why but seeing them sing makes me laugh really hard.

1st period
20:00: So excited that DiPietro is miced, we’ll see if you can live up to the awesomeness that was Marty Turco last year.

19:48: While talking to DiPietro about his hip that is sore, Rick Nash breaks the defense to make it 1-0 West.

land-before-time.jpg19:35: West gets another attack on the net, but Pietro stopped it. Everytime I hear his name I think of a terradactyl, mostly because of Petrie from the Land before Time.

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2008 All-Star SuperSkills/Youngstars Game

January 26, 2008

So here we go, the All-Star player events have officially started in Atlanta, GA. I don’t know if you could consider this a liveblog of the events, I’ll just be posting as it goes on and updating when I get the chance, but I’ll put it in the liveblog category anyway.

They start with a rundown of some of the players that will be taking part tonight, and I can’t help but be real excited because of the fact that they were showing video of last years All-Star events in good ole Dallas Texas, which was obviously the best All-Star celebration ever. Not that I’m biased or anything.

First up is the obstacle course they inform us. But much to my dismay, cut to an interview with Nick Lidstrom, quite possibly the most unamusing interview ever. Then come crazy Russian, Ovie! I do wish he would actually act crazy though, he seems so subdued. Come on Ovie, give me something.

They are showing the players arriving on the red carpet, which interests me not, as I see no Star. Player announcements are up, I’m not even going to bother listing them all unless I see something that makes me laugh, seeing as I’ve posted the rosters more than once lol

While waiting for Ribbons introduction, I am hoping for some sort of pimp skate as awesome as his pimp walk. Don’t let me down Ribs, don’t let me down. Okay, Ribs not out yet, but Damn Arnott looks good with short hair. Sometimes I really miss you Jason, like a lot. Of course, they save the best for last, as Ribbons is last to hit the ice AND THERE IS HIS PIMP SKATING! I HEART YOU RIBBONS. THANK YOU!!!! Then Ovie and a bunch of Eastern Conference people come out. Blahblahblah.

Up now is the obstacle course! They explain what all it includes, which I’m not going to type out because you find the details here.

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2008 All-Star Game starting line-up

January 26, 2008

The NHL has announced the final line-up for the ASG starters and they are as follows:

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Rick Nash (Columbus Blue Jackets – replacing Henrik Zetterberg)
Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames)
Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit Red Wings)
Dion Phaneuf (Calgary Flames)
Chris Osgood (Detroit Red Wings – replacing Roberto Luongo)

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers – replacing Sidney Crosby)
Vincent Lecavalier (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators)
Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens)
Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins)
Rick DiPietro (New York Islanders – replacing Martin Brodeur)

It’s here, the 2008 All-Star Events

January 26, 2008

ribsnisky.pngPlayers arrived yesterday and events begin today! Sadly, I slept through all the stuff this morning, not that my computer would let me watch it on nhl.com or anything. However, I was lucky enough to sleep through the Jonas Brothers mess. Eek.

I will be posting through the events with my own thoughts and all that jazz.

The Superskills competition will begin at 7pm ET tonight and the actual All-Star game will begin at 6pm ET tomorrow, both on Versus.

I’m really excited to see both Matt Niskanen and Mike Ribeiro in the skills competition!!

Alyssa Milano is also debuting some of her NHL line….I’m not quite sure how I feel about that. I’m a girly girl, but that hoodie? WAYY to girly for me. It makes me uncomfortable. I do think it should be renamed the Alyssa Milano PuckBunny line.

What to do during the All-Star break…

January 25, 2008

Since most of the Stars team will not be participating in the All-Star game, they have to do something to entertain themselves. What might they be up to? Well, I guess we’ll never know for sure, but I have a few guesses….

 

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I think the Stars started their vacation early…

January 25, 2008

Stars lost 2-1 to the Buffalo Sabres. THE BUFFALO. SABRES.

I attended the game with Cat, one of my fellow Untypical Girls. The arena? FULL OF SABRES FANS. I swear to Baby Hockey Jesus there were more Sabres fans there than Red Wings fans when we play them, and that’s saying something.

The Stars (with a few players being an exception) looked like they didn’t even bother showing up, and it pains me to say that. Like, really pains me. Near the end of the game, people started getting into yelling arguments with each other, it was insane.

I don’t even want to comment on anything else. And I don’t really need to because Marty summed it up pretty good.

“We could have played a lot better tonight,’’ goalie Marty Turco said. “There was lack of desperation on our part, which is both confusing and a little embarrassing. We’re at our best when our leaders are on top of our game, and it’s most evident when we’re playing desperate hockey.’’

Hopefully they can start anew after the All-Star break (to be aired on Versus *playoffmagnetboardplz*) Please do it for me Stars.

PS. I think we have all sold our souls to Versus. 4Realz. I don’t mind Versus though, really. *hockeypuckicetrayplz*

NHL returns to Europe..

January 24, 2008

The 2008-09 season will be kicking off in Stockholm and Prague.  The Ottawa Senators will play the Pittsburgh Penguins twice in Stockholm and the New York Rangers will face Tampa Bay Lightning twice in Prague.

Personally, I’m crossing my fingers for the 2009-10 season to kick off with Stars vs. IDontGiveaShit in Helsinki.

Source: NHL.com