Archive for February, 2008

Welcome to Dallas Brad

February 29, 2008

So Brad Richards made his Dallas debut last night; and boy was it a good one.  He not only set up all 3 of Hagman’s goals, but also had a career night with 5 assists and became the first Star since coming to Dallas to have 5 assists in one game.  That’s quite a splash.

I guess I should also mention the Stars totally dominated the Blackhawks, winning 7-4.  There were so many goals, and so many great plays that I can’t even talk about each one seperately, so here is the list of goals scored last night

1st period
04:08:
Dustin Byfuglien (PPG) assisted by Jason Williams (Chicago)
04:57: Niklas Hagman assisted by Brad Richards and Trevor Daley (Dallas)
09:58: Mike Modano unassisted (Dallas)

2nd period
02:47:
Niklas Hagman assisted by Antti Miettinen and Brad Richards (Dallas)
04:41: Loui Eriksson assisted by Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro (Dallas)
06:34: Trevor Daley assited by Brad Richards and Antti Miettinen (Dallas)

3rd period
04:25:
Rene Bourque (SHG) unassisted (Chicago)
05:55: Niklas Hagman (hat trick) assisted by Brad Richards and Philippe Boucher (Dallas)
09:20: Andrew Ladd assisted by Petri Kontiola and Jason Williams (Chicago)
16:49: Jere Lehtinen (PPG) assisted by Brad Richards and Mike Modano (Dallas)
18:15: Rene Bourque (SHG) assisted by Craig Adams (Chicago)

Lots of goals from a lot of people, which was good because Turco was not on his game for some of it.  But it’s seemed since the beginning of the year, the team has balanced out.  Like last night, Turco wasn’t totally on top of everything and 4 goals got past him but the offense blossomed to win with 3 goals. 

Brad Richards is definitely going to be a keeper around here, especially with that Finn line. 

Brenden Morrow got into quite a fight last night as well, beating the tar out of Adam Burish after Burish picked a fight with Brenden, which you obviously don’t do.  Burish got showered with penalties; 5 minutes for fighting, 2 minutes for charging, 2 minutes for instigating and a 10 minute game misconduct.  Ha is all I have to say!

The three stars of the game were:

  1. Brad Richards
  2. Niklas Hagman
  3. Mike Modano
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Meet the newest Star

February 28, 2008

richards.pngBrad Richards will be debuting as a Dallas Star during tonights game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Seeing as how we never play the Lightning, I know almost nothing about this guy. So here is a bit of info about him.

Richards was born May 2, 1980 in Murray Harbour, Prince Edwards Island. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998, 3rd round 64th overall. He has since played 552 games with Tampa Bay, earning 150 goals and 339 assists for a total of 489 points. He was part of the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup winning team and was awarded the Conn Smythe and Lady Bing trophies.

He seems really excited to play here in Dallas.

“This team, the way they’ve been playing, a lot of people have been following what they’ve been doing,” Richards said. “I’ve heard so many good things about this organization for a long time. They’ve been a great team for a long time, they won a Stanley Cup before I got in the league. Everybody I’ve talked to says they do everything right here and that’s why they’ve had the success they’ve had.”

I am really excited to see how well he does here.  So far this season he is a -25, but since I haven’t been able to really watch him it’s hard to determine if it’s on him or on the rest of the team; it’s no secret they aren’t having the best year.  Hopefully this will be a fresh start for him.

Ribeiro now top 8 scorer in the NHL

February 27, 2008
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With his 2 points in tonight’s game, Mike Ribeiro moved to be one of the top 8 scorers in the NHL. WOOHOO!!!!! Good job Ribbons! And Congrats. Now keep it up!

Stars rally in the 3rd to beat the Blues

February 26, 2008

martyblues.jpgFirst off, I will start this by announcing how Rhadigan made himself look like the biggest idiot ever in the universe. Just because they have notes on their jerseys Mr Rhadigan, does not make them the “St Louis Blue Notes”. And secondly, as far as the Edmonton-Wings game goes; yes the Wings seem to be struggling being down 1-0 into the third. But remember, they are playing Edmonton. Despite what you might think, Mr. Rhadigan, Edmonton does not equal Calgary.

Now onto the actual game. I’m going to put this bluntly, the Stars were awful in the first. They couldn’t see to get it together. The only one who had it together was Marty, and he managed to keep it 1-0 through the first two periods. Keith Tkachuk got the first goal of the game, with an assist from Eric Brewer.

The Stars didn’t give up and came out swinging in the third. Otter of course, literally, getting into a brawl with Yan Statsny. Loui Eriksson got the scoring started 2:27 into the third with a goal from Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow. Lehtinen got one past poor 5 foot nothing Manny Legace a little over 5 minutes later with a goal from Mike Ribeiro and Mike Modano. Apparently Lehtinen is such a good player, it’s like “nailing Jello to a tree” per Razor. Okay Razor. Eriksson bookended Lehtinen’s goal less than 2 minutes later with his second of the night. As I said before, Turco was their best player making some fantastic saves.

The penalties tonight were insane. Stars had 9 called against them including Ott’s fighting major while St. Louis only had 4. If I didn’t know better, I’d say someone in the Blues organization approached the Refs telling them they need to get to the playoffs, handed them some money and told them to go buy themselves a new whistle because they sure used it tonight. I forgot to mention; tonight was officially Boucher’s first game back. He wasn’t expected to return until the home game against Chicago, but Grossman got hit in the face with a puck and Nisky has a bruised foot. So Boucher came back early and Stars recalled Dan Jancevski from Iowa.

Three stars of the night are

  1. Loui Eriksson
  2. Mike Ribeiro
  3. Marty Turco

Now, onto other things. After the initial shock I am thinking, of course, that this trade for Brad Richards is not a bad one. He is almost a point a game during his entire career, so that can’t be bad, at all. I know, I am stating the obvious. But I just wanted to get it out there. I am excited to see his first game Thursday when the Stars take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Update: Detroit and Edmonton went to a Shootout, with Edmonton coming out with the win. This puts Dallas 5 points behind Detroit for first place in the league.

    Trade Deadline ’08

    February 26, 2008

    So here is the lowdown of what went on today.  Due to the fact that everyone and their dog was doing coverage all day of the trade, I decided not to.  Well, that and because I actually have a job.  I will however just give the lowdown of what craziness occured today, especially now that the deadline has passed and all that is left (if any) are the few straggling deals that took place right at the deadline.

    • New Jersey Devils aquire Bryce Salvador from the St. Louis Blues for Cam Janssen
    • Florida Panthers aquire Wade Belak from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2008 5th Round Pick
    • San Jose aquire Brian Campbell and a 7th round pick from the Buffalo Sabres for Steve Bernier and a 2008 1st round pick
    • Dallas Stars aquire Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Mike Smith, Jussi Jokinen, Jeff Halpern and a 4th round pick
    • Washington Capitals aquire Cristobal Huet from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2009 2nd round pick
    • Florida Panthers aquire Karlis Skrastins and a 3rd round pick from the Colorado Avalanche for Ruslan Salei
    • Carolina Hurricanes aquire Tuomo Ruutu from Chicago Blackhawks for Andrew Ladd
    • Ottawa Senators aquire Martin LaPointe from Chicago Blackhawks for a 2008 6th round pick
    • Colorado Avalanche aquire Adam Foote from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a conditional 1st round pick in ’08/09 and a conditional pick on Foote re-signing
    • Washington Capitals aquire Sergei Fedorov from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Theo Ruth
    • New York Islanders aquire Rob Davison from the San Jose Sharks for a 7th round pick
    • Vancouver Canucks aquire Matt Pettinger from the Washington Capitals for Matt Cooke
    • New York Rangers aquire Christian Backman from St. Louis Blues for a 2008 4th round pick
    • Pittsburgh Penguins aquire Hal Gill from Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2nd and 5th round pick
    • Pittsburgh Penguins aquire Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis from the Atlanta Thrashers for Angelo Esposito, Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen and a 1st round pick
    • Minnesota Wild aquire Chris Simon from New York Islanders for a 6th round pick
    • Detroit Red Wings aquire Brad Stuart from Los Angeles Kings for a 2nd and 4th round pick
    • New York Rangers aquire Fredrik Sjostrom, David Leneveu and Josh Gratton from Phoenix Coyotes for Marcel Hossa and Al Montoya
    • Florida Panthers aquire Chad Kilger from Toronto Maple Leafs for a 3rd round pick
    • Anaheim Ducks aquire Marc-Andre Bergeron from New York Islanders for a 3rd round pick
    • Anaheim Ducks aquire Jean-Sebastian Aubin from the Los Angeles Kings for a 7th round pick
    • Atlanta Thrashers aquire Joe Motzko from the Washington Capitals for Alex Giroux
    • Nashville Predators aquire Jan Hlavac from Tampa Bay Lightning for a 7th round pick
    • Nashville Predators aquire Brendon Bochenski from the Anaheim Ducks for future considerations
    • Tampa Bay aquires Brandon Segal and 2008 7th round pick from Anaheim Ducks for Jay Leach

    Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist to Dallas

    February 26, 2008

    It is with a sad and heavy heart to report that HullJack have traded Jeff Halpern, Jussi Jokinen and Mike Smith for center Brad Richards and goalie Johan Holmqvist from Tampa Bay.

    I will not lie that I am not pleased about this trade, at all. I lost Halpie and Juicy in one felt swoop.

    So with this sadness, I think it is now time to say goodbye to 2 of my favorite players, and Smitty.

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    Boo Boo officially off injured reserve

    February 25, 2008

    Patty was not the only one celebrating this; though I’m sure she was probably the loudest! I know we are all extremely excited to finally have Boucher back in our line up!!!! HEY HEY BOO BOO GLAD YOU’RE BACK!

    nooobrenden.pngI don’t know if you noticed this during the games Friday and Saturday, but it is a no no. Brenden Morrow was apparently wacked in the eye during practice Thursday. As I said, this is a no no. It seems I need to have a talk with someone about proper Morrownator etiquette.

    In other news, TSN is reporting that Stars are offering Tampa Bay a large package (that includes Mike Smith) for Brad Richards. All I have to say about this is no. No no no no no no no no no. NO! (And I swear to Baby Hockey Jesus if I find out Mittens is involved in this I will go balistic. At least I know Brenden is safe.)

    Morrow and Ribeiro lead team past Preds

    February 24, 2008
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    Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro both had 4 points in the Stars 6-3 win over the Nashville Predators.  The Preds were without some key guys, but so were the Stars.  Nashville came in knowing they had to play a tight game to try to earn a spot in the playoffs, but it wasn’t enough.

    Antti Miettinen opened the scoring 11 minutes into the first period, with a goal from Jussi Jokinen and Trevor Daley.  Nashville countered 13 minutes in with a power play goal from Ville Koistinen (assisted by Vernon Fiddler and Radek Bonk.)   Nashville had a second chance to score in the 1st, when Stéphane Robidas took a delay of game penalty just 30 seconds after Lundqvist took a hooking call, but Stars managed to show off their penalty killing skills.

    The second period scoring was done by all Stars; two of them to be exact.  Loui Eriksson got his first of the night 17 minutes in, with assists from Mattias Norstrom and Brenden Morrow.  Erikssons goal was bookended by Mike Ribeiro; scoring one goal just under 6 minutes in from Brenden Morrow and Matt Niskanen and a second goal with 4 seconds left in the second.

    J.P.  Dumont scored for the Preds just under 3 minutes into the third, with assists from former Star (and current Preds captain) Jason Arnott and Jerred Smithson.  Stars then scored two more goals; one from Brenden Morrow (assisted by Mike Ribeiro) and Eriksson’s second of the night assisted by Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro.   The Nashville Predators ended up getting a goal in right at the buzzer, to make the final 6-3 Stars.

    Stars started Mike Smith, and he made some great saves.  It’s nice to know we have a back up goalie who can really hold his own.

    The three stars of the night were

    1. Mike Ribeiro
    2. Brenden Morrow
    3. Loui Eriksson

    Mike Ribeiro also took the number 1 spot on NHL.com for the three stars of Saturday night.

    And now some very upsetting news; Sergei Zubov is expected to be out 3-4 more weeks.  He had surgery  Sunday morning to place a screw into the fractured bone in his foot.  Oh goodness.  He should be back in time for the playoffs.

    “If everything goes as planned, he should be back by the last week of March and then we’ll have that week and a week and half in April,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said of the start of the playoffs April 9. “That’s the plan.”

    Stars sweep the series with the Oilers

    February 23, 2008
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    The Stars beating the Oilers 5-2 and sweeping this season’s series is no fluke, the  Stars have had their number most of the decade really.

    Loui Eriksson started the scoring, getting a goal from Jussi Jokinen and Trevor Daley over 16 minutes into the first period.  The Oilers actually took quite a bit of penalties that first period, including a 10 minute game misconduct for Zack Stortini.

    Stars earned 2 more goals in the second period, putting them up 3-0.  The Oilers got into even more penalty trouble, Jere Lehtinen scored a power play goal (assisted by Brenden Morrow and Jussi Jokinen) when Mathieu Roy took a penalty for interference.  Stars took some penalties too.  Antti Miettinen got called for slashing over 16 minutes into the second.  Brenden Morrow, however, was able to steal the puck and got a beautiful shorthanded goal.

    In the third period, Edmonton found themselves in poor penalty trouble, and Dallas capitalized on it again.  Jere Lehtinen got his second power play goal of the night.   Just 2 minutes later, Mike Modano took a penalty for holding.  Edmonton saw this as their opportunity, and Dustin Penner got one past Turco on the power play, with assists from Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky.   Edmonton managed to rally for another goal a little over 8 minutes later from Curtis Glencross, with an assist from Denis Grebeshov.  It looked as though they could possibly come back and tie it and force it to overtime.  With just over 2 minutes left, they pulled their goalie.  Mike Modano stole the puck and took off down the ice to get the puck in the empty net, putting the Stars up 5-2.  This game was over.

    Steve Ott played really well, he got under the skin of just about every Oilers player on the ice.  Turco played a solid game, he made some amazing saves.

    The three stars of the night were

    1. Jere Lehtinen
    2. Brenden Morrow
    3. Steve Ott

    Stars take on the Nashville Predators tonight.

    Another 1 goal game in Flames favor

    February 22, 2008

    As I expected, the game ended up being decided by 1 goal, which gave the Flames the win with a score of 3-2.  Also as I expected Alex Tanguay made a big impact, scoring 2 of their 3 goals.

    Tanguay scored 13 minutes into the first.  That led to a pinball effect between the two teams, with Hagman getting the tying goal 16 seconds into the second period.  Mattias Norstrom got his first goal as a Star just under 2 minutes into the third.  His goal, however, was bookended by a short handed goal from Alex Tanguay and an even strengthed goal from Jarome Iginla. 

    Despite losing, the Stars really did play a good game, just made a few mistakes that really cost them.  Getting closer and closer to the playoffs and playing a team fighting just to get a playoff spot, small mistakes need to be avoided at all costs.

    Three stars of the game were

    1. Alex Tanguay
    2. Niklas Hagman
    3. Jarome Iginla