Archive for March, 2008

Playoffs, here we come

March 30, 2008

Despite the fact that the Stars lost 3-2 in a shootout, they officially clinched a playoff spot with the point earned. So at least that’s a plus, and at least it was an overtime loss which is better than straight out losing. Brad Richards looked good in the shootout. Good boy Brad.

The damn Refs were awful to the Stars in the first 2 periods. Absolutely awful. Stars goals were scored by Mike Modano (from Morrow and Lehtinen) and Niklas Hagman (from Toby Petersen). Turco managed to grab the 3rd star of the night, and he totally deserved it. He made some amazing saves, and definitely kept our team in the game.

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I think it’s pretty safe to say we’re going to be seeing a lot more of Anaheim come mid-April.

 

I also promise I’ll get the player pages updated soon. Until then, enjoy a picture of the cute mini-mittens I made for Caitlin for her birthday.

 

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That a boys..

March 30, 2008

I love that I wait until an hour before our next game to post a recap from the game yesterday. Of course, my yesterday was extremely full because I spent all of yesterday morning at the car dealership purchasing my new vehicle. (Which is totally awesome btw)

So anyway, the start of my day went well; it was up to the Stars to make it finish as it started. Thank goodness, they did not disappoint! Their last win was March 9th, and 20 days later they got their second win of the month. And it was a well deserved win. They played hard and it showed.

Not only did we win, but we won by 5 points with the final score being 7-2. Goals were by Stéphane Robidas, Brenden Morrow, Stu Barnes, Niklas Hagman, Jere Lehtinen and Loui Eriksson got 2 goals. Robi also got 2 assists, Norstrom got 2 assists, Mike Ribeiro had 3 assists and Brad Richards had 2. Mike Modano, Trevor Daley and Jere Lehtinen also got an assist in the game.

It was definitely a team effort and it paid off. Good job guys! Now let’s keep it going tonight against the Ducks.

Well, that’s a small improvement

March 27, 2008

In my attempt to be positive, at least we got a point. But it still sucks to lose. Again. As soon as the 2nd tying goal from San Jose happened, I texted Caitlin and said “oh here we go”. It’s become predictable. Stars have a lead, lose it in the 3rd and go into panic mode. And as I’ve said many times before, panic mode is not good for our team. Pucks start getting turned over like mad and they start scrambling to fix mistakes.

The other great news is Brenden is now officially a 30 goal scorer. First time in his career. Good job little buddy, good job.

Goodness.  I hate today.

The day in which I plea

March 27, 2008

I am begging you Stars.  Absolutely begging.  Please do not lose tonight.  Today, of all days, I need a win.

In other news, Mike Modano updated his blog.  Come on Mo, I want some drama.  (team team team team team)

BTW,  it’s TOTALLY possible to catch San Jose and win the division.  The only catch?  Stars have to win the next 6, and both Anaheim and San Jose have to lose all their games.  Well, Anaheim are allowed to win 2.

I hate so many days between games

March 25, 2008

I’m finding I have nothing to do when there is no hockey on.  So I have taken up crocheting.  Goodness.

Though, if you want something entertaining, there is a lovely new video on the Tampa Bay Lightning site about Mike Smith.

Friday: The day full of hockey

March 22, 2008

Which obviously means it was a fantastic day. Friday morning I attended hockey practice in attempt to get Caitlin’s birthday present signed. Sadly, Mr Mittens did nothing but anger me and was included in the 6 players who snuck out. Therefore Caitlin’s present will have to go unsigned for now. Brad Richards was also one to sneak out, and he remains the one player I have yet had the pleasure to meet. The good news? I did manage to scare the living hell out of Mark Fistric, so my morning/early afternoon was complete.

We also attended the Pros vs. Prospects game Friday night. Caitlin managed to get us some amazing tickets, right behind the Prospects bench by the tunnel. The game was a ton of fun. Lots of laughing, which is what is most important about hockey. At least in my opinion. Some great moments included Modano hi-fiving the Easter Bunny. It was also extremely amusing to see everyone start surrounding Vinnie Paul (from Pantera) when he showed up after the first period.

As far as Saturday goes; Stars lost to the Los Angeles kings 4-2. That’s all I’m saying about that.

And with that, I will leave you on a high note, with fun pictures from Friday of both Stars practice and the Pros vs. Prospects game.

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Hockey players playing baseball and new prospects

March 20, 2008

Tickets are now on sale for the Reebok 2008 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game. I attended last year and it is seriously a ton of fun. Not many players announced yet, but you can bet Mike Modano will be a part of it, Brenden Morrow took part last year so I’m crossing my fingers for a repeat performance of his awful throwing.

Dallas Stars have signed 2 new prospects and have assigned them to Iowa. The first being Tyler Shelast from Michigan Tech University. (The same college my little midget, Chris Conner attended) The other is Matt Climie from Bemidji State University.

Where art thou Maytag repair man?

March 19, 2008

Because maybe you can fix this. The Stars, who have gone 5-1 against the Ducks this series just lost to said team 2-1. They played fantastic the first 2 periods. Morrownator got a short-handed goal in the first. Granted, they did allow Bertuzzi to get a power play goal in the 2nd period, but still. The way the team was playing, it looked like they could come back from that. WHAT HAPPENED? What happened to my February Stars? Where have they gone? I am about to hire a damn search party. After going 12-2 in February, we are now 1-6 in March.

I have one solution that might help: STOP PUTTING OUR TWO WORST D-MEN ON THE ICE TOGETHER. Norstrom and Nisky do NOT make a good pair. It’s not cool. And you need to stop it now.  Also, if Morrownator could stop taking penalties it’d help, too.  Or if the refs could, you know, just overlook it all like they do with Pronger.

Maybe someone can enlighten me on what is so great about Niskanen? This will sound awful, because he is a cool kid. Really he is, but he is not some ‘fantastic’ rookie everyone makes him out to be. He’s had more ice time than Grossman and Fistric, but yet makes the most mistakes each game. Almost everytime he had the puck tonight he turned it over. I think a lot has to do with the fact that he was partnered with a player that could make a rubber chicken look like the best hockey player ever.

At least Brenden was 3rd star of the game. Though it’s not a huge plus after the month so far.

Pros vs. Prospects

March 19, 2008

What is this you might ask?  It’s a game that began back during the NHL lockout that put the champion Texas Tornado against hockey pros.  The fourth annual event takes place this Friday at Deja Blue Arena at the Frisco StarCenter.  Of course, I’ll be there along with Cat and Caitlin.

Scheduled to play are some former Stars and some other hockey legends: Greg Adams, Bob Bassen, Neal Broten, Kelly Chase, Steve Duchesne, Nelson Emerson, Corey Hirsch, Benoit Hogue, Bill Huard, Brett Hull, Jim Johnson, Craig Ludwig, Luc Robitaille, Al Secort, Pat Verbeek, Rick Zombo, Ulf Dahlen, Mark Lamb with Dave Tippett coaching.

Tickets are still available and are $25.  Money of course is for a charity, which makes this event even more awesome.  More details can be found here.

Russian FTW

March 17, 2008

Sergei Zubov has been nominated for the Bill Masterson Trophy.  Of course, I think he should be the one to win.  I am a tad biased, but also the fact that it’s named after a former Star?  Hello?  We should win every year.

I can hear Russian grinding his teeth from here.