Archive for April, 2008

Liveblog: Stars vs. Sharks – Game 4

April 30, 2008

It’s been a while since I’ve liveblogged, figured this would be a good game to do it. I actually got home just in time, so let’s get this started shall we?

18:44: Sharks get a good little scramble in front of the net, but Turco being his awesome self sweeps it aside.

17:52: Fishsticks got a nice shot on goal, but it went just a little wide.

16:11: Michalek gets a hard shot, but Turco is awesome and stops that too. Good boy Turks. They are going on about his awesome save percentage in the playoffs.

15:55: Some NICE passing gets Lehtinen right on net, but Nabokov stops it. Fake russian has been pretty good!

15:40: HEEEE Josie Grossie got a NICE hit on Jumbo.

14:52: Hey it’s Toby! With Stu being out from that hit yesterday, Petersen was put in. He’s been out since Zubov has returned so they can dress 7 defensemen.

14:30: DON’T HIT RUSSIAN ROENACKER!

14:11: Are you serious? One little push and Setoguchi and he goes flailing on the ice. Okay, so it wasn’t one little push. But Modano is taking a penalty.

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How about that Matti Norstrom?

April 30, 2008

No, seriously.  That friendly Swede is having an amazing playoff run.  Not only did he help with Morrownators OT goal in game 1, but scored it in game 3 to put the Stars up 3-0 in the series. 

Last night, the Sharks came out to win, and that definitely showed in the first 2 periods.  Patrick Marleau who seemed almost invisible the first 2 games managed to score an unassisted short handed goal to put the Sharks up 1-0 in the first period.  The lead held until the 3rd period. 

The Stars started both the second andthird periods on a power play.  They ended up having a 5-3 30 seconds into the 3rd period, and it was that that got the Stars rolling.  Sergei Zubov, in only his 2nd game back, got one past Nabokov to make it 1-1.  Mike Ribeiro and Brad Richards assisted on that goal, what a group.  From then on, it was a full out attack from the Stars end, controlling most of the play.  Neither team, however, was able to get the puck past either goalie, despite Hagman getting an unsuccessful penalty shot 10 minutes into the 3rd, so it was time to go to overtime for the 2nd time this series.

What is there to say, the Stars never let up.  They kept grinding and wore down what came to be a very tired Sharks team.  Then, over 4 minutes into the first OT, Ribeiro got the puck to Norstrom who shot it.  It deflected off of a Shark and went in.   Perfect.

Both goalies played extremely well and both gave their teams a chance to win, the Stars just had more want and desire in them to get what needed to be done done.  They go again tonight at 8pm, This will be interesting.

You gotta have Hart

April 29, 2008

Hee, that phrase will always make me laugh. Thanks No Lip Tipp. Anyway, the Hart trophy nominees were announced.

  • Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames)
  • Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
  • Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)

Surprise, surprise surprise.

In other news, former Star and one of my favorites, Jeff Halpern, has been named CAPTAIN of the Men’s National Team. Good boy Halpie!!!!!!! I might watch this year, afterall. Of course he is no captain rookie, having worn the C while on the Washington Capitals.

Also, I am quite proud of Mr Matty Norstrom. Not only did he get the game winning goal in overtime..

He was also named as the 3rd star of the night! WOOHOO. I will have my game recap up tomorrow!

Also, I finally updated the Playoff Stats, go me.

And while I support all teams in Dallas (even those that blow), I must say I am a bit happy the Mavs are out of the playoffs. The reason is purely selfish: The Mavs banners will now be taken off the AAC and replaced with the original Stars banners. Brenden Morrow will flap in the breeze again!

Oh, and they’ve also locked Otter in for 2 more years. I’m sure all of the Pacific division is throwing parties :D

Want the Nisky-mobile?

April 28, 2008

Yes, that’s right.  That lovely car that Marty Turco and the Stars team ‘stole’ and pimped is officially up for auction.

 

You can bid on the vehicle here.

All the proceeds from this auction go to the Matt McKee family trust.

Some other things included in the auction include

  • Matt Niskanen will present the car to the winner.
  • The winner will also recieve an autographed Niskanen jersey.
  • The winner will also attend an 08-09 Stars game; including platinum parking, dinner at the Platinum Club and recognition for being the winning bidder.

All I ask, dear people, is that if a reader wins.  I get a ride in the vehicle ;)

This seems oddly familiar…

April 28, 2008

Coming home with a 2-0 lead in the series.  I haven’t seen the Stars play this well in the playoffs since…I couldn’t tell you when because it’s been that long.  What is awesome is this time around, our best players have been our best players, and everyone else has contributed.  They are playing as a full team, and boy does it feel great. 

Stars allowed a goal 10 minutes into the first (stupid Pavelski) and Ribeiro countered 5 minutes later.  The Stars got into penalty trouble, taking 4 in the first period alone, with the Sharks only taking 1.   Luckily, the one Stars goal was the only one allowed through all the penalties.

San Jose took their second lead of the game in the second period and claimed the only goal to be scored that period.  Stupid Michalek.  AND STUPID CRAIG RIVET.  (I still hate you.)

But then the third period came, and the Stars dominated.  AFter a bad call on Modano, the refs decided to even it up by making a bad call on the Sharks.  Don’t you love our officiating?  Before the penalties, however, leave it to Brad Richards to get an unassisted goal to tie the game up.  Good boy Sparky, good boy.  And that ‘make it even’ penalty the Sharks took?  Mike Modano cashed in giving the Stars a 3-2 lead.  Zubov assisted on the goal, it’s good to see that crazy Russian back.  Then finally, FINALLY, Hagman got his goal.  That poor Finn has been playing like a damn psycho and it’s finally paid off.  HE also netted an empty-netter with 1:15 left to play.  Nice way to finish it off I’d say…

And the three Stars were:

  1. Niklas Hagman
  2. Brenden Morrow
  3. Marty Turco

It’s good to see the star pickers in San Jose aren’t as biased as the ones in Anaheim. *coughBradMaycough*.  Though I’m surprised Brad Richards didn’t show up in there, having 1 goal and 3 assists.

It’s on now….

April 27, 2008

Tonight, the Stars are adding what has been missing since January.

Yes, SERGEI ZUBOV IS BACK!

*insert funny shark noise here*

April 26, 2008

What sound do sharks make exactly? Either way, this picture says it all

Stars had their first overtime game of this years playoffs, and it came out in their favor. Brenden Morrow got his 2nd goal of the night to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Hells ya. I’ll write a real review tomorrow when I’m not exhausted, BUT GO STARS!

Oh, and Brenden Morrow was the number 1 star of the night! THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT NHL.

Selke candidates announced

April 25, 2008

Pardon me while I yawn from non-interest.  2 have sold their souls to the devil (IE Plays for the Red Wings) and 1 is a Devil (of the New Jersey sort.)

  • Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
  • Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings)
  • John Madden (New Jersey Devils)

Round 2 predictions

April 24, 2008

While my last predictions were more for fun than accuracy (I was 1-7 with them.  Ya…), I’m going to try to be more accurate this time. 

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Montreal Canadiens (1) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (6)
Like the Bruins, Montreal won all the regular season games between these 2 teams.  Sure, the Flyers are a bunch of thugs sometimes, but I think the Canadiens can hold them off.  I’m liking the Canadiens chances: Canadiens in 6 (Let’s not set anymore police cares on fire okay?)


Pittsburgh Penguins (2) vs. New York Rangers (5)
I really know nothing about either team other than Cindy plays for one and a future Vogue intern plays for the other.   I think it could go either way.  While the Pens swept the Sens, the Rangers played a gritty 7-game series.  I’m not sure if the Pens, even with Cindy, can hold off this team.  So I’m going for Rangers in 7

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Detroit Red Wings (1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (6)
Oh yes, the 2 teams that top my most-hated list; with Detroit being 1 and Colorado being 1.5.  So who do I think will come out on top?  I’m not really sure.  Detroit showed themselves to be quite beatable during their run with Nashville, and I think Colorado could capitalize on it easily.  So I’m going on a limb here: Avalanche in 6.

San Jose Sharks (2) vs. Dallas Stars (5)
Yet again, everyone is rooting against my team, making us the underdogs. Again.  That’s fine, being an underdog worked to our advantage in round 1.   If the last game of the season is any indictation, they can throw their weight around at us all they want because we’ll still come out ahead. I think the Stars can do it in 6 again.

Okay, want to keep up with some of the other teams in the playoffs?  Here are some blogs I highly recommend:
Montreal Canadiens: Four Habs Fans
Philadelphia Flyers: Flyers.Femme
Pittsburgh Penguins: The Pensblog
New York Rangers: Battle of NY

Detroit Red Wings: No Pun Intended
Colorado Avalanche: Mile High Hockey
San Jose Sharks: Battle of California
Dallas Stars: Ya, you can just read here.

Also, if you don’t already read them: I highly recommend reading The Pensblog and Battle of California on a daily basis.  The end.

Such nice men…

April 24, 2008

Yep, the Lady Byng finalists were announced today.

  • Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
  • Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Jason Pominville (Buffalo Sabres)

They’re parents would be so proud.