Archive for December, 2008

Ivan Vishnevskiy recalled

December 31, 2008

Defensemen Ivan Vishnevskiy has been recalled.  I’m not quite sure why, to be honest, but I’ve learned not to figure out anything the Stars do by now.

Vishnevskiy posted a blog about being called up, and it’s quite funny.  He seems really excited, so I’m happy for him!

But, why not Fistric?!

2 swedes placed on IR; TSN reviews Stars top 12 prospects

December 31, 2008

First off, Joel Lundqvist has been placed back in injured reserve, retroactive to December 20th.  Fabian Brunnstrom was also added to the injured reserve list, him retroactive to December 27th.  Joel Lundqvist is still having problems with his shoulder and Brunnstrom has a lower body injury.  (I assume it’s to his foot considering he was wearing a protective boot at practice Sunday.  You can read the full press release on the Stars website.

TSN also wrote a list of the Stars top 12 prospects. It includes James Neal, Tom Wandell, and Raymand Sawada.  They also talk a lot about one of yours truely’s favorite players, Mark Fistric.  They even refer to him as “Shrek on skates” which is a reference I make quite frequently.

Sharks beat Stars 3-1

December 30, 2008

Despite the score, it was a good game for the Stars.  When going up against the best team in the league, you have to be on top of your game.  The Stars managed to keep up, generating great scoring chance after scoring chance.  The only problem was that Nabokov was on his game.  At some points it looked like he had super stretch powers like Stretch Armstrong.

There were a lot of positives to take from this game.  The Stars played together, which was one of their biggest issues in the beginning of the season.  Instead of getting frustrated that their efforts were being thwarted by Mr. Stretch, they just kept at it.  They kept the Sharks to under 20 shots, which is no easy feat with the way they are playing this season.  But Nabokov wouldn’t have it, and pulled it out for his team.

Hopefully the Stars can close out 2008 with a win.

The three stars of the game were

  1. Evgeni Nabokov
  2. Jonathan Cheechoo
  3. Mike Modano

Though, i think Nabokov deserves all 3, well 4 actually, one for each limb.

Stars bookend Christmas with wins

December 29, 2008

That makes for a great holiday season for Stars fans.  The Stars have gone 4-0-1 in their last 5 games, 9 points they so desperately need.

The last game before the holidays, December 23rd against the Maple Leafs, was a beating for the Leafs.  Only 4 Stars players did not register a point in the 8-2 win; Loui Eriksson, Toby Petersen, Brian Sutherby and Darryl Sydor.  Even Marty Turco got into the action by getting an assist on Neal’s 3rd goal.  Yes, Neals third goal, our little rookie got his first hat trick in his career that night.  It was an extremely high scoring game (obviously) so here is the run down.

1st Period

  • James Neal (Trevor Daley, Jere Lehtinen)
  • Steve Ott (Mike Ribeiro, Fabian Brunnstrom)
  • Fabian Brunnstrom (Steve Ott, Stephane Robidas)
  • PPG Brad Richards (Stephane Robidas, Mike Modano)

2nd Period

  • Krystopher Barch (Landon Wilson, Trevor Daley)
  • Mike Ribeiro (Landon Wilson, Matt Niskanen)
  • James Neal (Nicklas Grossman, Jere Lehtinen)
  • Jason Blake (Dominic Moore, Tomas Kaberle)

3rd Period

  • Mikhail Grabovski (Andre Deveaux, Lee Stempniak)
  • PPG James Neal (Andrew Hutchinson, Marty Turco)

The three stars of the game were

  1. James Neal
  2. Stephane Robidas
  3. Trevor Daley

Phew.  Then 2 days after Christmas, the Stars took on division rivals Anaheim Ducks. It was a close game, having to be decided in overtime.  Scoring was as follows

1st Period

  • Chris Kunitz (Ryan Gatzlaf, Chris Pronger)

2nd Period

  • Brad Richards (Toby Petersen)

3rd Period

  • PPG James Neal (Mike Ribeiro, Mike Modano)
  • PPG Brendan Morrison (Andrew Ebbett, Bret Hedican)
  • Brendan Morrison (Bobby Ryan, Steve Montador)
  • Mike Ribeiro (Steve Ott, James Neal)

Overtime

  • Mike Modano (Brad Richards, Mike Ribeiro)

Three stars of the night were

  1. Mike Ribeiro
  2. Brendan Morrison
  3. James Neal

Current Streaks are as follows

  • Mike Modano – 1 goal, 2 assists for 3 points in 2 games
  • James Neal – 4 goals, 1 assist for 5 points in 2 games
  • Steve Ott – 1 goal, 2 assists for 3 points in 2 games
  • Mike Ribeiro – 2 goals, 7 assists for 9 points in 5 games
  • Brad Richards – 4 goals, 6 assists for 10 points in 5 games

Quick practice update

December 28, 2008

Firstly, I apologize for the lack of updates.  Recaps of the last 2 games are coming tomorrow, I promise.  You know how it is with the holidays, crazy crazy crazy!

Anyway, quick note: Fabian Brunnstrom did not practice today.  He left the StarCenter with a boot on his foot, but hopefully it’s nothing serious.

Practice was extremely hard hitting today, so hard hitting in fact that after a drill between Ott and Robidas, Robi had to go sit on the bench to regain himself.  Eek.  Tomorrow shall be interesting.

2009 Calender is now available

December 23, 2008

The 2009 Modern Luxury Stars Calender is now for sale.  They began selling it at the game against the Blue Jackets Thursday and are now available at the Frisco Star Center as of yesterday.  Other Star Center’s should have it within the week I believe.  Being that I am currently without a scanner, I will just tell you who is what month

  • January – Nicklas Grossman & Matt Niskanen
  • February – Steve Ott
  • March –  Joel Lundqvist & Loui Eriksson
  • April – Mike Modano
  • May – Sergei Zubov
  • June – Jere Lehtinen
  • July – Marty Turco
  • August – Stephane Robidas
  • September – Trevor Daley
  • October – Brad Richards
  • November – Mike Ribeiro
  • December – Brenden Morrow

In other news, the Stars lost in overtime Saturday 5-4 against the Ottawa Senators.  The good news was that we got 1 point, and since it was an eastern conference team, we didn’t give any points up to a team also fighting for a playoff spot in the west.  The other fantastic news was Jere Lehtinen played and is finally off injured reserve.  Everyone celebrate!

Stars get 3 bodies back tonight

December 18, 2008

It’s already been a long season with so many players being out injured.  But that is starting to change, the Stars will be getting 3 players back in the line up.

Joel Lundqvist, Steve Ott and Stephane Robidas will be dressing and playing tonight.

Joel Lundqvist has been out since October 28th with a broken scapula.  He began skating with the team earlier this month, and looks like he is finally able to skate and hit without a chance of reinjuring himself.

Steve Ott has been out since November 25th after suffering a broken hand in a fight.  He went to the doctor yesterday for an update and got the green light for getting back on the ice.

Stephane Robidas has been out since December 12th after taking a puck to the face and breaking his jaw.  He finished the game, like the trooper he is, but had oral surgery and missed a week while recovering.

These three are important people for the Stars, especially on the PP and PK.  Their presence has been missed.

Stars come out with another win

December 18, 2008

It was all Stars on the scoresheet Tuesday night when the Coyotes were in town.  With a final of 2-1 in overtime, Loui Eriksson gets his 13th and 14th goal of the season and ex-Star Todd Fedoruk gets his 4th of the season for the Coyotes.

The Stars started off well in the first period, looking much better than the awful loss Saturday in Nashville.  It didn’t take long to get the Stars up 1-0.  With a nice feed from behind the net, Chris Conner got the puck to Loui Eriksson whose patience paid off to get the Stars on the board.  Brad Ricahrds also go the assist.  The rest of the game ended up being a battle between goalies, and both seemed up to the task.  Both Ilya Bryzgalov and Marty Turco made fantastic saves.  It wasn’t until the third period that Fedoruk finally got the puck past Turco with a wrist shot.  It took almost the entire overtime before the Stars would emerge victorious.  With 1:20 left in OT, Loui Eriksson got his second of the night with a shot off his backhand from Mike Ribeiro.

It was 2 points the Stars definitely needed and those 2 points got the Stars out of the basement in the western conference.  They’re one step up, just 6 steps to go before they are back in a playoff spot.

Uh Oh. We’re moving! (NOT)

December 17, 2008

While it has been a fantastic year here at wordpress, it is time to move onto bigger and better things. I was originally approached by MVN this summer, and it’s finally happened.

The Shootout is now a part of the MVN.com family.

You can find the new blog at mvn.com/theshootout, so be sure to change your bookmarks!

Farewell wordpress, you have been good to me.

The Avery difference

December 17, 2008

I am planning on this being my last post on Sean Avery on this blog for a while (until they announce what exactly they’re going to do with him, of  course).  But the difference between the Stars records with and without Sean is quite astounding.

Sean Avery played 23 games in a Stars uniform.

Games with Avery – 8-11-4
Games w/out Avery – 4-3

That is one game over .500 for those games without.  I know, that’s a 16 game difference, but the first 7 games with Avery the Stars had a record of 2-4-1

Of course, it’s not fair or realistic to put all the blame on Avery, but the numbers, I think, reflect on the negative impact he had on the team both on the ice and in the locker room.