Archive for January, 2009

Stars go 3-1 against the Wings this season

January 30, 2009

HOLY COW!  That is pretty much all I can say.  I honestly can’t remember the last time the Stars did that.

They came out early with the fight to win, going up 4-0 by 2 minutes into the second period.  Otter got the scoring started just over 10 minutes in on a power play when he tipped in a shot from Brad Richards at the point.  Then, just a little over a minute later, Jere Lehtinen got the Stars second power play goal of the night!!!  Chris Conner got into the scoring with under 2 minutes left, shooting the puck at the net right after Modano on the face off.

After the Stars owned the first period, the Wings made a goalie change from Osgood to Conklin.  But just 2 minutes into the second, Loui Eriksson made it 4-0 with ANOTHER power play goal.  Can you believe that?  The Stars who had suffered all season on special teams managed 3 power play goals against the Red Wings.

Hossa and Lilja managed to get the Wings on the board in the second period, but 4-2 would be the final score between the two teams.

I am just so estatic.  With that win, the Stars are tied with 51 points with 4 other teams, ranging from 7th-11th place in the standings.

We can do this y’all!!

A Shutout and a Win

January 29, 2009

That was more than you could say from Marty’s last shut out in the 1-0 shootout loss against the Coyotes on January 10th.  The Stars took control and held it for 60 minutes last night in their game against the Thrashers.  Not to take away from the Stars accomplishment, but the Thrashers didn’t seem to put up much of a fight, to be honest.  Jere Lehtinen and Steve Ott got the goals to give the Stars a 2-0 win.  A great way to start what they call the second half of the season.  Let’s hope this trend continues.

In other news, yesterday the Stars assigned Fabian Brunnstrom to the Manitoba Moose.  This is, of course, for conditioning since he has been out injured with a high ankle sprain.  Not gonna lie, I’m a tad jealous of those going to the Moose game Thursday, where Brunnstrom will make his debut.  I want to see Fabbity Fab and Fishsticks play again, especially together.  Boo.

Liveblog: NHL All-Star Game

January 25, 2009

So, the game will begin in 30 minutes, and here is where you can find The Shootout’s liveblog.  I had precious obligations, so I was unable to blog about the events yesterday, which was fantastic.  Mostly thanks in part to Ovechkin and his hat and sunglasses during the breakaway competition.

Check back after the first period!  But while you’re waiting, feel free to listen to Marc Savard’s interview with Versus.  Savard was awesome miced up during the Super Skills competition.

Here it is, the 2009 NHL All-Star Game.  I’m oddly excited for it this year, I’m not quite sure why though.  Bring on the game! (Let’s go West!)

Playing a violin upside down and doing flips?  Now that’s impressive!  Good job Montreal!  Best intro to the All-Star I’ve seen.  Was that man in the hoop supposed to be a puck?  Wrong color guys.

1st period

20:00: And at 5:35, the game is finally underway!

19:15: The East got a nice shot in on Giggy.  And they inform us that Marc Savard is miced up again.  Yay!  That makes me excited.  He was good last night being miced up.

18:44: Tkachuck gets the first goal of the game! 1-0 West! (WOO!)

17:29: Learn West, pass it to Mike Modano!

17:15: They mention Robi being drafted with Montreal, and that he used to be paired with Souray, who is he with tonight, when he played with the Canadiens.

16:57: Speak of the Devil, Robi just got a shot on Price!

13:34: And everyone’s favorite Russian makes it 1-1.  Poor Goalies.

12:53: Versus mentions Modano thinking of his first All-Star game, which was the last time it was held in Montreal in 1993.  He came in 2nd in hardest shot that year and said no one ever remembers the second place.  THAT’A BOY MO!  I’ll remember now

11:00: Just a quick mention, though this won’t be posted until after the first period is over; if you don’t have VS from your local cable company (call and ask for it if you don’t!), you can catch the game on 1310 The Ticket.

10:30: Staal makes it 2-1 East.  Someone do something funny.

10:00: I’m out of Bagel Crisps, if someone could bring me some between periods, I’d appreciate it.  I would like the garlic kind please.

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Stars get 2 points in FL trip

January 24, 2009

So, we won’t even mention the 4-2 loss against the Lightning Monday.  That was, well, it was pathetic.  The Stars allowed their first short-handed goal, and despite plenty of power play opportunities weren’t able to get the job done.  It was nice to see Halpie, Jussi and Smitty again though.

Wednesday, they took on the Florida Panthers and was a much better outcome winning 4-1.  Mike Ribeiro got his first career hat trick!!!  SO EXCITING!  Good job Lil Ribbons!!!

Sorry to be MIA so much lately, the All-Star events are this weekend.  I will make a post tomorrow with some fun about the game, and will be liveblogging the game Sunday.

Halfway through the season…

January 19, 2009

Last season, I did a post showing where everyone was after exactly half a season of play, 41 games.  I did it again this year.  I actually spent about 2 hours getting it all in order last week but kept forgetting to post it.  We’re not a few games past the mid-season point, but whatevs.  Here is what the standings looked like.

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Yet another 3-2 game between Stars and Kings

January 19, 2009

Yesterday was the 3rd of 6 meetings between the two teams this season.  The Stars had been 0-2-0 against them this season, both losses being 3-2; one of which being a shootout loss.

Both teams seemed determine to get 2 points out of this game, and for the first two periods, it looked like it was going to be another game like the Coyotes, both goalies getting the shutout.  But less than 7 minutes into the third, the LA Kings got up 1-0.  Then under 5 minutes later, as Lehtinen is racing up the ice, Ribeiro passes him the puck.  Lehtinen splits the D to make it 1-1.

With just over a minute remaining in the game, the Sydor shot the puck from the blue line, where Ribeiro tipped it in to give them a 2-1 lead.  After the goal, Johnson went after Otter, and it ended up being 4-on-4.  The Kings pulled Ersberg to make it 5-on-4 and managed to get one past a scrambling Turco with 17 seconds left in the game.

This one ended up needing to go to a shootout.

  1. Alexander Frolov was up first, which Marty got a hold of
  2. Mike Ribeiro decided not to be fancy and shot it in to the put the Stars up 1-0
  3. Dustin Brown went up the middle, then got his shot off fast only for Marty to make a fantastic glove save
  4. Jere Lehtinen went in and shot only to have Ersberg deflect it high over the net
  5. Jack Johnson had the game on his shoulders, only to have Marty tell him no and get the 3-2 victory.

The Three Stars of the game were

  1. Jere Lehtinen
  2. Dustin Brown
  3. Mike Ribeiro

And each player had a goal and an assist in the game.  Jere Lehtinen is currently on a 3-game point streak, earning 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points.
It was a very good well fought game for both teams.  They won’t meet again until March at the Staples Center, and yours truely will be there to root on my team!

Robidas an All-Star?

January 19, 2009

Hearing mumblings that today Robidas was told by Stars co-GM Les Jackson that the NHL has invited him to play in the All-Star game next weekend.

Not sure who he is replacing and why, but I am extremely excited.  After his play last season and in the playoffs and his play this season, he deserves it.  Makes me that much more excited for this game!!

Radio home of the Stars on the move

January 16, 2009

Goodbye WBAP and hello KTCK.  Yes, after 15 years on 820AM, the Stars are moving up the dial to 1310.

The agreement will begin in the 2009-10 season and they will broadcast all 82 games.  Some games will not have a pre-game, but all will have a post-game.  No worries though, Ralph and Razor are making the move as well.

You can see the full press release here.

Stars earn 3 points in two 5-4 games

January 16, 2009

Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings was a game I was very much dreading after the embarrassment that was the game on 8th. (Holy run on sentence Batman!)  I missed the first few minutes due to driving home from the office.  Why does work always get in the way of hockey?  It’s really uncool.  Back to the subject, even listening on the radio, I could hear the Stars were already playing better.  Instead of hearing from Ralph and Ludy about the Red Wings pretty much skating circles around us, it was the other way around.  They did manage to give me some of the best news I’ve heard all year; the Red Wings are #30 on the road penalty kill.  LOLZWUT?  Who would’ve ever thought the Red Wings would be last in anything.  Made my life.

I must admit though, after the first 2 Detroit goals, I accepted that this would probably be another embarrassment. But the Stars weren’t goin’ down like that.  Nicklas Grossman got his first regular season goal EVER to cut the Wings lead in half.  Only to have them get a 3rd goal with a little over 2 minutes left.  Whatever Wings.  That won’t happen in our house.  Stephane Robidas and Mark Parrish tied it in the second period, and outshot the Wings like crazy.  The Wings managed to take the lead again in the 3rd, only to have the Stars even it up again with 3 minutes left to force it into overtime.  Even in overtime, the Stars took control.  And some gritty work by stupid Matt Niskanen and Trevor Daley got them the overtime win. They got 49 shots on the Red Wings, which really has been unheard of in the last decade. TAKE THAT WINGS!  Hmph.  Pleasedon’tkillusnexttime.

So coming off that fantabulous win, the Stars took on the Buffalo Sabres tonight.  They started with the same energy they played with Monday, getting 3 goals before allowing one on themselves in the second period.  It was downhill from there.  Fast.  On rollerblades.  Being chased by cats with big teeth.  After Buffalo got their second goal, the Stars gave themselves another 2 point lead, only to have that erased within 20 seconds in the third period.  What the hell was that?!  It ended up going to overtime, where Buffalo still held momentum and then to a shootout.  Which the Stars lost in the 6th round.  The other awful news was Robi took a bad hit and wasn’t seen again.  Which is enough to stress me out beyond belief.  And no one is telling me anything.  And it makes me incredibly uncomfortable.  I can’t believe I missed Ugly Betty AND THE RETURN OF ELIZABETH COURDAY ON ER for this crap.

I also promise to update more!

Goaliepalooza 2009

January 12, 2009

That is how Razor referred to this game, and that is what it was.  100%.  Both Marty Turco and Ilya Bryzgalov managed to get a shutout in the first 65 minutes of this game, forcing it into a shutout.  You know what sucks though?  Getting a shutout and still losing.  It blows, a lot.

Anyway, the entire game was very disciplined and well played from both ends.  Each team had their strengths.  At the end of 65 minutes, the Stars lead in shots 38 to 28, they also lead in faceoff wins 30 to 23.  Phoenix, ever, beat the Stars (even literally on the ice) in hits 36 to 20.  In gathering my notes, they also gave me a paper cut.  Ouch.

Anyway, it took a shootout to decide this one, 5 rounds of a shootout, due to the fantastic goalies.

  1. Brad Richards was up first, who went fast down the middle only to have Bryz stop it
  2. Joakim Lindstrom was first for the Coyotes, which Marty stopped
  3. Loui Eriksson faked before he shot, but did not fool Ilya.
  4. Peter Mueller got the first goal of the shootout
  5. Mike Ribeiro was up, and did another fancy move and scored before running over Bryz
  6. Olli Jokinen was up to finish the game, but Marty wouldn’t go down so quick.
  7. James Neal, our shining rookie, used an old Jussi trick and got it past Ilya.
  8. Steven Reinprecht got one past Marty as well, tying it up again.
  9. Mike Modano was up, but Bryz wasn’t going to let America’s Greatest Born scorer beat him
  10. Kyle Turris finished the game, getting Phoenix the 2 points in the shootout.

Not surprising, the 3 stars of the games were 2 goalies and the shootout winner, Ilya Bryzgalov, Marty Turco and Kyle Turris in order.  It really was a fantastic, well played game on both ends.