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Lady luck helps get Stars 7th win of the season

November 27, 2008

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to those in America!  What a great way to start the holidays, with a 4-3 win against the Wild.  We owe a lot of thanks to Lady Luck, who helped the Stars get their first win in a while.  Going into last night’s game, the Starss were 0 for 12 on the power play over their last 2 games, and would be going up against the leagues #1 penalty kill.  It was going to be a tough one, but the Stars always managed to play well against the Wild.

The start of the first period was a lot of back and forth between the Stars and the Wild, both teams fighting for puck posession and being the first team to force momentum in their own direction.  James Neal got the scoring started with his first road goal of his career just under 9 minutes into the first period.  Then, just a minute later Belanger of the Wild tied it up with a wrister from Marty’s left.  Landon Wilson took a penalty jut over 11 minutes into the game, and with just 20 seconds the Wild got a 2-1 lead.  Miettinen passed the puck across to Koivu, Marty braces to stop a shot from Koivu and seeing this Koivu passes to Nolan who gets the puck into a practically empty net.

The Wild went into the second period with the same momentum, making it 3-1 when Brunette gets his 7th of the season almost immediately off the draw.  Lady luck then stepped in just over 6 minutes into the second.  Koivu shot the puck towards the net and everyone thought it had gone in; the goal horn sounded and the ref is crazily pointing.  They go to review, only to find the puck bounced between the posts and out and never crossed the line.  Talk about something the Stars needed. The Stars used that call to try to force momentum in their directions, working hard to win puck battles and actually playing as a team while in front of Turco.  It finally paid off, with just a little over 2 minutes left Neal gets a breakaway and gets one past Backstrom while flying over him to put the Stars just one goal behind.

Going into the third, Lady Luck made a second appearance.  Just under 4 minutes in, Marty stumbled while getting his balance after making some saves and used the net to set himself right, unknowingly knocking it off.  He comes out to stop a shot, and Koivu shoots the puck into what appears to be an empty net, only to have his second no goal of the night called.  Could he be getting Morrow syndrome?  Who knows.  Then 8 minutes in, Brad Richards gets one in the net to tie it at 3.  Then, with exactly 7 minutes remaining, Loui Eriksson deflects a shot from Stephane Robidas past Backstrom to give the Stars their second lead of the game.  We hung together and played like we actually trusted each other again, and was able to finally get another win.

The three Stars of the game were

  1. James Neal
  2. Eric Belanger
  3. Brent Burns

I have to wonder why Loui Eriksson was not on this list, he did have a goal and 2 assists.

Stars give Wild first loss of the season

October 30, 2008

I’m sure we were the last team Minnesota expected to lose to.  The Wild remained the one team yet to lose in regulation, and were 100% on the penalty kill.  On the other side, we were off to a God awful start, our little rookie Stephan was getting his 2nd NHL career start.  Surely this would be an easy win for the Wild?  They thought wrong.

The Stars got their presence and plan to win out there early, with Brenden Morrow getting a goal from Ribeiro and Eriksson just 13 seconds into the game.  Bergeron the Wild countered exactly 6 minutes later with a power play goal from Belanger and Johnsson.  But the Stars weren’t done, getting 2 more goals before the first period ended.  Steve Ott getting the first from Richards and Avery and Richards cashing in himself from Fistric and Barch. 

After getting the lead, the Stars went back to what they were known for, good defense.  They showed it in the first period as well, but worked to protect their lead and limit the Wild’s scoring chances.  Then 12 minutes into the second period, the Stars upped their lead to 3 and rid Minnesota of their perfect penalty kill thanks to Niskanen’s goal from Avery.  After Niskanen’s goal, the Wild didn’t help themselves by taking an abuse of the officials minor, I guess they weren’t happy with their perfect PK gone.   The second period wasn’t all good, Mark Fistric took a puck to the chest and had to leave the game.  I, personally, freaked out.  I do not take well to any of the Stars players getting injured.  Luckily, he returned to finish the game in the third period.

The Stars continued to build on what they had accomplished in the game.  However, after Modano took a 2 minute minor for tripping, the Wild managed to get a second goal past Stephan on the power play; a goal from Brunette (that deflected off one of our defensemen) with Johnsson and Miettinen getting the assists.  That would the end of the scoring for tonight.  The Wild gave it a good shot, but the Stars weren’t having it.  They used their bodies to protect the net and to help our rookie get his first NHL career win.  Brenden especially, taking a puck to face and also scaring the crap out of me.  Stephan made some fantastic saves. 

While I was excited to see Miettinen return to Dallas, a bit into the game we changed our minds.  Mittens had some real Finn on Swede hate going on, hitting Grossman, then Eriksson a little too much for my liking.  Though with Eriksson, it might’ve been part Swede hate part “YOU WILL NEVER BE THE WRAPPER!” (Seeing that the Peanut Butter Cup line of Morrow-Ribeiro-Miettinen last season had Miettinen as the wrapper.)  Either way, not cool Mittens.

The other negative of the game was the annoying shit sitting next to us who felt the need to boo Robidas.  Also, not cool.  What is cool?  Seeing that the Hooter’s ad in my program was signed by Ribbons.  What could be more amusing?

The three Stars of the game were

  1. Brad Richards
  2. Tobias Stephan
  3. Steve Ott

The Mittens Revenge

October 28, 2008

This is what I am going to call the game tomorrow.  I was very upset (but not as upset as Caitlin) when we got the news that Mittens signed with the Wild.  Mittens had a lot of talent, and showcased it well while on the PBC line (for those who are new that is the Ribeiro-Morrow-Miettinen line, Peanut Butter Cup line, if you will).

Now, the Stars are struggling and Mittens is flourishing, leading the Wild in goals with 6.  He also has 3 assists for 9 points, that’s more than a point a game pace right now.  All I have to say is good for you Mittens, good for you.  I knew you had this in you. 

So Minnesota is in town, and it will be the first time Mittens will be seeing his old team, his ole buddies.  It’s the first of four meetings between the two teams tomorrow night at the AAC.  Last season, the Stars were 3-1 against the Wild.   What’s funny is the game winning goals against the Wild last season were all from people no longer playing with the Stars; Stu Barnes, Antti Miettinen, Niklas Hagman.

Let’s hope that the few days of rest and golfing helps the Stars to relax a bit and get back into their fine form we saw a bit last week.

In other news according to Heika, Lundqvist is going to be out 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury.   Andy Moog was also out working with the goalies again today.

Watch Mittens pwn us in person

October 23, 2008

Want to watch Mittens get his revenge in the lower bowl?  When you go to buy tickets for the Minnesota Wild game on the 29th, put in the coupon code “STARS” and get lower bowl tickets for $15!  (Edit: Looks like they have now added Platinum seating for $15.)

I don’t know how many are left with this promotion, so might want to get on it!

Liveblog: Stars vs. Blues 10/16/08

October 16, 2008

Hello everyone.  I am here for the first Shootout liveblog of the 08-09 season.  As I said in a previous post, the Stars are in St. Louis tonight, coming off a much needed and deserved win against the Nashville Predators last night.  Let’s get this shit started.

PREGAME
They are doing a story on Stu being an assistant coach, I’m pretty sure I saw this on Stars Insider, but that’s okay.  I do not mind watching it again.  (Dear lord please don’t let my laptop die before I find somewhere to plug this thing in in the living room.)  This is my first liveblog on this laptop, so I am enjoying being able to lounge on the couch while blogging.  I guess I kinda got off subject, didn’t I?  Stuie looks so proud of his Traverse City plaque, which the Stars won.  Because they’re awesome.  Aw they are going to talk bout Boo-Boo!! Yay Boo-Boo.  They are previewing the goalies, Marty and Legace.  I love Legace, well, not tonight.  But otherwise I like him.  He was so awesome last year in the All-Star game, all five-foot-nothing of him.   HELLO RALPHIEE!!  I do wish they’d fix this IFB stuff, because the delay is a tad annoying.  AW LUDY JUST CALLED HIM BOO-BOO!  I love it.  Why they have to mention Russian being out, because that is not something I want to be reminded of.  Injury update….oh boy.  Jere Lehtinen (groin) and Steve Ott (undisclosed) did not make the trip, uh oh.   Ludy is a big fan of the injury policy, in that other teams don’t automatically know what injured certain players, I agree with you Ludy.  Because I know personally that if Brenden had injured a foot, I wouldn’t want everyone going after that certain foot as soon as he’s back in the line up.   At least I have a cat to entertain me during breaks.

1ST PERIOD

20:00: I will use this time to say that…no one wins the tie battle.  They are both equally awful.  Let’s get this game goin guys!  Opening line is Neal, Modano and Crombeen.   D-men are Grossman and Robi.

19:00: Next on the ice is Eriksson, Morrow and Ribeiro.

18:48: Neal takes an interference penalty.  Whatevs.  He is too young to interfere with anyone!  Blues have the number 1 PP so far.  Wow, after a whole week.  You must be proud.

18:28: Boucher lost his stick! OH NO!  Got it back but now only has one glove!  DO NOT HURT HIS HAND!

17:50: I have a weird love for Kariya, I don’t know why. BUT I HATE PLAYING HIM.  GET THE PUCK AWAY FROM HIM NOWWWW.

16:48: Penalty Killing is getting back on track…

16:20: Some Blues player got really close to getting a goal, but it went behind Turco and past the net.  Thank goodness.

16:00: BRUNNSTROM IS ON THE ICE YAYYYYY

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Stars take on Nashville….again

October 15, 2008

It’s only our 3rd game of the season and it’s already the second time we’re seeing the Preds.  What doesn’t seem right about this?  A lot, I think.  Here’s hoping it goes better than Saturday.  Even my friend, who is a die-hard Preds fan expected us to win Saturday, I think it came as a shock to everyone.  All I can say is “come on Stars, don’t let me down.”  I am tired of attending games where we lose, I would like to hear Stevie Ray Vaughn more.  Please and thank you.  I mean that.

On a side note, HOW BOUT LITTLE MITTENS?!  Tuesday night against the Atlanta Thrashers he scored 2 goals and got an assist!!  He is tied with Koivu for most points on the team at 4 (3 goals and 1 assist) and leads the team in goals.  Good boy Mittens, I knew you could do it.   I guess the birds he drew us for Caitlin’s Christmas present were flying north..

In memory of Mittens

July 4, 2008

We will miss you, Anti Mittens-Anti Fans!  Last Christmas you became the most awesome Finn in the universe.

Fly north Mr Mittens

Bye Mittens :(

July 3, 2008

Mittens has signed a contract with the Minnesota Wild. 

You will be missed.  A lot.

FAREWELL PBC LINE :(

Favorite Things: Antti Miettinen

June 12, 2008

It’s been a while, but who better to start back with than Mr. Mittens himself.  Yes, it was this season that Mittens had his breakout year, being promoted to the number 1 line that came to be known as the PBC line. (Ribbons being the chocolate, Morrow being the Peanut Butter and Mittens being the pretty, sparkly wrapper.) 

Yes, dear little Mittens found his own, so why has his contract not been extended?  This makes me (and Caitlin) very uneasy.  For there will be no PBC line with Mittens, the cup will melt, and we just can’t have that No Lip Tipp, we can’t.   Even if we have decided Anti Mittens is Anti Fans! 

2007-08 Dallas Stars Playoff Stats

May 21, 2008

Stats for each player during the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

13 – Krystopher Barch
14 – Stu Barnes
43 – Philippe Boucher
25 – Chris Conner

44 – BJ Crombeen
06 – Trevor Daley
21 – Loui Eriksson
28 – Mark Fistric
02 – Nicklas Grossman
15 – Niklas Hagman
26 – Jere Lehtinen
39 – Joel Lundqvist
20 – Antti Miettinen
09 – Mike Modano
10 – Brenden Morrow
05 – Matt Niskanen
04 – Mattias Norstrom
29 – Steve Ott
17 – Toby Petersen
63 – Mike Ribeiro
91 – Brad Richards
03 – Stéphane Robidas
35 – Marty Turco
16 – Brad Winchester
56 – Sergei Zubov