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Uh oh B-Rad

February 17, 2009

I was out running errands yesterday, so I didn’t get to watch the game but I heard it.  Yay for winnings, but boo for Brad Richards leaving the game injured.

What’s even more boo about this situation, is that TSN is reporting that he has a broken wrist and could be out 6-8 weeks.  GAH.  Could we stop being attacked with injuries please?

Anyway, I recorded the game, so I’ll watch it and post a real recap tonight or tomorrow (if I can tear myself away from Mario Kart WFC that is)

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Stars go 1-1 in last 2 games

February 13, 2009

Sunday evening, the Preds were in town and left a little deflated.   They had been on a 4 game winning streak, only to be beaten 4-1 by the Stars.

 The Preds were definitely no match for the Stars that night. Our first goal was our second short-handed goal of the season from Brian Sutherby after Mike Modano took a 4 minute double minor for hi-sticking (and causing injury to) Sullivan.   Mark Parrish, Brad Richards and Steve Ott scored the other 3 goals that night.  Jason Arnott got the lone goal for Nashville.

Then Wednesday, Gretzky and his Coyotes were in town.  The last meeting between these two teams, both goalies got a shut out but Phoenix came out as the winner.  It was the same score Wednesday, with the Stars coming up on the 0 column and it ending in regulation this time.  It was a hard fought game between both sides.  The Stars were getting plenty of chances, but just weren’t able to get anything past Ilya Bryzgalov who was obviously sick of losing.  The team had been 0-6 since the All-Star break and were playing like a team ready for a win.  Enver Lisin ended up with the lone goal of the night.

Now, onto something a little more amusing, this is one reason I love our beat writers; dedicating an entire post to whether or not Tipp should grow his stache back.   Being that I’m a superstitious hockey fan, I vote no considering how well we did in the playoffs last year. 

He sure looks classy doesnt he?

He sure looks classy doesn't he?

Holy cow, 10-2?

February 8, 2009

First off, I’ll get the bad news that Conner was sent back to the AHL, to open cap space for Avery to return to the roster.  Of course, he won’t be playing and hopefully they can find a team so he can play again.

Now, onto the game.  Holy cow.  King Henrik had the flu, so the Rangers started their back up goalie Stephen Valiquette.  That poor guy, I feel kinda bad for him.  The Rangers started off the scoring, then the Stars attacked, especially in the third period.  Here is the laydown of all the scoring.

1st period
03:35: Nikolai Zherdev (Chris Drury &  Brandon Dubinsky)
04:10: Brian Sutherby (unassisted)
14:24: PPG Mike Ribeiro (Steve Ott & Jere Lehtinen)
18:58: Brad Richards (Matt Niskanen)

2nd period
03:05: PPG Nikolai Zherdev (Michal Rozsival & Chris Drury)
18:15: Mike Ribeiro (Steve Ott)

3rd period
04:15: Jere Lehtinen (Mike Ribeiro)
10:46: Fabian Brunnstrom (Mike Modano & Andrew Hutchinson)
11:25: PPG Steve Ott (Jere Lehtinen & Mike Ribeiro)
11:56: Darryl Sydor (Mike Modano & Fabian Brunnstrom)
15:59: PPG James Neal (Darryl Sydor & Matt Niskanen)
17:06: James Neal (Fabian Brunnstrom & Matt Niskanen)

Insane. That is the only way I can think to describe this game. We’ll see how this afternoon against the Preds go!


Stars still on fire

February 5, 2009

The Stars fire was no match for that of the Flames, as the Stars beat them 3-1 Tuesday. 

Calgary got on the board first, with a power play goal from Michael Cammalleri just under 7 minutes into the game.   With under a minute remaining, Jere Lehtinen tied it up on the Stars power play with a tip-in. Only one goal was scored during the second period, and that was ANOTHER power play goal from rookie James Neal.   And to put the finishing touches, with just over 3 minutes remaining in the game, Brad Richards made it 3-1, which would remain the final score.

The Stars came out hard, and stayed persistant, winning a lot of puck battles and kept the Flames scoring chances to a minimum.  When he needed to make a save Marty Turco was there and looked like the great goalie he was last year in the playoffs.  They are definitely looking good right now.

(I apologize for this being so late.  I had every intention to update last night, but got distracted by the internet, mostly by failblog and this gem on youtube.)

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!!

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.

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

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 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.

Stars handed second shut out of the season

December 17, 2008

Saturday, the Stars headed to Nashville for their 3rd game against the Predators this season.  Each team had won one so far, each win coming at home.  The Stars one home win came in Fabian Brunnstrom’s debut, you know that one where he scored a hat trick. 

Tobias Stephen got his 3rd start of the season, he had been 1-1 so far, his win coming against the Wild.  He looked a bit nervous in the beginning of the game, but who wouldnt’ be when you’re hearing nonstop that the team thinks you’re unproven, and this is only the 3rd chance you’re being given to prove yourself? (We are not going to include those games he came in to relieve Marty, because that was just cruel the non-support he received.) 

Joel Ward got the first goal of the night, just under 4 and a half minutes into the game.  It was a nice move, I’ll give him that.  He faked and Tobi fell for it, coming out of the net to try to grab the puck, only to have Ward skate by and put it into the empty net Tobi had left behind.  J.P. Dumont and Dan Hamhuis got the assists.  The first penalty was called with just over 6 minutes remaining inthe period, Rich Peverly with holding.   The Stars continued with something they had used the night before against Detroit, which was having no D-men at the point.  Instead, they had Richards and Modano covering the point.  The second PP line consisted of mostly Swedes, since they have been some of our best players lately.  The Stars just looked sloppy overall in the first period.  There was a close call with 2 minutes and 20 seconds remaining in the first; Grossman tried to use the boards to get the puck behind the net towards Daley.  Only it took a bad turn and headed straight for the net to a waiting Predators who shot it but Stephan’s glove and the goal post made the save to keep it 1-0. 

Stephan seemed to really get more comfortable in the second period.  He made one fantastic glove save 2 minutes into the second.  A Predators slammed one towards the net, and Ralphie had to stop himself after starting the word scores in “he shoots he scores” before he realized that Tobias had made the save.   The Preds took their second penalty of the night 6 minutes into the period, and sadly almost half the Stars PP was spent defending their own goal.  They really need to get their PP turned around.  I think Razor put it best that night when he said “You get the sense that someone will score on the Stars power play tonight.  We’re not quite sure who or which team, but somebody might.”  The Stars first penalty of the night belonged to Matt Niskanen who took a holding call.  But J.P. Dumont took a hi-sticking penalty of his own so it was 4-on-4 for two minutes.  There was some good that came of the second period.  For one, the score remained 1-0 thanks to the tremendous play of Tobias Stephan.  Chris Conner got a breakway of his own during the second, only to get knocked down before he could get a good shot off.  “Ka-dingyding” as Razor put it.  Barch got a good chance of his own, getting the puck past ex-Stars goalie Dan Ellis but having it go off the post and out. 

The Stars were 1-11-1 when trailing after 40 minutes, compared to the Preds being 6-1 after leading after 40.   And almost right out of the game, Chris Conner takes a tripping penalty less than a minute into the third.  Luckily the Stars were able to kill it, and actually got some nice shots on Ellis during their PK.  Nashville takes their final penalty of the night, Jerred Smithson with slashing right off the face-off.  The Stars are 30th in road power play, going 3 for the last 50.   Ouch.  David Legwand makes it 2-0 Preds with a goal he shot five-hole right in Stephan’s face.   Ward got his second of the night, getting in an empty netter with a minute and a half remaining in the game.

Between sloppy play and way too many giveaways, Tobias Stephan is who kept them in this game and he deserved a better fate.  It would have been 5-0 had he not been as amazing as he was.  But that is what happens when you have an exhausted team in front of you.

The three stars of the night were all Preds

  1. Dan Ellis
  2. Joel Ward
  3. Jordan Tootoo

And with the Stars going scoreless, Fabian Brunnstrom (2 goals in 2 games) and Darryl Sydor (2 assists in 2 games) both saw their point streaks come to an end.