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Petersen out a month

February 24, 2009

Toby Petersen will be out at least a month due to a broken bone in his foot.  This couldn’t come at a worst time with all the injuries the Stars have already sustained.

In better news, the club has recalled forward Chris Conner.  Here’s hoping we get to see another round of the Neal-Modano-Conner line.

If the Stars Insider could stop showing the same Ice Girls segment every week, I’d appreciate it.

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Stars make a switch

February 19, 2009

The Stars have sent Chris Conner back to Peoria and have recalled Raymond Sawada from the Manitoba Moose.

We haven’t really gotten a chance to see Sawada here in Dallas, so I’m really excited to see him play.  I have heard great things about him.  So far this season with Manitoba, he has 5 goals and 18 points in 48 games.

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 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!!

Happy New Years Stars Fans!!!

January 2, 2009

The game will have it’s own review posted, now that I’m recovered from the awesome day and NYE in general.

First off, HOW BOUT THEM STARS?  What a way to start off 2009, FINALLY out of the Pacific Division basement!  and only 2 points out of a playoff spot.  This pretty much makes my year.  I guess that isn’t hard, since it’s only January 2nd, but still!

Other quick news, the Dallas Stars recalled Chris Conner yesterday.  I am very excited.  He will come in handy, to have some fresh legs in the back to back games with Edmonton and Vancouver this weekend.

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.

Special teams hand another loss to the Stars

December 11, 2008

This was a game the Stars should’ve had, but their special teams still aren’t getting the job done.  Despite ample power play time and even a 5-on-3, the Stars fell 5-3 to the Phoenix Coyotes.

It started off good, with Trevor Daley getting the Stars up 1-0 four minutes into the first period. But within the next 5 and a half  minutes, they’d be down 2-1, with one of the goals coming off a Phoenix power play.  James Neal managed to get the Stars back in the game by the end of the first, by getting what would be the Stars only power play goal in the game. 

The Stars took the lead again a little over 8 minutes into the second thanks to Fabian Brunnstrom’s goal.  But Olli Jokinen got his second power play goal of the night to tie the game up again.   Then in the third period, bad turnovers and bad positioning got the Stars in a 4-3 hole they couldn’t get themselves out of.  The Coyotes put their cherry on top by scoring an empty netter with 24 seconds left.

Chris Conner and Toby Petersen had good games, the only bright spots of the night really.  Midget had the first multi-point night of his career with 2 assists.  Robidas showed, yet again, he is a warrior after taking a puck to the mouth then returning after receiving a few stitches.

The Stars take on the Red Wings tomorrow night.  Oi.

Liveblog: Stars vs. Oilers 11/30/08

November 30, 2008

Why not, I have nothing else to do today.  Might as well share the pain with all the other Stars fan out there.  Liveblog will commense at 4:30, when the pregame starts.

First off, here is some good: 3 Stars players are currently on a point streak

  • Loui Eriksson is on a 4-game point streak, earning 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points
  • James Neal is on a 2-game point streak with 3 goals
  • Brad Richards is on a 3-game point streak with 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points

Yes, that is the only positive I can find right now.  See y’all when we play Edmonton.

PRE-GAME

They mention that Sergei Zubov won’t be playing tonight, out with an undisclosed injury.  Fantastic.  He took that weird hit on the boards last game.  He didn’t practice yesterday.  They mention the trade, and Ludy says his stats tell him he’s somewhat of an offensive minded defenseman and is being brought in to possibly help the offense.  Ugh.  Just what we need.  Razor says the Stars need offense, but they don’t.  They need DECENT DEFENSE!  This is our main failure this season.  Get with the program people.

Crazy hair Ric Renner is holding a mask of Razor on himself.  Wow.  I forgot it’s Ralph and Razor night at the AAC night tonight.  At least Ric Rinner understands it’s about defense.  Why is it he’s the only one who seems to be on my side?  The Stars players seem confident that they can work to get themselves into the playoffs.  Good luck guys, seriously.

Mike Modano has been moved to the wing tonight with Brad Richards at center and Loui Eriksson as the other winger.  Modano seems excited, so hopefully this is a good sign.  He seems a little too happy…..I’m scared.

And now they go to Crazy hair who is with Tippett, and Crazy Hair managed to get him to laugh.  Holy shit.  He talks about how Marty needs to play like a top player.  Which is so true.  Crazy hair mentions that when both he and Tippett wear blue they are undefeated.  Oi.  Don’t say shit like that.

And here we go…..ugh.

1ST PERIOD

20:00: Richards, Modano and Eriksson make up the opening line and Oilers start with the faceoff win.

19:30: They have Robi back with Grossman I notice as Grossman lets the puck go through his legs.

19:00: Second line is out now, Ribeiro with Avery and Neal.  Sydor and Daley on the blueline.

17:50: Janik is out with Niskanen.  Petersen, Conner and Parrish is the third line tonight.

17:10: 4th line is out. Barchie and Wilson with Ribeiro, since we really only have 3 centers tonight with Mo on the wing.  Brunnstrom hasn’t been out yet…so I wonder where they plan on putting him since he’s on the list to play tonight.

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Stars get a point in 2-1 overtime loss

November 23, 2008

We got a point, which is still an improvement, especially with Brenden Morrow being out.  And they mentioned that nonstop, everytime moment they could fit it in,  they would.  Just another stab to the gut everytime, as well.  In the pre-game show, they mentioned that the Stars are the first team to have 2 players get a hat trick in their team debut, go us!  Also, Dave Tippett looked very unhappy during his interview.

The stars came out in the first period and seemed to be taking another step in the right direction.  Hiller got his first start against the Stars, since Giguere was pulled 3 of the last 9 starts against the Stars.  Usually, it’s the Ducks that get in penalty trouble, but it was even during the first period.  Avery took a penalty, then got an extra 2 minutes due to his yapper.  And this is what got the Ducks their first goal, the Stars broke down in front of their own net and it was only too easy for Corey Perry to get one past Turco.  And 2 seconds later, Barch and Parros got into it, maybe Barch insulted his mullet and pornstache.  I guess we’ll never know.  Razor found it funny, saying that May must feel like Barch is cheating on him considering they are the usual pair we see fighting when they see each other.  Landon Wilson got his first start with the Stars, and got on the score sheet by taking a penaly for hooking, which the Stars were able to kill.   I noticed during this first period that Brunnstrom is really starting to gel with the team.  He looks a lot more comfortable and confident in his skills at the NHL level.    Avery got into a fight of his own 12 minutes in, when him and Kunitz went.  Avery is looking more like his old self, the guy we signed, minus the stick-in-the-face waving.  Not to be left out, Otter also invited Montador into a fight, and Tippett looked livid on the bench.  A fun side note, the Stars lead the NHL in game misconducts.  At least we’re number 1 in something.   Near the end of the period, the Stars looked like they finally got their shit together, and were going to start the 2nd period with a power play due to Moen taking an elbowing penalty with under a minute left in the first.

The Stars got a 5-on-3 attempt before Moen’s penalty expired, and right before it ended, Eriksson took an interference penalty.  Ribeiro got a nice breakaway during a 4-on-4 but Hiller got there to stop it.  Hiller looked really good against us, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing him in net the next 4 times we play the Ducks.  Avery showed himself to be useful by drawing a penalty on Chris Pronger, that is what I like to see.  10 minutes into the 2nd period, the Stars tied it up with a fantastic goal from Loui Eriksson on a feed from Trevor Daley.  Marty Turco also got an assist on the play.  At one point when the Ducks were on the attack, Marty began scrambling and accidently knocked the net off and the Ducks shoot the puck in.  The NHL made the right call *coughforoncecough* and called No Goal.  At the end of the 2nd period, Chris Pronger takes a second penalty, which means the Stars began the 3rd period on the power play.

38 seconds into the third period, Niedermeyer took a penalty, which gave the Stars a long 5-on-3, but were unable to get anything past Hiller.  The Stars stayed on it.  They looked a lot more trusting, and much more like themselves.  Despite not being able to get a 2nd puck in the Ducks net, they also prevented the Ducks from getting another goal themselves.  This continued into overtime and resulted in the Stars going to another shootout.

  • Brad Richards started, speeding up the middle and getting it past Hiller
  • Corey Perry went wide, and shot it five-hole to tie it up 1-1
  • Sergei Zubov got stopped by Hiller
  • Teemu Selanne, the Finnish Flash, was unable to flash it past Turco to keep it tied
  • Mike Ribeiro tried to go through his legs again, only the puck got a little away from him and Hiller was able to make a save
  • Ryan Getzlaf managed to get it past Turco, to give the Ducks a 2-1 win.

Despite the loss, the Stars played a good game.  But I don’t trust it, I’ve seen this far too much.

The Stars are on the road the next two games, playing Philadelphia tomorrow evening.  They recalled Chris Conner to try to give them more depth with Morrow, Lehtinen and Lundqvist out.