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Liveblog: Stars vs. Canucks 03/24/09, Happy edition

March 24, 2009

So, I am going to liveblog the game, but only mention the positives so it’ll be a tad different.

Might be the shortest liveblog ever.

Pregame
They start with a mention of Tippett and him being safe.  As Rhadigan said “as he should be” should be included in any mention of that.  Period.

Razor is interviewing Robi, one of the few players who leaves everything he has on the ice.  Robi speaks of his infinite wisdom.  Listen grasshoppers.

Postive #1: Robi’s nose is still in tact.

1st period
Positive #2:
Luongo took a stupid pill and played the puck in the corner at 19:19.  Penalty on Vancouver

Positive #3: Begin has returned to the lineup

Postive #4: Brendan Morrison makes it 1-0 Stars, with assists from Fistric and Begin.

Positive #5: That was Morrison’s 500th NHL point, against his old team.  Good job Sonny.

Positive #6: Swede-tastic line of Lundy, Brunnstrom and Wandell.

Positive #7: Fishsticks pushes and holds Burrows on the boards(10:33).  I still hate Burrows from the 07 Playoffs.

Positive #8: Otter is getting Burrows, which pleases me greatly.  (8:02)

Positive #9: Otter half stripping in the penalty box.

Positive #10: Begin returns to the game.  Woo.

Positive #11: Somehow, the Stars managed to outshoot the Canucks 14-7

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Liveblog: Stars vs. Sharks 02/23/09

February 23, 2009

So it’s no secret, my updates have definitely not been up to par lately.  I blame this on one thing; one word with 10 letters.  Addiction.  Yes, my friends I have developed a very unhealthy addiction to something called the Wii.  I have decided that the system is extremely evil (butomgiloveitsomuch), especially when playing a game that involves Yoshi.

So, here is a liveblog to force me to update as the Sharks visit Dallas.  The NHL is on Versus and The Shootout.

Before the game even starts, we get bad news the Mo is a late scratch with the flu.  This does not bode well for a team already missing 3 big names.

1st period
20:00:
Stars start with Parrish, Sutherby and Neal. That seems..interesting.

19:06: At least one line is still in tact, Ribbons with Lehts and Otter.

17:40: Oh Roenacker.  I forgot about you.

16:28: *clap clap* *clap clap* I miss games at the AAC.

16:00: Do my eyes deceive me?  Did I just see Nisky check someone?  I’m in shock.  And in need of more Red Bull.

15:00: Eriksson is out with Brunnstrom and Petersen in the middle.  That could be a promising line!  Toby’s been playing pretty well lately.

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Breaking News: Marty Turco is made of win

February 13, 2009

Wow wow and wow.  Marty carried this team to another win against the Canucks.  He let in one goal from Taylor Pyatt, and after that decided that was enough.

JUMP! (For my love)

JUMP! (For my love)

But he will not be getting any love, really, other than getting the 3rd star of the game.

The Swedes were definitely out in full force, on both teams.  All 9 of them on the ice tonight played hard, and 2 of our Swedes managed to get a point.  Loui Eriksson got the first Stars goal, from Matt Niskanen and Mike Modano on a power play.  Then Loui got an assist from a great goal from Joel Lundqvist, his first goal in 11 months!  Marty Turco also got an assist.  I kept yelling at him to shoot it after the Canucks pulled their goalie, but sadly he did not hear me from my house.  One day man, one day.

The three Stars were

  1. Marty Turco
  2. Loui Eriksson
  3. Daniel Sedin

Tomorrow night the Stars will be taking on Chicago.  My memory only goes back as far as 2003, and they haven’t won on Valentine’s Day My Birthday from at least that year on. (That game sucked, btw, the one in 03.)  Cross your fingers!

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 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!

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 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.

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 take on the Wild

November 26, 2008

Tonight, the Stars will be facing the Wild for the second time this season, but the first time in Minnesota.  The last time these 2 teams met, the Stars gave the Wild their first regulation loss of the season with a score of 4-2.  The Wild have won one of their last three games, while the Stars have only won one of the last seven.

More than likely, Matt Niskanen will be playing after being a healthy scratch the last two games, he always seems to play well against the team from his home state.  Parrish and Petersen are also from Minnesota.

Cross your fingers, y’all.