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Thank God, Modano

May 11, 2009

Well hello there.  Been a long time hasn’t it?  I’ll get around to start doing some summer updatings.  I promise.

Here is some fantastic news; Modano is OFFICIALLY returning for the 09-10 season.  Bless you Modano.  BLESS YOU!

I can put my crafts aside that I was going to use to make OMG DON’T LEAVE ME MO sign to hold up at the baseball game.

And we thought it couldn’t get any worse

April 3, 2009

Yet again, I have been proven wrong.

First off, I will apologize for lack of updates; last Saturday I had previous made plans with friends for a birthday, and all this last week I was serving jury duty.

So what’s been going on?  Well, since the last game I updated the Stars are 1-2-1.  Great run for the playoffs, guys.

How did it get worse?  Heika is now reporting that more than likely, Turco will NOT play in the final home game of the season tomorrow night against the Blue.  UM WHAT?!  An undisclosed lower-body injure.  Are you serious Hockey Gods?  What is this nonesense?  It is undeserved!  

Mike Modano was also on the ticket this morning, saying he is unsure if he will return for the 09-10 season.  Why…WHY MO!!  Don’t. Leave. Me.

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!

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?

Another NHL survey

February 11, 2009

So the almighty Heika linked to this NHL survey on ESPN.com.

193 players filled it out and turned it in, that’s roughly 6 players on each team.  Or we’ll just pretend, anyway.  Some Stars players made it into the mix and some answers I swear had to be a joke.

Who is the best leader in the NHL?
Most answered Jarome Iginla, which you can’t really argue.  He is quite a good captain.  Of course, I think Brenden Morrow should’ve come in first, but he did get 4% of the vote and tied with Alex Ovechkin (and 2 other players but I don’t care about them).  Roenacker was also mentioned.  Umwut?

Which goalie would make the best forward/d-man?
Marty Turco took this one with over half of the vote.  Not surprising since he is pretty much the best puck-handling goalie in the NHL.  Smitty got 7% of the vote.

If you could change lives with another player, who would it be?
Alex Ovechkin took this one with 16%.  I’m surprised it wasn’t more, to be honest.  Mike Modano got 3% of the vote because he is awesome.  Duh.

Which player complains the most on the ice?
I love that Cindy Crosby got 52% of the vote.  I guess his reputation of being a cry baby is also in the locker rooms.

Which player would make the best President/Prime Minister?
Igingla took this one with 8%.  But, Sean Avery with 2%?  Are you joking? 

You can view the rest of the questions (and answers) at the link above.

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!


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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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.