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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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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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Liveblog: Stars @ Sharks 11/08/08

November 8, 2008

Hey what is this?  A liveblog?  I figured why not!  Since a lot of people might not get to see the first part of the game.

Check back here at game time!

PREGAME

They’ve got Bob Sturm in studio with Ric Renner, Mr. Hair with Mr. No Hair.  They talk about stringing 2 wins in a row, and how the Ducks and Sharks are the two teams we knocked out of the playoffs last season. (Wow really?  I had no idea.)

Now talking of Russian, that will not make him happy.   They mention that against the Sharks, Marty is 20-7-1-4, so things are looking up.    The ford Trivia question is  “Who has the most career assists against the San Jose Sharks?” with Lidstrom, Modano, Sakic and Selanne being your choices.  We’ll see who the answer is.  And now they’re running the segment on Richards that I have now seen about 50 times.

Razor is interviewing Mark Parrish.  He seems like a nice man!  I like him, especially after last night.  And Joe Sakic wins the battle with 47 assists against the Sharks.  Time for Sturm’s last night (talking about how Marty Turco needs to be a brick wall) and LET’S GET THIS SHIT STARTED!!

1st Period

Ralphie’s tie doesn’t really match his suit, and it bothers me.  In other news (not mentioned on the broadcast), Lehtinen is still a no-go for tonight, Richards is in.

20:00: First up is Otter-Richards-Eriksson.  And my feed looks a little green?  I guess for Stars morale?  Thought it seems to be straightening out.

19:00: Modano out with Parrish and Avery.  Unlike the first line, the Mo line actually got it to the Sharks end.  This is where we need to be guys.  Harder for them to score 5 from that side.

19:33: Ribeiro is out with Morrow and Fabi again. And are doing much better than the first 2 lines, as they should be.  Being that they ARE the ‘top line’.

17:31: and Marleau is leaving after being hit with a puck I believe from another Sharks player.  That sucks for you.  Especially with no Cheechoo.

And I just read on Heika that the Sharks fans boo when the word “star” is said in the national anthem. And people say we’re disrespectful?  First booing the O Canada, now this?

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Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2008

[edit: adding this because i just saw it on the NHL network and it’s awesome]

So, with it being Halloween and all I figured I’d use my psychic powers to predict what the Stars players would be for halloween, so I introduce to you

THE 2008 DALLAS STARS HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

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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

There were some positives yesterday

October 19, 2008

Despite a 5-4 loss to the Avs, there was some positive that came out of the game.

For one, the team played remarkabley better.  I mean hell, we almost tied the game!  (Though, that almost is for the ref who were absolutely horrendous yesterday.)  The refs were against Brenden Morrow again last night, I’m convinced of it!  I’m still a little tiffed about the no-goal called on him in the 3rd period, the goal that could’ve changed the outcome of the game.  It deflected off his glove and in.  I know, in hockey rules a puck that goes off a glove doesn’t count, but that goal looked like it should’ve counted, regardless of the rules.  It should be the same as pucks going off a skate, if there is a ‘kicking motion’ it doesn’t count, but pucks deflecting off the skate and in count.  Why can’t it be the same for a glove, if the glove is holding onto the stick, the stick trying to get the puck into the net.  Whatever, time to move on.

The scoring was led by the young guys, Neal, Brunnstrom and Eriksson got 3 of the 4 goals.  Brad Richards got the 4th.  Grossman got into a fight, and my mouth hit the ground.  I couldn’t believe it.  I also can’t believe I’m saying this, but Sean Avery played far better than in the first 5 games.  He did some good stuff on the ice, so hopefully he can build on that.

The other positive of yesterday was the adorable Swede sitting in front of me last night, oh he was precious.  He got really into the game, especially when Brunnstrom and Eriksson scored.  It was also fun to hear him screaming at the game in Swedish.

The negative?  Marty is still letting in far too many goals.  I know he can do better, he knows he can do better and hopefully we’ll see a different Turco this next week.  We’ll need it, because Jere Lehtinen is still not ready to play and didn’t make the trip

Stars are on a east coast road trip, their first game coming tomorrow against Avery’s old team the New York Rangers.